About Author: Manny Garza

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After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst, Manny departed the military in order to pursue his B.A. in Philosophy from American Military University. Aside from college, he writes short stories and essays in the realm of philosophy and science fiction. Manny's short stories are heavily influenced by who he refers to as The Trinity: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Williamson. He is married to his lovely wife, Melissa, and has two dogs named Koopa and Goomba. Aside from being an editor and contributor of Nerd Trek articles, his hobbies include playing guitar, singing, and both tabletop and video game RPGs. Manny currently lives in Charlottesville, VA.

Posts by Manny Garza

  • Fellow geeks and gamers – we’ve all been in similar situations. Friends of ours that are into sports or dance clubs constantly hound us about being a Hobbit(minus the adventuring) because we never go out to loud venues and, instead, choose the private setting of a home in order to take in the latest Dr. Who  episode or to play Magic: The Gathering with friends. For too long geeks have been misunderstood and mislabeled as self-chosen social outcasts. And there may be some geeks out there that DO choose to live completely off the social grid. But that is not who I speak for…. I speak for the geeks that want a place to call our own. I am talking […]

    The Rise of Geek Bars: Dungeons & Drafts

    Fellow geeks and gamers – we’ve all been in similar situations. Friends of ours that are into sports or dance clubs constantly hound us about being a Hobbit(minus the adventuring) because we never go out to loud venues and, instead, choose the private setting of a home in order to take in the latest Dr. Who  episode or to play Magic: The Gathering with friends. For too long geeks have been misunderstood and mislabeled as self-chosen social outcasts. And there may be some geeks out there that DO choose to live completely off the social grid. But that is not who I speak for…. I speak for the geeks that want a place to call our own. I am talking […]

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  • Warning, this blog is dedicated to true World War Z fans that have read the book.  If you have also read The Zombie Survival Guide then you have my added respect. So, I am flipping through my daily news feed and what awaits me?  The official ‘World War Z’ trailer was released during this past week and I immediately flashed back to Comic Con 2012.  My wife and I were fortunate to get a few World War Z books signed by Max Brooks, himself.  After reading many rumors on various movie blog sites about Brad Pitt and the producer’s changes to the novel turned movie, I couldn’t help but ask Max the burning question that many fans of the novel would like to know.  […]

    Brad Pitt’s butchering of World War Z

    Warning, this blog is dedicated to true World War Z fans that have read the book.  If you have also read The Zombie Survival Guide then you have my added respect. So, I am flipping through my daily news feed and what awaits me?  The official ‘World War Z’ trailer was released during this past week and I immediately flashed back to Comic Con 2012.  My wife and I were fortunate to get a few World War Z books signed by Max Brooks, himself.  After reading many rumors on various movie blog sites about Brad Pitt and the producer’s changes to the novel turned movie, I couldn’t help but ask Max the burning question that many fans of the novel would like to know.  […]

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  • This article is for the die-hard, original ‘Alien’ fans out there.  If you want any of that AVP filler then please, read no further. Now that the air is clear, the wait is almost over.  Director Ridley Scott’s latest Alien prequel is due to hit theaters on 8 June, 2012.  Charlize Theron plays the lead role according to the most recent movie trailer at the bottom of this article.  Of note, seeing Theron in this film’s setting sort of reminds you of the latest Metroid games except without the crouch-roll function as she is as fit as a ninja.  However, I digress. Although Theron is the lead character, Scott equally devotes his time explaining the origins of Weyland Industries, the […]

    Prometheus: Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel

    This article is for the die-hard, original ‘Alien’ fans out there.  If you want any of that AVP filler then please, read no further. Now that the air is clear, the wait is almost over.  Director Ridley Scott’s latest Alien prequel is due to hit theaters on 8 June, 2012.  Charlize Theron plays the lead role according to the most recent movie trailer at the bottom of this article.  Of note, seeing Theron in this film’s setting sort of reminds you of the latest Metroid games except without the crouch-roll function as she is as fit as a ninja.  However, I digress. Although Theron is the lead character, Scott equally devotes his time explaining the origins of Weyland Industries, the […]

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  • First, let me just say that I am extremely happy my wife is as much of a geek as I am.  If she weren’t, we never would have made it through the EPIC registration process involved in obtaining badges for the event which occurs every July in San Diego with over 60,000 nerds and geeks in attendance (for those unaware).  My hat’s off to her for staying focused on finally getting our tickets. As we learned this year, those wanting to attend must have pre-registered well before tickets were even available online.  If someone wasn’t pre-registered then it would be too late to try and pre-register then purchase the tickets today, the 3rd of March 2012.  When the main Comic-Con […]

    Comic-Con 2012: It’s on!

    First, let me just say that I am extremely happy my wife is as much of a geek as I am.  If she weren’t, we never would have made it through the EPIC registration process involved in obtaining badges for the event which occurs every July in San Diego with over 60,000 nerds and geeks in attendance (for those unaware).  My hat’s off to her for staying focused on finally getting our tickets. As we learned this year, those wanting to attend must have pre-registered well before tickets were even available online.  If someone wasn’t pre-registered then it would be too late to try and pre-register then purchase the tickets today, the 3rd of March 2012.  When the main Comic-Con […]

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  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a cutting edge scientific developmental wing of the U.S. government, recently announced that it has set aside millions of dollars to develop ‘Project Avatar’.  However, this project will not include blue people like in James Cameron’s “Avatar”.  Bi-pedal robots will be used to conduct many of the dangerous tasks performed by infantry soldiers.   Theoretically, a real-life soldier could be used to control the robot from thousands of miles away according to DARPA.  Here is a link to Daily Tech’s article which can provide as much detail as DARPA is obligated to divulge: http://www.dailytech.com/DARPA+Looks+to+Bring+Movie+Avatar+to+Life+with+Robot+Surrogates/article24041.htm Immediately, this sets in motion a few deep issues about the project, both against and for the project.  My friend and […]

    Project Avatar: Urban Warfare of the Future

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a cutting edge scientific developmental wing of the U.S. government, recently announced that it has set aside millions of dollars to develop ‘Project Avatar’.  However, this project will not include blue people like in James Cameron’s “Avatar”.  Bi-pedal robots will be used to conduct many of the dangerous tasks performed by infantry soldiers.   Theoretically, a real-life soldier could be used to control the robot from thousands of miles away according to DARPA.  Here is a link to Daily Tech’s article which can provide as much detail as DARPA is obligated to divulge: http://www.dailytech.com/DARPA+Looks+to+Bring+Movie+Avatar+to+Life+with+Robot+Surrogates/article24041.htm Immediately, this sets in motion a few deep issues about the project, both against and for the project.  My friend and […]

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  • I have broken down and decided to play World of Warcraft.  There are many reasons why but the top 3 fall back on these tenets: un-dedicated gamers in my area, hectic work schedules of table-top gamers, and the ability to get lost in a world within a few minutes rather than waiting on schedules to synch between ALL players. Yet, the biggest reason I have decided to play is because my wife plays.  I know, I know.  Like Felicia Day says in ‘The Guild’, “I know, a chick gamer.”  And, yes, I DO think it’s hot.  So while I can’t convince my wife to play D&D or a myriad of other table-top RPGs, I can jump online with her and go stomping around collecting […]

    Another Noob Begins to Play W.o.W.

    I have broken down and decided to play World of Warcraft.  There are many reasons why but the top 3 fall back on these tenets: un-dedicated gamers in my area, hectic work schedules of table-top gamers, and the ability to get lost in a world within a few minutes rather than waiting on schedules to synch between ALL players. Yet, the biggest reason I have decided to play is because my wife plays.  I know, I know.  Like Felicia Day says in ‘The Guild’, “I know, a chick gamer.”  And, yes, I DO think it’s hot.  So while I can’t convince my wife to play D&D or a myriad of other table-top RPGs, I can jump online with her and go stomping around collecting […]

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  • About half a year ago Jonathan, Nerd Trek’s Editor-in-Chief, posted an article detailing cutting-edge technology regarding bionic eyes.  While many of us would like to become living Terminators, we still have a long wait ahead until that technology is available at our local clinics.  In the meantime we still have other ventures in ophthalmology that are more likely to be commonplace within the next 5 years.  The best example of this technology is the study of embryonic stem cells and a small publicly owned/funded company called Advanced Cell Technology.  I know, I know.  The first mention of ‘stem cells’ and people are thrown into a political and/or religious debate about the use of stem cells.  However, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT […]

    Stem Cells: A Promise of Better Vision

    About half a year ago Jonathan, Nerd Trek’s Editor-in-Chief, posted an article detailing cutting-edge technology regarding bionic eyes.  While many of us would like to become living Terminators, we still have a long wait ahead until that technology is available at our local clinics.  In the meantime we still have other ventures in ophthalmology that are more likely to be commonplace within the next 5 years.  The best example of this technology is the study of embryonic stem cells and a small publicly owned/funded company called Advanced Cell Technology.  I know, I know.  The first mention of ‘stem cells’ and people are thrown into a political and/or religious debate about the use of stem cells.  However, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT […]

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  • Things I fear the most:  spiders, walking sticks (bugs), and zombies.  While I know how to deal with the first two threats, I must constantly study how to off a zombie before I become one.  Yet, the hardest part of studying good tactics for a zombie war is that it hasn’t happened yet; there is no comparison to base how one would destroy these creatures.  The only thing we have to prepare ourselves for a possible zombie war is sound logic.  That’s when it becomes necessary to debunk the myths that many horror movies show, however, make no sense when you are really thrust into a world of zombies and survival.  So here are the most basic myths that should […]

    Common Myths to Debunk BEFORE a Zombie War

    Things I fear the most:  spiders, walking sticks (bugs), and zombies.  While I know how to deal with the first two threats, I must constantly study how to off a zombie before I become one.  Yet, the hardest part of studying good tactics for a zombie war is that it hasn’t happened yet; there is no comparison to base how one would destroy these creatures.  The only thing we have to prepare ourselves for a possible zombie war is sound logic.  That’s when it becomes necessary to debunk the myths that many horror movies show, however, make no sense when you are really thrust into a world of zombies and survival.  So here are the most basic myths that should […]

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  • As the latest Twilight installment is set to be released I am fighting back hurling every time I see the previews for this cinematic disaster.  Before I get too far into this, let me start by saying I could only stomach half of the first Twilight movie until my stomach was in pain.  A few months ago I wrote an article on my top 10 B movies in which I would have loved to rip on Twilight; however, Twilight doesn’t fall under that category since it was a high budget film.  Yet, if I had my way with Twilight I would definitely place it at the number 1 position for worst A-list movies ever made.  I realize there are millions […]

    Why I Can’t Stop Hating Twilight

    As the latest Twilight installment is set to be released I am fighting back hurling every time I see the previews for this cinematic disaster.  Before I get too far into this, let me start by saying I could only stomach half of the first Twilight movie until my stomach was in pain.  A few months ago I wrote an article on my top 10 B movies in which I would have loved to rip on Twilight; however, Twilight doesn’t fall under that category since it was a high budget film.  Yet, if I had my way with Twilight I would definitely place it at the number 1 position for worst A-list movies ever made.  I realize there are millions […]

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  • CPT Picard always remained calm and collective, regardless of the circumstances in which he found himself.  Many viewers take this for granted but it calls for a refined analysis as opposed to just brushing it off as Patrick Stewart’s acting style. 1)      The original Star Trek never had to deal with such a powerful force as Q.  The omnipotent Q should have been in the first Star Trek series in the 1960’s, however I could see CBS pulling the plug on the show much quicker due to the moral questions he posed on the crew of the Enterprise.  Yet, had he been on the original series, I could have easily imagined CPT Kirk dealing with him in the best way […]

    Why Picard is my favorite Star Trek Captain

    CPT Picard always remained calm and collective, regardless of the circumstances in which he found himself.  Many viewers take this for granted but it calls for a refined analysis as opposed to just brushing it off as Patrick Stewart’s acting style. 1)      The original Star Trek never had to deal with such a powerful force as Q.  The omnipotent Q should have been in the first Star Trek series in the 1960’s, however I could see CBS pulling the plug on the show much quicker due to the moral questions he posed on the crew of the Enterprise.  Yet, had he been on the original series, I could have easily imagined CPT Kirk dealing with him in the best way […]

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  • Agent Johnson frantically reached for the built-in computer panel along the side of the park bench.  Just over his shoulder he could see the group of twelve men in pursuit; another set of six men spread in a circle that must have been at least a hundred meter radius from his position.  Johnson already knew what they were doing, most likely setting up a perimeter to keep observers away so they could capture the agent.  The twelve men were now making a mad dash toward him while trying to home in on his location with their micro-fix weapons (a tool that utilizes ultra-dense vibrations to ‘fix’ an object).  He knew that a second or two more and then we would […]

    The Code of Recall

    Agent Johnson frantically reached for the built-in computer panel along the side of the park bench.  Just over his shoulder he could see the group of twelve men in pursuit; another set of six men spread in a circle that must have been at least a hundred meter radius from his position.  Johnson already knew what they were doing, most likely setting up a perimeter to keep observers away so they could capture the agent.  The twelve men were now making a mad dash toward him while trying to home in on his location with their micro-fix weapons (a tool that utilizes ultra-dense vibrations to ‘fix’ an object).  He knew that a second or two more and then we would […]

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  • My wife and I have been hopping around from country to country within the past few months (which is why I am mostly to blame for not posting more thoughts to you out there).  During one of our stops I was required to scan my fingerprints in order to verify my identity.  While this may set some people fuming as they mistakenly believe they are important enough to be constantly watched, on the contrary, this set my futurist mind racing with one great question: why can’t biometrics (personal identification through fingerprints, retinal scans, etc.) be used instead of all the crap I am required to keep in my wallet and pockets?  Frankly, I hate having to lug around what feels […]

    Biometrics: The Means To Do Away with Useless Crap

    My wife and I have been hopping around from country to country within the past few months (which is why I am mostly to blame for not posting more thoughts to you out there).  During one of our stops I was required to scan my fingerprints in order to verify my identity.  While this may set some people fuming as they mistakenly believe they are important enough to be constantly watched, on the contrary, this set my futurist mind racing with one great question: why can’t biometrics (personal identification through fingerprints, retinal scans, etc.) be used instead of all the crap I am required to keep in my wallet and pockets?  Frankly, I hate having to lug around what feels […]

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  • When I dream at night I am blessed with visions of a strange world.  While I am sure I am viewing an advanced technology, I am still unsure what time I am observing.  Was it sometime in the distant past or a vision of the future?  I may never know.  Regardless, this is what I see: As I walk down the streets I see vehicles passing me by that seem to glide on invisible tracks.  With nothing underneath them, these tear-shaped vehicles smoothly, quickly move past me without making a sound.  The roads are made of a soft, almost silicon substance.  Many people walk on the streets with their bare feet because the molecular composition allows for rigid strength while […]

    A Strange World

    When I dream at night I am blessed with visions of a strange world.  While I am sure I am viewing an advanced technology, I am still unsure what time I am observing.  Was it sometime in the distant past or a vision of the future?  I may never know.  Regardless, this is what I see: As I walk down the streets I see vehicles passing me by that seem to glide on invisible tracks.  With nothing underneath them, these tear-shaped vehicles smoothly, quickly move past me without making a sound.  The roads are made of a soft, almost silicon substance.  Many people walk on the streets with their bare feet because the molecular composition allows for rigid strength while […]

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  • ‘Tis the October wind that speaks of death lying, waiting behind trees gone chill and bare.  Whistling through the limp limbs of despair, the wind sets restless souls loose on the still.  We light our campfires to ward our bodies from autumn’s shadow as we have for years gone black.  Most nights our primal safeguard of flame keeps demons’ souls at bay.  Yet, this night is Hallows Eve, the day of living hell. This night of deathly solstice calls shades of havoc that would walk amongst the living just as wolves stalk wintry livestock, huddled together to parry the cold.  Hades’ gates have now swung open to unleash the hounds of hell on our mortal flesh; they aim to announce […]

    October Wind

    ‘Tis the October wind that speaks of death lying, waiting behind trees gone chill and bare.  Whistling through the limp limbs of despair, the wind sets restless souls loose on the still.  We light our campfires to ward our bodies from autumn’s shadow as we have for years gone black.  Most nights our primal safeguard of flame keeps demons’ souls at bay.  Yet, this night is Hallows Eve, the day of living hell. This night of deathly solstice calls shades of havoc that would walk amongst the living just as wolves stalk wintry livestock, huddled together to parry the cold.  Hades’ gates have now swung open to unleash the hounds of hell on our mortal flesh; they aim to announce […]

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  • Square Enix recently announced its plans to remake one of the more receptive Final Fantasy games for the PS3 and PS Vita.  Which one?  Already the cerebral fluids may be pumping in anticipation as to which game was selected by Square Enix. Drum rolls……Final Fantasy X.  I know if you are a diehard FFVII fan like me then I already know the thoughts that are going through your head.  Why is Square Enix so adamantly opposed to remaking FFVII?  Why are they remaking FFX instead of FFVII?  Who knows what their plans are?  Perhaps it holds a glimmer of hope that we may see Square Enix return to FFVII to bring it back to the forefront of the franchise just […]

    A Final Fantasy Remake

    Square Enix recently announced its plans to remake one of the more receptive Final Fantasy games for the PS3 and PS Vita.  Which one?  Already the cerebral fluids may be pumping in anticipation as to which game was selected by Square Enix. Drum rolls……Final Fantasy X.  I know if you are a diehard FFVII fan like me then I already know the thoughts that are going through your head.  Why is Square Enix so adamantly opposed to remaking FFVII?  Why are they remaking FFX instead of FFVII?  Who knows what their plans are?  Perhaps it holds a glimmer of hope that we may see Square Enix return to FFVII to bring it back to the forefront of the franchise just […]

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  • FORENOTE: Today is April 19th, 2012, which is important to note the time difference between when this story was originally written in September 2011 and when the infamous Norway killer, Anders Behring Breivik, admitted in court today that he used Modern Warfare 2 as a training scenario to prepare him for future attacks.  It is important to note that I have no connection between this accused killer and would never seek one.    The main point is that, for years, science fiction has been regarded as nothing more than a nerd’s pasttime used to escape the real world.  Yet, based on my writing coming to fruition decades faster than anticipated, it should be a focus of law enforcement and anti-terrorist groups […]

    Hired Help

    FORENOTE: Today is April 19th, 2012, which is important to note the time difference between when this story was originally written in September 2011 and when the infamous Norway killer, Anders Behring Breivik, admitted in court today that he used Modern Warfare 2 as a training scenario to prepare him for future attacks.  It is important to note that I have no connection between this accused killer and would never seek one.    The main point is that, for years, science fiction has been regarded as nothing more than a nerd’s pasttime used to escape the real world.  Yet, based on my writing coming to fruition decades faster than anticipated, it should be a focus of law enforcement and anti-terrorist groups […]

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  • Consider the old saying that perception is 9/10th of reality.  I was never a fan of this saying since it can be such an easy outlet to take everything at face value rather than to seek the truth.  Instead, let us consider that perception is but 1/10th of reality. It is important to note that early Greek philosophers made the common mistake of basing their reality on their often flawed sense perception since they lacked sophisticated scientific equipment capable of measuring and calculating the world around us.  In fact, it was not until thousands of years later that humankind could more accurately calculate and determine atomic structure with microscopes while advanced telescopes were used to ascertain cosmic distance, to name […]

    False Perception- A Modern Philosophy

    Consider the old saying that perception is 9/10th of reality.  I was never a fan of this saying since it can be such an easy outlet to take everything at face value rather than to seek the truth.  Instead, let us consider that perception is but 1/10th of reality. It is important to note that early Greek philosophers made the common mistake of basing their reality on their often flawed sense perception since they lacked sophisticated scientific equipment capable of measuring and calculating the world around us.  In fact, it was not until thousands of years later that humankind could more accurately calculate and determine atomic structure with microscopes while advanced telescopes were used to ascertain cosmic distance, to name […]

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  • During the past few years I have begun to feel a growing urge to gaze upon the planets and stars with more than my naked eyes.  While I like watching the occasional meteor shower if I so happen to be up at 3AM (which is a rare occasion for a boring 30-something like me), the idea of stargazing with a telescope has become less of a fascination and is now about to transform into reality. Admittedly, I have never owned a telescope beside the Fisher Price model I had as a child.  I suppose I was always too intimidated every time I heard many of the big words associated with telescopes.  And being intimidated made me remember why I barely […]

    Calling All Astronomers

    During the past few years I have begun to feel a growing urge to gaze upon the planets and stars with more than my naked eyes.  While I like watching the occasional meteor shower if I so happen to be up at 3AM (which is a rare occasion for a boring 30-something like me), the idea of stargazing with a telescope has become less of a fascination and is now about to transform into reality. Admittedly, I have never owned a telescope beside the Fisher Price model I had as a child.  I suppose I was always too intimidated every time I heard many of the big words associated with telescopes.  And being intimidated made me remember why I barely […]

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  • The future of mankind is similar to countless past generations in the universe.  The similarity between this age of existence and ages past is this:  humankind believes our modern culture will live forever.  Even the mighty Aztec nation, an ancient civilization who grew powerful throughout Mexico within just 200 years who believed their way of life would continue forever, was socially dissolved in 1521 AD shortly after the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez defeated Montezuma through acts of betrayal.  Even proud civilizations standing atop a tower can be blown senseless by the winds of change.  Needless to say, I am certain countless civilizations could have gained legions of knowledge had they continued in their efforts to preserve the past (note Library […]

    STERNAT AD POSTERUS: The Futurist Manifesto

    The future of mankind is similar to countless past generations in the universe.  The similarity between this age of existence and ages past is this:  humankind believes our modern culture will live forever.  Even the mighty Aztec nation, an ancient civilization who grew powerful throughout Mexico within just 200 years who believed their way of life would continue forever, was socially dissolved in 1521 AD shortly after the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez defeated Montezuma through acts of betrayal.  Even proud civilizations standing atop a tower can be blown senseless by the winds of change.  Needless to say, I am certain countless civilizations could have gained legions of knowledge had they continued in their efforts to preserve the past (note Library […]

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  • Perhaps Earth is but an afterthought for terrestrial travelers on the move from one galaxy to the next?  Much like we pay no mind to ants on our daily journeys, why would we stop to admire anthills?  The wind may blow their world away like sand blown through a desert.  This will happen millions of times, almost too many times to count or care.  Until the ants seek to better themselves through seeing beyond their single generation then they will perish like autumn leaves, always destined to die. We, the intergalactic ants, may beg and cry “Why have we not been visited by aliens from the sky?”  Yet, perhaps we may have been visited a million times over but they […]

    Earth, An Afterthought

    Perhaps Earth is but an afterthought for terrestrial travelers on the move from one galaxy to the next?  Much like we pay no mind to ants on our daily journeys, why would we stop to admire anthills?  The wind may blow their world away like sand blown through a desert.  This will happen millions of times, almost too many times to count or care.  Until the ants seek to better themselves through seeing beyond their single generation then they will perish like autumn leaves, always destined to die. We, the intergalactic ants, may beg and cry “Why have we not been visited by aliens from the sky?”  Yet, perhaps we may have been visited a million times over but they […]

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  • Any of you that perform Google News searches as much as I do with the keyword “aliens” will know of NASA’s latest rant that reflects their A or B type logic, the same logic that has plagued the human race since the beginning of our short time on Earth.   What NASA presents us with are either of two choices: A) aliens will wipe us out or B) save us from ourselves, i.e., alleviate global warming. Firstly, both choices reflect the egocentric condition of humanity in that we think we are somehow the center of this known universe and that we are, by default, owed a visit by aliens even if they are just passing through.  Isaac Asimov, one of my […]

    NASA’s backward view of aliens

    Any of you that perform Google News searches as much as I do with the keyword “aliens” will know of NASA’s latest rant that reflects their A or B type logic, the same logic that has plagued the human race since the beginning of our short time on Earth.   What NASA presents us with are either of two choices: A) aliens will wipe us out or B) save us from ourselves, i.e., alleviate global warming. Firstly, both choices reflect the egocentric condition of humanity in that we think we are somehow the center of this known universe and that we are, by default, owed a visit by aliens even if they are just passing through.  Isaac Asimov, one of my […]

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  •               B Movies, you either love them or hate them.  I happen to be on the side that loves them.  I once thought I was alone in the strange world of cinematic masterpieces (sarcasm included) when I was a young teenager.  I remember waking up earlier than usual on Saturday mornings to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) with my family and thinking to myself, “Are we the only people that find this hilarious?  Am I alone in a world of grueling films which accidentally bring me to tears laughing so hard, while at the same time, stealing hours of my life?”  Sadly, I began to think this was true as I watched MST3K […]

    Top 10 B movies

                  B Movies, you either love them or hate them.  I happen to be on the side that loves them.  I once thought I was alone in the strange world of cinematic masterpieces (sarcasm included) when I was a young teenager.  I remember waking up earlier than usual on Saturday mornings to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) with my family and thinking to myself, “Are we the only people that find this hilarious?  Am I alone in a world of grueling films which accidentally bring me to tears laughing so hard, while at the same time, stealing hours of my life?”  Sadly, I began to think this was true as I watched MST3K […]

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  • A short writing on an early vision of transhumanism. One night, when I was probably 6 years of age, I woke in the middle of the night.  For some strange reason I felt compelled to go outside, into the darkness.  Strangely, I felt no fear to walk into the darkness, that monster playground which remains so dense with evil creatures of a child’s imagination.  I slowly walked outside and saw the stars over my head.  The whole Milky Way galaxy stretched overhead like snow in a crystal ball, so pure and bright.  I was forced to stand in awe of its beauty and expanse which filled the night sky. The next day, when I tried to remember what I witnessed […]

    Pivotal Blocks: An Early Reflection on Transhumanism

    A short writing on an early vision of transhumanism. One night, when I was probably 6 years of age, I woke in the middle of the night.  For some strange reason I felt compelled to go outside, into the darkness.  Strangely, I felt no fear to walk into the darkness, that monster playground which remains so dense with evil creatures of a child’s imagination.  I slowly walked outside and saw the stars over my head.  The whole Milky Way galaxy stretched overhead like snow in a crystal ball, so pure and bright.  I was forced to stand in awe of its beauty and expanse which filled the night sky. The next day, when I tried to remember what I witnessed […]

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  • One of my favorite books while growing up as a small child addressed the issue of doing away with straight-line travel; its name was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  In her book she first described the shortest distance between two points as a straight line.  While this makes perfect sense for inter-planetary and metropolitan travel, it would prove extremely slow when applied to deep-space travel. By walking the reader through a visual depiction she showed points A and B as separate ends of a string.  The traveler was represented as an ant on the string.  Rather than force the ant to walk from beginning to end, she brought the two points together as the observers watched the ant […]

    Wormholes: The Only Way to Travel

    One of my favorite books while growing up as a small child addressed the issue of doing away with straight-line travel; its name was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  In her book she first described the shortest distance between two points as a straight line.  While this makes perfect sense for inter-planetary and metropolitan travel, it would prove extremely slow when applied to deep-space travel. By walking the reader through a visual depiction she showed points A and B as separate ends of a string.  The traveler was represented as an ant on the string.  Rather than force the ant to walk from beginning to end, she brought the two points together as the observers watched the ant […]

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  • A short story describing how humans may become artifacts on display in the future. A Note Confiscated from Amid Arturius: Gravitational Physicist, Inventor of Gravitational Fusion Reactor; Born: 2113, Death: 2358 ….. Without leading my providers to suspect otherwise, over the course of 5 years I am slowly learning their language. I have heard mention of the names Socrates, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawkings, Carl Sagan, Siddhartha Gautama, Jesus, and Mohammad through eavesdropping on those who feed me and provide me various materials; I think those historical figures may be nearby beyond this library. If only I could meet them in person! Through listening to the providers’ conversations, as they rarely speak, I believe this setting to be some sort of […]

    Just Another Day at the Museum

    A short story describing how humans may become artifacts on display in the future. A Note Confiscated from Amid Arturius: Gravitational Physicist, Inventor of Gravitational Fusion Reactor; Born: 2113, Death: 2358 ….. Without leading my providers to suspect otherwise, over the course of 5 years I am slowly learning their language. I have heard mention of the names Socrates, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawkings, Carl Sagan, Siddhartha Gautama, Jesus, and Mohammad through eavesdropping on those who feed me and provide me various materials; I think those historical figures may be nearby beyond this library. If only I could meet them in person! Through listening to the providers’ conversations, as they rarely speak, I believe this setting to be some sort of […]

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  • From Man to Machine- A brief essay on how humans are transforming into machines. Many people of the early 21st century fear mankind may create a form of super-computer that ties itself into a nexus, a network that will be enabled to “go global” and stamp out the inefficient human race.  While I do agree that humans are inefficient compared to robots- from a physical and mathematical perspective – I highly doubt this is how machines will become the forefront of the future.  I do think machines will eventually “take over”, but not the way most people of today believe.  Instead, technological change will be so gradual that it will happen before human eyes with little to no notice.  One […]

    From Man to Machine

    From Man to Machine- A brief essay on how humans are transforming into machines. Many people of the early 21st century fear mankind may create a form of super-computer that ties itself into a nexus, a network that will be enabled to “go global” and stamp out the inefficient human race.  While I do agree that humans are inefficient compared to robots- from a physical and mathematical perspective – I highly doubt this is how machines will become the forefront of the future.  I do think machines will eventually “take over”, but not the way most people of today believe.  Instead, technological change will be so gradual that it will happen before human eyes with little to no notice.  One […]

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