This is my quick review of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. A quick review because I don’t have time to do a longer one, and more importantly, to keep things spoiler free.
In short, despite all the mixed reviews out there, my opinion is that “The Last Jedi” ranks right up there at the top of Star Wars films, on par with “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Rogue One.” It’s far better than all the prequels (I don’t consider “Rogue One” a prequel) and it’s also better than “The Force Awakes.” It might even be better than “Return of the Jedi.” I think I’ll need to watch it a few dozen times to decide on that one.
Ignore whatever the naysayers are saying. Naysayers are going to say nay.
Turn your volume up as far as you can stand and get ready to place this absolutely awesome music video tribute to the MCU. It’s made all the more awesome by Queen’s “We Will Rock You!” If you’re not already excited about the upcoming “Infinity War” movie, I think this will certainly do the trick.
The Avengers: Infinity War trailer has just come out! Everything in the Marvel Universe line up has been building to this, from the Iron Man movies, to Thor, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and the other Avenger movies, comes the final battle against the arch-villain of the universe, Thanos.
My steampunk fantasy short story, The Clockwork Horseman, is published and available now on both Amazon and Lulu and it can be found in the anthology Devil’s Armory III. Alas, there does not appear to be an e-book version! Oh well. The story will one day be available in e-book form whenever I compile and release my collected short stories.
In the mean time, you can order the printed version of Devil’s Armory III from Amazon or Lulu.
Launched in 1997 and arriving at Saturn in 2004, the Cassini-Huygens mission was a phenomenal success, lasting some 10 years beyond its initial 3 year mission. The spacecraft gave us thousands of pictures of Saturn, gigabytes of scientific data, and launched the Huygens probe into Titan, giving never-before-seen footage of the mysterious methane-shrouded moon. And Cassini also discovered the geysers of the moon Enceladus, which may mean it has a liquid water ocean beneath it’s icy crust.
But today, September 15th, 2017, we say farewell to Cassini. Her last few orbits brought her closer and closer to Saturn, until finally she hit the atmosphere at nearly 70,000 miles per hour and was, well, destroyed. This was done to prevent the dead spacecraft from hitting either Titan or Enceladus and introducing possible biological contamination (however unlikely) to the moons that could (also however unlikely) harbor life.
DragonCon 2017 was the biggest DragonCon ever, with some 82,000 to 85,000 people attending! My wife went to some of the bigger media panels, but I stayed away, sticking mostly to the Science and Space tracks with some excursions to the Sci-Fi Literature track, Star Wars track, and the Writing track. But I did get to see Larry Niven, so that was cool! I didn’t get to see Stan Lee, mainly because I didn’t want to stand in a 3 to 4-hour line…
While I do have a lot of pictures, I don’t have time to go through them all, so I’ll just leave one picture here showing the crowd at the Hilton (it was nothing compared to the crowd at the Hyatt or the Marriott, but I couldn’t get a good crowd-shot picture there).
There are lots of other great articles about DragonCon 2017, so I don’t need to go into more detail. Just checkout the articles on TheMarySue, AtlantaMagazine, and Geek.com.
Monday, August 21st, 2017, will mark the first total eclipse to span the entire United States since 1918! That’s a pretty big deal, and if both traffic and the weather cooperate, my family and I will hopeful be in the direct path of totality to see it.
Here’s a great video from NASA talking more about the eclipse, and you can read more about it here, here, here, and just about anywhere if you do a Google search.
SpaceX has just launched its 12th resupply mission to the International Space Station, and has succeeded in its second landing of its stage 1 one Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground (instead of a barge at sea)! This is great news, as the better they get at landing their rockets (and assuming they can be refurbished and reused) the lower the cost of launching into space will be.
The latest trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” just came out, and all I can say is, “Wow!” The Hulk, Thor, Valkyrie, and Loki team up to face off against the Goddess of Death, played by Cate Blanchett, and the Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum. This is going to be one wild ride (of the valkyries)!
Even so, I still like this trailer best, as there can be no better theme song for Thor than Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song…