Pay Attention To Space Force

We’re not paying close enough attention to the new U.S. Space Force.


It was signed into law by President Trump on December 20.


Space Force is the U.S. military’s 6th service branch (separate from the Air Force).


While it is currently the smallest branch with 16,000 personnel and just a $40 million budget, I would look to this branch to move over time to one of the largest (if not the largest) branch of the military.


Let’s face it, Earth is small potatoes in the realm of the Universe.


We will be expanding into outer space and colonizing it–we have to!


In addition, the weapons in space will be high-tech and costly relative to their earthly counterparts, and  our dominance in space will not come cheap either in terms of aerospace and engineering talent or in terms of the systems and weapons that will assure our superiority.


In January, the new Star Trek aired on CBS, and as is long said on that preminiscent science fiction show, “Space is the final frontier” and the U.S. Space Force will become front and center in our defense.


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Retro Cool Digital Watch

Wow, I love this retro digital Computron watch from Bulova. 


I remember when the first digital LED watches with the red numbers like this first came out in the 1970s. 


They were quite expensive then!


Part of the computer revolution. LOL


I remember my uncle had something like this and I thought how cool it was–no moving hands to read.


Also, has a little of that sci-fi Battlestar Galactica red (moving) light effect from the cybernetic enemy, Cylon visors. 


What’s old is what’s new.  😉

Anime Kicks Butt

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Japanese Anime is so cool.


They have these amazing characters that any kid would like to have. 



With swords, shields, guns and well-honed fighting powers, these champions are ready for battle. 



This one was at Barnes and Nobles for $34.95 this holiday session. 



If I was still a kid, I could wrap my imagination around this, and help save the world from all the evil and stupid characters out there–unfortunately, both fictional and too often real.   😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Alienware Rocks

Alienware Rocks

So this is the nicest looking laptop I have ever seen by far–and it’s made by Alienware, a subsidiary of Dell (acquired in 2006).

Apple, I never thought I’d be saying it.

But Alienware rocks!

The sci-fi style with beautifully lit keyboard and advanced features for gaming make this one awesomely powerful piece of hardware.

I can’t believe that kids are actually carrying these into school now a days.

See video review of premier M18X Alienware gaming laptop here.

If you want unbelievable graphics display, memory, sound, processing power, storage, and style–this is it in laptop computers.

Plus it comes with the cute alien figure etched on the cover.

I want one! 😉

Ready, Aim, Phaser

Ready, Aim, Phaser

LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation and their use in the military is advancing fast.

I am not just talking about things like laser sights mounted on assault rifles, but actual portable high energy laser weapons for taking out ships, planes, drones, rockets, mortars, and surface to air missiles.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense Systems (HELLADS) is looking for smaller and lighter 150 kilowatt laser systems “enabling integration onto tactical aircraft to defend against and defeat ground threats” and is powerful enough to destroy aircraft!

Just about all science fiction weaponry relies on lasers to fight and defeat the future enemy whether the phasers and disrupters from Star Trek, turbolasers and laser cannons on Star Wars, and laser torpedeos and blaster turrets in Battlestar Galactica.

According to Mashable (27 January 2013) “this year liquid-cooled, solid-state laser weapons will be installed on fighter planes” for testing.

Fast Company (8 March 2012) points out the challenges with laser tracking and killing including clouds, haze, and dust that weaken the laser. However, these challenges no longer seem insurmountable.

All the talk on gun control is so 20th century, the real conversation for the new era will be on laser weapons and whether phasers should be set on stun or kill. 😉

(Source Photo: here with attribution to UK Ministry of Defence)

Hello From Moon Colony

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What can be more thrilling than the promise of space exploration and the virtually limitless possibilities that it holds.

 

Since the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, the first manned mission to land on the moon, we have dreamed of the next step in terms of an actual colony of humans living there.

 

In 1975, the science fiction TV show Space: 1999, that many of you may still remember, envisioned what this space colony could look like (until a nuclear mishap sends the colony hurling through space).

 

From 1984, you can see attached, a NASA’s artist rendering of a colonized moon along with astronauts and lunar rover.

 

Now in 2012, with the presidential campaigning in full swing, we are hearing the promise of such a manned lunar colony once again and it is still just as exciting as ever.

 

One candidate, called for the lunar colony to be bustling with commercial activity by 2020–wouldn’t that be amazing!

 

While it was funny when this candidate said that once the colony reached 13,000 American inhabitants, they can petition to become a state, it also somehow brought it into a new perspective and made it so real–like could this really happen one day?

 

The idea of expanding beyond our limits here on Earth, making new discoveries, tapping into potential new resources, and harnessing ever greater innovation from such exploration can bring hope of a better, brighter tomorrow to all.

 

Note to self: must haves for a lunar colony–aside from a place of worship, a great fitness center and some nice restaurants, we’ll need the Internet, iPhone, Netflix, and Xbox (and Facebook would be a plus) 😉

 

(Source Photo: here)