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    Monday, March 29, 2010

    And We Have a Winner!

    This is really big news (well, for a geek like me anyway.)

    Recently I saw through Twitter that the Science Channel was having a contest.
    I entered and had to describe how I would terraform a planet and how I would colonize the galaxy.
    Those who know me know that these are among my favorite topics to ramble on about, but the contest (like most of my friends) had a 100 word limit and, as you might guess, that did pose a challenge for me.
    Nevertheless after editing down my original 300 word answer I sent it in and, along with a lot of other people, I won.
    It means a chance to be on the show "Sci-Fi Science" and meet the host the esteemed Dr. Kaku himself.
    I am a big fan and often listen to "Exploration", his Wednesday show on NPR, as well as watching his many appearances on my favorite Science shows. I would welcome a chance to talk about his take on any number of topics. Gina is also invited and, if she isn't working, is coming with me.
    The only minor down side is that it's filming this Thursday night so I will not be around for the usual festivities.
    On the plus side they want us to wear our full Star Fleet uniforms and, of course, we will!

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    "Peaceable Kingdom"

    This is an original lyric I recently turned out.


    Running in the wide, wide world
    We always seem to be miles off track
    Out of patience, out of time
    And no chart to find our way back

    To that peaceable kingdom
    Where out of many, we are one
    And everyone understands that hope
    Doesn’t flow from the barrel of a gun

    Walking in the streets of the city
    You’ve got to keep your guard up high
    Excitement comes with an edge
    And we all keep a watchful eye

    Looking for that peaceable kingdom
    Where I trust you and you trust me
    And everyone understands that force
    Can’t keep us safe or set us free

    It’s hard enough
                (Why must it be so hard)
    Just to survive
                (When we all want the same things)
    To keep my self respect
                (Simple security for our families)
    And keep us all alive
                (And the peace of mind it brings)

    Late at night with you in my arms
    I let all the pain and anger go
    I breathe out and close my eyes
    I can finally find it and at last I know

    My one and only peaceable kingdom
    Where out of two, we are one
    And I trust you and you trust me
    Here, together, between you and me

    Our one and only peaceable kingdom

    by Frank J. Hernandez
    inspired by an idea from Pete Gilman

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    "Synthohol" Version 1

    Scientists discover booze that won't give you a hangover - Holy Kaw!
    Like to have a few cocktails with friends, but dread the next-morning-hangover? You’re in luck. According to a new Korean study, scientists have successfully developed a booze formula that’ll get you silly while eliminating the drawbacks.

    Sounds like Party Time to me.