ST:D 3.01

Star Trek Discovery – Series 3 Episode 1
“That Hope Is You, Part 1”
(or Lost in Space Part 1)


Burnham comes through a time portal and arrives hundreds of years in the future. The federation has gone, there has been a war, or possibly some form of breakdown. And most of the dilithium has gone. At first it’s just her. Then it’s some guy that is a Han Solo style smuggler. Obviously they are going to get on (he is good looking, what were you expecting ?)

They journey together for days through a desolate landscape. Then over the hill is a vast city of skyscrapers and floating structures. Now, here’s the problem: where are all the agricultural lands that would be needed to support a city this size (it must be millions). Where is the transportation network. Why didn’t they see and aircraft on their journey ?

Fortunately Michael has something of value to trade. But, as these plots dictate things go wrong and we are treated to a series of battles with fancy energy weapons that can disintegrate a person. Thankfully the baddies have theirs set to ‘Stormtrooper’ mode so our heroes can survive.

Eventually the story ends with some strange CGI creature returned home. And we can all breathe easy and raise the Federation flag and wonder where all this is going.

It looks promising as the jump forward has cleared the decks of previous canon.


Ailia X

I have a soft place for music comprising just Bass Guitar and Female Vocals. There isn’t much it it around. And this is the best I have found so far.

I came across this video:

So often, the guitar gets in the way, or the vocalist just isn’t up to the job. But here everything just comes together perfectly.

An the album has a great cover:

Ailia X comprises Jeliazka Belchilova (Vocal) and Alexander Lekov (7 string Bass guitar) . The guitar is filtered through effects and the songs are built on multi-layered looping.


On this day in 1900, Max Planck derives Planck’s law of black-body radiation.

Black-body radiation
The problem had been stated by Gustav Kirchhoff in 1859: “How does the intensity of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by a black body (a perfect absorber, also known as a cavity radiator) depend on the frequency of the radiation (i.e., the color of the light) and the temperature of the body?

The question had been explored experimentally, but no theoretical treatment agreed with experimental values.

Planck deriving the first version of the famous Planck black-body radiation law in a meeting of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft on 19 October 1900 and published in 1901.

This first derivation did not include energy quantization, and did not use statistical mechanics, to which he held an aversion.

In November 1900 Planck revised this first approach, relying on Boltzmann’s statistical interpretation of the second law of thermodynamics as a way of gaining a more fundamental understanding of the principles behind his radiation law.

As Planck was deeply suspicious of the philosophical and physical implications of such an interpretation of Boltzmann’s approach, his recourse to them was, as he later put it, “an act of despair … I was ready to sacrifice any of my previous convictions about physics”.[20]

The central assumption behind his new derivation, presented to the DPG on 14 December 1900, was the supposition, now known as the Planck postulate, that electromagnetic energy could be emitted only in quantized form, in other words, the energy could only be a multiple of an elementary unit:

E = Hv

where h is Planck’s constant, also known as Planck’s action quantum (introduced already in 1899), and ν is the frequency of the radiation.



Seventh Seal

Chase Baker and the Seventh Seal
(Chase Baker #9)
by Vincent Zandri (2016)

When Renaissance man and adventurer, Chase Baker, is contracted by a rich young rare book dealer to uncover seven metal Bible codices which rival the Dead Sea Scrolls in Biblical historical significance, he also discovers that the seventh book is sealed with a metal not found on this earth.

These just keep getting stranger and sillier. This time Chase has to race the clock to put a metaphorical key into a hole. And all the time I’m thinking – 30 Minutes, didn’t know they were that accurate with time in the life of Jesus, well…

THE DIVISION of the hour into 60 minutes and of the minute into 60 seconds comes from the Babylonians who used a sexagesimal (counting in 60s) system for mathematics and astronomy. They derived their number system from the Sumerians who were using it as early as 3500 BC. The use of 12 subdivisions for day and night, with 60 for hours and minutes, turns out to be much more useful than (say) 10 and 100 if you want to avoid having to use complicated notations for parts of a day. Twelve is divisible by two, three, four, six and 12 itself – whereas 10 has only three divisers – whole numbers that divide it a whole number of times. Sixty has 12 divisers and because 60 = 5 x 12 it combines the advantages of both 10 and 12. In fact both 12 and 60 share the property that they have more divisers than any number smaller than themselves. This doesn’t, of course, explain how this system spread throughout the world.

All the same – just as fun as previous stories.

Election 2020

Results of the 2020 Election:

Labour Party 49.1% (64 Seats)

National Party 26.8% (35 Seats)

ACT New Zealand 8.0% (10 Seats)

Green Party 7.6% (10 Seats)

Maori Party 1% (1 Seat)



Cuba Crisis

In 1962 the Cuban Missile Crisis begins when President Kennedy is informed of photos taken on October 14 by a U-2 showing nuclear missiles. The crisis will last for 13 days (October 16–28, 1962)

The confrontation is often considered the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.

In response to the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961 and the presence of American Jupiter ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to Cuba’s request to place nuclear missiles on the island to deter a future invasion. An agreement was reached during a secret meeting between Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in July 1962, and construction of a number of missile launch facilities started later that summer.

CIA reference photograph of a Soviet medium-range ballistic missile in Red Square, Moscow 




Kubusschnitt is Andy Bloyce, Tom Coppens and Ruud Heij.

The band plays selection of instrumental electronic music with deep space moods and refined modern sensibilities. With inspiration from the Berlin School of synthesizers the band has a more modern sensibility, varying from ambient to more rhymical tunes.

And on his own, Any is the The Soviet Space Dog Project.

Here is an interview

Mother Zuul

The Mother of Zuul
(Epic Fallacy Book 4)
by Michael James Ploof (2017)

The Champions of the Dragon have somehow survived the dreaded Drak’Noir, and now they must keep their word to Lyricon and begin the victory tour of Fallacetine. They have been treated like heroes since their return, but when the truth of their adventures comes out in the form of Lyricon’s candid play, the public begins to see them in a very different light.

This story feels very tacked on as an afterthought to the previous story. It doesn’t have the zip and vigor of the others. Things just trundle on to a rather down-beat ending. In retrospect, the series could have ended with the trilogy.

This one took almost two weeks to read.



The Campaign is a 2012 American political satire comedy film directed by Jay Roach, written by Shawn Harwell and Chris Henchy and stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two North Carolinians vying for a seat in Congress. The film was released on August 10, 2012 to favorable reviews from critics.

At last, a decent film with Will Ferrell, mainly because he pushes things past comedy to satire, parody and farce. Zach Galifianakis is the centre of the film, as the dim witted son pushed to run for the senate. Also having fun are Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow.