These books are to blame for my continued fascination with science and my skeptical outlook on authority.
These works were great reads in that they allowed you to experience the thought process of Darwin himself as he reasoned
through the evidence for natural selection and also how homo sapiens fit into the framework.
Part of the armentarium that I use in studying physics. Told from one of the masters of physics.
Do not miss his Cornell lectures, also!
What were Einstein's non-science attitudes and opinions? Read them here and see how he thought about the rest of the world.
Kant's rebuilding of metaphysics and his explanation for our understanding of knowledge. Difficult and tedious to read,
but so satisfying of an accomplishment by one of the greatest thinkers.
Very concise and powerful introductions to Chomsky's political ideas and are awesome reads straight from his own mouth.
American history as it really is and the thoughts and ideas from the perspective of Zinn on socialism and pacifism.
At the time I began my first year at the university of South Florida (1995), I grew a fascination about world empires throughout history,
the greatest example of which was the Roman Empire. It's history was immense and it's role in military, philosophy, medicine, and civics projects
have been lasting to this day. I had already been struck by Asimov's operatic telling of a galactic empire that populated the Milky Way and
his telling of its own vast and sweeping history of rise and eventual destruction. Asmiov's notable impression on me from the Foundation
series was in how his galactic empire prevented many more thousands of potential years of darkness due to a hidden and secret project that
was implemented to store away all of civilization's knowledge in a vast undertaking called the Encyclopedia Galactica.
Converging on this idea was Carl Sagan's retelling of Egypt's ancient Library of Alexandria that was sacked and thus much of the Western world's
knowledge and progress had, in the real world, fallen and been retarded by possibiliy thousands of years. One of Sagan's own personal favorites
was Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
This was all enough to motivate me to read through Gibbon's enormous tomes of history. I have read through all of the first 3 (of 6) volumes
and it had taken me all of my first year at USF to do so. They read like suspenseful novels, where you were the invisible witness to the Emperors'
daily duties, and spanned through vast sweeps of time (from 180 AD to 1453). I loved them and found that out of all of the historical readings up
to that point I could easily say that they were the most interesting and satisfying.
One of these days I hope to complete my reading of the rest of the set.
This book was unique in that it presented all different types starcraft engines in a scientific manner and in an analysis
on their respective feasibilities. I had always been fascinated in possible starship designs and the science related to
starship travel and all manner of consequence surrounding it. However, there was never an in-depth and readable collection
of this material anywhere, until I discovered "The Starflight Handbook".
When I was in elementary school I remember spending inordinate amount of time with two of my friends on making detailed
schematics for a Bussard Ramjet type of starship that we had all planned on building and using to get us to Barnard's star!!
I still have bits and pieces of the schematics. An issue of
is to blame for our fascination of starflight as children. It featured an article about Project Daedalus and using fusion fuel
pellets to light up and push the manned starship to Barnard's Star in 50 years. Project Daedalus was a real technological study
on the feasibility of building a starship.
This was my absolute ultimate "bible" on all things Atheism and the justifications for believing and living it.
The pinnacle of science fiction. My favorite science fiction stories. The grandeur and storytelling that all works
of science fiction attempt to emulate.
A very curious look at what it would be like to find an alien artifact passing through our solar system. Fascinating story.
An introduction to mind aerobics in many dimensions. Lots of fun!! See the world not unlike the premise of "The Matrix",
but in much more peaceful, dimensional and Victorian tones.
A fascinating look at how humans would look like hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years in the future through evolution.
I discovered this book at our local library when I was in early elementary school in Washington state. My friend and I returned home
(to his home) after picking up an armful of books each. (A regular enjoyment of ours). One of these books I came back with was Dixon's
"After Man". My friend's mother was a rabid Christian and when she found that I had brought a book into her house that talked about
evolution she flipped! She demanded that I return the book back to the library. I refused and enjoyed every moment I had reading it at
This incident also introduced me to religious mentality and their fundamental close-mindedness and intolerance for
science of the real world. I actually thank my friend's mother for being so harsh to me as it opened my eyes to another
side of the world and taught me a lesson about authority.
Thank you Dougal Dixon!! May the children of the world read your book and revel
in the fascination it provides and the immersion in reality that it delivers.
What would the flora and fauna of an alien ecological environment look like? And by "alien", I mean alien in the sense of extraterrestrial.
Barlowe is an artist who is different from most in that he goes way outside the box and presents views of creatures that only an imagination
armed with science could illustrate.
A wonderful science documentary ("Alien Planet") was incidentally made
on the Discovery Channel that is based on "Expedition". Check it out!
This was one of my favorite books growing up. It featured pictures of future starships in a stylistic way that was very different and curious to me.
I also remember losing it's title and author when I was younger and wished so much to have remembered it. I later rediscovered it at a local library
and decided to research it's whereabouts where I could buy a copy for my own, as it had long been out of print.
I was never much into reading fiction. Whenever I did, it was almost always science fiction. I just always thought that reading fiction of any sort
was kind of a waste of time, as that time could be used in reading about the way the world really is and not how we wish it should be.
(Incidentally, I feel the same about video games and TV, in general. However, I break these rules more often than I care to announce when it comes
to TV and movies). However, there are times when I can't resist and would like to place myself in another time or place to relax from the craziness
of this one. Baxter's stories are my contemporary favorites in science fiction. His sci-fi is very hard-core and detailed and with "Vacuum Diagrams"
he tells stories about the far, far future; my favorite time to think about!
What would lifeforms be like that evolved on a neutron star (one of the greatest gravitational environments in the universe)? What would human civilization
be like that had evolved among floating cities within the Oort cloud of comets way out in the outskirts of solar system? What would it be like to "bump up against"
the edge of time? What kind of technological artifacts would an alien civilization create that was millions and perhaps billions of years more advanced
than we? Read Baxter.
Read about my impression of Salvador Dali in the "People" section on this webpage to know more.
An example of the vague representation of organic forms that Tanguy's art portrays. Read my take on Yves Tanguy on this page's
"People" section to know more about my take on his work.
Same as above.
I love works of art that leave you wondering and asking more questions than they answer. Magritte's "Pyrenees" is a prime example.
How is the mountain staying aloft? Where did it come from? Is the castle fused with the mountainous rock? Fascinating and curious art.
I think my curiosity of the real world stems, in large part, to my continued fascination with all things alien. I do not believe there
has ever been alien contact with earth, let alone alien visitation. In fact, my belief is such that if visitation were to happen it would
not be from organic creatures, but from their technological creations: robotic intelligences that have perhaps succeeded the organic
extraterrestrial civilization. It will be the AI that will visit here not the long gone creatures that had created them.
Many fascinating places on earth still retain so many unanswered questions and it is natural to be impatient in finding those answers and
assigning, instead, extraordinary answers to them. Aliens built the pyramids, the Moai of Easter Island, Stonehenge, the base stone blocks
at Baalbek, and the keyworks of Puma Punku. Foss's "Easter Island" plays to those ideas, but I love them and they build up a wonder for
This is an example of the strange starship and extraterrestrial art that Foss is renowned for, and rightly so! By the way, I was introduced
to his works from one of the books I have listed on this page "Spacecraft: 2000 to 2100 A.D." By Stewart Cowley. Awesome book of memory!
As a child I started dabbling in learning about the compositions of classical music and started to grow fond of it
and it's complexity. Contemporaneous to this I was fully immersed in Sagan's works. It is through Sagan's
"Murmurs of the Earth" that I learned of all of the sounds, music, images, and language that was carried aboard the
Voyager spacecrafts. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F was one of the songs carried onboard.
I wanted to learn and
listen to everything Bach. Bach's works are perhaps some of the most intensely detailed and rich music that can be enjoyed.
Even though Bach was a man of his times, and therefore deeply ingrained in sacred music, his works will perhaps be
outlived by every living thing on planet earth and residing on 2 small artificial emissaries from that small planet.
His works will move on through the cosmos as if they were timeless creations and, in a very deep sense, they rightly are.
Bach was of this period and many of the classical works of this time feature very lively and rich works that are uplifting and fun.
Boston is a group I grew to love after traveling with my sister through the desert on a road trip. Boston was featured prominently
in my memories of cruising through the middle of nowhere. "More Than a Feeling" is perhaps my all-time favorite classic rock song.
The lyrics inspire uplifting and a wonderful "out-of-body" experience and I find it ideal when alone and cruising in a car.
I love NIN! The best of powerful, depressing and dark music and lyrics from the great 90's. It brings back a lot of grunge and goth
memories from that time.
If there is a way to encapsulate the surrealism that I feel and see in Dali's and Tanguy's works (see their respective descriptions
on this web page) and place them within music, then I would have Soul Coughing! They are, by far, my favorite band of all time. No words
can really describe how I feel when I listen to them. Sadly, they are now defunct and only left us with only 3 works of art (and a
compilation of their greatest). I never tire of listening to them and I know I make those around me crazy after relistening to them
so many times!
My other love: The X-Files, is what introduced me to Soul Coughing. A song by them ("Unmarked Helicopters") was featured in an early episode
of the show and that song, along with a couple of others, have been featured in soundtracks of The X-Files.
Long live Soul Coughing!!!
I remember in the middle to late 90's waiting outside of a store in a strip mall in my car for someone while it was storming outside.
While I was waiting, I had turned to a radio station that normally during the day featured radical Left talk and thought that I would
catch a piece of that. It turns out that the station, at night, switched to New Age and Indie music and had, that night, been
featuring some music from an artist by the name of Steve Roach. Up until then, I had been a fan of environmental moody instrumental
music and had been introduced to the genre by listening to Yanni. (I had even gone to one of his performances when I was in high school).
I progressed into other subgenres of New Age while studying Physics at the University of South Florida.
When I first listened to Steve Roach's music I felt like I had been placed in an alternate universe, literally! It was absolutely
wonderful! It was exactly the style of New Age music that I seemed to have been looking for for years. To the untrained
ear, it sounds very boring (especially to those not accustomed, or appreciative, of New Age music). But for those who do enjoy it, Steve
Roach's style is different in that it is extremely simple in the sense of seeming to be stripped of everything, except the basest of
environmental sounds. Much of his music is so flowing and trancendental that it feels like you are floating in a void and being nudged
ever so gently towards nowhere.
Some of music features soundscapes of desert southwest ghost towns; others are of desert landscapes experiencing thunderstorms; still others
are those that feel like you are literally floating in a sea of nothingness in an alternate universe.
While setting the lights down low (or off completely) and laying down in a quiet environment, turn on Roach's "Into The Void" and you'll
be sent to a place that probably only LSD could bring you.
I was introduced to Jarre's "Oxygene" while studying Physics at the University of South Florida. It was New Age music that was closer to the
style I believe best suited my tastes. It featured music that was experimental and synthesized. I loved it, much seemed to always be missing one
key ingredient. I could never really tell what that was, but on hindsight it seemed that Jarre's music was a little rougher and sharp than I would
have liked it to be. It's still classic New Age.
This is great 90's rock riffs that I continue to listen to and never grow tired of. It brings back so many memories of the 90's to me.
It features my all-time favorite artist: Soul Coughing and includes music from other great 90's bands and artists, like Foo Fighters and
The mood it brings me is one of dark mystery and alien lonliness and abandonment. I have always been sort of a solo personality and feel
very suited to this style of music. I was slightly into the Goth lifestyle when I was younger and this music satisfies my inner "spirit"
Almost the same things that were said for "The X-Files: The Album" can be said about this collection. It is an older album and it was the
one that first introduced me to the music of Soul Coughing. It also includes selections from Danzig and the Foo Fighters.
For those who are X-Philes like myself (people who are great fans of The X-Files), this album always places me in (among other experiences)
a scene within The X-Files that I have always loved. Soul Coughing is playing "Unmarked Helicopters" on a tape player within the Airstream
trailor home of my favorite X-Files character: Max Fenig as Scully and mulder are searching around for him. I've always liked Max Fenig's
character, because it seemed to represent a part of my persona: a hippie solo wandering soul looking for unconventional Truths that may be
Look for my blog on Animal Rights concerning "Why I Am a Vegetarian" and I discuss Whale Wars and how it ties in
with my ongoing vegetarianism and its ethical impetus. I great, courageous, and unconventional show. I wish TV were
this brave all the time and showed the realities of the world like Whale Wars does.
Real-life X-Files! I do not believe alien spacecraft, let alone aliens themselves have visited Earth. However, I love
researching paranormal phenomena, especially, of course, UFO's. This all goes without saying...for those who know me!!
UFO's are an extremely interesting subject, and regrettably, I believe "UFO Hunters" does a bad job at looking at the issue
from both sides; they do a great job, most of the time, in showing the perspective that UFO's are extraterrestrial spacecraft,
but do a horrible job at looking at it from my side: from that of the skeptic.
That being said I still love the show, in the same sense that I enjoy reading about the subject or love listening to Coast to
Coast AM, etc.
My all-time favorite TV show! I love being in the world of the paranormal, especially the subject of UFO's, and the X-Files
universe is the closest I can come to it. I watch it religiously and identify very much with Scully's beliefs (skepticism and
the use of science as her life's guide), Mulder's philosophy's and drives (knowing there are many unanswered questions that
scream out for explanation and an urge to let the public know) and also of Max Fenig's philosophy's and lifestyle (less materialism
and more wanting to know the Truth at any expense, including going it alone).
The Twilight Zone introduced me to the bizarre and the strange when I was younger. My favorite episodes were "Five characters in Search of an Exit",
"The Bewitching Pool", an episode featuring a group of colonists that had been stranded on a very hot planet and were seeking to return back to Earth
(can't remember the name of the episode), an episode (again one I can't remember the name for) where I lonely woman in a house in the middle of nowehere
becomes terrorized by mini "alien" creatures, "All the Time in the World", and finally "Little Girl Lost". (I must say that the episode "The Eye of the
Beholder" is the penultimate in Twilight Zone representation and I do include it in my list, also, but I would just say that any Twilight Zone fan has it
as one of their favorites as a default).
I highly recommend you check these particular episodes out! Your world will look very different afterwards. To think that a TV show in black and white and was
produced so long ago could have so much influence and wonder after all these years and still remain so popular shows how important and powerful The Twilight
Zone has been. And so it has been with me, as I was indoctrinated into its world when I was very young. I am so thankful for this!
Thank you Rod Serling. Thank you so much!
Fung Fu taught me, when I was young, the philosophies of Buddhism and a hint of Asian cultures, both of which were mysterious and fascinating.
The art of Kung Fu was, to me as a young child, a way to become "superhuman", in a sense. A way to become like an animal and see the world as they do.
In addition, I felt, it was a way to tap into a strength that you could not get anywhere else. It was fascinating and it had been a mystery to me to
think that only the Orient had discovered this ancient "secret".
"Fung Fu" was also the seed that produced in me a strong sense of empathy for suffering, of animal rights, of cooperation and understanding as a
solution to war and conflict, and especially a sense of trying to overcome materialism and to live with simplicity. All of these philosophies
were right there, in the TV show. Thank you, Kwai Chang Caine!
This was a 3 part made-for-TV movie that I had watched when I was younger. It was yet another show that gave me a sense of wonder about the
mysterious, but of a slightly different flavor: of New Age beliefs and character. To me, it mixed the subjects of extraterrestrials, New Age
philosophies, human colonization of Mars, and art.
If I could put into words, how it makes me feel when watching it, it would be close to saying adding the feelings I get when looking at an
Yves Tanguy painting, watching and experiencing COSMOS from Carl Sagan, and listening to Steve Roach's "Into the Void".
This documentary introduces Noam Chomsky life and philosophy and also exposes how important and powerful the media is on our lives.
A powerful, funny, honest and enlightening look at the realities of religious belief in both our country and in others.
It asks the same question I've been asking for so many years now: why do we need this ancient and Midieval line of thinking anymore,
especially in a technologically advanced society? Why continue holding on to ideas that are institutionally dangerous,
brutal, dishonest, unethical and just plain wrong in every sense of that word? For people who have these thoughts in other subjects
would be called, by the rest of society, psychotic, insane, delusional, and/or very uncompromising. The strange thing is that society
just doesn't get it and, instead, labels religion as something virtuous and valuable. It defends it at just about any chance. To
demonize religion is one of the worse offenses someone can lodge and those who do are pushed to the edge of society and looked at
as demons themselves.
The masterpiece that Michael Moore exposed to the world! Those on the Right hated it with a strong passion, while most sane people
loved it and learned a thingor two about the Bush administration and its disastrous foreign policies.
Exposes what a corporation really is and how it historically got that way. It explains how "personhood" of a corporation destroys
the resources of the planet like a virus and instills within societies unnecessary material wants.
A great movie that gets to the heart of the most powerful and dangerous entities of our time.
"2001" is what I believe to be the closest explanation to what extraterrestrials may be like. The movie describes human evolution
as it progresses and is helped by the monolith; a mysterious, black, impenetrable block that appears in the prehistoric Serengeti
when human progenitors are just barely staying alive. The monolith, after helping early humanity's intelligence is later, after
humankind reaches a spacefarer stage, found embedded within the moon. A signal is found to have been directed at the Jupiter system
and a spacecraft, along with an artificial intelligent computer (the HAL-9000) is sent to investigate the receiving end of the monolithic
The story gets stranger still once the lone surviving astronaut finally reaches the Jupiter system. Another monolith is, indeed, found
and jumps humanity's evolution ahead yet again in a shocking, strange, and mysterious ending that becomes one of the lasting legacies of
Stanley Kubrick asked Carl Sagan to help in the depiction of the science in Arthur C. Clarke's adaptation. This is another reason that
this sci-fi movie should get extreme accolades: the science is just plain correct! The way the objects in the movie float in zero-g,
the slow tumbling and monotonous movements, the soundless void of space, the physics of situations are all so accurate that this movie
puts Star Wars, Star Trek and other fantastical sci-fi movies to shame in the arena of science. In addition to this, the extraterrestrials
are never seen...only their artifact: the monolith. This was deliberate. Sagan suggested not to show the aliens; he said to leave the audience
wondering would make the film much more mysterious and lifelike. He was correct.
"My God...it's full of stars!..."
When I was a young nuisance I found "Close Encounters" to be a movie that became so much apart of my being that I remember
becoming extremely depressed when, finally, I had found that it had come to TV and we didn't have the ability to watch it.
I wanted so badly to be a part of what the little boy, Barry, had been associated with. The pure mystery and awe I had for the
movie was palpable. It left so many unanswered questions that I felt so compelled to seek out their answers...and the may possibly
be one of the greatest reasons that I grew to have such a scientific outlook on life.
What were the UFO's? Where did they come from? Who was "piloting" them? What did they look like? Why were only a few people
honored enough to have been touched by their presence? How was the mothership built and how did it manage to float above the ground
and move so gently? What on Earth were all of those instruments and contraptions that seemed to be attached to the ships, especially
the mothership? What was the Kodaly Method hand signals? As a young boy asking these questions, I grew to have an insatiable appetite
"Contact" was based off of Carl Sagan's book of the same name. There are some differences, including a radical deletion from the end of
the book. This is another look at how extraterrestrial civilizations would make contact with humanity. This is the most accurate look, yet,
at how they would do it. The story is absolutely compelling: receipt of an alien radio broadcast with information on how to build an
extremely advanced piece of machinery for traveling through space using wormholes.
Carl Sagan, a scientist himself, approached Kip Thorne, a gravitational physicist, on the most appropriate way to travel across space
in the fastest concievable way. Thorne and his students got to work and came out with the solution of using wormholes as the mechanism.
Again, Sagan decided not to show the alien's true forms and had them represented in a more pleasing way.
A groundbreaking film for its time. TRON has been a favorite of mine since it first came out. I was a video arcade
game fanatic when I was young and found the movie's theme very exciting: people get inserted into the digital world
of computers and games.
The visual appeal of the movie was very exciting and groundbreaking, as well. And still, to this day, it delivers awe
and wonder. I can't wait until TRON 2.0 comes out (if it does)! The lightcycles themselves will be enough for anybody to get into the film.
This was a surrealistic film that took David Lynch 5 years to create! It was all shot in black and white, grainy and very foreboding. The images and scenes were
those that can be found between dreams and nightmares. A single song that was sung in the movie "In Heaven" stayed with me for days afterwards. I soon found out
that "Bauhaus", "The Pixies", "Modest Mouse" and others had since performed tributes to that song.
A powerful movie among the series. Depicts Italian-American life in the early and mid 20th century in America. The food,
the music, the family strengths, the culture are all exciting to see, especially if you are Italian! The Mafia theme and how
it ties in with "the family" bonds are convoluted and compelling. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are, by far, my favorite actors
for reasons this movie can show.
My favorite, so far, from the whole Star Trek "enterprise". It is, perhaps, the most philosophical and mysterious of the series
and stands out as a wierd individual in the collection. It has themes that were very similar to "2001: A Space Oddysey" and the
"The Martian Chronicles". V'ger and its goals for seeking out its creator are enough to leave you wondering about artificial
intelligence on this planet, where it might lead, what consciousness really is and if it's even something that can be extended to
our own creations. Awesome things to think about!
My favorite horror flick and is scary as hell when you try to place yourself in the hotel alone for the Winter.
Another of my horror genre favorites. The poltergeist storyline and way the little girl gets trapped in the TV are
strange thoughts and ideas. I love it!
I wanted to be Lazlo Hollyfeld! A hippie-super genius who lived in the hidden basement of the physics department of a
Looking back, I really believe that "Real Genius" was the reason I moved toward studying physics as a career.
Another story about artificial intelligence, but this time it is in control of a possible worldwide nuclear war. This
was a great 80's Cold War flick.
The 80's seemed to come out with some awesome teen science movies that were great. I really loved them all!.
I used to spend long hours studying and playing Chess. I first started playing against my father and he would always
win! It was depressing and I was determined as ever to play good enough to at least beat him and maybe a few others, too. Well,
I did eventually reach that stage and have not played many more games since. This is probably another game that you lose a lot of skills
in if you do not constantly practice. The game can suck up a lot of time and so, I've decided to stay away...at least for the time being.
I was able to solve the Cube in a little under 2 minutes on average when I was at my best. I cannot do
it anymore. This is something that you pretty much completely lose, if you don't continue it. It was very fun, while
it lasted, though.
Atari came around at a time when personal computers were beginning to show up in average people's homes. It was also a
time when I was a fanatical video arcade game player, so it became a deadly mix. I became addicted to the system and
played for LONG periods of time. I would save up what little allowance I would get and try to purchase a game, usually
at the end of the month. (The games were usually around $30 a piece). I was so unbelievably happy when I was able to bring
home a brand new Atari game.
Later in life, I became a fan of collecting the old Atari system games and now have over 260 Atari 2600 games and various
other Atari components and systems.
Viva la Atari!
The MYST series was great in that it appealed very much to my surrealistic artistic senses, in addition to my love of puzzles.
The game places you in a world of strange, lonely environments where you must complete puzzles to move to different areas.
My friends and I would put on our breakdancing clothes with a boom box in one hand and a large cardboard box in another. Our goal
was the nearest supermarket entrance. Placing the cardboard and the boombox down, I would turn the hip-hop on and begin the most
amazing moves that humankind had ever witnessed. I had become a freaking robot and was in a superdigital world of sharp breaking and
popping movements, otherworldy spins, moonwalking footwork, and acrobatics the likes that have never been seen on this planet.
My pointless moves and ridiculous wear of the 80's was so absolutely cool at that time that nothing else could stand in my way, short of
another competing robotic friend who had better moves than I.
I would go home unroll my newly purchased breakdancing movement posters and stick them to my wall, slam in a my new hip-hoppin' b-boy
music and would practice until I broke something.
I actually thought that I was the one who invented the Moonwalk. I believed that I was doing it long before Michael Jackson was.
But then again this is coming from the same guy who thought it cool to show off my gloved hands, zippered pants and jackets, and awesome moves
to customers frequenting the store for butter.
Tastiest Italian vegetarian dish this side of the universe.
Tastiest Indian vegetarian dish this side of the planet.
Tastiest Thai food, that again happens to be vegetarian, this side of Thailand.
Tastiest spicy Korean dish this side of K-Town.
Tastiest vegetarian Japanese look-alike this side of "Save the Whales, dammit!"
Tastiest thick Indian Mango shake this side of Mango shakes.
Funnest nut snacks this side of the X-Files.
Children who seemingly have frequent Big Mac Attacks.
Have YOU had a Big Mac Attack lately?
Save the fish!
If you recognize beef jerkey as meat from a cow, then there's something wrong with you. In fact, beef jerkey orginally comes from the
alien visitors who taught the inhabitants of ancient Easter Island how to create the Moa. A lot of people, surprisingly, do not know this.
The only difference now is that we dip the strips in saturated brine and allow the sun to dry them off.
Nowadays, I love this dish minus the Salmon.
Dragon rolls made of shrimp...and that are crunchy? Damned good stuff that I will not eat.
A strange place in the California desert that is away from everything else and that contains rocks that like to move by themselves
across the ground when no one is looking.
My absolute favorite Asian country. Highly technological and clean in the cities, wonderfully rural and naturesque outside
of the cities.
Not a place to have arguments, conflicts or disagreements with old elementary school buddies.
Great place to be born and grow up. Mountains; forests; lakes; cool, laid-back cities; coffee shops; fish markets; volcanoes;
earthquakes; rain...what's not to love?
A mini environmentally-aware Seattle and Washington with a younger hippie population.
First, and last, stop on your way to Zeta Reticuli. When approaching Rachel veer left onto the dirt road and follow the unmarked
military bus 20 or so miles toward the mountains. Ignore the Camo Dudes in their black, unmarked SUV's and rifles, and gate security
clearances that you may pass. If they yell that deadly force will be used if you continue...just announce either of these secret
"Trust No One" or "I Come In Peace". Continue following the bus full of military guys who happen to prefer bus over plane from Las Vegas,
drive up to the Groom Lake Flats bar and have a drink. Continue drinking until a last call is made for the S-4 entrance and
subsequent loading of the Roswell retrieved craft. This will be your last chance to see our planet. Wave goodbye.
Another option: continue past the dirt road and arrive at Rachel, settle in to the Little Al'e Inn and rest with a refreshing beer.
Later, buy an Area 51 coffee mug then go outside and take snapshots of the Roswell craft on its way to the only planet in the Zeta Reticuli system.