Best not to think about it
This podcast isn’t a political platform, a current events show or a standard panel show. This is about three guys from completely separate countries, jobs, backgrounds and experiences sharing a unique look at a range of topics and events, from the effects of science fiction on modern culture (our first ever show) to technological break throughs and its effects on society. We don’t just look at the technology, or the media, or its implementation. We look at the whole, from its ethical uses, to the way it’s developed and its possible uses.
From ex military, to a self confessed renaissance man of the sciences and arts, to a world traveled jeweler. Three Wise Guys offers a unique look at the world we live in today and will be tomorrow.
In this week’s show we take a look at Science Fiction and its effects on modern culture, From the Apple Ipad modeled after the PADD in Star Trek to the flying car and the mirror of TV shows and the decades they were made in, from the optimism of Star Trek in the 60′s, to the grim reboot of Battle Star Gallactica in the 2000′s.
But I also had a science teacher in high school who while not pro or con Genetically Modified foods, he was VERY in favor of his students knowing about them, above and beyond the propaganda from both sides. He was, with out a doubt, the biggest influence on my life outside of my immediate family. I think a lot of people have that one teacher that effects them on a deeper level than others, that help shape your view of the world.
He refused to give his opinion on GE foods, although I always was under the impression he was in favor of them in general. Although his motto for life was everything in moderation.
When we covered this topic here on our show, I said I was fully in favor of them, and we got some interesting feed back. The stance taken by most of the people who dont like them, was that they damage diversity in our food supply, put us at risk of blights and famines, and that we dont know the long term effects, points that were covered by Preston and Aaron in the show, who while pro GE, are not as willing as I am to surrender to the coming GE invasion.
The main point I want to cover now is the idea that a lot of GE crops are designed not to breed naturally, so called terminator genes are put in them so that farmers have to keep on buying them from the supplier rather than propagate them their selves.
Now I think terminator genes are good for two reason, first, it stops cross pollination with non GE crops, which I agree, is a big issue and shouldnt be accepted, just because I support GE doesnt mean everyone should have to put up with it.
The other reason is that it does protect the companies that do the, usually, very expensive research into these new breeds of crops, if they could only sell it over one growing season, they would not get the financial reward for their research.
This must be off set though, by having alternatives to their crops, if they supply the only strains of a certain plant, then it becomes unacceptable, as they would have a monopoly.
So long as we can protect the non GE strains, and so long as the dont pollute the natural plant lines. I think GE crops have done the world a lot of good, increasing crop yield across the board and providing drought and flood resistant strains of crops to areas with less fertile land.
As my old teacher would say, everything in moderation.
Now the case for GE in humans is another topic we covered here and I will respond to the feed back we got latter.
There is more nonsense talked about writing than about anything else. I will simply say where I am coming from, and leave you the judge. I am not a “trained” writer. I showed some early promise, but that was more to do with the possibility of inventing a new language from my dyslexic spelling than any dexterity with English. My only notable qualification is a degree in International Relations from the University of Keele. This has helped me develop my interest in the large and small interactions of the World’s seven thousand, million people, every one of which really do seem to be unique.My background is one of relatively privileged, if rather Dickensian school education, at which I did best in pugilistic activities, followed by a very brief and weak academic flowering. I then spent my best years making less and less money in farming, working as a scientific research assistant, and making a very average job of looking after the family whilst my wife’s work kept us all in modest luxury. My fiddling with great classical works grew out of my attempts to help my children cope with education in foreign climes, and my speculative fiction out of my arrogant view that I have something interesting to say. I am English by birth, a citizen of New Zealand by adoption, and an inhabitant of Switzerland I am there following the multi-talented mother of my wonderful offspring. My interest in reviewing others’ works is in the main driven by a determination to publicise independent writers. Some of us will one day be household names, possibly even through our books. Exactly who these individuals will be depends on the roll of the life’s dice and on truckloads of support from readers like you.
Alex Laybourne draws on vivid, unrelenting “catholic” visions of a mediaevalist hell as he drives us through a modern, far more terrifying, version of a Dante Alighieri like Hell. As I read the grim horror, of Laybourne’s dark prose I found myself imagining some inquisitorial preacher spouting a very similar vision of “Hell and Damnation” from his high pulpit, lashing his sinful parish to follow his idea of God through fear for their mortal souls. In places I found the horror almost too hard, not that a lover of that genre will find it so. There is just too much of the frightened catholic in me to be able to read such works with the necessary degree of personal detachment. You have been warned, to reflect first on your own psyche. I am glad I struggled through. Actually I felt strangely compelled to keep going as I grew to understand the cleverly constructed victims of the vision. Eventually I reached a point whereby I started to appreciate Laybourne’s mastery, and get a feel for the directions the following books may take. A modern version of the “Divine Comedy“, moving on from the inferno, is what I expect. But what Laybourne’s intriguing writing will actually show us, I can’t wait to see. This is a technically well written book, though certain passages would have benefitted from another edit. The grammatical flaws that remain take nothing away from the flow of his very readable style. The errors are just a reflection of the fact that like so many of our best modern authors, Laybourne has to write without the degree of support that the publishing industry is only able to provide for a very few chosen “thinkers” and a gang of “celebrity notables”. Overall, the final edit is solid, and the art work of the cover is a clever reflection of the book’s story. (See Short Readings 11/11/2011)
- Reblogged! Alex Laybourne Interviews Christopher D. Abbott (nickwale.org)
- Dante: Tribune of western civilization and target of Dan Brown’s falsification (revisionistreview.blogspot.com)
- Book Review: John Dante’s Inferno: A Playboy’s Life by Anthony Valerio (theeclecticbookworm.wordpress.com)
I wish… to visit Auckland, New Zealand
via I wish… [Auckland] | 1001 Scribbles.
- Welcome to a new friend: AnaLuciaSilva 1001 Scribbles (getmerewrite.me)
- The city side… (cjdsstudent15.wordpress.com)
I am a Wrestler of the Muse.
My stories and characters are dark but never silenced.
I see ghosts and tell their tales. I look into the face of darkness where angels fear to tread.
I am a dark fiction writer with the heart of a poet and the soul of a gypsy while the ancient rhythms of Africa, the birthplace of storytellers, courses through my veins. Wanting to be either a pathologist or a criminal psychologist, life took me on a few twists and turns while studying journalism and after a couple of meandering offshoots that did not involve fiction, fiction finally chose me when I was asked to write a short story for a NZ anthology (which was a National Award Winner).
I now live on the beautiful East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and I am lucky enough to call the Pacific Ocean my backyard. I can often be found wandering the cliff tops above the crashing ocean and walking through the lush farmlands that surround the area. But with a heart caught between two lands, the sunburned, ancient Africa and the lush, green islands of New Zealand, I find my true home within the white pages covered in ink. My fiction is caught between the dark and mysterious, the truth and the what ifs, secrets and reality, shadows and light.
I really do see ghosts and my loved ones believe ghosts and extreme weather phenomenon follow me around. I grew up spending holidays and weekends at my grandparents’ large old farm homestead which had a hidden wing that was haunted. These early experiences with haunted homes ignited my imagination and started a spark that made me question what else is out there that we couldn’t see, what is around us observing us? Why could I see these ghosts/spirits and many others couldn’t? The spark was lit and the stories started coming as fast as I could write them down and they still keep coming.
One of these real life experiences sparked The Redgates Secrets, my debut 6 part novella series.
via About | Kim Koning.
I am a Percolating Writer-in-progress, poet, coffee addict, sun-lover & adventurer.
percolating is a form of:
percolated, past participle; percolated, past tense; percolates, 3rd person singular present; percolating, present participle
- (of information or an idea or feeling) Spread gradually through an area or group of people
- – this issue has percolated into the public consciousness
- (of coffee) Be prepared in a percolator
- – he put some coffee on to percolate
- Prepare (coffee) in a percolator
- – freshly percolated coffee
- Be or become full of lively activity or excitement
- – the night was percolating with an expectant energy
My Survival Fuels are:
(Mead-schmead…this is the true nectar of the gods…mmmh fresh coffee…)
(Who does not love miniature bite-size cakes? I can have more than just my “cake-singular” I can have cakes and not feel too guilty.)
(Make this rich, dark and bitter-sweet…and by the slab-ful.)
(It must be red…Don’t you know that Red makes writers write much faster?!)
For your safety and for this writer’s sanity, make sure all of these are always within my reach…
Lightning strikes dust
Finger of God touches Man
© Kim Koning.