Sunday, January 14, 2018

EUROPA CLIPPER

Europa Clipper - Europa is an icy moon that orbits Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. The Galileo space probe confirmed the moon has a thin atmosphere, is covered by thick ice and flexes tidally. The surface is covered with reddish-brown hatch marks, possibly left behind by irradiated salt water deposits. The Hubble telescope found water vapor shooting sixty miles in height, prompting the theory of a subsurface ocean on this strange world. The USA has planned a new mission of discovery, the Europa Clipper, named for high seas ship voyages in the not so distant past. For the first time, a space probe might discover life outside Earth. Still in the planning stages, the radiation-tolerant spacecraft will use Jupiter’s gravity to slingshot by the moon, 45 revolutions within 16 miles of the surface. Passing through the water above the surface will allow analysis of the chemical makeup but avoids the need to drill through ice layers. NASA is sending instruments aboard including cameras, spectrometers, radar, magnetometer, thermometer and instruments to detect atmospheric water and particles. Every great story starts the same way. What if? Could unimaginable creatures inhabit this familiar yet so alien underwater world? Truly, this is a new age of exploration. 







Sunday, January 7, 2018

HP LOVECRAFT

HP LOVECRAFT - HP (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft was born an only child in Providence RI where many of his tales are set. His biological father, who was not involved in his life, went insane and was confined to an asylum. Lovecraft grew up with his mother and grandparents, with a grandfather who was a successful businessman. During high school his grandfather died which meant the family had to vacate their prestigious home. Lovecraft himself had a nervous breakdown and his physical health wasn’t good either. Both circumstances led to his failure to obtain a high school diploma. It also meant going to university at Brown was no longer an option. Lovecraft became involved in amateur journalism and published his first short story The Alchemist in 1916. His mother also had a nervous breakdown and was confined to the same mental hospital as his father. Lacking conventional skills, his job prospects diminished, and he struggled to make it as a working writer. The period from 1919 to 1920, Lovecraft's Dream Cycle, inspired such works as The White Ship, The Cats of Ulthar, Nyarlathotep and The Nameless City. The first story in the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft married and shortly thereafter his wife lost her business. He lived in Brooklyn NY but was robbed and returned to Providence. He placed short stories in pulp magazines, almost exclusively in Weird Tales, in the 1920s and 30s. Weird Tales offered him the position of editor and he declined. Lovecraft was known to give up on stories that had been rejected once, while some went unsubmitted altogether, such as The Shadow Over Innsmouth. He failed to reply when one publisher inquired about having a novel ready, although The Case of Charles Dexter Ward was finished. Lovecraft had not typed up a manuscript into submission format. He was fully capable of writing commercially viable stories such as The Dunwich Horror. Ones with action the Weird Tales editor wanted. But Lovecraft continued to produce work that he couldn’t sell for profit. After a few years of living away from his wife, both agreed to divorce. She remarried after being told he signed the decree when he actually had not. Lovecraft lived off an inheritance and was nearly broke prior to his death. He wouldn’t eat so he could continue to send letters. He suffered cancer and chronic pain until his death by 1937. He died in poverty at the very young age of 46. His work is rooted in the themes of science, the occult, decayed antiques, gothic architecture, churches and graveyards, Anglophilia, gods and monsters. HP Lovecraft never had a book commercially published in his lifetime. Yet his fame as a writer continued to grow after his death. He is considered to be amongst the greatest American fiction writers, shelved alongside Hawthorne and Poe. His posthumous collections became best sellers but his writing was virtually unknown in his lifetime.










Thursday, January 4, 2018

SOCIAL MEDIA STATS

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Monday, January 1, 2018

HORROR 2018

HORROR 2018 - Here’s my short list of (potentially good) films for this year along with a couple years of recap. There are still a lot of remakes but Hollywood seems to be taking more risks on horror recently.



Insidious The Last Key - January 4


Day of the Dead Bloodline - January 5


Winchester - February 2


The Strangers Prey at Night - March 9


A Quiet Place - April 6


The School - April 13


Predator - August 3


The Meg - August 18


Halloween - October 18