Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June IWSG and The Launching Pad



Hello everyone, and as always thanks for stopping by to say help! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for IWSG brought to you by Alex Cavanaugh and his co-hosts JH Moncrieff, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Jen Chandler, Megan Morgan and Heather Gardner. Please take a moment this week to stop by their sites and show them a little love!


Well, I had a new website to roll out and wouldn't you know it, the thing crashed and burned. It's a Wordpress site hosted through GoDaddy.com. Not sure what happened. Customer Service was no help.

Anyway, I'll rebuild it today.



I'm asking you to remember me and when I stop by this week to your blog, please reciprocate and come back here. There will be a link to my new site and I would very much appreciate your feedback and input. 


Thanks and happy IWSGing!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 2017 IWSG and Tribute to Melissa Bradley and Sex In Space


Hello all This month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group is brought to you by Alex Cavanaugh and his awesome and amazing host of cohorts Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet@RoamingAbout, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone

As most if not all of you are aware, we lost one of our blogging founders this week with Melissa Bradley. Melissa was such a large part of our blogging community in the early days. She visited blogs and was a guest hostess countless times. She was an incredible human being who will be sorely missed. 

Yet I choose to celebrate Melissa’s life and all she contributed to her immediate circle of family and friends and again the blogging community. 


Sex In Space Let’s face it. Melissa wrote some pretty smutty stuff. But as a guest on my blog she kept to her them yet kept things clean and from a scientific standpoint of view as she understood kids read my blog. 

During my Blog Tour for my second book Opening: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan she wrote an amazing guest blog from a purely scientific point of view of sex in space based on peer reviewed scientific articles. It remains to this day one of the best gust posts on my blog. 

Unfortunately, Google who acquired Blogger shut down my previous three blogs for so-called spamming so I do not have the link to post which I would like to do. Bad Google. Evil. Google.

Question Did you know Melissa Bradley? Do you have any thoughts you would like to share?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

S is for Super Bugs #AtoZChallenge

Humans are not the only ones thriving and taking those quantum leap forwards. Super bugs are just as busy, mutating, and finding ways to thwart even our best antibiotics.

 


Saturday T is for Transplant as in Human Head Transplant

Question Are you concerned with epidemics or pandemics breaking out any time soon? If so, do you think mankind armed with technology can come to the rescue?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

R is for Regeneration of Cells and Tissues #AtoZChallenge

Now we’re talking about some real cutting edge stuff. This video is the tip of the iceberg. Now some of this research is controversial such as embryonic stem cell research. But science is discovering multiple ways to regenerate cell and tissue. Here is one truly amazing example:

 

Question What are your thoughts on cell and tissue regeneration? 

Friday S is for Super Bugs.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

N is for Nanomedicine #AtoZChallenge


Hey folks, this is an incredible topic with much promise for breakthrough in the near future. I’m no doctor. Nor do I play on TV. So I’ll let my cyber-animated assistant take it from here. 



Question Are you buying into any of these soon to be reality scientific breakthroughs that can radically change humans's lives during our lifetime?

Tuesday O is for Orbits 

Wednesday P is for Printing 3-D Body Parts

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

J is for Jobs Replaced by Robotics #AtoZChallenge

Forget about Trump. Immigrant workers as well as people living at or below the poverty line are in serious danger of losing what little livelihood they have. Same with the lower Middle Class. 

The Middle Class has been under assault for decades. Soon, what remains their jobs will be threatened also. How? Take a look at this video clip:

 

Question Do you feel your job could soon be automated and you're handed a pink slip?

Thursday K is for K – 12 Education and What the Future Holds.

Monday, April 10, 2017

I is for Inventions on the Horizon #AtoZChallenge

As always, thanks for stopping by and saying hi! I’m relying heavy on videos for this year A to Z Challenge and today is no different. 

Here are 20 very cool inventions in that are a work in progress but should be hitting the market soon and changing our lives for the better. Enjoy!





Question Do you want time to slow down a bit or are you excited about our ever changing world coming at us full speed? 

Wednesday J is for Jobs Replaced by Robotics. 

Thursday K is for K – 12 Education and What the Future Holds

Sunday, April 9, 2017

H is for Hyperloop

Most of us have heard of this awesome way to travel that will be with us, at least in regional areas, very soon. A lot of buzz has been around Elon Musk’s version he wants to build between L.A. and San Francisco that would be a thirty-minute ride. 

Leave it to private industry to design a far superior product at a fraction of the cost than the state of California’s $100B Crazy High Speed Train to Nowhere.


But Elon 

Musk isn't the only thing happening. He has competition across the world such as Hyperloop One. Here is a clip for a hyperloop Desinged by Hyperloop One that is slated to be finished in Dubai in 2020.



Question Do you buy into the notion the hyperloop will become a safe and reliable and eventually every day form of travel? 

Tuesday I is for Inventions on the Horizon. 

Wednesday J is for Jobs Replaced by Robotics.

Friday, April 7, 2017

G is for Gene Therapy #AtoZChallenge

Gene Therapy A technique still in the experimental stage that will use genes to prevent or treat disease. It’s possibly doctors will be able to treat a disorder by inserting a gene into a patient's cells. This could replace performing surgery or subscribing drugs with terrible side effects. How this would work is ..... ah, forget it. I’ll let someone else who can explain it much better than me. 

Folks, this sounds so futuristic but it can become reality at least in part during our life time.

Enjoy! 



Question Are you a believer gene therapy can be a reality and a real game changer is diseases afflicting mankind? 

Monday H is for Hyperloop

Tuesday I is for Inventions on the Horizon

Thursday, April 6, 2017

F is for Floating Skyscraper #AtoZChallenge

Folks, this is some real crazy $h!+. Floating skyscrapers. Anchored by trapping an asteroid orbiting Earth. Tethering the two are high strength cabling. 

I’ll let this this one minute video explain this ambitious project:

 

You can heck out this article detailing the feasibility of such a project: This skyscraper is out of this world -- literally

Question Would you take up residence in a floating skyscraper? remember, this thing can travel the globe anytime anywhere.

Saturday G is for Gene Therapy

Monday H is for Hyperloop 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

E is for Extinctions on The Horizon #AtoZChallenge



For all the amazing breakthroughs we as humans are on the cups of discovering, the mere presence of humans on this Earth is a problem for a lot of species. But animals and plants do not need humans to be the triggering point for extinction. There have been five major mass extinctions where 75 – 96% of all creatures in the air, land and sea died. 

Many experts believe we are now entering the sixth mass extinction. There are species going extinct today that will do so without our assistance. But make no mistake, some are dying off because we encroach on their territory, hunt them and dump our toxins and pollutants where they live and eat. Biodiversity, which is vital for scores of species that rely on each other for survival, need large sections of land such as rain forests that slash and burn methods destroy. 

A sixth mass extinction of animals and plants could threaten human existence. 


It’s documented over the past 500 years about 1,000 species are now extinct. This does not include potentially that have left us before scientists had a chance to discover them. It’s estimated there are tens of thousands of animals and plant species threatened with extinction. For a list of more commonly known animals currently endangered or vulnerable to extinction CLICK HERE 

Question Can humans slow down extinctions or is this a natural process of nature we little to no control over?

Friday F is for Floating Skyscrapers

Saturday G is for Gene Therapies

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

D – Deep Space Exploration, IWSG and #AtoZChallenge


Folks, we’re going into Deep Space sooner rather than later. Governments and private industry such as SpaceX, Virgin Atlantic and Blue Origin are gearing up to make a deep push to place humans past our moon to Mars and into the asteroid belt and beyond. 

People are already volunteering and training to make a one-way trip to Deep Space and work and live there without returning to Earth. But first colonies will need to be built. We can send water and supplies years ahead of people. 

But we will need construction materials. Some will be readily available. Capturing asteroids and crashing them to the surface to mine is another option. 


Deep Space travel will not be limited to Governments and companies led by Elon Musk, Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezoz. Commercial flight is in the drawing board. Virgin Atlantic is billing itself as the world’s First Commercial Spaceline. SpaceX is planning on sending two private civilians on a trip around the moon in 2018. 




Inevitably, we will see a team of college students launch someone into space. The volunteer will probably be a frat boy drunk off their @$$ and wake up to find themselves orbiting the earth. Who knows, maybe in the near future a kid will win a science fair somewhere in rural Indiana by sending a classmate into space, orbit the earth, then land safely. 


IWSG Do you ever feel a sense of urgency to finish a project because you think someone else is doing something similar and will bring it to market before you and it will be a smashing success? I deal with this about once a month. Sometimes more. I wonder if other people experience the same concern? 

Question if you had the opportunity, would you take a commercial space flight? Ever think someone will beat you to market with a similar story?

Thursday E is for Extinctions on the Horizon

Friday F is for Floating Skyscraper 

Monday, April 3, 2017

C is for Cyborg #AtoZChallenge


What Is A Cyborg You have seen them on TV. You’ve seen in the movies. But you’ve also seen cyborgs in real life. In fact, you might even be a cyborg. 

A cyborg is a being made up of organic and biomechatronic body parts. Cyborg was coined by Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline in 1960. A cyborg can be human, mammal, alien or really any kind of living organism. 

Bionic arms and legs. Artificial eyes. Ear implants. All operated in part or in whole with technology such as microchips. And folks, ten years from now our world will be so different than today. People and even mammals walking around and performing everyday tasks with body parts they were not born with will be so common place. There might even be a Cyborg Olympics. How cool would that be! 

Here is a video that is definitely worth checking out. If you’re busy running the A to Z circuit come back and watch this later. People, we truly live in amazing times!  

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Wednesday D is for Deep Space 

Thursday E is for Extinction and don't forget it's also Insecure Writers Support Group too.

Question Are you a cyborg? Do you know anyone who is a cyborg?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

B is for Blindness Cures #AtoZChallenge


Blindness Progress And the blind shall see. Really? Folks, there is truly amazing progress in this field. Nearly 300 million people considered legally blind in this world. Science is progressing in numerous fields to bring eyesight, in part or in whole, to these people. Here are just a few ways we could see (no pun intended) during our life time. 

Stem Cell Research Scientists are developing a method that generates key types of eye tissue from human stem cells that could help repairing or regenerating the lens, cornea and conjunctiva. Yes, this is a very complex research that is not a one size fits all. But it is moving forward. There are obstacles like clinical-trial design, therapy manufacturing and regulatory compliance. 

Microchip Implants MIT researchers are developing an implant that could bypass damaged retinal cells. This method will offer a path of visual input directly to the brain. 

Helping the Blind to See in India’s Hard-to-Reach Villages



Gene Therapy Treatment XLRP is a leading cause of inherited, progressive vision loss. Mutations in the gene RPGR cause about 70 of the 15,000 people in the United States and tens of thousands more around the world. Injection of healthy copies of RPGR underneath the retina is designed to readily penetrate retinal cells to deliver the therapeutic genetic cargo. Researchers hope that a single injection of the XLRP gene therapy will slow or halt vision loss for several years. Reference

Tomorrow C is for Cyborgs

Question Are you excited about the incredible progress science is moving forward with? Or do you think humans as a species will somehow screw everything up in the long run?

Friday, March 31, 2017

A is for Asteroid Mining #AtoZChallenge


Folks, we live in very exciting times! Private industry and governments will certainly expand our economy into space where a treasure trove of raw materials wait to be mined. 

Why? Because we are going to set up colonies on the moon, Mars, the asteroid belt and even minor planets like Ceres and possibly certain moons of Jupiter and Saturn. And we’ll need construction material to build the colonies. 

Asteroids consist of oxygen and silicon which are the two most abundant elements in the Earth's crust. Asteroids also contain metals: up to 80% iron and the rest a mixture of nickel, iridium, palladium, platinum, gold, magnesium and other precious metals. 

Soon, we will be able to capture asteroids and bring them into an orbit around Earth or crashed into the moon or Mars for easy mining.



Companies are also factoring in how to mine asteroids cleanly. We’ve done a pretty good job of trashing the Earth mining raw materials. Fortunately, this generation of deep space explorers want to make sure we don’t trash our solar system as we will certainly begin mining asteroids, comets and minor planets like Ceres. 

Question Do you have any concerns about capturing an asteroid and bringing it into orbit near Earth?

Here are a couple fun article to further expound on mining asteroids: 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Great and Powerful A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!


Well, I missed the great reveal. I thought it was March 27th but it was last week. 

Major derp. 

Anyway, here it is. My theme for the 2017 Blogging A to Z Challenge is:

Amazing Scientific Breakthroughs We Are On The Cusp of Discovering

Yes indeed people, there are so many truly incredible scientific breakthroughs in the fields of physics, chemistry, astronomy, medicine, biology, technology, and such. 



You will probably see in your life time (for better or worse) breakthroughs that will change your world in ways never imagined. Just think how much our world has changed in the last ten years. 

Folks, what we will see in the upcoming years will dwarf the changes we’ve seen in your lifetime! I’m looking forward to connecting and reconnecting with as many bloggers as I can! 

Question Are you participating in A to Z? If so, what is your theme? Best wishes to you for a smashing success!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Get Ready To Celebrate National Pi Day 2017!!!


On March 14, 1879 Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. We all recognize the iconic face and hair as well as his famous equation E = mc 2. 

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. 


Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits. Reference 


National Pi Day is celebrated annually on March 14th. The earliest known official, or large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations. 

Freaky!!!

And since science nerds rule the world, we are still celebrating National Pi Day and will continue to do so for all infiniti (no pun intended). 

Even if you hate math, you'll love Pi Day. Why? Because there's pie. 

Saw This At A Local Grocery Store Today

14 Pi Day Deals That Are Irrationally Good Do you love a good pizza pie or fruit centered pie? Like to save money too? Well, national Pi Day is for here. For deals on all sorts of pies CLICK HERE

Pi Day Fun Fact Pi Day is celebrated around the world on March 14 or 3.14 and officially kicks off at 1:59 pm. Now do the math: when combined the date and time results in 3.14159, the approximate numerical value of pi.

Question What's you favorite pie? I know, I know, that's a tough one. Me, I'm going for the pizza pie from an Italian mom and pop restaurant with pepperoni and sausage.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March IWSG, Adventures of Chase Manhattan Box Set Trilogy, 2017 Blogging A to Z Challenge


IWSG This month it’s brought to you by Alex Cavanaugh, Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicole Christopherson

This time I remembered to look up the question of the month. March 1 Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out? 

The closest I have done is to take out sections and put them in my Junk Yard. I tend to overwrite and as I’m going through my final drafts I will delete sentences, paragraphs and entire sections that just don’t seem to flow or is a good fit. But I often use them to plug a gap somewhere else. I visit my Junk Yard often and find a perfectly good piece and use it, just not in the original section it came from. 

Oh By The Way I have placed numerous short stories in my books. The first chapter in my first book Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan is a stand-alone short story. I thought the book needed to begin with action so I plugged it in. 


Blogging A to Z I’m working on this really cool project. It’s ginormous and demanding a lot of time and resources but hopefully I’ll wrap it up by the end of March. I do have a theme and will participate in the Theme Reveal later in March. However, if the situation demands I need to focus my energies with this project then so be it. I’ll have to wait until next year for A to Z. 


Finally I’ve put together the three books in the Adventures of Chase Manhattan series into a Box Set. I just set it up on Amazon Kindle and will begin promoting it later this month. For now I’ll throw out a few Tweets here and there. 


Ha! I have to get a kick out of the original Kindle Ranking: 4,431,665.

Question Are you participating in blogging A to Z this year? Do you have a theme yet? Have you put together a trilogy or participated in an anthology?

Ugh! I see Google is losing comments again. Is this happening to anyone else. Every post it's like 25 comments mysteriously disappear? 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 2017 IWSG, Mary Pax, D-oh and Abducted Life


IWSG Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by and saying hello! This month’s Insecure Writers Support Group is brought to you by the our host Alex Cavanaugh and his incredible co-hosts Eva@lillicaspace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner. Be sure to stop by and give these awesome hard working bloggers some love. 



I have great news! Unfortunately, I’m not able to share it. Probably next month though. I hate not being able to shout out great news, but I’ll just have to hold it for a few weeks. Hate it when that happens. 



Congrats! To Mary Pax Mary got herself on the almighty Book Bub promo. I don’t know the final results, but above is a snipit from late last night ranking at #282 on the Amazon Best Seller's List!!!




D-oh! Like an idiot I forgot to post Patricia Lynne’s Cover Reveal last month. Well, better late than never: 



Blurb Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest. Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. 

While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him. But neither can let the other go. When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. 

As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars. 


Question Have you had great news but have to wait to tell it and it's like having to pee real bad an there's nowhere to go?