I’m From Mars–Where Are You From?

Where did earth life originate?  Biochemist, Steven Benner, from the Westheimer Institute For Science and Technology in Florida, theorized it may have come from Mars.

An oxidized form of the element, molybdenum, essential to the formation of the building blocks of life, didn’t exist on earth.

There is evidence that Earth life originated on Mars and was brought to Earth aboard meteorites.   Then, and only then, could the “primordial soup” bubble and become the basis of all Earth life.

The first mission to Mars could really be a homecoming.

Any aficionado of fifties sci-fi, like myself, already knows the truth.  We earthlings formerly lived on Mars, defiled the planet, and had to relocate on earth.  This is fair warning–clean this place up!  Keep it clean!

 

–mike wall, http://www.space.com/–

image from “Mars Attacks,” http://www.ifccenter.com/

Smackdown: Michael Rennie vs. Keanu Reeves

“I thought he’d run away with another woman; he was gone for so long,” Said Mrs. Angie Farnsworth from rural Sandcliff, Kentucky.

“It took me the better part of a week to convince her otherwise,” Husband, Bernie Farnsworth replied.

“Nobody believed me at first.  Most of the folks in town still don’t believe I was held captive by  extraterrestrial beings.  If you want people to run the other way when they see you coming–tell them you was abducted by aliens.”

“How did you convince your wife?

“I just told her the truth over and over.  She believed my story when she saw the  burned paint on the hood of my pickup.  That was exhaust burns from the space craft.”

Did the aliens look and act like aliens portrayed in movies?

“No, it wasn’t exactly like in the movies.  None of ’em looked like E. T.  Don’t you dare ask me if they was little green men–or this interview’s over.  I didn’t ask you to come over to be a laughingstock.  There’s been too much of that already.”

“That’s why I’ve secured the services of Don Handy, a local lawyer, Bernie continued.  I can’t risk mine, or my wife’s character, being defamed.  People don’t have to believe me.  They have to prove that I’m not telling the truth.”

“What was the abduction like?”

“It was scarier than Hell.  I’ve never been grabbed up like that.  First, my pickup stopped running right in the middle of the road.”

“They had two arms with spindly fingers and two legs.  We communicated with our minds.  Nothing weird went on–that I remembered.  They put me in something like a giant ice chest.

“If they weren’t green–what color were they?” 

No, their skin–body covering or whatever you want to call it, was rough like elephant hide.  It was the color of tobacco spittle.”

“I  woke up, unharmed in my truck, after it was over.”

“What’s the most unusual thing you remember?”

“My captors made it a point to remind me that extraterrestrials are portrayed wrong in movies and on TV.  That didn’t surprise me much.  Remember the original “Lost In Space?”  I promised to relay the information and then they let me go.”

“Them extraterrestrial fellas laughed–if you could call it that–because they didn’t have mouths; when I called fifties Sci-Fi movies “teakettles-on-strings movies.”

“The aliens liked Michael Rennie in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” more than Keanu Reeves in the remake.  My wife’s the same way.

“That’s true,” Angie answered.  “There’s a coincidence for you.”

“Tell your readers we’re just ordinary people,” Bernie pleaded.

“Except that you like syrup on scrambled eggs.”  Bernie gave Angie the stink eye.

So there you have it–according to Mr. Farnsworth’s eyewitness account, extraterrestrials preferred the original “Day the Earth Stood Still” with Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and others.  Which version did you prefer?

THANKS FOR MAKING ME THINK

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Gene Roddenberry’s short-lived, original NBC series, made us think, made us laugh.  It was such a contrast to other contemporary Sci-Fi fare.  The competition, “Lost in Space,” with the marooned, Robinson family; was subjected to arrogance of the bombastic Dr. Smith.  One was never sure, whether he was the enemy, or not.  Young, Will Robinson, relied on a robot for protection.  By today’s standards, his robot appeared crude–like an assemblage of parts from mom’s Electrolux and a Wurlitzer jukebox.

“Lost in Space” was more sitcom than drama.  William Shatner, was in a famous, “monster on the airplane wing,” “Twilight Zone” episode.  Among the great fifties and sixties dramas, (if you don’t count westerns), were “Playhouse 90,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and “The Outer Limits.”  These were in black-and-white–which made them creepier.

“Star Trek,” the original series, was broadcast in color.  NBC, was ahead of the curve on color broadcasting, because of ownership by RCA.  The series lasted for only three seasons–in its original form.  It was significant, taken in context with the times.  The main characters were likable; scripts and story lines, made the implausible come to life in our minds.  There was the possibility, that indeed, some of these events could happen in the future.

When the dust settles–we’re left with memories of, Leonard Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock.  I’m not a “Trekkie.”  That doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for Spock’s gifts to humanity.  Who hasn’t wished for more wisdom?  There have been many times I would like to have used the “Vulcan mind meld.”  Spock–“thanks for making me think about other worlds–other possibilities.”

A life is like a garden.  Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP

–Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) Feb. 23, 2015–

HORSES, HORSE SENSE & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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“Toyota FV2 changes color with driver’s mood”
Futuristic concept to debut at Tokyo show develops visceral relationship with driver
–Douglas Newcomb, “Exhaust Notes,” msn.com–

Toyota’s prototype FV2will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The automaker sees the FV2 as bridging the gap between the soulless self-driving cars of the future and vehicles of tomorrow that can connect “physically and emotionally with the driver,” the company said in a statement.

The physical connection comes from the FV2 being a single-occupant, podlike ride that drivers move by shifting their bodies forward and back, left and right, Segway style.  And should you… pull into freeway traffic, the FV2 can connect with other vehicles and traffic infrastructure to “including advance warnings about vehicles in blind spots at intersections,” Toyota said.

To establish an emotional connection, Toyota “envisions an ever-developing driver-vehicle relationship similar to the relationship of trust and understanding that a rider might have with his or her horse,” but in this case, this horse can be of a different color depending on the driver’s mood.  

Mobile mood detector:  According to Toyota, the body color of the FV2 can be changed at will by the operator.  Or if drivers can’t decide what mood they’re in, this motorized mount can help them decide using technology from the Toyota Heart Project that’s designed to “achieve a rapport between humans and machines.”

For the FV2, this means incorporating voice and image recognition to determine the driver’s disposition.  It can also keep tabs on owner’s driving history to automatically recommend destinations as well as assess their driving skills to better, ahem, assist them.

If you want to get a glimpse of the future and can’t make it to the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has created a smart phone app that allows users to experience the Toyota FV2 that’s available for Apple and Android devices. 

hal 9000HAL 9000 Interface

Dubious technology?  Don’t fear the future?  Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi thriller, “2001 A Space Odyssey,” directed by Stanley Kubrick, featured HAL 9000, a computer with artificial intelligence.  HAL 9000, voiced by Douglas Rain, sent chills down my spine during the final moments.

Safety features of the FV2 are laudable, but “keeping tabs on the owner’s driving history,” gives me pause.  Of course, It’s only to “assess…driving skills…to better assist.”  Horses never asked or cared what riders were  thinking–except for “Mr. Ed and Wilbur.”  In some Westerns, horses were smarter than their drunken riders.  Unlike the FV2, horses didn’t tattle-tale on their riders.

Chameleon-like, color changing vehicles could be used by the military.  Or, could be used by criminals in getaway cars.  Are you ready for an emotional relationship with your vehicle?  There are endless possibilities–depending on your mood.

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