Night Sky Ramblings VI

Hello there!

Well, here is the final edition of Night Sky Ramblings for the 2018-19 Winter season. Today was a gorgeous day, and it will drop into the mid-50’s tonight–which obviously explains why I’m doing this lmao. So technically, this is the last Night Sky Ramblings until likely late October. 🙁 BUT, there is a chance I might do one or two. Possibly.

Well, back to the basics. Currently, I am studying for my SAT, which I am taking in May 4, 2019. It’s kind of a pain, but whatever. To be perfectly honest, I am enjoying studying the Algebra, Geometry, English, etc. On the other hand, I’m also taking a 10-lecture course on Economics from Hillsdale College. Ironically, I’m having a blast with that one.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER trailer came out the other day. I think it looks very good, and hopefully they can finally tell us who Rey’s parents are. But damn, that ending! Palpatine aka the Emperor aka THE SENATE is coming back. Finally. Kylo Ren also seems to be returning to how he was prior to THE LAST JEDI.

Unfortunately, although I love the plot direction of Sheev Palpatine possibly returning, I also hate that they dreadfully misused Snoke. I’m 100% sure JJ Abrams wanted to reveal him as Darth Plageuis. OK, I will stop with the Star Wars stuff now lol. Most of you probably don’t watch it anyway.

The Shadowverse received a few more 4-star and one 5-star review recently, so, “yippee!” as Anakin Skywalker would say. I just sent my first email (using Mailchimp) to 17 of my subscribers, who are now members of The Shadows.

Also, I am starting to write The Shadowverse Part II: Vengeance! It is a fun ride so far, but I am going slow. I’m trying to make it the best it can be, and so far, it’s even better than the last one (which will always have a special place in my heart, though). It’s also written better, if I may so myself.

The worldbuilding in this one is also much different. While The Shadowverse sported many different worlds (because it was a universe-at-stake conflict, of course) across the cosmos, such as Hallux, Titan’s ships, Herook, Xalen, etc., Vengeance only features one planet–that being Earth. Most of the locations are abandoned warehouses and buildings, underhround facilities, urban alleyways, and the like. So far, the plot is moving at warp speed! OK, enough talking about that lol.

Avengers Endgame is coming out in about a week! I honestly cannot wait. The leaks have started to flow though, so please, do yourself a favor and BE CAREFUL. I only saw one leak and OOF. Remember the final battle in Ready Player One? It’s like that, just we care for the characters a lot more.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be watching any more Marvel movies, because it’s becoming more and more apparent that they want to shove political agendas in there. Where have the days gone when a movie and its story and characters were just that–fictional? Uh. RIP Thanos, one of my favorite villains of all time. Heck, he’s one of my favorite CHARACTERS. Literally the only fantastic villain Marvel boasts. But they killed it with him.

So, yeah. Now that I think about it, there’s a very good chance I will do another one of these Night Sky Ramblings in late August, because I am vacationing with my family at a beach resort. So no mosquitoes 😀

Anyway, I think that’s all. Easter Sunday is tomorrow, so don’t forget the real reason we celebrate it–Jesus rose from the dead to save every single human being who would ever exist for all of time.

In closing, I recommend you read this very long excerpt from one of Carl Sagan’s books. Music to listen to: Ether – We Are All Astronauts.

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

Have a fantastic spring and summer, see you for another Night Sky Ramblings in August!




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