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Learning MacLeod’s World

In my latest YouTube interview, I chat with science fiction author Ken MacLeod about Scottish space opera, libertarianism and Marxism, individualist anarchism, the Austrian calculation debate, Neoreaction, Brexit, Scottish independence, paternalism and anti-vaping laws, James Hutton and deep time, the Scottish Enlightenment, what he owes to David Friedman, what he owes to Margaret Thatcher, and that time Charles Darwin changed history by vomiting.


SciFi SongFest, Songs 277-279


Three songs comparing love with space travel:

277. Duke Ellington, “Moon Maiden” (1969):

Written to coincide with the actual moon landing, this song features some clever lyrics with an astronaut’s journey to the moon serving as a metaphor for courtship, and/or vice versa (“I’m just a fly-by-night guy … I made my approach and then revolved”)

You can hear the lyrics more clearly in this version, where he switches from singing them to speaking them:

278. Police, “Walking on the Moon” (1979):

279. Justin Timberlake, “Spaceship Coupe” (2013):


SciFi SongFest, Songs 32-33

What these two songs have in common is … well, I’ll give you a hint:

David Bowie, “Fashion” (1980):

Leslie Fish, “Surprise” (1983):


And the Bowl of Petunias Thought, “Oh No, Not Again”

This is supposed to happen tomorrow (CHT Reed Richter):

It looks a tad tricky.

If it succeeds, we can go into Randian rhapsodies about the triumph of human reason.

If it fails, we can go into Hayekian jeremiads about the fatal conceit of top-down planning.

So it’s all good.


In Hoc Signo Vinces

Constantine seeing the signum

From Christian News Wire. (CHT Bruce Majors; be sure to read the whole thing.)

A Cross made from the Cross carried Around the World on foot by Arthur Blessitt (319 nations, island groups and territories almost 40,000 miles) Is ‘Now Orbiting The Earth’! The Cross went up on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon Spacecraft. Celestis was the launch company.

The Celestis canister with the Cross was carried as a secondary payload on the Falcon 9’s second stage & is not on the Dragon. The cross in space is expected to remain in orbit for a year or more.

In other words, it was discarded and left to fall to earth in flames?

The Cross was carried Around the Earth on foot and Now the is Cross Flying Around this Earth over Washington DC, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Asia, Australia etc.

I’m having trouble picturing the shape of this orbit. I think Isaac Newton might be puzzled too.

The cross is passing over you where ever you are.

Okay, that doesn’t help with the orbit thing.


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