Sir Patrick Stewart In A Kilt. You Heard Me.


Good Morning, everyone! Here, have some Sir Patrick Stewart in a kilt!

“Make it so… regimental!”

Happy Monday!

(I’ve been offline from home for almost two weeks, and unable to post, so I figured that I should post something that would really jumpstart this blog. How’d I do? *grin*)

By wearehugh

Quote For The Day…


“The Future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.”

                                                                            – William Gibson


By wearehugh

The Official White House Response to the Petition to Build a Death Star

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

By Paul Shawcross,Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

(The original response was posted on the White House website HERE.  The original petition is HERE.)

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

By wearehugh

“I think I’m… quite ready for another adventure!”


Black Milk Clothing is coming out with a dress that has a map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth printed on it. (Please note that the dress is not yet available on their website.)  And, yes, there are in fact SEVERAL lovely ladies of my acquaintance who I think would look just smashing in this…

The “Middle Earth” dress, from Black Milk Clothing.


Of course, being me, my mind immediately goes to all of the inappropriate things one COULD say…

“Excuse me… may I simply walk into your Mordor?”

“Man, I’d like to drop MY ring into her Mount Doom!”

“Your Misty Mountains look cold… can I warm them up for you?”

Of course, also being me, I never actually WOULD say any of those things (unless I were joking with a friend).  But I’d THINK them, because underneath it all I’m a very bad man with very bad thoughts.  😉

By wearehugh

Get Your @$$ To Mars

Mars One, a Dutch-based nonprofit company which hopes to put the first colonists on the Red Planet in 2023, released its basic astronaut requirements today, setting the stage for a televised global selection process that will begin later this year.  (Original story from Yahoo!News can be found HERE.)

Mars One isn’t looking for scientists or former fighter pilots; anyone 18 years or older can apply. The most important criteria are intelligence, good mental and physical health and dedication to the project, as astronauts will undergo eight years of training before launch.


And, yes, it looks like they plan to finance this by staging a reality TV show for the selection of the colonists… but, y’know what? They’ve made shows about worse things. This, at least, is something worthwhile… or at least, more worthwhile than, say, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”.

Also note that they aren’t looking for explorers, but for colonists… this is a one-way trip, folks.  If you’re going, you ain’t comin’ back.  You’d be like the family at the end of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, staring into the canal at “the martians”, as their reflections look back at them.

Would I do this?  In a heartbeat.  I mean, I know it’s easy for me to say (as, health-wise, there’s no way I’d qualify), but to have the chance to be among the first humans to live on another world?  Yeah.  Yeah, I’d do it.

But, in the meantime, I’ll let Mr. Quaid have the last word for now…

By wearehugh

And now, from the “Time Marches On” department…


Twenty-nine albums that are now 20 years old.

They include:

Nirvana’s “In Utero”, Smashing Pumpkins’ “Siamese Dream”, Pearl Jam’s “VS.”, Sarah McLachlan’s “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy”, and Sheryl Crow’s “Tuesday Night Music Club”.

Or, as I still call it, “That funky music that them thar kids is listnin’ to!”

Many of you probably feel old now.  Well, now you know what it feels like.  Now get offa’ my lawn!



By wearehugh