Top Ten Space Exploration Lessons Learned from Watching Prometheus

  1. While exploring an unknown planet, always wear your helmet. Especially with dead alien bodies scattered around.
  2. If team members are trapped overnight in an alien ship, have someone stay up to watch their helmet cam footage.
  3. If said team members mysteriously die overnight, have someone rewind and watch their helmet cam footage (at least before sending more people inside, also without helmets).
  4. Don’t split the party.
  5. If you happen to get lost inside a spaceship, and it has already been thoroughly scanned, look at your map.
  6. Flamethrowers are not the first weapon of choice in space.
  7. Axes are even less useful—at least against the ancient aliens which created the human race and the newer squid-aliens you birthed from your own body.
  8. Make sure your medical pods are equipped with procedures for both genders.
  9. Never accept drinks from a robot.
  10. If you launch out on an exploratory mission to question and challenge your creators–don’t name your ship Prometheus.

Guy on a Buffalo

A friend of mine sent this to me saying he wanted to base a D&D character off of it. This leads me to the obvious conclusion that the only thing greater than imagining a man riding around on a buffalo and fighting evil-doers is actually seeing it.

If you liked that (and who wouldn’t), make sure you check out the other episodes. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, you can watch the whole movie off of which it is based, Buffalo Rider.

A Wordsmith is Me


English is a pretty good language. Awfully well-rounded. Lots of words. The Oxford English Dictionary has entries for 171,476 words in current use, plus a bunch of ones no one likes anymore.

But gaps exist. For example, what if you wanted an efficient way to describe that feeling you get about 4:00 in the afternoon when your brain feels like melting butter, and you know you have lots to do, but you just can’t stop yourself from slumping in front of your computer while you rearrange your desktop icons into more and more pleasing shapes? I wish there was a word for that, and if there were, I would use it.

But I digress.

The other day I found myself needing a good hearty word to describe the tendency (from which some suffer) to dabble in the fantastic. But however could a poor, butter-brained grad student describe himself efficiently with reference to a compulsive interest in all things speculative–science fiction, fantasy, and horror?

Easy. I have a certain specuclivity.

That has a nice ring to it, right? Sort of official sounding. Sort of impressive. Sort of see-wife-I’m-really-not-just-a-kid-who-won’t-grow-up-it’s-just-that-I’ve-got-this-kind-of-genetic-thing-and-I’m-pretty-much-a-tortured-artist-and-well-actually-I’m-pretty-happy-but-it’s-not-my-fault-so-I-should-pretty-much-try-to-be-a-genius-and-that-means-instead-of-going-out-on-a-date-we-should-stay-home-and–watch-the-Walking-Dead-cause-it’s-important-research-in-light-of-my-genetic-predestination.

So, without further ado:

Spec·u·cliv·i·ty, noun, plural -ties.

A natural or habitual inclination toward speculation, most commonly with reference to fictional endeavers. “Johnny does have a certain specuclivity, poor boy.”

Origin: 2011; Latin prōclīvitās, speculātīvus

Synonyms: affliction, compulsion, blessing

Antonyms: aversion, dullness

I invite you to join my quest to make this entry number 171,477 in the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary!