Saturday, January 28, 2017

Time Crystals! - Perpetual Motion Without Energy?


Sci fi fantasy is rapidly becoming science fact as time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping, into the future. Scientists have confirmed a brand new form of matter that appear to have movement even at their lowest energy state, known as a ground state. It's also called the zero-point energy of a system. It means "movement" should be theoretically impossible, but it's happening anyway. Ground state, zero point energy, movement, wha??

To help illustrate what this means, the Science Alert article by Fiona Macdonald, asks us to "...Imagine it like jelly (jello?) - when you tap it, it repeatedly jiggles. The same thing happens in time crystals, but the big difference here is that the motion occurs without any energy..." -  (No poker around to jiggle it, so how is it jiggling on it's own?) -  ..."A time crystal is like constantly oscillating jelly in its natural, ground state, and that's what makes it a whole new form of matter - non-equilibrium matter. It's incapable of sitting still."

Why is this a big deal? Well, according to Fiona Macdonald, this first example of non-equilibrium matter could - "lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of the world around us, as well as new technology such as quantum computing."

And as any Sci-Fi fan may tell you, quantum computing has been linked to....time travel. Cue the Twilight Zone music.


To read the rest of this very interesting Science Alert article by Fiona Macdonald...

Hit That Link!:
http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-just-announced-a-brand-new-form-of-matter-time-crystals


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ronda Rousey Lost Her Title, But Nothing Else

 A very disappointing loss for Ronda Rousey. But she supposedly earned 3 million for the fight, plus pay per view, and they say she may have earned about six million total. So for all those memes featuring her battered face by those who think they're funny, she can laugh with you - all the way to the bank.

Plus, there's this.....

"....Not all that long ago, this cavalcade of clowns was debating how Rousey would fare against boxer Floyd Mayweather. But over the past several days, a crew who couldn’t tell you the difference between a wristlock and a wristwatch suddenly want to tell you that Rousey wasn’t that good in the first place, and that women’s fighting was some sort of mirage hustled by hucksters on an unassuming public.

But those who follow the sport on a week-in, week-out basis and don’t just parachute onto the scene when MMA website clicks go through the roof, understand that even if Rousey vanishes from the scene forever, not only did she leave with her legacy secure, but she does so with the entirety of women’s MMA in a healthy space."
 
 
 For the complete article, go here:
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/forget-the-asinine-talking-heads-ronda-rousey-put-womens-mma-in-position-to-thrive-long-after-shes-gone-023409598.html

Monday, November 7, 2016

Can Rhonda Rousey Make a Comeback This December?


Well, Miesha Tate doesn't think so. She and others may think "ring rust" will be a factor - since it has been over a year now since Rousey last fought - but that doesn't mean she's been sitting on her ass doing nothing all year. She's been training hard and some of that training may have even been in an actual octagon. So when they say "ring rust" are they referring to fighting in front of a large audience and cameras?

I hope Rhonda has learned much from her hard loss to Holm in 2015 and will be an improved fighter - and an improved person? - and will be successful. But if not, she has already stated she will return to making movies. Sounds like she wins either way.

What do you think? Do you agree with Miesha Tate in the following article?:

http://www.mmaweekly.com/miesha-tate-wont-be-surprised-if-amanda-nunes-beats-ronda-rousey




Monday, October 10, 2016

Do We All Live In The Matrix?


Does one have to be a Sci-Fi geek to post this article? Apparently, "Many of the world's richest and most powerful people, including Elon Musk and Bank of America, think that we live in a simulation of the real world."

Hmmm, very interesting.


What do You think? Here's the link.





Thursday, June 9, 2016

George Orwell's 1984



Amazing coincidence, and very relevant today. A classic work. If you haven't added it to your bookshelf yet, your library is incomplete. :)


Monday, May 23, 2016

Teiwaz! First Images From New Graphic Novel


 Before Thor, Before Odin, There Was Tyr
The Original "All Father"
Who Became Known as Teiwaz.
 
 
Other than the three Icelandic and Norwegian poems, little is known about the "One Handed God" and oldest Teutonic deity - Tyr/Teiwaz. The original god of the Celts, Teiwaz was known for his dual nature - human/deity, and more importantly, he was known as the god of good and self-sacrifice. Odin was once considered the opposite of this, but with the passing of time both he and Thor gained in popularity and Teiwaz faded into relative obscurity.
 
Based loosely on the aforementioned poems, Teiwaz the graphic novel reveals the dramatic childhood events, and hard lessons, that shaped the myth into legend. Taking place in both the antiquity of the Bronze age and a futuristic dystopia, Teiwaz is an epic tale of love, loss, and struggle as the only hope of the People's United Earth against the maniacal emperor Ehwaz.
 
 
THE ACTION!
 
With enemies like lord Acadius (and his Hoplite soldiers), ultra assassins Naois and Scatha, emperor - and uncle - Ehwaz (and his elite guards Phelan and Maccus,) the fearsome Fenris wolf,  and the powerful Anunnaki Corporate, there is plenty of martial art epic fight scenes. Including a match between the invincible Caelus (young Teiwaz) and the legendary Achilles. The action also later takes to the sky in aerial battles a la Star Wars.

THE ROMANCE!
 
Of his early traveling companions, Tamara is the only female of the small group. Can she reveal how she truly feels about young Caelus (Teiwaz) before it's too late? Teiwaz childhood crush Jenifry has matured into a beautiful young woman, yet she has also become another manipulated henchman under the influence of the evil Ehwaz. Does she still see her long lost love when Teiwaz returns, or does she see an enemy of the emperor? One thing is certain, he has not forgotten his feelings for her.
 
 
AND MORE!
 
Ancient astronaut theorists postulate that extraterrestrials visited our world in the distant past and were most likely mistaken as Gods, thus influencing and altering our history and therefore our present. Google Zecharia Sitchin for the fascinating tale of the Anunnaki. But what if they were not extraterrestrials at all, and instead were people possessing highly advanced technology of which included the capacity for time-travel? What if some of these people were also genetically enhanced humans? Would they not be Gods or "demigods" in the eyes of primitive people? And what if the ancient "poems" of Tyr (Teiwaz) were a prime example of that theory? The adventure begins!

 
 
 AVAILABLE SOON!
 
 






 
 
 
 
 


Friday, April 1, 2016

Batman v Superman

"Oh, Come On!!" My initial reaction to the fight scene from the movie Batman v Superman.

WARNING! POSSIBLE SPOILERS! (Via an unimportant Geek semi-rant)

Ok, I've made it no secret to anyone who really knows me - or to anyone who has any interest at all to anything I write - that I am definitely a Team Superman geek. But it's honestly not bias that prompts this semi-rant, it's the lack of DC Universe common sense. (I love you guys btw, but geez!)

When one walks into a theater and views that Batman v Superman movie poster - I know, there are several versions - one is led to believe that Batman can be on the same level of power as Superman. The illogic being that an aging man in a metal bat-suit with gadgets can defeat an almost invincible god. The movie does seem to imply that Superman could have easily beaten Batman at the onset of their short battle, Superman even shouts, "Stay down! If I wanted it, you'd be dead already." But that's about where the common sense ceases. If you haven't seen the movie, you may not want to keep reading at this point. Go ahead, look away now, while you still can. Still reading? Thank you for that! I usually assume no one will actually read any of my blog posts, but yeah, I post them sometimes anyway. But, I digress...

The fight ends with Batman's metal boot on Superman's throat. The movie obviously taking it's cue from Frank Miller's graphic novel - The Dark Knight Returns. (Yes, I read it.) But I can't put all the lack of logic on Mr. Miller, it seems DC in general has accepted the notion that a man can simply put on a Bat-suit - metal or otherwise - and with the use of bat belt gadgets and the usual never-fail kryptonite, beat a super-powered Krytonian with all the abilities of a Greek God. (As evidenced via many other issues of DC comics where Batman always seems to get the drop on an apparently hapless "Super" man. It's annoying.)

Maybe it's the martial artist in me, or maybe the thought just never seems to occur in the minds of the DC writers, if so, I would like to take this time to write a few scenarios of my own as to how an actual "battle" between the two would proceed using the "logic" of the very well establish abilities and powers associated with these two characters. Ready for some "Truth"?

 
 


Superman would win - easily win - each and every time. (Especially if he weren't so polite and concerned about actually "hurting" Batman. They don't refer to him as a "boyscout" for nothing.) And the main power he would have to use would be his super speed.

Scenario One - Batman stands ready in his fully armored Bat suit. Superman stands several feet away facing him. (Recall the "Flash" of DC and "Quicksilver" of Marvel. How would they fight Batman? Recall how they can move faster than the human eye can see.) Then Superman, moving "faster than a speeding bullet", grabs Batman, and takes straight up several thousand feet into the air in an instant. The fight is now over. Anything Batman does at this point - at the least - results in very serious injury - and at the worse - death. Basically, all Superman has to do now is let go and watch Batman plummet. So, unless the armored Bat suit can also fly - which it did not in the movie - the fight is over in a matter of seconds, and that was the "humane" scenario.

Scenario Two - Batman stands ready in his fully armored Bat suit. Superman stands several feet away facing him. Superman, moving "faster than a speeding bullet", grabs Batman, and throws him a mile into the air. Or more, throws him into outer space. The end.

Scenario Three - (Keeping in mind the scene from "Avenger's Age of Ultron" where Quicksilver not only disarms - but also neatly arranges the bullets on a table of a gun pointed at him. And the scene from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" where a younger, alternate Quicksilver, has time to rearrange the positions of multiple attackers - and taste some food - as he speeds around them and quickly ends a confrontation in the blink of an eye.)  Batman stands ready in his fully armored Bat suit. Superman stands several feet away facing him. Superman, moving "faster than a speeding bullet" leaves Batman standing in bewilderment as his armored batsuit is now piled neatly beside him while he shivers on the rooftop in his bat-boxer briefs. Probably the most humane way to deal with a Batman dead set on killing him, I think.

There can be many more scenarios like the aforementioned above, but I think the point has been made clear. If I had such super speed I wouldn't give my opponent any time to whip out kryptonite weapons, or formulate a plan or trap. It would be over in seconds. But I suppose that wouldn't make a very good movie now would it? Nor would it sell more issues. A one page Batman v Superman comic doesn't sound like a must have.

But do you know what DOES sound like a Must Have? My upcoming graphic novel - "Teiwaz"!

"Before Odin, before Thor, there was only Tyr,
who later became known as Teiwaz!"
 
-- From Teiwaz
A graphic novel by John Pagan
 

 
 
Sorry for the shameless plug, but this is my blog page after all. :)  The love story is touching, and the fight scenes are bad ass and maintain the logic! :)  I hope you will enjoy my new graphic novel Teiwaz which will be available soon! Check this blog for the announcement. And thank you for reading this!
 
 



Friday, January 29, 2016

Planet X + Planet 9 = Nibiru? = End of the World?

I have read several books by Zecharia Sitchin and found his conclusions intriguing and logical. But it remained largely speculative with no real evidence to back up his claims of an additional hidden planet in our solar system. Move along, nothing to see here.

And then something a bit eerie happened. Caltech scientists announced that there is indeed a huge, unseen planet at the far edge of our solar system and they call it Planet 9. Why is this a bit eerie? Planet 9, aka Planet X, or - as the late Zecharia Sitchin revealed as the planet's true name - "Nibiru", is destined to bring about apocalyptic disasters on Earth as its massive orbit travels near our planet.
If that isn't incredible enough, Nibiru is populated by a race of extraterrestrials known as the Anunnaki, who supposedly are the creators of our human race. There is a very interesting story there as to how and why it happened, you may want to learn more about. It would make a great movie. In fact, it almost did. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myZ38HwNG9o  ("Conspiracy theorist" have many ideas why this film was not completed, but the actual more factual reason is creator Jon Gress perhaps went too far over budget.)

If this info troubles you a bit, fear not and read this article by Rob Waugh's Yahoo blog:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/people-are-saying-the-new-planet-9-is-going-to-102449567.html

Mr. Waugh's article helps to clarify a few things I have not mentioned.

Move along, still nothing to see here?



(Let's hope not.)  :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ronda Rousey's Loss Does Not Make Her A Fraud


This excellent article by Yahoo Sports's Dan Wetzel says it all. He writes many of the things I had going through my mind as I watched the fight and read the many remarks about the decisive defeat she suffered at the hands of the well (Better?) trained Holly Holm.

Check it out.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/holly-holm-is-clearly-the-superior-fighter--but-does-that-make-ronda-rousey-a-fraud--065114834.html

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ronda Rousey No Longer Invincible

What Will She Do Now?

Like many I was shocked to hear of Ronda Rousey's defeat to Holly Holms. Not just a defeat, but a brutal beat down. Like Cung Le before her, it was the way in which she was defeated that was most surprising to me. Many now gloat over her loss and say she needed to learn some humility. Maybe.

But nothing can remove the fact that she dominated the sport and will still be seen as one of the best female MMA fighters in the world. A re-match is definitely going to happen, there's just too much money to be made. Who knows, she may just win back her belt - and I have a feeling she will. And if not, she shouldn't care, she's not going to starve. She's been in a few movies and has several million in the bank.

Or maybe she'll simply follow Gina Carano's example and appear in more movies. Either way, her future appears to remain bright.

Oh, and congratulations to Holly Holm.


Will Ronda Rousey follow in Gina Carano's footsteps after violent KO loss? Read the article below for details.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/will-ronda-rousey-follow-in-gina-carano-s-footsteps-after-ko-loss-to-holly-holm-234726765-mma.html