I’ve always been fascinated with science fiction (and science in general) since I’ve been a kid. I blame the exposure at an early age to Dr. Who, The Tomorrow People, and Space 1999. Then along came the Star Wars movie and that was it. I was hooked. I have watched the entire series of Babylon 5, Andromeda, Deep Space 9, Voyager, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Dr. Who (from 2005 to present), Torchwood (up to present) … I have watched some of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Stargate Universe (the new series just doesn’t get me going), The Greatest American Hero, Battlestar Galactica (original), Alien Nation, Quantum Leap (not sure it really belongs in sci fi…), Logan’s Run. I have watched a lot of Startrek TNG and it is on my list of things to download to ensure I haven’t missed any episodes. Currently I am watching Startrek the original series – and am pleasantly surprised that there are many episodes that I have never seen. I am watching it with my kids (who have already seen the entire series of Deep Space 9 and Voyager) to ensure that the circle continues.
In making the list above I came across this site which attempts to list the top 50 Science Fiction TV series. There are some programs in that list which I wouldn’t classify as the sci-fi I enjoy. I am delighted to see that they rate Battlestar Galactica (new series) at number 1. I truly thought it was indeed one of the best sci-fi series I have ever seen. Awesome.
I guess looking at the list of things I have watched to the end, I’m more interested in sci-fi that is “space centric”. I.e. it takes place in the wide open space of the universe, rather than radical inventions or time travel that takes place on our Earth. Indeed the universe always has (and still does) awed me with its’ size and…. and…. awesomeness (sorry, I can’t seem to find the right adjective!)
I love it that my kids show such an interest in the universe, and that we have the amazing resource of Youtube. Just the other day after I upgraded my Macbook Air, they asked about the background picture which comes preloaded. It is of a galaxy – and I think I read somewhere that it is about 200,000 light years across. Anyway, that got them to discuss size and distances in the universe. So we looked up some amazing videos on Youtube showing the size of the earth in comparison to the other planets and the sun (in our solar system), and then a comparison of our sun to other stars. They were dumbfounded and really excited – especially with one video which bought up the earth in 3D right to the edge of the sun so you could appreciate how small it is! I don’t think that they really understood the distance involved in getting to the closest star though (from memory it is about 1,000 light years away).
With such a huge universe out there, it just feeds my imagination- and certainly feeds theirs too! I follow Joe Rogan (of Fear Factor and UFC fame) on twitter, and everyday he puts up links to really interesting science sites. Just this week he put up a link to a study that has just been completed that shows that the speed of light is the “speed limit” of the universe. It makes me think – is it really the speed limit? I struggle to accept that since the distances in the universe are just so vast. In order for mankind to be able to effectively explore it, we must be able to travel faster than the speed of light. Even at 10x the speed of light it would still take 100 years to get to the nearest star! Another thing I think a lot about (by a lot I guess I mean once or twice a week) is gravity. Why does gravity exist? Why do two objects (in space) attract each other (through gravity)? Why do objects with more mass have more gravity? We can’t see gravity – yet it exists. What is it? If I didn’t have to work for money anymore I think I would probably go back to university and study this stuff. It is just so interesting!
Anyway, today Joe put up a couple of new sites, one to a study that appears to indicate that some of our DNA actually came from off of earth (i.e. alien). You can read about it here. Considering the size of the universe and the number of asteroids around it isn’t surprising to me. The way some people look also gives a bit of a clue that there is some alien in us 🙂
So do I believe that there is actually a cure for arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, just waiting to be discovered? For sure. There is so much we don’t know yet about our bodies and how they work – and yet we are finding out so much new information every year. I read another report (which I didn’t keep the link for) recently which said that with the rate technology is increasing in regards to understanding why cells stop dividing when we get older, the latest generation may be the first to live to 150 years, and the next generation may be the first to live forever.
Yesterday I talked about getting up early in the morning to do fasted cardio. Last night after I got home from work, I had no motivation for cardio – and didn’t do any. However I set my alarm for 5.45am and went to sleep at 10pm. Yes – I am amazed to report that I did indeed get up at 5.45am – feeling pretty refreshed actually after a good sleep – and did 45 minutes of cardio! Is it the start of the rest of my life? I’d like to think so. The key will be what happens when I don’t get a good night’s sleep and the alarm buzzes me at 5.45. Any coping strategies out there? Hit the snooze and roll over?