Song du jour: Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”

On the one hand, this video is so 70s. On the other hand, if you’re feeling bad and this doesn’t help you, you need a professional. Or maybe just two or three more Soul Train videos. Definitely try two or three more Soul Train videos first. From back in the day when Michael Jackson was just a cute and talented little kid with a big voice: I watched this show every so often growing up. I should have watched it more. Advertisements Continue reading Song du jour: Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”

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A List of Things I’d Want to Say to Alien Life Forms

The New Yorker ran an article yesterday by Joshua Rothman titled “The Man Who Speaks for Earth.” It’s about Douglas Vakotch’s recent anthology, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication. Vakotch is the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at SETI, which means that his job is, as you can guess from his title, to compose messages sent out to the cosmos that we wish to be received by intelligent life forms on other planets. As odd as this whole thing is, Vakotch’s comments (and those of his contributors) are brimming with commonsense: heck, we can’t even understand each other — how are we going to understand … Continue reading A List of Things I’d Want to Say to Alien Life Forms

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