Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Before The Sun Dies (A Short Story)

Before The Sun Dies (A Short Story)
By: Gustavo Simmons

Maybe, we are all the beta race.? Who knows,? there is a vast number of planets, but yet we are all alone. The universe is such a beautiful place between the chaos, yet, there is some silence on the cold outskirts of the solar system.

The panorama in the International Space Station was quite somber; as the search for life beyond the boundaries were scarce. Laika was watching El Gordo, and realized that the days of humanity were counted, as the possibility of finding an exo-planet were minimal, because the quality of planets sustaining life were almost non-existent.

The idea of traveling through the "star-gates" was just a mere science fiction idea, you can't travel faster than light, the bodies die, there were generations lost on mother ships (as well they develop into inbreeds.)

Galaxies were dying, by the explosions of quasars, planets were dying, all because of the chain reaction within the nuclei of the galaxies, or maybe because the universe was finally dying, a slow death that not anyone could had predicted.

She was watching almost every galaxy on sight, die through the use of Keppler 2. It was a sad scenario, because any prospect of survival was a fantasy. Even the mission to Mars left the U.S.A government into a debt that never recovered, and the life of 75 colonist were lost in the red planet.

Laika was thinking, how much the humanity dreamed and how much the humanity lost. Her attention switched to Mars, and send the telescope to look at it. She looked into the failed mission on the Arcadia quadrangle, and she saw that the structures were still intact, and even one rocket from the NASA was still intact after almost 75 years later.

It was just a moment of time, where she remembered that all the steps humanity took, could be lost in a blink of an eye. Our days could be numbered, and at the end there was nothing about us.

The station crew saw another explosion, coming from the Phoenix cluster. They were just impressed on how the chaos was unfolding; Laika was thinking if maybe in the past, almost five billion of years ago, there was another mass extinction event, that ended life.? Maybe humanity, was just a lucky mistake in the cosmic plan.

Maybe, humans weren't supposed to be there, but one way or the other life just spurs in between the destruction. Is a natural law, as seedlings grow in the middle of a fire and people learn to live after a tragedy; but what if soon there was no tomorrow.?

Humanity would be whipped in the blink of an eye, and they wouldn't be a memory within someone else; but who knows maybe the universe would re-start life, and the eternal question would began, - if there are more of us, in the immeasurable regions of space.? -
Maybe another race, are thinking - where is everyone.? -and aren't getting any reply either. Maybe Asimov dreamed about a Galactic Empire, and Enrico was right. We are just alone.

A long wave gamma ray, suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Laika knew that was her end, as the space station vaporized in the middle of the nothingness, killing every single trooper aboard.

It takes one minute to dream, six hours to visualize it and just a day to forget it. And, as soon we evolved and grew, we realize that the complexity of the universe if far sadder than beautiful, as we were once a dream in someone's else head, and as that person woke up, we were forgotten.

An Open Letter to Pam Bondi and Why You and Rick Scott Are the Worse Mistakes for Florida

Dear Pam and Rick;

Especially dear Pam, you had shown to be quite an hypocrite; because, you keep showing that you want everyone else to be as miserable as you towards personal relationships.

You said on your letter to SCOTUS that “Florida’s marriage laws, then, have a close, direct, and rational relationship to society’s legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units.” 

Pam your rationale is a big fallacy; because raising a child is not about gender and social gender roles; raising a child is a matter of love, understanding and discipline; but I guess you are entitled to speak about child development much as the Food Babe have the authority to speak about food and nutrition.

You don't have a family, you are already with three failed attempts of marriage, and I can imagine you feel miserable because you know, there is someone out there for everyone, but for you there are probably 15 cats just to feel the emotional void of not having someone in your life and in a lesser extent children.

There are same sex couples who had children, take a look on Zach Wahls who was raised by two mothers, and he had shown to be a perfectly human being. Are you so angry Pam, To see people you consider second class citizens happy.? That are more successful than you, because they have families and they been committed for decades, but you can't accept the truth, that people you consider inferior are fighting to be legally recognized not only in Florida but on a national and a global level.

Pam, I am so glad I was one of the thousands I never voted for you, or endorsed any aspects of the Republican party, because a member of the LGBTQI community who support people as you, deserve no respect because they show self hatred into choosing an individual as you or Scott, who show hathred to anybody who is different from you two.

Do you think I am a second class citizen,? Because, on your standards I am a second-class citizen who should be denied spousal support, health, and everything else. I have no fucking clue why people from Florida re-elected you.? And, if there were LGBT's also who supported you.? I am not saying that people from the community, shouldn't support you but people should think who they place in the public offices, so there are equal representations.

I am not even saying all the Republicans are bad people, I am saying that you and Rick Scott are quite of the worse I've seen in Florida. There is nothing you can do, but only delay the inevitable as well other people like you; there will be equality for all. If we go by your logic towards genders let me tell you one thing; my parents were horrible people who went to church every Sunday and harmed everyone else from Monday to Saturday; but it was OK for them to be like that because they were a man and a woman.

If you think based on gender-theory, all children need a mom and a dad, you are wrong. What about children who only have one parent.? Children who live with a relative,? children who have two moms or two dads.? I really hope SCOTUS will give the people what they want and place you in ridicule, because you kept spending the citizens money on this crusade that I hope is destined to be doom, and I promised to send you an invitation for my wedding as well if you can't go I will tag you on every single photo, because after almost six years I am more than ready to take the next step with my future husband.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Fermi Question Through Science Fiction

There are sometimes some scenarios that are just fascinating to imagine through the use of sci-fi; we all know that Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark are one of the classical authors that we can found in today's cosmology mythos and applications.

Just to say the word Parsec; but also beyond the realm of literature we also have shows as Doctor Who, Star Trek, Firefly and the Star Wars movies, just to name a few. The central idea of the Fermi Paradox consist on how there are contradictions between human life versus the probability of contact and life in the universe.

The probabilities lay on chaos, entropy, second law of thermodynamics as well the dynamics of the different star systems. There has to be an answer somewhere, as there had been findings of microorganisms on meteorites, but yet the probability of finding intelligent life seems to be so minuscule.

As writer Robert J. Sawyer said "A hundred years ago, we didn't even had airplanes, - and now we have space shuttles, and interplanetary probes, suppose it takes an additional hundred years.- That can become a reality, but the idea is to pave a cosmic way back and forth through the different planets and systems, in order to facilitate the exploitation of resources and economical trades between the different colonies; as we as a community we would like to prosper but without falling into the Asimov Galactic Empire Paradox, were any kingdom is destined to be doomed.

Let's assume that even with the irregular patterns in our universe, there is nothing atypical and Earth is just a young planet that was lucky enough to form between all the chaos, and subsequently to form life. We are just a mere cosmic mistake, lucky enough to be here, but yet naive enough to explain that we are special and that any deity has a plan for us.

Let's keep the assumption that there is nobody else who can be considered intelligent on the universe, that we are the prime species and from a biology and evolutionary point of view, there is a diverse sets of ecosystems that create a paradigm between Earth and the beyond, but that can supply of us of an unlimited potential of natural resources and improve the people conditions that colonize the habitable planets for humans.

Then from that theory, we can assume that the planets we colonize aren't in the need of terraforming, which we would have to synthesize microbial life that can be introduced on optimal conditions, be fast enough to reproduce, cover the whole planet volume and develop oxygen in order for the planet to be habitable; that if, the planet atmosphere and nucleus won't reject the process and we can land there and create outpost and cities. Let's imagine that other species had done this over the last billion of years, but why they haven't reach the Virgo Cluster.?

There had to be different aspects in order to make the planet habitable and to create routes of commerce and navigation through the cosmos, but if the hypothetical aliens did this, then they had to found a way to spot us, but yet unless you a are a believer of the Reptilians Overlords named the Anunaki, you can say that aliens are already here.

Then after that, they had to found a way to travel to space that is far faster than light, that will preserve the bodies, that won't use an intergenerational travel and that will assure the travelers will reach in a proper time. 

An article on the Physical Review Letters  pointed that based on data, that probably there was a mass extinction on the universe because of Gamma Ray Bursts around 5 gigayears ago; preventing life formation for around 5 billion years; yet, within tragedy there has to be a civilization that survived that mass extinction event; yet it is not know, but on a case of these GRB there is no possibility that life could be saved due the ionization of the planets, we are talking if there is an exoplanet that can shield life as Earth. We are here, on the outskirts of the galaxy, around 27,000 light years away from the center.

Time Lords
As Dr. Hawkins expressed  our life is short because are chemical based, but if we managed to reintroduce the species, taking out the destruction we had caused, we can extend our life-spans almost indefinitely and colonize the cosmos. If we could genetically engineer humans we will essentially be Time Lords, the millennial race from Dr. Who who conquered time travel and space.

The concept of us, being the first Time Lords sound a little bit unreasonable, and we could be the beta intelligent species that would be around the universe; exploring everything, because we will be able to regenerate and become different beings but essentially be the same. All of these by letting our own DNA rewrite itself at the moment of our deaths.

Yet, due the basic principles of chaos and entropy as well evolutionary biology, we will change depending of the ecosystems of the different planets, but be able to regenerate we will let us and our children to live more than a 100 years and overcome diseases

Science fiction probably had tried to explain the lack of incidence on why we haven't found concrete evidence of outer life. Probably because we are all the Gods themselves, maybe because of a mass extinction event or just because we are far away from what life could be just by being a lucky cosmic mistake.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

These Dirty Boots Are Made For Walking

These Dirty Boots Are Made For Walking
She walks alone in the shadows
of 707 Prentice Avenue,
her looks were of an old woman who suffered way too much in life,
in her left hand was her cell phone, waiting while another customer showed up.
A patrol passed by,
but it didn't stopped;
the lights in the horizon were quite distant,
and it bring her memories of a better life.
She wanted to escape, with her guitar;
play in small venue,
and make her voice sound.
Her boots are filled with blood, tears and shame;
as she used them, every time she got with a gent;
there is a broken paradise inside her mental state,
where the fogs of the bayou covered her paths in life,
and promises of easy money became her reality from the start.

A patrol passed by,
but it didn't stopped;
the lights in the horizon were quite distant,
and it bring her memories of a better life.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Why the Fuck Pam Bondi Keeps Hating LGBTQ and Minorities.?

This is a matter of human dignity; there is nothing else. The damage that had been done by Pam Bondi, Rick Scott and their committee on the last five years. Immigration and equality, they need to be two important aspects in the grow of the regional and State economy, as we are on the most notorious trade ports and destinations in the United States.

I am a person, I am an immigrant who became a national around three years ago, I am LGBT and the actions of Pam Bondi are hurting not only me, but my fellow folks who are in the struggle to be in the Land of Thee Free are experiencing that we are not living in a post-segregationist society, there is no difference from what happened before the Civil Rights Movement and what is happening now on several States, on how minorities are treated.

I won't ever vote Republican, it will bring shame to my beliefs, and I won't sell myself as many had done around on the Latino's ghettos were vote for the people who discriminate against them, all in order with the premise of bring economical prosperity into the area.

I can't understand why Pam Bondi and Rick Scott, haven't received more hate than the one they deserve.? They even deserve a pie on their faces, much as what happened on the 70's with crazy lunatic Anita Bryant.

So Pam Bondi, became the 18th Republican State Attorney to sue President Obama for his immigration executive order, stating that it was Obama overstepping his boundaries. She is just stupid, because she is showing the kind of prejudice against people who are trying to get and fight for a better life, risked everything and moved to another country.

Whenever I see Pam Bondi, I see a racist who hides behind fancy suits; and is completely disconected by the international scenario; but she represents the majority who chose her, the people who had no idea what is happening around the world, and what is triggering the migrational patterns. We are being represented by the politicians who represent the vast majority of Americans, and is sad that a country with such an international image, the people are oblivious to what is happening outside, even with basic geography.

Florida as many other countries and States, in term of human rights, is trapped on the 1940's; why to hold more.? There is nothing else to wait, and it could bring a fresh start for so many families around the State, Yet; there is no equality for her or Rick Scott unless you are white and have the money and the power.

For the LGBTQ community in the Sunshine, there could be a rainbow after January the 5th, if the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals won't overturn the ban by Bondi's appeal, but so far, the court didn't granted any extension to Bondi, who is wasting tax payers money.

Who is Bondi to keep fighting against equality,? and making the constitution look like a piece of shit. Someone who is miserable, because she has two divorce and a strange relationship with someone who could be her grandpa or she is a closeted lesbian who engaged in a relationship with the third man that pass near hear in order to keep shutting the rumors around the most conservative side of the Republicans, because at the end is all for the money.

There is no legal reason for Bondi or Scott to put the marriage of thousands of couples on hold, because 2015 should bring new opportunities to all the people who equality and freedom were denied for decades; and hey, whenever we go can make everything looks nicer, and international, LGBTQ, all the families could have some peace of mind in the land of the free; and maybe Attorney General Bondi could redeem herself as the bitch she has shown to be.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Melancholy of A Cold Turkey

People live bounded to traditions, in fact humanity lives bounded to traditions; is a fact, we are creatures of habits, since our birth until we die. I always see a turkey as a cold animal, nothing interesting at all, and extremely difficult to cook as well to bland to eat, even in a sandwich with a lot of mustard.

I've never really celebrated Thanksgiving; is not that I have the melancholy of a cold turkey, or that I am keen to traditions, I am probably just me, I am not really attached to certain tradition, beyond waking up and having a liquid breakfast; more than that point I am a creature who really don't observe too much of anything. Albeit, I tend to watch other peoples' habits.

Over the last luster of living in the United States, I keep watching a similar pattern - people try to compensate oblivion over the relationships they have; it could be family, friends. They could be affected by work, at the end, people just try to create a memorable moment, because they simply forget how to deal with people; as well, they aren't thankful with what they have in their lives, and they just try  to make an over the top dinner that doesn't say anything, or have any meaning. - This year, I will order a pizza, nothing fancy.

A turkey represents thankfulness; how can a bird, who gets fat, who aren't agile, who don't have the instincts and get killed to feed people who only see each other once a year can represent thankfulness.? Maybe, there are some exceptions, there are people who can only see each other once a year and they try to create a memento, is quite noble; but for every exception there are a lot of fakers.

What I am thankful for, don't require a fancy dinner that I can't afford; I am always thankful for being enough strong, to pursue my happiness, even with the sacrifices. For being alive, as not many people really keep living. For the friends, the few ones I have (Facebook friends, and a long ass list doesn't count,) as I can count them with my 10 fingers, and for the people who became family.

A turkey for me doesn't really represent anything; neither in Colombia, I followed any traditions as when I gained my reason. Probably I do have some of the melancholy, a part of me wants to grab a little piece of the turkey and satisfy my social expectations, to enjoy them in a group.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Candelabro por Sia

Candelabro por Sia
Some songs, when they get translated and adjusted with their metrics to the respective language of translation, they simply take a new meaning. I love Chandelier from Sia; I feel as a low tempo pop song, it's haunting. I hope you like this literal translation.

Las chicas bonitas, realmente nadie las hiere;
Nada pueden sentir; ¿Cuándo será que aprenderé.?
Pongo mis sentimientos, lo mas abajo,
Porque soy yo la que llaman por una noche de diversión.
El teléfono suena, y en mi puerta tocan;
Ahí siento el amor
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 bebed otra vez
Tirarlos, hasta que pierda la cuenta;
mientras me balanceo de candelabro en candelabro;
y viviré como si un mañana no existiera.
Porque volare como un pájaro, por la noche, esa noche en la cual mis lagrimas se secaran,
Porque al final pasare de candelabro en candelabro,
mientras me aferro  a mi querida vida,
no abriré los ojos, pero mantendré el vaso lleno hasta la siguiente mañana,
porque mientras tanto, lo sostendré por esta noche,
Ayudenme, estoy sostiendome a mi querida vida; no mirare abajo, no abrire los ojos,
Porque mantendre mi vaso lleno hasta la luz de la mañana, ya que lo estare usando esta noche, solo por
El sol ha salido, y soy un desorden;
tengo que salir y correr de aquí;
aquí viene la pena, y 1,2,3,1,2,3 bebere otra vez

y los tirare, hasta perder la cuenta.