Years ago I read a piece of fiction called “The World of Chance”; apparently what I read was just a part of a longer novel, and I don’t remember all the details of the part I did read, but the basic concept was that a man starts to wish there was no God after some tragedy that he blames God for, and he gets his wish. But the “world without god” described makes no sense…and I mean that literally. It is “the world of chance”, meaning it is a world where impossible things are just as likely to happen as anything else. (And the impossible things are, by chance, all bad in order to promote the author’s view that a world without God would be horrible. Though, also by chance, the world was not completely uninhabitable for humans despite the fact that the vast majority of potential worlds would be, so it actually, unintentionally demonstrated something completely different.) In other words, it is a world defined not by the lack of a deity, but by the lack of physical laws.
As the start of what I hope to make a weekly feature, here is a video featuring a song that I think is pretty awesome; the second opening of Shin Mazinger, “The Guardian” by JAM Project.
Okay, a little background information. When the original Transformers cartoon ended in the west, several more Transformers series were made in Japan. The first one, Headmasters, was still mostly similar to the third US season (and the three-episode fourth season, which Japan didn’t get). So it was the next, Chojin Masterforce (Super God Masterforce), that was the first time Transformers was ever re-invented in Japan, and, while still in the same continuity, the first time it ever really “started over”, since Masterforce had no returning characters (except one villain who comes in fairly late).
At first the show focuses on the Pretenders, Transformers that can disguise themselves as humans (in the case of the Autobots/Cybertrons) or monsters (the Decepticons/Destrons), but before long the Headmaster Juniors and Godmasters are introduced; both groups consist of humans who use special bracelets to combine with special but non-sentient “Transtectors” to become Transformers. Since that’s sort of like piloting a mecha, it’s often said that Masterforce’s way of distinguishing itself from other Transformers series was to be more like every other super robot anime. That’s true to an extent but it gets more complicated, particularly toward the end of the series.
But what I’ve noticed, and not seen mentioned before, is that Masterforce didn’t simply move closer to typical of a genre; it has a strong influence from one particular set of super robot anime; the original mecha series, Mazinger Z, and it’s sequels, Great Mazinger and Grendizer.
Global warming has just reached a new stage of “making itself worse”; it’s causing trapped methane to be released in the Arctic.
As Phil Plait and others point out, the evidence on this one really isn’t sufficient to be getting attached to such extraordinary claims yet.
I still think it does have better odds than I would have given the faster-than-light neutrinos when they were first announced, though.
Now that I’ve gotten this blog rolling (not to be confused with a blogroll (that’s over on the left (unless I’ve changed things since writing this, in which case it might be on the right (don’t worry, I don’t normally use nested parentheses this much)))), I thought I’d explain the blog title. Basically, aside from being loosely related to my internet name (unless I’ve stopped using that name since writing this (I might want to start using my real (meatspace) name (okay, I’ll stop doing the parenthesis thing now))), it’s the way I feel a lot. Like I’m just beginning to really understand something. And that’s a good thing; if I ever go a long time without feeling that way, it would mean I’ve stopped learning, which would be bad because I know no one can ever actually have all the answers.
After re-reading the title of my previous post, I couldn’t resist.