When Major Brands Fail, Everyone Wins

January 14, 2019

When major brands fall, everyone wins!

Boomers got most of their advertising from 3 TV networks and a single local newspaper. So the companies that controlled ads on those outlets became major brands, got mega big, began to lobby and then control the government as they pushed out competition.

But Millennials don’t have that brand loyalty because they didn’t have that concentrated brand onslaught – and they look to the internet for info, not the networks, not a local newspaper.

That break down of major brands means, a breakdown of major corporations that have ruled too much for too long; and in doing so, they have more and more limited everything to control more.

Specifically in the arts, this change will go a long way in opening the door to thousands of companies competing in music, publishing, film, media, etc. etc. etc.

Look to a break down of the big, and an opening door for all the rest of us.

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Why Aliens will look like Earthlings

January 10, 2019

Why will ALIENS almost surely look like EARTHLINGS?

Two words, CONVERGENT EVOLUTION – in this case it works for two planets!

For life to start there must be a planet in the Goldilocks zone. That includes a temperature range that allows for liquid water.

But it must also have a certain atmosphere.
When the planet is too big, like Jupiter, it has the wrong atmosphere. When the planet is too small, like our Moon, it doesn’t hold in an atmosphere. Wrong atmosphere, wrong chemistry – no life.

That means that life planets always have THE SAME GRAVITY!

That means that the life on those watery planets with the same gravity will have life that faces the same natural selection as our planet.

That means that life anywhere will evolve to the best ways to: SWIM, WALK, FLY, and BURROW!

Convergent evolution means they will come up with virtually the same solutions to how to best swim, walk, fly, and burrow, that life did on Earth.

SO, if aliens are ever found, they should be much the same as life on Earth – CONVERGENT EVOLUTION!


Please see my sci-fi novel, Writings in Science, a History of the Future, for much more on all things under the Sun or any star! Streaming everywhere. TomHendricks.us

Review: Carter Ward, Space Rat

January 7, 2019

Carter Ward, Space Rat,
by Gregory K. HG. Bryant
Review 1/6/19

For many years Gregory K. H. Bryant contributed essays to my zine Musea. Later I found out what an accomplished artist and photographer he was. Now add author to that list with the release of his big trade paperback, “Carter Ward, Space Rat”

The 500 pages here introduce us to the adventures of Carter Ward; but it’s far from his last adventure as his story continues online.

Carter Ward is a crusty loner that survives in the outback of space between Mars and the Asteroid Belt, where the laws there are seldom followed!

His ship, 08-111 is a one of a kind marvel with all the necessary, rigged up, extras like his visual companion and a favorite character of mine, Dimara, who helps him out of scrapes more than once!

Besides Dimara, others intrude on his life more than he wants! There’s lots of characters here from the evil Mokem Bet and his Scroungers, to little Emily that has a crush on Carter.

All this adds up to lots of close calls – like the time he died – and even some tender moments when he lets down his guard – slightly!

Lots of space opera adventures here, that are not only fine writing, but fun reading!
I recommend this.

Tom Hendricks
Editor of Musea since 1992.
TomHendricks.us

Looking at the Painting

January 5, 2019

Antiquity or Novelty (poem)

January 5, 2019

Antiquity or novelty,
which do you like best?
Do you look to see what rises
or follow what has set


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