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Showing posts with label aliens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label aliens. Show all posts

Thursday, October 27, 2022

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday 29th at noon SLT: Are the aliens coming?


NASA announced last week that they are creating an official team to investigate UFOs (aka UAPs).  What will they find?  And how much will they tell us?

Do aliens exist?  Is the Drake equation correct in predicting 26 advanced species in our galaxy alone? What will happen, to our society, our religion, our science, if we find an alien or they find us? What will happen if tomorrow the James Webb telescope points to a new star and sees an alien megastructure?  How would you react?  With curiosity or fear?

Come to GeekSpeak on Saturday at noon SLT to wonder with us about our vast, vast universe.  Bring a spacesuit!

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.


Thursday, June 2, 2022

eekSpeak subject for Saturday 4th June at noon SLT: Should we answer the WOW! signal?


In 1977 a signal from space was detected, a signal that might have come from aliens.  It is now known as the WOW! Signal.  There are rumors that a second WOW! signal was received recently from the same area.  Should we answer it?

It might be dangerous to let aliens know we are here.  Perhaps we should hide.  On the other hand, they probably can detect our presence anyway and not answering could be considered rude.  And it would be amazing to contact aliens.

Will they come here?  Where will they land?  The White House lawn?  Montana?  The middle of the sea?  Are there protocols for ‘first contact’?

Join us at GeekSpeak on Saturday at noon SLT to discuss our plans for meeting aliens.  Because they are probably out there, somewhere.  Bring a star map.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Friday, May 28, 2021

GeekSpeak - UFOs! Are they real?- Join the discussion on May 29th at 12pm SLT


Last month the Pentagon officially said that UFOs are real. That is, people have seen things that exist and that cannot be explained. Congress has set up a task force to study UFOs and they will bring out a report next month. So this is a good time for us to ask a few questions and suggest some answers. UFOs are now called UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena), and they could be anything or rather anything that can travel at 13000 miles an hour and can change direction while moving at that speed. There are hundreds of eyewitnesses who can help the task force to find out what the hell is going on. What do you think? Have you ever seen a UAP? Are they alien ships? Or alien robots? If so, why are the aliens not talking to us? Or are they some unknown natural phenomenon? If so, what?

 Come and join us, and bring your alien friends! IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class at 1pm every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

What Could Go Wrong? Let's Visit The Bermuda Triangle - Stacey Cardalines Reporting

 2020 was perhaps a cursed year... so why not start 2021 in the Bermuda Triangle? Where danger rears her ugly head, Stacey Cardalines is sure to tread. My sources informed me of a paranormal hotspot on SL, and I was chartering a boat five minutes later.

The Bermuda Triangle is a section of the Atlantic Ocean where a bunch of ships and planes have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The points of the triangle are roughly Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. I don't know why Bermuda got the naming rights. I think there may already be a Miami Triangle involving cocaine, I'll have to nose around later.

Famous incidents involve the Carroll A. Deering grounding/abandonment, the Pride Of Baltimore sinking, the USS Cyclops vanishing (the largest non-combat loss of life in US Navy history), the Flight 19 lost squadron and the missing Great Issac Lighthouse lightkeepers disappearance.

Noting that almost every possible angle to the Triangle story has been debunked (there really isn't a larger number of vanishings there, and driving ships through places that have hurricanes before people invented weather satellites was a bad idea) only screws up an easy paycheck for ol' Miss Cardalines, so we won't pay any mind to those book-learning type of people. I've got Fear to monger and dresses to buy.

There are few benefits to "dying of COVID," but one of them is "You won't be sucked into a paranormal interdimensional watery grave." Unless you get the COVID at the Bermuda Triangle, of course. I'm not even sure if Bermuda is letting in Americans, but we also snuck in, by boat. We sailed in unannounced, during a tropical storm, and I do my dirt by my lonesome... with my photographer. "Two if by sea," as Americans say.

But that is neither here nor there. 

Of course, it was stormy when we arrived off of Bermuda. I want to say right here that SL needs more hurricane sims. Hunting for stormy sims is how I found the Bermuda Triangle, but- again- that gets in the way of a good Myth. This guy nailed the stormy aspect. Rough seas, pouring rain, vivid lightning, heavy winds, mist, lighthouses... I grew up in New England, I know nautical, and so does this guy. SL has a tendency- mostly justified- towards sunny days, but it is not a true reflection of how most of our weather comes and goes in the real world.

Paranormal stuff beyond vampires and zombies is also under-represented on SL. Spooky is Better. We could use a Salem, a Castle Rock, a Loch Ness, a Haddonfield, an Amityville... folks, you know I'm out there looking for it. It's nice to see someone illuminate an aspect of it. He really did a nice job, and I'll eventually chat him up and see if he has other sims working along with these themes.

You only have a small area of land with which to move at this sim. You land on a small island, home to a cool lighthouse. You can go up to the top and use a telescope, although I think it is just a pose and you have to zoom the camera around yourself. Nice effect, though. It looks like I was shooting down the plane in the picture, but I was just, like, looking at it. Honest!

What you see from this perch is first-rate SL Destruction. There is a ship sinking, a rescue helicopter trying to fish survivors out of the water, a second rescue helicopter that crashed onto some rocks and exploded, a sunken submarine, a pilotless ship circling aimlessly and another boat that crashed onto some rocks. That boat, which looks suspiciously like the Orca, may have been the one which left the abandoned shark cage floating in the water... because if you visit an island nation in a pandemic and then go to the place known for sinking boats, why not throw your ass more completely on the line by cage-diving with sharks during a hurricane? 

The amount of floating human corpses being fed upon by fishes leads me to strongly not recommend any locally caught seafood. God made bacon for a reason, kids.

(Our editors are left to wonder if Stacey became aware of the sunken submarine because she donned scuba gear and dove into the water with the sharks, or if she accidentally stepped off of the island and sank like a pretty little journalistic stone. She is demanding immediate payment for this article, so we assume that she got out of the depths somehow and that her dry cleaning bills are immense.)

Saturday, September 28, 2019

GeekSpeak – Is it moral to eat Europa’s aliens? Join the discussion Saturday Sept 28th at 12pm SLT

If we find alien life on another planet or moon, what will we owe to it?  Should we feel that we are responsible for its conservation, as we would if it lived on Earth?  Should we leave it alone and not allow anyone to land there?  Should it be the law that colonies are forbidden on inhabited planets?
Or should people be free to kill the aliens?  Free to eat them?  Free to take home alien trophies to hang on the wall?  Free to make them work for us?
Would it make any difference if the aliens were advanced?  Or if they were intelligent?  Or aliens that look like humans?
Come and discuss the laws that will apply when we move out to the rest of the galaxy.  Bring recipes for alien meals.
IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

GeekSpeak: Should we actively try to contact aliens? Join the discussion Saturday April 13th at 12pm SLT

Since there is so much space to cover and we don’t know where to look for alien intelligence, it may not be practical to send out signals.  But, what if the ‘zoo hypothesis’ is correct?  What if aliens know that we are here and are keeping us in a zoo?  Maybe because they don’t want to interfere with our evolution. Maybe because they don’t want us to infect the rest of the universe with our evil.  Maybe because they are carrying out a scientific study of our planet.  If we are really in a zoo, then trying to get their attention might make sense.

On the other hand, would you be comfortable with sending signals out into space, knowing that the receivers may not be friendly?  Would we be sending out a lunch menu?  Should we impose radio silence and prevent signals from leaving the solar system?  Or is it too late?  Have we already invited them to invade us?

Or maybe broadcasting to the universe will mean we are invited to join a great galactic society?  Come and discuss the problem.  Bring a satellite dish.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

GeekSpeak: What happens if we discover alien life? Join the discussion Saturday September 22nd at 12pm SLT

What if we discover life on other planets?  On Mars or in the Solar system or maybe light years away.  Maybe alien bacteria or maybe intelligent beings.  How will it affect our understanding of our own place in the universe?

Will we want to destroy them?  Or will we want to isolate ourselves from them so that they cannot destroy us?  Will we want to trade with them?  Make peace with them?

Will our religions change because we contact alien life?  Will they have religions that will change?  Or will they try to convert us?

Come and discuss the future of Earth.  Your humanity will be checked at the entrance.

Best wishes

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Join our Monthly meeting of Art and Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) Sunday, September 25th at 10pm PDT/1pm EDT

Meeting will be held at Quat Gallery 

 Topics for discussion:

Are we going to Mars because of Star Trek?

Will we find ET? Has ET found us?

What are the odds of an asteroid killing us?

If we have time:

Testing the tooth fairy?

Universe has no direction?

Water powered satellite?

We hope you can stop by to join the fun and share your Metaverse
experiences, along with your virtual gaming, computer geek adventures,
cyber art projects, and dorkbot stories. You can teleport to the meeting

Meetings are held using text chat, a transcript is recorded, and selected
transcripts are posted at: Your participation
implies your agreement to have your words and image published.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

GeekSpeak – the Fermi paradox: where are the aliens?

“Where is everybody?” – Enrico Fermi.
The Drake equation suggests that there are many technologically advanced civilisation in our galaxy.  But if they do exist, where are they?  Why have they not come to Earth?  Why do we see no sign of them?  No radio messages, no von Neumann probes, so sign of Dyson spheres.

There is no reason to think there is anything unusual about Earth or about our solar system.  Exoplanets are commonplace.  Life began on Earth as soon as it could begin so it must surely have occurred on many other planets.  Plenty of them must be much older than Earth and must have produced intelligent species that want to explore the galaxy, just as we want to.  Where are they?

Are we looking in the wrong place or in the wrong way?  Do advanced civilisation always destroy themselves before going into space?  Are we the very first?  Are the others avoiding us for some reason?

Bring your telescopes to GeekSpeak and give us your answer to the paradox.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SL UFO Threads Are Host To Heated Debate… LillyLacewing Reporting.

Fire in the Sky
Are there extraterrestrial reasons behind unidentified flying objects? This question, and the fear of its possible answer, has plagued mankind for decades. Long before we could articulate and gather together (whether in the flesh, or here, in the Virtual world of Second Life,) to discuss it, lights in the sky have been terrifying and fascinating us for all of our recorded history. Many religions, particularly Hinduism in their ancient texts, refer to their gods as having arrived in Vimanas, which if you Google that term, you’ll see they look like a spaceships carrying the sometimes animal-headed, multi-limbed deities.
I know a lot of people who’ve claimed to see things in the sky that don’t fit with what we know to exist in our modern technological capabilities; however, we also know now that our government is fond of keeping their better, sneakier high-tech devices such as weaponry and transportation, hidden from public view for up to TWENTY YEARS after their completion and implementation. This leaves a lot of wiggle room for whether what we see is of our Earth, or something else entirely.
“Hey, we can hope, right?”
I myself saw something questionable in the sky once about 12 years ago, when I lived in rural central California. It was a dairy community, so at the night the light pollution was minimal, all things considered. I saw what looked like the brightest white pinpoint of light in the sky, dancing around in ways that more resembled a game of space pong rather than any sort of known, helpful, or even possible maneuvers that I knew of anything on Earth being capable of. Also, when it decided to take off, it went OUT, not North, South, East, or West, just UP, and OUT into space. Was that a craft driven by a creature not of this Earth, or was it a machine our government hadn’t seen us fit enough to know it exists yet? I don’t know. I know I couldn’t identify it; it was too high, too bright, too fast, and moved in ways that were almost disturbing to watch, so rapid and sudden were the changes in direction.

I decided to look around, and see what others in SL have experienced in regards to UFO phenomenon. Since there were no current discussions groups happening, I decided to look for threads on the forums at I found an interesting question posed, and that was the question of the Ancient Astronaut theories, many of whom seem to be perpetuated by ancient art depicting creature that look like a man in a space suit, or the crafts themselves.
 This was a heated discussion on both sides, one person suggesting that the ‘space helmets’ depicted on some cave art/primitive art couldn’t be differentiated against their also frequent depiction of halos. I personally feel they look very different from halo depictions, if only in that halo depictions usually also have lines implying rays of light surrounding or coming out of them, coating the head of the halo wearer in divine light.
Another pressing question was, ‘Do you believe there are other intelligent life forms existing on other planets?’ This one seems pretty straight forward if you keep religious ideals out of the equation, it becomes a matter of mathematics. With so many planets in our potentially limitless universe, our own humble galaxy literally home to hundreds of millions of planets, stars, moons, it’s foolish to think our planet is the only one with life on it. Not to mention that fact that scientists have now found bacteria living in the tails of comets*, and that they’ve discovered Tardigrades, (also called water bears,) can survive the vacuum of space and hitch a ride on a rocket.** With information like this, it only seems a matter of time before we start finding larger, more formed creatures. As our ability to penetrate the previously impassable barrier of space increases, so too do our chances of finding life in outer space. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!