This is a video in which William Shatner interviews Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut living and working on the International Space Station. They had a Twitter conversation a while back in which they both (sort of) went all fanboy mode on the other, but in a non-awkward way… Give it a watch, it’s super cool!
Timothy Leary: You aren’t like them.
I love this.
I try to live my life this way. It is so accurate for everyone! In a society where people are too afraid (for whatever their reason) to take on challenges and do something out of the norm, I have to sometimes remind myself to do this. Take the chance! The worst that can happen id that you fail. That is a scary prospect for many, and I understand it. That is not an excuse, in my opinion, to stop you from trying something new and different again… and again… and again.
Went to a local Planetarium tonight with some of my human friends. Virtually NO content about my home planet. Surprising considering the 7th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s New Horizons mission is tomorrow. Also not surprising… You humans want to hear about planets, not demoted planets.
“I often said that writers are of two types.
There is the architect, which is one type.
The architect, as if designing a building, lays out the entire novel at a time. He knows how many rooms there will be or what a roof will be made of or how high it will be, or where the plumbing will run and where the electrical outlets will be in its room. All of that stuff before he drives the first nail. Everything is there in the blueprint.
And then there’s the gardener who digs the hole in the ground, puts in the seed and waters it with his blood and sees what comes up.
The gardener knows certain things. He’s not completely ignorant. He knows whether he planted an oak tree, or corn, or a cauliflower.
He has some idea of the shape but a lot of it depends on the wind and the weather and how much blood he gives it and so forth.
No one is purely an architect or a gardener in terms of writers, but many writers tend to one side or the other.
I’m very much more of a gardener.”
This is a pretty cool take on Writing from George R. R. Martin… I tend to be a gardener as well.