“Collecting Tolkien is Pathetic!”


A Tolkienist's Perspective


Yes, you read that right.

Collecting Tolkien books is just pathetic (and possibly fetishistic too).

That is, at least, the thought of one individual – an internet troll for that matter, who kindly posted a comment on this particular post I had written a while back: My Tolkien Collection: Deluxe Editions.

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Celebrian: The Silver Crown-Gift


A Tolkienist's Perspective

– You asked for it, you got it …

At the mere mention of the word “Celebrian”, the majority of Tolkien readers would stir in their seats; they would frown; and their minds switch to SEARCHING MODE.Arwen and Galadriel

All this in a vain attempt to try and piece together a background for this character and place the name within the stories of Middle-earth.

And I wouldn’t blame them …

Celebrian is an extremely obscure figure, whose references in any of Tolkien’s works (by which I mean not just The Lord of the Rings), amounts to only a handful of words.

So who is Celebrian?

“Celeb” meaning “silver” and “(-rian)” signifying “crown-gift” was an elf of Lórien; and more importantly, she was the daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn.

Furthermore, she was the wife of Elrond and the mother of Elladan, Elrohir and Arwen.

Other than that, we have…

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Did a cosmic fluke make life on land possible?



When pondering how likely life is to develop on other worlds, or what types of life might develop, we always have to always bear in mind that we currently only have one example to work with.  And that example has one extremely unusual attribute, a large moon, at least large in relation to the size of Earth.

There have been speculations over the years about how Earth’s moon may have played a unique role in helping life to develop on this planet, from stabilizing and slowing the Earth’s rotation, giving it a much calmer and more stable climate than it otherwise would have had, to the effects of tidal forces on life’s rhythms.

This article highlights a paper that looks at the moon and its tidal forces possible role in helping life to colonize land:  Did A Cosmic Fluke Make Life On Land Possible? | Inside Science.

Terrestrial animals…

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Occupy Google and Saving The Internet


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If you don’t take a stand for net neutrality, corporations, like cable companies, are more than happy to sound off against it by creating fake people’s campaigns. Corporations are people too, right? Time is running out to make YOUR VOICE heard in the latest test to a free Internet.

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Fluid tests and quantum reality



The other day, I mentioned that I had some sympathy for the deBroglie-Bohm interpretation of quantum mechanics, namely an interpretation that there isn’t a wave-function collapse as envisioned by the standard Copenhagen interpretation, but a particle that always exists but is guided by a pilot-wave.

It turns out that there are some people doing experiments with fluid dynamics that seem to show results very similar to the dynamics envisioned by the pilot wave interpretation.

The experiments involve an oil droplet that bounces along the surface of a liquid. The droplet gently sloshes the liquid with every bounce. At the same time, ripples from past bounces affect its course. The droplet’s interaction with its own ripples, which form what’s known as a pilot wave, causes it to exhibit behaviors previously thought to be peculiar to elementary particles — including behaviors seen as evidence that these particles are spread through space like waves…

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Review: Miles Errant


Miles Errant
Miles Errant by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the Vorkosigan Saga, and I have read all of them before, but recently decided to sink my teeth into them again just to visit old friends. Miles Errant is an omnibus of three previously published novels in the saga; “Borders of Infinity,” “Brothers in Arms” and “Mirror Dance.” “Borders of Infinity” is perhaps one of my favourite sci-fi stories of all time. It is deep and intelligent, and raises some disturbing issues about our humanity. This theme carries on through all three of these excellent works. Issues are raised about the disturbing implications of technology, from warfare to cloning, and are dealt with in a personal, human way, as opposed to an overreaching political manner. “Mirror Dance” won a Hugo. It deserved it. Miles Vorkosigan is a protagonist I can respect; a man who, a lot like Horatio Hornblower, gets in over his head and then tries to live honourably with the consequences. He is hindered by having been born with exceptionally brittle bones (due to an assassination attempt on his mother when he was in utero) in a military culture that fears deformities. He therefore succeeds primarily on boldness and brains – like Hermione Granger. I love the workings of his mind and the mind that produced him, and I love the situations he finds himself in. I highly recommend these novels to anyone who appreciates a good sci-fi space opera, a good spy thriller, or just a damn good story.

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