Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

Canvas – The Simpsons theme song

An evening pause: About two years ago I said to Diane that I’d never seen any of The Simpsons animated TV show. Neither had she. Since then we have watched all the available episodes on DVD, covering most of the first twenty seasons.

What first impressed us about the show was how actually normal and family-oriented it was, in the beginning. It was not the “edgy” ugly portrayal of America its reputation had implied.

Over time that theme was more and more lost, though whenever the writers went back to those roots the show shined. Even so, what was most impressive was how the show managed somehow to remain fresh, for most of that time period. Except for a period around season nine, the satire and jokes remained solid for almost all of the first twenty years.

Since the last ten years have not been put on DVD, we won’t likely see them. No matter. Twenty years of The Simpsons was great, but it was more than enough.

Hat tip Diane Zimmerman, who used numerous musical quotes from the series to find many great evening pauses.


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  • eddie willers

    You’re right. Homer might have been a bit of a slouch, but they were a church going family every Sunday. It it was wonderful for about the first nine seasons.

    One favorite moment from memory. Lisa’s poem:

    I had a cat named Snowball
    She died! She died!
    Mom said she was sleeping
    She lied! She lied!

  • Robert Pratt

    Yep, was fun in earlier years and then degraded and we gave it up.

  • wayne

    At this juncture, I must put in a plug for “Rick and Morty,” on Adult Swim.

    Best Moments of Interdimensional Cable
    Rick and Morty

  • Frank Solomon

    To this day, I have never seen this show, except for a few minutes off in the distance, every now and then when I go visit someone. I stopped watching TV sixteen or seventeen years ago and I never got cable products.

    Is this bad?

  • Lee S

    I haven’t watched regular TV in years…. I will occasionally download a movie I feel like watching, and usually play it on my phone… My kids have a TV, and a Chromecast, but that is rarely used…. ( They both have gaming devices… A PC and a playstation )
    All that said… I used to love the Simpsons… As Bob said, it’s actually a fairly true portrait of real family life…. Bart is just a regular kid, Lisa is just.a regular, but very bright kid, Marge is a typical long suffering wife, and Homer…. Well I would be lying if I said there were no similarly between us… All that said, there is love between the whole family… And that sends a good message to the viewer.
    ( And Mr Burns is a perfect example of all that is wrong with capitalism… The show also hints at the fact that socialism is obviously the way forward)
    I will now grab my coat and dive into the trench to avoid the bullets about to fire at me!
    ;-) much love from pinko commie Sweden. X

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