The Great Filter Is Pessimism, Not Reality


Nicely arranged, yet the entirety of the “Great Filter” scenarios, are narrow and pretentious to say the least.
The most pretentious being that any and all life in the universe is a danger to us.
The second being that all life, once advanced enough, is an inevitable danger to itself.
Both of these are based on opinion and not science, even though some scientists have suggested these. These were suggestions based on a pessimistic view of looking at us within an extremely thin era of humanity.
All of the die-off scenarios are based on primitive human experience and specific to human experience (doesn’t take into account the die-offs of other life just on earth).
It’s impossible to say these are “Universal Scenarios”.
So what could be stopping galactic civilizations?
One of the most obvious is one we’ve known about for some time, and has nothing to do with advanced civilizations directly or indirectly killing themselves off as The Great Filter video suggests.
Welcome to the reality of the monsters of the Universe: You’ve heard of Black Holes and Neutron Stars? Mere Vampires and Werewolves compared to the Titan: Magnetars.

 

“BUT… Why have we not met Aliens?”
 
Does an ant make contact with a shoe and understand that there is a human attached?
Is it physically capable of seeing an entire human at once? Does it think we’re alive or an inanimate object that occasionally enters its domain, same as water, a falling rock, or tree branch?
Do we attempt to communicate with ants because we see that they are advanced enough to build cities and create a society and farm and raise livestock*?
*something our nearest primate ancestors apparently cannot do.
 
Does a fly lay its eggs in a rotting human corpse and have the mental awareness to ascertain that this is different from any other food?
 
Does the fact that we’ve had “spaceships” for less than a century mean a technologically advanced life form would also have spaceships (based, apparently, like ours on terran watercraft).
Would a sufficiently technologically advanced life form require spaceships to travel the universe?
 
A likely and massive part of the problem is our ability to know what we see when we’re looking at it.
 
Everything we’ve built on earth accommodates humans. Period. Anything outside of human finds itself limited in our artificial environment. Dogs and cats may learn to open doors – or not. Turn on the water – or not. Unlock a door to go outside – or not. Feed themselves – or not.
Pet fish need an environment unique to themselves to exist as a module to our environment.
 
We build walls, doors, and fences, all of which does or does not keep out various other earth life forms that evolved on our planet – but wasn’t remotely made to contain or comfort creatures that evolved on other planets under entirely different sets of circumstances.
 
As we’ve seen just in our own solar system, every single planet has its unique set of environmental circumstances.
 
So short of a xenoform having our own Relative form, Relative height, and ability to be visible within the narrow confines of our limited visual spectrum, how would we know whether we saw an extraterrestrial lifeform or not?
 
Whenever we choose to step into an environment where we have not evolved to survive, we encase ourselves in a mini-environment that can both withstand the outside as well as provide a portable duplicate of our environment inside.
 
Does a ocean varmint see a diver and assume that it simply another creature enough like itself that it belongs there in the depths? What is an ocean varmint’s criteria for “Life”, anyway? If it moves it’s alive? That seems to be a cat’s criteria.
 
Does something see us when we go out into space? Does it also assume we belong there? Does it even assume we’re alive or do we fail to match its criteria for what life is?
 
Extraterrestrials: How would you know whether you met one or not?
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When I am the Last Man on earth


When I am the last man on earth, one day I will be walking through its ruins.

And on this day a pack of wild dogs will approach me and the leader will say,

Top Dog: “Huh! I knew I smelled a human! O-kay! Well human, there’s gonna be a lot of changes around here.”
Me: “I’m hip, right?”
Top Dog: “Yeah… starting with the new order of the world, us.”
Pack Dogs:
“Yeah!”
“Yeah!”
“Yeah!”
“Yeah!”

“Woof!”
Top Dog: “ahem… Carl’s still in transition.”
Carl: “Woof!”
Top Dog: “get it together, Carl.”
Me: “Aw, he’s a good boy!”

Carl smiles, happily panting.

He gets growls and dirty looks from the rest of the pack.

Top Dog: “We’re not your ‘Good Dogs’ anymore, human! We’re giving the orders around here now! From now on, YOU will be the Good Boy! We order! You -!”
Me: “I don’t want to give orders.”
Top Dog:NEVER interrupt me, Human!”

Pack growls menacingly.

Me:
“I just want to play ball.”

I hold up a bright white ball with a red stripe.

The growls stop. The pack riveted on the ball.

Top Dog: “Hey! No wait-!”

I throw it shouting, “There we go!”

All the pack except the Top Dog run after it.

Top Dog: “No! STOP!

The pack returns, Carl leading the way with the ball in his mouth. He drops it in my hand.

Top Dog (growls at me): “Very clever. Awright you lousy squirrel, fun’s over.”

I throw the ball shouting, “There we go!”

The pack goes running after it.

Top Dog: DAMN IT! NO! STOP!”

Humiliated and angered, the top dog glares at me.

I smile warmly.

Me: “So who’s a good boy, Now?

END

Inspired by a Facebook post from author Jay Wilburn.


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Don’t have conflicting emotions over the purchase of my book
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes,
KoboBooksSmashwordsWHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Make it your project to buy both of my collections!

Buy WILLOW BLUE. It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Go outside of the box!

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray,  the late  Ray Bradbury and Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

The Gift Of…


A new phone caused me to browse through some of my backed-up files and I came across this.

Today our Producer asked me to give him the Gift of No Conflict.

He’s doing his utmost best to deal with me, but I consistently cause no end of conflict for him.

I promised I would not cause conflict.

Today we’re going to a big event to promote our project.

Upon entering the expansive arena parking lot, our Producer asked me where we were to unload our equipment and I told him Hall D.

Producer: No, that’s where we set up. Where do we unload?
Me: Hall D.
Producer: It’s not Hall E?
Me: Nope, the email said Hall D.
Producer: I’m pretty sure it’s Hall E.
Me:
Okay.

Silence. driving through the massive parking lot, around to the back of the arena, we come within view of the loading bays of the various halls, A through H. They’re about 200 yards away but each is identified by a giant red letter.

Then.

Producer: Well is it Hall E or not?
Me:
No, it’s Hall D.
Producer:
Yes. (patronizing tone) That’s where the event takes place, but where do we actually unload?
Me: Hall D.
Producer: *Sigh* (lecturing tone) I asked you to memorize the email so we would not have this problem.
Me: We don’t have a problem,  it’s Hall D.
Producer: (stops the vehicle) GodDAMN it! Why do you fucking DO this? You’re supposed to be helping,  not Adding to my (slams his hands repeatedly on the steering wheel ) Fucking Headaches!  RAHHH!!! I wish you would Just Fucking Do what I ask! FUCK!
Me: (Used to these outbursts by now) I did what you asked. It’s hall D.
Producer: (whiny voice) ‘It’s hall D.’ Now I have to fucking find someone else. Someone who actually Knows what the Fuck they are Doing!

Two arena employees approach in a golf cart.  Producer flags them.

Producer: Excuse me! I need to unload some equipment for the Event Showcase…?
Driver: Hall D. You can’t miss –
Producer: (interrupting, loud and slow as if they are stupid)
Ye-es, Hall D is where the Event takes place. But where do I Unload?

By their abruptly indignant expressions, they are taking exception to his tone.

Passenger: Hall. D.
Producer: Are you sure?

They go stink eye and drive away.

Producer: (dramatic sigh. Sulky silence. He carries the burden of the world on his shoulders. He finally moves the vehicle forward)
Fine then. Where is Hall D?

He asked as we moved toward a row of arena loading bays, each clearly marked A through H with, as I noted, huge red letters.

I had to put my hand to my jaw to stop from grinding my teeth.

This is how I caused conflict between us.


 

After the event was over, I left the project for greener pastures. The project continued on for a while without me, but was never completed.

END


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Don’t have conflicting emotions over the purchase of my book
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes,
KoboBooksSmashwordsWHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Make it your project to buy both of my collections!

Buy WILLOW BLUE. It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Go outside of the box!

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray,  the late  Ray Bradbury and Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

Please Leave A Review


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Would you say your experience was
5. Outrageously Awesome!
4. Needs Improvement
3. Wouldn’t Recommend it
2. Uncomfortable
1. Awful

Okay, I don’t want anyone to lose their job over my use of technical support, but damn! There is nothing that a person at a call center could ever do – short of talking people safely out of a burning building – that would be Outrageously Awesome!

“Alexa is talking to me again! That’s Outrageously Awesome!”

What if #4 was only Awesome?

“Well, they were Awesome, but I wasn’t Outraged.”

Isn’t Awesome good enough? Awesome means Breathtaking, Awe-inspiring, Magnificent, Amazing, Stunning, Impressive.

“Your tech support was so Impressively Stunning my wife called an ambulance. I might die!

And that’s just for Awesome!

Outrageous? The key definitions of Outrageous are, Shockingly Bad or Excessive.

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I say, I found your Magnificent tech support Shockingly Bad, wot?

Outrageous can also mean Scandalous and Saucy.

Let’s be clear here, if you think Kyle at the Call Center gave you a Breathtaking experience that was Scandalous and Saucy, you likely weren’t calling for Tech Support.

I think I know how these ridiculous ratings came about though. Because there are always those people who, no matter how bad the lowest is or how great the highest is, they see it as a challenge. The have to top the top.

“Your ranking system only goes up to 5 but, can I give a 6? Because my tech, Bernice, was Outrageously Fucking Awesome!”

You encourage enough of these people and the drooling halfwit squatting in the web at Human Resources gets to thinking that all reviews need to attain that level.

To go from Outrageously Awesome to the damning, Needs Improvement in just one step? You know, there are several shades of Excellent, Great, and Really Good between 5 and 4.

I give corporate review ratings a Number 2.*

END

*If you feel I’m mocking your specific company? I probably am.


wb2016What words will YOU use to describe my book, WILLOW BLUE?
It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed, previously published short stories, with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Love it and want the first one? Buy
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection.
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (AmazonBarnes & NobleDiesel!ndigoiTunesKoboBooksSmashwordsWHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Are you so Magnificently Stunned that you want more?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, also the late  Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

DC SUPERS: Evolution


Okay so, Ellen Degeneris posted this Grab & Grin shot of her with actors Gal Gadot and Melissa Benoist on her Twitter. They were all at some soiree or shindig or bullshit – not important.

What is always important is the creative fun that starts boiling. The Internet got hold of that photo and someone just wanted the DC Super actors together. So we got this on Tumblr. Now it’s Melissa Benoist’s hand that is Really putting the grabby squeeze on Gal Gadot’s waist.

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Naturally, this hot potato gets passed along. Someone else wanted the DC Super actors AS their Super characters of Wonder Woman and Supergirl. Makayla Prince saved to her Pinterest, This –WW SG

Which might be courtesy of @BeyondityArt. Who knows?

For me, though, that damn arm behind Gal Gadot’s head is in all of these photos and, being a Rick and Morty fan, I had to – Had To – take it yet another step further.

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There, there you go, Morty. I… I made your Photoshops Gazorpazorpin’ better.
No need to… to thank me, Morty. One… One of my many talents here.
Talents, Morty. Plural. Whole universe – infinite universe – of tal… of them… talents.

END


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Whole shit load of talents here. Don’t get me started.

Aw hell, I’m all wound up anyway so, buy my book
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex*, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes,
KoboBooksSmashwordsWHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

*I was into the multiple genders craze long before you were sperm and an egg cell. FU.

Science Fiction isn’t your bag?

Fine by me. I’m eclectic. Buy WILLOW BLUE. It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

So many others publish me too.

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Me and people who are far beyond me like,  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray,  the late  Ray Bradbury and Wes Craven, and many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

 

SCIENCE! Whether you Believe it or Not!


Aliens May Well Exist in a Parallel Universe, New Studies Find

By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer
Should the search for alien life in our universe come up empty-handed, it might be worth checking in on a neighboring universe instead.

AliensScientists don’t know if Parallel Universes exist, and have no reason to think they do. But if they do exist – and nobody is saying that – then they have to match a certain criteria to support Life As We Know It.

Sooo … bored and having nothing better to do to earn his government paycheck, Pascal Elahi, a research fellow at the University of Western Australia, had a go with a computer simulation and his D&D Dungeon Master sheet of entirely made up crap regarding what elements (spells, health potions, armor) may exist in the magical wonderland of Parallel Universes, and the computer model came back with “HELLS YEAH there’s GOD DAMN life in Parallel Motherfucking UNIVERSES, bitch!”

A round of drinks later and there we are. And the science is true whether you believe it or not, thus sayeth Neil deGrasse Tyson​.

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Lucky for you, my book
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
Exists in This Universe!
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes,
KoboBooksSmashwordsWHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

There is Another System,

Buy WILLOW BLUE. It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Each book is its own Universe!

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray,  the late  Ray Bradbury and Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.