The nearest star, other than our sun, is 4 light years away. So even if we could travel at the speed of light, which we can't yet, it would take 4 years to get there.
That's the NEAREST star (well, second nearest).
The furthest star, that we can see (sort of... we're aware of, due to fluctuations in light) is 9 BILLION LIGHT YEARS AWAY.
And that's just what is observable with current technology. There's obviously way more than that.
Our brains can't comprehend how big space is... even the observable space, let alone what we can't see.
It's crazy how tiny we are, with all our petty squabbles, football teams, wars, pandemics. If feels weird to say all this has no meaning, it just exists, it just is. But then what meaning does most of space have for us anyway, when it's too far away to interact with? And what meaning do humans have, any more than the last ant you saw, in the whole of space?
All we can truly say is there's something bloody weird going on.
I may have lockdown fever. I may have had some wine.
- Sriracha hot chilli sauce. - Spring onions - never really thought about them before but they're a revelation in sandwiches. - Loo rolls don't stay in the packet, they have a small wicker basket that they live in. - Neither bread nor ketchup should go in the fridge, ever. - You can never have too many scatter cushions.
EDIT: Forgot fabric softener. Dunno about the softness but my clothes have never smelled so good!
Not a particularly new concept, but if you could get into a machine tomorrow and live the perfect life - no pain, no hardship, the ability to do whatever you wanted - in exchange for your real life, would you take it?
Once in the machine your real life is forgotten and your senses are just fed everything, so you experience it as if it's real. Any family members are there, if you want... but they're not your real family, you've said goodbye to them. You live out the rest of your days in absolute bliss. No money worries. No stress. Everyone loves each other. Maybe you can fly, if that's what you choose.
However, none of it's real. You leave behind your real life, real family and friends. That's the trade off.
Top of my head (footballing-wise) there's Leicester winning the Prem, then Man U and Liverpool's comebacks in the Champions League (!999 and 2005 respectively). Any more football or other sporting ones you can think of?
What are some really great movies that are perhaps less well known?
My vote goes to Chronicle (2012). It's a 'super-powers' movie, but nothing like a regular super-powers movie. Done in a handheld camera documentary style (but not shaky) it's about some teens who find some weird crystals and begin developing super powers (and one of them chronicles the events as they unfold on his handheld camera).
What makes this different is that they don't solve crime or save the world from aliens (which is why I said super-powers rather than superhero). Instead they lark about pulling pranks, just like real teens would. This is what I love about it; the realism. They act like teens would if they started developing the ability to fly, telekinesis etc.
If you liked District 9 and Arrival in how they attempted to portray alien invasion in a realistic way, then this is the 'humans gaining super powers' equivalent.
It's quite dark as well, as one of the teens starts to go a bit crazy... but I won't spoil it by saying any more.
Whenever I mention Chronicle most people have never heard of it, so this is my vote for 'hidden gem'.
What song would you cite to convince others of their greatness? Bearing in mind those who don't like a particular artist/band have probably based the decision on the singles/most well known stuff.
The rules 1. Posters may only post one song to convince others. 2. If you don't like the artist, you must listen to the song in full. If you still don't like them, fair enough, at least you gave it a go.
For those who don't like The Stone Roses, I'd give you;