The Big Bang: something from nothing? Or what?

I recently watched a video about the Big Bang which explained that maybe the universe all began with nothing, although our brains couldn’t possibly comprehend that because of the way they evolved. But then I thought, maybe the Universe came from something, but that something couldn’t be there without the other. Maybe they are like virtual particles – they suddenly popped into existence. Maybe, instead of that idea (actually, scratch that idea; I’m going with this one), the whole Universe just popped into being, beginning with an explosion. I think it’s our brains’ way of seeing things from cause and effect that is probably hindering us from discovering how the world works, probably.


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Okay, so I’ve decided that I’m quitting this schedule thing every Sunday. I don’t always manage to think of something really interesting in a week’s time; inspiration and ideas only come at certain times because of certain things that happen. Getting out of the house and going somewhere other than school helps me a lot (stimulates creativity), but unfortunately I don’t get to do that very often. I’ll keep my Twitter updated so you’ll know if I’m planning on posting anything or whatever. Oh, and by the way, you should follow me!

The Martian by Andy Weir: a review

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

I absolutely adored this book! Easily hits number one on my favorite science fiction novels list.
I loved the suspense. At first I thought it was going to be extremely boring, but then after the first few pages I was intrigued and totally into the whole story.
Almost the whole book is in log entries by Mark, but it still has chapters read like any other normal fiction book which adds to its mystery a bit, I think.
I definitely would recommend The Martian to everyone!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Every Christmas is a Last Christmas (Doctor Who episode review) SPOILERS!!

Alright. That was some deep episode.

[Proceed with caution, because there are spoilers. Even if they’re tiny, I know I wouldn’t want those moments spoiled for me.]

The last few minutes were ridiculously adorable. I really don’t care anymore about Peter Capaldi not wanting any romantic relationship with Clara; they flirt way too much. Or maybe I’m just thinking too hard. Or maybe Steven Moffat is sneaking it into the script.. Subtle at first, probably.
I’m really glad Clara is staying though. At first I thought she wasn’t, when they showed her in an old age. I hate those kinds of dreams. Seriously. It’s like dreaming one of your family members dying or waking up five hours later than you were supposed to because your alarm clock didn’t go off (trust me, I’ve had both, and it is not pleasant). It’s my version of a nightmare: procrastination in the ultimate state; something you always feared coming to life; actually thinking you’re dying; you can’t move when someone is about to kill you and then you actually die.
Right.
Anyway, I have received a new iPod and now do not have a completely cracked screen (I did before), ownership of a device that had no will at all to do my bidding, and old apps that won’t update because I didn’t have the ability to update to iOS 7. Or 8, whichever you prefer.

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!

Today is December 25th, in which we celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth… or do we? What exactly are Christmas’ real origins?

The subject of what began the festive holidays is quite debatable, especially since everything about modern day Christmas seems to explain, with what looks like all the evidence you need to make a point, that Christmas is a Christian holiday. But when you look for deeper clues than what is on the surface, there are many startling facts: Christmas is not Christian. Or, well, it used to not be; it has changed dramatically over the years (I would call it an entirely different holiday, almost!). So what was the holiday formerly? It’s actually Roman, and was called Saturnalia. As they say, all roads lead to Rome. Saturnalia is a seven-day holiday, beginning on December 17 and ending on December 24. It includes almost all the aspects of modern day Christmas, besides the sinful behavior.

Christmas to me is not of Roman origin; instead, it is the most wonderful holiday of the year and something I look forward to. Anyone can celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ or nothing but goodwill and presents and food; but Christmas in this modern day will never solely be celebrated only as a Christian holiday, as there are all sorts of people who love it (and I’m an example!).

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

The Theory of Everything: movie review

Stephen Hawking is an inspiration to all of us who believe in possibilities; I think this to be true. I was actually inspired to make this blog to share my ideas after reading his book, A Brief History of Time. When I first heard that a movie was to be made based on Stephen’s earlier life, I was ecstatic; after all, I am a fan of his.

The movie and acting was absolutely brilliant, especially [insert SWH actor rl name here], who portrayed Hawking very well. The most enchanting part was the music. You can’t even play real life without music! There is a scene in which Hawking goes to a beautiful performance of lovely classical music. Sadly, he can’t stay for the whole performance because, er… spoilers!

It’s reasonable to assume everyone in the UK knows about Doctor Who, or has heard it mentioned at least once. Continuing off of that..the Doctor Who references were amazing. My favorite one was when Stephen was saying “Exterminate!” with his automated, robotic voice. It was absolutely traumatizing.

The Theory of Everythinghad its up and downs, including parts that are quite sad. I almost cried several times, actually. But then again, there are hilarious scenes such as I stated in the last paragraph.
I loved it.

The Paradise paradox

Many religions may claim that in the afterlife, there will be no death, no time. I have recently thought, though.. that this is completely illogical. Now, all atheists would agree, most likely, but have we ever thought why? To be able to do work and continue to give off energy according to the Law of Conservation of Energy, all matter, inanimate and animate, would have to be unstable. Life is the complete opposite of perfection (Heaven).

(This is short, mostly because I haven’t had a lot of time to myself at all since Thanksgiving break began. Also, I can’t concentrate right now.)