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    Thursday, January 24, 2008

    Life After People

    I watched Life After People on the History Channel.  It was very interesting, the idea that so much of our civilization would be swallowed up by nature should humans suddenly disappear, and the processes of it.  The computer simulations of buildings and bridges falling were entertaining and eerie.  Watching the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower, the Space Needle all fall was eerily reminiscent of watching the WTC fall.  They did not account much for the rising sea level, except to offer as a preliminary detail to the Empire State Building falling, that it had started to lean due to rising water damaging its pilings.
     
    It seemed that no matter what we may be doing to destroy or affect the Earth, that it is small compared to what the Earth would do back to us. 

    Comments on "Life After People"

     

    Blogger Kathleen said ... (12:43 PM, January 24, 2008) : 

    Have you looked at the book, The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman?

     

    Blogger Annette said ... (9:51 AM, January 27, 2008) : 

    Did you notice the interviews with David Brin, sci fi authors of post apocalyptic novels?

    I find it encouraging that NASA scientists think that they have the asteroid-destroying-life-on-Earth thing covered (or nearly covered anyway). I hope they're right! :O

     

    Anonymous Evil John said ... (11:21 AM, January 29, 2008) : 

    I recently read a sci-fi book set 80,000 years in the future. Just about the only things left from our time were:

    a) Lots and lots of toilets.
    b) Lots and lots of bones. (The book posits a "Great Die Off" around.... now.)

    One of the more interesting parts of the book, IMO, was the protagonist's efforts to faithfully re-create a B17-Flying Fortress based on a partially fossilized remnant. Two of the bigger problems were:

    a) What measurement system was used?
    b) How do you fly without computer controlled active stabilization or, indeed, computers to model the aerodynamics?

     

    Blogger Audient said ... (5:44 PM, January 29, 2008) : 

    Evil John

    I am not an engineer, but the B-17 was designed and put into production and service in the mid to late 1930s -- I don't imagine there was any computer on board, or any computers involved on the grounds for the designing of the thing.

     

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