Cyborg. Ha! Gotta have a huge shout-out to my man, “MirkinFirkin”, and his hilarious blog, www.JustJiggleTheHandle.com. If you’re a fan of the satirical newspaper, The Onion, you will love his satire. He is a riot. The shout-out is specifically related to his mention of the Cybermen from Doctor Who. Until yesterday I honestly did not know the difference between a robot and a cyborg. How weird is that? I’ve read/watched SFFH my whole freakin’ life … didn’t have a clue. I’d better learn really freakin’ fast, though, because we got us a new novel in the works; it’s set on an alien planet where robots with human brains (i.e., cyborgs) are preparing the way for human colonization when they discover (wait for it!) an ancient evil. Did you expect anything less from a Lovecraft fan?
More on the novel in coming months, but for now I will say that the “robots” do not look anything like Doctor Who‘s Cybermen. Why? Because I think the Cybermen look like shit. Seriously. I hate them. They remind me of something I’d see in a bad episode of Lost in Space (but that’s redundant, isn’t it?). In fact, I’d rather kick back and watch reruns of the original Battlestar Galaxative rather assault my eyes with that garbage.
But, enough whining. People whine too much these days. Doctor Who is fun. That’s what TV is for.
Before I close, though, another shout-out is in order to my friend and fellow Birmingham-Southern physicist, James Archer (who is not a cyborg) for reminding me that everything in the universe has a starting point and an ending point. Everything that can exist does exist, at least according to prevailing theories (theories in the sciences are the same as facts for you and me). Now all I have to do to comfort myself (perhaps a nice glass of whiskey) is find a theory for emergent consciousness. That should be simple like radar, as The Stooges once said.
- A man walks into a bar and asks, “Where’s the Doctor?”
- The bartender replies, “Doctor Who?”
Copyright (c) 2013, Keith Parker