I’ve been binge-watching a bunch of shows lately, and this week’s cartoon is somewhat related to one of them, which is Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos Documentary. Now this is what you get when you mix great narrative storytelling with sensible hard facts of science and history, kickass special effects and the deep dulcet tones of Dr. Tyson’s voice. He’s what you get if Darth Vader had a kinder disposition. Now back to that scene in Cosmos, when you see the scene of the dead dinos with the sail things at their backs, I used to remember their names, what was it? Not Spinosaurus… but… sorry, I’m gonna go and cheat a while and Google…
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Dimetrodon! Dammit, I knew I knew it back from my old Childcraft Encyclopedia days. The dinosaur book I remembered was beige in color. I think… Man, those books were awesome, and excellent in turning me into an overeducated, over-aware but not-so-wealthy individual I am today.
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Went and dug up for an image of those books online over here. I just realized at the awesomeness at the variety of subjects with a good blend of science, creativity, history and culture. I’d raise my own child with that kind of balance and sensibility, but unfortunately, the dang internet along with Wikipedia spoiled us all! Ahhh… the memories.
But with all the bad there’s the good… Like Cosmos! Too bad I wasn’t around to see Carl Sagan’s version of that. I might’ve end up as a biologist, astrophysicist or astronomer, but nope, instead, Malaysia’s rather shite science education spoiled that for me. I remember learning all of what I learned about the human body, animals, cells in those Childcraft books, only for me to re-learn all the terms in Malay language in school. I tried for a while, but my grades sucked, and I had to sacrifice Biology for Art if I’m able to keep up my grades at a manageable level and now that’s my career. Nothing against art, but I just had to mention that to bring up how a small fundamental shift could affect a young soul such as me.
Okay, this is a long one, enough rambling. Just also wanted to give a shoutout to Ryan who sent me a message of encouragement. Thanks! I really appreciate that, and yes, keep it up! Webmasters do read feedback sections too!
Cheers and have a good week. Monday can be awesome if you want it to be! *EDIT!, it’s not Monday anymore as I posted this. That’s what you get with limited internet!