A couple of small things irked me today, and perhaps sharing them will reduce grinding of the teeth.
- I read reading a piece of fiction and the author decided to have one of the heroes jump into a black hole to cut down on travel time. They apparently are only familiar with black holes from sci-fi, and the bad versions treating black holes like wormholes or warp gates. Nothing about the time dilation and how looooooonnnng it takes to cross that event horizon. (Note the EH was key in a 1979 major movie called ‘The Black Hole’ so this is old news) If you could jump into a black hole without becoming a thin goo. AND if you pop out in some random location as not mapped network of black hole gates exists that happens to be where you want to go. THEN what good is your race for an antidote when the patient died a hundred years ago?
Hey, kids! If you’re writing sci-fi and you want a fictional travel shortcut, don’t use a real physics term that you don’t understand at all. It just breaks the plot and the writer was a lazy idiot. Sci-fi has lots of alternate fictional ideas to choose from like: warp drive, Jump, hyperdrive, stargates– all to get around generation ships and near light speed time dilation for travel. Using a celestial object that crushes everything to a paste slowly and inescapably won’t impress anyone.
- I watched craft videos with a relative and these teachers/salespeople almost every vid crow that their colors are all compatible. All the similar products push that like it’s a special quality it took years and decades for their blue items coordinate with their green and orange ones. (it’s the same pointless bragging as phone companies saying you can keep your phone number when keeping was required by regulation years ago) What? purple and yellow only go together if its by this ONE company’s product? Did anyone tell pansies and butterflies and orchids they just can’t have two different colors because they weren’t coordinated?
I’m pretty close to making that a drinking game. They’re so earnest about touting reds, greens, and blues being specially coordinated, instead of quality or hue uniqueness.