All posts by Jeremy Eades

I'm an English teacher in Japan. I have an interest in the brain and language acquisition, not to mention writing and the pipedream that I'll become the next Asimov. Or something like that. Nice to meet you!

Take a (virtual) trip to Saturn on a Sunday afternoon

ISS in CelestiaFor my first post, let’s look at a cool little program I ran across the other day. Celestia is a kind of planetarium for your computer. The cool part is that you aren’t confined to the viewpoint from Earth – Celestia allows you to zoom in on other planets, stars, galaxies, even spacecraft. You can follow them around or set out among the stars by yourself. Various labels make it easy not to get lost, something I wished I’d figured out a while ago. A word of warning: whirling around in-program gave me motion sickness. Bring dramamine.

If that’s not enough, you can download add-ons, including various fictional spacecraft and locales. I’m looking forward to my 2001 monolith orbiting Jupiter. [ISS image borrowed from David Reverchon]

Taking my first baby steps

Hello all!  My name’s Jeremy Eades and I’ll be one of the new Futurismic bloggers.  Originally from the Midwestern US, I’ve pulled up roots and am currently teaching English in Japan.  Besides travelling, cycling and long walks on the beach, I’m a voracious reader – a difficult and expensive proposition in a non English-speaking country.  I’ve also got a pipe dream of becoming an influential and powerful writer with an army of minions fans, but I think you have to write before you can become a writer.

In any case, I’ll be bringing you the latest in cool stuff the pulp sci-fi writers of the 50s only dreamed of, and other science fiction-y goodness.