August 09, 2004
I'm not Completely Sure This is a Problem
Posted by scott at August 09, 2004 12:48 PM
New Scientist is running this article discussing a SETI workshop at Harvard that claimed the Earth is becoming increasingly less likely to be detected by extraterrestrials. Seems that our move to cable and satellite technologies is slowly making the Earth "dimmer" on most radio bandwidths. If trends continue, the Sun's own radio static will swamp Earth's in a few more decades, making us once again invisible against the background noise of the universe.
Since I don't completely subscribe to the Spielbergian "they're just goofy looking gardners with a hankering for Reeses Pieces" school of alien intent, I'm probably not going to bemoan the fact that at some point we may no longer be flashing a "GULLIBLE AND POTENTIALLY TASTY SLAVES ARE HERE" sign at the universe. But I am glad it's pointing the SETI folks in a different direction in their search for other ETs.
There's also this great Calvin and Hobbes quote:
"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."
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Scott, I tried a trackback to this and it wouldn't work. On every other site when you click on trackback a link appears so you can paste it into your post. But on yours nothing happens. What gives?
To get a permalink to a story on our site, you click the date, not the trackback. This is very "old school", I guess a fossil from the MT 2.11 days.
Trackback still doesn't work properly, although I have it enabled. Probably also some wonky thing broken after four or five version moves and a site re-location. Bugger.
Well if it makes you feel better neither method works on your site. I guess I'll have just refer to you when I post rather than trackback, but I worry that your readers won't profit from my valuable insight. ;)
would Spielberg lie to us? If he says they're all friendly, I certainly believe him. I mean, look at his wonderful documentaries on Dr. Jones - some of the most exciting documentaries ever made about archaelogy.
ok, if I ever need valium, I'll know where to look.
In the meantime, though... **cracks open another Yuengling**
I don't need Valium or diazepam you stupid cockbite. Quit posting here. If it comes from Russia, it's likely to be a fake anyway, so why waste my money.
Besides, wine tastes better.
Mark - now our comments just look kind of silly, no?