Monday, February 20, 2012


                You’re not going to believe who I talked to today.  Ants!  I’m not making this up.  Ants!  They’re a touch larger than our Earth version, but other than that, they’re just like ours.  On their planet though, they’re the dominant species.  At least, that’s what I was told. 
                Talking to their diplomat gave me feelings of guilt and selfishness.  Evidently, in their society every single thing they do is for the community.  No individual expression, no individual rights, or time for self, just community, community, community.  He couldn’t begin to fathom the things I told him about our societies on Earth.  He thought it was silly to have artists and musicians who express their individual inspirations and wasteful for so many of us to live in homes by ourselves and actually choose our own jobs according to what we like to do.  For a diplomat, he really looked down on me and our civilization, but that’s okay, I got to meet another species!
                I certainly couldn’t live his life, but I have to admit I was extremely impressed with what I could see of their handiwork.  They build magnificent cities that are breath-taking and completely symmetrical.  There’s no crime (or you get fed to the jreffs, which still serves society since you help keep the primary food source alive), poverty, war, hunger, none of the problems that we deal with so frequently.
                They’re so small they usually go unnoticed as they travel through the portal to other worlds.  The ants find it easy to hide from the indigenous species on the planet and watch, learn, and occasionally sneak a useful object away.  They constantly have to be on the lookout for little critters that want to make a meal of them but the ant people have shield technology also, so they’re usually safe.  Then they use the technology acquired over the years to protect themselves from large predators at home.
                Talking to them got me thinking.  Someone had to have gone to considerable effort to set up this whole portal system at one time.  Why?  Nearly every planet that I’ve been to, and that the ant people have been to, have intelligent life on them.  So, did the portal builders put these portals out there to allow various species to explore and meet each other?  Are we all supposed to move toward some common goal together?  Or perhaps it was a selfish move.  Maybe the builders just wanted a way to get around the universe themselves.  They thought it would be cool to have instantaneous travel.  Or it could be that they needed a trade route.  Or maybe they were trying to outrun some evil empire that was still traveling by spaceships at the time.
                The more answers I discover about the portal system and the universe, the more questions arise.  But again, that’s okay, I talked to ants!
                ~ Clark   

Monday, February 13, 2012


                I was hoping to report on what romance might be like for other species I’ve met on my travels by now.  However, I haven’t visited too many worlds yet and I haven’t witnessed any amorous relationships.  At least, not that I could tell.
                So instead, I’ll ask a question.  What kind of valentine are you?? 
                Do you look forward to the day in anticipation of the intimate time you’ll get to share with your special someone?  Or do you stress about finding the right gift(s) and providing the ideal date night for your valentine?  Do you think Valentine’s Day is overrated and it’s more important to treat him/her nicely every day than to emphasize a special day?  Or are you going out with the boys/girls to celebrate singledom and wish for a valentine?
                Well, don’t fret.  We all have valentines come into our lives at some point.  And don’t stress.  If you act from the heart you’ll do just fine.
                So, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day because everyone needs a little love in their heart.
                ~ Clark

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tinkerer Address

                Greetings!  If you have read the book, Upsetting the Tides, then you know who I am.  For the remainder of you, the people of the universe call me the Tinkerer.  My, ahem, “buddy”, Clark thought it would be entertaining to address you.
                Why are you Earthlings so obsessed with communication?  How do you accomplish to achieve anything in a day while conversing incessantly?  And another issue, could you move any quicker?  You people have no place to be?  I have witnessed groncers that have more ambition than your species.  Ah, forgive me, I digress.
                The purpose of my address is to caution you.  If your race truly believes to be prepared to explore the universe, proceed extremely carefully.  It is not an obstacle course to stumble through.  Space is a wondrous tapestry filled with unique phenomenon, some of which happen to involve inhabited planets.  Some of these civilizations are fragile ones that can be easily contaminated.  Others are far more advanced than yourselves and would quickly do you harm.
                That is all I have to confer.  If you desire more entertainment, you may wish to read one of Clark’s posts.  Certainly, he profoundly deliberates on his thoughts about many topics.