Interesting article on Gamasutra about a guy who was involved in licencing Tetris for consoles. However, the really interesting part of the article is the bit about his four long-term goals: weaning the world off fossil fuels, ending war, creating a "backup" of the Earth by terraforming Mars, and ultimately discovering how the universe ends. Heady stuff. Worth a read.
There's a link in the article comments to these fascinating pictures of atmospheric phenomena on Mars. Clouds, dust devils, dust storms... for a place devoid of life, it's pretty dynamic. Of course, the really amazing thing is that the human race managed to build a bunch of robots and send them over to take photographs and do science. Some day humans will walk there. And this guy has the serious ambition of terraforming it!
You know what? We could bloody well do it, too. I mean, just really think about that for a minute. This is not just science fiction. We can terraform Mars if we want to.
OK, so it's late and that probably makes me more susceptible than usual to being blown away by insights which are really quite obvious and somehow mundane, and y'all may just be saying "yeah, so?", but... we can terraform Mars if we want to. How cool is that!
As a species, we really can do anything. Our time starts yesterday. What are you waiting for?
Stop reading this and go do something awesome!