Theme Thursday 19
After today, there are only two more Thursdays left in 2015, but this old meme is something I'm happy to take my time CLEARING. It would be nice, though, to get through 2011 next year. We move one step closer to that goal today, with the theme from 28 April 2011.
So what exactly is the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Project? HAARP is a Pentagon project that is quietly being built at a remote outpost in Alaska. The $30 million undertaking is designed to beam more than 1.7 gigawatts (1.7 billion watts) of radiated power into the ionosphere--the electrically charged layer about the earth's atmosphere. Put simply, the apparatus is like a radio telescope working backwards--it transmits power instead of receiving it. It would, in effect, "boil the upper atmosphere." After disturbing the ionosphere, the radiation bounces back onto the earth in the form of long waves, which penetrate our bodies, the ground and the oceans.
Forgive me for being so literal! As much as I love a good sense of atmosphere in a story, this theme is more slippery than I would like. If I hadn't been saved by the above technical snippet, I would have sought out a science manual just to get this challenge over and done with.
I read Ted Flynn's Hope of the Wicked thanks to some of my new friends at my Latin Mass community, who have never met a conspiracy theory they didn't like. When the owner of this copy told me he had a great book for me to read, I expected something on the liturgy or a near-forgotten traditional devotion! But since Hope of the Wicked seemed to be a favourite among the regulars, I decided to treat it as a book club pick and to be a good sport. But when the time came to tell the rest of the club what I really thought, I'm afraid I chickened out.
Indeed, I'm still chickening out! =P Which is why I'm going to deflect the topic a bit.
Has this ever happened to you? That is, have you ever been disappointed by a book that came highly recommended, and been hesitant to admit to the friend who clearly loved it that you weren't very impressed?
Or have you been on the opposite end of the question, the one doing the recommending, absolutely certain that your friend would love that book as much as you do? How did you react when you finally learned that the two of you would never be able to bond over that dear favourite?
There's a reason I don't like recommending the books, movies, music, and other media that I really, really love.
Image Source: Hope of the Wicked: The Master Plan to Rule the World by Ted Flynn