Another week, another challenge. Time for Cee’s: Share Your World Week 2
Thank you, Cee, for another round of interesting questions. Here we go:
Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?
Abolutely. Giving the stunning number of galaxies, solar systems, planets–yes, I’m convinced that there’s life out there. Whether that is life we can recognize, or intelligent life, or intelligence we can interact with is another matter. Intelligent life from elsewhere would probably not find us very intelligent, given what we’re doing to each other and our planet. And communicating? We can’t even communicate properly with members of our own species, or with other (different) intelligent species of our own planet.
How many places have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.
I’ve been moving around a bit. Born in one German Bundesland (state), moved at age 2 from village to city, then moved at age 5 to a small town in another Bundesland, left that for university in a larger city (‘old city’), then lived in New Zealand for a few month, back to Germany, (old city) for a few years, then to Canada, then back to Germany, a city in yet another Bundesland, where I still live. For weekends, I’m back in the old city. Roots? I don’t have them…
If you given $22 million tax free dollars (any currency), what is the first thing you would do?
Move to Canada, buy a house and make some investments there so they accept me as immigrant at my age, and then set up a fund for shelters, and animal welfare. The investments should allow me to live comfortably, but not in luxury, for the remaining years. Hah. Now hand them over already, the 22 million, please, I’m not getting any younger.
The Never List: What are things you’ve never done? Or things you know you never will do?
I’ve never jumped out of a plane. That is on my to-do list. I’ve never taken drugs (other than necessary medication) beyond Alcohol, and that is on my never-to-do list. Except for Cannabis. I’ve never taken that either, but with it being legalized left and right, I think a joint once in a while might make old age more interesting.
Featured image: http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/hubble-sees-a-a-mess-of-stars.
Bursts of pink and red, dark lanes of mottled cosmic dust, and a bright scattering of stars — this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows part of a messy barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 428. It lies approximately 48 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster). Although a spiral shape is still just about visible in this close-up shot, overall NGC 428’s spiral structure appears to be quite distorted and warped, thought to be a result of a collision between two galaxies. There also appears to be a substantial amount of star formation occurring within NGC 428 — another telltale sign of a merger. When galaxies collide their clouds of gas can merge, creating intense shocks and hot pockets of gas and often triggering new waves of star formation. NGC 428 was discovered by William Herschel in December 1786. More recently a type Ia supernova designated SN2013ct was discovered within the galaxy by Stuart Parker of the BOSS (Backyard Observatory Supernova Search) project in Australia and New Zealand, although it is unfortunately not visible in this image. This image was captured by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). A version of this image was entered into the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures Image Processing competition by contestants Nick Rose and the Flickr user penninecloud. Links: Nick Rose’s image on Flickr Penninecloud’s image on Flickr