The Drake Equation

The Drake equation is a probabilistic argument used to estimate the number of intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. It was first formulated by American astronomer Frank Drake in 1961 and is used to estimate the number of civilizations in the galaxy that might be capable of communicating with Earth.

The equation is a simple one, which takes into account several factors that are believed to be key for the emergence of intelligent life in a planet, such as the rate of star formation, the fraction of stars that have planets, the number of planets per star that are in the “habitable zone” (i.e. at the right distance from their star to support liquid water), and the likelihood of life evolving on those planets.

The Drake equation is written as: N = R* x fp x ne x fl x fi x fc x L Where: N = the number of civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy that might be capable of communicating with Earth R* = the average rate of star formation in our galaxy fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets fl = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life fi = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop intelligent life fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space

The values of the different parameters needed to calculate the equation are uncertain and are still being debated among scientists and researchers. For example, the value of R* is estimated to be around 2 stars per year, the value of fp is estimated to be around 50% but it can be as high as 100% and the value of fl is estimated to be around 0.1% but it can be as high as 100%.

It’s important to note that the Drake equation is not a scientific equation, but a tool that helps to frame the question of the likelihood of the existence of extraterrestrial life and to identify the key factors that are likely to affect this probability. It also helps to focus the search for extraterrestrial life and to guide the development of new technologies and techniques that are needed to detect and study potentially habitable planets and their potential for life.

Despite the uncertainty of the values of the parameters, the Drake equation remains an important tool for estimating the potential for extraterrestrial life in the galaxy. It has been useful in focusing the search for extraterrestrial life and guiding the development of new technologies and techniques that are needed to detect and study potentially habitable planets and their potential for life.

In conclusion, The Drake equation is a probabilistic argument that helps to estimate the number of intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy, it is not a scientific equation but a tool to frame the question of the likelihood of the existence of extraterrestrial life, it has been useful in focusing the search for extraterrestrial life and guiding the development of new technologies and techniques that are needed to detect and study potentially habitable planets and their potential for life.

New Years Weekend 2022’s Happenings

After a fun-filled Christmas weekend at Badin Inn, my wife Nancee and I decided to treat ourselves to another weekend getaway, this time near Concord Mills. We stayed at the Embassy Suites, a hotel that has a unique design with a central open column that allows you to look down to the ground floor from any floor you happen to be on. It has open-walled glass elevators such as I have only ever seen in Nashville. It generally feels like a big castle so that’s a bit different for a general hotel vibe.

On Friday night, we had dinner at River Rock bar and grill, which was not the best experience. However, the next morning we had a delicious breakfast at the continental buffet in the lobby. Nancee enjoyed the whole day very much and repeatedly said how cool it was. We then treated ourselves to massages in the hotel’s spa and took a nap back in our room. In the afternoon, we had a late lunch/early dinner at Red Lobster.

At 5:30 pm, we went back down to the lobby for the hotel’s “Manager’s Reception,” where we were entitled to two free drinks. Since it was New Year’s Eve, I decided to have a couple of margaritas to help soothe my slightly sore throat. Nancee, being the designated nondrinker, a role I generally also hold, only had cranberry juice. There was a group of young people taking photos with their phones and circular phone light, throwing up gang signs all over the grand lobby, which was a bit odd. They eventually made their way to the regular bar and fitness area to talk.

During the reception, we met a lady selling trips in the lobby and ended up buying our next vacation from her. This is something we would normally never do, but we were actually looking to use up our considerable amount of Hilton Honors points, so we decided to take a chance. Look out Charleston, South Carolina – here we come!

After the reception, we spent the evening watching TV and turned in by 10 pm, missing the ball drop.

As we move into 2022, we have much to be grateful for. We hope that each of you finds the happiness you seek in the new year. Happy New Year to all!

A Christmas To Remember

The historic 1913 Badin Inn played host to a most memorable Christmas Eve and Christmas. My granddaughter, Delilah, celebrated her third holiday with us as we cozied up in the Maple Suite on the inn’s second floor. We indulged in the time-honored tradition of decorating gingerbread cookies and watching films, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol being the choice for the evening until Delilah drifted off to sleep.

As the morning dawned, I arose at 8:30, leaving Delilah and Grandma Nancee (affectionately known as GuuNancee) to slumber on. I took the opportunity to capture the stunning grounds of the Badin Inn with 360 HDRI photos using my

Insta360 One-R.

Goodbye Bill

This is a sad post unfortunately and I typically keep this sort of thing to myself but I figured since so many of you also knew Bill and may not be aware, I should share.

I was so sorry to learn that my best friend from high school, Bill Hermann, sadly passed away about a month after visiting me for 9 days back in October of 2021. As he passed in his sleep at home in Ohio, it took some time for this belongings to find their way to his next of kin in a different part of the country and for his phone to eventually be reviewed and for me to get a text, which just found it’s way to me Saturday night.

I’d reached out to Bill many times this year and had begun fearing the worse when all those attempts at contact went unanswered. Bill told me he’d had some recent health issues of late and I had a strong premonition that I might never see him again, so I took a bit of video and some of photos of our time reconnecting and hanging out which I’d like to share.

https://rumble.com/vnjgkd-delilah-3-festival-day.html

Bill was a sweet guy who wasn’t always treated the best by some of the staff at South Stanly High School to say the least, but I think the good ones really loved him, as did I. He was quick with a laugh and a smile and had a nurturing spirit which can actually be witnessed in this video. Despite some very real physical challenges, he always kept to the sunny side of life in my opinion choosing to laugh at misfortune instead of crying about it.

He made an indelible mark on my life and I am so much richer having known him and having shared that awkward experience of being an outside through my 4 years of high school.

In his last trip back to the area, we hit all the old haunts and evening attended a South Stanly Football game. If you want to hear about those 9 days in more detail, I’m including a link to an episode of my podcast dedicated to Bill. R.I.P. Bill. You were a mensch and I’m so glad you deemed me worthy of your friendship. I’ll see you again!

I’m Going to Miss You!

The Podcast is Back

Feeling back in the creative flow has inspired me to start a personal podcast in addition to the weekly Vlog videos. It will include video which is a bit of extra work but at least it will capture my aging visage as I grow older. Ha!

Check it out here. The plan is to eventually release one weekly podcast each Sunday morning but I imagine a few of them will come in quick succession. I’m working to get my musical bumpers and segments planned so it’s less of a ramble than you will hear in the first episode.

Friends, Countrymen, I give you BRENTOCAST!

Listen to “Ep01 A Slight Return” on Spreaker. Listen to “Ep02 Back To Absolute Zero” on Spreaker. Listen to “Ep03 The End of the Animal based Circus” on Spreaker.

Goodbye Frosty A.K.A. Mr. Handsome

I’ll post more about this when the pain subsides. Yesterday, Mr Frosty flopped down beside the car as it backed out and was tragically killed. He was without exception my favorite cat we’ve ever had. He was just the perfect pet and so incredibly beautiful. The 3 years we had him, he was just so loving to all of us and Delilah. It’s going to be seriously difficult to get over this and used to the idea of not having him around. We loved him so much. I’ll share photos here soon.

We were already dealing with the loss of Nancee’s Mom, Lynn, who’s funeral is in a few hours. Having this just compounds grief.

North Myrtle Beach Get Away Live Blog

We arrived late on the evening of the 23rd and had a full day of beach combing, resting up, massages, eating out and Netflix on the 24th, bringing us to this, our second full day of the February 2022 North Myrtle Beach Get-Away. I’d go into greater detail but why bother when you can watch almost 30 minutes of edited video from that day here and here.

Last night I ordered our tickets for The Pirates Voyage, a show I’ve literally been wanting to see since I was a little kid. We narrowly missed it last trip down, when I waited just a little too long to order those tickets. Anyways, Mom, Nancee, Summer, Delilah and myself are all set to see the show Saturday night at the 6 PM showing and we can’t wait.

It’s 7:52 am right now and on the schedule today is a trip to the board walk, a 5 pm massage for me, then dinner at Sushi King. Somewhere in there, we will be doing a walk on the beach but so far it’s been very foggy.

Beach Life with
Brent and Nancee