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The Right Impression

This is Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, and my nominee for Greatest of the Geeks and Nerds.

Aside from being good-humored and confident when he speaks, he’s fountain of knowledge, not just on astrophysics, but on most everything.  Naturally, this makes him a wonderful choice to host the new revival of Cosmos.

Toward the end of the first episode, after exploring the vast known universe and touching upon the slight notes that led to modern scientific principles, he told a simple story.  In the short tale, Tyson described his interactions with the original host and creator of Cosmos, Carl Sagan.  He started by listing a few of Sagan’s notable accomplishments, then opened a backpack.  Inside, he had a copy of Sagan’s day planner from 1976, with one page marked for a meeting with “Neil Tyson.”

Tyson showed another book, a signed copy of one of Sagan’s writings.  As he showed these things, Tyson also related how personal nature and compassion that was inherent in Carl Sagan.  Even though Tyson did not go on to study with Sagan, the meeting still had an impact.  It showed Tyson what kind of man he wanted to be.

Cosmos might be about the vastness of the universe and the grand mysteries waiting to be discovered, but it’s appeal is in embracing the smaller details.  Even something as simple as a professor offering a potential student a place to stay for the night can open doors into a much larger world.  If that can work for Neil deGrasse Tyson, surely it can work for other storytellers as well.


Everyone Has A Story

Given the discussions I’ve had about the possible twist with the ending of How I Met Your Mother,  I realized a simple lesson about characterization that I wish I would have picked up on a long time ago.  Even if I’m wrong about what happens in the finale, I’ll have still learned this lesson, which I’m going to share with you now.

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In my effort to improve my storytelling abilities, I’ll look over a number of things, not just books or stories, but comics, movies, and TV shows too.  As someone who has been a fan of How I Met Your Mother from the very beginning, I get to enjoy the show on multiple levels because I am a writer.

So, I’m going to take a moment and explain why the ending of Season 8 of How I Met Your Mother works.  I’m going to talk about everything new brought up by the finale, including that last detail.

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