An independent Czech thinker, speaker, writer, and composer.
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By MARTIN REZNY

In case you’re not aware of this bit of math, it is a speculative, probabilistic attempt at estimating the number of intelligent technological alien civilizations in our galaxy that we could talk to.

It goes like this:

N = ∗ * p * e * l * i * c *

where:

= the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which communication might be possible (i.e., which are on our current past light cone);

and

∗ = the average rate of star formation in our…


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By MARTIN REZNY

I’ll be honest, I didn’t go through a mandatory military service. In my country, the Czech Republic, it was canceled in 2005. Starting with my year of birth actually, as that was the year I turned 18.

Suffice it to say, I was glad. I never really thought about it before realizing there’s no reason to anymore. Well, other than knowing that it would be something I definitely wouldn’t enjoy, or agree with on the level of principle.

When pushed, given the kind of stubborn person I am, I might have gone the way of conscientious objector, which would have probably meant some other kind of forced civil service, though at least non-violent. …


By MARTIN REZNY

My voiceover experiments continue, now with a better pop filter that limits sibilances just enough. The only remaining thing to improve on the technical level, apart from my voice acting, is proper acoustic treatment of my room. I could try to improve it in post, but I don’t really want to alter my voice with EQ too much. I’d much rather learn to improve my sound by speaking better.

I guess I could try some voice modulation for when I’ll be making up voices when reading some of my stories that involve characters. Especially those with alien characters. In any case, I’m still open to any suggestions, whether they’re technical or regarding which articles to do next. …


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By MARTIN REZNY

I have recently gotten myself into a bit of a heated discussion with my fellow compatriots on YouTube, in the comment section under the trailer for the new film about Havel’s life. It turns out there’s a staggering amount of hate for Václav Havel, the first president of the current edition of the Czech Republic. Perhaps not entirely surprisingly, given that his most famous quote goes:

“Truth and love must prevail over lie and hatred.”

What I suggested in that discussion was that one of the signs that somebody is a good person is how many people feel the need to show public displays of hate toward that person. Given that good people won’t waste time hating anyone at all, let alone in public, and that a good person doesn’t even have to do anything to provoke bad people. …


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By MARTIN REZNY

Yes, you read that right, this is an authoritatively titled esoteric article that invites you to think critically about it. I feel like a disclaimer is necessary, since this isn’t going to be the kind of article that people who would search for something close to the title of this article would expect to find.

For any skeptics who might have arrived here by accident, there is indeed no actual science to karma. Well, beyond the Newton’s third law (every action leads to an equal and opposite reaction), which technically only applies to motion. …


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By MARTIN REZNY

When I was choosing which field to study at a university, I knew I was interested in journalism, but I was forced to pick one more field to combine it with. Why journalism couldn’t have been studied on its own at my preferred uni, I still have no idea. In the end, I narrowed it down to political science and psychology. I only got accepted to the former, so I didn’t really have to choose.

Throughout the whole thing, while the journalism teachers remained completely walled off from the political science teachers, I always suspected that the area where media and communication theory meets politics might be pretty important. Little did I know at the time just how incredibly important the so called new media are going to make it in a rather short amount of time. …


By MARTIN REZNY

Hello random reader, since I decided to keep narrating my articles on a regular schedule (one per week), I might as well make these updates a regular thing — expect at least three new narrated articles every month or so.

Apart from the obvious convenience that this represents for people who prefer audiobooks, I think it’s also a good way of bringing up some of my more popular older articles back from the archives.

It will either be any articles that have become topical again, or the most read or liked ones, or the ones that stirred up the biggest discussion, or the ones that I personally consider important. …


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By MARTIN REZNY

To know what I’m going to talk about, I’m afraid you will have to watch this analysis first (it’s good, though, and I generally do recommend The Behavior Panel YouTube channel):

Now, isn’t this interesting. …


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By MARTIN REZNY

This story is fairly brief — I bought a new streaming microphone (HyperX QuadCast, can’t recommend it enough), and I started using it. Specifically, I decided to narrate my articles, for your convenience and to get my YouTube channel going. I have already done three:

Given how many articles I have managed to write and post on this platform alone over the years, I imagine it might take me a while to tackle any substantial percentage of them, but I do intend to try to produce one each week, posted on Thursday (barring the ongoing apocalypse getting even apocalypsier). …


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By MARTIN REZNY

NARRATED VERSION OF THE ARTICLE

Recently, I have been following the fallout from the Pentagon’s UFO announcement. Or rather, the lack thereof. It turns out that it isn’t that big of a deal to most people, at least not during a global pandemic. If you’re not familiar with it, I recommend catching up on it and on some broader historical context of ufology before reading any further, for example by watching The Basement Office YouTube series from the New York Post.

There have been some less than happy responses from popular skeptics, of course. Like from Thunderf00t, who attempted to debunk the three officially released videos of UFOs, or UAPs, or whatever we’re now supposed to call them, starting with this video. He analyzed the readings on the infrared cameras used to capture the UFOs, trying to deduce the maneuvers that took place, the temperatures, sizes, and distances of the objects, the works. …

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