OMG! Day 10! We are now officially 1/3 of the way though this 30-day build of the LEGO Ultimate A-Wing Starfighter model from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which is being undertaken by my chum John.

Part of one wing is attached (Click image to see a larger version — Image source: John Alflat)

John’s message accompanying today’s photo was as follows: “So, part of one wing is completed and — as this is a symmetrical construction — the second wing’s instructions are a repeat of the first. I don’t really have anything else to add, except the fact that the spindle that could be turned is now enclosed (curiouser and curiouser). Going back to the cartoons we mentioned yesterday, it was interesting to see how a cartoon character, Ashoka, was brought to life in The Mandalorian, which I highly recommend, particularly if you like westerns. Now it’s the weekend, which gives me a chance to go back and play with my Millennium Falcon.”

Returning to my own meandering musings, as you may recall, in the Day 9 build blog we discussed the possibility of finding simple life on other planets and moons in our solar system. Things become more complicated when it comes to intelligent life.

When I was bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and so much younger than today, if you’d asked me if I thought there were other intelligent species out there, I would have enthusiastically replied in the optimistic affirmative. However, a few years ago as I pen these words I read Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet is Unique by John Gribbin, following which I have to admit that I’m no longer quite so bullish on this topic. Suffice it to say that the author makes a very compelling case for the fact that we may well be alone (as an intelligent technological race) in the universe.

How about you? Do you believe intelligent life exists in other solar systems? Also, do you believe we will ever get to make contact other intelligent lifeforms and, if so, do you think the results will be good or bad, happy or sad?