Pretty much what I get from reading all this is:
1. Gaia is hopefully going to be giving us oodles of cool information about space and the stuff that’s out there in it.
2. Brown Dwarves are a real thing, and also, despite their name, are entirely unrelated to Tolkien or D&D.
3. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity continues to be poked and prodded by science. Meanwhile, Hofstadter’s law continues to appear unavoidable.
I made note of this awhile ago because I thought it was an interesting concept/notion/idea, though it’s (pardon the pun) pretty “out there.”
I’m glad I took a second look, because now I’m also fascinated by a second aspect of this. Apparently, communicating with space via the internet is… well, still communicating via the internet.
There are super-serious senders who are sending out quotes and/or little bits of science at high volumes. There are trolls. There are messages that got flagged as NSFW. There is at least one prayer for, from what I can tell, strength while getting over a breakup. There are political statements with varying degrees of conviction and of literacy. There are descriptions of how to make mixed drinks, and there are snapshots of food. There are awkwardly blunt confessions of loneliness and requests for friendship or companionship. There was at least one instance of grammar nazi-in that I caught.
We have, in other words, done our best to provide any intelligent life that might be paying us any attention with, essentially, an unfiltered Facebook feed.
If the aliens try to blow us up, I’m not sure we can say it was entirely unprovoked.