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Analysis: Is NASA’s Culture Still Broken?

Posted in Space July 31st, 2007 by Chip
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New “Young” Spock Selected

Actor Zachary Quinto from Heroes will play a young Spock in the latest installment of the Star Trek movie franchise, coming next year. Leonard Nimoy will also flog that dead horse reprise his role as the older Spock in a “meaty cameo.”

Is anybody besides me completely past caring where Star Trek movies are concerned?

Anyway, Link

Posted in Movies & TV July 30th, 2007 by Chip
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Top Ten Spacewalks

SpacewalkThis blog appears to be mostly in Spanish, but this article is in English, so hm. Anyway, it lists the ten “best spacewalks ever,” and they are mighty spectacular. Man, I get vertigo just looking at these.

Link (via BoingBoing)



Posted in Space July 27th, 2007 by Chip
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Another Post of Dubious SF-Related Nature

Today’s UserFriendly strip. (I literally laughed out loud, which is pretty rare.)

I plan to use this as my new litmus test for true geeks.

Sadly, everybody I work with will fail.

Posted in Humor July 26th, 2007 by Chip
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Another Missed Opportunity

AT-AT StrollerAaaargh! Where were the plans for this AT-AT stroller mod when Shadowboy was a baby?

Link (via Neatorama)











Posted in Ephemera, Movies & TV July 26th, 2007 by Chip
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Paleo-Future Blog

Billing itself as “a look into the future that never was,” this neat site looks at the past’s predictions of the future. Man, I want a house like this.

Posted in Ephemera July 25th, 2007 by Chip
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Artificial Snot

I bet that got your attention.

Mucus greatly improves the nose’s ability to differentiate smells by helping to separate the scents chemically. Researchers at Warwick University in the UK have developed an artifical mucus (a thin polymer coating) to enhance the effectiveness of odor-sensing “electronic noses.” I’m finding this far, far funnier than I probably should.

Link (via News of the Weird)

Posted in Ephemera, Science July 24th, 2007 by Chip
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Redshirts!

Expendable T-ShirtI love ThinkGeek. Have I mentioned?

Get this T-shirt, and stay the hell away from me.

Link (via Wil Wheaton)





Posted in Ephemera, Humor July 23rd, 2007 by Chip
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That’s One Small Step…

BLRWiz was kind enough to remind me of the date today.

On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a human first set foot on another celestial body.

Six hours after landing at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with less than 30 seconds of fuel remaining), Neil A. Armstrong took the “Small Step” into our greater future when he stepped off the Lunar Module, named “Eagle,” onto the surface of the Moon, from which he could look up and see Earth in the heavens as no one had done before him.

He was shortly joined by “Buzz” Aldrin, and the two astronauts spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned 46 pounds of lunar rocks. After their historic walks on the Moon, they successfully docked with the Command Module “Columbia,” in which Michael Collins was patiently orbiting the cold but no longer lifeless Moon.

Hard to believe it’s been almost 40 years, eh?

Posted in Space July 20th, 2007 by Chip
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They Make an Excellent Point

Check out UserFriendly’s take on RAH.

Posted in Books & Authors, Humor July 19th, 2007 by Chip
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