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R10-D31

(From Para Abnormal)

Posted in Humor October 30th, 2009 by Chip
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NASA iPhone App

MissionsNASA has released an app for the iPhone that aggregates dynamically updated information, images and video links. Screens include Missions (details about all current missions), Images (gallery options for the NASA Image of the Day and the Astronomy Picture of the Day), Videos (NASA’s YouTube channel), and Updates (aggregate of NASA’s Twitter feeds).

The screens are lovely and futuristic-looking, and ceejay, who kindly sent me the link, describes it as “a keeper.”

The app is available free of charge from Apple’s Store.

(Thanks, ceejay!)

Posted in Computers & Internet October 29th, 2009 by Chip
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This is Inspiring

Badasses: A Portrait
(Click to enlarge)
Badasses: A Portrait

By artist seangordonmurphy, who clearly understands the Badass Nature.

(via Topless Robot)

Posted in Ephemera October 28th, 2009 by Chip
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Darwin: The Musical

Composer and Songwriter David Haines loves science so much that he’s created a musical called Tremendous Journey to celebrate it.

The concert will feature 15 songs about the science of life and evolution. It’s a shorter version of my “science oratorio”, Lifetime. We open with a song called Mr Darwin, which tells the story of his historic voyage aboard the Beagle. Then there is Selfish Gene, a song referring to Richard Dawkins’s work, and Living Light, Queen Bee, Bacteria and Taxonomy.

Here’s “Mr. Darwin:”

More at New Scientist.

(via Discoblog)

Posted in Science October 27th, 2009 by Chip
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No Really, the World isn’t Ending

One of the many detrimental effects of poor science education is that people are far more susceptible to woo. This is being exhibited particularly strongly right now with the ZOMG2012 meme, wherein an uncomfortably large number of people are convinced that some moldy Babylonian god a hitherto-undetected planet that the Mayans knew about is going to show up and raise hell in 2012.

NASA scientist David Morrison, who runs the site Ask an Astrobiologist, reports that he’s getting a dozen questions a day about the “prediction” (including some really unsettling ones, like the two teenagers who were contemplating suicide because they didn’t want to be around for the apocalypse).

He’s put together a list of claims about this supposed doomsday scenario and efficiently refutes each one.

6. If the government knew about Nibiru, wouldn’t they keep it a secret to avoid panic? Isn’t it the government’s job to keep the population at ease?
There are many objectives of government, but they do not include keeping the population at ease. (My experience is that sometimes parts of the government do just the opposite, as in the frequent references to various terrorist threats or warnings about driving accidents on long holiday weekends, which are no more dangerous than any other time.) Even if they wanted to, the government could not keep Nibiru a secret. If it were real, it would be tracked by thousands of astronomers, amateurs as well a professional. These astronomers are spread all over the world. I know the astronomy community, and these scientists would not keep a secret even if ordered to. You just can’t hide a planet on its way to the inner solar system!

I’m going to go off in a corner and be mildly depressed that such a list is necessary.

(via 80beats, which also has more details about the 2012 hysteria.)

Posted in Science October 26th, 2009 by Chip
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Seen Online

Now that Disney has bought Marvel, I can’t wait for She-Hulk to be the new Disney Princess
Sargent

I bought a carton of oat milk just to support the kind of person who can find udders on an oat.
warrenellis

Robot Celebrity Impersonator: “I AM JACK NICHOLSON. HERE IS JOHNNY. THAT IS ALSO ED MCMAHON. TIP YOUR WAITBOT.”

WHAT HAPPENS IN ROBOT LAS VEGAS IS ERASED FROM THE DATA BANKS AND WRITTEN OVER SEVEN TIMES IMMEDIATELY UPON EXITING ROBOT LAS VEGAS.

COME VISIT ROBOT LAS VEGAS. SEE SIEGFRIED & ROY MAULED BY ROBOT TIGERS NIGHTLY. NO, NOT ROBOT SIEGFRIED & ROY. JUST SIEGFRIED & ROY. WHY?

IN ROBOT LAS VEGAS, ALL HOOKERS HAVE A HEART OF GOLD. GOLD IS AN EXCELLENT CONDUCTOR OF ELECTRICITY.

sween

Your mom’s so Web 2.ho that she only stands on rounded corners.
tehawesome

I know I’m raising a nerd when the only way I can get him to help around the house is by saying “Quentin, You are my only hope!”
MonikkaB

Don’t you hate it when time travelers from the future want a photo with you but then refuse to say why they’re laughing?
badbanana

Schrödinger’s kids eventually stopped asking for new pets.
sween

Posted in Ephemera October 23rd, 2009 by Chip
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SuvwI’pu’ qan tu’lu’be’

qanPeriodically one runs across something on the Internet which makes one go, “…qua?” Klenginem is one of those things.

Growing up on the Klingon starbase Morska, it was no problem for Klenginem – whose real name is Quvar muHwI’ valer – to receive the most different kinds of communication waves, among which also the terran rap-music.

As a communications officer, it was no problem for him to adapt the songs to the klingon music, and then he presented his first try to the warriors of the Dark Vengeance Fleet. To make his pseudonym, he used the name of a famous terran rap-singer, from the “Klingon Eminem” he got the name “Klenginem”.

You can view his song lyrics and hear the MP3s here. The SuvwI’pu’ qan tu’lu’be’ album also includes a karaoke version, which makes me happier than it probably should.

(via Thinkgeek)

Posted in Ephemera October 22nd, 2009 by Chip
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You Got Your Zombies in My Star Wars!

Death TroopersZombies and Star Wars. They’re two great…oh, who am I kidding? This is just ridiculous. (Click the image to enlarge for full zombie Wookiee goodness.)

Death Troopers follows the adventures of a handful of survivors on an Imperial prison barge after everybody else contracts an horrific disease, dies, and comes back to life (boogedy-boogedy)!

Del Rey is doing a little viral marketing with some intercepted messages from the barge and a Twitter feed from one of the Storm Troopers on board (I had no idea that Storm Troopers used Twitter).

They’ve just finished up a contest for a fan-made trailer, and there’s also a tie-in video game planned.

Reviewers over at Amazon are gushing that the book is wonderfully refreshing for the Star Wars franchise, and I’m sure that’s very nice, but I also think that this particular mashup is a pretty solid indicator that zombies have jumped the horribly-decayed-yet-reanimated-by-eldritch-forces shark.

Posted in Books & Authors, Movies & TV October 21st, 2009 by Chip
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Whoa Spacetime is All Like Trippy Dude

Einstein

(From Abstruse Goose – Post title cribbed from the filename)

Posted in Humor October 20th, 2009 by Chip
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NASA Humor

As is common for NASA missions these days, the LCROSS satellite broadcast a live Twitter feed as it headed toward the Moon.

It makes me deeply, viscerally happy to report that just before it smacked into the lunar surface its last tweets were the whale bit from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Wow, 150km from the moon! #lcross
4:33 AM Oct 9th from web

“And what’s this thing coming toward me very fast? So big and flat and round,
4:34 AM Oct 9th from web

it needs a big wide sounding name like ‘Ow’, ‘Ownge’, ‘Round’, ‘Ground’!”
4:34 AM Oct 9th from web

“That’s it! Ground! Ha! I wonder if it’ll be friends with me?”
4:34 AM Oct 9th from web

(via TYWKIWDBI)

Posted in Humor, Space October 19th, 2009 by Chip
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