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I Totally Plan to Do This

SMBC

(From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

Posted in Humor July 30th, 2010 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. On your Last Day you report to Carousel or you’re a runner. Who chases after runners?
  2. Name the Pink Floyd album Stanley Kubrick wanted to use music from for his film A Clockwork Orange (but the deal was never made to allow it).
  3. What happens in all of these novels? The Iron Dream (Spinrad), The Big Time (Leiber), The Man in the High Castle (Dick), SS/GB (Deighton), The Crossroads of Time (Norton)
  4. Who played the title role in the 1981 film The Incredible Shrinking Woman?
  5. What event caused the creation of the two separate cultures aboard the spaceship in Robert A. Heinlein’s classic novel Orphans of the Sky?
  6. What book begins with the line, “His wife had held him in her arms as if she could keep death away from him.”?
  7. Who was the first woman in space?
  8. Harrison Ford wasn’t the only actor seriously considered for the role of Han Solo. Christopher Walken was a close second. True or False?
  9. What were Sybil Sue Blue, Anthony Villiars, Elijah Baley, Rick Deckard and Lord d’Arcy?
  10. In Greg Bear’s novel Eon, what did the people call the corridor?

(Answers below the fold)

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Posted in Ephemera July 29th, 2010 by Chip
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(Pseudo)Science!

Crispian Jago created this wonderful Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense. I particularly like the element “blocks.”

Table of Woo

He’s also made the image available on T-shirts and other bric-a-brac at CafePress.

(via Friendly Atheist)

Posted in Ephemera July 28th, 2010 by Chip
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Last Supper with Scientists

Last Supper

Larger version and a description of each scientist at Rational Crank.

Posted in Science July 27th, 2010 by Chip
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Moonbase Alpha

NASA has developed a commercial-quality video game called Moonbase Alpha, which requires players to get a lunar base’s life support back online running before everyone suffocates.

The game imagines a base in the year 2020; a meteor strike disables its life-support systems, and one or more players must get it running in 25 minutes. The game requires an understanding of the base’s systems, and the use of robots in areas that are too dangerous for humans. The project is a proof-of-concept to determine whether a video game can inspire interest in real-life science and technology.

Here’s a trailer for the game:

(via Discoblog)

Posted in Computers & Internet, Space July 26th, 2010 by Chip
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Simon Tam M.D.

io9 recently created a wonderful 80s-style Firefly intro, and fans complained that Sean Maher had been overlooked in the credits. io9 has followed up by explaining that Maher was left out of the credits because he left after season one to spin off his own show.

I love this kind of recut footage.

Posted in Humor July 23rd, 2010 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. Who wrote “The Jewels of Aptor,” but is better known for novels like Nova?
  2. Which author devised the Three Laws of Robotics?
  3. In what film does H. G.Wells pursue Jack the Ripper to modern day San Francisco?
  4. The cheela inhabit the surface of what object in Robert Forward’s Dragon’s Egg?
  5. What was ALF’s real name in the eponymous series?
  6. Which Star Trek actor/actress lent a voice to Disney’s movie The Lion King?
  7. Who wrote The Roads Must Roll?
  8. The Caloris Basin can be found on which planet?
  9. What is the name of the leading character of the final segment of the movie Heavy Metal?
  10. In A Boy and His Dog, what was the dog’s name?

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Posted in News July 22nd, 2010 by Chip
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Fifty Years of Space Exploration

Exploration Chart

This extremely cool infographic is part of one of National Geographic’s Map of the Day, where it’s zoomable and scrollable. It’s also been liberated from its Flash-based bondage here.

(via Dark Roasted Blend)

Posted in Space July 21st, 2010 by Chip
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The Weirdest Headline You’ll See All Day

Micky Dolenz joins Debbie Gibson-Tiffany pic

This was sent to me by the intrepid DaleB, and involves SyFy’s casting choices for their upcoming movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, and you could not make this stuff up.

DaleB continued:

We have come far from that first night the Sci Fi Channel broadcast War
of the Worlds. Mind you, I am not sure just where we arrived.

True, SyFy = Troma in most cases these days, but it’s almost worth it for the headlines.

Posted in Movies & TV July 20th, 2010 by Chip
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Earth is “Much Younger” Than Previously Thought

For values of “much younger” that are probably only meaningful to geologists.

New research suggests that previous estimates of the time needed for Earth to accrete may have been too short. It had been thought that the process would have taken about 30 million years, but an analysis of isotopes from meteorites seems to indicate that it may have taken as much as 100 million years.

One of the researchers is quoted in the article thusly:

“We estimate that makes it about 4.467 billion years old – a mere youngster compared with the 4.537 billion-year-old planet we had previously imagined.”

Um, yeah. I don’t know about you, but to me the difference between 4.537 billion years and 4.467 billion years seems kind of inconsequential when you’re talking about, y’know, billions of years.

(I also like Jesus and Mo’s take on the subject.)

Posted in News, Science July 19th, 2010 by Chip
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