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This is Surprisingly Accurate

A (very) rough summary of the formula for my favorite x-files episodes, by redditor monodon-monoceros

X Files

(via Blame it on the Voices)

Posted in Humor January 17th, 2011 by Chip
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Link Dump

H.R. Giger Webstore – Giger’s official store, featuring jewelry and other cast items based on his artwork.

The Surreal Treehoppers – We really don’t need to look very far to find seriously alien-looking life.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Now we know.

The House of Mouse – Etsy seller specializing in little felt mice, dressed up in elaborate costumes. They’ve recently added a whole line of Star Wars-themed rodents, and whose life wouldn’t be enriched by Mouse Vader?

Darren Criss Yearbook Quote – I’m jealous that I didn’t think of this when I was in high school.

Transcending the Human, DIY Style – Short article on a woman who’s engaging in homebrew biohacking.

You vs. The Morning – Amusing personalized travel mug.

Hijinks Ensue – I have even more respect for Ben Franklin.

Posted in Ephemera January 14th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. This author was a lecturer in botany at St. Andrew’s University before deciding to become a writer full-time. His books include Four Hundred Billion Stars, Fairyland, and Pasquale’s Angel. Name him.
  2. What German film, based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel The Astronauts, was released in an abridged version in the United States in 1962?
  3. What is the title of the 1959 Pat Frank novel about a small Florida town which survived a nuclear war?
  4. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created what famous superhero?
  5. In Robert A. Heinlein’s story by this title, what is “The Menace from Earth”?
  6. What creepy artist created both the alien in Alien and the species in Species?
  7. What is the name of the historical Victorian explorer who is the central character in the Riverworld series and who eventually discovers its secret?
  8. “It’s a good life,” why?
    A) The sun is risen
    B) Because otherwise Anthony might do something bad to you
    C) Because God says it is
    D) The apocalypse is over and Zachariah is still alive
    E) Because the AI in charge makes you think that it is
  9. What is the title of the 1969 Norman Spinrad novel in which a former Berkeley radical became a brash television talk show host?
  10. In this British-produced weekly SF series, a nuclear accident at a lunar-based waste disposal site propels our moon out of Earth orbit and into deep space. Name it.

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Posted in Ephemera January 13th, 2011 by Chip
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Anger is Illogical

OneMinuteGalactica has a whole channel filled with stuff like this.

(via Topless Robot)

Posted in Humor, Movies & TV January 12th, 2011 by Chip
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Particle Pings: Sounds Of The Large Hadron Collider

Higgs boson expected result

This is what researchers at the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider expect data from a Higgs boson to look like. The Higgs boson is the subatomic particle that scientists say gives everything in the universe mass.

ANDREW PRINCE, NPR

Deep beneath the border of France and Switzerland, the world’s most massive physics machine is sending subatomic particles smashing into each other at speeds nearing the speed of light. Physicists working with the 17-mile-long Large Hadron Collider hope it will help solve some of the universe’s mysteries.

But first, researchers must overcome two very mundane hurdles: how to handle all of the data the LHC generates, and how to get non-scientists to care.

One physicist has a novel way to solve both problems: sound.
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Posted in Science January 11th, 2011 by ceejaydp
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Klingon Huck

Recently on Twitter, Neil Gaiman commented on the “sanitized Huck Finn” flap by saying:

People asking about http://wapo.st/eRHo6W. It’s public domain, so you can make Huck a Klingon if you want, but it’s not Mark Twain’s book.
@neilhimself

Which he then decided to illustrate by saying:

What’s the use you learnin’ to do right, when it’s troublesome to do right & ain’t no trouble to do wrong, & tomorrow we die! #KlingonHuck
@neilhimself

Which led to all of this:

@neilhimself Revenge is a dish best served with a big ol’ piece of Aunt Polly’s blueberry pie. #KlingonHuck
@salamanderjbu

@neilhimself Aunt Sally says she’s gonna adopt and sivilize me so I reckon I’ll light out to the Neutral Zone. #KlingonHuck
@MichaelClear

@neilhimself Painting this fence is…illogical. #VulcanTom
@muskrat_john

@neilhimself They would rather be outlaws a year in The Neutral Zone than President of the Federation forever. #KlingonHuck #VulcanTom
@JoeyBags1138

@neilhimself Wouldn’t it be dishonorable to attend your own funeral? #KlingonHuck
@JohnMCoons

@neilhimself Next day he was drunk on prune juice (a warrior’s drink), and he went to Judge Thatcher’s and bullyragged him #KlingonHuck
@dansimmo1

@neilhimself These liars warn’t no kings nor dukes, at all, but just low-down humbugs and Ferengis. #KlingonHuck
@jeepgirl77

And wound up with this:

@realjohngreen Inspired by @neilhimself, I turned a paragraph of Huckleberry Finn into a tale of Klingon oppression: http://bit.ly/gAeCsa

Gawd, I love the Internet.

Posted in Humor January 10th, 2011 by Chip
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Seen Online

I want to see a hacker movie where the protagonist just stares in confusion at a stack trace for a few minutes. No typing, no chatter.
therealadam

My bologna does not have a first name. I fear giving it one will make it self-aware.
sucittaM

LOT OF BIRD DROP DEAD IN ARKANSAS! THEN LOT OF FISH DIE! DRUNK HULK TERRIFY! SOMEWHERE OUT THERE IS CAT WITH ONE WISH LEFT!
DRUNKHULK

Scientists have allegedly created anti-matter. I think they just put an evil goatee on regular matter.
StephenAtHome

Twinkle, twinkle, little Death Star, / How I wonder where you are! / Up above my world so high? / Oh no, you’re blowing up my sky!
DeathStarPR

Hypochondria is just a form of wonder at how improbable it is to be alive.
alaindebotton

Posted in Humor January 7th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. In what novel by Arthur C. Clarke does the spaceship ENDEAVOUR investigate a mysterious object from far, far away?
  2. Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor wore what notable piece of clothing?
  3. This 1963 film about most of England’s population being blinded by light from a meteor shower and a small unaffected group trying to cope with lethal attacks from 7 foot, mobile vegetables was based on a book of the same name by John Wyndham. Name it.
  4. What was “Red Dwarf” on the TV show of the same name?
  5. Who wrote The Shape of Things to Come?
  6. In Peter F. Hamilton’s “Night’s Dawn” trilogy, a gateway to the “other side” opens up and the dead return to possess the living. What is the first novel in this series?
  7. What SF magazine edited by Michael Moorcock was strongly associated with the SF “new wave” movement?
    A) Scoops
    B) Science Fantasy
    C) Fantasy
    D) Interzone
    E) New Worlds
  8. In China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, lovely caterpillars transform into monsters that can overcome anyone and devour their dreams and thoughts. What are these creatures called?
  9. Brian W. Aldiss’ short story, “Supertoys Last All Summer Long” was the inspiration for what Steven Spielberg movie?
  10. Ian McDonald’s book about the global impact of alien vegetation spreading through Africa following a meteor strike was published as Chaga in the UK. What is its US title?

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Posted in Ephemera January 6th, 2011 by Chip
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The Weirdest Thing You’ll See All Day

Singer Amanda Palmer spoofs Labyrinth.

this ridiculousness was made LAST summer in edinburgh while we were al there for the fringe staying with the fabulous cunninghams.

i got the idea because i was going for a daily jog down that endless walled alley and every single time i did i couldn’t help feeling like i was personally re-enacting that goddamn scene from the movie. every jog, it just got worse.

so one day i got back the cunningham’s house from my jog and asked sam if he had any poor and free filmmaker friends who might be up for coming over and making a re-make of that stupid fucking scene.

(I kept waiting for her to close her damn mouth, but apparently Jennifer Connelly does that in the movie, so she may be deliberately parodying her instead of just being a mouthbreather.)

Anyway, stick around for the cameo at the end.

(via Topless Robot)

p.s. – She and Neil Gaiman got married last Sunday. As Patton Oswalt put it, “Marriage of @amandapalmer and @neilhimself confirmed. Like the Hatfield/Coy War, the Nerd/Goth schism is laid to rest — by love!”

Cross-posted at The Art of Darkness

Posted in Ephemera January 5th, 2011 by Chip
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Astronomers Find First Evidence Of Other Universes

via Technology Review

Our cosmos was “bruised” in collisions with other universes. Now astronomers have found the first evidence of these impacts in the cosmic microwave background
Eternal Inflation

There’s something exciting afoot in the world of cosmology. Last month, Roger Penrose at the University of Oxford and Vahe Gurzadyan at Yerevan State University in Armenia announced that they had found patterns of concentric circles in the cosmic microwave background, the echo of the Big Bang.

This, they say, is exactly what you’d expect if the universe were eternally cyclical. By that, they mean that each cycle ends with a big bang that starts the next cycle. In this model, the universe is a kind of cosmic Russian Doll, with all previous universes contained within the current one.

That’s an extraordinary discovery: evidence of something that occurred before the (conventional) Big Bang.
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Posted in Science, Space January 4th, 2011 by ceejaydp
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