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Wait For It…

(via Blame it On the Voices)

Posted in Ephemera February 14th, 2011 by Chip
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Nerd Litmus Test

If you laugh at any of these, you are one.


(via Failbook)

Posted in Humor February 11th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. What event caused the creation of the two separate cultures aboard the spaceship in Robert A. Heinlein’s classic novel Orphans of the Sky?
  2. In the movie Robocop, what is Bixby Snyder (the comedian)’s tradeline?
  3. What Roger Zelazny end-of-the-world novel was filmed in 1977 by Jack Smight?
  4. What is the name of the collectible card game based on H.P. Lovecraft’s novels?
  5. Who is the hero in Lois McMaster Bujold’s sci-fi novel Barrayar?
  6. Which of these movies features a walking tree terrorizing a South Seas village?
    A) From Hell It Came
    B) Green Dolphin Street
    C) South of Pago Pago
    D) The Big Trees
    E) Day of the Triffids
  7. The familiar theme from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey is part of what classical piece by Richard Strauss?
  8. You probably know the name of Dr. Who’s ship. What is it an acronym for?
  9. This classic novel begins with the line, “Looking back to all that has occured to me since that eventful day, I am scarcely able to believe in the reality of my adventures.”
  10. Who played the title role in the 1981 film The Incredible Shrinking Woman?

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Posted in Ephemera February 10th, 2011 by Chip
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Original Star Trek Pitch

From Gene Roddenberry’s first draft of the pitch for Star Trek:


A PDF of the entire document is here.

(via Cynical-C)

Posted in Movies & TV February 9th, 2011 by Chip
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This Makes Me Happy

This viral ad for VW is popping up everywhere, but it makes me smile every time I see it.

Posted in Humor February 8th, 2011 by Chip
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“Li’l Inappropriate” Illustrations


These are hilarious. Artist Josh Cooley has done a series of scenes from famous movies, all in the style of illustrations from Little Golden Books. Cute-as-a-button scenes from The Shining, Alien, Silence of the Lambs, A Clockwork Orange, and many others are available as 8.5″x11″ prints or in a 13″x19″ limited-edition signed version. There’s also a book available which showcases the whole collection.

These would be sort of awesome as decorations in a nursery. (What? Babies can’t read.)

(via BoingBoing)

Cross-posted at The Art of Darkness

Posted in Ephemera February 7th, 2011 by Chip
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520-day flight simulation nears ‘landing’ on Mars

via Physorg

members of the Mars 500 crew

Members of the Mars500 crew wave before being locked into the isolation facility in Moscow, 2010. Three men will simulate walking on Mars next month as part of a project that has seen a multinational crew locked up inside a mock Moscow spaceship since June.

After 233 days in a locked steel capsule, six researchers on a 520-day mock flight to Mars are all feeling strong and ready to “land” on the Red Planet, the mission director said Friday [2011.01.18].

The “landing” is scheduled for Saturday, 2011.02.12. The project is designed to help real space crews deal with the confinement and stress of extended duration space travels in the future. The living quarters are designed to simulate the quarters available to a real space crew, and there is a module attached that will simulate the Mars landing site.

So far, the Mars 500 crew are all still committed to the project (no one is ready to opt out).

Posted in News February 4th, 2011 by ceejaydp
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Trivia Thursday

  1. What science-fiction epic by John Wyndham involves a group of youths who speak through “thought-shapes” in a God-fearing society where a deviation of any kind must be immediately exterminated?
  2. Which SF novelist also wrote radio scripts for the British Broadcasting Corporation?
    A) Jeff Noon
    B) George Orwell
    C) Charles Platt
    D) Keith Roberts
    E) M. John Harrison
  3. In Greg Bear’s novel Eon, what did the people call the corridor?
  4. Whose “Shaper/Mechanist” series culminated in the novel Schismatrix?
  5. What football star was the other head in the 1972 Ray Milland film The Thing with Two Heads?
  6. What was the title of Philip K. Dick’s only children’s book?
  7. What book begins, “On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back”?
  8. In Ed Wood, Bill Murray plays Ed Wood’s friend and occasional actor Bunny Breckinridge. In Plan 9 From Outer Space, what character did the real Breckinridge play?
  9. The first of Stanley Kubrick’s SF films starred Peter Sellers playing three roles: one, a sinister ex-Nazi scientist aroused by the idea of a cleansing nuclear holocaust. Name it.
  10. Which of these is not a part of the Childe Cycle?
    A) Dorsai
    B) Necromancer
    C) Tactics of Mistake
    D) The Dragon and the George
    E) The Final Encyclopedia

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Posted in Ephemera February 3rd, 2011 by Chip
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Metallic glass stronger than steel


David Teeghman, Discovery News

metallic glass 6x2 grid

Glass has a lot going for it: it’s easy to clean and you can see straight through it. The only problem is that it’s fragile and brittle, and that means it breaks easily. That’s why researchers have created a new type of glass that is stronger and tougher than steel.

In fact, this new type of damage-tolerant glass has actually demonstrated a durability greater than any known material.

Reminds me of “transparent aluminum” [Star Trek, the Voyage Home]

Posted in News February 2nd, 2011 by ceejaydp
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Earth may soon (?) have a second sun

via io9

betelgeuse supernova

The red supergiant star Betelgeuse is getting ready to go supernova, and when it does Earth will have a front-row seat. The explosion will be so bright that Earth will briefly seem to have two suns in the sky.

NOTE: " the conversion from stellar to human terms is pretty extreme, as Betelgeuse is predicted to explode anytime in the next million years."

Posted in News February 1st, 2011 by ceejaydp
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