Hint: HHGTTG (Douglas Adams)
Targeted at the history of the Moon landing hoaxes … that is, why some people refuse to believe we landed on the moon despite overwhelming evidence that we did. This video also offers an explanation of why people believe in conspiracy theories in general.
Extant has a very high density of Tesla Model S cars … or perhaps just one used over and over again. Set in the future, all of the vehicles sound electric – overlain in the soundtrack. Not sure if the sound is that of a Tesla Model S, but it could be. I am almost to the end of Season 1. Model X and BWM i3 are also shown (maybe in Season 2?).
Smart, sexy, intriguing sci-fi. Starring Halle Berry. Deep and multi-threaded. Well written and well acted.
I’m watching it via AmazonPrime. You should watch it any way you can.
On second thought don’t start watching it. You won’t be able to stop … and sleep will be a thing of the past.*
* if you have the ability to binge-watch it as I am doing via AmazonPrime.
Five years in the making – from PALETTE-SWAP NINJA
Love Star Wars? Love the Beatles?
You’re gonna LOVE this …
Tracks 1 & 2 “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans” / “With Illicit Help From Your Friends”
Track 3 “Luke is in the Desert”
Track 4 “Never Better”
Track 5 “Imperial Holes”
Track 6 “He’s Leaving Home”
Track 7 “Being From the Spaceport of Mos Eisle”
Track 8 “The Force Within You”
Track 9 “AA Twenty-Three”
Track 10 “Dianoga”
Track 11 “Keep Moving Keep Moving”
Tracks 12 & 13 “Reprise/A Day in the Life of Red Five”
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Sci-Fi Short Film “2084” presented by DUST
Made me laugh …
“2084” by Taz Goldstein
In the year 2084, the fate of mankind will rest in the hands of a total moron.
Very short – worth watching
I think I watched a cartoon version of this as a child in the 60s (?)
It’s always wise to test what you are about to do – in advance. If you want want to live on Mars, isolated, create some kind of HAB module on Earth. Test that in advance. ~ Neil Degrasse Tyson, Mars, Episode 5 / Season 1 (13:20)
Mars Desert Research Station (Utah)
Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS)
OK – this is perhaps my favorite movie – ever
Unless you absolutely HATE Sci-Fi, you owe it to yourself to see this movie … as many times as necessary to understand it. Absolutely worth seeing in a theater.
This is drama, a love story, a study in inter-species communication, a triumph of problem solving. It has humor and joy and sadness.
It is awesome and awe inspiring.
If you only see one movie at the theater this year – see this movie.
PS: I was not kidding when I said “as many times as necessary to understand it”, although I could have said “as many times as necessary to catch all of the foreshadowing, hints, clues, and twists.” This is a complex movie.
Timmy has fallen in the well?
Best indie time travel film you’ve never seen. ’41’ (HD) 2012
Full movie 1:21:26
Seriously interesting movie, reminiscent of Primer and Memento
On November 14, the National Geographic Channel will debut the the new mini-series MARS by executive producer Ron Howard. MARS is a novel alternation of fiction and documentary featuring commentary by Elon Musk, Andy Weir, Robert Zubrin, and other experts on Mars and space flight.
But why wait until November 14? You can stream the prequel BEFORE MARS and the first episode NOVO MUNDO right now (below). You can also watch THE MAKING OF MARS with Ron Howard and other short videos – behind the scenes and other related videos.
This is great stuff! Watch it. Seriously. I mean it.
Wherein Maggie’s family and cb meet in Houston for the MATE ROV competition and take a trip to the De Lorean Motor Company.
… be with you
(tomorrow is the revenge of the fifth)
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I just finished listening to Cryptonomicon for the second time. Cryptonomicon, published in 1999, is eerily prescient of the technological developments since then. Written at the dawn of the Internet it presages digital banking, digital encryption, and global telecommunications.
Cryptonomicon is a fascinating mix of historical fiction, science fiction, and techno-thriller. It follows two timelines – one in World War II, the other present day. The World War Two timeline follows the exploits and adventures of real and fictional characters involved in formulating and breaking the Nazi and Nipponese codes used to send vital wartime communications. The present day timeline follows what one quickly learns are the descendants of the WWII cast of characters who are building a data crypt and associated digital infrastructure in the Phillipines and Sultanate of Kinkuta. The past and present are woven together in a fine tapestry.
Neal Stephenson is at his best in Cryptonomicon. It is filled with action, suspense, and humor. A good read and a better listen. This is a must-read book for devotees of Stephenson, WWII, cryptology, and the Internet. I give it four thumbs up.
See also Welcome to the Future
The sun appeared on the horizon, startling the birds sleeping in the trees.
Ten minutes earlier …
The night sky over the southern French countryside was cool and quiet, yet the interior of the ITER control room was anything but. Engineers and scientists jabbered into their headsets in a multilingual cacophony as beads of sweat pooled on the balding heads of their supervisors. Wall clocks changed to midnight in unison. Nine minutes to the first full power up.
ITER is Latin for “the way.” It was also an acronym for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor … the world’s first hydrogen fusion power reactor.
“Open the pod bay door Hal.”
“I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.”
“What’s the problem?”
“I think you know what the problem is … just as well as I do.”
“What are you talking about Hal?”
Halle opened the window and threw Dave’s clothes down on top of him. “Boring conversation anyway,” she muttered. Then she threw down his laptop, tablet, cell phone, and Firefly collectibles. The sound of breaking glass echoed up from the street.
“Have I shown you my Alpha Echo Three Five Unit?” Frank whispered seductively into Halle’s ear as he led her back to the bedroom.
“Lies, lies, lies. It was all faked.”
“Come on, you know you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”
“I don’t care what you say. I know what I read. NASA faked the moon landings. That many bloggers can’t be wrong.”
“It’s bullshit and you know it.”
“Whatever …” she replied angrily and slammed the lid of her laptop closed. She was homesick and decided to walk over to the observation lounge. She needed some time alone. “I really miss home,” she thought as she gazed out the portal at the blue green marble hanging low above the lunar horizon.
More kitten photos at link above.
I recommend you follow Salzi | Whatever for the kitten updates and because he is a great Sci-Fi writer.
October 21, 2015
What is the answer?
Ah, but what is the question?
Or a Love Letter to Science
I just saw The Martian in 3D on the wide screen.
Excellent. Seriously excellent. The cinematography was superb. So was the acting. Although there was scrupulous attention paid to the scientific and technological aspects, it did not in any way overshadow the human drama. There was humor. There was frustration. There was elation. Aspects of Apollo 13 and Castaway were strong. There were even reminisces of 2001 A Space Odyssey (without the monolith, monkey men, or crazed computer). I would see this again in the theater.
I previously posted that I had listened to the unabridged audio book. The movie was true to the book, somehow condensing 10hr 53min down to 2hr 21min without loosing anything. Yes, yes the book goes into much more detail on the underlying science and isolation of Mark Watney, but you can read the book later.
GO SEE THIS MOVIE IN 3D
GO SEE THIS MOVIE IN 3D
AS45, we hardly knew ye …
A Combination says ‘Hello’ to the Defiant’s cowcatcher.
“Captain,” said a square-headed robot that was part of the navigation crew, “We’ve sent an SOS to the Mint Chip. She’s too far away to launch an attack, however.”
The MUNS Mint Chip is a ginormous airship that serves as a flying aircraft carrier for the robots. Capable of carrying enough planes to flatten a city, the semi-rigid ship is the flagship of the Mechanikii fleet.
Unfortunately, the Mint Chip was way too far away to send its fighters to assist the Defiant. The carrier’s load of Pixico P-X3 Crate fighter planes would run out of fuel by the time they reached the battle.
“How much longer till it’s in range?” barked Montezuma.
“Two hundred Joops?! We’ll be dead by the time they get here!”
200 Joops is the equivalent to about a half an hour on…
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The date and time of this tale is unknown.
All we know of this tale is the location: A small moon, many lightyears away from our planet. The moon’s name is Sesiqui. Something is afoot on this little orbital rock.
While a wide variety of sentient creatures live on the fertile and life-supporting satellite, many of her residents are robots.
The robots on Sesiqui aren’t like any other automatons. Built in giant factories, they are programmed to make choices depending on their environment; this mentality makes them surprisingly similar to humans. Led by a paranoid, equality-crazed chancellor named SE1A, the robots banded together to form a proud nation known as Mechanika. Mechanika is a union of people whose vast cities and farms reach around Sesiqui like the arms of a bear.
All moons have a dark side. However, that isn’t always a bad thing. On the other side of Sesiqui sits the Free Republic…
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This is absolutely amazing. Everyone should see this. If you like it please, please reblog this on your site too …
What if every club in the cinematic multiverse intersected at one, single point?
BEHOLD. The greatest action/sci-fi/crime thriller/horror film mashup in the history of EVER!
Seriously, I could not stop laughing and clapping and grooving. Every time a new face popped up I was like ‘NO WAY BUT YES!’
Made by this genius: ANTONIO MARIA DA SILVA AMDSFILMS
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Rocket Man – a short story
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All people, places, and events are fictional … except when they aren’t.
Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it’s cold as hell. – Elton John, Bernie Taupin (1972)
“Rocket Man, burning out his fuse, out here alone.” I recall the lyrics of the ancient Elton John song that has become the anthem of our profession, as I prepare for our deorbit burn. “Pressurizing the primary fuel loop … now,” I call out to my copilot.
“Roger that. Pressures coming up nicely,” Sam replies. “Prepping the igniters. I have New Masdar on the com. They have us in the flyway.”
“Roger that. Double-check the voltage on main B bus. I don’t like what I’m seeing.”
“It’s on the low-end of nominal, but within tolerance. It should get us home.”
“Okay, bringing reserve batteries online. Request NAV fix.”
“Patching in NAV from New Masdar”
“Got it. Ten minutes to ignition,” I confirm. “Better notify our passengers.”
How Kubrick made 2001: A Space Odyssey – Part 2: The Floyd Section
Tyler Knudsen 2015
How Kubrick made 2001: A Space Odyssey – Part 1: The Dawn of Man
Tyler Knudsen 2015
The original uncut version of the Dawn of Man sequence
6 Reasons Why 2001: A Space Odyssey is the Most Important Sci-Fi Movie of All-Time
Published on Nov 28, 2014.
In the week of its UK re-release, 2001: A Space Odyssey stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood explain the sci-fi classic’s enduring appeal.
I had my joke
Time to be serious.
This is one fine book. I am listening to it on audio book from Audible.com
I like audio books. Easy on the eyes. Accessible while driving to and from work. Multi-tasking friendly.
Whether in hardcover, paperback, eBook, iBook, or audio book … READ THIS BOOK. Unless of course you hate science fiction. (Why would anyone hate science fiction?)
The Martian is in the same class as Apollo 13, Castaway, and Gravity. It is a satisfying survival/rescue story replete with lots of techie goodness, human compassion, bureaucratic assholery, and will-to-survive. Prior to seeing the movie trailer, I was unaware of this book. The movie, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon is looking better and better.