27 February 2015

Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) RIP

Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William S...

All I can say is rest in peace Leonard Nimoy when I want to say Live Long and Prosper, Spock. Today I am very sad to learn that Leonard Nimoy has beamed up for the very last time today. As a big fan of Star Trek, I will miss his presence here on Earth but enjoy his work for years to come. I love this photo from the Big Bang Theory:


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26 February 2015

Stargate Sg1 The Television Series

I have been watching Stargate SG1  the television series for the first time in many years. I started with the original movie Stargate and then moved on to the series. It is taking  me some time to get through because in the 1990´s, there were quite a few episodes per season, but I do not mind because I am enjoying each and every one!
In the series, I feel Richard Dean Anderson is a better Colonel O´Neill than Kurt Russell was in the movie.It has nothing to do with the acting but the way the character O´Neill in the series is written: he has a great sense of humor, is a little dumb but very caring and  does the right thing most of the time. I am usually not a big fan of military science fiction but I do like this show a lot.

07 January 2015

Green Comet Lovejoy Visible in Night Sky

The comet, discovered last August by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy (his fifth comet to date), is putting on a  show for those equipped with little more than good binoculars or a small telescope. Officially catalogued as C/2014 Q2, this object is now reaching the pinnacle of its brightness; it will be making its closest approach to Earth tonight (Jan. 7) at a distance of 43.6 million miles (70.2 million km).
You can read more HERE.
This morning I had a great view of Jupiter and the Moon together in the early morning sky.

14 December 2014

Orion Spacecraft

Several years ago, I was quite nostalgic about the end of the space shuttle program by NASA and made a post about it in Jan 2010 HERE, but very excited about the new Orion spaceship. This new test was a great start and I hope will continue on into the future. From Universe Today:
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The long road to NASA’s “Mars Era” opened with the thunderous on-time blastoff today, Dec. 5, of NASA’s first Orion spacecraft.
Orion took flight atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on its inaugural test flight to space on the uncrewed Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission at 7:05 a.m. EST on December 5, 2014, from Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
“It’s the dawn of Orion and a new era in space exploration,” said NASA launch commentator Mike Curie as the Delta rocket roared to life.
Orion’s Delta rocket lit the sky on fire and soared to space on the world’s most powerful rocket.

15 August 2014

Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Star Trek happens to be one of my favorite science fiction shows, all of the series beginning with the Original series through Voyager and the movies(even Star Trek The Movie!). I have a special fondness for Deep Space 9 because it was set on a space station instead of a ship, was on the frontier of the Alpha Quadrant and the Gamma Quadrant, and dealt with many different alien races and darker less utopian stories. My favorite alien race is the Trill, especially if joined as is Dax. Jadzia Dax and later Ezri Dax. Jadzia Dax is interesting because she has had a friendship with Capt. Sisko and later married Worf. It was a shame she left the show for the last season but Ezri Dax became an interesting character all on her own, we just did not have time to get to know her, but some great stories were told involving her character.
Anyways, just some musings about Star Trek DS9 and I love this photo of the two actors who played Dax, Terry Farrell and Nicole De Boer.

12 August 2014

Robin Williams and Bicentennial Man

Cover of "Bicentennial Man"
Cover of Bicentennial Man

I have written before about the movie Bicentennial Man based on the work of Isaac Asimov and wanted to include here just how much I loved the acting of Robin Williams. RIP.
I have blogged in the past about Isaac Asimov and his style of writing and his treatment of robots and androids and if you are interested, you can read my past thoughts Here.
I watched again the movie Bicentennial Man and was reminded of the Three Laws of Robotics:
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
I love how Andrew in the movie Bicentennial Man explains these laws to the entire family as if it were a movie presentation, but what I love most about the movie is the emphasis on the uniqueness of Andrew, the fact that he enjoys clock-making, creating art, playing the piano, and learning about human emotion to the point of wishing to officially be declared a human being. I realize at one point he wishes to be declared independent and not property(this reminds me of the episode in Star Trek:TNG entitled Measure of a Man in which Data is declared independent).  My thought on that one point is why did Andrew need an official declaration from a government agency stating his humanity? I understand the independence, but was not his own knowledge of this fact and his love for his partner with whom he lived but did not marry because of the same reason enough? I have known couples who have been together 30+ years, raised children and never married, they felt their love was all the bond they needed, not a piece of paper. Those of course I my personal opinions on legal matters and people have many, varied, and valid reasons for wishing to receive a legal document, but what I find interesting in the movie is that Andrew dies just before receiving the news that he was declared human!