31 January 2010

Stargate Props For Sale!






If you liked Jack O´Neill´s zat gun in Stargate SG1, you can buy it on eBay when they go up for auction along with a lot of other props from Stagate SG1 and Stagate Atlantis. Since I am more of a fan of Atlantis, I might go for Ronan´s Wraith gun or even a ZPM ( too bad it really doesn´t work!) Anyway, I am sure there are plenty of fans who will want to buy these props and what a smart way to make money because as I have understood, the Stargate Franchise has always been very budget oriented and has tried to make the most out of each set for the least amount of money. I like that because it forces more creativity when you have limited money to work with.
Too bad the zat doesn´t work either, it would make a great deterrent to pick pockets and thieves.
Here is a link to the list of items for SALE.

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29 January 2010

Sci Fi Remakes, Why?

I found a video that talks about Hollywood remakes of classic science fiction movies, specifically for the year 2009. I think the studios do remakes because of budget constraints and the idea that if it worked once it will be good again with new technology applied into it. I hope that since most movies are being made with lower budgets due to the economic times, being made outside Hollywood, and in other countries, just maybe there will be original scripts written or movies made from current science fiction literature. I hope so because sometimes the original is the best and no matter how fancy the new version, the original cannot be beat, besides, I would like some fresh stories that make me think, I guess I want too much!

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28 January 2010

Star Trek First Contact and WW3


As I was writing about the end of the current space shuttle program, some thoughtful commenters were aware that political and financial times may impede any progress in the manned space program and private enterprise may be the next phase in space travel advancement. These thoughts reminded me of the movie Star Trek: First Contact (1996), in which the crew of the Enterprise travels back through time at the point when humans are about to make first contact. As described in the film, Earth had suffered through world war three which managed to wipe out a majority of the Earth´s population and world governments. This was in the year of 2063, according to the movie, the humans were living in encampment-like buildings, it all looked very humble, yet they had superior technological skills and Zefram Cochrane was the character who had the skills and ability to make the first warp spacecraft. He said his reasons were for money, not some noble cause to better humaity. From that point on, first contact is made and thus we have the beginning of the Federation.

The point in the summary of the movie is that society had to reach a point were people were on their own without the direction of government and doing things in a private and capitalistic manner that ends up being good for humans. The few people who remained had to cooperate, think for themselves, and find a way to survive and go on with life without depending on daddy government. When true capitalism is applied, you rise and fall on your own merit, there is no bail-out. I wish we could get to that point without going through all the pain and destruction, but if you listen to economists such as Marc Faber, Jim Rogers, and Max Keiser, you will see that the world is headed for very tough times. They all have videos on YouTube that are worth listening to, and yes we must have hope for a better future, but we must also be realists as well.

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27 January 2010

An End of an Era for NASA


The final night flight for the space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for the 7th of February 2010, but the year 2010 also marks the last of the space shuttle flights and thus ends an era of the current space shuttle program which began flying and orbiting the Earth in 1981. The space shuttle Columbia made its first trip to outer space the 12th of April 1981 and I remember it as if it were yesterday. The flight was short, only two days, and the landing took place in California, I also remember the double sonic boom! It is amazing that these spacecraft have lasted so long and worked so hard, but it is long overdue that a new line of shuttle is created and put to work, thus the final flight is scheduled for the 31st of May 2010 and you can bet I will watch and feel a little nostalgic and yet look forward to the next generation of spacecraft named Orion which is expected to come into service in the year 2015. I look forward to that day! The design looks interesting and unique and I cannot wait to see it in action.
You can read more HERE.
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26 January 2010

Star Trek Movie Mistakes

I found a video that highlights inconsistencies between the television series and the various movies made after Star Trek: The Next Generation ended. I caution you, this is only for the die hard fans of Star Trek, and especially TNG, but it is fun and hilarious if you are into Star Trek and find amusing mistakes they make in writing. When you have written so many episodes of dialogue, have several movies, then add to the mix a wide variety of writers, it would be difficult to keep track of such mistakes, but it is all in good fun!
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25 January 2010

Alien First Contact









First contact with alien creatures is the core of science fiction literature, movies, and television; and the kind of aliens we encounter range from benevolent beings to acid for blood reptilian-like monsters. While we love to read or watch science fiction aliens, scientists actually theorize what an alien life-form could look like and how we would react to an actual face to face meeting.

Scientists feel that there are two possibilities, one being we will visit aliens from the "neighborhood" or we will be in verbal contact with a more distant alien civilization.

The article explains that if we contact alien life in our solar system:

If first contact turns out to be within our solar system, then at least we have some prior knowledge about the available habitats. Several spots might be suitable for Earth-like life based on carbon biochemistry and using water as a solvent. The subsoil of Mars may be warm enough to host microbes akin to Earth's bacteria, for example, and there could be larger beasts swimming in the watery oceans of some outer moons of the solar system - especially Jupiter's moon Europa. There's every chance that a deep aquatic ocean lies beneath Europa's ice, stretching right down to the moon's rock core, where volcanic vents pump out hot, nutrient-rich water.


Then the article goes on to explain how the aliens we talk to may exist:

And then there is the fact that in order to contact us, ET must be able to send and receive radio waves or laser beams, or use some other medium to reach across the light years. So either they are vast creatures that have evolved natural radio-wave organs to talk and listen to each other, or they have developed technology. For that, intelligence alone is not enough. "The thing that advances us as a species is that we are social," says Schulze-Makuch. "One of us alone is not very smart - I'm so dumb I can't even build a radio. It is by working together that we got on the moon."
So message-sending aliens will probably have some form of society. It need not be anything like human societies, however. "There are meta-intelligences in the societies of bees and termites. I can imagine something like a termite or ant colony that gets really intelligent," says Schulze-Makuch. This does not tell us, however, whether they will be furry, scaly or slimy. Even on Earth, clever brains come in a wide variety of packages: dolphins and primates, parrots and crows, sea otters, honey badgers, octopuses and squid.

If you love science fiction or just the idea of making contact with an alien species, I suggest reading the entire article, it is well worth the time, it will change your perception of what an alien is and how we might contact each other.
Here is a link to the full article.
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24 January 2010

Sci Fi Quotes from Criminal Minds!?










I found this story amusing about the characters of the television show "Criminal Minds" who like to quote science fiction and horror authors during the course of an episode. If you are a sci fi lover/nerd like myself, you can find science fiction in anything in life such as the economy, which lately seems like science fiction in terms of market numbers, data, and financial instruments, etc.; new technology in medicine can appear to be like a science fiction gadget, although I am still waiting for those cool bio scanners from Star Trek:TNG; at an airport you have body scans that can detect the smallest mole on your body, satellites orbiting the Earth which can range from harmless television signals to weaponry, and in general, life is so hi-tech it can feel a little science fiction-ish. Anyway, from a crime drama show here are some of the quotes that pop up:

Isaac Asimov
"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate."—from the episode "The Uncanny Valley


George Orwell
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."—from the episode "Secrets and Lies"


G.K. Chesterton
"Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."—from the episode "Seven Seconds"


Stephen King
"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."—from the episode "Masterpiece"

Here is the entire article.

23 January 2010

BASE Jumper to Leap from Space!










A BASE jumper is an extreme sports enthusiast who loves to jump from Buildings, Antennae, Spans (bridges), and Earth, and this sport for obvious reasons is considered to be extremely dangerous. Why bring this up in a sci fi blog? Well, Felix Baumgartner is going to as close to outer space as possible and will then freefall in an attempt to break the sound barrier of 1236kph. From the article:

His stratospheric mission, Red Bull Stratos, will see Baumgartner break four world records — and provide important data to NASA scientists.
He said: "I want to push the limits of what is possible."
Baumgartner will be dressed in a protective suit and flown to 120,000 feet in a pressurised capsule before making his jump.
He believes he will be able to break the speed of sound — 768mph — within 35 seconds.

His mission will help researchers document the effects of high-speed travel on the human body, and further explore mankind's ability to travel at the edge of space.

Wow! This guy has guts or he is just plain crazy!! You can read more here.



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21 January 2010

Anatomie (2000)

I came across an awesome movie last night entitled "Anatomie," a German movie about the experience of a German medical student and her gruesome discovery while attending Heidelberg Medical School. This horror film was interesting, well acted, and surprisingly medically accurate; I say surprisingly, because sometimes horror movies get the medicine wrong, but this was great! I also watched the movie in German and subtitled. I have always preferred to watch any movie in its original language and subtitled as opposed to dubbed because I like to hear the actor´s emotion and true voice, in my opinion, that is partly why they were chosen for the part, with dubbing, you are getting another actor´s interpretation of the original actor. I once watched Star Trek : TNG dubbed and the voice of Worf sounded so wimpy I could not stand to watch for more than 15 minutes of the show!
Anyway, if you like a good thriller this movie is for you and I recommend subtitled! Here is a clip in German, but you will get the idea.



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20 January 2010

Spock Will Visit Vulcan This Year!


I love this kind of story, the city in Canada named Vulcan will receive a visit from none other than Leonard Nemoy himself as he will also make an appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. How cool would that be to live in a city named Vulcan, you could call yourself a Vulcan and get away with it on a daily basis!
From the article:

"Great thing about Nimoy is that he's a 'face character'," he said, explaining that if you see his face, you recognize him right away. "Leonard is almost like the godfather of the science fiction culture."
Because it is such a unique event, people from all over are showing interest in making the trek to see Spock during the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, he added.
About 12,000 people are expected to come through the expo, but Foong thinks that could be shattered.
He also said that while there's usually only one guest Star Trek actor at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, this year will have another guest. Brent Spiner, the actor who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, is also scheduled to visit, said Foong.
Now that CBS recognizes the town of Vulcan as a licensed Star Trek destination, there are no longer concerns of copyright infringements.
"We are now the official Star Trek capital of Canada," Dickens told the Advocate.
You can read the ARTICLE here.

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19 January 2010

Nasa´s ASTER Images of Haiti Earthquake








Images from outerspace were taken of Haiti in the days following the earthquake and compared with images taken one year earlier. Landslides in the mountainous regions are noted upon close inspection but since the pictures come from outerspace, buildings are not seen in the images.

From the article:

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this simulated natural color image of the Port-au-Prince, Haiti, area, Jan. 14, 2010, two days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the region and caused massive damage and loss of life.

The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER provide scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping and monitoring of dynamic conditions and temporal change. Example applications include monitoring glacial advances and retreats; monitoring potentially active volcanoes; identifying crop stress; determining cloud morphology and physical properties; wetlands evaluation; thermal pollution monitoring; coral reef degradation; surface temperature mapping of soils and geology; and measuring surface heat balance.

Here is a Link to the article.
It also makes me think of an article in USA Today and the concern that the US has large budget deficits so unmanned technology such as ASTER may be the future of space exploration for the US. From the article:

But that was before huge federal deficits arrived, public support failed to show, and unmanned explorers scored successes — namely the Hubble telescope and Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which are still sending back signals years after they were expected to expire.
So as we look to the next decade, what sort of human space exploration will we see?
"We are on a path that will not lead to a useful, safe human exploration program," former
Lockheed Martin chief Norman Augustine said when he testified to Congress in September about the blue-ribbon space exploration panel he chaired. "The primary reason is the mismatch between the tasks to be performed and the funds that are available to support those tasks."
You can also read more HERE.

18 January 2010

Stardates and Decades


I have seen, lately, many top ten decade lists, but I am in the camp that believes we have not completed the decade yet. This blogger explains it as well as any other:

The new decade starts 0n 1 January 2011, just as the new Millennium started on 1 January 2001.
The Victorians celebrated the start of the twentieth century on 1 January 1901. On 31 December 1900, The Daily Telegraph published an article on ‘The Departing Century’ by Sir Edwin Arnold. Christmas 1900 was referred to ‘as the last of the century’. Fast forward to 1999. I
tabled a question to ask the Goverment why the new Millennium was officially being celebrated a year early. In response, Lord McIntosh of Haringey conceded that the Government accepted that the new Millennium started on 1 January 2001. However, he said, ‘many people wish to celebrate during the year 2000′. Consequently, it was decided in 1994 that the Millennium Commission would fund projects throughout 2000 ‘and into the new Millennium’. This all appears to be a case of having one’s cake and eating it. As The Daily Telegraph observed, the Home Office had allocated an additional bank holiday for 31 December 1999 ‘in recognition of the celebratory nature of the Millennium’.

The LINK is here to the blog. I know a lot of people disagree with me on this, but for me, the decade ends the end of this year.

If you want to get really complicated, you can calculate time in Stardates as they do on Star Trek. There is even a converter on the website to help you convert today´s date.

Expressing Contemporary Dates as Stardates
Find the fictional Stardate that corresponds to "today's" date
Since the Stardate systems used in various Star Trek episodes are meant to measure time in the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Centuries, the same Stardate system cannot be used to express contemporary dates (i.e., in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries).
However, for those who would like to create Stardates to represent contemporary dates, there are three methods that can be used:
Represent the current date in YYMM.DD format, where "YY" is the current year minus 1900, MM is the current month (01-12), and DD is the current day of the month (01-31). For example, September 08, 1966, would be written as "Stardate 6609.08" in the YYMM.DD format. Another digit must be added for years after 1999, such that September 11, 2001, would be written as "Stardate 10109.11" in the YYMM.DD format. This system can be used to express any year after 1900 in Stardate format. This system also roughly corresponds to the Stardates used in the first six Star Trek motion pictures, such that if a new movie were made today in The Original Series continuity, then its Stardate would be close to the YYMM.DD format.
Using the new
Stardate format in Star Trek XI, dates may be expressed in YYYY.xx format, where YYYY is the actual four-digit year, and .xx represents the fraction of the year to two decimal places (i.e., hundredths of a year). For example, January 1, 1999, would correspond to Stardate 1999.00, while July 2, 1999, would correspond to Stardate 1999.50 (half-way through the year 1999).For any given date, simply calculate the number of days it has been since January 1, then express that as a percentage of the year (the number of days since January 1 divided by 365 should give the number to follow the decimal in the Stardate).
Use the Stardate of the current Star Trek episode or movie to represent today's Stardate.
Today is Stardate 63515.1, using The Next Generation Stardate system (i.e., that would be the Stardate of this week's episode if The Next Generation and its spinoffs were still in production).To express other contemporary dates in The Next Generation Stardate format, use the calculator below.
Here is a link to the SITE and enjoy!


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16 January 2010

Space Shuttle for Sale!


You can own a genuine space shuttle from NASA for the low price of 28.8 M USD which is considered a recession special because the price was lowered from 42 million apiece.
From the article:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Here’s a recession bargain: the space shuttle. NASA has slashed the price of these 1970s era spaceships from $42 million to $28.8 million apiece.The shuttles are for sale once they quit flying, supposedly this fall.When NASA put out the call to museums, schools and others in December 2008, seeking buyers, about 20 expressed interest. NASA spokesman Mike Curie expects more interest, what with the discount.“We’re confident that we’ll get other takers,” Curie said Friday.

As for the space shuttle main engines, those are now free. NASA advertised them for $400,000 to $800,000 each in December 2008, but no one expressed interest. So now the engines are available, along with other shuttle artifacts, for the cost of transportation and handling.Assembly will be required, however.

Well, I cannot wait to see a new design for the next generation of space craft that will travel to the International Space Station. I hope the "recession/depression" and/or too many wars do not delay development of what I consider more important endeavors and that is the study of our Universe.
Here is a LINK to the article.

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15 January 2010

Klingons, Life Beyond Star Trek










If you are a big fan of the Klingons from all of the Star Trek series and movies, you can learn their language and even tweet on Twitter in Klingon; and while you are tweeting, you can double check in the Klingon dictionary that you are using the proper words!

You can also become a member of the Klingon Language Institute and polish your Klingon verbal skills if you ever happen to take a vacation on Qo´noS (Kronos) the Klingon homeworld or meet a Klingon vacationing here on Earth.
Qapla!

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14 January 2010

Andorian, Klingons, Vulcans, and Romulans May Abound


I read the most interesting study about ten amino acids that may exisit in the Universe wherever life exists. From the article:


It turns out that Star Trek originator Gene Roddenbery may have had it right when he created human-like races such as Vulcans, Romulans, and the familiar darkly colored humanoid race that inhabits Qo'noS, the Klingon home world. A new study published by Paul Higgs and Ralph Pudritz at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada suggests that ten of life's twenty carbon-based amino acids may be shared wherever life exists. yIn 'oH, the Klingons would say: life is everywhere.

Twenty amino acids are encoded by the standard genetic code and are called “proteinogenic” or standard amino acids. Higgs and Pudritz ranked ten of these amino acids according to the thermodynamic likelihood of them forming. This turns out to match the observed abundances in meteorites and in early Earth simulations almost exactly. They argue that the first genetic codes must have evolved using these ten amino acids, whether they come from space or from right here on Earth.


I get excitied about any study that tries to learn about how life in other parts of the Universe may exist. You can read the enitre article HERE.


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13 January 2010

Weird Object Headed Towards Earth






Well I doubt the object is a Goa'uld Mothership coming to enslave humanity, a Borg cube from the future to change our current timeline and make us all Borg drones, or the starship Enterprise doing a slingshot around the sun in search of some whales before they become extinct. More than likely it is an asteroid that measures 11m wide and will make its closest approach to Earth at 7:45 EST at a distance of 130,000km.

Some snippets from the article:

A weird object that left some observers wondering if it was a piece of space junk is most likely just a small asteroid, and will zoom close by Earth Wednesday, NASA scientists say. It may be visible to seasoned amateur astronomers as it passes harmlessly by the planet.
There was some early speculation that the object was a part of a derelict spacecraft, but NASA scientists have concluded that it is most likely a simple space rock flying near Earth.

The entire article is HERE.

12 January 2010

Musings on Stargate Universe


I have seen only the first five episodes of the new Stargate Series entitled Stargate Universe, but so far I like what I see. It took me some time to warm up to Stargate Atlantis, but in the end I am a big fan of that show and its characters. In this new series, the characters are even less defined and are being revealed very slowly as the show progresses. Even the lead scientist, Dr. Rush, is a very odd character and I am left wondering if he is good or has less than noble motives, which I find interesting in and of itself. Another thing I like about the characters aboard the Ancient spacecraft Destiny, is that not all of them were meant to be there. An emergency occured forcing all on the military base to enter a wormhole to the ship Destiny and thus we have this odd combination of characters, some trained for such a mission and others absolutely not ready for such a journey. I have high hopes for this show and can´t wait to see if it keeps being as interesting as it has been so far. I like that it is quiet, lots of dialogue, and logic with a mix of chance thrown in to solve problems.

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11 January 2010

Updated Hubble Telescope









I love the Hubble Telescope because it provides such interesting information and images that make me want to dream about what kind of life lives out at the edges of the Universe. I thought it very clever that the movie "Contact" based on the book by the same name and written by Carl Sagan, used a variety of images produced by the Hubble Telescope in the opening sequences of the movie.
Hubble is still hard at work providing insight into the far reaches of the Universe.

Astronaut repairmen had hardly finished tightening the last stubborn bolts on the Hubble Space Telescope last summer when astronomers set the controls on the refurbished telescope to the dim and distant past.The result was a new long-distance observing record. Astronomers announced in a series of papers over the fall and in a news conference last week that Hubble had recorded images of the earliest and most distant galaxies ever seen, blurry specks of light that burned brightly only 600 million to 800 million years after the Big Bang.The specks are clouds only one-twentieth the size of the Milky Way galaxy and only 1 percent of its mass, and seem to show the lingering effects of the first generation of stars to form in the universe in that they get bluer the farther back you go in time.
You can read more about it HERE.

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10 January 2010

Thoughts on the "Dangers" of Science Fiction, Quotes by Isaac Asimov

I was thinking about Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan and some of my other favorite science fiction authors because an article was circulating warning people that science fiction literature is a danger due to the themes of "godlessness" and the lack of belief or personal beliefs of some of the most famous authors of all time. In my thinking, they are famous because there is a basic truth and logic to what they write about, for example, in Contact, the truth is what is sought, now what is wrong in pursuing the truth? What is wrong with logically approaching any situation in life and making informed choices based on fact? In most science fiction stories, science, data, and logic are used to approach problems.
If you choose to look at science fiction literature from a pragmatic point of view, it is fiction, a story that is made up to read and enjoy and then get on with your life. You can ascribe any meaning you like to the work of fiction, end of story.

Here are some of my favorite quotes by Isaac Asimov:
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Science can be introduced to children well or poorly. If poorly, children can be turned away from science; they can develop a lifelong antipathy; they will be in a far worse condition than if they had never been introduced to science at all.

Here is a link to the article warning people about science fiction.


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08 January 2010

Nanofood


I blogged a while back about nanotechnology being used to combat cancer , but I found this disturbing trend of using nano technology to enhance food, for example its flavor, appearance, and nutritional content. They are calling it Nanofoods. I find this disturbing and here is a bit from an article:



Far-fetched? The processed-food giant Kraft and a group of research laboratories are busy working towards 'programmable food'. One product they are working on is a colourless, tasteless drink that you, the consumer, will design after you've bought it. You'll decide what colour and flavour you'd like the drink to be, and what nutrients it will have in it, once you get home. You'll zap the product with a correctly-tuned microwave transmitter - presumably Kraft will sell you that, too.

You can read the complete article here, and another interesting piece here on the same subject.
From the second article:
Food companies have been urged to come clean about secret research into potentially harmful nanotechnology.An influential group of peers said companies should be compelled to tell regulators about their work on tiny particles that can improve the flavour and texture of food, or increase its shelf life.They also called for a public register of food products and packaging containing nanomaterials, and more Government-funded research into possible health hazards.

I never imagined that nanotechnology would be used in such an insidious way, I have not heard of it in the main stream media, I have not read any reports on test subjects who have eaten the food over the course of many years and the effects the nanites had on their organs, brain, blood chemistry, etc. Many questions and studies need to be made about nanofood, for example, can the particles cross natural body barriers and enter cells or organs? What are the particles made of and what kind of half-life are we talking about and what is the purpose of developing this kind of food? I would like to know what kind of food will have this technology so I can avoid it altogether until true studies are presented to the public.


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07 January 2010

Apophis is heading towards Earth!









Apophis is making its way towards Earth and may arrive by the year 2029, no, not Apophis from Stargate SG1, but a 270 meter asteroid that has a slight chance of impacting Earth. The Russian Space Agency is considering sending a spacecraft in an attenpt to knock the asteroid off of its course. This entire story reminded me of two movies, Armageddon (1998) and Deep Impact (1998) both about an asteroid that will hit Earth and destroy life. Armageddon put me to sleep and the acting was horrible in my opinion. I liked Deep Impact better from the psychological point of view, such as the government lying to the people for as long as possible so as not to "alarm" anyone, how martial law was implemented in the US, people began to commit suicide, rob, panic and try to get picked for this gigantic cave everyone would live in for a couple of years.
Anyway, I find it is interesting the name of the asteroid and Russia may send a spacecraft. From the article:
Russia is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth, the head of the country's space agency said Wednesday.Anatoly Perminov said the space agency will hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis, telling Golos Rossii radio that it would invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project once it is finalized.

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06 January 2010

Geek Quotes From Sci Fi and Fantasy


I am going to continue showing my true geek nature by sharing 100 quotes that every geek should know a cool article I found at the blog wired.com. Now that is geeky if you need to know 100 quotes, I can barely keep track of 10, lol, even if it has to do with Star Trek! Anyway, here are ten of the "must know quotes":

  • “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” — Dennis the Peasant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • “Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky, seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, nine for the mortal men doomed to die, one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne, in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring the bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” -LOTR
  • “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” - HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • “Spock. This child is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do….spank it?” — Dr. McCoy, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • “With great power there must also come — great responsibility.” - Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
  • “If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation “Q Who?”
  • “Five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky’s the limit” — Captain Jean Luc Picard, uttering the last line of the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation “All Good Things…”
  • “If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want… Well, that’s where you’re right. But - and I am only saying that because I care - there’s a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.” - Chris Knight, Real Genius
  • “We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Americans, with a capital ‘A’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog.” - John Winger, Stripes
  • “If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer.” - Ace Ventura, Ace ventura, Pet Detective


  • 1. "Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony." —Dennis the Peasant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    2. "Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky, seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, nine for the mortal men doomed to die, one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne, in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring the bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie." —The Lord of the Rings
    3. "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that." —HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey
    4. "Spock. This child is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do ... .spank it?" —Dr. McCoy, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    5. "With great power there must also come—great responsibility." —Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
    6. "If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it's not for the timid." —Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Q Who?"
    7. "Five-card stud, nothing wild. And the sky's the limit" —Captain Jean-Luc Picard, uttering the last line of the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation "All Good Things ..."
    8. "If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want ... well, that's where you're right. But—and I am only saying that because I care—there's a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing." —Chris Knight, Real Genius
    9. "We're all very different people. We're not Watusi. We're not Spartans. We're Americans, with a capital 'A', huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog." —John Winger, Stripes
    10. "If I'm not back in five minutes, just wait longer." —Ace Ventura, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective

  • “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” — Dennis the Peasant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • “Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky, seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, nine for the mortal men doomed to die, one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne, in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring the bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” -LOTR
  • “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” - HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • “Spock. This child is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do….spank it?” — Dr. McCoy, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • “With great power there must also come — great responsibility.” - Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
  • “If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation “Q Who?”
  • “Five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky’s the limit” — Captain Jean Luc Picard, uttering the last line of the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation “All Good Things…”
  • “If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want… Well, that’s where you’re right. But - and I am only saying that because I care - there’s a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.” - Chris Knight, Real Genius
  • “We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Americans, with a capital ‘A’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog.” - John Winger, Stripes
  • “If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer.” - Ace Ventura, Ace ventura, Pet Detective


  • “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” — Dennis the Peasant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • “Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky, seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, nine for the mortal men doomed to die, one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne, in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring the bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” -LOTR
  • “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” - HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • “Spock. This child is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do….spank it?” — Dr. McCoy, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • “With great power there must also come — great responsibility.” - Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
  • “If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation “Q Who?”
  • “Five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky’s the limit” — Captain Jean Luc Picard, uttering the last line of the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation “All Good Things…”
  • “If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want… Well, that’s where you’re right. But - and I am only saying that because I care - there’s a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.” - Chris Knight, Real Genius
  • “We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Americans, with a capital ‘A’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog.” - John Winger, Stripes
  • “If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer.” - Ace Ventura, Ace ventura, Pet Detective


  • “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” — Dennis the Peasant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • “Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky, seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, nine for the mortal men doomed to die, one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne, in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring the bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” -LOTR
  • “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” - HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • “Spock. This child is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do….spank it?” — Dr. McCoy, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • “With great power there must also come — great responsibility.” - Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
  • “If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation “Q Who?”
  • “Five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky’s the limit” — Captain Jean Luc Picard, uttering the last line of the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation “All Good Things…”
  • “If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want… Well, that’s where you’re right. But - and I am only saying that because I care - there’s a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.” - Chris Knight, Real Genius
  • “We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Americans, with a capital ‘A’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog.” - John Winger, Stripes
  • “If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer.” - Ace Ventura, Ace ventura, Pet Detective

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    05 January 2010

    Star Trek Geek Stuff










    If I were a surfer, these wet suits would rock but I don´t know if there is a surf board to go along with them, but it could be a shuttle pod design or maybe the Enterprise itself. I doubt, however, that these suits are surfer cool, I wonder what the guys would say if another surfer dude showed up decked out in Star Trek stuff, maybe a chick surfer could pull it off, I don´t know, the few surfers I have known are into cool, not nerd. Now a better idea is a perfume called Pon Farr ( really that is a clever name!) to drive guys crazy. The only thing wrong there is most gals are not into Star Trek so the guy would have to buy it as a gift (I wouldn´t mind, of course!) Anyway, you could wear Star Trek all day long, get dolls, model ships, the works if you are a collector.
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    04 January 2010

    Avatar a Blockbuster












    I posted about Avatar the movie earlier, but it has been in the news and even on Bloomberg that the movie has made 1 billion dollars worldwide. I have not seen the movie and probably will not in the theater because some military science fiction movies are not my cup of tea. I do like some types of military science fiction, but with so much war in the world right now, I am not in the mood to see humans attempting to conquer another group of beings. However, getting back to the dollar amount made by the movie, I chalk that up to great marketing. There were fifteen minute spots interviewing the actors, the commercials, the interactive You Tube videos, and articles in blogs, gave the movie a huge boost. James Cameron makes sure that he can market his films well, I am sure, before making them, after all, before this movie, Titanic was the biggest money maker( but I don´t know if they adjust the dollar amounts for inflation/deflation etc.)
    Speaking of billions of dollars, a friend of mine sent me this disturbing report that the government wants to change the rules on certain aspects of banking which seem like science fiction to me. Here is an excerpt from the lengthy article:
    Yet new regulations proposed by the administration, and specifically by the ever-incompetent Securities and Exchange Commission, seek to pull one of these three core pillars from the foundation of the entire money market industry, by changing the primary assumptions of the key Money Market Rule 2a-7. A key proposal in the overhaul of money market regulation suggests that money market fund managers will have the option to "suspend redemptions to allow for the orderly liquidation of fund assets." You read that right: this does not refer to the charter of procyclical, leveraged, risk-ridden, transsexual (allegedly) portfolio manager-infested hedge funds like SAC, Citadel, Glenview or even Bridgewater (which in light of ADIA's latest batch of problems, may well be wishing this was in fact the case), but the heart of heretofore assumed safest and most liquid of investment options: Money Market funds, which account for nearly 40% of all investment company assets. The next time there is a market crash, and you try to withdraw what you thought was "absolutely" safe money, a back office person will get back to you saying, "Sorry - your money is now frozen. Bank runs have become illegal." This is precisely the regulation now proposed by the administration. In essence, the entire US capital market is now a hedge fund.
    HERE is the report.
    So while it is nice a science fiction film is making billions of dollars, please take care of your own money, that you have available to you all of your money at all times.
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    03 January 2010

    Skywatching in 2010


    I found a great article in Space.com about some interesting events to watch out for this year.
    From the article:

    Jan. 15 – Solar Eclipse
    An annular (ring) eclipse of the sun will take place over parts of Africa, India and China. Because the moon is near apogee (its farthest point from Earth in its orbit) and the Earth has just passed perihelion. So the moon appears much smaller than average, and the sun somewhat larger than average. The moon's circle is only about 92 percent as wide as the sun; so 4 percent of the sun's width shows on each side of the moon. Thus, the annular phase lasts a maximum of 11 minutes and 8 seconds. This is a very long duration indeed: nearly half as long as some people got to watch last July's total eclipse. According to eclipse expert Fred Espenak of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, this is the longest annular eclipse of the 3rd Millennium – its duration will not be exceeded until the year 3043!
    There is much more to see this year so get your telescopes ready!

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    02 January 2010

    Sir Patrick Stewart

    I think Jean- Luc Picard, who is played by Patrick Stewart, is one of my favorite captains of all the Star Trek series, of course I loved him in the X-Men film series as well. I remember him saying an interesting thing in an interview and that was when he received the part of the Captain of the Enterprise, he was considered an unknown in Hollywood so when the press did write-ups about the new series The Next Generation, instead of using his name they said "an unknown Shakespearean actor" would be the Captain, so for the duration of the series, he had that placed on his trailer instead of his name. Well, now he is Sir Patrick Stewart and also gave an interesting interview about domestic violence and his personal experience about it.
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    01 January 2010

    The New Year with a Blue Moon

    First UK edition cover - 1982

    Happy New Year and I hope you enjoyed the Blue Moon ( and I don´t mean the beer Blue Moon, but if you did cheers!) although the moon looked big and yellow from my point of view, LOL! 2010 seems so unrealistic because when I read 2010: Odyssey Two written by Arthur C. Clarke, it seemed eons away, really like a futuristic time I would never reach and yet here I am. I wish we were exploring the stars and expending our effort and precious little money left on these endeavors instead of war, but then again, that is why I love science fiction: the hope it brings me that one day we will work in cooperation to explore space. Until that time, enjoy this new year!

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