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Apr 08 2014

Mock The Movie: Battle Beyond the Stars transcript

I’m somewhat behind on everything after the effort put into Skeptech, and my days are going to be filled for the foreseeable future with fights against Heartbleed. So, no witticisms here. I’m kinda spent at the moment. I’ll get the transcripts and SRTs up on the page as soon as I can, I promise.

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Nov 06 2013

The Truth Hurts

I’ve been feeling somewhat inured to the constant grind on the soul of people coming forward with tales of their having been sexually assaulted of late. Then along comes Pamela Gay, one of the kindest, smartest, funniest people I’ve had the pleasure to work with, however briefly, and her story has such a ring of …

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Aug 01 2013

Mock The Movie: Total Recall transcript

Last night we took on the universally-beloved sci-fi flick Total Recall. I say “universally beloved” because people either remember the lady with three boobs, or they mistook the movie for Robocop with Arnold Schwarzenegger, or they had their memories rewritten to have enjoyed it. Nobody liked it legitimately, I assure you. Transcripts will be available …

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Dec 08 2012

Animation student’s thesis: Pale Blue Dot

Adam Winnik produced this lovely animation for Carl Sagan’s poetic musings on our place in the cosmos, as his school thesis. From his video’s description: I’ve been enrolled in illustration at Sheridan College for the the last 4 years and this is my final thesis project. I have always thought of Carl Sagan’s writings as …

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Nov 17 2012

Sun vomits forth giant prominence

Think about the scale of this particular flare, which was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory yesterday. I know it’s hard to imagine, with it zoomed in like this, but this is absolutely immense. Eyeballing it against a “size of stars” image I have up on the wall, I’d say both ends of this flare …

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Aug 16 2012

Curiosity, from the eyes of one of its creators

I cannot imagine having had a single project for seven years that culminates in a seven minute Schrodinger’s Cat where your work either failed or succeeded. I cannot imagine the magnitude of relief or heartache or joy or sorrow that might have come from either result. This gives me the same sort of minute glimpse …

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Aug 10 2012

Curiosity’s first full-color Mars panorama

Low res, but what are you gonna do for the first set of images the nuclear powered rover has managed to snap? Note that these are in true color, though if what I heard on a mission press conference is any indication, might have been brightened somewhat due to low light conditions when the work …

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Aug 08 2012

NASA press conference: first color photos from Curiosity

Awwwww yeah, science baby. You need to check out this Youtube video to see — in high-def, if you choose to view it in that resolution — the entirety of Curiosity’s first day on Mars. Fabulous. And the technology that we managed to safely deposit on another planet is simply the best way to actually …

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Aug 06 2012

Curiosity successfully touched down on Mars

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The terror is over. Our first 256×256 snapshot of the surface of Mars after the utterly terrifying touchdown sequence. Eight years to plan and build this rover that’s bigger than your car and taller than you. 36 weeks of travel across 562 million kilometres of space travel. And it missed its mark by a mere …

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Aug 05 2012

Curiosity piqued, tonight at 2:31am!

Atlantic Daylight Time, of course. So 05:31 UTC. Remember Curiosity and its Rube Goldberg-like planned landing? That happens tonight. Tomorrow morning, technically, for some of us. Phil Plait has details on how to participate in the fun: If you want to watch the proceedings live, I have a few things you can do. 1) Fraser …

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