Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hello Meteor!

News from last week included the recovery of meteor fragments from a small asteroid that broke up over the Sudan last October. To celebrate this remarkable find, let's watch this memorable promotional ad from vintage dot-com days:

Ahhh! The Atmosphere! Ahhhh!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Alternate BSG

The final episode of Battlestar Galactica has aired. Although I did enjoy the series, I became a little disappointed in the direction it took, especially after the New Caprica era (Plan? What plan?). While creating debate with muddled plot and character motivations might have been part of marketing design, I don't think it really creates satisfactory story telling. And the revelation was one of the oldest cliches in science fiction.

If I had been steering the plot, here's where I think I would have taken the forgotten history: The Cylons were created by Earth humans to protect themselves from the Colonies in a brutal religious civil war between the monotheistic Earth and the polytheistic Twelve Colonies.

Earth lost the war and human life was exterminated there, but the Cylons survived and continued their war against the Colonies. The split among the Cylons is between those who believe their function is to exterminate the enemies of Earth and those who want to restore the human race, but convert it back to Earth's "One God".

Friday, March 20, 2009


I know I'm not the first to think of this, but after downloading Vanishing Point's model for Poser, I couldn't resist exploring the universe of AT-AT behavior.

Later edit: Dr. Zaius has also found this.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What "Going Galt" would really be really like

It's the latest right-wing fantasy (after fighting Soviet and Cuban troops in Red Dawn).  I just wonder who would get eaten last? Oh sure - the world would just fall apart if we did have the productive, creative skills of wing-nut pundits to guide us.

Friday, March 13, 2009


How bad were the 1980s? Here was one movie that is a monument to the era. 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The GOP FInds a New Leader

Rush has never held office, but in another universe he may have been:

Hazzard County Commissioner "Boss" Hogg

Monday, March 2, 2009

History Lesson

Just a bit of history for Senate Republicans to think about.

71st Congress (1929-1931)

Majority Party: Republican (56 seats)

Minority Party: Democrat (39 seats)

Other Parties: 1 Farmer-Labor

Total Seats: 96

75th Congress (1937-1939)

Majority Party: Democrat (76 seats)

Minority Party: Republican (16 seats)

Other Parties: 2 Farmer-Labor; 1 Progressive; 1 Independent

Total Seats: 96

Heck'uv a job GOP!