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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

I prefer astronomy to biology, but I’m willing to share Eric Idle’s talents, revamping the Galaxy Song for biology. 25 Most anticipated movies of 2013 include a lot of science fiction: Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, Ender’s Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, etc… Sci-Fi quotes of the year.  Here’s one:  “Seeing Yoda advertise Vodafone is […]

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson (1 Hour+ Video)

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

I’m watching this as I post…can they keep it interesting for an hour?  More than an hour?  Yeah, I think so… Enjoying my holiday, and hope you are, too!   Share/Bookmark

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Unlikely Christmas Scenarios…

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Sneak attack from North Korea, because Norad will not fire because it could be Santa. Anyone coming down the chimney in winter because many homes don’t have chimneys, chimneys are often very small (especially for a fat man with a belly like a bow full of jelly), and it’s freaking winter and there ought to […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Phil Plait offers up the best astronomy images of 2012.  Some really nice choices.  Another recent post shares the news of new distance record holders. If I were insanely rich, I’d love to buy things like this.  I guess Paul Allen does, and shares his collection with the Science Fiction Museum, for which I am […]

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Amazing (Stories) News!

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

As you may be aware, Amazing Stories is being resurrected by Steve Davidson.  Part of the resurrection is a diverse blogging community that will cover a range of topics of interest to the science fiction community.  I will blog there approximately weekly on my usual sort of astronomy/science/science fiction topics, and will make note of […]

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World Not Ending?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Dammit, I didn’t do any work today.  I seized the day by sleeping and playing video games, and a little time on facebook.  I thought maybe the NRA would propose gun control at their press conference, and that would clearly be a sign of the end of the world, but that didn’t happen, and the […]

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Tau Ceti Planets

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

One of two relatively nearby solitary sun-like stars I like to use in my science fiction to host alien worlds is Tau Ceti (the other is Epsilon Eridani).  Recently we had news of Alpha Centauri B hosting a terrestrial world, and now on the heels of that news comes Tau Ceti: Astronomers estimate the Tau […]

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Game of Thrones Products

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

In case you didn’t know it, there will be a Game of Thrones beer coming out soon. A friend of mine on facebook suggested they also need a line of condoms. Which made me think that they should also have coats, snow shovels, skis, etc., because, hey, winter is coming.  I’d wear one of those […]

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Baby Monkey Riding Backwards on a Pig

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I still have two big deadlines looming Monday, and it’s been a pretty sad, sobering week in the news, so here’s a baby monkey:   (Thanks Brian!) Share/Bookmark

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The Overview Effect (Video)

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Todd Vandemark turned me on to this really excellent mini-documentary about how seeing the Earth from space affects astronauts: OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.   Share/Bookmark

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A Game of Books

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Here’s a kickstarter that may well be worth funding.  Check it out.  It’s a really interesting idea and could help promoting reading and really good books that never got big press.   Share/Bookmark

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Astronomy Research and the Fiscal Cliff

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

I wanted to pass on an informational email from the American Astronomical Society on this topic: Informational Email 2012-11 Joel Parriott, Director of Public Policy joel.parriott@aas.org Subject: The Fiscal Cliff and the American Astronomical Society The President and Congressional leaders are in negotiations to forge a compromise to avoid the full array of tax increases […]

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