Monday, February 13, 2006

Blogs that are better than mine 3 in 3-D


Ok- I cant even tell if this blog is serious or not, but its the blog equivalent of an avante garde tonepoem (ugh- bad memories of college orchestra incoming).

And maybe this says more about me than this blog, but I laugh till I cry every time I read it.


QFTD- this time it's personal

Ok- I had to go with that one because, as we all know, "its a classic" -and how much does this rock- you get a cool quote in the SUBJECT of the qftd thread and in the explanation of the subject (Jaws and Buffy respectively for those interested).

Anyhoo- some quotes rock and some quotes rock. This quote rocks:

"Trust me. You don't want to go down this road with me." Jack Bauer interrogating a suspect, 24.

And anyone who knows anything about Jack knows that he's an honest, honest man. Just tell him what he wants to know.


Sunday, February 12, 2006

Geek Eye Candy

What draws my admiration? What is that which gives me joy?

That's right.


Monday, February 06, 2006

Blogs that are better than mine 2: Bad Astronomy

I first discovered Bad Astronomy while listening to Coast to Coast AM. There was a skeptic on the show who actually seemed to know something about science. And even better, he had a website and blog where he would help you the reader discern between science and pseudo-science.

Oh and the money shot? He works for NASA, so he like, um knows stuff.

This blog has been on my favorites list for awhile now, and its always interesting and worth a read.

In light of my previous post on 24 year-old Journalism grads lecturing NASA scientists on um, science, I thought I'd take this opportunity to point you to bad astronomy.

He posts about this as well, and with far more eloquence (and outrage) than me. Might have something to do with those emails sent by the 24-year olds.

Oh and btw, should you wish to see his website, simply remove the "bablog" from the end of the addy and you will go to the bad astronomy site, where you can read him shred such hits of the pseudo-science crowd as "the Apollo Moon hoax".


Truthiness trumps science- again

Ok, this shit is starting to get annoying. Im all for religious beliefs. Im all for them being deeply held. I think there is a lot of truth to be found in the Bible. I am not one of those left-leaning people who find the idea of God silly or trite.

Got all that?

But some things, to me, are beyond the pale.

Teaching Intelligent Design in biology classes, for example. Now we have heard that NASA scientists are being told not to talk about Global Warming.

The reason is actually kind of funny. See the White House had issued a "vision statement" for NASA (Dilbert fans are groaning already). That "vision" basically boils down to "Mars, Bitches!"

In other words, GW wants to go to Mars cause it would look good on the resume. His old man got one term, so he got two. JFK went to the Moon so he's going to Mars! That's the Chicago way!

"That was the time when NASA was reorganizing and all of a sudden earth science disappeared," Mr. Patzert said. "Earth kind of got relegated to just being one of the 9 or 10 planets. It was ludicrous."

Ok sure, I keep waiting to see the guy with the Dilbert boss horns in charge, but I can sort of deal. This is typical beureaucratic incompetence, right?

Yeah but now we enter whole new areas of truthiness.

In October, for example, George Deutsch, a presidential appointee in NASA headquarters, told a Web designer working for the agency to add the word "theory" after every mention of the Big Bang, according to an e-mail message from Mr. Deutsch that another NASA employee forwarded to The Times.

Ok... Im actually still not ready to throw myself in front of a bus here. Technically this is correct. The Big Bang is a theory.

The Big Bang is "not proven fact; it is opinion," Mr. Deutsch wrote, adding, "It is not NASA's place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator."

It continued: "This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most."

Ok... this is the point at which I begin to eye the support beam near my computer longingly. If I run into it hard enough, head first, I might be able to knock myself unconscious AND bring the entire roof down on my head.

This statement is so wrong on so many levels. What, exactly about the Big Bang denies the existence of a creator? Anyone ever hear about Aristotle and "unmoved source of all movement"?

And theories are opinions now? So Darwin got drunk after a gay sex orgy on the Beagle and decided to make his dad think he had done some work on his summer vacation decided to slam out a theory during an all night jam session?

Of course, when you see the qualifications of the titan of the scientific community who wrote that memo... oh wait.

The Big Bang memo came from Mr. Deutsch, a 24-year-old presidential appointee in the press office at NASA headquarters whose résumé says he was an intern in the "war room" of the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. A 2003 journalism graduate of Texas A&M, he was also the public-affairs officer who sought more control over Dr. Hansen's public statements.

Got that? The guy lecturing NASA scientists on global warming and the Big Bang is a 24 year old Journalism major.

So, to sum up, religious-based truthiness good, science bad.

I need a drink now.


Thursday, February 02, 2006

What might have been- bastards

Joss Whedon and Jeph Loeb (longtime DC and Marvel writer of comics such as Batman: Hush and Superman, as well as producer and writer for Smallville from Season 2 on) developed a "Buffy: Year One" concept for a Saturday morning cartoon, telling untold stories of Buffy's early years.

Fox had it slated for its Saturday morning "Fox Box" line of "Children's Programming" (placed in quotes so I dont have to feel bad about watching TMNT religiously every Saturday).

Alyson Hannigon was doing voice work for the show when Fox got cold feet and pulled the plug.

So let me get this straight: Fox lets UPN and WB put Buffy and Angel on the air, goes out of their way to kill Firefly in less than a season, then lets Universal turn it into a movie. What do these guys have against putting their own successful works on the air?

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