Near Earth Archive

A backup of Near Earth Object by Paul Fidalgo

Month: November, 2010

I, For One, Welcome Our As-Yet-Undetermined Astrobiological Overlords

A NASA press release that is driving me insane:

NASA to Hold News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery
Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 11 a.m. PST On Dec. 2

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. PST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

Wow. Look, guys, you cannot — cannot — drop a release like that and then leave us waiting for three days.

In ignorance, I therefore conclude that either we are about to be invaded by a hostile interstellar nomadic civilization or they found some mold on Titan. Either one would be the biggest news, well, ever.

(Hat tip Brian Gregory)

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Checkers Lives

Weigel on the false prophecy of a coming internecine battle between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party:

But a real fight between the GOP and its new members? A split on foreign policy? A split on social issues? That’s not going to happen as long as Barack Obama is president. The Tea Party isn’t presenting some infinite challenge that threatens what the GOP establishment does. The Tea Party won its battles with Republicans because its beliefs and priorities were the ones most Republicans had in the first place.

Why, Checkers, you smell like orange pekoe.

Agreed. And furthermore, I think all those in the media who promulgate this “civil war” idea are only playing right into the GOP’s hands; the whole point of the heavily-astroturfed tea-bag movement was to rebrand the existing idiot-theocratic right wing as something out of Real America and concerned about some alternate universe’s idea of “spending.”

Yes, there are some folks who now have more power than they otherwise might, like Jim DeMint, thanks to the tea-baggers, but these are nominal and normal hiccups in intra-party politics. But to lend credence to this fictional conflict only validates a cynical strategy to make it look like the GOP adopted some stray Tea Party pet and now has to clean up after it. But this puppy is simply a prop — it’s Checkers for the 2010s.

Checkers Lives

Weigel on the false prophecy of a coming internecine battle between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party:

But a real fight between the GOP and its new members? A split on foreign policy? A split on social issues? That’s not going to happen as long as Barack Obama is president. The Tea Party isn’t presenting some infinite challenge that threatens what the GOP establishment does. The Tea Party won its battles with Republicans because its beliefs and priorities were the ones most Republicans had in the first place.

Why, Checkers, you smell like orange pekoe.

Agreed. And furthermore, I think all those in the media who promulgate this “civil war” idea are only playing right into the GOP’s hands; the whole point of the heavily-astroturfed tea-bag movement was to rebrand the existing idiot-theocratic right wing as something out of Real America and concerned about some alternate universe’s idea of “spending.”

Yes, there are some folks who now have more power than they otherwise might, like Jim DeMint, thanks to the tea-baggers, but these are nominal and normal hiccups in intra-party politics. But to lend credence to this fictional conflict only validates a cynical strategy to make it look like the GOP adopted some stray Tea Party pet and now has to clean up after it. But this puppy is simply a prop — it’s Checkers for the 2010s.

You Should Go Do “Phantom”

This is the only half-decent recent picture I have of Mr. Caruso.This cartoon is

a) hilarious

b) dead-on accurate

c) popular

d) written by my pal and erstwhile collaborator Chuck Caruso

e) required viewing.

Anyone who has acted professionally will utterly, painfully understand this conversation. Enjoy.

http://www.xtranormal.com/site_media/players/jwplayer.swfhttp://www.xtranormal.com/site_media/players/embedded-xnl-stats.swf

Kick ass, Chuck.

You Should Go Do “Phantom”

This is the only half-decent recent picture I have of Mr. Caruso.This cartoon is

a) hilarious

b) dead-on accurate

c) popular

d) written by my pal and erstwhile collaborator Chuck Caruso

e) required viewing.

Anyone who has acted professionally will utterly, painfully understand this conversation. Enjoy.

Kick ass, Chuck.

Eugen Weber FTW

I used to watch 1989’s The Western Tradition with Eugen Weber at 4am or so during the summers of my college years. I just stumbled upon it on yet another sleepless night, not even knowing that my dad and brother had been watching it, too.

The long and the short of the show is that it’s a weekly history class with an oddly compelling Romanian professor who has a way of making human history very, well, human. And that accent — at first it makes one suspect that the man and his delivery would be superior and inaccessible, but it quickly becomes charming, as is his enthusiastic-yet-deadpan delivery.

My brother alerted me to its online existence, and I am tickled. I can feel myself getting smarter already.

Weber is no longer with us, which means I’ll never get to see him do battle with the guy who always came on just before or after him on late-night/early-morning PBS, Philip Zimbardo.

Eugen Weber FTW

I used to watch 1989’s The Western Tradition with Eugen Weber at 4am or so during the summers of my college years. I just stumbled upon it on yet another sleepless night, not even knowing that my dad and brother had been watching it, too.

The long and the short of the show is that it’s a weekly history class with an oddly compelling Romanian professor who has a way of making human history very, well, human. And that accent — at first it makes one suspect that the man and his delivery would be superior and inaccessible, but it quickly becomes charming, as is his enthusiastic-yet-deadpan delivery.

My brother alerted me to its online existence, and I am tickled. I can feel myself getting smarter already.

Weber is no longer with us, which means I’ll never get to see him do battle with the guy who always came on just before or after him on late-night/early-morning PBS, Philip Zimbardo.

I Think I Can Live With It

Hat tip Kyle.

I Think I Can Live With It

Hat tip Kyle.

I Have Met the Supervillain, and He is Me


Listen up, nerds. Did you know that there’s a company that makes audiobook versions of graphic novels and other kinds of sci-fi, fantasy, and western fiction? And not just audiobooks like some guy reading to you, but like fully-produced radio plays?

Well, I know that this is so, because I’m totally in one. I’ve been doing voice work for GraphicAudio for some time now, and they just released the first production I did with them. And I’m a supervillain!

It’s DC Comics’ Final Crisis miniseries, and I play cosmic bad guy Libra. How god damned cool is that? “Very” is the answer.

I haven’t even heard it yet, but I can’t wait to play it for my kid when he’s old enough to have any idea what’s going on.

You can get it here. Do it, or I’ll destroy the world!!! <thunder>