Wow

Jun. 25th, 2017 05:50 pm
chalcedony: (trust me)
 Moffett better have some prime mojo up his sleeve in order to fix the outcome of last night's cliffhanger.  Seriously.  
chalcedony: (science blue)
Reading discussions about yesterday's news from NASA yielded numerous bon mots, but this one was the best by far:

"Well, someone with the last name Cochrane needs to take one for the team and name their child Zefram." 

We're still here. 
chalcedony: (science blue)
Tonight, the Friday Night Dinner Group went to see the restored/reimagined/animated Second Doctor series "The Power of the Daleks". This series is important to Doctor Who because it was the first one starring Patrick Troughton, and the first time regeneration was used to change actors in the role. The actual tapes of the series had been lost but there were still photos and, thanks to the fans, complete audio tapes of the entire six episodes in the series. It was originally broadcast in 1966, so the BBC decided to bring it back as an animated series for the fiftieth anniversary.

It was shown on the big screen tonight, all two hours and forty-five minutes of it, and it was great. Original Who had a certain je ne sais quoi that New Who is sorely lacking, and which I often miss. Plus it was a Dalek series, and how could that be a bad thing? As I said, the Daleks throw a great party, so who cares if it's always the same one?

Best of all, the action takes place in the Human colony on the planet Vulcan. NBC and the BBC, perfect together in 1966. :)

Oh hell

Jul. 13th, 2016 05:11 pm
chalcedony: (James T)
Idris Elba is in the new Abrams!Trek movie? That means I'm going to have to go see it.

Barf.

Finally

Jul. 6th, 2016 12:57 pm
chalcedony: (nerdvana)
"Lucifer" is coming out on DVD in August!
chalcedony: (sunset on Mars)
If I were Tom Ellis, I'd be pretty pissed at John Boehner calling Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh".

I mean, ::shudder::!
chalcedony: (Marvin)
"I think the correct response is to say 'Men!' and sigh." - -Mrs. Patmore
chalcedony: (wine)
One of the more annoying things about a major snow storm is that every single broadcast station has gone to full-time news and weather reporting. We've got it, guys: it's snowing pretty hard, the wind is blowing pretty hard, parts of Long Island have already lost power, evacuations are now mandatory in some of the towns along the shore. Just like during the last big storm. Just like the next one. Arrrgh!

Fortunately, I have a shiny new set of the S8 DVDs of Doctor Who, thanks to BFFHS. My big plans for the day are to drink hot chocolate and watch the Doctor.
chalcedony: (sense)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SmJUBT5q0

(Apparently I'm a day behind everyone else. Ah, well. It's new to me!)
chalcedony: (science blue)
I just realized that Thor is James Kirk's father. Which actually explains quite a lot. ;)

* In my defense, I only saw the movie "Thor" for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

Heh

Sep. 13th, 2013 01:03 pm
chalcedony: (science blue)
Fans of various science fiction shows and movies have long argued jokingly (or not) about which genre show has had the most effect on this country's real-world space program. Although I once saw a post where someone seriously suggested Lost in Space as the one that had most inspired future scientists and engineers, most people seem to favor either Star Trek or Star Wars. I'm not sure, but I think the quote below may hold our answer, at least for one guy at NASA.

"Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science, and adding a new chapter in human scientific dreams and endeavors," said NASA’s Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. "Perhaps some future deep space explorers will catch up with Voyager, our first interstellar envoy, and reflect on how this intrepid spacecraft helped enable their journey." (Quote from the io9 article on Voyager’s status.)

So Voyager is out there in interstellar space. Now we just have to sit back and wait for those aliens to pick it up. ;)
chalcedony: (mutant power)
Dear Cablevision,

If I give back all seven Spanish-language channels, can I pleeeeze have BBC America without paying you an extra $55 per month?

Love,
Chalcedony
chalcedony: (trust me)
I got to see the season finale of Doctor Who tonight. It was fun, and River looked gorgeous and sad. Dave was annoyed that I already knew the big twist at the end and demanded I tell him how I found out. I just smiled and said I had connections. ;)
chalcedony: (James T)
http://youtu.be/ovJcIjOMGIU

SO much better than that bank commercial from a couple of years ago!
chalcedony: (pale imitation)
So I went to the movies yesterday. While I was very unhappy with what I saw, it didn't upset me in the same way as the previous Abrams!Trek endeavor did. It's not that this second outing is a better movie - believe me, it's not - but this time I had no hope going in to it, so I wasn't nearly so disappointed.

In case some of you have been living under a rock for the last six months, Spoilers, Sweetie! )

It was fun. Big, dumb fun. It just wasn't Star Trek.
chalcedony: (Indy)
One of the several billion previews we saw tonight was for The Hobbit. It looks absolutely gorgeous! THIS is what a prequel should be. Can't wait!
chalcedony: (we the people)
Wish there was more? Here's four minutes worth!

(Yes, it's a campaign ad. Who cares?)

http://youtu.be/v52FLMOPSig
chalcedony: (trust me)
Eggs. Stir. Minute. – Pessimippopotamus

I didn't see it last night (Someone had a Family Thing going, but DVRed it for me to watch later this week), but I read the recap on io9. It sounds interesting and fun. I don't think this is a real spoiler, but just to be safe ... )

Off to the office to upload syllabi, etc. to Blackboard. Tuesday's on its way!
chalcedony: (eames & goren)
My fannish past has shown up to harass me twice in the last three days. I wonder what the universe is trying to tell me.

On Wednesday, I was perusing the workshop classes associated with the Chicago miniatures show. The one I wanted to take was sold out, so I was looking at a couple of others. One that caught my eye was a shop façade that the student would be painting and decorating in one of a variety of ways, depending on each person's interests. The teacher has chosen to refer to the shops that will be completed by the name of the mythical street on which they are all located. The name he’s given to the street? La Rue de La Croix.

Then last night, I was at work very late. As in the evening cleaning crew was done and gone and the witching hour was approaching fast. I was heading back upstairs to my office and as I passed the tutoring center I happened to glance at the whiteboard on the wall outside of it. It had the usual announcements written on the top half of it and in the large empty space of the bottom half someone had written Bad Wolf in large capital letters*. I kept looking out of the corner of my eyes open all the way back to my office, but Nine never appeared. Bummer.

* I swear this is the absolute truth. I even took a picture of it with my very-not-smart phone, and if I could figure how to get it off said phone, I'd post it here for you to see. I was very weirded out.

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