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Cosmos-a-Space-Time-OdysseyI was fortunate enough to grow up in a time and place were the late, great Carl Sagan was still alive and the show Cosmos was filling the next generate, such as myself, with ah and wonder. I remember being in middle school and even high school and coming to class only to find out that the teacher was sick. Most of us geered because many thought this meant we could leave. And sometimes that’s exactly what happened. But every once in awhile, instead a TV monitor would be roled in and an episode of Cosmos would be shown instead. Many complained, saying they would rather ditch class and hang-out with friends. I was exactly the opposite and looked forward to watching Carl explain the mysteries of the universe. That journey continued when I read Carl Sagan‘s Contact and I knew that while I may never be an Astronomer or space explorer, I would always wonder and have a keen interest in space and the universe, an interest whose seeds were planted by Carl Sagan and Cosmos.

Last night Neil deGrasse Tyson rebooted the show Cosmos and with it my interest to explore the wonders of the universe. The most touching part was Tyson’s tribute to Sagan where he retold of a story of about the first time he met the late, great scientist and how he treated him – a nobody high school kid from Brooklyn – like he was the center of the universe.

I never got the chance to thank Carl Sagan for the things he taught and showed me – all of us, really – and how he set me on a path to always want to learn and know more. I do, however, I have the chance to say thank you to Neil. Thank you. Thank you for carring the torch and inspiring a whole new generation.

A nice video and demonstration about how gravity works.

Upon enjoying some me time and suffering the internet, I came across an article about movies that originally had lead role played by other characters, for example Indiana Jones played by Tom Selleck. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Selleck on Magnum P.I., I even own a couple of seasons on DVD, but I don’t see any better character for the part of Indiana Jones other than Harrison Ford. Read More…

Like billions of others, I have become a huge fan of Game of Thrones, but I read this this morning and can only hope that it’s a joke, I mean, can you imagine, Game of Thrones without Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister?

Peter Dinklage Replaced for Seaon 4?

I came across this while scouring the internet and thought, what the hell, what sci-fi nerd doesn’t like to see some eye candy? Of course one of the sci-fi actresses on the hot list is Tricia Helfer, who I only bring up because I happened to be watching one of the first episodes of Jeremiah over the weekend, when who do I see? You guessed it Tricia Helfer. Looking on wikipedia this morning I see that this was her first acting gig. Also on that same episode of Jeremiah was Kandyse McClure who I didn’t see on the “sci-fi hot list” but should have made it none the less.

Well, we know is going to direct Star Wars, and now we are learning some of the characters that will star in the film. One such character is Han Solo, and no apparently not some younger version of Han from his early years, apparently Harrison Ford is reprising his role. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Harrison Ford fan, but this has disaster written all over it.

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I have made no secret that John Scalzi is not only one of my favorite new writers from the world of Science Fiction, but he is also simply put one of my favorite writers period . For the past couple of years Scalzi has been heading the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, as well as being the author of many best selling novel. Here he is talking about what it means to be writer and more specifically, how he got his start.

I was reading an interesting article on Time‘s website about how planet hunters and Astronomers are shifting gears in their hunt for extra-soar planets to include M-type stars. These stellar embers are so common that when you take the immediate neighborhood of our galactic community of stars, M-Type stars outnumber Sun-like stars by 248 to 20. This includes Red Dwarf stars which have long been a debating point over how likely are these stars to play host to e life-sustaining planet? Some think unlikely since these stars, while having a lifespan that outnumbers the lifespan of a Sun-like star by billions of years, radiate so little heat that their “Goldilocks zones” are so small that the odds of a planet being inside one may be astronomical. However, when you have an astronomically huge number of times to roll the dice, my gut feeling says that the odds of it happening at least once are pretty good. And with the ratio of 248 to 20 multiplied out to include the entire galaxy, again, my guts leads me to believe these planets are out there, and maybe in greater numbers than we ever dreamed possible.

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