SF Signal: Two And Done: Flash Gordon
So I watched the second episode of the new Sci Fi Channel version of Flash Gordon…spoilers ahoy.
Introducing Sky in Google Earth: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance
I remember the days when I shelled out $50 for a good planetarium program. (Redshift).
Now, there are not only freeware planetarium sims out there, but now, this:
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Google today announced the launch of Sky, a new feature that enables users of Google Earth to view the sky as seen from planet Earth.
With Sky, users can now float through the skies via Google Earth. This easy-to-use tool enables all Earth users to view and navigate through 100 million individual stars and 200 million galaxies. High resolution imagery and informative overlays create a unique playground for visualizing and learning about space.
To access Sky, users need only click “Switch to Sky” from the “view” drop-down menu in Google Earth, or click the Sky button on the Google Earth toolbar. The interface and navigation are similar to that of standard Google Earth steering, including dragging, zooming, search, “My Places,” and layer selection.
One of those classics I had never seen before and was recommended that I do, starring Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, and Ed Begley, amongst others.
A movie not screened for critics, The Last Legion stars Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth and Aishwarya Rai.
And now for some much lighter fare, a comedy from the early 90’s starring Tom Selleck, Mr. Baseball.
One of the best movies of last year, and one of two involving turn of the 20th century magic, the Prestige stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as the competing magicians, and also has Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson, as well as David Bowie.
I’ve let a pile of movies build up without reviews, so let’s clear the decks, shall we?
First up is Gosford Park, a Robert Altman film with a strong British cast that includes Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Derek Jacobi and many more
The very definition of a pyrrhic victory. We lost a number of players to injury, including Will Demps, in the already weak secondary.
My funny feeling about how bad this season is going to be is just getting more and more prophetic.
NASA – Mira: A Star with a Comet’s Tail
A friend pointed me to this story, about the star Mira. Oddly, due to its strange, fast motion relative to the rest of the galaxy, the red giant star has developed a tail like a comet as it hurtles through the galaxy. The tail is 13 light years long and its the first time anything like this has ever been seen.
While the physics of how a tail would develop seem clear–its like the wake behind a boat, just what would cause a star to move at such a fast rate, out of sync with the rest of the galaxy, is a very good question.
A sequel to Operation Chaos, Operation Luna was again written by Poul Anderson.