March 30, 2008

Work is hellish but I'm conCERNed


OK, I wanted to post a longish rant about some things going on concerning the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, but honestly, I don't find the time to do anything but work at the moment.

So I just quickly fire away some links, but fear not, I'll get back on that topic as soon as I find the time.

You might have read about the 'Doomsday Lawsuit' filed against most of the big players in particle physics (if not, take the time to do it, it's worth it, be it only for laughs). This is basically about microscopic black holes and strangelets destroying existence as we know it.

In addition to that some botanist (!) filed an additional lawsuit against CERN, because he doesn't want to be sucked in a parallel universe.

Mind you, this has nothing to do with April's Fools, this is for real!

I can't comment on this right now, since I might not be able to stop my rant once I start it (I'll try anyway in the near future), so I implore you to read the offial statement from CERN about it.

And if you see any chance in getting to Geneva this weekend, go ahead and ask the people there, it's definitely worth it.

Sorry for the incoherence, but I'm really in a hurry... TTYL!

March 29, 2008

Battlestar Goodness


Two days gone leaves a lot of Battlestar Galactica updates to catch up on...

First and foremost - New clips - yay!

Second, and all over the internet, Miss Sackhoff once again shares her opinion on things (and another one). As always, a matter of interpretation I guess. Though I love the part about Leoben (next to Cavil my fave skinjob).

Next, perhaps the writer's strike wasn't all bad. Obviously the finale of BSG has been rewritten. The Olmos: "It's devastating... don't watch this program; it's not an easy ride."

Speaking of The Olmos: Did you know he was originally offered the role of Jean-Luc Picard on ST:TNG (on page 2 of a rather nice roundup)?

One last thing: Sackhoff again and (the dreaded) Park on the BSG finale.

6 days to go...

(via io9 and The Google)

Speaking of digg...


... and prophecies. What do you think, digg.com would look like in the year 2028?

"2029 will be the year of Linux desktop" You really gotta love that.

(via, well, digg of course)

I have to admit it...

...I'm a sucker for Top 10 lists. But, eh, who isn't, right?

So, Popular Mechanics has a really nice and, dare I say, thought provoking one: The 10 Most Prophetic SciFi Movies Ever.

And what's rather rare concerning Top 10 lists: I tend to widely agree.

(via digg)

Not dead, just smelling funny


Sorry for the lack of updates, been a crazy week and to top it all off I'm surrounded by chaos due to a major redo of the apartment. IKEA rules. And no, I'm not getting paid for this.

Check back for updates later today. Promise.

March 26, 2008

Don't hate me...

... but I have to post this.

Great roundup of spoilers (many of them new - to me at least) for Battlestar Galactica Season 4.

Be warned, this is definitely NOT for those of you who just want hints. This is spoilerific!

(via io9)

Don't flush!

John C. Dvorak over at PC Magazine speaks straight from my heart...

"People are willing to make a device that you can drop in the toilet or leave in a taxi cab the next desktop computing platform. Ridiculous."

MIT pranks are the best


Hell of a day at work today, but MIT made me smile. An oversized d20 on Killian Court in honor of recently deceased Gary Gygax. Those guys are great.

(via boingboing)

March 25, 2008

Some good reads

Stumbled upon some two nice articles about Battlestar Galactica today.

Christopher Lawrence describes in his LIFE ON THE COUCH column how he got to love to say 'Frak!'

Scott Brown of WIRED gives a beautiful reason why ROSLIN/AIRLOCK '08 should be the obvious choice for Americans this November.


On a more general SciFi note, James Wallace Harris does a nice rundown on the greatest Science Fiction novels of the 20th century over at Auxiliary Memory.

March 24, 2008

2008 Hugo Award Nominees


This year's Hugo Award nominations are in! For those who don't know, the Hugo is one of the most important and influential Science Fiction Awards, or, as wikipedia phrases it:
The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.
And among this year's nominations, there's an old friend: Battlestar Galactica "Razor" is nominated in the
"Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form" category, competing against Dr. Who (twice!), Star Trek New Voyages and Torchwood.

Go Pegasus!

I drink to that!

Don't know if you read about this: A czech ornitologist claims in a study that consumption of beer is directly correlated to the quality of your scientific work:
"According to the study, published in February in Oikos, a highly respected scientific journal, the more beer a scientist drinks, the less likely the scientist is to publish a paper or to have a paper cited by another researcher, a measure of a paper’s quality and importance."
Being a recently published junior scientist myself and well known to enjoy a cold one every once in a while, I was rather doubtful about this study.

Better than I'd ever be able to though, the Gentleman Scientist debunks this study, coming to this very nice conclusion:
"Thus, the entire study came down to only one conclusion: the five worst ornithologists in the Czech Republic drank a lot of beer."
Cheers to that!

(via /.)

The Final Five are in your fleet...

The latest and greatest in BSG S4 previews. Don't tease me, bro...



(via movieweb)

EDIT:
Rico from the Treks in SciFi podcast did a very nice Battlestar Galactica feature in the latest episode, covering the original 1978 series aswell as our beloved re-imaging. Tune in here!

March 23, 2008

Happy Zombie Jesus Day!


Ah, holidays... Finally get to catch up on some podcasts and, obviously, blogging.

I am rather psyched about the fact that Battlestar Galactica is only two weeks away! In the meantime I'm getting my fix on YouTube watching SciFi's BSG Phenomenon over and over again (isn't Peter Krause a doll? And Joss Wheadon is THE MAN!), helps me over the pain that was Letterman's BSG Top Ten List.

What I'm still indifferent about is the announcement for Galactica's prequel 'Caprica', especially after reading this:
If “Battlestar Galactica’ is ‘Black Hawk Down.’ I would say that ‘Caprica’ is “American Beauty,’” said David Eick. (source)
Don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for all things BSG, but my gut tells me, Caprica's quite a safe bet for a major frak-up? Please, SciFi, prove me wrong.

While waiting to see the shape of things to come, I'll continue flexing my geek-muscles re-watching Space Above and Beyond, which, I have to say, isn't half as bad as I feared it might be (I watched it on TV back in the days and you know how it goes). Earth 2 still sucks though.

On a completely different note:
Anyone else wishing they could have attended SXSW?

(Zombie Jesus Copyright by explosm.net, BSG:Phenomenon and SAAB, thanks to A Very Special Someone)