We are beginning our Seasonal Festivities, the repeated watching of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the watching of the Star Wars trilogy, the real Stars Wars trilogy…
Sense8 is anything but fearful when it comes to sexuality. One of its lead characters is a trans woman, played by real-life transgender actress Jaime Clayton, and an eight-way hallucinogenic orgy is par for the course.
“We showed, right in front of your face, full frontal male nudity and babies crowning,” says Straczynski. “At no time either in the writing or the shooting did we say, ‘Are we going too far?’”
What was it? Anti-matter explosion? Alien spacecraft? Or a meteoroid? Whatever it was, it happened 100 years ago today in remote Siberia
The Tunguska Event or explosion
was most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 miles) above Earth’s surface. Different studies have yielded varying estimates for the object’s size, with general agreement that it was a few tens of metres across.
Although the meteor or comet burst in the air rather than directly hitting the surface, this event is still referred to as an impact. Estimates of the energy of the blast range from 5 megatons to as high as 30 megatons of TNT, with 10–15 megatons the most likely – about 1000 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan and about one third the power of the Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated. The explosion knocked over an estimated 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 square miles). It is estimated that the earthquake from the blast would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale, which was not yet developed at the time. An explosion of this magnitude is capable of destroying a large metropolitan area. [Wikipedia]
Of course, anyone familiar with the X-Files knows the real story. 😉
My God. It’s full of stars!
The man who was the father of a thousand dreams, has died in his beloved, adopted Sri Lanka. Arthur C. Clarke was 90.
The Clarke Belt. Childhood’s End. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Too many stories, novellas and books to recall There’s not a geek alive who does not have their own list of favorites.
All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landings there.
Sigh. You will come close to immortality through your works.
You’re the star child now. Thank you, Mr. Clark.
Tor Books is giving away digital copies of their books, Go sign up for free.
Brust does some fanfic in Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe.
Send items from Google reader to del.icio.us with tags intact. [via Rafé]
pretty damn funny
I just discovered this pdf manager via Ars Technica. It’s like iTunes for scholarly articles. This version uses additional search engines besides PubMED.
more heh. via PapaScott
a Mac writing tool/word processor. I’m trying to write a book and thus am casting about for tools…
A grid of what shows will be affected by the writer’s strike. Aargh! The Daily Show & Colbert go into repeats immediately.
The web version of the HyperCard stack. Wow. Takes me back…