Scientists: Comet ISON likely didn’t survive sun encounter
AP: Scientist say Comet ISON likely didn’t survive its close encounter with the sun.
Images from NASA spacecraft showed Comet ISON approaching for its slingshot around the sun on Thursday, but nothing coming out on the other side.
In a Google+ hangout, U.S. Navy solar researcher Karl Battams said “ISON probably hasn’t survived this journey.”
Phil Plait, an astronomer who runs the “Bad Astronomy” blog, agreed, saying “I don’t think the comet made it.”
Image: In this frame grab taken from enhanced video made by NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft, Comet ISON, left, approaches the sun on Nov. 25, 2013. Comet Encke is shown just below ISON, the sun is to the right, just outside the frame. (AP Photo/NASA)
How do we know it didn’t travel back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to save the whales?
Q:Speaking?! Let me hear!
so we have a cat staying the weekend at work
I think thats a Tribble
that’s definitely a tribble
By the end of the weekend you’re going to have approximately 1,771,561 of them. That’s assuming one tribble, multiplying with an average litter of 10, producing a new generation every 12 hours over a period of three days. That’s trouble.
Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart
I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.
After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that it is never the woman’s fault in domestic violence, and how wrong to think that it ever is. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute role model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.
^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart
Perfect human being.
wow wow wow
Such a well-spoken man and on such an important topic.
Make it so.
On the issue of certain choices made in Star Trek Into Darkness
I was recently* made aware that a scene where Benedict Cumberbatch takes an angry shower was cut from the final movie. I feel that this was a mistake. I understand that in the development of a film, especially a blockbuster with the budget and fanbase of the Star Trek franchise, that many factors dictate the final result. But again, I can’t stress enough how much of a mistake this was.
I would like to use my personal tumblr that I am allowed to have for free on the internet for no reason to put forth my valid and very real arguments for why the
xxxxJohn Harrison shower scene should either 1) be added to a special edition and overnighted to my house, or 2) released on the internet immediately. My points are as follows:
xxxxJohn Harrison naked would help me connect more with his character and his struggle. When we are first introduced to xxxxJohn Harrison, he is a madman and a killer, without spoiling the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it (and honestly why would you knowing this scene isn’t included), the lines between good and evil are blurred. KhanJohn Harrison is alone, vulnerable and without his own kind. Seeing him in a private moment would have helped clarify his motives and feelings.
- Classic movies have nudity. The best ones, really. Blue Velvet? Critically acclaimed and full Rossellini. Good luck finding someone who will admit that movie doesn’t make any sense. No one yells “That’s not how cold fusion works!” at Lynch.
- They did it in Starship Troopers. I know you want to be better than Starship Troopers, which was a big pile of garbage. But you know what? They were brave enough to show the human form so obviously it’s a better film. Right now, if you asked me what space movie I want to watch, I have to go with that one.
- Benedict Cumberbatch. The man could cut diamonds with the angles on that face, do you understand me? Americans want to know whats up. We’ve only just met this guy and we need to know what his body looks like. Does he have extra bones? Is he a human-bird hybrid? What do his lips feel like?
- 355,489 views. I recently** watched this supercut of Benedict Cumberbatch’s sex scenes to date and I think that basically proves that the viewing public is kind of into it. I’m certainly into it and statistically speaking I can’t be the only one.
In summation, while I have already seen Star Trek three times in theaters, I refuse to give another dime of my money to a film that is too afraid to explore the human condition. JJ Abrams please feel free to contact me directly via email or fax.
*Like 20 minutes ago
**Like 10 minutes ago, then a second time like 2 minutes ago
This speaks to me.
I thought they didn’t show his body because the actor playing the superhuman wasn’t in superhuman shape. But judging from the Conan clip, it looks like Benedict put a lot of work into getting in great shape for the role. Not showing the villain as physically powerful is another of Abram’s mistakes.
Of course, it’s also a mistake for Benedict to be taking a shower with water. Everyone (except Abrams) knows the Enterprise has sonic showers. So the important bit he excluded from the story was done wrong anyway.
The sonic showers have never been shown before, so it would have been a good opportunity to finally see them. Maybe they make people look like they’re wet and that way you could have the advantage of “the wet look” for the sexy shot, along with the brain candy Abrams loves to feed the Trekkies.
The point is that showing Benedict’s body was the right thing to do for several reasons, and there were lots of ways to do it better than it (eventually) wasn’t done.
Vulcan Council President: You have surpassed the expectations of your instructors. Your final record is flawless, with one exception: I see that you have applied to Starfleet as well.
Spock: It was logical to cultivate multiple options.
Vulcan Council President: Logical, but unnecessary. You are hereby accepted to the Vulcan Science Academy. It is truly remarkable, Spock, that you have achieved so much despite your disadvantage. All rise.
Spock: If you would clarify, Minister: to what disadvantage are you referring?
Vulcan Council President: Your human motherSpock: Council… Ministers, I must decline.
Vulcan Council President: No Vulcan has ever declined admission to this academy!
Spock: Then as I am half-human, your record remains untarnished.
Sarek: Spock, you have made a commitment to honor the Vulcan way.
Vulcan Council President: Why did you come before this council today? Was it to satisfy your emotional need to rebel?
Spock: The only emotion I wish to convey is gratitude. Thank you, Ministers, for your consideration. Live long and prosper.
“It’s unnerving how he can insult you without even saying the words, but you know you’ve been insulted.” — The Boy, on Spock in this scene.
My favorite part of this movie is Spock’s “Dontchu talk ‘bout my Mama!” thread that runs through it, and particularly Zachary Quinto’s fantastic portrayal of it.
Star Trek: Into Meh-ness
I agree with Steve about the new Star Trek movie. (BEWARE! There be spoilers!)
To me it seems like a generic space action movie with trademarked puppet strings that are used to jerk around the rabid Star Trek fans. It left me feeling used for liking it.
The previous movie had its problems, but at least it was endemically Star Trek.
The psychological result of being second-in-command is the instinctive desire to mark your territory.
Now you know why he’s called “Number One”.
After the success of the Star Trek waffles, Eggo introduced the Battlestar Galactica themed waffles.