This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.
Nerdy links today. If that’s okay.
SPACE Best headline for the Mars Rover laser-test: here.
By the way, the rock Curiosity zapped had its own Twitter feed. This may be my favorite thing on the internet from last week. Of course, you have to read from the bottom up.
Worst fact about the Curiosity twitter account: it’s been talking to Britney Spears.
Britney Spears has been keeping up with current events, y'all! Although the pop star has been busy taping "The X Factor" and shooting a new ad campaign for her latest fragrance, she found time to reach out to the Mars rover Curiosity in a fun, flirty exchange.
Contains three stories: 1) The Enterprise encounters the descendants of circus entertainers stranded on an unknown planet. The crew dresses in costume to visit the planet. Spock is a pirate. 2) The Enterprise responds to an emergency on Onyx where the seeds of a strange sunflower-like plant have burst and put everyone to sleep. Kirk and Spock spray the plants with chemicals and save the day. 3) The Enterprise restocks a zoological colony with animals after an epidemic. A monkey escapes and must be lured back with a banana
I’m still stuck on the planet inhabited by circus people. Of course the planet has one culture, and it’s all circus, all the time.
Also related, dimly: William Windom died. He was Commodore Decker in the “Doomsday Machine” episode of the original Star Trek, a show in which he acted with phlegmy relish and cocksure foolhardiness. Kirk without the Kirk-essence, if you will. But he was also known for “Murder, She Wrote,” a popular series about a little old lady who slew hundreds of people but always managed to blame someone else.
His great-grandfather was a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, among other things. He was also kind enough to appear in this: (WARNING: will be very confusing if the world of Star Trek fan shows is unknown to you. Not bad, eh?)
He’s not in the trailer, alas. He looks like this in the show:
I think he shot the segment at his house, and appears on TV. I know what you’re thinking: that’s unpossible. Decker perished when he drove his shuttlecraft into the maw of the Doomsday machine - er, SPOILERS, sorry. Is that too late? Anyway, the Phase II webseries “In Harm’s Way” put the Enterprise in an alternative universe. Unlikely as that seems.
Okay, enough geekery.
PS Why they didn't make the second Star Trek reboot movie about the Doomsday Machine, I can't imagine. You can't find a tighter, tauter story.
MUSIC Only Walt Disney had more “Oscar nods” than this fellow. Difference being, Walt didn’t draw every frame.
ART History’s most “iconic” photos, in color. I swear I’ve seen these elsewhere, but the page hails from today. PS: stop saying “iconic.”
Also, an infographic to help you decide whether your idea is good or awesome.
The infographic did not take its own advice.