Posts tagged: cosmos
the thing that really bothers me about these technopessimists is that they conflate everything large and complex with an orwellian conspiracy, and people who don’t understand the socially transformative power of the internet are what scares me bc //my grandparents get it// so whats your fucking problem.
oh right, you don’t trust people. this is why when it comes to the next gen analogies they always personify the internet with the borg and not data.
people are always all ‘you fools, you’ve all been tricked by your facebooks and livejournals into becoming pavlovian automotons’ and while mostly i just hear that xkcd comic where every person on the subway car is thinking ‘i am the only conscious person in a world of of sheep’, and also a little bit of vizzini, and also ‘you fools, earth shall have lost its last great scientist, i, duran duran, inventor of the atomic ray!’, if i’m honest i really just feel bad for them because all they got out of next gen talking about technology was //the borg//?
geordi is a blind guy who became an astronaut, and his best friend is a robot. if you can make it through seven seasons and the very important st:generations of data as a walking talking google algorithm trying to find his place in this world, and all you remember is that the borg are scary but you misunderstood //why//? congratulations, you are everyone who ever dismissed something popular with those damn fool kids today bc they were living on different terms than you knew or understood, and therefore inherently //wrong// ones with no social merit or moral character.
the internet is not skynet, it’s //abed//. and abed is better.
and the borg are scary bc they are //zombies//. i don’t know why i have to explain that. ppl who think the internet invented hollow narcissism should maybe go read gatsby.
I don’t think I’ll ever get over the part where Kirk comes into the turbolift and Uhura’s first line was -literally - “How do you feel?” So Kirk can explain to the audience how he feels. And, of course she would ask, because she is a cypher for the two male leads/her role is “woman on the ship.”
But - yes - give John Cho some lines! I’m going to get into this more, but there are a number of ways Fast 6 is the movie ST:ID should be and knowing what to do with its awesome Asian-American character is one of them. If Sulu could have had an arc like Han? Oh man, that would have been great…
(I was actually really more disappointed because tumblr tricked me into thinking this movie let him be an amazing badass, but it turned out to be one really short, mediocre scene).
Fasts and Furiouses are the future of cinema, I think? I gotta see this one. In the rumbly seats.
Justin Lin for all Abrams jobs as the director/producer version of "Idris Elba and Lucy Liu to play all the white dudes you have ever loved"?
i am fundamentally into the idea of justin lin directing star trek thirteen
sulu and the excelsior please
Trailblazing Women You May Not Know (But Should): Ellen Ochoa
Each week, the Lean In tumblr will spotlight women who made a lasting mark on the world — yet didn’t always end up in the history books. This week we celebrate Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut.
Ellen Ochoa was 11 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Years later, she would become the first Latina to head into space — but she would never have believed that at the time. There were no female astronauts when she was growing up; at the University of San Diego, where she attended college, a professor told her to steer clear of engineering because the classes would be too difficult. "I never considered being an astronaut as an option because when I was growing up there were no female astronauts," she said.
NASA’s newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars from Cape Canaveral on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of how the red planet went from a warm, wet world in its first billion years to the cold, dry desert it is today.
The early Martian atmosphere was thick enough to hold water and possibly support microbial life. But much of that atmosphere may have been lost to space, eroded by the sun.
The $671 million Maven mission — short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, with a capital “N” in EvolutioN — will arrive next fall bearing eight science instruments after a journey of 440 million miles.
The spacecraft, at 5,410 pounds, weighs as much as an SUV. From solar wingtip to wingtip, it stretches 37.5 feet, about the length of a school bus.
Photo: Alex Menendez/AP
After we stopped going to the moon, it all ended, we stopped dreaming.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the defunding of NASA.
Into Eternity. x
One of the most visually and emotionally stunning scenes in the movie.
In any Marvel movie.
the sensory overload from this scene was so cathartic (Winglesssage)
Yes. That’s the thing. You describe it well.
Saturn: Lord of the Rings
The Top 10 Images From The Cassini Probe
With the highly anticipated release of NASA’s latest image of Saturn, here’s a collection of our favorite images of the Ring World from the Cassini spacecraft.
Image Sources (In Order)
The Day The Earth Smiled: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20131112/
In Saturn’s Shadow: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08329
A Splendor Seldom Seen: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=4703
Neon Saturn: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=2625
Infrared Scan Of Saturn And Its Rings: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=4898
Saturn … Four Years On: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA11141
High Above Saturn: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=4899
Catching Its Tail: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=4329
Colorful Colossuses And Changing Hues: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=4631
Storm Tail In False Color: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=4410
In the past few decades, new instruments that capture and display galactic images with unprecedented detail, combined with new modeling approaches, have made it possible to see and understand the Milky Way Galaxy as never before. Take a long look at our galactic home in the new Space Show Dark Universe.
A time-lapse of type 1a supernovae in the Milky Way galaxy
Expedition 38 Crew With Olympic Torch
john berkey’s future is the only one i want to live inj
i’m a collection of organic molecules called carl sagan
"I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do."
Read more. [Image: MPIA/V. Ch. Quetz via Phys.org]
rogue planets are the best