Luke Van Hook Paintings Now at Brand Library Galleries "Circle in the Square" Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, Cheryl Walker thru Sept 5th 2008        
The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008


PHOTO-JOURNAL BY GINGER VAN HOOK


Photo above: 
Cathy Billings, Art Librarian and Gallery Manager of the 
Brand Library Art Galleries and Co-Curator of 
"Circle in the Square" selected Luke Van Hook 
as one of the artists to show his circle paintings 
which explore Giotto's fabled "perfect circle.
Photo below: 
Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor, Gallery Director 
and Co-curator pictured with Luke Van Hook.
Both ladies made studio visits all over Los Angeles and surrounding communities in search of the "perfect circle" of artists to represent the illusive qualities of the circle.
It takes over a year to prepare for a large show at the Brand Library Art Galleries and no one will have a better story to tell you about the waiting process than Galleries Manager and Curator, Cathy Billings or Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor and Gallery Director. These ladies traveled to Inglewood, California for a studio visit to see Luke Van Hook's circle paintings some time in the early summer of 2007. They told Luke that they were preparing to curate a show of artists working on the motif of the 'circle'.  They had already reviewed a number of artists and found making the final decision difficult, first because there were a number of artists who worked with this subject and secondly, the talent was very competitive. The subject of the circle and how each artist approaches this topic is worth dedicated study in and of itself.  These lovely ladies, Cathy and Alyssa, with a keen eye for artistic talent, selected a total of five talented artists to show together this summer.   
Here you will find photos of how each artist expressed their obsession with the circular form.  I'll begin my blog entry with a brief history of what I believe may have led Luke Van Hook to painting the circle and continue with the photos and biographical information of the additional four artists each selected for working with the motif of circles, independently of each other, with their own unique and individual interpretations of the circle: Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, and Cheryl Walker.
Luke Van Hook began his present study of the circle in 2005. He first discovered the legend of Giotto's "Perfect Circle" in a class about ancient history; but the idea didn't sink in at first. He needed time to reason with his quest. While Luke approached the specific task of painting the circle with thin paintbrushes and applying layer upon layer of color to a raw naked canvas, I set about trying to understand what the hell prompted my husband to go circle crazy in the first place.  I started researching what the circle meant and I found a lot of literature in the realm of magic, rituals, mathematics, secret societies and romance. But my first impression was that the circle was a way to get back to the beginning of things.  Then I delved deeper.  Was Luke trying to say that he was going in circles?  Were we at this artistic point in our lives as a result of a past life?  Was our circular existence referencing our cycle of birth, death and rebirth?  Or was the answer more basic than that, like "the earth is round and it's an orbital thing.' There were other issues on the table I was urged to deal with also.  Were these circle paintings partly influenced by the school we had attended?  Once we leave school we are expected to make works of art that have fresh meaning and to blow out the cobwebs of old thinking.  While at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Luke Van Hook studied all the required areas to excel in his chosen profession as a fine arts painter including the figure, landscapes and abstracts. But the abstract visual image is what finally drew Luke back in.  Could it be the understated obvious fact that the big 'O' (which formed a circle on every memo, syllabus and brochure in the name of Otis College) was influencing him subconsciously?  
Luke's earlier work involved intricately small hatch marks that evolved into large abstract images full of vibrant colors.  This work was very reminiscent of Jasper Johns.  So where did this circle idea really emanate from?  Did his hatch marks get married or what?  Observers of Luke Van Hook's work have stated that it raises the question, 'Is it a painting or a drawing?  Is it text or writing?'  Luke will often begin a row of circles that reads from left to right just as western literature is expressed.  But sometimes he changes his mind, and the direction of his technique, and he starts to paint his rows from right to left. At other times, he completes a horizontal column of circles which refers more to ancient Asian forms of writing going from the top, down.
During his graduating year at Otis College in 2004, Luke went on a mission to explore machine technology as it pertained to replacing humans.  He painted large canvases with a number of faces and shapes that represented cyborgs expressing the fear, uncertainty and ambivalence that humans have toward our technological future.  But once out of school, a full year later, in 2005 Luke seem to have turned a corner.  He seemed to have replaced his fear of technology with a competitive defiance that defied all reason.  Luke started working with his father-in-law, in his machine shop, where he started to observe how everything around him involved the circle in one way or another.  He watched the machines (Fadal CNC's- numerical control production machines) in action. The tool would spin in circles, plunging in and out of aluminum, stainless steel and plastic materials. The space left behind was almost always a perfect circle.  Perhaps, this was Luke's starting point. It was the first time he'd really seen a machine make simple circles and Luke probably said something to himself like 'I can do this! Just watch me!' then promptly, decided to take on his destiny. To compete with a machine, may have been the early impulse that drew Luke to paint the circle, but the legend of Giotto's 'perfect circle' was what has kept Luke going full steam ahead into production of abstract works of art.  The initial pieces he created were prototypes. These were the experiments he and his father-in-law Luis Ingels, worked on before moving into the hand made pieces. As his first experiment, Luke inserted a paint brush into the collet of the machine and programmed the coordinates to match the canvas. He overshot his calculations and the brush came crashing down upon the canvas; the collet smashed the brush right through the canvas and even broke the frame. Perhaps, Luke might have thought as he and my father, Luis, looked at each other, 'it was time to go back to the drawing board'. Undaunted by initial failure, Luke did complete an entire series of machine made circles before he went on to the main event, the competition of drawing the circles, one by one, by hand.  
Each piece of artwork created since his first attempts, is meticulously reinvented into creative visual landscapes layering circles upon circles of color schemes in gradations of complementary hues.  The colors reveal very subtle changes.  The circles pull the eye in.  The images seem to have a life of their own, a vibrant quality of pushing the viewer to look for patterns while pulling the eyes into fishers, crevices, or 'wormholes' as one collector observed. I have witnessed the intimate evolution of Luke's circles only because I have the honor and privilege of being Luke's wife.  The fact that I am discussing my husband's art work is of significance only in the sense that it is somewhat rare, although not unheard of, for the artist's loved one to interject a provocative discussion of the artwork publicly in a blog; however, this is a sign of the times we live in today and I feel blessed as a writer to have this open forum to share with you the joys and struggles inherent in Luke's artistic process.
The way I see it, Luke has taken on  the impossible task of creating the perfect circle, where no perfect circle has ever existed before, despite Giotto's legend.  All mathematical equations to date reveal that there is no perfect circle. It is a myth. So why Luke has persisted in this impossible feat only reminds me of the story of Don Quixote. Here is where I see Luke chasing his windmills. This is where in my imagination, I view the circles on the canvas as Luke's quest for the impossible dream and his circles are his windmills.  His paintbrush is his sword.  Thus Luke 
Van Hook's paintings, for me, exhibit all the romantic qualities innate in a love story.  Seeking to please his beloved Lucia, these references emerging from raw canvas could be read practically like text.  Some art collectors saw the circles as Braille text or some secret code or language.  The secret, I think, lies in Luke's love of sports!  Sometimes I interpret this circle code to reflect images of the sports activities I see Luke enjoy daily;  I make visual connections to the circles on the wheels of his bicycles which hang in his studio or his skate boards that decorate the rafters of the painting bays or even the wheels that drive his car which sits resting on almost perfect circles on the driveway.
For a while, I was convinced that Luke's enthusiasm for cycling was directly influencing the subjects of his paintings because one day, I was staring at one of his earlier images, (which is hung lovingly on the wall of the dining room right over the microwave oven); I saw it hanging next to a photograph of Luke participating in the 'Death Race 1999', a bicycle ride that cycle enthusiasts pursue along the most dangerous mountainous roads known as the California Alps in Northern California at the edge of the Northern Nevada border where Markleeville meets the Carson Valley.   The image Luke had painted in 1998, while recovering, ironically, from a broken ankle suffered in a bicycle race in Minden; was the image of three bicycles in a dead heat on the gray pavement with the yellow dividing line providing a ground for what appears as three large helmets (representative of the riders) in red, green and yellow.  The eventual emergence of Luke's hatch marks from work created in 2000, can be seen on the helmets and if you are really looking for this, (with your microscope) you may even find, the very beginnings of the influences which have eventually led to this mad case of circle paintings!  The circle imagery you might be searching for could have started at the base of the bicycle's anatomy with the wheels spinning along the highway to Kingsbury Grade, somewhere near Genoa, along the bottom of the hill leading to Lake Tahoe.  I comfort myself as painter's wife, that even Picasso had his periods, as did Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin and so long as Luke Van Hook doesn't try to cut off his ear we are doing just fine with these circles.


But don't take my word for it. Luke Van Hook's circle paintings are something you should see for yourself.  The subtlety of the work is difficult to capture on film, although I tried my best to create a video after struggling with photographing the stills for three years.  But even the video work fails to reveal the whole story.  You've got to stand in front of one of these pieces to involve yourself in the novella of Luke's life.  Although I can decode a small portion of what I see through his work, the rest of the circles on the canvas are still a vague mystery to me as well.  Every relationship has its secrets.  Thus Luke and I, as artists, are no different.  Even when we know each other, there are elements of surprise and adventure that we have yet to tell each other.  The mystery in his canvases is what really thrills me to see Luke's work on display under gallery lighting! (Sales don't hurt my enthusiasm either!)





When I think of Luke Van Hook's circle paintings, today, in 2008, I often think of Luke riding a skateboard doing 'ollies' and then trying for a loop-de-loop in mid-air.  This is because in January of 2008, Luke begged for a skateboard for his birthday and little did I know what would happen when I wrapped it up for him!  He has returned to the love of his youth.  Luke Van Hook has come full circle to his beginnings to land on his home base. The skateboard has also flown in mid-air, in harmony with gravity, and both land as one in a perfect execution of a move I would never dare try to do myself.  I see each circle on the canvas as Luke's attempt to catapult his work into the mainstream of the art-world with each rotation of the paintbrush on the surface of the canvas.  This is where I see Luke Van Hook in mid catapult, surfing on the air, light in transition, from youth to inspired maturity; from student to master, with paintbrush in hand landing and continuing to roll on four wheels with a great big shit-eating grin on his face. ('four' being the lucky number of his numerology charts). I see the ordered struggle, the innate joy in the success of one loop-de-loop after another. And once in a while, I also see the crash landing and the bloody injuries.  What is more important is that Luke gets up and does it again each and every time.  Luke has to begin again with each new circle, every circle becoming a part of a larger layer of community, thus his canvases vibrate with activity, mystery, romance and adventure.  I find my own meanings in each image  as it develops day by day and I am privileged to stand beside him, admire and witness the struggle of our Don Quixote in the new millennium, first hand.
There is still time to see these painting up close and personal. The Brand Library Art Galleries is part of the Glendale Public Library, located at 1601 West Mountain Street in the City of Glendale, 91201  Telephone:  818-548-2051/ fax 818-548-2713 ;  visit the Brand Library Art Galleries online at   www.brandlibrary.org    to  check for Library hours.
Cookie Gallegos, Ana Porras and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Art Library Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Margo Payne, Lynn Nantana-Green and Angela Williams attend the exhibition "Circle in the Square" in support of Luke Van Hook.
Lynn Lantana-Green came to support Artist, Luke Van Hook at the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" an art exhibition held at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.  Photos by Ginger Van Hook
Kevin Powell came to support Luke Van Hook and enjoy the paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

Artist Luke Van Hook brought home-made pies to his reception of the exhibition "Circle in the Square". In addition to painting, Luke Van Hook has a reputation for making awesome pies from scratch. Photographed milling around the Double Fudge Pican Pie and the Sweet Berry Pie were the grandchildren of Hector Sticker. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Claudio Sticker, Hector Sticker, Peter Bolten, Martha Ingels, Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels attend the reception of  "Circle in the Square". Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels worked together to create circles on canvas with the use of robotic CNC machines. After creating a little over a dozen machine-made paintings, Luke went on to compete with the machine and do the circles on his own by hand, one by one. Each circle is represented as being one breath and Luke Van Hook states that these are the marks he is leaving behind which define his existence during this lifetime as he continues to pursue the legend of "Giotto's Perfect Circle". Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

From left to right, Ohannes Berberian, his daughter Melanie, Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian attend the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008.  Ohannes Berberian owns DigiTECH Camera Repair in Monrovia, California (www.digitechcamerarepair.com). Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian are both fine art painters and members of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (M.A.F.A.). Rouzanna Berberian is a teacher in the after-school arts programs supported by M.A.F.A.  which promotes the goal of enhancing the lives of those within the community through interaction with the arts and to increase the opportunities of children through art education. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

From left to right, Kathleen Zgonc, photographer Frank Zgonc and artist Luke Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008. Frank Zgonc is a an executive member of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts in Monrovia, California. Frank Zgonc is the vice-president and official curator of Monrovia's yearly October Art Festival. This year the October Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 11th and 12th, 2008 at the Monrovia Community Center located at 119 W. Palm Avenue in Monrovia. Free and open to the public, this art event will feature work by photographer Frank Zgonc; (Scheduled from 10 am to 6pm both days).  There will also be an Opening Night Celebration Saturday, October 11th from 7-9:30 pm where the special Renaissance Award will be presented to a worthy individual who has made significant contributions to the arts. 
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Mr. and Mrs. Luke and Ginger Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Libraries Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California.  Luke Van Hook an artist working from Inglewood, California earned a BFA  at Otis College of ARt and Design.  For several years, Van Hook has been exploring in his work, Giotto's fabled "perfect circle".  Over time the single-minded focus on the perfection of the circle has been subsumed by the artist's interest in the aesthetic and expressive qualities of the circle. New works depict ritualistically repeated circular brushstrokes on canvas, hemp, and other materials. Van Hook states that he began " as a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle was possible; these circles have now morphed into a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle is  possible. These circles have now morphed into a study in patience. The sense of time and the marking of time is inherent in the meticulous application of paint. The viewer can appreciate these temporal qualities but is also compelled to bring their own  interpretation to the work. Are these circles pure abstraction? Combined do they conceal deliberate shapes and forms? or are they perhaps a secret code or language? Van Hook has exhibited at TAG Gallery, Focus One Gallery, and the Bolsky Gallery in  Westchester. Luke Van Hook's painting may also be viewed on his website: www.lukevanhook.com
Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten


Kevin Powell comes to support Luke Van Hook for his opening reception. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.  Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Jason Porras attends the opening reception to support Luke Van Hook in his endeavors to pursue Giotto's legend of the 'Perfect Circle'. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo By Ginger Van Hook.


Zoe Hengst, Ginger Van Hook and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.
Zoe and Jopie Hengst walk through the center of the exhibition "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook at the opening night, August 2, 2008. Paintings by Susan Sironi in the background. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.

Cookie Gallegos, Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook pose for photographs in front of Luke Van Hook's painting at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.

Cookie Gallegos and Ana Porras watch the dance performance choreographed by Cheryl Walker, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Yesung Kim poses for a photograph in front of her paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 02, 2008, Glendale, California. Yesung Kim from Upland, California, was born in Seoul, South Korea and holds MFA degrees from Chung-Ang University and Claremont Graduate University. Kim's mixed media pieces are seductively simple. Ordinary brown packing string is deftly applied to a painted canvas creating organic shapes that shimmer and reflect light. At times these shapes appear to be on the brink of an amoeba-like division as they spread and expand, dropping off the edge of one canvas and continuing on to another. Kim  cites the natural world and light and color as the underlying themes that both inspire and permeate her work.  Following solo shows at the Seoul Museum of Art and the Seoul Arts Center, Kim's work was most recently exhibited at the San Bernardino County Museum's Multi Media Mini Show. More information about Kim's work can be found on her website: www.yesungkim.com
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Painting by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Glass curtain by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008,Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker designed a curtain of vinyl layers of color called 'Waterfall IV' that became the backdrop for a beautiful dance performance using the 'circle in the square' theme exhibited at the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker holds in her hand some of the vinyl circles that were placed upon the windows at the exhibition hall. Her vinyl circles upon the windows created an illusion of  the stained glass effects. The dance piece entertained a large audience on opening night as artists, collectors, art appreciators and family and friends celebrated the mythologies, geometries, magical and mystical qualities of the circle.   Dance Performers Liz  Curtis, and Martha Carrascosa performed a dance which included participation from members of the audience.  
Members of the audience interacted with the dancers Martha Carrascosa and Liz Curtis at the Brand Library Art Galleries participated in creating a colorful cascade of window art on August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California.
Audience watches dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa from Glendale Community College as they perform a choreographed piece by Cheryl Walker, artist. "Circle in the Square", Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008.  Photo By Ginger Van Hook
Dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa performing dance choreographed by artist Cheryl Walker, (within the green curtain), Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. 
Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker engaged in performance art intersecting with window art using the artistic theme of 'Circle in the Square'. Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, CAlifornia August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.

Cheryl Walker smiles happily on opening night, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker, a Los Angeles artist, earned her BA in art in her home state of Minnesota, and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. In this exhibition Walker created two large site-specific installations of vinyl, oil pastel and natural and artificial light.  Walker explains that the driving force behind her work is "human interaction and improvisation in response to a natural phenomenon or situation." Trained as painter, Walker's installations have some of the qualities of painting; when viewed head-on the suspended layers of vinyl can appear to be two-dimensional because of their transparency and the cut shapes and forms applied to the vinyl are reminiscent of brushstrokes--but removed from the wall these works are thrust into what she calls an "interactive field of play." The fluidity of the material she works with and her interest in collaboration between the artist and the viewer have inspired Walker to create works that can be transformed into performance pieces by dance, music and in-situ art-making. In this exhibition, a dance performance captivates the audience on opening night at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008.  Photos By Ginger Van Hook




Barbara Kolo, Artist from "Circle in the Square" poses for a photograph in front of her painting with her husband Mr. Kolo. Barbara Kolo, a Santa Monica Artist, earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Kolo Participated in a successful two-person show at the Brand Library Art Galleries in 1999. The Brand Library Art Galleries are pleased to present (nearly ten years later) a new body of work by Barbara Kolo that connects to that which was here before. In those works and these, her focus is on representing organic materials. The current large scale acrylic on canvas works are saturated with color; the stippled application of paint creates organic shapes and patterns representative of the natural world.  The subject matter is open to each viewers interpretation, where one may see a birch forest at dusk, others may see the  bold aesthetic of pure color and abstraction. Kolo has had recent solo shows at Topanga Canyon Gallery and the Off Rose Gallery in Venice, California. More information about Kolo's work can be found on her website: www.barbarakolo.com Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook






Barbara Kolo poses for a photograph during opening night celebrations for the exhibition, "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Augusts 2, 2008. Glendale, California.


Susan Sironi,  an artist living in Altadena, California posed for her photograph in front of her paintings at  the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008.  Susan Sironi earned her BFA at California Sate University, Long Beach. This exhibition will showcase Sironi's recent paintings as well as her Glass Curtain installation which is comprised of conjoined antique optometric lenses. Her paintings are about texture, color and process. Small dabs of oil paint are painstakingly applied to aluminum, building up an intricate, thorny surface. Highly textured and multihued when viewed up close, this surface belies the color play minimalist color-field appearance of the work at a distance . In the artist's own words "texture and color play equal roles in these works. They ... set up contradictions within each piece. Painitings  that seem to invite touch and intimacy are also reserved and automomous. Time and process are weighed against a static and minimal structure. Sironi's work was most recently seen in the Brea Art Gallery's Made in California exhibition, at the Chouinard School of Art Gallery, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.  More information about Sironi's work can be found on her website: web.mac.com/susansironi/susan/sironi/Welcome.html.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook.  

Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.



The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008

                   Luke Van Hook paintings are now showing at the Brand Library Art Galleries in
          The Plot of my Next Game        
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          Orientalism and the Tourist Archive: A Conversation with Jai Arun Ravine        
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Turok: EvoIution is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Acclaim Entertainment. The game was originally released for the Game Boy Advance but then later released for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in 2002. A port for the PC was released in 2003 for the European market. It was the last to follow in the series before is was rebooted by a 2008 entry in theTurok video games series, called Turok.

The game begins with the seer, Tarkeen, explaining the history of the Lost Lands which had, for years, been fought over by tyrannic warlords.
On earth during the old west, Tal'Set faces off his enemy, Captain Bruckner and succeeds in cutting off his arm, but both of them are sucked into a wormhole. Tal'Set is nearly killed and the people of the River Village, who found him, call upon Tarkeen to heal him. Tarkeen then commands them to bring Tal'Set to him. He is sent into the jungle and kills enemy factions, lizard-like enemies known as the Sleg, that are close to the Village. Tal'Set hooks up with Genn, a pilot from the Village, who will be guiding him to the seer. Along the way, he uses the Pterosaur to evict the Sleg from the jungle and destroy their air ship.
Tal'Set reaches Tarkeen's sanctum and Tarkeen tells him that it was he who summoned him and that he must accept the mantle of Turok and release Tarkeen from a curse. When Tal'Set refuses, Tarkeen tells him that the Slegs had managed to reach the Village. This enrages Tal'Set which prompts him to cut through the mountains to reach the Sleg base, where they are holding the villagers and the River Village leader, Wise Father. He infiltrated the base and releases the prisoners and then enters the Sleg fortress.

Turok: Evolution features four-player split screen multiplayer. The game features at least 13 multiplayer maps, several of which contain dinosaur AI bots.

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How to navigate today’s political and digital marketing landscape.
          A Call to Arms - David Weber, Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope         
A Call to Arms
David Weber, Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope
Baen, Oct 6 2015, $26.00
ISBN 9781476780856

The impoverished Star Kingdom of Manticore parliament debate continues over whether the isolated in a remote area of the galaxy nation needs a defenseless naval fleet loaded with obsolete in terrible shape ships and corrupt lazy officers.  Those in favor insist on modernization though know budgeting remains an issue; those opposed insist no one out there gives a crap about this out of the way orb.  Changing the pros and cons is the discovery of a strategic wormhole that the external superpowers want to control.  The parliamentary members mostly ignore the impact except to consider leasing the rights to control of the wormhole to one of the coveting outside powerhouses.

However, not everyone watching Manticore remains patient with the minor Star Kingdom’s internal argument.  Hostile takeover comes to Manticore, but the underfunded obsolete Royal Navy led by courageous in corrigible officers like Lieutenant Travis Long defends their nation while the Parliament deliberates over going to war or less costly (and personally profitable) surrender.

The storyline starts leisurely as the plot builds a solid foundation that leads to an exciting military science fiction.  Once again loyal Long thinks outside the crypt while preparing for war at a time when the Manticore Parliament seems to mirror our Congress (take credit for success and blame others for failure; but mostly do nothing except claim exceptionalism and patriotism).  In spite of a sameness to the overarching premise to the previous Manticore Ascendant thriller (see A Call To Duty), this is an interesting space opera that Harrington fans will enjoy; especially how ancient history differs from what future generations and historians, and the “books” believe happened.


Harriet Klausner

          Atlas moth! Peacock spider!        
I'm stopping the huge piece I'm working on to make some small pieces- I can't stop thinking about an atlas moth that just hatched this weekend in the butterfly room at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The volunteer working the room this weekend told me that atlas moths get up to a foot across and come out of their cocoon without mouths, which means they only live for three days. "Some people wonder what is the use, three days," she said, "but they serve as food for other animals."

This phrase is ringing in my ears. I'm going back to draw the moth and talk to the full time butterfly guy today- Atlas moths are incredibly interesting creatures. It turns out they live for about two weeks as mouthless moths, sustained by the fat of their caterpillar lives. They eat lime, guava, willow, cinnamon, poplar, avocado and tea... They are full of implications. Even their caterpillarhood is exciting. You can see their video here...

 
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          Comment on Practical Time Travel by mark        
certain Australian and american government agencies ( black or othewrwisw ) are said to be experimenting with "time travel" and/or jumping parallel universes and wormholes quite successfully ( witnesses have come forward ) especially if one goes bushwalking into a large tract of forest owned by the people of Australia and reports of said campers being shot at by Australian and American fully kitted soldiers!!!!! On our own land classed as a nature park nto be used by all. So why all the security and agro by soldiers??? Go figure.What are they hiding out there, don`t ask or you might disapear without trace!!!!!!!!!
          Spacetime Fabric Softener        
A cosmonaut investigates a wormhole in deep space.
          Astronomers have reconfirmed Einstein's most famous theory in a stunning way        

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Once again, scientists have confirmed Einstein's theory of general relativity, which describes the way massive objects — like stars — cause space to bend.

For the first time, astronomers have glimpsed the bending of light from a more distant star by a nearby white dwarf. They then used Einstein's theory to calculate the white dwarf's mass. They published their study this week (June 7, 2017) in the peer-reviewed journal Science.

Kailash C. Sahu at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland led the international team that conducted this new research. The team used the Hubble Space Telescope to make their observations.

Terry Oswalt of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida wrote a related perspective piece in the same issue of Science, and his university produced the explanatory video at the top of this post. Oswalt said in a statement:

The research by Sahu and colleagues provides a new tool for determining the masses of objects we can't easily measure by other means. The team determined the mass of a collapsed stellar remnant called a white dwarf star. Such objects have completed their hydrogen-burning life cycle, and thus are the fossils of all prior generations of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Einstein would be proud. One of his key predictions has passed a very rigorous observational test.

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Einstein himself believed you could, in theory, obtain mass measurements from gravitational lensing. But his astounding revelations about the universe didn't include predictions about the many advances in instrumentation that have actually occurred. Thus in a 1936 article in the Science, he wrote that because stars are so far apart:

… there is no hope of observing this phenomenon directly.

dwarf star bends light einstein relativity sahu1HRAnd yet, of course, the phenomenon of the bending of starlight has been observed, beginning with Arthur Eddington and team's May 1919 measurement of light bending around our local star, the sun, during a total solar eclipse. That early confirmation of Einstein's theory made headlines around the world and made Einstein the world's most famous scientist.

Since 1979, astronomers have had the technological oomph to observe the bending of light by yet-more-distant objects, starting with SBS 0957+561, aka the Twin Quasar.

In the 1980s, astronomers realized that the combination of CCD imagers and computers would allow the brightness of millions of stars to be measured each night. And since then — in observational programs such as Poland's Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE), astronomers have discovered hundreds of examples of gravitational lensing and microlensing.

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The statement featuring Terry Oswalt at Embry-Riddle explained why this new research is different and significant:

When a star in the foreground passes exactly between us and a background star, gravitational microlensing results in a perfectly circular ring of light — a so-called 'Einstein ring.'

Sahu's group observed a much more likely scenario: Two objects were slightly out of alignment, and therefore an asymmetrical version of an Einstein ring formed. The ring and its brightening were too small to be measured, but its asymmetry caused the distant star to appear off-center from its true position. This part of Einstein's prediction is called 'astrometric lensing' and Sahu's team was the first to observe it in a star other than the sun …

Sahu's team measured shifts in the apparent position of a distant star as its light was deflected around a nearby white dwarf star called Stein 2051 B on eight dates between October 2013 and October 2015. They determined that Stein 2051 B — the sixth-closest white dwarf star to the sun — has a mass that is about two-thirds that of the sun.

Terry Oswalt explained that the finding is important because it "provides a new tool for determining the masses of objects we can't easily measure by other means." He said it also opens a new window to understanding "the history and evolution of galaxies such as our own."

Bottom line: Once again, Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity has been confirmed, using gravitational microlensing. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the mass of a nearby white dwarf, as it bent the light of a more distant star.

SEE ALSO: NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe has taken more stunning new images of the gas giant

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          The Napoleon Wager (Gamester Wars #3)        
The Napoleon Wager (Gamester Wars #3)
author: William R. Forstchen
name: Mark
average rating: 3.79
book published: 1993
rating: 3
read at: 2016/03/20
date added: 2016/03/20
shelves:
review:
The Napoleon Wager
Author: William R Forstchen
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Published In: NYC, NY
Date: 1993
Pgs: 299

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
The ruling Humans, Gafs, and Xsarns of the Magellanic Cloud have spent an eternity under the thumb of the Overseers, a mysterious advanced race who police the others to keep them from war and enforce civility and law. The Kohs of the first three races have discovered a secret though. The Overseers are squatters just like they are. Their great power is only based on the tech of another even more ancient race long vanished from this area of space, The First Travelers. Now, with the control that the Overseers have used repeatedly on the wane as the power of the Kohs rises, the war games that the Kohs have been playing may be about to become real. And no one will have the power to stop them.

Genre:
Adventure
Alternate History
Fiction
Military
Science fiction
Space
Space opera
War

Why this book:
This is a re-read. I loved the trilogy the first time around. This time I’ve read it as it’s component parts and in the cases of the first two parts loved them, at least, equally to how I loved them before.
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Favorite Character:
Napoleon Bonaparte is a great character in this book. Very well written.

Least Favorite Character:
Corbin Gablona is an idiot. Evil. Short sighted. An idiot. He’s gone through the previous books acting like he was invulnerable. The lessons of The Assassin Gambit should have disavowed him of that ideal. But here he is acting, if possible, even more that way. Very OOC.

Favorite Scene:
When the ancient alien machine that cheats at space chess sets Napoleon up to refight Waterloo on the interior surface of a giant alien dyson sphere in space.

Pacing:
The pace is good. A bit slower than the previous books, but alright.

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
Corbin’s freeing a cadre of Al Shiga from their world, including Ali Hassan after what happened to Corbin and Aldin Larice when they escaped at the end of The Assassin Gambit rings false. Considering the kind of person Corbin is, he wouldn’t be able to play the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend card. He couldn’t do it. It rings false to the character that he has been built into over the last two books. This is both a plot hole and an out-of-character situation. Even if he is planning on double crossing the Al Shiga, this still rings false for the character as presented previously. The character as written to this point, through the previous 2 books, would have been just as interested in killing all the Al Shiga as he is in doing away with Aldin Larice.

Whereas the previous two books spent much more time with the titular time traveler, Napoleon has barely appeared by halfway and is still in his home time. The historical personages were such a huge part of the previous books that this strikes a, not a false note, but an odd one, to be sure. And Oishi, one of the 47 Ronin from Book 2, is playing an extensive role in this one as well, whereas Alexander has been mentioned in passing only. The characters finally begin discussing a jump through time....and, it’s not Napoleon they are discussing.

Hmm Moments:
The visit to the Xsarn Hive World and the traditional greeting. Bleech! Skatophiles would love that scene.

Why isn’t there a screenplay?
While this one is big on destruction, a lot of the first half of the book is taken up with conversation and exhibition. Why do this? Why do that? A world is blown up by a light speed cargo vessel. Do we really want to do this? Will it have the desired consequence? A raid on a pleasure world. Must we act like the barbarians? Will this device truly work? Create an artificial wormhole that runs amok.
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Last Page Sound:
Nice.

Author Assessment:
Forstchen writes historical personages exceedingly well. Once Napoleon appears in the books, he dominates the proceedings. Alongside Oishi both from the previous book and Alexander from the first book, Napoleon may be one of the best written characters that I’ve ever read.

I will be reading other stuff by Forstchen.

Editorial Assessment:
Excepting my thoughts on Corbin which are discussed above, this was well put together.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
really good book

Disposition of Book:
Re-read pile

Would recommend to:
genre fans
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          The Atlantis Ship (Carson Mach Adventure #1)        
The Atlantis Ship (Carson Mach Adventure #1)
author: A.C. Hadfield
name: Mark
average rating: 3.65
book published: 2015
rating: 3
read at: 2015/05/18
date added: 2015/05/18
shelves:
review:
The Atlantis Ship
Author: A. C. Hadfield
Date: 2015
Pgs: 402

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
Freelancer. Former War Hero. He hunts a ghost ship, a legend, a Dutchman, the Atlantis Ship.

Then, the object of his quest sails out of a wormhole and starts destroying everything in its path. Carson Mach finds himself against overwhelming odds on a mission across the galaxy. If he fails, all of humanity may pay the price. The mystery of the Atlantis Ship has to be solved.

Genre:
Adventure
Fiction
Military
Science fiction
Space
Space opera
War

Why this book:
Came to me on a read for review program.
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Favorite Character:
Carson Mach, ne’er-do-well, bounty hunter, troublemaker, washout, busted out of the service. He’s very Han Solo-ish, from the attitude that comes off of him to the bar fight with one of his bounty targets in his introduction.

Tululu, the vestan engineer. Love the line where Mach wonders if she is excited about her escape or if she is just insane as she pilots her small podship around the Black Swan Orbital.

Squid, the droid. One of Babcock’s many worker droids from his lone exile planet. This one was more companion and friend during his long lonely exile.

Least Favorite Character:
Admiral Morgan comes across as a bit of a cardboard cutout and cliche. And compared to Mach and his crew’s personalities, he seems to not be fully drawn in. The parts of the book where he features feel a bit like we are being lead by the nose rather than being told a story.

Character I Most Identified With:
Carson Mach. He’s a swashbucker. He’s what I’d want to be in that world. An excellent bit of escapism imagining yourself in his shoes.

The Feel:
This is a great mix of Trek, Wars, and Firefly.

Favorite Scene:
Love the open with the poor bastard out doing exterior maintenance on Orbital Forty as the Atlantis Ship wormholes in and destroys the station underneath him.

The Shawshank from the Commonwealth prison as a way to fill out the crew was great.

Tululua’s escape from the Black Swan Orbital.

Pacing:
The pacing is good, provided you aren’t drawn offsides by the occasional editorial lapse. The back-at-command with Admiral Morgan scenes drag on the pace of the story.

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
The Captain sent to investigate the destruction of Orbital Forty being snippy with Admiral Morgan over subspace because she feels that she was sent on a wild goose chase that could have been taken care of by the natives of the local planetary system and, then, intimates to the Admiral that he isn’t in her chain of command and that she is really there to challenge the horan movements in the area. If that were the case, then, she would need to be in the area anyway and her one sentence earlier reticence about the mission to the Orbital Forty debris field doesn’t wash.

Mack and Adira’s interactions are repetitious.

Hmm Moments:
A coup in the fleet, Morgan going over his boss’s head due to his being frozen out of the command chain and put on the Atlantis Ship chase without any resources to carry out the mission. How this plays in relation to Mack’s hunt for the Dutchman isn’t clear yet. And then, the coup in wider circles playing out as well. The scenes that take place outside of Carson Mach’s presence drag.

The best scene featuring Morgan is the last scene in the denouement where he is trying to talk Mach into becoming Sky Marshal.

Why isn’t there a screenplay?
This could go big screen. Heck, it could be a series.

Casting call:
You’d have to reach outside of the obvious choices for Mach due to his similarities to Kirk, Solo, and Reynolds. Maybe Idris Elba.

Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel as Sanchez.

Clancy Brown as Babcock.

Jim Parsons as the voice of Squid.
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Last Page Sound:
Very nice.

Author Assessment:
The story is strong enough to overcome the editorial shorcomings.

Editorial Assessment:
The story needed a few more passes under the editor’s blade and a re-read or two from the author. The repetitiousness between Mack and Adira should have been caught by an editor.

The dialogue is very rough in places. The novel desperately needed to be edited another time.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
really good book

Disposition of Book:
e-Book

Would recommend to:
genre fans
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Errata:


          Insurrection (Starfire, #1)        
Insurrection (Starfire, #1)
author: David Weber
name: Mark
average rating: 3.89
book published: 1990
rating: 5
read at: 2015/02/16
date added: 2015/02/16
shelves:
review:
Insurrection
Author: David Weber and Steve White
Publisher: Baen Books
Published In: Riverdale, NY
Date: 1990
Pgs: 408

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
The wars with the Khanate had shifted the balance of power. The Corporate Worlds used the Fringe and Rim Worlds to supply the raw material and the fighting men. Once the guns fell silent, the Corporate Worlds didn’t want to give back the power that they had amassed over the Fringers. They limited the governmental representation of the frontiers and the fringes with the assistance of the Heart Worlds. Forced by blood and to protect their homeworlds, the Fringers are going to take a stand.

Genre:
Fiction
Military
Science fiction
Space opera
War

Why this book:
Starfire. Love the game. Loved the books. This is a re-read for me.

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Favorite Character:
Ladislaw Skjorning of Beaufort is a great character. Well rounded. Fierce. 3 dimensional.

Least Favorite Character:


Character I Most Identified With:
Admiral / Governor General Trevayne. I understand his character. But he’s on the wrong side of this war having sided with the Federation out of duty despite what the government of the Federation did that triggered the eventual rebellion and the formation of the Republic, even with the huge manpain reason that the Republic gave him by their attack on the Galloway’s World shipyards and reservation.

The Feel:
Great science fiction.

Favorite Scene:
When Ladislaw challenges Oskar Dieter of New Zurich to a duel of honor after Dieter insults the leader of the Beaufort delegation at the Beaufort embassy/consulate. And Dieter shows his true colors and wusses out.

Fiona’s swan song tragedy is well done. As is Ladislaw’s challenge before the Chamber of Worlds when he tells them all that he knows it was an assassination plot orchestrated from that very chamber.

The scene where Ladislaw meets Dame Penelope MacTaggart, Fiona’s mother and leader of the MacTaggart Clan, at the spaceport on his return to Beaufort. It choked me up. Very well written.

When Rear Admiral Li Han stood down the pirates and destroyed them.

The Battle of Zapata is incredible military space opera sci fi.

Pacing:
The pace of this novel is great.

Casting call:
Ladislaw Skjorning would need to be a big guy to reflect his being from a high gravity world. Maybe Hafthor Julius Bjornsson. He was awesome as the Mountain on Game of Thrones. Not sure if he has the acting chops. Brando or Anthony Hopkins could invest Ladislaw with the necessary gravitas, but neither was a big enough man to do the character justice. Of course, one of them is dead and the other is too old for the role. Chris Hemsworth could do it.

Billy Bob Thornton as Oskar Dieter.

Admiral / Governor General Ian Trevayne would be great portrayed by Michael Fassbender.

Danny Trejo as Sergei Ortega.
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Last Page Sound:
That’s just good stuff.

Author Assessment:
I love David Weber and Steve White’s work in the Starfire series. David Weber is an awesome writer. He does military sci fi better than anyone.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
instant classic, real classic, real genre classic, really good book, glad I read it, it’s alright, meh!, why did I read this, not as good as I was lead to believe

Disposition of Book:
Paperback...keeper.

Would recommend to:
friends, family, kids, colleagues, everyone, genre fans, no one
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Errata:
The sublight space flight of this universe with the warp points/wormholes for extra system travel is a great gimmick.


          Fantasy Money Project        
One of my most favorite projects from the 2012 spring semester at SCAD was the Money Project from my Design 101 Color Theory class.  In this project we create fictional money based on a real or fantasy country.  A narrative of the country should be provided with the original artwork of the fictional money and its downsized version. My money is based on Penrose Capital, a country from my "The Mult" story. I don't have the complete description of my country but I do have some details about it:


  • Name of country:
    • Universe Paradoxa: Penrose Capital, home of the World Traveler Academy
  • Date in time-future/present
    • 2126, founded by the first group of world travelers in 1960s
  • Where s the country located?  What is the geography? Mountains, island, etc. How big is the country - land wise and what is the population?
    • This is in a rare flat universe, a near infinite world with a sky-like dome and a vast flat plane stretched over a chaos filled void.  Paradoxa is an impossible world and its very existence violates the laws of space and time.  This violation of space and time makes it vulnerable to highly unstable wormholes, sudden acceleration and deceleration in time, strange supernatural anomalies, and unexplained creation of sentient living beings which happens every three thousand years.  These anomalies often occur at the edges of the flat universe, but the center and the area surrounding it remain stable.  This area is the Penrose Capital of Paradoxa, named so because of the triangle-like shape of the protected area and of the giant ancient Penrose triangle symbols carved in the twelve districts surrounding it.
  • Type of Government?
    • Penrose Capital is ruled not by single leader but by a group made up of the highest officials of the twelve districts.  Two officials from each district of a different species native or alien to Paradoxa.  There is a congress made up of two courts: Upper is the time and universe travelers, magic and science majors; the lower is the guardians, world builders, supernatural advisers, and hinru-darsian powers.  The upper court watches over the law making, academic studies, and multi dimensional communications. The lower court watches over god-commissioned creation of worlds and realities, god/guardian monitoring, life/death monitoring, and universe and life auctions.
  • What kind of industry is there? How do people make a living?
    • The Penrose capital is a home to the World Traveler Academy, a prestigious school to studying the Multi-verse and its inner workings down to the smallest atom and up to the most powerful gods in existence.  The entire economy, industry, and life of an average world traveler are based on solely on the academic study of the Multi-verse.  The twelve districts of the Penrose Capital contains the majors in which every world traveler can apply and study from:
      1. Brimeh District: Time travel
      2. Trunkefe District: Dimensional travel
      3. Galarchri District: Magic studies and applications
      4. Hedjohit District: Advances of sciences and science applications
      5. Jevassus District: Guardian magic and identity
      6. Saldecota District: Amhphsorsa tunnel and soul analysis
      7. Saldosah District: World commissions and creations
      8. Bameh District: Paradoxain historical and government studies
      9. Hedcasa District: Empire Planet xeno-archeology
      10. Rhamtah District: Penrose and Paradoxain technologies
      11. Sidoya: District: Penrose and Paradoxain defenses, army, and police force
      12. Hinrudarsi District: Hunru-darsiism, magic, dual soul analysis, and Pre-guardian historical studies
  • Any religious belief system?
    • Even though the Penrose Capital discovered the existence of gods, spirits and demons, souls, and other supernatural entities, the county is not founded on a belief system and the people there are free to explore any religious or non-religious ideas including agnosticism, atheism, theism, and other beliefs. The best description of this type of world is that it is Humanitarian-like or Xenoitarian.  The practice of Xenoitarian is the universal acceptance, love, and kindness of all sentient living, artificial, native and alien, supernatural, and physical individuals.  However, due to recent conflicts between gods and guardians and the rise of a single powerful leader controlled government pushed by rogue world travelers, the peace on Penrose Capital may see a horrific demise during the Golden Age of World Traveling.
Here's the penciled and colored of the Penrose Captial money:







          The Chatterley Effect        
Spoilers? NSFW? I can’t tell anymore. I fell down a psychic wormhole recently while writing about Luis Buñuel’s Belle De Jour (1967) for Film Freak Central. It was one of those chrono-synclastic infundibula that can convince a potheaded college student … Continue reading
          The Anarchist's Flaw        
This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 25; the Silver Edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The topic for this month is 'When Journey Meant More Than Destination'.





To whoever may read this,

I do not know what it feels like to stand on the edge of a precipice, looking down at flames of chaos and knowing that I have been the cause. I do know what it feels like to look into the eyes of the man who would kill me and feel the cold end of a pistol on my forehead. I have a good feeling, as I sit here writing this, I will know soon enough.

I was born 28 years ago in April, 2050 to a normal middle class family with normal middle class aspirations. I, however, was always a rather strange child. At least that’s what everyone said about me. I had an IQ of over 200, which I came to know about several years later into my life. But no, that’s not what was queer about me. I’ve always had the strange ability of blacking out at the rarest of moments and catch a glimpse into what is to come. Something like what I’d read about the great Nostradamus. However, I only saw glimpses into my own future. When I was 12 I was graduating magna cum laude having majored in physics and neurology. It never appeared strange to as to why I had chosen those two rather disparate subjects. I was building towards a greater end. I might only say that it was something I had foreseen. I know it sounds unbelievable, but I was obsessed by my power and the possibilities of how far I could use it. I had seen my abilities and what I would be able to do with it. I also knew I could never change the future. What I saw would certainly come to pass.

By the age of 16, I was working at a university laboratory to research the fourth dimension. I was obsessed with wanting to translate the visual to the tangible. Amalgamate the three dimensions with the fourth, if I may say so. I had known for a long time that time travel would not be impossible. The technology had been there for some time. I just hadn’t come along sooner to do it.

It took me seven years. I made it. It was a helmet connected to three cylinders of liquid nitrogen. No ordinary helmet, of course. The inside of the helmet had needle like spokes, much like needles used in acupuncture and were meant to stimulate specific parts of my brain.This would result in a specific circuit of neurons to be connected in my brain which would then create a rather abnormal charge. This charge was the reason of my visions, if you will, for the lack of a better word. I found a way to channel this spark and accelerate the particles involved in it. Einstein was wrong. But then, the 1940s was too early to talk about time travel. It was a simple matter of combining light particles with the charge produced in my brain and pass it through to a powerful computer. The computer would then generate a holographic image of what I was seeing. Only I wouldn’t just be seeing it anymore. It turned out that though my body stayed in the same time dimension, my mind travelled and when it landed to a point in another dimension of time, because of the automatic need for the feel of everything, it recreated my body there. So I never physically disappeared from the ‘present’. But I was able to interact with people from the future and later come to witness those very moments in the present. I was successful.

However, I never ventured into the past. Memories cannot be changed and in any case, it could have destroyed the space-time continuum and the way they are so intricately connected together would have been shred to pieces. I never gave it much thought. At the time I was busy with my technology, America and China were preparing for war with each other. The whole world had taken sides. But no guns were being fired yet. It was like the calm before a great typhoon. I was 24 and rather arrogant. All I saw in the world was ineptitude and corruption. Ever since I was small, I had wanted to eradicate the world of the vermin that led us. They led us to the brink of destruction and it never seemed like they would stop. I wanted to bring about a new world order. An open world which thinks  and knows what it's doing. We would be a perfect human race. I used my device to see how this would be done. 

I could never control how far I would go into the future. I would only see important moments, when I was particularly excited or stimulated. Important moments in my life. I saw the great world war come to pass and I saw how I did it. I found that I would discover how to intrude into the online defence systems of each country and fire ballistic missiles to target any point on the globe. I found that I would discover how to keep anyone from realising this. China attacked America. America fought back. The UK and France hit Russia because they supported China. India fought China and Pakistan at the same time. There was fire burning everywhere. Every major city in the world was in flames. And laughable though it is, I was the sole reason it happened. Of course, there’s always the need for the catalyst. I simply brought about something inevitable. War was to happen anyway. I simply found the means to make sure it happened sooner and with surer results. 

Years ago, I saw all this and witnessed all this happening. I had a dream once. I dreamed that one day, as I looked down at the great city of New York from a high vantage point, I would hear loud footsteps behind the door to the stairwell behind me. A man would appear from there. He would put the muzzle of a gun to my head and looking into my eyes, would tell me that he’s from the future; that somehow, my time machine would take a man to the past as well and that this capability had been added to it only for the purpose for which he stood before me. He would then thank me for my work with the civilization and tell me that the future is bright and all that I had dreamed of has happened there; with one minor glitch. Apparently, I assume power after the world stops burning and I assume the people to be too stupid and rule over them. The openness I had dreamed about wouldn’t be there in the future. There would be no anarchy or evolution. Under my governance, the human race would be confined to the intellectuals; perfect and stay that way. It was not what I had really wanted. I would forget the importance to remain one of the many thousands and nothing more. Arrogance would take me. He told me I was the flaw in the equation. It may have been merely a dream. I couldn’t even see his hidden face. 

A few hours ago, I destroyed my machine. I cannot let myself be killed. I am too important and the world needs my guidance. I have brought about war and the world as everyone knew it has died. A rebirth is in order and I will be the carrier for my train of thought. I must not die. Now I stand here atop the new World Trade Centre fearfully waiting for an event that I hope will not occur. The great city of New York is burning. The lady has fallen; broken across her legs. What remains of her is blackened. I can hear loud footsteps on the the stairwell.

--------------X------------X-------------X--------------- 

“Finish the letter, old boy. The world needs to know what we have done for it. Yes, we. You and I are not too different. I’m just older. Finish it and transmit it into every major network that still remains. But we must die. I must not see the future beyond this point. Without me, or us, their will be anarchy. Finish it. Then we die today. The future I have created has to be different; a new journey for everyone, everyday. We are the flaw in the equation.”





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          November chart - Techno        


Ma sélection techno du mois de novembre :

01 Cio D’Or - Goldbrokat (Donato Dozzy Techno Rmx) [Prologue]
02 Traversable Wormhole - Exotic Matter [Traversable Wormhole]
03 David Alvarado - Blue (dub) [Ultra Records]
04 Function - Variance (CH-Signal Laboratories edit) [Sandwell]
05 Jeroen Search - Rise [M_Rec]
06 Lee Holman & Martin Müller - Project EP [Home]
07 Alex Cortex - Laconic LP [Source]
08 Gianluca Meloni (Modern Heads) - Trickateng [Prologue]
09 Morphology - TriOptimum [Abstract Forms]
10 Julius Steinhoff - Something Like Wonderfull [Smallville]

          All the Birds in the Sky        

Cover art for All the Birds in the SkyCharlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky is one of the most intriguing new novels of the year, partially because it defies definition. It’s fantasy, speculative, sci-fi, humor, coming-of-age and awkward epic romance, with the hipster references of a not-so-distant future. Think of it as magical realism for the digital age.

 

Patricia and Laurence are the quintessential outcasts at school, left out and bullied to varying degrees. Both suffer from clueless, inane parents who fail to recognize and appreciate what their children are capable of — and Patricia is burdened with a sociopathic older sister to boot.

 

Laurence is a super-tech geek, possessing a brilliant mind capable of easily cobbling together a wristwatch-sized, two-second time machine, which jumps the wearer two seconds in time. He has built a becoming-sentient supercomputer, which he keeps in his bedroom closet. Patricia happens to be a witch, whose powers first manifest as an ability to speak with birds and one particular tree. She’ll later hone these skills at a school for magic, where she finds she doesn’t fit in either — it’s no Hogwarts. Laurence’s parents pack him up and out to a military school, where the bullying intensifies. And while these outcasts don’t immediately embrace friendship (they are really very different), it seems inevitable. The two circle in and out of each other’s social orbits, and their coincidental meetups intensify once Patricia buys a Caddy, a guitar pick-shaped social media super tablet that enhances the user’s life in inexplicable ways.

 

The story gains momentum when the Earth is suddenly wracked with erupting superstorms. Is Patricia’s band of avenging-angel witches the key to saving the world, or will Laurence’s hacker-inventor cohort succeed in opening a wormhole to a new, better planet? Anders’ clever pre-apocalyptic novel never loses sight of the running themes of being understood, of being valued for who you are and the difficulty of making meaningful connections when you’re out on the fringe.

 


          How the Self Evolves        

The core of what I teach is the conviction that the shift in paradigm that so many of us recognize is needed, requires a transformation in the human sense of self. The practice of wormhole ... Read More

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          How Consciousness Became Identified with Being You: A Wormhole Inquiry        

Now let’s take what we have been discussing so far and put it all this together into a model of identification that will help us visualize what spiritual awakening means in relationship to the possibility ... Read More

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          Catching Up to Quantum Physics: A Wormhole Inquiry        

We live in an extremely materialistic age and we are all much more materialistic than we might imagine. And when I say materialistic I don’t mean in the sense that we like to buy nice ... Read More

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          Beyond Our Materialistic Assumptions: A Wormhole Inquiry        

My work is rooted in the conviction that reality can change. And I don’t just mean that aspects of reality can change. We all already know that. I mean that reality itself can change. This ... Read More

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          Lowlander        
A Dutch postman discovers he is “The Chosen Bloke”, last of the Time Peasants, destined to travel unimpressive distances in Time through Edam’s wormholes in a quantum shed guided by a brick-sized mobile from 1982 and powered by Greenwich Village Mean Time, an effete form of energy from Manhattan’s Bohemian quarter. Writer/Director Richard Nash              Starring Ronald [...]
          Horror Headlines: Friday May 15th, 2009        
On this day in history: 

1991: Alan Cooper stands trial in England for "committing a lewd, obscene, and disgusting act on the 12-foot dolphin called Freddie as they frolicked for 20 minutes off the harbor mouth at Amble, Northumberland." Cooper responds by claiming that his accuser was a sworn enemy and had trained dolphins for a movie to jump out of the water and tear off a woman's bikini bra. He is eventually acquitted of masturbating the cetacean.

In Real People News: 

If only that guy who yelled out the now infamous line "don't tase me bro!" had a 1 year old child to block the taser with, like this lady, maybe we'd all have bought and then thrown out T-shirts with "don't tase my baby, bro!" instead.

Vinnie Jones goes to trial for assault charges stemming from a bar brawl that took place in South Dakota last year. That's so surprising. He really seemed like a big teddy bear when he was running around bashing people's heads in during "Midnight Meat Train".

News Bullet: 

The official website for the Del Toro-Produced "The Strain", some type of vague vampire film that we don't have a lot of details on yet. Someone let me know at what point we get annoyed that he's got 20 projects going right now but he's not currently directing anything. I always jump the gun on these things.

The teaser poster for "Sorority Row", the remake of the early 80's film "House on Sorority Row". Check it at the link.

New "True Blood" poster. Nope... still don't think Anna Paquin is attractive... sorry, guys.

A crapload of new stills from "Blood: The Last vampire". Blah Blah Blah Japanese School girl who fights vampires.

Warner Bro's snags a movie deal for the SyFy show "Primeval", which is about "ferocious prehistoric and futuristic creatures that appear through wormhole time portals, and a covert team headed by an evolutionary scientist tries to close the doors and quietly thwart the creatures". I haven't seen this show yet, but it sounds like they just mashed up every SyFy feature film ever into a TV show. Anyone a fan?


          The Versatile Blogger award!        


Wow! I'm ecstatic!! This is our first blog award and you'd be laughing at me right now for seeing me do my "happy dance." A BIG, HUGE, ENORMOUS THANK YOU to Fiction Spark for passing this award down to us. We both have something in common: we are new to the blogging world. So go ahead and check out her blog as well and show some love(:



To celebrate this award there are rules that the recievers must fulfill.


  • Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.

  • Write 7 things about yourself.

  • Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic!

  • Contact the bloggers you've picked to let them know about this award.

So here are 7 things about me (queenB):
- I'm addicted to munching on ice.
- Creativity is my middle name. (I love to drown myself in crafts)
- One day I WILL visit Italy. (I adore Italy)
- Speaking of Italy my favorite food is anything italian. Besides hot wings. I can eat them everyday for the rest of my life!
- I'm aspiring to be an event coordinator/wedding planner.
- I'm DEFINATELY a kid at heart. I'd rather watch Disney channel over anything.
- I use to play tennis and now I wanna get back in shape to play again.


7 things about Doris:
- I have a temper.
- I'm stubborn.
- I think I'm funny.
- I'm friendly.
- I'm single (unfortunately)
- I'm obsessed with books (duhr!)
- I like to party sometimes.


And now on to passing this award. Congrats to everyone! We enjoy you're blogs very much and they are fabulous indeed(:

1. A Moment with Mystee
2. Once Upon A Twilight
3. Young Adult Books Reviewed
4. Reading Teen
5. Proud Book Nerd
6. Good Choice Reading
7. Truth Be Told
8. Confessions Of A Bookaholic
9. Busy Moms Who Love To Read
10. English Major's Junkfood
11. PageTurnersBlog
12. Consumed By Books
13. The Nerd's Wife
14. The Wormhole
15. Ellz Reads


          Don’t Starve - Review        

By: Steven Santana

Every time you start up a new game in Don’t Starve you’ll be greeted with a brand new randomized world and nearly nothing on your person to help you survive. You’ll quickly learn the basics that twigs and flint lead to axes and picks which in turn lead to better items used to craft better items. It’s a progressive structure and the time it takes to advance up the tech tree is determined by your knowledge of the various biomes and the luck of the draw. Don’t Starve is another crafting/survival game with the likes of Minecraft but relies more on the survival aspect than the crafting aspect. You won’t find insane human players with rocks like Rust and also won’t be able to construct replica Star Trek ships like in Minecraft. Instead you have a very charming dark game that tries to kill you more so than in other survival games.

The first thing you will learn as you wander the land is that fire is your best friend. Without it you will not survive nighttime as strange creatures will tear you apart. The starting area is pretty generous with items (on the default difficulty) and as you explore beyond the standard green forests and yellow fields you will encounter subversive items. Flowers that diminish your sanity despite previously restoring it, and meat from enemies will restore your hunger but take away health. Chopping wood and finding dark colored rocks is the key to success as they form the basis of refined items which lead to high tech crafting of walls and floors and machines that open up new formulas. At first you’ll only have temporary campfires amidst the bushes and trees but soon have a fully walled off home with a lightning rod and weather predictor.

Like everything aspect of Don’t Starve’s gameplay, you have to experiment and take risks if you are going to learn anything new. And it was during bold moments where I wandered beyond my comfort zone that I died most often. Exploring a cave without a source of fire, taking on a pack of dogs outside my house, these moments came when I thought I could take a risk, and instead ended in death. Thankfully death isn’t quite the end, since interacting with special altars cause them to become respawn points. However if you do die with no altar active, you lose everything and are kicked back to the main menu. Don’t Starve does give XP points depending on the quality of your survival which unlocks new characters complete with perks and disadvantages of their own.

The game is full of dark humor and the overall art style is very Burton-esque, with gothic overtones and a late 1800’s dank vibe. The character’s hair is not fully colored in and everything is shown on a 2D plane, which can disorient when you start shifting the perspectives. All voicework is done in grating whiny tones that sound like a dying record player spouting out a single high note that reverberates. My favorite (and best) character is a little girl named Willow who spawns equipped with a lucky lighter and is obsessed with fire. Everything she interacts with will cause her to spout out lines that just go along the line of thinking: “Can I light this on fire?” She’s also immune to fire damage and her sanity increases when she’s around fire; those features have made me light more than a few forests on fire simply for the pleasure of seeing everything burn while she stands in the middle of it still looking unimpressed. One of my favorite features is a tree enemy who appears when you’ve chopped down a bunch of trees. He will follow you around until you plant a bunch of pine cones to create new trees and then goes back to tree form, waiting until you screw up the natural balance of nature again. Another creature I enjoy harassing are these pig humans(?) that live in small houses either alone or in villages. They display some intelligence since they have houses and will freak out whenever you approach one, running and screaming.

Despite my love for the game, I haven’t gotten very far. One save file is about to reach thirty days of survival but winter is coming and I’m ill equipped to survive the oncoming cold. Every time I start a new game, however, I feel more confident in my ability to predict what threat may come upon me, and I slowly get faster at gathering the necessary materials to survive longer. The game taps into that feeling of, “just one more” that I originally satisfied with Nazi Zombies in high school. Despite the lack of nazi zombies, as far as I know, I still enjoy the feeling of imminent doom. I know I’m going to die eventually, and enjoy that thrill. It can be frustrating when you die because some spiders ambushed you or horned frogs surrounded you as you were gathering berries, which makes me play Don’t Starve more in sporadic bursts than late night marathons.

I really like what Don’t Starve does. It gives me a big map I have barely explored every time with the tools to master the world. Every game I make it a little farther in, and learn a little more. The urge to consult a wiki in order to master everything is strong, but the satisfaction of learning the mechanics and intrigues on my own are stronger. There is a lot I have yet to see. Wormholes are rarely used due to their unknown destination and cost of sanity. I’ve rarely explored caves since I never feel protected enough and have never traveled very far from my main base. My main goal currently is to build a house of sorts and have a functional farm as a source of food. Each day has it’s own goal of gathering a specific resource, but at the same time you’re working you need to keep threats of raids in the back of your mind and also an eye on the hunger meter.

Don’t Starve is simply great. I really enjoy playing it in bursts and interacting with the crazy little world they’ve created with it’s strange twists on animals and dark overtones. Anyone who enjoys the survival genre that’s recently become very popular should try it out, and a new DLC pack is on it’s way for PS4 owners that brings in some new features, making now the best time to start burning down forests as Willow.


          DISCO DIVA        
A couple of weeks ago I was in Carlisle for a wedding. I wasn't able to make the actual ceremony, and arrived just in time for the evening celebration. It's been a long time since I've been to a wedding reception, and on this occasion I thought I'd dropped through a wormhole, back in time.

As people gathered, the DJ, incomprehensible on the microphone, started his play list for the evening. Someone leaned over to me and told me that the same guy had run all the hotel's disco needs since 1979.

Well, I don't think he's bought any music since then either!

However, 1979 was a great year for music. I was 16 at the time, and on a Friday evening I would travel into Edinburgh to Cinderellas, an enormous disco at the bottom of St Stephen Street. I recall I wore black trousers that had a thin white line down the seam of each leg, that I had to lie on the floor to squeeze myself into.

Most of the other young people there were busy sneaking in bottles of vodka in their handbags, and so on. But for me, it was straight onto the dance floor. Many of my friends knew how much I loved to dance, and I was pretty good, though I say so myself, and they would follow me onto the floor. The DJ must have loved me too, because I was regularly the first on, and rarely left.

It was probably a subliminal influence of the disco at the wedding reception, but in the middle of this week I found myself researching hits that I remember from the charts around that time. How many of these do you recall:

Le Freak - Chic: Loved this one, sitting on the floor doing particular moves, and I always led from the front.
YMCA - The Village People
Don’t bring me down - ELO
Tragedy - Bee Gees
Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
Pop Muzik - M
Light My Fire - Aimii Stewart
Rivers of Babylon - Boney M
The Shuffle - Van McCoy
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Funky Town - Lipps Inc

Then there were others I came across, which though not dance music per se, brought back fond memories:

Monster Mash - Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kickers
Walking on the Moon - Police
Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
Oxygene part IV - Jean Michel Jarre
19 - Paul Hardcastle

Unfortunately there wasn't a single one of the dance tracks above that the Carlisle hotel DJ played that night, otherwise I would have been first on the floor, and would most likely not have left.



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Мозг. Тайны сознания

The Brain. A Secret History (2010)

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Этот цикл BBC приоткроет завесу тайны над секретами работы нашего мозга. Здесь можно узнать, почему в Ð¾Ð¿Ñ€ÐµÐ´ÐµÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½Ñ‹Ñ… ситуациях мы Ð²Ñ‹Ð¿Ð¾Ð»Ð½ÑÐµÐ¼ то Ð¸Ð»Ð¸ иное действие; что на ÑÐ°Ð¼Ð¾Ð¼ деле движет нами и ÐºÐ°Ðº работает наше сознание; можно Ð»Ð¸ контролировать свои мысли и ÑƒÐ¿Ñ€Ð°Ð²Ð»ÑÑ‚ÑŒ другими людьми.

 

 

 

Сила искусства

Simon Schama’s Power of Art (2006)

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Сквозь пространство и Ð²Ñ€ÐµÐ¼Ñ с ÐœÐ¾Ñ€Ð³Ð°Ð½Ð¾Ð¼ Фрименом

Through the Wormhole (сериал 2010 — ...)

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Во Ð’селенную со Ð¡Ñ‚ивеном Хокингом

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010 — ...)

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Затерянные миры

Lost Worlds (2006–2007)

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Серия документальных фильмов «Ð—Ð°Ñ‚ÐµÑ€ÑÐ½Ð½Ñ‹Ðµ миры» посвящена загадкам и Ñ‚айнам мировой истории: от ÑÐµÐºÑ€ÐµÑ‚ов древнего Египта до Ð°Ñ‚омных бункеров 1950-х годов, от Ð¸ÑÑ‚ории удивительных храмов до Ð¿Ñ€Ð¾Ð¿Ð°Ð²ÑˆÐ¸Ñ… цивилизаций. Интересный вечер обеспечен.

 

 

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The Supersizers Go... (2007–2009)

© BBC

Известный ресторанный критик и ÐºÐ¾Ð¼ÐµÐ´Ð¸Ð¹Ð½Ð°Ñ актриса в ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð¼ новом выпуске отправляются в Ð¸Ð½ÑÑ†ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ñ€Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð½ÑƒÑŽ историческую эпоху Британии и Ð¿Ð¸Ñ‚аются исключительно теми блюдами, которые было принято есть в Ñ‚е Ð²Ñ€ÐµÐ¼ÐµÐ½Ð°. После каждого такого эксперимента участники проходят обследование и Ð¿Ð¾Ð»ÑƒÑ‡Ð°ÑŽÑ‚ заключение врача о ÑÐ¾ÑÑ‚оянии здоровья. Наблюдать за Ð¿Ñ€Ð¸Ð³Ð¾Ñ‚овлением и Ð¿Ð¾ÐµÐ´Ð°Ð½Ð¸ÐµÐ¼ безумных блюд (вроде головы барана, пирога с Ð»ÑÐ³ÑƒÑˆÐºÐ°Ð¼Ð¸, рагу из 15 ÑÐ¾Ñ€Ñ‚ов мяса, пирогов 30 ÑÐ¼ в Ð²Ñ‹ÑÐ¾Ñ‚у) отчего-то весьма увлекательно.

 

 

 

 

Пищевая фабрика

Food Factory (2012)

© Discovery Science Channel

Занимательный цикл передач «ÐŸÐ¸Ñ‰ÐµÐ²Ð°Ñ фабрика» расскажет о Ñ‚ом, как Ð¶Ðµ в Ñ€ÐµÐ°Ð»ÑŒÐ½Ð¾ÑÑ‚и изготавливают наши любимые продукты: покажет, что кроется за Ð¿Ñ€Ð¾Ð¸Ð·Ð²Ð¾Ð´ÑÑ‚венными цехами, какими ингредиентами и ÑÐµÐºÑ€ÐµÑ‚ами пользуются мастера кулинарного дела. Не ÑÐ¼Ð¾Ñ‚реть на Ð³Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ð´Ð½Ñ‹Ð¹ желудок!

 

 

 

Исчезновения!

Stardust Lost In The Andes (1995–1996)

© burns trust television

Документальный сериал посвящен событиям прошлого, которые вызывают вопросы уже не Ñƒ Ð¾Ð´Ð½Ð¾Ð³Ð¾ поколения. Каждый эпизод рассказывает о Ð·Ð°Ð³Ð°Ð´Ð¾Ñ‡Ð½Ð¾Ð¼ происшествии: необъяснимом на Ð¿ÐµÑ€Ð²Ñ‹Ð¹ взгляд исчезновении людей, научных экспедиций и Ð¼Ð¾Ñ€ÑÐºÐ¸Ñ… судов. В ÑÐ¿Ð¸Ð·Ð¾Ð´Ð°Ñ… используются редкие документальные кадры и Ð½Ðµ Ð¸Ð·Ð²ÐµÑÑ‚ные ранее документы.

 

 

Черное зеркало

Black Mirror (2011 — ...)

© Channel 4

Последний и ÐµÐ´Ð¸Ð½ÑÑ‚венный художественный сериал в Ð½Ð°ÑˆÐµÐ¹ подборке. Этот фильм заставит задуматься о ÑÐ¾Ð²Ñ€ÐµÐ¼ÐµÐ½Ð½Ñ‹Ñ… технологиях: к Ñ‡ÐµÐ¼Ñƒ может привести, ведет или привело «Ñ‡ÐµÑ€Ð½Ð¾Ðµ зеркало». Оно есть в ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð¼ доме, на ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð¼ столе, на ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð¹ ладони — плазменный телевизор, монитор компьютера и Ð´Ð¸ÑÐ¿Ð»ÐµÐ¹ смартфона. Настоящая антиутопия XXI Ð²ÐµÐºÐ°. Рекомендовано к Ð¿Ñ€Ð¾ÑÐ¼Ð¾Ñ‚ру.

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          WildWednesday_Number48 (1-13-10)        

Hello Folks,

Get ready for some hard bombs on this Wednesday night, ranging from dirty techno and tech house up to banging trance. These tracks are all extremely club friendly, so make good use of them!

Nic Fanciulli- Lazio (Dustin Zahn Remix)
Ashley Wallbridge- Harmonies (Sound of Garuda Intro Mix)
Setrise- Embrace Anthem 2009 (Tigran Oganezov Remix)
~Jean-Baptiste Persaan


Don't forget to support these artists by purchasing their music on Beatport and other digital download stores.


          The Nazi Bell (Part 1)        
In August of 1997, Polish journalist, military historian, researcher and author, Igor Witkowski claims to have been shown classified prisoner interrogation transcripts of German SS General Jakob Sporrenberg by a Polish Intelligence agent. What Witkowski discovered seemed to be official evacuation protocols for a secret Nazi research project concerning a device named “Die Glocke” which he referred to as, “The Nazi Bell.” Given the highest top secret classification by the German WWII military of “Krieg Entscheidend” or “War Decisive” the Nazi Bell appears to have been a machine designed to produce nuclear energy or weaponry or become an engine for anti-gravity Field Propulsion, but with some startling, uncontrollable and lethal side-effects such as the disruption of the space-time continuum. Witkowski’s findings led him to write a seminal book on the subject, Prawda o Wunderwaffe or “The Truth About the Wonder Weapon” published in 2000. This, in turn, has led authors like Nick Cook and Dr. Joseph P. Farrell to expand on the subject in their own respective books. Tonight we speak with Igor Witkowski to discuss how he came about his research on The Nazi Bell, what he thinks it might have been capable of, and finally a hint as to what it might still become. Tonight's Quote: “It was classified from the very start as decisive for the war, and supposedly the most secret research project carried out during the entire war in Germany.” —Igor Witkowski, Polish journalist, military historian, researcher and author on the role of the "Nazi Bell" in World War II Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Truth About The Wunderwaffe by Igor Witkowski http://a.co/30s9meC The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology by Nick Cook http://a.co/cisrU1y The SS Brotherhood of the Bell: Nasa's Nazis, JFK, And Majic-12 by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell http://a.co/gw8pGlb Hitler's Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons, Science and Technology by Henry Stevens http://a.co/3fBBDcg "Die Glocke" on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2lBHQnt What is Zero-Point Energy? Let Wikipedia explain it. http://bit.ly/2lUnGJC Wormholes - in astrophysics http://bit.ly/1kK0J6s Field Propulsion http://bit.ly/2lX5aNC Mystery of "The Flytrap" - YouTube documentary: http://bit.ly/2kSM2ze Interview with Dr. Joseph P. Farrell on The Paranormal Podcast #91, by Jim Harold "Nazis and the Bell" http://bit.ly/2lgE2sS Secrets of the Nazi Bell with Tim Ventura and Dr. Joseph Farrell http://bit.ly/2lX909b Die Glocke - The Nazi Bell on Unsolved Mysteries of the World blog http://bit.ly/2lt8G4h The Nazi Bell on Me Time for the Mind http://bit.ly/2l4x1gc Nazi Bell Uncovered - Behind the Myth http://bit.ly/2m6rvHM Above Top Secret Forum - Nazi Bell Debunked? http://bit.ly/2m6AcSr Jeff Rense on Die Glocke http://bit.ly/2lglGs8 Uranium - Twisting the Dragon’s Tail PBS documentary, Part 1 of 2 http://bit.ly/2ltYEjG Operation Paperclip http://bit.ly/1mmEG31 Operation Epsilon http://bit.ly/2lUujvz Alsos Mission http://bit.ly/2kSXbzT Operation Big http://bit.ly/2lUtkLV Operation Harborage http://bit.ly/2lu1qWk Walter Gerlach http://bit.ly/2ltSkJc Wernher von Braun http://bit.ly/1JKgp2g Jakob Sporrenberg http://bit.ly/2ltWZuK Hans Kammler http://bit.ly/2kyAoxm Martin Bormann http://bit.ly/2m6ALM3 Heinrich Müller http://bit.ly/2ltR3lx Heinrich Himmler http://bit.ly/1DLxbyL Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Make your next move in simple yet elegant website design with Squarespace. Go to Squarespace.com and use PROMO CODE - "LEGENDS" for 10% off any website subscription or domain purchase Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing t...
          John Titor and Other Time Travelers        
Legend: Time traveler stories have abounded throughout history, but one of the most enduring ones of the past hundred years is the legend of John Titor, a man from the year 2038 who's story of how time travel works proves to be plausible. Background: There are more than few recent stories of folks appearing out of town in old photos or even a Chaplin film and we will visit the most famous of them. Even the guy who found a wormhole while fixing his kitchen sink. If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  The Blue Dress The 25 Best Time Travel Movies Stories of Time Travel - Including John Titor The Solway Firth Spaceman JohnTitor.com The Patent for Titor's Time Machine The Y2038 Problem Schrodinger's Cat Definition of Akimbo Is Everyone a Time Traveler When They're On a Plane? John Titor on Pinterest The C204 Time Displacement Machine Some Background on the 5100 More on the 5100 Current Day Info on IBM's Project Chameleon? More on Chameleon Interesting Facts: There are many UNIX embedded systems that do not keep track of time as it is not relevant to their operation. These machines are not threatened by the Y2038 problem. I was completely wrong about the pronunciation of IMGUR. I apologize to Forrest. Imgur (pronounced /ˈɪmədʒər/like image-er; imager[2] and stylized as imgur) Credits: Episode 012 - 'John Titor and Other Time Travelers' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved. 
          Through the Wormhole – Is There a Creator? (TV Series 2010– )        
Apresentada por Morgan Freeman, “Através do Buraco de Minhoca” explora os mistérios mais profundos da existência — as perguntas que intrigam a humanidade desde o seu surgimento. Do que somos feitos? O que havia antes do princípio? Estamos realmente sós? … Continue reading

          Hubble Reveals Observable Universe Contains 10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought        

In Arthur C. Clarke's novel "2001: A Space Odyssey," astronaut David Bowman exclaims, "My God, it's full of stars!" before he gets pulled into an alien-built wormhole in space. When the Hubble Space Telescope made its deepest views of the universe, astronomers might have well exclaimed: "My God, it's full of galaxies!" The Hubble Ultra Deep Field, for example, revealed 10,000 galaxies of various shapes, sizes, colors, and ages, all within an area roughly one-tenth the diameter of the full moon. What's mind-blowing is that these myriad galaxies, though plentiful, may represent merely 10 percent of the universe's total galaxy population. That's according to estimates from a new study of Hubble's deep-field surveys. The study's authors came to the staggering conclusion that at least 10 times more galaxies exist in the observable universe than astronomers thought.

According to the authors, the missing 90 percent of the universe's galaxies are too faint and too far away to be detected by the current crop of telescopes, including Hubble. To uncover them, astronomers will have to wait for much larger and more powerful future telescopes. The researchers arrived at their result by painstakingly converting Hubble deep-field images into 3-D pictures so they could make accurate measurements of the number of galaxies at different epochs in the universe's history.


          Restless Mornings 05-27-2015 with Nathan        
Playlist:

Various Artists- Please Mrs Jackson - LEGENDS OF ACID JAZZ
Causa Sui- Fichelscher Sun - Euporie Tide
Rebirth Brass Band- Rebirth Groove - Move Your Body
Richard Holmes- Misty - Misty
Pretty Lights- Still Rockin - Making Up A Changing Mind
DJ Cavem Moetavation- We Are Because They Were feat Panama Soweto Molina Speaks Tajai Speech - The Produce Section The Harvest
Pretty Lights- Let The World Hurry By - Spilling Over Every Side
- voicebreak -
Jenova 7 Mr Moods- Dark Water Jazz Mr Moods Remix - Time Travellers II
Pretty Lights- Cant Stop Me Now - Passing By Behind Your Eyes
Tipper- Sorus - Fathoms EP
Pretty Lights- Always All Ways - A Color Map Of The Sun Deluxe Version
CL Smooth Pete Rock- In The Flesh - The Main Ingredient
Causa Sui- Red Sun In June - Summer Sessions Volume 1
Frequent- Flavor Stacks - Fluidity EP
Pretty Lights- Steppinout - None
Michal Menert- Wormhole feat The Beatserver - Space Jazz
Tycho- Hours - Dive
- voicebreak -
Pete Rock- Smooth Sailing - PeteStrumentals
Griz- Wonder Why - Mad Liberation
Bayer- The Tower - Church Nights Ep
Various Artists- Sticks And Stones - LEGENDS OF ACID JAZZ
STS9- Beyond Right Now - Peaceblaster
A Tribe Called Quest- Jazz Weve Got - The Low End Theory
Pretty Lights- Stay - Taking Up Your Precious Time
J Dilla- In Space - Jay Dilla
Causa Sui- The Juice - Euporie Tide
Tipper- Dead Soon - Broken Soul Jamboree
Michal Menert- Slivers Of Light - Elements EP


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/32/playlistDate/2015-05-27
          nsiomos on "Action Block Buster - a new take on Breakout - for the iPhone OUT NOW!"        

Action Block Buster is a fun new brick-breaker game (à la Arkanoid/Breakout) for the iPhone. Just like in the original game, the player is controlling a panel and tries to destroy all blocks within a level in order to advance. Unlike the original however, Action Block Buster allows the player to move the panel in a full 360 degrees circle around the play area. Furthermore, thanks to the builtin physics engine, the blocks are not static all the time, but instead are being pushed away when the ball crushes into them, and they, in turn, may collide with other nearby blocks - resulting in good-looking and gameplay-wise also quite rewarding collision chain effects.

http://nocturnsoft.com/images/action-block-buster/45-action-packed-levels.png

The game offers 45 levels of increasing difficulty. At the beginning, all levels besides the first one are locked. New levels get unlocked as the player advances. The levels are organized in three "worlds" - each world brings its own appearance theme, animated backgrounds, soundtracks as well as unique gameplay twists: There will be wormholes applying gravity on the player ball and trying to suck it in, easily inflammable fire bricks will set the player ball on fire and star roads serving as a high-speed-transportation system will bring the player ball to otherwise unreachable areas.

http://nocturnsoft.com/images/action-block-buster/powerful-powerups.png

There are also plenty of powerups for the ball and the panel to collect, which are stackable and are presented to the player with according visuals: i.e. the ball is producing a speed trail when under the effect of the "Speed Ball" bonus, it is covered with fire when collecting the "Fire Ball" bonus and the "Laser Panel" sends out a powerful twin-laser beam capable of applying continuous force and thus hitting many blocks consecutively. The player gains powerups by destroying special powerup-boxes and also - unlike other breakout games - via cool gameplay: i.e. by hitting many blocks without touching the panel, by destroying a certain amount of blocks at once, by collecting plenty of bonus blocks, by surpassing certain score marks and on many more gameplay-driven occasions. Also, there are collectibles which must be avoided, as they will apply penalties, like slowing ball or panel movement, cutting away from the remaining time to finsh a level or even inverting the player's controls for a given amount of time!

http://nocturnsoft.com/images/action-block-buster/global-high-scores-and-achievements.png

Players will be able to unlock achievements of varying difficulty on many occasions as well, like for finishing a level extraordinarily quick, for burning and laser-zapping blocks and even for being a bit unlucky and collecting too many penalties. Furthermore, the game allows players to compete on a total of 13 leaderboards for the best rankings, i.e. for the highest score, the most destroyed blocks, the fastest level finishing time and much more. All leaderboard scores and achievements are global, as long as network connectivity is available, and will also be reported to Apple's Game Center.

http://nocturnsoft.com/images/action-block-buster/colorful-retina-3d-graphics.png
http://nocturnsoft.com/images/action-block-buster/cascading-physics-engine-collisions.png

The features at a glance:

- Full 360 degrees circular motion of the panel adds a whole new degree of freedom compared to traditional breakout games.
- Physics-engine-powered force computations allow for cascading block collision effects, which are gameplay-wise very efficient and rewarding.
- Support of high-resolution (retina) 3D graphics with lighting and particle effects and beautifully animated backgrounds (as opposed to the still images usually encountered on breakout games). On older devices, graphics features will be automatically adjusted for maintaining performance.
- 3 unique world to explore - each with its very own twists and dangers - offering a total of 45 action-driven levels to play.
- Global high scores with many leaderboards and unlockable achievements: plenty of opportunities for competing with players all over the world.
- Full support for Apple's Game Center for an integrated iOS gaming experience.
- Many powerful powerups gained as rewards for cool gameplay.
- Ingame-help popups explain new game elements just in time - no manual will be needed for new players (as it should be).
- Embracing social networks: Players can choose to post their achievements to facebook and twitter.
- Hidden cheats offering shortcuts and crazy powerups for the impatient. As a cheater, you won't be able to submit your scores and achievements though.

http://nocturnsoft.com/images/action-block-buster/hidden-cheats.png

Action Block Buster on the web:
http://action-block-buster.com

Action Block Buster in iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/action-block-buster/id481897107?mt=8

Teaser video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlDiKdX5tVw

screenshot pack I:
http://nocturnsoft.com/devblog/?page_id=2764

screenshot pack II:
http://nocturnsoft.com/devblog/?page_id=2771

Developer website: http://nocturnsoft.com
Developer news: http://nocturnsoft.com/dev/blog
Developer contact: http://nocturnsoft.com/contact-us


          Math & Physics with JoAnne Growney & Stephanie Strickland        

Sometimes we, as a literary community, do not know the treasures that surround us.

Take for example the February 3, 2014, Café Muse readings by poet mathematician JoAnne Growney and poet interactive hypermedia "physicist"  Stephanie Strickland. They both brought to the lit table a wider reach of our world.

And not only did they offer up a different complexity shaped by the writer’s primary tool—words, but also they framed an energy that brought out some exciting participants to the Café Muse open mic, like Mary-Sherman Willis who recently presented in our forum from her new cross-genre book Graffiti Calculus.

Here is a poem from JoAnne Growney that is done in a syllabic square. About this form JoAnne says, “One of the poem-forms I use frequently is the square, a form going back at least to 1597, the date for a square poem by Henry Lok, honoring Elizabeth 1.  The square form (a single-stanza in which the number of lines is the same as the number of syllables per line) seems to help to shape a pithy statement.”

This square by JoAnne has six syllables per line and is  six-line poem:

More than the rapist, fear
the district attorney,
smiling for the camera,
saying that thirty-six
sex crimes per year is a
manageable number.

Copyright © 2013 by JoAnne Growney

 

Reading from her latest book Dragon Logic, Stephanie Strickland, serves as prophetic voice against the void created by the virtual reality of the Internet that detaches its users from each other. She shows how the past is not so different from the future and that we have always lived with human consuming dragons.


Burning Briar Scanning Tunnel

there is a zombie at the wheel
who finds acceptable all risk

( his flesh looks like mine )
a crinkle monkey in the swamp
mind tricky and brisk

( his moves feel like mine )
headless mannequin draped
white print snakeskin dress

 ( pale fakery filling me with dread )
a boneless man used up
by apparatchik juggernaut

( scrivener like me )
the one who hoped to poach
cockroach strategy adrift

( like me time-amnesic overreaching )
cord-cut all beyond the call
to heal or heel fold molt

( wormhole crush crash course )

Copyright © 2013 by Stephanie Strickland


Join us at Café Muse on March 3 for readings by poets Margaret Mackinnon and Dennis Kirschbaum.

          Farscape Episode 88: Bad Timing        
Recorded April 2, 2014 With the Scarrans on the way, Crichton must find a way to permanently close the wormhole to Earth. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time – 45:52 min. / File Size – 23mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes
          Farscape Episode 86: We’re So Screwed, Part II        
Recorded March 19, 2014 The crew of Moya head to Katratzi in hopes of rescuing Scorpius, who possesses knowledge of wormholes, from the Scarrans. To do this, Crichton straps an atomic bomb to his hip. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time – 28:45 min. / File Size – 14mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe …

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          Farscape Episode 77: Unrealized Reality        
Recorded January 15, 2014 While Crichton is out exploring a wormhole in an EV suit, he’s pulled inside. There he finds himself face to face with a mysterious being who warns Crichton of the dangers of wormhole navigation and determines that Crichton may have to die because of what he knows. – From Wikipedia Email …

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          Farscape Episode 72: Natural Election        
Recorded December 4, 2013 While the crew is viewing a wormhole, Moya is suddenly hit by a large, toxic space plant. The crew must find a way to kill the plant before it kills Moya. Aeryn has a secret concerning her pregnancy, and struggles to keep it to herself. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or …

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          Farscape Episode 65: Into the Lion’s Den Part II        
Recorded October 9, 2013 Driven to desperation by Scorpius’s threat against Earth, Crichton concocts a plan to destroy the command carrier and all of the wormhole research. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time – 31:25 min. / File Size – 15mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes
          Farscape Episode 64: Into the Lion’s Den Part I        
Recorded October 2, 2013 Crichton and the crew of Moya are brought on board Scorpius’s command carrier to assist him against the Scarrans, but secretly plans on delaying Scorpius’s research. They are interrupted by the arrival of Grayza, a Peacekeeper Commandant who is attempting to negotiate truces with other races and believes that the wormhole …

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          Farscape Episode 59: Infinite Possibilities Part II        
Recorded August 31, 2013 The Ancient helps John construct a device to destroy a Scarran Dreadnought to prevent them from leaving with wormhole technology. Furlow, only motivated by commercial interests, steals the device. John reclaims it but is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation in the process. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. …

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          Farscape Episode 58: Infinite Possibilities Part I        
Recorded August 14, 2013 The Ancient in the form of Jack Crichton accuses the John aboard Talyn of carelessly giving away his wormhole knowledge, but John suspects that his module has been copied by Furlow. They return to Dam-Ba-Da where Furlow has been offering to sell what she has to the highest bidder. – From …

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          Farscape Episode 55: Incubator        
Recorded July 24, 2013 Hoping to gain access to the wormhole knowledge, Scorpius tells his life story to a neural clone of Crichton created by the chip that was once in Crichton’s head. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time – 30:12 min. / File Size – 15mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes
          Farscape Episode 47: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part 1        
Recorded May 22, 2013 Moya collides and becomes fused with a wormhole research vessel, leaving the crew to try and determine a way out before Moya and Pilot die from the damage. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time – 27:19 min. / File Size – 14mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes
          Farscape Episode 16: A Human Reaction        
Recorded October 3, 2012 Returning to Earth through a wormhole, Crichton receives an unfriendly welcome but is reunited with his father. Aeryn, D’Argo and Rygel arrive to rescue Crichton but receive less than humane treatment. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time – 27:14 min. / File Size – 13mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe …

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          Farscape Episode 11: Till the Blood Runs Clear        
Recorded August 29, 2012 After creating a wormhole Crichton’s module is repaired on a nearby planet, while Vorcarian Blood Trackers attempt to collect the Peacekeeper bounty placed on their heads. – From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time – 26:33 min. / File Size – 13mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes
          Farscape Episode 1: Premiere        
Recorded June 20, 2012 John Crichton is unexpectedly sucked through a wormhole and flung to “…some distant part of the universe on a ship, a living ship, full of strange alien life forms”, where he becomes trapped with a group of escaped prisoners after he accidentally kills one of the local law enforcements. – From …

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          My Darien Gap maps        
I got sucked into a Darien Gap wormhole again last night. Panama technically doesn't have an army anymore. It has SENAFRONT, a police force that guards its borders. Well, SENAFRONT has a twitter account and it's just a bunch of PR photos of soldiers playing with children and feeding the locals. Then, I saw this:


What's the significance of this tweet? The Pan-American Highway ends in Yaviza. Boca de Cupe is five miles SOUTH of Yaviza. There is a way for cars to get there!

Just before I set out for Yaviza in 2013, I went to the national geography institute in Panama City to find maps of the Darien. I found two. They, along with ten other maps, make up the entire country of Panama. Because crossing the Darien is forbidden, I stowed the maps in my backpack's hidden compartment so that SENAFRONT soldiers at various checkpoints wouldn't find them. I was that careful/paranoid.

Here is the first map.


This is a close-up of the bottom of the first map. You can see the road ends at Yaviza. Boca de Cupe is at the bottom right. When I was in Yaviza, the only way to get there was by Yamaha-powered dugout canoe.


So 11 is the first map. 12 is the second map.


Here is the second map. There is virtually no civilization. Reviewing these maps has made me realize I need to get detailed maps of the Colombian side of the Darien Gap. I wonder if those are available in Bogota or Medellin.


And here is a great video of Yaviza. I spent two days and one night there. I'll do a running commentary of the video below. It was so hot and humid there, I was miserable. I nearly passed out in my "hotel's" shared toilet. Both general stores in town were owned by recent Chinese immigrants, and one of the shopkeepers tried to sell me a rare bird.


0:41 The only activity along the waterfront all day consisted of guys unloading those green bananas.

2:55 This is the area where the buses hung out. The van I took was a Hiace.

3:31 The "entrance" to the town has two or three bars. And it's just a bunch of people being loud and drinking cheap beer. There were a lot of people. I did my best to stay away from the crowd. It looked like trouble. It was a rough place. And I stood out like a sore thumb.

3:56 I am 80% positive I stayed in the yellow building. It was operated by La Profesora.

4:13 It's a small town, population-wise and size-wise, but there's always a ton of people walking around. I could never figure out where they were going.

4:31 Bird!

10:05 The town's population is half Indian, half descendants of escaped slaves.

12:44 Behind the basketball court was the SENAFRONT base. I had to check in there when I arrived.

13:24 As I walked through town, I saw a family watching Joan and Melissa Rivers's reality show on satellite.

13:44 A BMW!

14:02 Noriega was rumored to have lived in Yaviza as a child.

14:40 Maybe everyone is just people watching. There's nothing else to do, there are certainly many characters, and it's too hot to stay indoors.

          Metal Gear Survive isn't as awful as it is forgettable        

Metal Gear Solid has always been a self-referential series, but this is something else entirely; a Metal Gear game that feels like an unofficial rip-off of itself. Even the premise of Metal Gear Survive reads like fanfic. Set in an alternate universe, the player-created character has been sent through a wormhole, along with other Militaires Sans Frontières soldiers and the remnants of Mother Base, to a world populated by weird crystallised zombies. It all feels strangely heartless; without Hideo Kojima at the tiller, those odd moments you'd previously write off as the eccentricities or flights of fancy of one man can now feel empty, soulless and written by committee by comparison.

There'll be an option to play solo, but the emphasis in Survive is squarely on co-operative play and 'survival action,' as you gather resources, craft weapons and ammo, fortify bases and fend off hordes of enemies with your squad. There are no character classes, allowing players to tailor their avatars to whatever play style they prefer, free of team role archetypes. During the most recent demo presented at this year's E3, three other players and I were put together for a co-op mission and, to save time, made to choose from four preset character builds - two long range, two melee, two male, two female. I chose a character equipped with a bow, some mortars, and moveable fences that you can set down to provide a blockade against crowds of zombies.

The controls are more or less identical to The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes, meaning you can perform a roll, lay prone, and perform basic close quarter combat moves. Given the sizeable shift in Metal Gear Survive from stealth-based tactical gameplay to (at times) frenzied gunplay against crowds of close-quarters enemies, these controls don't always feel entirely natural - let's face it, surviving aggressive hordes is not what the Metal Gear framework was built to do. Setting up a high vantage spot and using a bow and arrows to pick off as many oblivious enemies as I could did prove satisfying, however, even if it wasn't exactly efficient. And also, a little too easy, because these zombies are thick as mud. If I hadn't had to climb down to craft more arrows, I may never have needed to move again for the entirety of the demo.

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          Without Wormholes: A Solution to Entanglements Theoretical Problems.         

Quantum entanglement is a well observed but not well understood phenomena.  The frontier in this area has been to entangle systems at greater and greater distances.  Theoretically however it is poorly understood.  Susskind and Maldacena proposed the ER=EPR conjecture, which to oversimplify, states that entangled particles are connected by tiny wormholes(Maldacena and Susskind)  In this brief blog post I present a simple proof that the “non-locality” that experimentalist write of, and Susskind conjectured about solving via wormholes, can be explained with standard quantum mechanics and standard relativity.   What is new here is how we look at the spaces involved.

 

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          David Wilcock: The Sourcefield Investigations        
David Wilcock
New Video and Book:
"The Sourcefield Investigations:
The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations
Behind the 2012 Prophecies"


Based on a hugely popular Internet documentary, this exploration of historic signs and symbolism determines what the future holds for humanity come 2012.

Get More Information and Watch Full Video Here:
http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/959-sourcefieldvideo


  • EXTRATERRESTRIAL HUMANS PREDICT A GOLDEN AGE
  • WHY DO YOU THINK THE 2012 PROPHECIES BRING HOPE INSTEAD OF THE APOCALYPSE?
  • HOW DID YOU COME TO BELIEVE IN THE SOURCE FIELD?
  • WHY HAS RUSSIAN PYRAMID RESEARCH BEEN SUPPRESSED IN THE WEST?
  • WHY DID ANCIENT TRADITIONS REPEATEDLY GIVE US SYMBOLS OF THE PINEAL GLAND?
  • WHY DO YOU THINK HUMANITY IS LIVING IN A LUCID DREAM?
  • DID ETs VISIT ANCIENT CULTURES AND HELP THEM EVOLVE? WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE?
  • WHAT IS THE DNA PHANTOM EFFECT -- AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
  • WHY DID SO MANY ANCIENT TRADITIONS POINT TO 2012 AS A SEMINAL EVENT IN HUMAN HISTORY?
  • IS TIME TRAVEL REALLY POSSIBLE? WILL WE BE ABLE TO DO IT OURSELVES?
  • WHY DO YOU BELIEVE GOVERNMENTS ARE READYING US FOR DISCLOSURE?
"If you believe there is no special significance to the year 2012, then prepare yourself for a guided tour through the most incredible scientific mysteries in the modern world, which may be the rediscovery of an ancient system of physics and spirituality that was once widely used and understood, but has since crumbled almost completely into ruin." -The Source Field Investigations.

In his documentary The 2012 Enigma-viewed more than two million times- David Wilcock exposed many great secrets: DNA, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, three-dimensional time, the Mayan calendar, and much more. And in this book, his seminal work, he'll expose even more.

Calling upon fascinating areas of alternative science, Wilcock's unique philosophy connects the human species and the rest of the cosmos, proposing that it is in our power to usher in the Golden Age prophesied in so many ancient cultures and spiritual traditions. Unlike the doom- and-gloom viewpoints depicted in big-budget disaster films, Wilcock believes that 2012 may be a watermark for when a widespread acceptance of a greater reality will begin to occur-and in his book, he lays out many of the blueprints for such a Golden Age.


          The 2012 Enigma and The Science of Peace        
2012: Tragedy, transcension or just another year? David Wilcock exposes many great secrets: DNA, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, three-dimensional time, the Mayan Calendar and much, much more!

Is there a miniature stargate in your own brain? Did ancient cultures reverse-engineer it into usable technology that could actually look – and even travel – through time?

Did our secret government come into possession of this technology? Did they see anything occurring around the year 2012? Dive into this fascinating story in The 2012 Enigma.

Part I: CONVERGENCE The Movie, consciousness energy field, Edgar Cayce reincarnation, Da Vinci Code, Inconvenient Truth, galactic alignment, dodecahedron, 2012 / DNA crop circles, sacred geometry as vibration, tetrahedron, 19.5 degrees

Part II: Hans Jenny / Cymatics, space and time inverting, wave-particle duality, Buckyballs / fullerenes, DNA as a wave, Kaznacheyev, psychic healing, Dewey Larson, 3D time, space-time fabric, time-space

Part III: Fairy circles, natural stargates, ESP, nested spheres, channeling, chakras, Pineal gland, Sumerian tablets, Osiris, kundalini, pine cone symbolism, Tammuz, Shiva, Third Eye, Bindi, Bacchus, Dionysus, Jesus, the Vatican

Part IV: Pyramid sarcophagus, cathedral windows, the World Tree, melatonin, DMT, ayahuasca, Dreams, Out of Body Experience, the Silver Cord

Part V: Mark of the Beast, microclusters, synchronicity, shamanism, holographic sound, reverse-engineering the pineal gland, Dan Burisch, Project Looking Glass, CONTACT

Part VI: The Last Mimzy, the Roswell Crash, the Cube / Yellow Disc, Hellraiser, election tampering, pole shift, time-viewing technology, the Iraq War, DCTP / Doctrine of the Convergent Timeline Paradox, human-lineage ETs

Part VII: Tree of Life, Illuminati, Rothschilds, Hitler, New World Order, Lucifer, Luciferian philosophy, Catholic church, Philadelphia Experiment / Rainbow Project

Part VIII: Phoenix III, Montauk chair, time travel, Dec. 21, 2012, 20-year cycle, Stargate SG-1, Outer Band Individuated Teletracer / OBIT, The Outer Limits, Time Vector Generator / TVG, Mars pyramids, underground bases, jumproom, Total Recall, Minority Report, X-Men / Cerebro, Rifts in Time

Part IX: Forbidden Planet, psychic conduit, LSD trips, zero-time, 2012 dimensional shift, Edgar Cayce readings, Chandler's Wobble, pole shift, Library of Atlantis / Hall of Records, California earthquakes

Part X: Create your own reality, 2012 not cataclysmic, Russian physics, Dr. Sergey Smelyakov / Auric Time Scale, Mayan Calendar, spiral imploding into 2012 changing consciousness, Ascended abilities, spiritual growth

Click here to watch this fascinating, fun and FREE full length documentary film from David Wilcock!


Is there a “consciousness field” of “radiant mind energy” that we all share? Could this be causing the changes we are now witnessing on the Earth and throughout the solar system? Does it have any effect on DNA, including complete species transformation?

Is this ‘Mind Field’ the ultimate answer to solving financial collapse, terrorism, violent crime and all manner of Earth Changes, leading to a true Science of Peace? … Yes.

Join David Wilcock as he teams up with nine-time Grammy award winning musician and recording engineer Larry Seyer to bring you three consecutive seminars — over 200 minutes — of groundbreaking new material.

Larry has nourished the sound of over 500 A-list recording artists to their maximum potential, and is an incredible guitarist and composer in his own right.

Larry and David teamed up to co-create soul-stirring music that weaves its way throughout your entire adventure of discovery:

  • Scientific proof that plants, animals and bacteria are all communicating with each other on an "energetic" level — measurable in their electrical activity
  • Laboratory evidence that living cells from your own body pick up ‘signals’ from you — even if you are hundreds of miles away!
  • How your own mind is not as "private" as you think — you are constantly receiving measurable ‘psychic’ signals
  • Simple Russian pyramids that cure cancer, kill viruses, heal all illnesses, repair ozone holes, quell earthquakes, deflect major storms and purify the water
  • 7000 people in simple meditation reduce global terrorism by 72 percent — how it works, why it works and exercises to help you activate this potential
  • How your consciousness can ease Earth Changes just like the Russian pyramid effects — Earth Changes as a reflection of collective disharmony
  • DNA as a resonant antenna for the ‘consciousness field’ — and proof that it can re-arrange within a living embryo, creating a complete metamorphosis of species
  • How our Solar System is moving into a more charged region of the Galaxy — and its connection to "Ascension"
  • Evidence of multiple energetic ‘evolution’ events in the fossil record — and how they occur in even cycles of time, triggered by Galactic energy, not ‘random mutation’
  • Proof that ancient prophecies - Mayan Calendar, et cetera — have validity and new scientific meaning for today
  • What changes in mind, body and spirit we can expect in our imminent future — and how best to prepare for them
  • Grammy-award winning musician’s soundtrack — guitar lullabies, New Age meditative, acid jazz, funk/fusion, trance and more
  • Extended meditation section to heal unresolved issues so you can directly connect with your Higher Self

Read the article where David introduces this groundbreaking new series! It’s worth a look even if you have no interest in ordering, because you’ll learn a great deal of eye-opening new material that is exclusive to this site.

With such an incredible range of music composed specifically for the lectures — as you can hear in two full-length songs and a radio spot you can download below for FREE — the Science of Peace is a true landmark in the merging of science and spirit.

Perfect for study groups, each 65-minute lecture builds upon the knowledge gained from the previous section. Listen an hour at a time at your convenience — or even with a group of your new friends — and you won’t be struggling to make sense out of all these amazing concepts.

Eventually the metaphysical field will catch up with these truths, but why wait… when you can tune into this revolution in consciousness right now?

David Wilcock is a professional lecturer, filmmaker and researcher of ancient civilizations, consciousness science, and new paradigms of matter and energy. His upcoming Hollywood film CONVERGENCE unveils the proof that all life on Earth is united in a field of consciousness, which affects our minds in fascinating ways.

David is also the subject and co-author of the international bestseller, The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce?, which explores the remarkable similarities between David and Edgar, features many of David's most inspiring psychic readings, and reveals documented NASA scientific proof of interplanetary climate change… and how it directly impacts our DNA.


Resources from David Wilcock:

          Jupiter Ascending Screen Graphics        

Territory Studio recently worked with The Wachowski’s to create the screen graphics for their new science fiction action adventure Jupiter Ascending. Using conventions commonly seen in weather maps, they created a series of graphics ‘to articulate various cloaked spaceships and wormhole events’, in addition to other unseen happenings.

These stunning graphics were also complemented by a bespoke typeface created by Territory, which coheres with the futuristic aesthetic of these organic visual interpretations.

More images and video after the jump.


          Modern-day Alice trades looking glass for wormhole to explore quantum wonderland        

Black hole–entanglement link could be simulated in lab, new paper suggests

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illustration of wormhole connecting back holes

Scientists are exploring the possibility that a pair of black holes in space could be connected by a wormhole, a spacetime tunnel that might be related to the mystery of quantum entanglement.

If Lewis Carroll were alive today, he wouldn’t bother with a looking glass. His book would be called Alice Through the Wormhole.

Being the mathematician that he was, Carroll (aka Charles Dodgson) would have kept current with the latest developments in quantum physics. He would no doubt be intrigued by a new paper describing an idea for the creation (or at least the simulation) of a wormhole in the laboratory to test the latest ideas linking black holes with quantum weirdness.

Carroll would be particularly happy to see that little Alice had grown up to be a quantum physicist, collaborating with somebody named Bob (whose fictional precursor has yet to be identified). Alice and Bob are the (hypothetical) primary investigators of such mysteries as quantum cryptography and quantum entanglement. They are especially skilled at quantum teleportation, in which information needed to reconstruct a quantum particle can be transported from one lab (Alice’s) to another (Bob’s).

Teleporting a quantum particle (typically a photon, a particle of light) is a few centuries of science short of teleporting Captain Kirk from the Enterprise to the surface of some planet where danger is lurking. But the conceptual groundwork is now being put in place. The new paper, posted in the physics online archive, in fact, proposes a scheme allowing Alice to teleport a person (named Tom, for some reason) to Bob — through a wormhole.

Ordinarily, wormholes (if they exist) would connect distant regions of spacetime. They wouldn’t be useful for intergalactic Hyperloop travel, as anything entering a wormhole would cause it to collapse. But much work in recent years suggests that such spacetime tunnels might link two black holes, in which case travel through them becomes thinkable, even if not physically, emotionally or economically feasible.

Wormhole travel between black holes is thinkable because of quantum entanglement, one of Alice and Bob’s specialties. In a quantum universe (like the one you are living in), particles that interact can become “entangled” in such a way that they exist in a single “quantum state.” In such a state, a measurement performed on one of the particles can reveal information about the other particle, no matter how far away the second particle is. This spooky connection is hard to explain. Some theories seem to moderate the mystery by proposing that entangled particles are connected by wormholes.

In technical terms, this connection is designated by the “equation” ER=EPR. ER stands for Einstein and Rosen, the two physicists who wrote the seminal paper describing wormholes (otherwise known as Einstein-Rosen bridges). EPR stands for Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (yes, the same Rosen — and the same Einstein, for that matter), the three physicists who wrote an early paper describing quantum entanglement (mainly in order to complain about it).

If the basic idea of ER=EPR is correct, then it might very well be possible for people to travel through wormholes, as Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind (among others) has discussed in a series of intriguing papers. In fact, Susskind contends, Alice and Bob could prove ER=EPR simply by jumping into two entangled black holes, linked by a wormhole. Alice and Bob would meet in the middle of the wormhole, thereby verifying the ER=EPR theory and winning themselves Nobel Prizes. Except for the slight snag that they could not get out of the wormhole (or even send a message), so nobody would ever know how things went once Alice and Bob finally met in person (or that they had met at all). They would be forever concealed behind the black holes’ event horizons, the surface through which no signal from the interior can escape.

In his latest paper, though, Susskind and Ying Zhao, also of Stanford, offer hope. It seems possible, Susskind and Zhao say, to mimic entangled black holes in the lab. Alice and Bob would not have to risk their futures — they could send Tom through the lab-created wormhole to see if he survived. “Combining quantum teleportation with the idea that entangled black holes are connected by Einstein-Rosen bridges implies that ER=EPR could in-principle be tested by observers who themselves never cross the horizon,” Susskind and Zhao assert.

OK, Tom is not really a person in this plan; he’s just a symbol for teleportee. A teleportee can simply be a photon, a particle containing quantum information that Alice would like to send to Bob. (Such a photon might, for instance, contain important information for a computation that Bob is performing.) Alice cannot simply measure the photon’s information, write it down and e-mail it to Bob. Looking at the photon reduces the multiple possible measurement outcomes to a single definite state (say, spin pointing up). Bob needs a particle that retains the multiple possible outcomes that make quantum information so rich.

All a particle’s quantum information can be teleported, though, if Bob and Alice share a pair of previously entangled photons. Alice allows her entangled photon to interact with Tom (the teleportee photon) and records the result. (This process DESTROYS the teleportee!) Alice then calls Bob up or texts him with the result. Bob then can perform an operation on his entangled photon, which has the effect of restoring Tom in his original state, bringing him BACK TO LIFE! (Metaphorically.)

If ER=EPR is right, Tom has in fact not died, but actually traveled through the wormhole connecting Bob and Alice’s entangled photons. In a thoroughly elaborate mathematical demonstration, Susskind and Zhao describe how this works. A key point is that the process of teleporting quantum information requires the communication of ordinary information through standard channels: To teleport one quantum bit (or qubit) of information, Alice must send Bob at least two ordinary bits of information by slower-than-light signaling of some sort. So there is no “instantaneous” spooky action at a distance going on, as some common misinterpretations suggest.

Susskind and Zhao admit that it is not very likely that Alice and Bob will ever venture into space to find two suitably connected black holes, let alone persuade somebody named Tom to come along. But it is possible to imagine a laboratory facsimile of such a paired black hole arrangement. Perhaps some clever condensed matter physicists could devise two “large shells of matter” that would mimic the properly weird gravitational spacetime geometry needed for the job. These shells would be connected by a wormhole, so Alice and Bob could jump in (they would have to “merge themselves with the matter forming the shells”) and meet “in some place outside ordinary spacetime.” But they still would not be able to inform anyone in the outer world of their success. Alice would have to induce Tom to merge with one of the shells so she could teleport him to Bob.

“When Tom emerges out of … Bob’s shell, he will recall everything he encountered, and can confirm that he really did traverse the wormhole,” Susskind and Zhao contend.

On the other hand (and this seems more promising), two quantum computers could be entangled to simulate wormhole travel. Simulating a real person would require quantum computers of unimaginably huge memory storage capacity. But with a 100-qubit quantum computer (much larger than anything available in labs today, but thinkable), a teleportee of 10 qubits could be sent through the wormhole. Small variations in the initial state of the teleportee would enable the computers to detect how it reacted to conditions in the wormhole, thereby providing the evidence needed to verify the wormhole’s existence, confirming that ER=EPR.

“There does not seem to be an in-principle obstruction to laboratory teleportation through the wormhole,” Susskind and Zhao say. “On the face of it this seems somewhat fantastical, but given that the lab is part of a quantum-gravitational world in which ER=EPR, the conclusion seems inevitable.”

As would be the subsequent book about the adventure. Forget Alice. It would be called Tom Through the Wormhole. Feed your head with that, White Rabbit.

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          Star Trek: The Next Generation Authentic Screen-Worn Costume Collection        


Star Trek - The Next Generation

Various Seasons

001. Command Red Starfleet Duty Tunic worn by Jonathan Frakes as "Commander William Riker" from Season 3 onwards. This iconic uniform can be seen in practically every episode of the series.


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002. Operations Gold Starfleet Duty Tunic worn by Brent Spiner as "Lieutenant Commander Data" from Season 3 onwards. Instantly recognizable and worn in every episode featuring Data.


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003. Distressed  Operations Gold Starfleet Duty Tunic worn by Brent Spiner as "Lieutenant Commander Data" from Season 3 onwards. This jacket was specifically distressed for the Season 7 episode 'Phantasms' during a dream sequence at the start of the episode.


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004. A female Command Red Starfleet Jumpsuit worn by Jennifer Ott among others from Season 3 and beyond. This spandex outfit is instantly recognizable from this hit spinoff series. Below is an example of the outfit in use.


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005. An Male Operations Gold Starfleet Jumpsuit worn by background crew from Season 3 and beyond. This spandex outfit is instantly recognizable from this hit spinoff series. Below is an example of the outfit in use.


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006. A female Sciences Blue Starfleet Jumpsuit worn by Andrea Silver and others as crew from Season 3 and beyond. This spandex outfit is instantly recognizable from this hit spinoff series. Below is an example of the outfit in use.


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007. Jumpsuit and belt worn by Ted Parker among others as a "Ten Forward Waiter" in multiple episodes of TNG starting in Season 2. This well-worn uniform is instantly recognizable for it's unique look. Funnily enough, the belt started life as a belt worn by terraformers in the Season 1 episode 'Home Soil'- of which I have a costume.





Season 1



008. Shiny Purple/Copper Jumpsuit worn by Karole Selmon as "Yareena" who challenged Lt. Tasha Yar to the Death to defend her status as the 'First One' in the early Season 1 episode 'Code of Honor'. Below a scene from the episode.


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009. Shiny Gold/Black Jumpsuit worn by the stunt person for Karole Selmon as "Yareena" in the above mentioned 'Code of Honor'. Interestingly, the stunt person for the role was a male!


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010. Elaborate robes with adornments, matching boots and prosthetic reptilian hands worn by John Durbin as "Selayan Delegate SSestar" in the early Season 1 episode 'Lonely Among Us'. Two rival delegations, the Selay and the Anticans board the Enterprise in the hopes to join the Federation when the crew of the Enterprise undergo some mysterious instances.


011. Elaborate fur lined robes with a shirt and pants worn by Marc Alaimo as 'Antican Delegate Badar N'D'D' in the above mentioned episode "Lonely Among Us". Both costumes are pictured below with a very wary Cheif O'Brien.


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012. Vest/Bodysuit worn by the actress Jacqueline Drake as a "Mistress" in the Season 1 episode 'Angel One'. The Enterprise attempts to negotiate with a female-dominated world for the safe return of survivors from a crashed freighter.




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013. A jumpsuit worn by Gerald Pendergast as "Bjorn Bensen" in the Season 1 episode 'Home Soil'. The episode dealt with a murderous crystalline entity attacking a terraforming colony- of which Bensen was a scientist.


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014. Girl's outfit and belt worn first by a child in class as children were abducted from the Enterprise in the season 1 episode 'When the Bough Breaks' and then again by a young actress who has a tense moment with 'Korris' the Klingon in first season's 'Heart of Glory'. The episode deals with 'Worf's' struggles over loyalty when three Klingon renegades come aboard the Enterprise.





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015. A jumpsuit worn in the Season 1 finale 'The Neutral Zone' by Peter Mark Richman in his portrayal of 20th century Financier "Ralph Offenhouse". Offenhouse was one of a few discovered by the Enterprise in cryo-freeze while on a mission to investigate destroyed outposts near Romulan Space. Below in a shot of Offenhouse discussing his needs with Captain Picard.





Season 2


016. Maternity dress worn by Marina Sirtis in the season premiere episode 'The Child' where "Counselor Deanna Troi's" mysterious pregnancy and birth to a child with excelerated growth into a young boy threatens the Enterprise.


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017. Shirt, Jacket and Pants worn by Larry Guthrie portraying a Scientist aboard Darwin Station in the Season 2 episode 'Unnatural Selection' wherein the Enterprise races to find a way to reverse a disease that causes rapid aging.



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018. A yellow jumpsuit worn by John Bennett as a Starbase Technician on Montgomery Station in the Season 2 episode 'The Icarus Factor'. Riker meets with his father and Worf performs a sacred Klingon ritual in this plot.


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019. Jacket, Sweater, Pants, Sash/Belt, Gloves and Boots worn by both Bill Ames and Dan Lake in their portrayals of Pakled officers in the Season 2 episode 'The Samaritan Snare' wherein Commander LaForge is taken hostage by the seemingly thick-headed crew of the Pakled vessel while aiding them with repairs.




Season 3




020. Pants and Vest outfit from the Season 3 episode 'Who Watches the Watchers' as worn by Ray Wise in his portrayal of "Liko". The episode dealt with the crew of the Enterprise having to fix the situation after an under-developed race discovers a Federation observatory on their homeworld. Below is a shot of 'Liko' in the episode followed by a shot of the costume partially re-used in the Season 7 episode 'Homeward'.





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021. Jacket, Tunic and Pants worn by James McIntire as "Mintakan Hunter Hali" in the Season 3 episode 'Who Watches the Watchers'. The episode dealt with the crew of the Enterprise having to fix the situation after an under-developed race discovers a Federation observatory on their homeworld. Aspects of this costume were also reused by Gary Michaels in the TNG episode 'Homeward'.



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022. Shirt and shorts worn by LeVar Burton as "Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge" in 'Booby Trap' from Season 3. LaForge wore this on a date-gone-sour with fellow crewmate 'Christy Henshaw' before getting acquainted with a holodeck simulation of Leah Brahms in their efforts to save the Enterprise from an ancient trap.


023. Halter top and harem pants worn by Julie Warner as "Christy Henshaw" in Season 3's 'Booby Trap' while on a Holodeck date with LaForge shortly before the Enterprise was trapped in an ancient snare. Both costumes from 'Booby Trap' appear together below.




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024.  Dress worn by Elizabeth Hoffman as "Premier Bhavani" in 'The Price'. Bhavani represented her world in a bidding war for a seemingly stable wormhole.




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025. Dress and collar worn by Lisa Wilcox as "Yuta"- a servant with a secret - in the episode 'The Vengeance Factor. The episode dealt with the tense negotiations between two worlds.




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026. Dress worn by Gina Hecht as "Manua Apgar" in the Season 3 murder mystery 'A Matter of Perspective' where Riker is accused in a love-triangle murder of a research scientist by his widow.



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7. Dress, Vest, Leggings, Gloves and Trademark Hat worn by Whoopi Goldberg as 'Guinan' in both "The Offspring" and then "The Best of Both World's Part I" in the 3rd Season. Below are screenshots of the costume in use. First, in "The Offspring"- Guinan teaches Data's daughter 'Lal' about life.. and second, sharing a moment with 'Captain Picard' shortly before entering battle with 'The Borg' in the climatic season finale.



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 028. Bikini-style outfit with see-through plastic jacket worn by John Patrick as a 'Risan Employee' on the holiday destination planet Risa in "Captain's Holiday". Picard went to take a much needed holiday, only to get tied up in a archaeological mystery


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029. Flowing Dress, with matching drapes and a gold woven band as worn by Marina Sirtis as the holodeck simulation of "Counselor Deanna Troi- Goddess of Empathy" in 'Hollow Pursuits'
where Barclay must struggle with his social anxieties aboard the Enterprise.



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030. Elaborate tunic, breeches, shirt, and various decorations for wear by Doug Biery as the photo double of "Commander William Riker" in a holodeck simulation created by "Lieutenant Barclay" in the episode 'Hollow Pursuits' where Barclay must struggle with his social anxieties aboard the Enterprise. Below the real Riker sizes up his lesser holodeck facsimile.



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031. One piece jumpsuit of lavender top and grey pants worn by Brent Spiner as "Lt. Commander Data" in the classic episode 'The Most Toys' when forced to wear the episode by his captor "Kivas Fatjo". Fatjo abducted Data to add to his collection of rare and exotic artifacts.


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 032. Bustier-style top and matching long skirt with an ornate train, pink suede pumps, a pair of hot pink nylons, two matching hair combs, a hair ribbon, a pair of earrings, and a mannequin bust wearing a pink wig all as worn by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as "Lwaxana Troi" in the Season 3 episode 'Menage a Troi'. Troi, her daughter Deanna and Riker are abducted by a smitten Ferengi DaiMon.


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033. Jacket, Shirt, Pants and Insignia as worn by Brian Goldman in his role as a "Talarian" in the Season 4 episode 'Suddenly Human' which saw the rescue of an adolescent Talarian boy being reclaimed by his father- with serious concerns for his safety from Captain Picard.


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034. Overalls and belt worn by Rosalind Chao as "Keiko O'Brien", soon to be wife of "Miles O'Brien" in the Season 4 episode 'Data's Day' which leads the audience through an interesting day in the life of Data- including helping the struggling couple to tie the knot.

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035. Jacket, vest, shirt and pants worn by George Coe portraying "Chancellor Avel Durken" from the planet Malcor III in the Season 4 episode 'First Contact'. Durken negotiated with Captain Picard following a botched undercover surveillance by Commander Riker on their homeworld. This costume was also worn in the Season 5 episode 'The First Duty', shown in the second image below.



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036. Pants, shirt, jacket, socks and dickie worn by John Vickery as Betazoid "Andrus Hagan" in the Season 4 episode 'Night Terrors' wherein the Enterprise discover him as the lone survivor aboard the USS Brittain leading to the crew suffering sleep deprivation and nightmares. The costume was recycled for use in the Season 6 episode 'True Q' for use by John P. Connelly as "Orn Lote" wherein a young Enterprise crew member discovers she is a Q with the help of Q himself. Below are shots of the costume in use in both episodes.



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037. Jacket, shirt and pants worn by Jonathan Frakes as "Commander William Riker" while acting as the host body for Negotiator Odan in the Season 4 episode 'The Host'. Riker volunteers his body to host the Trill Odan after Odan's current host is killed to allow for negotiations to continue between two hostile factions. The shirt and pants were also used again by Riker in 'A Fistful of Datas', 'Chain of Command, Part II', 'Second Chances', 'Thine Own Self' and 'Eye of the Beholder'. They were then also used by Colm Meaney as "Lt. Miles O'Brien" in Deep Space Nine in two episodes!


038. Pants, shirt, tunic, hat and gloves worn by Robert Harper as "Lathal Bine" in the Season 4 episode 'The Host'. The episode dealt with Dr. Crusher falling in love with a symbiote ambassador during talks between two races. Below shows both of the last two costumes in use together followed by a screenshot of Riker wearing the shirt in 'A Fistful of Datas'.





Season 5


039. Blouse created for Michelle Forbes as "Ensign Ro Laren" in the episode of the same name. A Bajoran with a troubled past, Ensign Ro quickly earned the respect of Captain Picard and the crew after being assigned to the Enterprise for her specialty in Bajoran affairs.


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040. Fantastic outfit consisting of a top and pants with mutiple decorations worn by Graham Jarvis as 'Klim Dokachin' in "Unification Part 1" where he begrudgingly helped the Enterprise in it's attempts to track Spock and his link to the Romulan Empire.
 

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041. Sweater, pants, knee-high socks and Romulan-styled wig all used by an actor portraying a Romulan civilian in the Season 5 episode 'Unification' which guest starred TOS actor Leonard Nimoy reprising his role as "Spock".


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042. Shirt and pants worn by Jonathan Frakes as "Commander William Riker" in the Season 5 episode 'Violations' during vivid dream sequences experienced by Counsellor Deanna Troi. Troi slipped into coma during the episode- at the same time a delegation had been brought on board.


043. Pants and blouse worn by Marina Sirtis in the above mentioned episode. This outfit was used in the same dream-like sequences as the other outift.



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044. Jumpsuit and jacket worn by Caroline Kava at "Doctor Toby Russell" in the Season 5 episode 'Ethics' wherein Russell is brought aboard to help Worf- paralyzed in an accident. Worf struggles with thoughts of suicide and Russell suggests a controversial operation to restore his mobility.


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045. Jacket, Dickie, Pants, Hat and Boots as worn by Jane Bauer playing a J'Naii in the Season 5 episode 'The Outcast' where Riker defends a member of the race who defines themselves as female- which is against their cultural beliefs.



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046. Pants, ceremonial robes and hat worn by Tony Jay as the husband-to-be "Third Minister Campio" for Lwaxana Troi, in 'Cost of Living'. Troi struggles- as she often does- trying to decide if this is the right man for her.


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047. and 048. Two jumpsuits worn by Tracey D'Arcy and David Oliver as "Young Woman" and "Young Man" in the season 5 episode 'Cost of Living' as part of the Parallax Colony holo-program that Lwaxana Troi lead Worf's son Alexander through.



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049. "First Learner" and 050. "Companion" costumes worn by Christopher Halsted and Holiday Freeman respectively, also in 'Cost of Living'. Below they are enjoying a drink by the mud bath in the holodeck.


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051. Wedding jacket, hat, gloves and sash worn by Mickey Cottrell as "Valtese Chancellor Alrik" in the Season 5 episode 'The Perfect Mate' which dealt with Picard fighting the temptations of a 'gift' bride meant for Alrik. Pictured below in the wedding of Alrik and his bride by Picard.



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052. Robe worn by an abduction alien in the Season 6 Episode 'Schisms' by actor Brian Ciari. The episode was one of the more sinister of the series.. with members of the crew confusing frightening abductions with nightmares. Below is a screenshot of Commander Riker on the alien vessel.


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053. Jumpsuit worn by Patrick Stewart as "Captain Jean Luc Picard" in the Season 6 two-parter 'Chain of Command'. In the episode, Picard is captured by Cardassians while on a covert mission to destroy a Cardassian biological weapons installation on Celtris III.


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054. Jumpsuit and Vest as worn by John de Lancie as the omnipotent "Q" in the Season 6 episode 'Tapestry'. In the episode, Picard is taught some lessons on life by Q who takes Picard back to his Academy days to make some important decisions.



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055. Tunic (No pants) as worn by Jonathan Frakes in his role as "Commander William Riker" in the Season 6 episode 'Frame of Mind' which featured Riker starring in a play about being in a mental insitution which starts to become a reality aboard an alien vessel. Below in Riker following the rehearsal of the play.

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          Saturday July 15th, 2017 (cont'd)        
Exploring the Wormhole, a 120m slot canyon, in Shiding


Led seven Taipei Hikers on a river tracing exploration trip



          Stargates, Worm Holes and the Bottomless Pit        
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Stargates, Worm Holes and the Bottomless Pit Apostle Stan Johnson http://www.thegospel.com/clients/the-prophecy-club/html/v006/ Have 10,000 scientists from 100 countries re-created an ancient Egyptian “Stargate” or “Wormhole?” Was the idea for movies such as Contact, Hellboy, and Stargate SG-1 birthed from their plan to build a modern-day Stargate? Is their stated goal to re-create the “Big Bang” really a cover story for something more sinister? Will the 17 mile circular Large Hadron Collider (LHC) built 500 feet under Switzerland and France open a door to another world? What will happen in 2014 when they turn the power up to 100%? Some Scientists fear it could easily open a wormhole, or create a black hole and destroy this planet! Could it cause “…earthquakes in divers places” “…distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:” and cause, “…every island to flee away?” Scientists have built this collider at CERN, but CERN is not a word; is it short for CERNunnos an occult a half-man half-beast which arises out of the earth? Will Cernunnos arise from the Hadron Collider in 2014 and become “The beast” and “The Antichrist” to Christians and “The Islamic Mahdi” and the “12th Imam” to the Muslims and lead Islam to world domination? Will it allow “The beast that …shall ascend out of the bottomless pit,” …and the locusts that sting men like scorpions entrance into this world? Is the Tribulation about to start? Remember we do not 100% agree with everything our guests, say, do, or believe. It is up to you to pray and sort it out! Another do not Miss End-Time Radio program as “We are Warning the World as it HAPPENS!” Please visit www.prophecyhour.com also visit www.wichitahomeless.com
          How old is the Universe?        
How old is the universe? What is the big bang? How did the universe begin? What happens when you power nap? What is the science behind black holes? What is the difference between a black hole and a wormhole? Plus, news on the Juno mission to Jupiter...
          Stars, Wormholes and our Expanding Universe        
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          Gadgets & Gizmos: USB Plasma Ball $9.99        

We are certain you've seen these plasma balls before. They've been around ever since bad hair bands from the eighties. Recently they've become available in tech friendly USB versions so we've decided to put this classic on your must have list. Our only question really is why can't we have amazing, affordable, *NEW* desktop science toys invented in the twenty first century? Things like mini USB desktop wormholes, or keychain Schroedinger's kitten boxes? If you can't give us jetpacks, at least make some for our action figures.

          Time Recoil – Alpha Sign Up        

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Time Recoil is a very cool blood-splattered top down shooter in which you can slow down time, use special skills and travel through wormholes as you set forth on a mission to defeat Mr Time before he takes over the world.

Time Recoil is another great looking top down shooter from 10tons, creators of Crimsonland and Tesla Vs Lovecraft. Instead of fending off macabre … Read More


          Space: Above and Beyond (1995-1996)        
Space: Above and Beyond (Also known variously as Space 2063, Squadron 58, Space Marines, Space War 2063, Space Commando, Star Squadron and many others, depending on which country you are from) was a short lived military Sci-Fi TV series created by X-Files writers/Creators Glen Morgan and James Wong as a side project while that series was still ongoing.

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The first, and only, series takes place between the years 2063 and 2064, a time in which mankind has begun to explore and colonise not only the outer solar system, but also due to the discovery of predictable but highly mobile wormholes, other star systems as well.

The series begins proper when the first extra-solar colony, named "Vesta", comes under attack by an advanced alien species, ironically while the colonies leader delivers a speech about mankind being alone in the universe.
A second colony, named "Tellus" is planned, however the colony ship is attacked and heavily damaged as it makes its landing run on the planet.

The Tellus colony ship is what sparks the beginning of the series storyline, as prior to its launch a colonist named Nathan West is forcibly removed from the program on the orders of US Government senators for political reasons. This removal separates him from his long term girlfriend Kylen, whom he pledges he will find and be with again, which leads him to enlisting in the US (Space) Marine corps, as there is a slim chance that he will be stationed to system monitor duty in the Tellus system, which will allow him and Kylen to be together again, the destruction of the Vesta and Tellus colonies puts a damper on this plan though, as for the first time, mankind has to fight a war against a completely alien enemy.

Initially, the series plays out along the lines of what is seemingly a "humans v evil aliens" type storyline, however, as time passes, it slowly becomes apparent that the aliens, who are nicknamed the "Chigs" (due to their passing resemblance to a chigoe flea - their real name is never revealed) are not as evil as it was thought, and that the cause of the war is not a straightforward question of "Us vs Them".
Nathan West is eventually assigned to USMC 58th Squadron, attached to the Carrier vessel USS Saratoga, where, during the course of the pilot episode, they distinguish themselves by thwarting a Chig plan to directly attack the planet Earth.
The remainder of the series follows the members of 58th Squadron as they fight their way through the war one day at a time, hampered by the various bits of infighting and politics that are as still prevalent amongst mankind in the future as they are now.



Numerous plot arcs and story lines are followed in this series, and, unlike most Sci-Fi offerings of the time, are intelligently written, examples include:-



Racism/Prejudice - Part of the series backstory is that about 5 years prior to the series beginning, mankind fought a war against "The Silicates", a race of human created androids intended to perform labour considered dangerous or too menial for humans. At some point, a computer programmer, seeking to revenge himself upon a supervisor who took credit for his work, inserted a virus in the Silicates programming, which urged the androids simply to "take a chance" instead of following logic. This petty decision led to all of the worlds androids rebelling, which in turn erupted into open conflict, causing the deaths of millions of people.
In response to this, Human genetic engineering gave birth to a race of artificially created humans, referred to as "in-vitros", who are created in laboratories and who were originally intended to be used as soldiers to fight the AIs. However, this backfired, as in-vitros, known mostly by the derogatory terms "Tanks" (referring to both their method of birth and the fact that they are generally tougher than normal humans) and/or "Nipple-necks" (due to them having a noticeable navel on the back of their neck, as opposed to being on the stomach as it is on a normal human) are "born" with the physical age of 18, but the mental age of a newborn baby, they are then quickly and brutally rushed through education and indoctrination, which although instilling the required level of military knowledge into them, instils none of the psychological knowledge which normal humans acquire through years of life (most of the in-vitros shown during the series appear to have an adolescent type of mindset).As such, the in-vitros are considered to be both lazy and cowardly, as during the AI war, very few of them actually fought or performed any of the duties they were created for.

Most humans are shown to treat in-vitros with extreme prejudice, who for most of the series are shown to be treated as little more than slaves and/or animals.This leads to various plot lines where they are openly defiant and rebel against humans, and are even used by humans in plots to cause trouble with the war effort.

Loyalty/Betrayal -  One of the recurring themes is the intense loyalty that 58th Squadron develops for each other, sometimes at the cost of disobeying their superiors. Conversely, one theme that also recurs is betrayal or distrust of "outsiders". Numerous characters pop up during the series whose motives and true intentions are either never made clear, or who outright betray everyone. While this is an expected trait from AIs (all of whom harbour an intense dislike of humans) when it is displayed in other humans, it usually ends up being something shocking or unexpected.

Conspiracies/Cover ups -  One thing that crops up at various points in the series is the involvement of the megacorporation "Aero-Tech" in numerous aspects of both the war and human space exploration in general. Aero-Tech is shown to be a major aerospace company who manufactures space craft for the various Earth governments, but also seems to have numerous hidden agendas, and, who as it turns out, may have had a hand in inadvertently causing the war in the first place, a fact which they try, using various underhanded means, to cover up.

Psychology/Torture - Throughout the series, both the humans and the Chigs are shown to make extensive use of disinformation and psychology to try and outwit each other, up to and including psychological torture and "reprogramming" of individuals to perform some purpose inherent to their respective war efforts. On the human side, things such as hypnotic suggestion and psychological programming are used to make people believe things that are not true, or to coerce them into performing deeds which they normally wouldn't. Both the Chigs and the AIs are shown to make extensive use of terror tactics and terror weapons in order to destabilise the human war effort.

Although S:AAB didn't really tread any new ground (similar plot lines were explored in the TV series "Tour of Duty") , it did bring forth a fairly interesting, although sometimes dry, Sci-Fi tale which was set close enough to "now" to still be recognisable to the causal viewer, but just far enough into the future to allow for convenient Sci-Fi trappings to give the writers enough freedom to explore plotlines without having to make too many nods towards realism.

Although the series was well recieved, its convoluted plot and expensive special effects, coupled with it "schedule hopping" led to the decision being made not to commission a second series.
As such, the series ended on a cliffhanger, which the creators hoped to resolve in a possible feature length episode or movie, however as time went on, people lost interest in the project and thus it never materialised.
Since then the creators have given rough outlines to what would have happened if the series had continued, including most of 58th Squadron being killed or captured and the various survivors encountering personal problems, both due to their experiences and with the replacements for those killed.

In the years that have passed since the series aired, actor Joel de la Fuente, who played Lt. Paul Wang in the series, has been vocal in his criticism of the way in which the series handled stereotypes, labeling his character as being little more than a stereotypical "Asian coward" and most of the other characters as being "cardboard cut outs". Understandably, de la Fuente has not been asked to take part in many of Morgan/Wongs other projects since, unlike many of the other people who starred in this series.

S:AAB is a nice series, but some of the series 24 episodes are just downright boring to watch, as the writers seemed to be trying too hard to make the series cerebral, and ended up instead making convoluted and dialogue heavy scenes which confused many viewers and created plot holes.

Its not a bad series, but its not a great one either....








          Freddy Todd - Feeln        
If youand#39;ve been wondering where Detroit glitch captain Freddy Todd has been, lately, weand#39;ve got your answer: he fell into some sort of psychotropic wormhole in a grimy Motown alley, shot 158 years into the future, and cyborgs taught him how to speak the binary language of our alien overlords.
          Desert Dwellers - Seeing Things remixes        
For their latest release, the Desert Dwellers duo has partnered up with Twisted Records to issue a remix compilation their tune "Seeing Things." This UK based label is hosted by Simon Posford (aka Shpongle) and was released just in time to raise some hype for their upcoming tag-team tour. Last week, many of us were biting our nails with anticipation, and clasping our hands together in prayer, hoping that Posford's U.S. Visa would actually get approved. Their musical journey was forcefully postponed a few dates, but with heroic effort Posford manged to pull his certification from a wormhole of government paperwork, offices, and courier services, just in time to touchdown for the Museum of Consciousness Tour in Asheville, NC.
          I am Echo Rivera and This is How I Work        
Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Echo Rivera in the "How I Work" series. Echo is the owner of Creative Research Communication (CRC) and a research associate at a nonprofit research/evaluation center in Denver, CO. Her passion is helping researchers, evaluators, academics, and nonprofits communicate their social equity work effectively and creatively. One way she does this is by helping people become more effective visual communicators, so we can end the text-heavy, ineffective presentation status quo. Plus, academics tend to lose steam at the end of a project and often settle with journal articles or academic conferences. Her dream is to add some creativity to the research communication/dissemination process through more science-based personal websites, zines, comics, and other creative outlets.

Current Job: (1) Owner, Creative Research Communication and (2) Research Associate at Center for Policy Research
Current Location: Denver, CO
Current mobile device: Samsung S6 Edge
Current computer: iMac, Acer Chromebook, and Windows Desktop

Can you briefly explain your current situation and research to us?
So far, at Creative Research Communication (CRC) I've created free resources to help academics, researchers, evaluators, and nonprofits create more effective and visual presentations. In fact, I just had a blast creating my first ever email course to teach people how to use visuals quickly, called Create Your Visual Database. And because I love comics, I also created a visual cheatsheet of my top 10 presentation tips.

I also work as an evaluator at a center in Denver. Here, I help programs and federal/state departments determine whether their social program, policy, or initiative was effective at achieving their goals. I work on a variety of topics, ranging from gender-based violence and domestic violence program services, home visiting programs, SNAP/Medicare enrollment, and prisoner re-entry programs.

What tools, apps and software are essential to your workflow?

Google Drive has been a lifesaver. I use so many devices and both Windows & Macs that it can sometimes be a nightmare to keep all the pieces together. As I use Google Drive more, this is becoming less stressful.

Adobe Illustrator is essential for my digital comics and drawings. I'm really not that great at drawing by hand, though I'm practicing every day to get better. My cheatsheet was, and all my digital comics are, created in Illustrator.

Microsoft Office is absolutely essential. I use it every (work) day to write reports, create presentations, calculate numbers, and check my (work) email.

Apple Keynote is my preferred application to make presentations. Powerpoint 2016 is significantly better than 2013, but Keynote is still my go-to.

ConvertKit - I know a lot of people think email is dead, but it's a great way for me to keep in touch with people about what's going on at Creative Research Communication, and it's how I was able to set up an email course.

Twitter! I consider engaging with people on Twitter to be a critical part of my work. If I'm not out there talking with others and learning from them about their questions, concerns, and ideas...then I am less effective at my job. Reach out @echoechoR!

What does your workspace setup look like?

In general, my workspace is pretty clean and is well-organized. I don't work well if things are cluttered around me.

I run Creative Research Communication entirely from my home office. I draw comics, create free resources, and run webinars using my iMac + external monitor for a second screen. It gets a little obnoxious because the desk isn't that big! I also use my Chromebook when I'm lounging in the basement but want to draft a new post.

Home office

What is your best advice for productive research work?
Sometimes the hardest part is getting started. When I have no motivation to do something (writing, data analysis, etc), I just convince myself to open up the program. "I'll at least just look at it," I tell myself. Then something magical happens once the program is open--I just start working!

How do you keep an overview of projects and tasks?
Paper planners & white boards! I never could get used to the digital planners on my phone or computer. I've tried Asana, Trello, Google Calendar, iCal, and so on but would never keep them up to date. There's something about writing something in my calendar by hand or having my tasks up on a whiteboard that helps me stay on track on my work.

My favorite is the at-a-glance weekly planner. I've used it for about 9 years now and haven't found anything better. I pair it with a whiteboard and large paper calendars on my wall.

Besides phone and computer, do you use other technological tools in work and daily life?
Nope.

Which skill makes you stand out?

My presentation skills, definitely! I've been working hard to tell more stories so that my presentation content is engaging. Plus, the actual design of my slides is something I care passionately about and have worked hard over the years to learn how to use information design principles on my slides.

Also, I really like to draw comics and that seems to get people excited (which is great, because comics make me excited, too!). Here's a recent one I made for my blog post:



What do you listen to when you work?
Heavy metal. Rammstein is the perfect band to help me concentrate while entering data or doing any type of repetitive task!

What are you currently reading? How do you find time for reading?

I just finished "Behind Her Eyes" by Sarah Pinborough (Thriller, Fiction). Loved it, highly recommend if you're a fan of thrillers! I have yet to start my next book. I usually read for 30-60 minutes right before bed, and/or Sunday mornings.

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? How does this influence your working habits?
Introvert, definitely. I have to space out my meetings and interviews out more than others because I get really tired and need to "recharge" more than my extroverted colleagues do.

What's your sleep routine like?
I'm usually in bed between 10-11pm and up between 7-8am.

What's your work routine like?
I work pretty standard hours at my full-time job (9-5pm), though that's a bit off because my partner has night classes this semester and we share a car. Then I usually work on Creative Research Communications on Saturday. But now that the weather is warming up (it's February right now), I'm going to have to find some time for hiking and biking during the weekend here in Colorado!

What's the best advice you ever received?
I'm torn between two bits of advice: 1. It never hurts to ask for something you want, especially funding. and 2. Don't feel like you have to react or respond to every. single. thing.


          [PREMIERE] Intellitard - Socktopus [Mental Vacation 2-24 Street Ritual]        
Founding member of the subsonic movement that's been hitting the Bay Area for two years now, Benji Hannus has a ton of worms on his plate. The Wormhole Wednesday crew counts Intellitard as one of their own, but on February 24, Hannus drops his Mental Vacation EP on Street Ritual.
          Intellitard - Filling a Hole That Isn't Empty [PREMIERE]        
Wormhole honcho Benji Hannus has been busy. In addition to running his succesful weekly out of Oakland, the left coast producer has been hard at work on the new Nudibranch EP. We got a taste of it during The Untz Challenge, and today we premiere "Filling a Hole That Isn't Empty," a dubby, glitchy track that defies categorization.
          Wormhole comp 'From Oakland to Berlin' taps Pleasure, Yheti, Shlump        
From the opening note of this compilation you get sucked into the Wormhole. The illustrious beats hypnotize you as your journey begins. You are absorbed into the abnormal beats of awakening. The sojourn you take part in is perpetuated by each song. The grooves, the bass, the synths all progressing you forward. Included are eclectic tastes from across the globe.
          Pleasure debuts 'Let Me Get Some Action' from Unknown EP [Sept 29]        
Coming off a huge weekend at Infrasound Equinox, the man, the mist, the lingerie, Pleasure, is cramming more of that weird bass into your ear sockets. Sean McCarthy has been screaming across the country towards his fall retreat in northern California where has promised to hunker down and crank out more tunes, but a boatload are coming our way in the form of Unknown EP this coming Tuesday (September 29) via Wormhole.
          Secret Recipe shares trippy track 'Interstellar Symphonies' [PREMIERE]        
Benji Hannus has already cemented his status in the Weird Bass movement via his role with Oakland weekly Wormhole Wednesdays, which has certainly served as a breeding ground for the Bay's weirdo producers and trippy trap aficionados. But he's about to increase his visibility with his brand new moniker, Secret Recipe, with The Cookbook, out on December 3.
          Secret Recipe teases new Street Ritual EP with 'Break Like Diamonds'        
We've been following the career of Benji Hannus with quite a bit of interest. Not only because he's one of the main driving forces behind the wildly successful Wormhole Wednesday gatherings at The New Parish in Oakland, Calif. but also because of his forward-thinking bass music as Secret Recipe. Today we got our hands on a brand spankin' new one from him, ahead of the release of his latest EP, Post Dystopian Renaissance.
          West coast newcomer Potions unloads 'Checkmate' on us.        
I have to admit that as knowledgable as I am about underground electronic music, I have no clue who potions is, but thankfully I've got the hook up on all things squelchy, trippy, and trappy courtesy of the Wormhole boys. The latest Wormhole Music Group release drops March 22 from the Santa Cruz, CA native. With a sound very reminiscent of another Banana Slug (that's the local college's mascot), G Jones, potions gives us a thrilling entrée to his sound.
          Secret Recipe debuts Ancient Mermaids collab 'Pirate Ted'        
Benji Hannus is a busy boy. He's already set off on his Singularity of Fucks Not Given tour, which precedes the release of his new album of the same name by a little over a week. The release on October 25th on Wormhole Music Group precedes his album release party by a day, which happens to be his crew's biggest event in its illustrious history. But we'll get to that in a second.
          Mike.iLL and Subduktion debut title track from Cold World EP        
There is no shortage of incredible projects whizzing across our WiFi every day from our partners on The Untz Festival. Holding down half our late night activities with the much-anticipated Gnargate stage, the Wormhole Music Group has been a huge ally in rallying our Bay Area troops, and experimental bass fans from well beyond the state.
          Shlump, Moniker hit Wormhole Wednesday for The Untz Festival pre-party        
For years, the Wormhole Music Group has been at the center of the underground movement in the Bay Area, where at the heart of the west coast bass scene, fans, artists, and promoters have collected at The New Parish to get a sense of for the new sounds, sights, and faces of the cause. On April 5th, our love for our Wormhole brothers and sisters reaches new heights in a culmination of everything we've all been working towards.
          Toady toady toad - where are you? (Toadface takes on Scooby)        
If you want to talk about synergy, check this: Wormhole Music Group, one of our partners for The Untz Festival is releasing this new Toadface song on their Wormfiles series—the same man you can see headlining ThazDope Records' stage at that very festival. Jinkies! Catch the whole crew next month in Mariposa, California from June 2-4 for the underground bass extravaganza. No spooky ghosts—pinky swear.
          escapeboard adds 'Decay' to the Wormfiles        
Brandon Reid of Moniker's side project dives deep into the Wormhole.
          LITLBIRD premieres new Secret Recipe collab 'Chrysalis'        
Exoskeleton EP is out August 8 on Wormhole Music Group.
          Episode #134: June 30, 2012        
Wormhole Physics
          Magic Wormhole, envía archivos de forma segura desde la terminal        

En el siguiente artículo vamos a echar un vistazo a un la aplicación de la línea de comandos llamada Magic...

El artículo Magic Wormhole, envía archivos de forma segura desde la terminal ha sido originalmente publicado en Ubunlog.


          Alien Agent (2007) DVDSCR        
Rykker is an intergalactic warrior trapped on Earth, destined to fight a gang of ruthless aliens known as The Syndicate. The syndicate is an alien fifth column plotting to take over the world. The film opens with a spectacular highway chase, as Rykker liquidates several syndicate agents. Saylon is a top syndicate leader who comes from outer space and crash-lands on Earth. His mission to build a wormhole link between Earth and the alien planet - a portal - making possible a full-scale invasion of the Earth. Isis is the sexy and ruthless leader of the syndicate on Earth. While launching a robbery spree to steal the spare parts necessary to build the portal, Isis becomes hell bent on destroying Rykker and clearing the way for Saylon's master plan. Julie is a fifteen year old who's family is murdered During the hijacking of a truck carrying material for the portal. Julie left totally alone in the world, Seeks vengeance on the killers. Rykker also seeks to find them. He must stop them before they complete the portal and flood the world with alien scum. Julie and Rykker are thrown together by tragic circumstance. They hook up - actually, she follows him against his will; he tries and tries to ditch her, but she keeps popping up, even saving his life at one point - and embark on a cross country journey, with Isis and an army of syndicate killers in hot pursuit. The final showdown, inside a nuclear reactor, is a balls to the wall action climax, as Rykker and Julie battle Isis, Saylon and their army of killers, and try to prevent the portal from opening a rein of destruction upon Earth.

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          The 2013 Recruiting Smacktacular        
The Year of "2012 - The Sequel"

The Class of 2012 had some excellent skill position players, some of whom were ready to take the field last season, others who show great promise for the future. There were even a few prospects at defensive end. But it was lacking in any sort of depth for those warriors in the heart of the trenches- the "Big Uglies" as the legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson used to call them.

The Class of 2013 if anything, exhibits even greater talent away from the line of scrimmage, than the 2012 Class did. And there are some Class of "2012" members who actually count in the Class of 2013. If you want to see the profiles of Seth Dooley, Woody Baron or Jerome Wright, please see our 2012 Recruiting Smacktacular.

However, despite better talent in the four offensive line prospects that come into this class than 2012, the Hokies yet again fall miserably short in getting bigtime offensive line prospects, or even enough prospects into the class. My Calm and Beloved Reader, you have to look no further than LAST SEASON to see what happens when a team doesn't have a full complement of high quality offensive linemen at their disposal. Despite strong play from Nic Becton and Vinston Painter at tackle in their one-on-one battles with ends (at least in the games I watched), the interior of the line was a mishmash of garbage, never playing with any drive off the ball or any consistency, as various players came into and out of the lineup. The results speak for themselves.

Having said that, after spending the past several weeks going over interviews, game film and comments from high school coaches and teammates, I will admit that I am excited about the overall quality of the class. The Hokies can do battle with programs from around the country to land talent, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. And there appear to be very few bad apples in this class as well, which bodes well for continued team chemistry. These players are consistently mentioned for being the type of hard-working, team-first players that the Hokies have built their program on and that I'm proud to see represent Virginia Tech. Having said all of that, this is called the Year of 2012 The Sequel because there still isn't enough "beef" to make the difference on the interior that is so obvious to me when I watch the top teams in the country. If you don't have at least one NFL 3rd round or better draft prospect on your offensive and defensive line every season, you're just not going to be able to compete at the top of college football in today's game.

Now, that was plenty of ado, so without much further ado, let's get into it. As always, check out our friends at Rivals for the full measureables on each prospect. But if you want to know who's going to be a stud and who's going to be an also-ran, continue on down the wormhole.




Offense

Kyle Chung (OT) - recruited by Charley Wiles

Ok so it's ironic that immediately after I rail on the offensive line in the intro, one of the better OL prospects in the class happens to come up first for discussion. Kyle comes from great stock with his dad being Eugene Chung, former Hokie great and NFL lineman. Kyle's fundamentals and footwork are miles ahead of most kids coming out of high school as a result and he's athletic, having played some tight end. Really the only question is, how strong can he get and how much weight can he carry on his frame without losing the athleticism? VT has had enough kids who can "really get after ya", it's time one of these prospects takes it up a notch and starts crushing people on a consistent basis. Chung has the potential to be one who does, based on his pedigree and film, but "potential" is a dangerous word.

Bucky Hodges (QB) - recruited by Bryan Stinespring

This may be called the Year of the Sequel, but I think when people look back 5-6 years from now on the 2013 Class, they're really going to associate whether this was a good or a great class based on the development of Bucky Hodges. He looks like a thinner version of Logan Thomas coming out of high school, but he has a quicker, more compact throwing motion, and isn't quite as athletic. New OC/QB Coach Scot Loeffler gets a ton of raw material to work with here and we're going to find out in very short order what kind of QB coach he really is. If Hodges can learn to read a defense and manage the game, he looks like the type of player who can be a star. If he either doesn't have that mental toughness and quick recognition ability, or Loeffler can't reach him, he'll just be another Jordan Jefferson-type of QB - serviceable, but never able to live up to the athletic talent.

Jonathan McLaughlin (OL) - recruited by Bryan Stinespring

McLaughlin was originally an East Carolina commit, who after a year of prep school, switched to the Hokies, thanks to the hard work by Bryan Stinespring. It's always good to get a kid in who has had a year of prep school to go against tougher competition, and McLaughlin helps put another body in the trenches this spring, which the Hokies really need right now, but nothing leaps off the tape as special about him. He is big enough but doesn't appear dominating in any of his footage, unless going against a somewhat smaller player. McLaughlin is the type of prospect the Hokies need to sign behind two-to three stud prospects, because he could be a sleeper and work hard enough in the weight room to become a starter, but you don't want to rely on him being a contributor as part of your four player OL recruiting class, which is what's happening here.

Deon Newsome (WR) - recruited by Cornell Brown

Deon Newsome is the second legacy Hokie mentioned in this class as his dad, Myron Newsome, was a LB for VT back in the day. Newsome is just an all-around football player and you can tell he grew up around the game. He played everywhere for the Hampton Crabbers, but most of his snaps were at QB (wearing #5 a la Tyrod Taylor). Newsome wasn't always the fastest guy on the field, but the 757 is filled with kids who can fly, so he's also not exactly slow. However, he has great stop/start acceleration and just has that knack which makes him a danger with the ball in his hands. And I say a "knack" because he doesn't even make a ton of flashy moves, he just always seems to be gliding north/south and avoiding tackles. I see him being able to contribute both in the return game and as a slot receiver.

Parker Osterloh (OL) - recruited by Curt Newsome (closed by Bryan Stinespring)

My goodness, this Osterloh fella is a monster. 6'7 1/2", 300 lbs and he has more room to grow into that frame. Unfortunately the level of competition he played at was very poor, he appears to have had little coaching at the offensive line position, and basically his footage is of him just getting in the way of anyone trying to futilely get past because he's so much larger and more athletic than they are. I liken the relationship to him and new OL Coach Jeff Grimes to that of OC Scot Loeffler/ QB prospect Bucky Hodges. We're going to learn about what Coach Grimes can do given a lot of raw material because Osterloh could develop into an absolute monster. If he gets a lot stronger and learns the position well, he could be an amazing All-ACC caliber performer. Or he could just be another big guy, not able to get on the field. The type of prospects the Hokies need to be going after, are the kids that have the fundamentals of a Kyle Chung, but have a frame like Parker Osterloh. In the meantime, we'll hope that both of these young men can reach their maximum potential and become solid linemen for VT.

Carlis Parker (QB) - recruited by Bryan Stinespring

The 2nd most underrated recruit in the 2013 Class is Carlis Parker. I don't know what most recruiting sites were thinking about, but Parker has got a very nice throwing motion, can throw well on the run, and is a legitimate running threat from the QB position. He's tall enough to see over the line, but still can shake'n'bake to escape pocket pressure, which he feels very naturally. Recruiting sites might have missed him but all the North Carolina schools came on late and even the SEC beckoned with an offer from USC. Now most of those other offers were as an "athlete" (which should indicate what kind of athletic talent Parker is) while the Hokies promised him his first shot will be at QB and from his footage, this looks legit. Fast + elusive + a live arm = excitement, as we know all too well in Blacksburg.

Braxton Pfaff (OL) - recruited by Cornell Brown

I have to admit that while I have really been down on the Hokies OL recruiting the past few seasons, in terms of overall quality of prospects along with not enough prospects in each class, there has been at least one player in each class whose footage just gets me fired up watching it. Yeah, these guys don't have all the tools of the top prospects, but they still get after it, they play extremely physically and they give it hell on every play. And to me, that type of battling in the trenches, though it doesn't get the highlights on TV, is really where you can boil the game of football down to. Who wins that battle - the blocker or the defender? Braxton Pfaff is that guy for me this year, who just makes me want to run around and break stuff. He's a big ball of effort and hustle on every play and I don't mean to short sell his footwork or arm strength, as he is a legit prospect, he's just not a Kyle Bosch or Dorian Johnson from this year's OL class. Now I fully expect this kid to embrace the weight room and if nothing else, he is going to represent the hard-nosed, physical type of line play that Coach Jeff Grimes went on and on about at his introductory press conference. Glad Pfaff is a Hokie.


David Prince (ATH) - recruited by Cornell Brown

David Prince will be competing for a similar role as the previously mentioned Deon Newsome - returner and slot receiver. And while they both played a lot of QB in high school, and both were in rushing roles from the QB position, their running styles are very different. Newsome is that guy people always miss their first shot at, who makes a couple of moves while he's running and then puts his head down and gets the most out of every play. David Prince is a one-move and he's GONE type of guy. The kid can flat-out burn it. He outran every type of angle, just relying on his blazing speed. Put simply he was uncatchable in high school. He isn't going to break many tackles or shake you out of your shoes, but give him a step and it's six points. Football is a results game, so the question will be whether Newsome's or Prince's style of play is more effective at the college level, but whichever one is, they will add excitement to Lane Stadium in the years to come.

D.J. Reid (RB) - recruited by Shane Beamer

Makes sense that the RB coach would recruit a running back under the radar like D.J. Reid. Reid is the 3rd most underrated recruit in this year's class, as the thought of him being a 3 star running back is laughable. The footage I watched appeared to be a Kill the Man with the Ball Fest, as there were defenders breaking through everywhere in 9 man fronts, so it seems that he was the lone threat on offense for his team (reminded me of watching what teams tried to do to the Vikings this year with Adrian Peterson). And because of that, Reid didn't have a ton of TD runs like many other prospects, so maybe that's what hurt his rating. But Reid is incredible instinctive, he has great feet and good balance. He'll have to be taught to trust linemen and read blocks, but he can run over a defender, around one or make them miss. Reid is just meant to run the football. He is also big enough to be a huge weapon in the passing game as he is easily physical enough to block a LB or slip out of the backfield, as long as he can pick up the mental aspects. All in all, this is a fantastic addition to the class and I'm pretty certain Reid will earn a chance to join the lineage of Hokie starting RB's later in his career.


Defense

Chuck Clark (S) - recruited by Bryan Stinespring

The defensive side of the ball is just filled with unbelievable talent in 2013 and it starts with Chuck Clark at safety. His footage is straight out of a 1990's montage of BeamerBall. The kid is returning punts for TD, he's blocking kicks, forcing fumbles, picking off passes and taking them to the house. Clark picked off four passes last season and returned THREE of them for TD which is ridiculous. The two-time defensive Player of the Year in SE Virginia, Clark just has that instinctive nose for the ball. And despite a running motion that I can only describe as awkward, he is still pretty fast. He will be working with his track team this spring to clean up his running motion, which should only make him that much faster. And he's already plenty physical. The Hokies have really landed some great safety prospects the past few years and Clark is right in the mix amongst the best.

Brandon Facyson (CB) - recruited by Torrian Gray

Would I sound completely insane if I said that it's possible that the best cornerback signed in this class ends up being Brandon Facyson instead of Kendall Fuller? Fuller is more polished right now, there is no question, but Facyson is the winner of TSF's most underrated recruit in this year's class. Watching him reminds me of watching a young Nnmadi Asomugha who, when he played for the Raiders a few years ago, was the best shutdown cover corner in the NFL. Facyson is that rare breed of big, tall corner who still has the open hips and incredible change of direction that lets him come out of his break to make a play on the ball. He also has excellent ball skills, always high-pointing the football whether on offense or defense and plays very physically in the run game, not just enjoying the contact, but comes up on the football in a fundamentally sound way. Facyson has plenty to learn about technique as he often had to overcome being out of position by simply being so much more athletic than his opponents, but physically, he is the most exciting prospect at cornerback I've seen sign with the Hokies since Jayron Hosley. VT beat out literally half the schools in the SEC and Charlie Strong at Louisville to land him out of Georgia.


Holland Fisher (DB) - recruited by Shane Beamer

Holland Fisher is one of those guys whose stock kept improving throughout the camp season last summer. He showed he had ball skills, could cover and still played with immense physicality. A very early Hokie commit, basically everyone in the country went after him, including Alabama and Ohio State who both pursued very hard. But Fisher stayed true to his commitment and the Hokies are getting a big, fast heat-seeking missile. He can accelerate to full speed by his second step which is just unbelievable to watch on film. He's 6'2" but plays with a much lower center of gravity than that. The coaches are going to give Fisher a shot at rover, but I'm not sure he's top-speed fast enough to play there. I do, however, think he's a future STAR at the whip position once he puts on 15-20 lbs or so through some Gentrification, as he spent his high school career playing close to the line of scrimmage. Fisher is a great example of how, on defense, the Hokies can go head-to-head with ANYONE in America for a prospect, because of the perception of the Hokie defense. It shows yet again, why it's so important that the offensive staff begin building a similar tradition.

Kendall Fuller (DB) - recruited by Torrian Gray

Torrian Gray only recruited two players in the 2013 Class, but they were both cornerbacks and they are both unbelievable. What else is there to say about Kendall Fuller? Like I mentioned above, he comes in ready to play. His brothers have prepared him to understand the defensive backfield concepts that Coach Gray uses, and he obviously is physically gifted. Donaldven Manning has all of the instincts one could want in a CB, but he was undersized, being forced into action so early in his career and lost his confidence and nearly left the program. I have a feeling that for Kendall, confidence won't be an issue. He also looks to be the fastest Fuller (either him or older brother Corey). The only small issue I saw in his footage was, he doesn't seem to have top flight ball skills, but then, he's playing DB not WR, so that's nitpicking. Really with Fuller the only question is - will he be great? I have zero doubt, that he's ready for the college game and he will be good. But how hard will he push himself? How seriously will he take the coaching and the weight room and the film study? He has the talent to play already, but to be one of the great ones, he has to drive himself to do those other things and keep trying to outwork his opponents. That's a lot to ask a kid who already has the world at his feet, and doesn't HAVE to outwork his opponents to be a contributor. We will see.

Cequan Jefferson (DB) - recruited by Shane Beamer

Jefferson isn't big and he's not as athletic as the two other cornerback prospects the Hokies brought in this class, but he's instinctive, and extremely tough for his size. Watching footage, he's clearly one of those guys that the game just comes naturally to. He comes off of the man he's covering to make plays on a regular basis. If Jefferson was a half step faster or a little bigger, he'd be much more highly rated. As it stands, he could still surprise some people. I could easily see him having a standout special teams career at Tech (similar to Alonzo Tweedy).

Jameion Moss (LB) - recruited by Charley Wiles

The "freak show" position on the Hokie defense is the Backer spot. Now Bruce Taylor was successful last season in the role just because he knew the defense so well. But think of the James Anderson's and Xavier Adibi's, as guys who have no business being that fast at that size, that made the Hokie defenses go. Plays are "spilled" to the Backer because the Backer is supposed to be your playmaker.  Jameion Moss is a little too small to star in that right away, but the kid can absolutely fly at 210 lbs. I loved his pursuit and his ability to come off of blocks to the correct side to make the play. If he can put on 20 lbs and keep that speed (a big if) he has the capability to be that playmaker for VT in 2-3 years.

Andrew Motuapuaka (LB) - recruited by Shane Beamer

This young man is to the linebacker spot what Cequan Jefferson is to the cornerback position in this year's class - at first glance you think "No way." He looks too short to play the spot, his arms just don't have enough length like a Jameion Moss to hold off blockers, and then you put on the tape and he's just all over the field. Motuapuaka has an endless motor, he's faster than I thought he'd be, and talk about playing the game violently! He relishes contact and makes big hit after big hit. He is a natural at the game and so, like Jefferson, it will be a function of if he can get fast and strong enough to overcome his size disadvantage and get out there to play in what is a very competitive position on the Hokie football team - the Mike spot in the middle. Jack Tyler is able to do it at that size through incredible instincts and he is faster than people realize. Perhaps Motuapuaka will emerge as a similar playmaker later in his career.

Anthony Shegog (DB) - recruited by Bud Foster

Anthony Shegog looks custom built to be a rover in the Hokie defense. He is a big body who can really run, and he absolutely loves contact. Shegog played all over the field in high school, so he's been at corner and safety and linebacker, which if you put those three in a blender, is really what the Hokies are looking for in a rover anyway. Tech landed Shegog over UVa which is always awesome to bring an in-state kid in over the Wahoos. He models his game after Kam Chancellor and he has a similar frame, so it will be interesting to see Shegog's development. If he is successful, it really will help the Hokies by allowing them to move Holland Fisher to where he can be a terror at whip.

Wyatt Teller (DE) - recruited by Bud Foster

Coach Foster may have only landed two prospects in the 2013 Class but they are stellar (would you expect anything less from this legend?) It's a shorter list of schools that didn't offer Wyatt Teller than the ones who did. Despite being ranked so highly by recruiting services, I nearly listed him as one of our underrated recruits, because he has the best defensive end footage I've seen in some time (which is saying something when you think of players like Corey Marshall and James Gayle). Now Teller is a very different type of player than those guys. He isn't an athletic wonder, running a 4.4 40 yd-dash in a 220 lb frame that we hope gets big enough. Instead, Teller is a full-grown merciless terror on the football field. The only way to describe what I watched was that he MAULED the opponent, whether it be an offensive tackle, a guard, the running back, a double-team, you name it, Teller destroyed it. One play that sticks out to highlight his strength is that he chases a running back down the line and with the back running forward, Teller literally grabs the back, lifts him up (the back's legs are still running in the air) and turns and brings him down facing back towards the line of scrimmage. He is already 250 lbs and it seems likely to me that he moves inside to the defensive tackle spot. He is very quick in space, he's just probably not fast enough to play defensive end. But I shudder to imagine a redshirt year spent getting meaner and tougher with Mike Gentry and I'm pretty certain Wyatt Teller is going to be a name Hokies everywhere will know by the 2015 season.


Wrap-up

The great thing about analyzing recruiting is that it allows to me do what I enjoy - just watch the game of football and evaluate player performance, without the stress and agony of a Hokie victory hanging in the balance. So, yes, while I only watched the wins for Virginia Tech this past year, I watched hours of footage and film on players the Hokies were in on, whether they signed them or not. And I've come to the same conclusion that I reached the past two seasons - the Hokies aren't getting enough top talent in the middle of the offensive and defensive lines. It will be very interesting to see the impact of this new offensive staff (a change that I still am not fully recovered from the shock of after hoping and dreaming of it for so long) on many areas of the team.

New OC Scot Loeffler will be a fascinating topic to study and discuss regarding his impact on QB development, game-planning and playcalling, all of which will have massive implications, to be sure, on VT's football future. But I think one of the biggest opportunities to make an impact is OL Coach Jeff Grimes who comes to Blacksburg with a strong history of recruiting linemen, especially in the ultra-competitive SEC. Can he begin getting Tech in on the foundational type of linemen that you can build an offense around? After watching the footage, I do honestly believe one of this year's crop of offensive linemen will develop into a very effective starter for Virginia Tech, (my guess is Osterloh or Chung) but you just can't afford to go 1 for 4 in terms of being right about linemen. You want to get at least 2-3 stud offensive linemen each year and then take a project or two who you think could develop into very effective players. I am already excited about seeing the impact of Grimes on the Class of 2014.

So what's left to discuss on this year's class? In what's become a common refrain, the defensive talent was plucked from among the very best along the whole East Coast. The Hokies won recruiting battles against in-state programs as well as national powers and continued to reload. I was (and still am) a big fan of Davion Tookes from the 2012 Class, but I think Facyson and Fuller both have the potential to be first team all-conference performers, if not even better at cornerback and Wyatt Teller is an awesome addition to the line.

Regarding offense, maybe what's most interesting about the 2013 Class is two players who were supposed to join VT this year after a year of prep and neither is currently scheduled to do so: Thomas Smith was a massive prospect at WR who never made it to Fork Union where he was going to prep for a year, and Drew Harris was the next big thing at RB who has run into some academic qualification difficulties. Smith was pretty impressive but not landing him isn't that big of a deal because the WR corps is still deep and the Hokies have added a few more prospects this year to that position in Prince and Newsome. The addition of DJ Reid at running back makes me feel a lot better about the decreasing possibilities of landing Harris, but I still hold out hope that Harris makes it to Blacksburg, as I think he'd be a solid complement to the blazing Chris Mangus (who I still think is going to take people by surprise).

I find I'm more excited about spring practice than usual (which if you know me is REALLY saying something) just to see how this new offensive staff goes about their business. I'm expecting an increased energy level and it would be so tremendous if, for a change, the offense was really able to push to the defense to a higher level. I'm not expecting that from an execution standpoint in the very first spring that the Hokies are trying to learn this new offense, but from an energy level standpoint it should be very interesting. And I also look forward to seeing those prospects who've already enrolled, especially Carlis Parker at QB and Brandon Facyson at CB to see is they still look as impressive athletically when matched up against current Division I-A talent.

Of course, as Susan Bissonette once said - "An optimist is the human personification of spring" so let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Oh what the hell. Let's.

GO HOKIES!!!!
          Back to the 70s with Mike Mandel at SFMOMA        
Last month SFMOMA opened an exhibit dedicated to the recently deceased photographer Larry Sultan, and this month an exhibit dedicated to his friend and artistic collaborator, the very much living Mike Mandel, opened in an adjoining gallery.

The two Los Angeles artists met in the early 1970s at the San Francisco Art Institute, and embarked on a number of conceptual pranks together, including actual billboards that advertised nothing and an influential book assemblage of photographs called Evidence "sourced from scientific, industrial, police, military and other archives."

While the Sultan exhibit takes us through California from the 1970s to the present time, Mandel's exhibit takes you down a wormhole squarely into the 1970s, Bay Area art school subdivision. Most of the work consists of black and white photographs featuring the goofy-looking young Mandel posing Zelig-like with various individuals and groups of people.

One amusing series has Mandel photobombing the San Francisco Giants of the mid-1970s, with pitcher John Montefusco sporting the hairy chest in the clubhouse.

For the summer months, SFMOMA has extended their Saturday hours to 8 PM, which must be hell on overworked security guards who are holding down multiple jobs, but nice for museumgoers who work Monday through Friday.

I bought a membership a couple of months ago and have been learning how to navigate the huge, maze-like structure of the expanded seven-story building. After experiencing the scruffy B&W 1970s of Mandel, I walked down to the 2nd floor permanent collection to get back some color in my life...

...and indulge in some world-class people-watching.
          Movie: Pacific Rim        
Wooohooo due to request by 
Moviemanic: Can you do a post about Pacific Rim?
*hehe* This time we're introducing a movie that called Pacific Rim! :D 
i can tell most of you would be excited soooo :D without much blah blah (LOL).
we bring you Pacific Rim :P


       Exciting/Action-filled Plot :P
It's Time...LOL :P soooo The year is 2020 and the world is at threat , along side a fantastic prologue , showing how a rift in the bottom of the Pacific created a wormhole into another dimension where an army of monsters called Kaiju emerged , In order to fight the monsters, giant robots known as Jaegers were created, which humans would pilot from inside by using a device similar to an eliptical machine. With many more secrets to uncover as well as the purpose of the kaiju ( well beside taking over our world) and possibly the orgins!? Well to know more , it's best to watch the movie in cinemas SHOWING NOW so get your tickets and popcorn ready cause it's going to be an awesome ride to destruction!

As Always : TRAILERS !!! :D


          DevRadio: Startup Stories: An Interview with Sally Buberman and Ignacio Lopez from Wormhole        

Recently I interviewed Sally Buberman and Ignacio Lopez, who turned an Imagine Cup project into a successful startup. Wormhole uses gamification to make online learning more engaging. Watch the interview below or at: Startup Stories: An Interview with Sally Buberman and Ignacio Lopez from Wormhole


          Wormhole by Ali Nouira and Big Blind Media - DVD        
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          Comment on Beyond Our Materialistic Assumptions: A Wormhole Inquiry by Gordon Yumibe        
So what is keeping you from actually doing this Jeff? There is actually going on an energetic level that enhances some of our once latent abilities to do this very thing... The world as we have grown up in is probably created from all our collective thoughts and constructs ... Change your thoughts...change your reality...
          Comment on What if No One is Having the Experience You Think You’re Having? by Craig        
Good stuff Jeff. Wormhole: a tunnel from one space-time locale to another space-time locale without any intervening space-time. Wormhole Enquiry: a complete, mysterious, and potentially disorienting tunnel into one space-time locale without any intervening sense of a separate self.
          Comment on The Way of the Wormhole: On the Art of Inquiry by Fred Haag        
Good Morning Jeff...... I continue to read any and all of your emails because I so enjoy the routes you travel and the journeys you ask me to take with you. I teach graduate level courses to teachers and guidance counselors, so I am often mentioning your name to my classes as we seek to initiate and answer our inquiries regarding better educational approaches, methodologies, and interactions. Thanks so much for your contributions on email. I'm hoping some day to meet you; I think you would easily become a friend because I already value you. Best Wishes in all you do.
          iPad apps: defining experiences from the first wave        

There are now over 1,348 approved apps for the iPad. That's on top of the 150,000 iPad-compatible iPhone programs already available in the App Store. When Apple's tablet PC launches, just hours from now, it will have a software library greater than that of any handheld in history -- not counting the occasional UMPC. That said, the vast majority of even those 1,348 iPad apps are not original. They were designed for the iPhone, a device with a comparatively pokey processor and a tiny screen, and most have just been tweaked slightly, upped in price and given an "HD" suffix -- as if that somehow justified the increased cost.

Besides, we've seen the amazing potential programs have on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and webOS when given access to a touchscreen, always-on data connection, GPS, cloud storage and WiFi -- but where are the apps that truly define iPad? What will take advantage of its extra headroom, new UI paradigms and multitouch real estate? Caught between netbook and smartphone, what does the iPad do that the iPhone cannot? After spending hours digging through the web and new iPad section of the App Store, we believe we have a number of reasonably compelling answers.

Update: Now includes Wormhole Remote, TweetDeck, SkyGrid, Touchgrind HD, GoToMeeting, SplitBrowser, iDisplay, Geometry Wars and Drawing Pad.

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          One Man's Opinion.        
Ok, so there's a lot of speculation going on about the end of this game today. I would like to put my two cents in concerning the finale.
First, from an earlier stage, we learned that The Maxwell Group is a subsidiary of Widmore Industries.

Second, we know that whatever ship Naomi came from is not Penny's boat.

Also, Naomi was in possession of the picture of Desmond and Penny.


Using these pieces of evidence, I am capable of coming to only one conclusion. Charles Widmore, the only other person in the world other than Penny or Desmond capable of possessing that photo, staged the fake plane in the bottom of the ocean for the purpose of ending Sam Thomas' and any other concerned party's search for Oceanic 815. I do not yet know why he is interested in the island, that remains to be seen. These are the conclusions which I have drawn:
There is no wormhole.
There is no time warp.
There is only one Oceanic 815. This is all just a result of a conspiracy. That seems plainly evident to me, thanks to the knowledge that Sam was practically forced to go to those coordinates by The Maxwell Group.

Note: Please do not discuss spoilers in the comments section. I made sure this theory was completely spoiler-free and only used information from the game and show thus far.
          News - 06/04/10...        
The Secret of Kells coming to DVD/BD in October

New Video has announced that they have acquired U.S. television, digital, VOD and home video distribution rights to the Oscar nominated animated film The Secret of Kells and will be bringing it to most of those platforms (including DVD and Blu-ray) on October 5th, 2010.





Newman gets star on Walk of Fame

Composer Randy Newman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, according to AFP. Newman spent a highly successful 35 years in the business before scoring his first animated film — 1995’s Toy Story. Since then he’s become one of the most popular and honored animated film composers around. Ten of Newman’s nineteen Oscar nominations have been for his work in animated films, with his sole win coming in 2002 for the song If I Didn’t Have You from Monsters, Inc.





New Toy Story 3 images

A new batch of images from the upcoming Toy Story 3 have just been revealed at Box Office Mojo. The anticipated Pixar sequel comes to theaters just two weeks from tomorrow.





Droga5 Adds Brock Lee Into the Recipe For Blur

Meet Brock Lee (brocc-oli? get it?), a video game drive who isn’t satisfied with his lot in life. He stars in this new spot for Activision’s Blur driving game. The effort was led by Droga5 and directed by Darren Walsh.







Jacquet Puts Hamsters in New Kia Soul Spot

For this new Kia Soul TV spot, I think they used humans in mouse suites, keyed out the actor’s heads and added in CG hamster faces. What’s your guess? The ad is titled A New Way To Roll and Antoine Bardou Jacquet at Partizan directed.








Animated Ad For Disney’s World of Color

Starting on June 11th, Disney’s World of Color will be open to the public at Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland (did I mention that it’s a Disney production?) It’s primarily a water show, but there’s lasers, fire, music and lots of animation memories thrown in. Here’s a recent TV spot that features some Mickey Mouse character animation.







The New ThunderCats and the Retro Revival

Yesterday's unexpected news about the development of Warner Bros' new ThunderCats cartoon for a 2011 premiere is welcome and interesting for a few reasons worth noting. First of all, I think it's fair to say that assorted animation news in the past nine months has introduced a fad of retro revival. What young adults grew up with in the 1980s are being reintroduced to a new generation by multiple networks to a degree that, I think, we haven't seen before. Sure, in the preceding 00s decade, we did have our throwbacks to 80s cartoons. There was 2002's update of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe that sadly met a premature end, and of course there was the 2003 series for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 4Kids and Mirage Studios that only recently ended. G.I. Joe made a mild comeback with G.I. Joe: Sigma Six and the much better received G.I. Joe: Resolute miniseries. The Transformers franchise has pretty much persisted with little rest since Beast Wars came along in the mid-1990s.

However, the examples from the prior decade are dwarfed by the developments that we are now seeing. As we learned late last year, after a short break the TMNT will be back in 2012 for their third animated series courtesy of Nickelodeon. In the short term, a brand new Voltron cartoon will be premiering on Nicktoons this fall. Meanwhile, the imminent arrival of The Hub cable network will deliver a block of old school Hasbro cartoons and a fresh lineup spearheaded by original series for Transformers (Transformers Prime) and a "year one" reboot for G.I. Joe (G.I. Joe: Renegades) along with a return to Pound Puppies, My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake. And now we have ThunderCats, which is arguably the most welcome revival yet as a fantasy action series that, unlike the TMNT or the Transformers or G.I. Joe, has gotten no animated love at all since the original series ended more than twenty years ago.

In sum, in the next two years we will have more renewed properties from the 1980s than what we had throughout the entire 00s decade. The 80s are back again--again. This time the revival is bigger; time will tell if it will be better.

The skeptic in me does wonder whether this trend is ideal when, in theory, the resources and creative talent going toward these reboots would be devoted toward something fresh otherwise. Also, while I'm happy to witness this in general, I grew up on most of these properties in the 80s and so I do have the benefit of nostalgia. Those issues notwithstanding though, ultimately I do honestly view all this as positive. Just for starters, history clearly demonstrates that returning to the past doesn't preclude innovation at all. Ask any Transformers fan and you'll probably be told that 2007's Transformers Animated was not a "normal" Transformers series, whatever that fan happens to think of it. Likewise, I doubt many fans of the TMNT are complaining about the differences between the 2003 series and the original 80s series today. Japan's Mobile Suit Gundam franchise has a robust history of over thirty years that is now as much occupied by original, standalone innovations as it is by the original story that it had to tell. One could easily go on, especially if we examine the issue beyond animation. It's very possible to do significantly different--even radically different--things with similar basic concepts or iconic characters.

More to the point, perhaps, it isn't as if we are exactly lacking in fresh new ideas amidst these developments. For Cartoon Network, ThunderCats will eventually be airing along with plenty of original programming. Ben 10, Generator Rex, Chowder, Sym-Bionic Titan, Young Justice, Metajets, and on and on. Nick has its own Nicktoons, of course, and a fresh Avatar-related project that its many fans breathlessly await. For all of its embracing of nostalgia, among other things The Hub has Cosmic Quantum Ray, Deltora Quest, and The 99, the latter of which I'm especially anticipating.

Besides, as far as I'm concerned ThunderCats offers something that's far too rare today--a simple, straightforward fantasy action adventure. Sure, there's technology there too, but fundamentally it's got catlike heroes fighting evil in an exotic setting where magic is a force to be reckoned with. Superheroics, comedy, science fiction, straightforward action: animation has plenty to offer for those who want any of these things, but for the fantasy fan it seems to me that one's options are depressingly few in comparison. Between the return of the Thundercats and the coming of Deltora Quest to The Hub, however, some welcome diversity will be added to animation programming on television for awhile. Bring it on.

(Thanks Toon Zone)





New Futurama Episodes Begin June 26 on Comedy Central

Futurama’s return with all-new episodes is set for June 26 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

More than six years since the last original episode of the animated series aired on Fox, the first of 12 all-new episodes will debut with back-to-back episodes.

The series’ sixth season will include the show’s 100th episode, set to air Sept. 2.

Created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, the series ran 72 episodes in four seasons on Fox from 1999 to 2003. It returned in 2008 with the first of four direct-to-video features that were later broken up into a 16-episode fifth season.

The 26 new episodes will feature returning original cast members Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche. Guest stars in the new season include Chris Elliot, Craig Ferguson, George Takei, Sergio Aragones, Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Katee Sackhoff and Mark Mothersbaugh.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)





13th Season of Pokémon Set for Cartoon Network

Pokémon is back!

The new animated series Pokémon: DP Sinnoh League Victors — the 13th season of the show — will debut in the United States on June 5 at 7 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

The new series is the final chapter in the long-running series’ Diamond & Pearl storyline.

"Pokémon is a truly global brand with legions of fans spanning the television, film, trading card game, and video game markets," said J.C. Smith, The Pokémon Company International's director of consumer marketing. "This is an amazing year for the Pokémon franchise and we're excited to work with Cartoon Network to bring Pokémon fans the newest adventures in the animated series."

Pokémon is aired every day of the week on Cartoon Network, with original episodes airing on Saturday mornings and repeat episodes on Sundays. The show also appears Monday through Friday, on Boomerang at 8 a.m. EST/PST.

Pokémon animation appears around the world in more than 30 different languages. In addition to Pokémon's partnership with Cartoon Network in the U.S., other major broadcast partners include YTV in Canada, RedeTV in Brazil, Cartoon Network Latin America, Gulli in France, RTL2 in Germany, K2 in Italy, CITV in the United Kingdom, and Disney XD across much of Europe.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)





Brooklyn Festival Hosts U.S. Premiere of Hasan Everywhere

Kavaleer Productions’ award winning short film Hasan Everywhere will have its United States premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival, set for June 4-13.

The short film about the friendship between an Israeli writer and a Palestinian artist has won four awards in the last five months, including two Digital Media Awards.

Directed by Kavaleer CEO Andrew Kavanagh, Hasan Everywhere is set to screen at the festival on June 6 at the Indie Screen in Brooklyn, with a second screening set for June 8.

“It is exciting and such an honor to receive international recognition for this touching story,” says Kavanagh. “For Hasan Everywhere to have its U.S. premiere in New York is the perfect tribute to Hasan Hourani, who studied at the Art Students League of New York.”

Hasan Everywhere also will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market at the end of June.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)





Toy Story Tix On Facebook

Disney has created a first of its kind ticket sales app to leverage it's Facebook presence on the social network. Called Disney Tickets Together, could transform how Hollywood sells movie tickets by combining ticket sales with the networking of friends on the social sites. When you buy a ticket through Disney’s application, it alerts your Facebook friends and prompts you to invite them to buy tickets of their own.

Currently only available for the June 18th release of Toy Story 3, but should the app prove a success, Disney will surely roll this app out for it's other theatrical releases.

"The whole idea is that no friend gets left behind," said Oliver Luckett, senior vice president and general manager of DigiSynd, the Disney social networking subsidiary.

Luckett went on to say that Disney Tickets Together, which has been in development for months, works with ticket-buying sites like Fandango.com and covers the majority of the movie theaters in North America.

Facebook receives no percentage of the ticket sales but does, in theory, get more visitors on its site.





Rue McClanahan, Golden Girls' Blanche, dead at 76

Emmy Award-winning actress Rue McClanahan, best known for portraying man-hungry Blanche Devereaux on the NBC sitcom Golden Girls, died early Thursday at 76.

"She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning," manager Barbara Lawrence told People. "She had a massive stroke."

Lawrence said that at the time of her death, McClanahan "had her family with her. She went in peace."

Earlier this year, she had a minor stroke while recovering from bypass surgery.

The voice of Scarlett on the 1997 Fox Christmas special Annabelle's Wish, she was Grandma on the Blue's Clues video Blue's Big Treasure Hunt (1999).

In the 1994 Spider-Man: The Animated Series episode Doctor Octopus: Armed And Dangerous, she was Anastasia Hardy. The 2007 King of the Hill episode Hair Today, Gone Today cast her as Bunny.

Golden Girls first aired from 1985 to 1992 and remains in syndication. She won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1987.

One of McClanahan's co-stars, Estelle Getty, died in 2008; Beatrice Arthur died from cancer last year. The last of the Golden Girls, 88-year-old Betty White, has made a remarkable career comeback and recently hosted Saturday Night Live.

She was born Eddi Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma on February 21, 1934. Her father, a road builder, moved between various projects, and she lived in six towns by the time she was 8.

After four years at the University of Tulsa, McClanahan moved to New York, working part-time as a part-time file clerk while seeking theatrical jobs.

Finding her first professional theatrical work off-Broadway in 1957, she reached Broadway in 1969.

McClanahan appeared on TV soap operas until she was seen on CBS's Maude, starring Arthur, in 1972. She was Maude's best friend Vivian.

She had six husbands, including actor Morrow Wilson, whom she married in 1997. She is survived by Wilson as well as by a son, Mark Bish, from her first marriage.

"I've always been lucky enough to marry good cooks," McClanahan told People in 1986.

"One cooked Greek. One cooked Tex-Mex -- chili and stuff." She added with a laugh, "True, one needed a recipe to make a peanut butter sandwich..."





Radio jock, toon voice Robert O. Smith dies at 67

Zany Northwest radio personality Robert O. Smith, a voice actor on numerous anime and other cartoon series, died early Tuesday of pancreatic and liver cancer, children Justine Wintersmith and Zach Monroe announced on the blog of "Thorndike Pickledish," one of Smith's many alter egos. He was 67.

Heard on many Seattle and Vancouver-area stations, Smith was also known on the air and on novelty recordings as The Masked Avocado, Dr. Zingrr, and Walter Wart the Freaky Frog. A number of his discs (such as "Sinister Lunchmeat") were played -- sometimes several times -- on The Dr. Demento Show.

Smith's regular voice roles in TV series included Bernie, Buck, Cuddles and The Doctor in The Adventures of T-Rex (1992), Manx and Sanctifur in Billy The Cat (1994), Sagat in Street Fighter: The Animated Series (1997), Sparkle in Pocket Dragon Adventures (1998), and Soundwave in Transformers: Cybertron (2005). He was in the voice casts of several episodes of Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! (2002) and Gadget and the Gadgetinis (2003).

He guested in Madeline (1990) as Alfred Hamhock in "Madeline's Tea Party" and Sabrina the Animated Series (1999) as Dr. Mixer in "Witchery Science Theater."

He portrayed Dr. Sevenbrains and the Taxidermy Representative in the 1997 animated film The Fearless Four. He was Yorick in Monster Mash, a 1999 direct-to-video animated special.

Among his roles in anime series were Kyoko's Father in Mezon Ikkoku (1986); Genma Saotome, Sasuke Sarugakure and the Scroll Owner in Ranma 1/2 (1993); the Old Man in Green Legend Ran (1994); and Gravity Man in MegaMan: NT Warrior (2001) and MegaMan: NT Warrior AXESS (2003).

His anime feature films included Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986), Ranma ½: The Movie, Big Trouble in Nekonron, China and Ranma ½: Nihao My Concubine (both 1992), and Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture and Ranma ½: One Grew Over the Kuno's Nest (1994). In addition, he had many voice roles in English-language dubs of original video animations.

Smith made several of what he called "bizarre, zany and outrageous" animations using only a mouse and software, ad libbing a voice track. He sold two, "Like a Wormhole" and "Coffee Fi Fi," to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's ZeD TV show, which airs weird videos. They aired under his nom de comedy Thorndike Pickledish.

Although he had been in physical pain lately, he had made it through recent voice sessions on Vancouver station CKNW. He had also worked at KJR, KOL, KVI, KIXI-FM in Seattle, Tacoma's KTAC, CFMI-FM Vancouver and CISL Richmond, British Columbia, and CKMA in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Famed for his ability to do hundreds of different voices, he once created 20 of them for a single radio spot. After living in the Seattle area, he settled in Vancouver.

Smith held numerous records in the masters division of weightlifting competitions, calling himself "Bench Bozo." A bench-presser until shortly before his death, he had a 578.5-pound official lift.

What did his middle "O" stand for? Smith kept his full middle name a secret to all but close family members; apparently, it was a peculiar family name, said his daughter, who knows what it was. However, he once claimed in a Vancouver newspaper interview that he was just plain Robert Smith, and that he added the "O" just to differentiate himself from all the other Robert Smiths.

"His wishes were simple -- no public memorial, no digital gold-plated turbo-casket with fine cordovan leather interior and motion-activated whirling Mercedes-Benz hood ornament," his children said. "He requested cremation and a celebration of life among his closest friends."

They added: "If you would honor him, keep on doing what you do -- bench with the best of your ability and passion, striving ever toward bigger and better lifts, or create art and sound, inspired by his memory. We will keep that memory alive and continue to update Bench Bozo and All Hail Thorndike Pickledish, sharing images and his original drawings from a lifetime dedicated to lifting and creativity. Our thanks to all who knew, loved, and shared that dedication with him. We will love and miss him always."

His son is a Seattle resident and freelance voice and visual artist.





Extra Virgin Olive Oyl








First Popeye was selected to front a sex shop in Tokyo. Now, who better to represent a line of products using Extra Virgin Olive Oil than… the extra virginal Olive Oyl.

Reader John Hall sent in this new character merchandising find:

I was traveling through the Nashville, Tennessee area yesterday and found a bag of Olive Oyl Popped Corn at a local grocery store. The bag has 3 nice drawings of Olive on the bag that look like artwork from the early ’40s Fleisher cartoons. Also on the back is a nice trademark showing the whole Popeye clan with a 2009 King Features copyright. Here are some photos of the used bag (click thumbnails below to enlarge). Oh, and the popcorn is pretty good.






(Thanks Cartoon Brew)





A Lost Fleischer Cartoon




I have friends in the stock footage business. They buy large libraries of old 16mm movies by the ton (usually home movies, travelogues and educational films) and every once in a while, while digitizing and archiving their latest acquisitions, they come across an animated film they cannot quite identify. When that happens they usually send it to me to examine.

This past weekend I screened one of those films and it’s a real mystery. It’s not a particularly great cartoon, but its quite an exciting find. Watching it conjured more questions than answers. But one thing’s for sure: It’s an undocumented product of the Miami Fleischer studio. I’m posting it in hopes that others may have more clues to explain its existence - and its 70 year absence from any animation reference.

The Vacationer’s Paradise is apparently part of a proposed series called Traveltoons. It’s sort of an animated travelogue - not unlike what Famous Studios would base their later 1940s series of Screen Songs (like The Sunshine State or The Golden State).

First off, notice the title lettering done by that mysterious Fleischer/Famous studio calligrapher, whom I’m a big fan of. Next note “Mrs. Doe” - a character design that answers the burning question of what happened to Betty Boop after she retired and moved to Miami.

Could this have been a pilot for a new series of Fleischer cartoons? Was material created for this series later recycled in the Famous Screen Songs? Could this possibly be the first Famous Studios cartoon? A “blackout” reference certainly places it in either late 1941 or 1942. Note it’s really more of a film about Florida etiquette than Florida tourism. Perhaps it was created for a Miami Visitor’s Bureau?

Was the film perhaps a contractual obligation of the studio, produced for the Miami Chamber of Commerce, as part of Fleischer’s deal to re-locate to Miami? Why does the film feel so cheap? Why the absence of music in the main body of the film? Why are their no credits whatsoever? Note the voice of Jack Mercer among the background voices. Note the narrator may be Charles Irving, who voiced many of the later travelogue Screen Songs.

Bob Jaques believes that the man in the live action footage to be animator Tom Johnson. Did Johnson direct the film? Was this done by a group of ex-Fleischer artists as a sample film, perhaps to start their own Miami studio after Paramount took over Fleischers? And yet, there is a fair amount of live action and animation material, which leads me to believe this was done under Max or Dave Fleischer’s watch.

Lots of questions, no answers… but we have the film.

What do you think?



(Thanks Cartoon Brew)





Salesman Pete Trailer



French animation students—yes, students—continue to push the envelope for cel-shaded CG animation more than anybody else within the industry. This trailer for Salesman Pete is the latest example (and among the finest) that I’ve seen from a technique standpoint. It also puts to shame the bland indistinguishable visual styling that dominates all mainstream computer animated features nowadays.

The film’s directors Anthony Vivien, Marc Bouyer, and Max Loubaresse point out emphatically on their Vimeo page that “WE ARE NOT from Supinfocom, in fact we left our school before our last year in order to make this short our own way.” Now this is the kind of dropping-out that I can get behind, but I’m really curious to learn the full story about why such a production wasn’t possible at their school Supinfocom. The have a Salesman Pete production blog with pre-production artwork from their film.

(Thanks, Dan Pinto and via Drawn)

(Thanks Cartoon Brew)





Andrea Romano on "Batman: Under the Red Hood"

Warner Bros. Animation has released a new interview linked to the upcoming direct-to-DVD feature Batman: Under the Red Hood. This time, fans can hear from long-time Batman voice director Andrea Romano.

The full press release interview follows. Click any image to enlarge.

Andrea Romano Finds the Perfect Blend of Voice and Character for Batman: Under the Red Hood













Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) provides the voice of Batman, under the dialogue direction of Andrea Romano for Batman: Under the Red Hood, The film will be distributed July 27, 2010 by Warner Home Video. (Photo courtesy of Gary Miereanu)

Few individuals understand the intricacies of the voice of Batman better than Andrea Romano.

Arguably the top animation voiceover director in the business today, Romano has been instrumental in orchestrating the vocal tones behind the character’s non-live appearances for more than two decades. From Kevin Conroy and Rino Romano to Jeremy Sisto and William Baldwin, Romano knows precisely what voice will best fit the tones of a particular story or series.

Enter Batman: Under the Red Hood and all of its deep, emotional undertones. Romano has outdone herself once again, balancing the veteran acting chops of Bruce Greenwood as Batman with the youthful, pained intonations of Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, and tossing in Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing for humorous resonance.

All in a days work for Romano, who recruits the best in the business – winners of Oscars, Emmys and Tonys alike – to provide the voices behind some of the world’s best known super heroes for the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

Romano’s voiceover casting/direction resume spans more than a quarter century, covering the genre gamut from action (Batman: The Animated Series) to humor (Animaniacs) and contemporary (The Boondocks) to timeless (Smurfs). The eight-time Emmy Award winner (along with more than 30 nominations) is a star in her own right, earning the respect of her peers and the adoration of legions of animation fans. One need only witness the reaction to her introduction at a Con to understand that voiceover work is no longer an anonymous profession.

Batman: Under the Red Hood is the next entry in the popular ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video on July 27, 2010 as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray™ and 2-disc DVD, as well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for Download.

Romano took a few minutes to offer her perspective on the voices of Batman: Under the Red Hood. Here’s what she had to say:









Bruce Greenwood provides the voice of Batman in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

QUESTION: Let’s take the cast one member at a time. What made Bruce Greenwood right for the role of Batman in this particular film?

ANDREA ROMANO:
One of the coolest finds of this past year for me was Bruce. I’ve seen so much of his work over the years, and he can do so many things so convincingly. I knew I’d have to offer him a big role. Something with meat. And I knew he would really sink his teeth into the material and make it his own. I don’t need to tell you what a wonderful actor he is – but for this film, he gives a terrific, sensitive performance. This is the most tortured we’ve ever seen of Batman and, without overplaying it, Bruce really showed us a lot of the guilt and issues Batman has in his luggage. It’s an exhaustive, emotional piece, and he carried it perfectly.

QUESTION: How did Jensen Ackles perform in his maiden voyage in animation?

ANDREA ROMANO:
When you get a first-timer in the booth, there are often risks involved, particularly in understanding the techniques involved in working with the microphone. Jensen picked it up so quickly and was so effective in this very difficult role. Red Hood is written as such an embittered, angry, verging-on-insane character, and it can so easily be overplayed. But Jensen found just the right level of energy and flair. I loved his acting. His quality was dead-on, and he really offers a perfect balance with Bruce (Greenwood).

As a director, you live the emotions with the actor. There’s one scene where Jensen has to let his emotions completely bubble to the surface. I had to work really hard to see my script through the tears that I was crying with him as he let his emotions come through.

QUESTION: Who better than Neil Patrick Harris to break up all the emotional drama of this film?

ANDREA ROMANO:
Who doesn’t love Neil Patrick Harris? He’s charming, talented, friendly, and remembers everyone he works with. He can sing and dance, not that I need that talent for Red Hood (she laughs). And in this instance, he did the unthinkable – he came to record for us on his way to the airport as he was going to New York to host the Tony Awards. Nightwing really does give a comic balance to this intense story, and Neil brought that spunky, funny instinct to the character with his usual effortless performance. He’s completely believable whether he’s doing drama or comedy, and he really added to this film. If I could, I would use Neil on every single project I do.

QUESTION: Jason Isaacs is such a nice guy. Why’d you have to make him play a villain again?







Wade Williams (Prison Break) provides the voice of Black Mask in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

ANDREA ROMANO: Jason Isaacs is a delight. And you’re right (she laughs) – nice guys sometimes make the best villains. I’ve worked with Jason several times, and he’s absolutely fantastic. For Ra’s, I needed something slightly exotic. He’s a great, unusual character, but we had to fight against him getting too cartoony – and I knew Jason had the chops. He’s also a wonderfully intelligent actor – during the recording session, he had so many ideas, and would so respectfully suggest them to Bruce (Timm) and I – and I honestly don’t know that there was one we didn’t use. He helped edit the copy, he added beats where we didn’t even see them, and really nuanced the performance.

QUESTION: The Joker has had some very memorable live-action and animated performances from some notable performers. How did John DiMaggio fit into that legacy?

ANDREA ROMANO:
If I weren’t in love with my husband, it would be John. He’s such a versatile, talented voiceover actor. The Joker is such an intense character, and I knew I needed somebody with great range – and John was delighted to come in and play, and he gave it some beautiful new twists. Because he has such a deep gravely voice, and he’s good at comedy, and he’s a good actor, I knew John already had covered most of the points of the Joker. But I didn’t want a light, thin reedy voice, I wanted a voice with some mass to it. That’s John.

QUESTION: You’ve placed Vincent and Alex Martella as the Young and Younger Robin voices. Had you ever cast brothers in the same film?

ANDREA ROMANO:
This is the first time I’ve ever cast brothers in the same film. I was familiar with Vincent’s work and had been looking for something for him, and this was a great, interesting opportunity because I needed to cast the younger version of this character at two different ages. Vincent has a younger brother named Alex, who has only just begun in the industry, but because siblings tend to have very similar qualities to their voices, it was kind of a no-brainer to cast his younger brother as his younger self. And they were terrific – Vincent was pure dynamite in his performance, and I actually think Alex learned from watching his older brother record before him.

What really surprised me was in their attention to detail. They had to set up this character’s life for another actor that they weren’t even going to act in the same room with, and I thought the transitions were seamless.







Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) provides the voice of Red Hood in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

QUESTION: What set this cast apart from the first seven DC Universe films?

ANDREA ROMANO:
Each one of these actors had something to bring to the party above and beyond what was required of them. They had questions, they had input, they had ideas and, because the piece is so adult, complex, intense and dark, they knew they weren’t coming in to play The Smurfs. In order to make sure they were in the right head space and had the right tone, they asked a lot of questions. And that’s always a good sign. When the actors are that involved with their characters and the story, that challenges Bruce (Timm) and I to truly think through everything even more thoroughly, and then it becomes a much more collaborative effort. I’m not above telling an actor how to read a line. But I’d prefer that the actor comes up with the idea himself and I’m able to just tweak things here and there. We all need a challenge, something that keeps us on our toes, and recording this film was one of those experiences. A very, very positive experience.

For more information, images and updates, please visit the film’s official website at www.BatmanRedHood.com

(Thanks Toon Zone)





The Hub/ Hasbro



I trucked over to the fabled Starz Media building next to Bob Hope Non-International Airport this p.m., and I'm happy to report that The Hub and Hasbro have now (finally) moved in.

And who the hey are Hasbro and The Hub? As the L.A. Times reported five months ago:

Cable programming giant Discovery Communications and Hasbro Inc., ...are teaming up to launch a kids channel ... calling the network "The Hub." ...

The Hub will target primarily the 6-12 age demographic ... taking over the channel space that was occupied by Discovery Kids and will launch in roughly 60-million homes in the fall. There has been concern from children's advocacy groups that the connection with Hasbro will mean the channel will be focused more on selling toys than in enlightening children ..
.

Selling TOYS?! Who would have thought?

But the part of the building formerly occupied by King of the Hill has had a big-time makeover. Where once there was a large, dark, meandering space with musty cubicles, there is now a reception area with leather couches. Nice, glassed-in conference room. And off through double glass doors, a whole bunch of new animation cubes with lights and desks that haven't (for the most part) been occupied yet.

Upstairs, The Simpsons studio is quiet, with lots of artists out on hiatus, other artists just back from hiatus. One returnee told me that one of the leads who's been with the show almost from Day One has decamped for another studio.

"Blank decided the writing was on the wall and went off to Disney. He thinks the show's on its last legs and it's better to get out now than wait around for the end ..."

I replied that I think the Yellow Family has another 2-3 seasons in it because the ratings still hold up and if Fox pulls the plug the money machine will slow down faster. I also predicted that there are at least two more Simpsons features in our movie-going future, as Fox isn't going to abandon any profit centers if it can help it.

As my predictive powers are strong and flawless, I'm sure that all these things will come to pass.

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)





The Permanence of Three Dee -- Part XVIII

The Wall Street Journal speaks:

Katzenberg Says 3-D Is Great -- Except When It's Not

Yeah, it's a smart-ass headline, but the video at the link is interesting. Jeffrey reiterates what he's said before, but he's still more right than wrong.

3-D is going to be marching on to greater acceptance and glory. The conglomerates smell big bucks. And Sony, Samsung and the rest know a pricey, profitable new viewing platform when they see it.

So get used to the brave new multi-dimensional world of movies and teevee.

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)





Exclusive 'Scott Pilgrim' And 'The Last Airbender' Clips To Air During MTV Movie Awards Pre-Show!

The 2010 MTV Movie Awards kick off this Sunday, June 6, at 9 PM EST — but you should tune in an hour early if you want to catch some new footage from "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" and "The Last Airbender."

Yes, you heard it here first, folks: MTV will bring you some exclusive, new footage from the two upcoming films by directors Edgar Wright and M. Night Shyamalan during the Movie Awards Pre-Show, which begins at 8 PM EST.

If you've been following along at home, you know that Wright's "Pilgrim" movie is based on the celebrated Oni Press series by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and stars Michael Cera as a slacker musician who must battle his new girlfriend's seven evil-exes to win her heart.

Shyamalan's "Airbender" is a live-action take on the wildly popular Nickelodeon animated series, and follows a hero's quest to save the world from warring tribes that wield the elements in a battle for supremacy.

Remember: Tune in at 8 PM EST for exclusive sneak peeks at "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" and "The Last Airbender" on MTV!




First 'Thor' Costume Images?

Yesterday, we got a look at some images that might be Captain America's costume in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie, and now it looks like some images of Thor's costume — Mjolnir and all — might have also found their way online.

While this isn't our first peek at Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the art (which is entirely unofficial and unconfirmed at this point, so keep that in mind) does offer a cool, full-body shot of Marvel's god of thunder. The image also features a nice look at Mjolnir — though it might be old news for anyone who's been paying close attention to the more spoilery corners of the Marvel movie universe lately.

If nothing else, the images (which should probably be considered "fan art" until we hear otherwise) continue to present a look clearly influenced by the recent mainstream "Thor" comics by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel

Here's one of the images, and you can find a pair of them over at Collider, where they first surfaced:





































What sci-fi films would be like with their original casts



















Kurt Russell in Star Wars? O.J. Simpson in The Terminator? George Clooney in Hancock? Coulda happened. We've only been able to imagine what some of these movies would have been like if they'd been filmed with their original casts—until now.



















wildammo mocked up 17 movie posters reflecting that original casting—and since we know you don't really care whether Jim Carrey might have appeared in Meet the Parents, we're plucked out our sci-fi favorites.




























And it turns out that great minds think alike—as moviefone showed us when it did something similar last month.






















Christopher Nolan Talks Batman 3 And Superman

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Nolan talks a bit about what inspired him to get involved with the latest incarnation of Superman, as well as his thought process on moving on to Batman 3 after TDK..

In this months issue of Empire, Christopher Nolan talks about his latest movie Inception. But he also briefly mentions his much discussed but rarely quoted involvement with the Superman reboot as well as a chat he had with David Goyer when they were trying to figure out where to go after The Dark Knight.











He doesn't go into too much detail, and no plot details are revealed, but its nice to hear the notoriously tight lipped director talk about these much anticipated projects...

"..What it is, while David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago, you know thrashing out where we might move on from the Dark Knight, we got stuck. We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said ”by the way, I think I know how you should approach Superman".. and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that."













Nice to hear that Nolan thinks the characters should remain mostly true to their origins. Does that mean we will have to see Supes' exodus from Krypton again? Maybe. But hey, I can live with that as long as we have another villain instead or as well as Lex this time around. Also, the fact that he is so heavily involved in Superman and directing the next Batman really gives hope to an eventual cross over I think.

(Thanks Comic Book Movie)
          Thee Headcoatees - The Sisters Of Suave        

Good Evening and welcome back! I was in the depth of a YouTube music video wormhole when I came across Thee Headcoatees and their album, "The Sisters Of Suave". It's a lo-fi, 60's sounding, dirty sort of surf punk that is fronted by a sweet female vocal that reminds me a bit of The Girls At Dawn. It's tongue n cheek and punk grrrl sweet...check it out down below...



See ya Sunday! xD
          The Orb 99: Admiral Denorios and His Ginormous Belt Buckle        

Emissary, Part 2 of 2.

When Deep Space Nine premiered, the idea of a show set on a space station didn’t sit well with all fans. But with a season and a half still to go on The Next Generation, the producers couldn’t simply fire off another show about a crew flying around on a starship. They had to do something different. But the stationary aspect of DS9 was far from the only thing unique about the show. “Emissary” set into motion a different form of storytelling and put many threads into place that would create the rich tapestry of Deep Space Nine.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you the second of a two-part look at the DS9 pilot as we discuss the events that happen inside the wormhole, how moving the Station affected the direction of the show, the nature of Orbs, whether the DS9 story is the result of the Prophets retroactively tampering with the timeline, and much more.

Chapters
The Prophets and Bajor (00:03:35)
Making Good Use of Shapeshifting (00:10:41)
Inside the Wormhole (00:17:54)
The Essence of Prophet (00:28:04)
Moving the Station (00:33:08)
Setting Up the Dominion Early (00:38:06)
Kira and O’Brien Bond Over Cardassians (00:42:01)
Final Thoughts (00:45:35)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)


          The Orb 97: The Game Must Not End        

The Dominion Invasion, Part 7 of 7: Sacrifice of Angels.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. For our final look at the arc, we geek out about spaceship battles … and then remember that there’s a bunch of character stuff going on. So we put the toys away and take a look at the resolution to Odo’s story, Quark’s unexpected nobility, Dukat’s overconfidence, his final moments with Ziyal, and explain why we want Sisko in charge … of our days … and our nights.

Chapters
Spaceship Battles! (00:04:47)
The Sisko Is In Charge (00:20:34)
Odo’s Change of Heart (00:33:24)
Quark the Noble (00:40:50)
Dukat’s Overconfidence (00:47:51)
Dukat and Ziyal: The Final Chapter (00:53:54)
Final Thoughts (01:01:17)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)


          The Orb 94: Here’s to Retaking the Castle        

The Dominion Invasion, Part 6 of 7: Favor the Bold.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we go bald … we mean bold … and discuss Sisko’s plan to retake the Station, the father-daughter relationship between Dukat and Ziyal, Kira’s perfect streak of shutting down Damar, Odo shacking up with the Female Changeling, Ferengi who care, Morn’s mother, and much more.

Chapters
Odo’s Betrayal and Awakening (00:04:41)
Dukat and Ziyal (00:18:40)
Damar and Kira (00:24:25)
A More Caring Ferengi (00:28:19)
Sisko of Bajor (00:34:03)
The Plan (00:43:41)
Final Thoughts (00:56:59)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)


          The Orb 91: Morally Ambiguous        

The Dominion Invasion, Part 5 of 7: Behind the Lines.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we go behind the lines to explore the changing nature of character relationships in the face of conflict. Sisko gets a desk job, Quark has a change of heart, Odo commits a sin of omission, and Kira gets angrier than ever as we inch closer to the end of the Dominion Invasion/Station Occupation arc.

 

Hosts

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Sisko Gets a Desk Job (00:04:28)

Quark’s Change of Heart (00:15:47)

Drinking with Damar (00:26:13)

Odo’s Loyalties in Question (00:29:57)

The Link: An Ocean and a Drop (00:38:43)

Kira Is Majorly Angry (00:46:07)

Jadzia and Final Thoughts (00:52:00)

 

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          The Orb 88: The Muddiness Of It All        

The Dominion Invasion, Part 4 of 7: Sons and Daughters.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we delve into family with the episode that focuses on… well… sons and daughters. We discuss the tension between Worf and Alexander, how Worf struggles to be a father to a son who feels abandoned, and how Martok steps in to mentor them both. We also discuss Dukat’s decision to bring Ziyal back to the Station, the difficulties she faces, and how her separate relationships with both Dukat and Kira almost bring the two enemies together.

 

Hosts

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Our First Attempt to Start the Discussion (00:04:36)

Father and Son: Worf and Alexander (00:07:38)

Fatherly Influence: Martok and Worf (00:16:05)

Father and Daughter: Dukat and Ziyal (00:29:24)

Like Divorced Parents: Dukat and Kira (00:34:42)

Closing (00:43:54)

 

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          The Orb 86: It Is the Nature of Things        

The Dominion Invasion, Part 3 of 7: Rocks and Shoals.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we wander out into the sunlight for “Rocks and Shoals” as we discuss the real sense of danger facing our heroes, how loyalties are tested, why we must question the order of things, Kira’s awakening, and more.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Sense of Danger (00:04:43)

Facing Reality (00:016:09)

Loyalties Tested (00:31:01)

Kira’s Awakening (00:43:20)

Questioning the Order of Things (00:50:20)

Closing (00:56:32)

 

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          The Orb 83: When You Unzip the Turtleneck…        

The Dominion Invasion, Part 2 of 7: A Time to Stand.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn't really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we tackle the actual season premier, “A Time to Stand,” the uneasy alliance aboard the station, Sisko’s unexpected career turn as a master strategist, the ever-adaptable nature of Odo, the new path for a grown-up Jake, and the incredible display of arrogance delivered by one Skrain Dukat, Esq.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Feeling of Weariness (00:02:50)

The Minefield Takes Center Stage (00:08:09)

Dukat on Display (00:12:25)

Uneasy Allies (00:15:54)

Odo Adapts… Again (00:22:54)

Why Do We Fight? (00:29:56)

Sisko’s Unexpected Career Turn (00:33:43)

Garak and a Jem’Hadar Come to Dinner… (00:41:49)

Jake Becomes His Own Man (00:48:16)

Closing (00:42:12)

 

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          The Orb 81: Losing the Peace        

The Dominion Invasion, Part 1 of 7: Call to Arms.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn't really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing kick off a new series of episodes that will take you through the Season Six opener. We begin with the finale of Season Five, "Call to Arms," an episode that is not a cliffhanger in the traditional Star Trek sense but certainly leaves fans on the edge of their seats.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Turning Points (00:06:07)

Mining the Wormhole (00:16:31)

Sisko and Symbolism (00:29:37)

WAR! (00:35:24)

Closing (00:42:12)

 

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          The Orb 66: There. Are. Fourteen. Planets!        

The Bajoran Solar System.

Deep Space Nine is first and foremost a story about characters. More so than any other Star Trek series, technology, science, and other worlds take a backseat to how events affect our characters on a personal level. So one easily overlooked part of the DS9 framework is the enormous solar system in which the series is set.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take you on a tour of the fourteen planets and two M-Class moons that make up the Bajoran system, discuss whether these locales should have played a bigger role in the series, speculate on the reality of the spatial relationship between Bajor, the Station, and the wormhole  and debate whether Bajor XII, XIII, and XIV should be demoted to the status of dwarf planet just like poor little Pluto. Oh, and of course we get our plasma charged in the Denorios Belt.


          No Prisoners, No Mercy - Show 33        
Welcome to Wormhole Extreme!
 
This week we have another guest. Join us as we talk about faction warfare, wormholes and more. Upcoming shows will include guests Saylah from Mystic Worlds and Tipa from West Karana.
 
Julie

          STARGATE FANFIC "Solitudes Redux" 1/1 rated R Jack/Daniel        
TITLE: Solitudes Redux 1/1
AUTHOR: [personal profile] campylobacter
PAIRING: Jack/Daniel
RATING: R/Mature/FRT (language, sexual subject matter)
CATEGORY/GENRE: AU, episode-related; action/adventure, hurt/comfort
WORD COUNT: 3449
CHARACTERS: Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson; Teal'c, Samantha Carter
TIMELINE/SPOILERS: 1x18 "Solitudes"
PROMPTS: [community profile] jd_ficathon for [livejournal.com profile] elder_bonnie A snow planet, Daniel-whump, separated and frozen, no higher than soft R, no character death

SUMMARY/SYNOPSIS/PREMISE: What if Daniel had been stranded in Antarctica with Jack in 1x18 'Solitudes'?

NOTES: Thought this'd be easy dialog-switching, but then I started considering how events would've truly diverged in a chaos-theory multiverse sort of way. Brief reference to Jack/Sara, Daniel/Sha're; surreal UST reference to Sam/Jack, Teal'c/Jack. (Dear Brad Wright: wormholes are not telephone signals kthxbai.)

Kawoosh holes BEHIND the Stargate?
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          Military science fiction done with violence and style in Dread Empire's Fall        
From The Week of March 11, 2013

In the hands of tyrants, fear is a fearsome weapon. Not only does it have the power to scourge the courage out of the brave, it institutionalizes a sense of inferiority in those subject to the will of its wielder. It carves into their souls a belief that they must obey or face the prospect of punishments that will send their minds shrieking into madness. Fear compels us to abandon our sense of equality, of personal dignity. And without these virtues to bolster self-identity, without the belief that everyone is subject to the laws of the land, justice atrophies until all that is left is strict, authoritarian order, the likes of which rewards the rich while criminalizing the poor. This truth could ask for no better exemplar than Mr. Williams who demonstrates it to wonderful effect in his engaging trilogy.

For ten-thousand years, the Shaa have ruthlessly ruled the galaxy. Sewing conquest through the liberal use of force, intimidation and nuclear fire, they have subsumed the known races into the fabric of their dread collective, all in the name of their beloved Praxis, a vision of order and enlightenment that only they can truly comprehend. Naturally, most races resisted this shotgun unity, but the anti-matter bombs that the Shaa mercilessly dropped on their cities, their habitats, their worlds, put an emphatic end to that. Perhaps they even attempted to flee, but where could the intelligent species go when the Shaa had already seeded the known universe with stable wormholes through which they could spread their terrible power?

Eventually, unity came to seem natural to the Shaa's client races. As their faiths and traditions fell away, to be replaced by the omnipresence of the Praxis, they became compliant, even content in their bondage until, finally, after millennia of conquest and expansion, the Shaa began to wane. Having conquered every race they could find, having expanded their intelligence through unimaginably complex machines, they had experienced every emotion, explored every thought, sampled every horizon. The universe was no longer a mystery; it was a bore from which to escape. Slowly, through suicide, the Shaa's numbers reduced to one, one last god over the mortal races. And then even he removed himself from the board and exposed an empire of countless billions to a new, chaotic dawn, one far more terrifying than any the Shaa had imposed. This is the story of that dawn, a story of war and resistance, of fire and radiation, that might well burn hot enough to extinguish even the legacy of the Shaa and leave behind nothing but ashes.

Born from the mind of one of science fiction's most eclectic authors, The Dread Empire is a fascinating and engrossing journey through an apocalyptic war. Mr. Williams, who rose to prominence with the Hardwired Series of cyberpunknovels, turns his mind here to military fiction, reconstructing a universe of humans and aliens, of wealth and poverty, of aristocracy and criminality, with winning thoroughness. For the author has rejected the storytelling crutches of Transporters and faster-than-light travel to conjure up a wonderfully detailed reality that, for good and ill, is utterly faithful to its laws and customs. For this alone, the work should be celebrated. Not many possess such vision, much less the willingness to carry it out. And yet, the author has harnessed his talent for three-dimensional characters and deployed it here with vivid results that elevate the series from the mundane to the extraordinary.

Though war dominates the trilogy, The Dread Empire is notable for its politics. Mr. Williams has fused together futuristic technology with an Edwardian society to create a truly horrifying amalgam of privilege and corruption strongly reminiscent of our own colonialist history. In fact, it is an easy matter to regard the Shaa as the British, or the Roman, Empire, using its superior knowledge and tactics to conquer other races and impose upon them a societal structure that is both foreign to their minds and corrosive to their morals. Viewed this way, it is unsurprising that the characters in Mr. Williams' work devote much of their energy to subverting that order in the hopes of overturning it, of converting it into something that better suits ingenuity and personal skill.

Naturally, The Dread Empire has its fair share of flaws. Unlike the adrenaline-soaked pages of Mr. Williams' Cyberpunk work, this trilogy is characterized by long moments of quiet, cruel conniving followed by quick explosions of action and turmoil. Though this technique is not without its merits, the plod is too pronounced, too protracted, to be as engaging as the action sequences which are written with an exactitude that is admirable if somewhat bewildering for those not versed in non-conventional, three-dimensional military tactics. Moreover, Mr. Williams' choice to train the series' focus on only two primary characters leaves much of this universe unexplored. Martinez and Sulah are each wonderful conceptions, creatures of will and ambition who occupy a new space between hero and antihero, but they are both career military and both on one side of the conflict, leaving not only civilian life undeveloped but the enemy perspective as well. The trilogy could have benefited from dropping some of its Edwardian pomp in favor of a third point of view that would have balanced the tale.

Notwithstanding its flaws, The Dread Empire is wonderful work that ties together elements of politics, war, mystery and aristocracy to forge a world that is as familiar as it is foreign. Yes, the author uses thinly veiled conceits to ensure that this future is, in some ways, shockingly like our own, but these can be forgiven when they make possible a constellation of relatable characters and circumstances that keep us invested in the epic. A work of noteworthy imagination... (4/5 Stars)

           Visualizing Interstellar's Wormhole         
James, Oliver and von Tunzelmann, Eugénie and Franklin, Paul and Thorne, Kip S. (2015) Visualizing Interstellar's Wormhole. American Journal of Physics, 83 (6). pp. 486-499. ISSN 0002-9505. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20150611-102023395
           Billiard balls in wormhole spacetimes with closed timelike curves: Classical theory         
Echeverria, Fernando and Klinkhammer, Gunnar and Thorne, Kip S. (1991) Billiard balls in wormhole spacetimes with closed timelike curves: Classical theory. Physical Review D, 44 (4). pp. 1077-1099. ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:ECHprd91
           Wormholes, time machines, and the weak energy condition         
Morris, Michael S. and Thorne, Kip S. and Yurtsever, Ulvi (1988) Wormholes, time machines, and the weak energy condition. Physical Review Letters, 61 (13). pp. 1446-1449. ISSN 0031-9007. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:MORprl88
          Carter Tutti Void – ‘V3’        

An insidiously brutal, masochistically sexual wormhole

This first taste of the collaboration between Chris and Cosey and Factory Floor’s Nik Void is as brilliantly diabolical as …Continue reading »

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          ABCP Episode #106        
This very special episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by Chris Neseman! That's right, the famed podcaster from 11 O'Clock Comics and Around Comics joins us in our studio via wormhole from Chicago, and can be credited/blamed for the existence of Awesomed By Comics in the first place. Amadeus Cho is powerfully awesome, Thor is devilishly great, and Science Dog's bark is better than his bite. We talk about why Scott Pilgrim tanked, and get a recommendation for a web comic that is pretty much a sure bet to devour us whole. Also: Should you let your girlfriend win at video games? Tune in for the definitive answer. Tell us what you think on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!
          Dear life-saver I love the content of your blog. ...        
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If you go to the archive (Into the Wormhole), you'll find that there are 11 posts for October. However, if you click on the October link and open it in a new page, only 5 posts are listed. Could you tell me why this happens and how to fix it? Thanks!
          111: Dude in a Tin Can        

Iron Man 3.

Tony Stark had been though a lot, he'd been captured in Afghanistan, almost died when his parter in business tried to have him killed, created a super suit, declared himself Iron Man, had to work though daddy issues to save his life and then flew a nuke into a wormhole to save the world.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Ken Tripp and Richard Marquez to talk about Iron Man 3. We discuss the ghosts that haunt Tony, demons he made, Pepper, a complete arc, out of the suit, the Mandarin, obsession, music, effects and our ratings.

Chapters
Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present (00:03:46)
Demons of Our Own Making (00:08:30)
Pepper in thee Story (00:14:45)
Complete Arc (00:20:02)
Out of the Suit (00:22:47)
The Mandarin (00:29:31)
Obsession (00:40:18)
Music (00:43:47)
The Effects Work (00:47:21)
Ratings (00:49:53)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Ken Tripp
Richard Marquez

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)


          MERCI FOR THE SPEED OF A MAD CLOWN IN SUMMER        
THIS WEEK IN THEATRES...


* Room 237, like a collapsing wormhole of internet crazy, a tape loop of nonsense about Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

* To the Wonder, the latest from Terrence Malick is beautiful and emotionally provocative.

* Indie & Arthouse for the Oregonian, 4/19/13: Two recent French films, Women on the Sixth Floor and Tomboy, and two 1950s classics, The Little Fugitive and Imitation of Life.

UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...

A Pierre Etaix survey! All but one of his films so far, as they are being shown at the NW Film Center.

* Yoyo

* As Long as You're Healthy/Feeling Good

* Le Grand Amour/Happy Anniversary

* Land of Milk and Honey


THIS WEEK IN BD/DVD REVIEWS...

* 28 Hotel Rooms, an indie romance with an interesting story structure.

Current Soundtrack: NBC news


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          Anti-Gay Allies Blast FRC for honoring Baity #GLAADCAP        

At this point we've all heard Tony Perkins say some jaw-dropping things, and we all know that the Family Research Council is one of the most hostile groups working against LGBT rights today.  But still, the decision to give the organization's annual top honor, the Watchman Award, to North Carolina pastor Ron Baity seemed clumsy and ill-advised, even for FRC.

Yet there he was, last Thursday afternoon. Tony Perkins was lauding one of the only people on the entire Commentator Accountability Project (GLAAD CAP) roster whose rhetoric is more extreme than his own.  Tony thanked Baity for his years of service in the Tar Heel state, including his role in passing the recent marriage amendment.  Tony, one of cable TV's favorite anti-gay voices, praised Baity as an all-around good man and a good Christian, fit to receive plaudits, plaques, and the enhanced punditry profile that comes from being adorned an award winner by one of America's top anti-gay groups.   

So who is Ron Baity?  For those not instantly familiar, he's a guy who has said of gay relations, "I don't think even maggots do that."  He's a guy who's admitted he wants to "save" gay people so they will "quit being homos."  He's a guy who once asked of the overturning of laws that criminalize being gay: "What are we gonna do next, turn all the murderers loose?"  Ron Baity says our society was smarter when we prosecuted gay people, and that the gay community is signing America's "death warrant."  He's also someone who, unfortunately, was often quoted by the mainstream media in the run-up to NC's vote to ban marriage without any of this critical context.

And now?  This very same Mr. Baity is also FRC's reigning king of pastoral outreach.  

[*Above text reads "There is much lucent fruit today filled with wormholes and rotten cores. Externally, it appears to be pleasant to the taste, but upon close inspection is found to be full of putrefaction. Nowhere is this process more fully recognized than in the warped, infested, twisted, illusive imagery of the depraved gray matter of the homosexual community."]

To give some insight into what this award means: last year's winner was Bishop Harry Jackson, whose profile has certainly increased in the time since FRC anointed him.  In terms of socially conservative connections, this is not some small potatoes outfit. FRC is an organization with access to many key social conservatives, in politics and in the media. Though not surprising, it was still troubling to supporters of LGBT equality that the anti-gay movement appears to be trying to lift Baity up to a national platform.

And we're not alone. This move was equally troubling to a couple of organizations who advocate against us, yet who still know an act of deep extremism when they see it.

On Friday, in a column for the Baptist Press news site headlined "Southern Baptists draw distance from harsh anti-gay rhetoric, yet hold to convictions," Southern Baptist leaders took the unusual opportunity to separate their church's own advocacy from that of Ron Baity (among others).  It's a very rare move for the Southern Baptist Convention, whose voices typically avoid such dissension.  But here in a month where violently anti-gay Baptist voices like Sean Harris and Charles Worley keep popping up, SBC felt a need to draw a line between "culture war" and the kind of rhetoric employed by Harris, Worley, and now Baity. 

Then on Tuesday of this week, it happened again.  Exodus International, the largest group pushing so-called "ex-gay" therapy, issued a strong rebuke of FRC and Perkins for honoring Baity in the way that they did.  President Alan Chambers "denounced the Family Research Council’s choice," saying that “It’s time conservative Christians who claim biblical principles such as loving their enemies and neighbors, and considering the welfare of others first, to speak swiftly and strongly against this type of action.” Chambers went on to say, “For too long we’ve stayed silent and allowed our brothers and sisters to tip that hat toward angry and abusive rhetoric," adding, "It’s a terrible witness for Christ, and clear hypocrisy to a watching world.” (See the full press release here)

It seems that for these two fellow anti-LGBT groups, FRC's choice is not only indefensible, but actually worthy of public outcry. 

We started GLAAD CAP with the intent of giving the mainstream media the information it needed to hold anti-LGBT voices accountable for the things they have put on the record. Now it seems they are being held accountable by their own allies in the anti-gay movement.

By honoring Ron Baity, FRC and Tony Perkins showed how far and deep they are willing to go in order to foment anti-gay fervor in this country.  By chastising this decision, Exodus and the SBC show that even some of those who oppose LGBT equality are now starting to object to the obviously out-of-line (yet reliably common) anti-gay statements that many in the LGBT movement have been objecting to for years.

May 30, 2012
Issues: 

          Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium        

Spherical domain walls and vacuum bubbles can spontaneously nucleate and expand during the inflationary epoch in the early universe. After inflation ends, the walls and/or bubbles form black holes with a wide spectrum of masses. For some parameter values, the black holes can serve as dark matter or as seeds for supermassive black holes at galactic centers. This mechanism of black hole formation is very generic and has important implications for the global structure of the universe. Black holes with mass greater than certain critical value contain inflating universes inside. The resulting multiverse has a very nontrivial spacetime structure, with a multitude of eternally inflating regions connected by wormholes.


 

Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 201.

Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.

 

Winter 2015/2016, Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), T. Heinz, L. Hollberg, K. Irwin


          eugenia loli.         





When you’re left feeling lonely, hodge-poly or glum,

Forget where you’re going! Merely twiddle your thumb.

See, there’s sites to be seen and thoughts to be caught,

Whither whether you’re ready or ready you’re not.

So jump to the Kracken or climb to the sea -

At least you’re never as mad as Eugenia Loli.
 







          (VIDEO) CLASSIC STARGATE: Wormhole Outtakes        
The classic outtakes scene from the SG-1 100th episode comes to life in GateWorld Play!
          Stargate SG-1 S1 E10: Bloodlines (And The Importance Of A Quality Mythology)        
"You're over a hundred years old?
God, I'm sorry."
-Jack O'Neill to Bra'tac-




Star Trek: The Next Generation penned a fair number of Worf-centric stories. Some of those tales surrounding Michael Dorn's Worf were among the series' very best often penned by Ronald D. Moore.

Stargate SG-1, across its ten season run unabashedly offered a number of opportunities for actor Christopher Judge to spread his wings in Teal'c-centric tales capitalizing on its equally varied cast.

Judge, one of the fantastic four (this fantastic four is better than the Marvel movies) of SG-1, is no thespian, but performs in the role admirably and plays his stilted alien role rather deftly.



Still, Dorn, whose character stories this writer much prefers, was a little more seasoned by the time he took on his part for the series. The Worf character, for me, was also a more interesting character.

Judge however grows into the role nicely over ten seasons of the warrior turned slave turned liberator in SG-1. But the concepts for these two supporting alien characters are generally drawn from a similar spiritual pool when it comes to the convention of the alien who has allied with humans in the science fiction genre.

Judge delivers for the role as much as directors brought the best out of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his screen appearances.



This writer doesn't mean to judge Judge too harshly either. Tastes are relative and to each his own. Personally I was never a huge fan of Teal'c, but his role in the series was still undeniable and an important one.

On a recent business excursion to Oklahoma, a flight with American, a Stargate book in hand and a few Voka and Cranberry cocktails later---I was feeling pretty damn good. What happens to the Sci-Fi Fanatic when he's feeling good? Well, he behaves, perhaps laughs quietly to himself, but most certainly doesn't get thrown from the flight. In fact, this writer begins to consider why he still appreciates Stargate SG-1. What was it I still enjoyed so damn much about this ten year run of science fiction action adventure? The answer came to me. Vodka and cranberry on ice does that apparently. Like a bolt from the blue at however many thousand feet above the Earth (I was like Thor from the Asgard or the Ascended looking down from yonder), it became clear.



The fact was Teal'c and Daniel Jackson were likely my least favorite characters on their own. Carter and O'Neil largely my favorite. Yet like that Marvel quartet the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. Together there was a strength of quality in numbers. This was a functional team unlike many ensembles. The group was a powerhouse of storytelling to rival any of the many science fiction ensembles in science fiction history be it Star Trek: The Next Generation or Farscape or others. At the very least Stargate SG-1 can hang with the best. And when you consider those other properties, those too work in much the same way. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There is indeed strength in numbers. And as Jim Butcher wrote in his article Artificial Intelligence And Genuine Stupidity, E Pluribus Unum, "out of many, one" (p.57, Stepping Through The Stargate: Science, Archaeology And The Military In Stargate SG-1), the imperfect made whole makes for a fairly mighty series.



Apart from these wonderfully formed characters of which they indubitably are, what else? There had to be something more. The cocktail spoke to me again.

It was that long, rich mythology. Indeed, to quote the man (Teal'c), it was ten years of a fascinating weave of science fiction wonder, characters, allies, enemies, creatures, worlds (yes, even if many looked like Vancouver), humor and of it that culminates in mythology. This isn't entirely of my own design and revelation. This epiphany came to me whilst reading the essay We Need You Back by J.C.Vaughn again from Stepping Through The Stargate (see my praise for the book way back here).



It was Vaughn's point that partly inspired this piece. Vaughn noted, "the show's creative staff found the internal logic of the series right away" (p.88). Vaughn added later, "characters...actually remembered things between episodes from season to season. They accumulated knowledge and memories that would come into play in future adventures and informed the thought processes of the characters just as they informed the viewers" (p.89). And so Stargate SG-1 near seamlessly over ten years weaves its characters into this mammoth, logical mythology and one that lost characters forever, and even intelligently brought some back.

The X-Files (1993-2002), for example, certainly has a wonderful, enduring, even unfinished mythology that remains unfulfilled and many science fiction fans adore it for this reason. At essentially a ten season run The X-Files still gives the fans plenty to mine and explore and endlessly appreciate. For some Stargate SG-1, despite the ironic title of its series finale Unending, brought a sense of closure and completeness to its run. It all came about, like the very gate itself, full circle (another Stargate SG-1 episode).



Did fans of six seasons of LOST (2004-2010) feel that same sense of closure? Maybe. Was it a logical and complete mythology? For some its metaphysical and philosophical underpinnings indeed continue to cultivate the fertile mind. To others LOST is a meandering, maddening and indecisive affair when it comes to its mythology that seems the victim or result of "write as you go."

Again, Stargate SG-1 may not be as challenging or quite as cerebral as LOST or as politically savvy and timely as Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009), but most would argue its ten seasons came to a wholly satisfying end within what appeared to be an unending franchise and one arguably more fulfilling than Ronald D. Moore's four season reimagining of the 1978 classic. Though personally, this writer quite enjoyed the two part Daybreak (2009).

And as wonderful as Star Trek and its variations are, the internal logic has been broken time and again and often and, though forgivable, defies logic. Spock would not be pleased.



To even make the point of memory in his article, Vaughn joked about memory on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) calling it the "poster child" of not getting that part right. "The guys in the red shirts never say 'Hey, Bill, what happened to Eugene?' or anything like that. ... It never dawns on them that if they're not Scotty, they're dead meat. It's like they don't even watch the show, let alone live it" (p.90).

Again, it is this internal logic in Stargate SG-1 that grows with each ensuing season building on what it was that came before it.

And so with Stargate SG-1, Season One, Ep10, Bloodlines, that mythology continues.



Bloodlines concerns itself with the introduction of Teal'c's furtive world. On his homeworld Chulak lives his son Rya'c and his wife Drey'auc. Even former Apophis First Prime Bra'tac, who instructed Teal'c, resides there. Another apostrophe anyone?

And the enslavement of the Jaffa hangs in the balance along with the possibility of stemming the tide against the Goa'uld (there's that apostrophe) by severing the symbiotic source of these false gods. Ho-hum. The deadly serious Teal'c and his accompanying arc just bored me to no end. But, the reaction by his SG-1 comrades was always the more interesting aspect of these stories for me personally.

Of course there is all the business with implantation and the coming of age to become Jaffa and receive a Goa'uld symbiote or larvae. It's disgusting too with serviceable effects.



For those requiring a better understanding of both the larva/symbiote and the Jaffa, Judge offered some wonderful thoughts in an excerpt from Starlog Magazine #251.

The Goa'uld larva is carried to maturity by its host. "It's a mutual kind of symbiosis. I nourish it, and it nourishes me. It allows me to go many days without sleep, without food. It heals any injuries I might have. But in turn, it feeds off my system. I breathe for it. I eat for it. I nourish it. I carry it for seven years; at that point it's mature enough to leave my body and exist on its own in another host. It can also, after that time, be strong enough to control the host it inhabits." It all seems perfectly logical right. Sometimes I truly believe you must be a fan of science fiction to completely grasp what's going on.



The Jaffa thread was often handled with care too. Judge delivered some personal reflections in Starlog Magazine #251 on the comparison of the Jaffa in a historical context to slavery. Judge noted he was "kind of worried" about possible flak from critics and friends for taking a role as a slave on a TV series, until he saw that his character would quickly emerge as a leader.

"I saw [the slavery angle] right off when I read the script, and that's why I was attracted to the character. He was going to have the chance to rebel and free his people from their oppressors. That, to me, directly parallels the horrible American legacy of slavery, even all the way up to the '60s and the [Civil Rights] movement, where things start to change and an aggressive leader emerges at the movement's forefront. That's very much how I see Teal'c. Most people see him as very heroic and very noble."



But even when this writer does not particularly connect with one piece or another of it, one thread or parcel part of it, there's always something new and different around the corner. Yet, these stories are seeds to later stories and the mythology grows like a redwood in Vancouver and Stargate SG-1 has one of the most fertile and fantastic mythologies in science fiction. Stargate Atlantis (2004-2009) and Stargate Universe (2009-2011) add to that variation and diversity beautifully. Is it necessarily brain science or as smart as some of the best in science fiction. Arguably not, but one could defend there is a kind of perfection in its simplicity. So like it or love it, like the SG-1 team through a wormhole, there is plenty to plumb the depths of and explore here.

The Goa'uld, the Tok'ra, the evolution of the Replicators, the evolution of Daniel Jackson, the introduction of Jonas Quinn, the introduction of Ben Browder and Claudia Black who fell through a Farscape wormhole and landed inside the Stargate SG-1 universe (sans Scorpius), the Asgard, the Nox (well, maybe not the Nox), the Unas, super soldiers, Robert when did you fly in from Star Trek: Voyager Picardo (and keep returning), and the list goes on. You name it and SG-1 was like a good-humored ever ready bunny. Heck the memory of Rodney McKay's visit to SG-1 and his association with Carter carried over to Stargate Atlantis' Grace Under Pressure (E14, S2). The franchise was relentlessly smart about those threads and tying them together.



And understanding the fact that sometimes Stargate SG-1 gets referred to as an action adventure series by many writers, this one included, should not come as a knock or derision, because it certainly comes off that way sometimes. It is that and so much more. Much of that so much more is due to its colorful and seemingly unending mythology. The series deserves better recognition for this fact alone. It operates intelligently within its universe and does so with such heart and sincerity it's hard not to consider Stargate SG-1 among the top tier of science fiction series ever designed and created.

And we now return with our latest installments of The World According To Jack O'Neill. Here we are treated to a whole handful of wisdom in the Bloodlines entry.


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          Comment on Are We Living in a Virtual Reality? by Pamela Reuben        
Gosh, Greg, I really enjoyed this article. I first heard about Bostrom’s ideas via an episode of THROUGH THE WORMHOLE and, like you, I thought about how the Course says we are running our own simulation. I would just add that the world being referred to in the quotes above, the world where we are not at home—it disappears into a world where we are far more comfortable and feel far more at home once we: (1) Bring our challenges, our problems, our conflicts, our hates, and so forth to God, and (2) allow Him to solve and resolve them which is Healing. The Course clearly states that “There is no problem in any situation that faith will not solve.” And Workbook Lesson 50 tells us exactly what to put our faith in order to resolve every problem, conflict, challenge, etc. What I see ACIM saying is that living life as an adventure in solving and resolving each upset via faith (utter conviction, complete confidence, full persuasion) in the Love of God shifts us out of this illusory world, away from our own simulation, and into The Holy Spirit’s simulation which is much, much closer to Reality and, as a result, motivates us to remember it.
          Tornado of the Four Elements        

A massive tornado representing the Four Elements: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Each can be rendered from below as a tornado or above as a vortex. There are two Air Tornadoes - one is very dark and dense, the other is lighter and more translucent. Each has a spinning debris cloud. There are two Earth Tornadoes - one is a giant tropical plant with colorful pistil (seeds), the other is a swirling sand pit. The Fire Tornado projects fiery pattern from the lights and invisible emissive disk. At its base is a spinning cloud of hot embers. The maelstrom or Water vortex includes a separate foam prop for the inside. Also included is the most powerful force in the universe - a black hole! This prop can be doubled to create a wormhole suitable for star gate travel or transporting your favorite doctor.

These props are huge! The base of the tornado is approximately 33 meters wide (the width of the floor grid), the accretion disk (or top edge) is about 550 meters across, and the full height is about 90 meters. The props can be scaled down to fit figures and smaller scenes, although you may need to adjust displacement when doing so.

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          Past Encounters Blog Tour: Review        
Publication Date: November 22, 2014
CreateSpace
Paperback; 442p

Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction

Synopsis


England 1955.

The day Rhoda Middleton opens a letter from another woman, she becomes convinced her husband, Peter, is having an affair. But when Rhoda tracks the mysterious woman down, she discovers she is not Peter’s lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster. There is only one problem – Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster.

Devastated by this betrayal of trust, Rhoda tries to find out why Peter has kept this friendship a secret for so long. Her search leads her back to 1945, but as she gradually uncovers Peter’s wartime experiences she must wrestle with painful memories of her own. For Rhoda too cannot escape the ghosts of the past.

Taking us on a journey from the atmospheric filming of Brief Encounter, to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through snow-bound Germany, PAST ENCOUNTERS explores themes of friendship, hope, and how in the end, it is the small things that enable love to survive.

Includes bonus material for reading groups.

 

So What Did I Think About The Story?



WWII seems to be a hot topic in novels nowadays and I am one of those readers that eats it up! There is just something about the horror and sacrifice intermingled with the determination, bravery and sheer will to not only survive but to come out the other side stronger than ever that gets me every time. Most of these stories seem to take the reader to the frontlines of the battles or into the homes of those left behind to pine for loved ones fighting. Brief Encounters, however, is the first I  have read that gives us an inside look at what it was like for British soldiers forced to work for the Germans in prisoner of war camps as well as the complicated emotions of someone left behind who is ready for her life to begin even while those around her expect her to put her life on hold for a man she barely knows. These varied topics really pulled me into Brief Encounters and kept me turning the pages to find out how the story would unfold.

The story goes back and forth between 1955, when Rhoda Middleton discovers her husband Peter has been hiding an entire part of his life from her since he returned from the war, and the late 1930s through 1945 when Rhoda and Peter meet, go through a quick courtship and Peter enlists and goes off to become a driver and finds himself a prisoner of war . Mostly alternating between Peter's and Rhoda's points of view, the reader gets to see first hand the struggles both of them go through during the war and what they hide from each other when Peter returns, leading to the marriage difficulties they are facing in 1955.

When we first meet Peter and Rhoda in 1955, their marriage of ten years seems to be a complete shame with no real relationship, either physical or emotional, and with both of them just going through the motions of everyday life. It isn't until Rhoda finds a letter from a woman named  Helen and she thinks Peter is having an affair that she finally learns how little she knows about her husband's past and what he went through while he was in a prisoner of war camp. As she builds a friendship with Helen, the wife of a man Peter survived the camp with, she begins to better understand the man she's married to and how her secrets have served to put a wedge between them as much as his. It is only with being honest with each other and letting their guards down that they might stand a chance at a happy life together.

The most captivating part of this twisting story for me was Peter's time in the camp. Davina Blake does an exceptional job of plopping the reader into the camp and making them feel, hear, see what these prisoners had to go through. The descriptions of what would go through their minds and what they experienced really helped not only to immerse me in the action but to somewhat explain why Peter becomes this different man when he goes home. Watching Peter and his fellow prisoners not only try to survive but retain some humanity was inspiring and I won't soon forget their stories.

While Rhoda's side of the story is less dramatic and attention-grabbing I did enjoy seeing her struggle against what she believed was expected of her as a "fiancée" (although you can barely call Peter her fiancée while he is serving as he asked her so abruptly before leaving for the war) and what her heart was telling her she wanted out of life. I couldn't help but feel for her, left at home with a less than perfect family life, always expected to find something useful to do with every second she had to spare, and wanting nothing more than to live a little as any red-blooded young woman in her early twenties would want to do. I don't want to give too  much away regarding the secret she has kept hidden from Peter but it is quite bittersweet and even when I finished the story I couldn't help but feel that she never really got what she wanted out of life.

Brief Encounters is a long but enticing story of the endurance of the human spirit, the hunger for love and appreciation and how secrets can fester and tear people away from each other. I only wish that the author had included an author's note at the back of the book that explained more about the real Great March of prisoners of war (something I knew nothing about) and maybe more facts regarding the loses sustained during the war (and I know I could just look this up online but I always enjoy turning that last page and finding that information ready to drive home the reality of what people such as the ones found in the book actually experienced). I highly recommend this to any lover of WWII history!

 

So What Did I Think About The Cover?



I think its very pretty and I like the idea of the misty, grey man and background being the past that Rhoda is trying to forget.

My Rating: 4.0/5.0


 
Thank you to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for providing me with a free copy of Past Encounters in exchange for an honest review! Make sure to continue below for more information about the book, the author and the rest of the blog tour.
 
 

Praise for Past Encounters

 
“Her characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly Recommended!” – The Historical Novels Review
 

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About the Author


Davina Blake used to be a set and costume designer for theatre and TV, during which time she developed a love of research which fueled her passion for the past. She holds an MA in Creative
Writing from Lancaster University and also writes successful seventeenth century historicals under the pen name Deborah Swift. ‘Her characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly recommended.’ The Historical Novels Review From Davina: ‘I was inspired to write ‘Past Encounters’ because I live close to the railway station where the iconic ‘Brief Encounter’ was filmed in 1945. I have often used the refreshment room that featured in the film when waiting for a train. I love a good cup of tea, preferably accompanied by a chocolate brownie!’

For more information visit Davina Blake’s website and blog. You can also find her on Twitter.


Past Encounters Blog Tour Schedule


Saturday, November 15

Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Sunday, November 16

Review at Library Educated

Monday, November 17

Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, November 18

Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, November 19

Review at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, November 20

Review at