Up From the Depths of TNG

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Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the Famed Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau had a big influence on Science, and Science-Fiction.


The most obvious Cousteau rip-off was "Star Trek:  TNG" with it's French Captain on a mission of exploration, trying to rein in his impulsive son Philippe Cousteau... I mean Riker.


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Freeman Dyson on Global Warming and The Importance of Heretics in Science

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Freeman John Dyson Fellow of Royal Society Member is an theoretical physicist and mathematician, famous for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering.



 


 

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Atomic Submarine” (1959)

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This is a very rare example of a movie I loved as a kid that utterly left me flat a mere thirty years later. I like space, I like submarines, a movie about a submarine that hunts flying saucers should be gold, right? It’s not. It just totally did nothing for me. The utter lack of excitement is palpable. Even scenes that I remember liking quite a bit – such as when a beatnik and a naval officer get in an argument about uniforms (“These uniforms that your kind hate – these are my work clothes.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “The World Set Free” (Episode 12)

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I’m feeling sort of burned out and I kinda’ don’t wanna’ review this show anymore. I mean I *WILL,* there’s only one episode left after this one, so it’d just be stupid to quit now, but I’m just not all that into it. A lot of that has to do with my basic outlook at the moment: we had a major illness in the family that required major surgery, which resulted in endless stays at, trips to, and trips from the hospital, all sorts of crazy hours, keeping the kids from freaking out, and so on, followed by a major out-of-nowhere crisis with one of the grandfolks, so I’m just sort of exhausted.

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