Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Odds and Ends

+ Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, together again as Detectives Thompson and Thomson in the upcoming "Tintin" films, helmed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. I've been looking forward to this one for a while, so it's great to see Pegg and Frost on board.

+ Check out this clip of the first two minutes of "Sometimes a Great Notion," the Battlestar Galactica season 4.5 premiere episode. It looks really, really uplifting and happy! Okay, not really. A tip of the hat to the poster who commented, though, that it "looks like just an average day in Vancouver to me." By the way, who here thinks Roslin's just going to go bat-shit crazy before this whole thing is over? Hand raised....

+ Looking to class up your residence? Then why not build your own giant Atari joystick lamp?

+ The competition's set to get fierce as gigantic holes in the ground and lakes with scary monsters in them vie for inclusion in the New 7 Wonders of Nature rankings. Competitors include Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon and Loch Ness. Personally, I vote for Loch Ness not just because I had a weird old guy serenade me with a harmonica on the side of the road by the Loch but also because the Nessie 2000 Experience was the greatest rip-off museum ever -- who else would invite you in to disprove their meal ticket and then deposit you in a gift shop after bursting your bubble? Top that, Grand Canyon!

+ This is pretty cool, despite initially looking like the opening credits of a Saturday night Sci-Fi Channel movie -- a 3-D fly-through of a supernova. This is not an artist's rendering, but instead is derived from "visualized data" gathered by Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope. (I kind of wanted to make a prostitute joke right there, but I refrained.)

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