Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday Odds & Ends: sea lions, indoor whale watching, messed up planets and "Stargate"

+ First off, because today is one of those days where my head may 'splode from migraine, I offer you this adorable video of a baby sea lion learning how to swim. Because nothing heals like a clumsy sea mammal! (Via @lynncorrine's tweet)


+ Check out this series of gorgeous concept drawings for the International Ideas Competition for the Bering Strait Project, which asked architects to submit ideas for structures that would connect Alaska and Russia through the Bering Strait. One firm showcased underwater living areas which would protect wildlife while offering stunning views of whales and other sea creatures. In the immortal words of Liz Lemon, "I want to go to there!"

+ And while we're on the topic of science-y stuff, did you hear about the newly discovered planet that orbits its sun backwards? Rumor has it the other planets in its system also do the hokey-pokey and turn themselves about. (Headache humor...sorry!)

+ Speaking of utter weirdness, Nintendo may one day release a Horseback Riding Saddle for the Wii that would simulate the experience of riding that pony I've always wanted. I wonder what happens if you put it on an actual horse -- would the virtual and real world experiences cancel each other out? Is this how black holes are formed?

+ Apparently, there may be new "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis" direct-to-DVD films in the works. Scripts have been written, says the producer, but they're waiting for a greenlight to begin production.

5 comments:

Tracy said...

Hmmm, Atlantis had a lot of ups and downs over the years. I do miss ogling its men, though. Particularly, Joe Flanigan...

Elizabeth said...

Yep! I totally agree with Tracy. Atlantis had it's good points, and its casting was definitely one of them!!!

Minerva said...

Ohh, man! It may sound weird, but I think there is a market for the Wii virtual saddle. Many former horseback riders (myself included) wish they could pick it back up, but lack the time, resources, or both, to make it happen. I'm pretty sure that add-on would be WAY less than required to take riding lessons, especially if you wanted to have your own horse. :)

Molly said...

The underwater living has me flashing back to Seaquest DSV. Mmmm Lucas....I miss that show.

crone51 said...

Sarah Palin has gotta be upset about a bridge to Russia.....