My favorite tweet from the NCAA tournament

It was total destruction. It was like watching the original “Robocop” movie and realizing you didn’t want to say “Shoot him again” at the end. (Don’t watch this if you have a delicate stomach.)

Catching up on the Ronda Rousey phenomenon

Honestly, two weeks ago, I had no idea who Ronda Rousey was. Then the Washington Post did this major production on her:

The best mixed martial arts fighter in the world might be a woman, and Ronda Rousey shrinks from neither identity. As a stylist spritzes hairspray and a makeup artist dabs a brush across Rousey’s face for a fashion shoot, it’s easy to forget she can snap an opponent’s arm in an Ultimate Fighting Championship match.

That’s exactly how Rousey wants it. She wasn’t always comfortable with the baggage that came with these truths — not girly enough for teenage cliques, too pretty to be taken seriously as a fighter in a combat sport that combines disciplines such as boxing, jujitsu and karate — but today she embraces both. It’s her modern-day take on what exactly femininity entails: the beauty and the beast.

And then, a few days later, she went into the ring for a championship fight and did this:

About three days ago, someone put out a Claymation version of the fight.

And two days ago, some guy interviewing her said she was just a girl and couldn’t hit, so she did this:

Dude’s an idiot. Anyone who gets in the ring with her is an idiot.

In the meantime, she’s a sports darling, appearing in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and getting ready for a career in action movies. I hope she makes lots of movies and gets outrageously rich.

The best thing about her, though, is this quote from her mom, AnnMaria De Mars (who was a judo champion), after she let her know she was going into MMA:

“I told her, ‘It’s the stupidest [expletive] idea I’ve ever heard in my life,’ ” De Mars recalls. “ ‘And coming from you, Ronda, that’s saying something because you’ve had some dumb ideas in your life.’ Oh, I just thought it was the stupidest thing.”

I guess moms can be wrong.

The Star Trek crew and the Enterprise via NASA

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Via Knowmore:

NASA posted the photo above on Friday, following news that Leonard Nimoy passed away in Los Angeles at age 83. The photo shows NASA officials and “Star Trek” cast members standing together in 1976 in front of NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise, named for show’s iconic spacecraft.

As Star Trek’s Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock, Nimoy was an inspiration for many at NASA. He often joined other cast members in at NASA special events and promoting NASA missions, as in the photo above.

From left to right are NASA Administrator James D. Fletcher; DeForest Kelley, who portrayed Dr. “Bones” McCoy on the series; George Takei (Mr. Sulu); James Doohan (Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott); Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura); Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock); series creator Gene Roddenberry; U.S. Rep. Don Fuqua (D.-Fla.); and, Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Chekov).

Captain Kirk was probably off cavorting with some space babe.

Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and he prospered

William Shatner, Deforest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy from the original "Star Trek." Nimoy died today.

William Shatner, Deforest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy from  “Star Trek.” Nimoy died today at 83.

One of the things I remember about Leonard Nimoy was that through the character Spock, he made intellectualism and logic seem cool. He’s been Spock forever (or for those who’ve lived long enough, since 1966) and in the course of Star Trek history, Spock has lived, died, been reborn and was the reason for a time line that last had him consulting with his younger self.

As Spock would say, “That is illogical,” but we accepted it because in science fiction, no one ever dies.

Spock joins Bones and Scotty in the reality afterlife (Deforest Kelley died in 1999. James Doohan died in 2005.) But they live forever in our television and film libraries.

(I won’t get into the “In Search of …” series, or his role as Paris in “Mission Impossible.”)

Let’s end this with a “Spock off”:

A few charts to help you through the Oscars tonight

For those of you who enjoy looking at the past, here’s an infographic that shows the films with the most nominations and the most wins (click throughout to enlarge):

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For you fashion mavens, here’s an updated chart of all the gowns worn by the best actress winners (check out Joanne Woodward and Julie Christie for the best acting seamstress award):

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And finally, if you’re in an Oscar pool and have to wager on the winner in all of the categories except best actress and best supporting actress, put your money on the middle-age white guy:

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And the winner is …