The ‘Galaxy Quest’ rap

Galaxy Quest,” the Star Trek parody from 1999, is one of my favorite science fiction movies. Actors in a long ago cancelled television SF show called “Galaxy Quest,” are transported to a spaceship by aliens who have based their entire culture on the “historical documents” that we know as reruns. And the aliens need the actors, who they believe are really the characters in the historical documents  to combat an evil genocidal reptilian foe.

But 16 years after the movie came out, I just came across this “Galaxy Quest” rap by Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and other members of the cast:

Sigourney Weaver is pretty hot as a blonde. If you’ve never seen the movie, check it out. It’s very well done.

Here’s are some scenes that didn’t make it into the final product:

Never give up! Never surrender.

Watch Lindsay Graham kill his cellphone

As you all know, the billionaire trash compactor Donald Trump is still on his roll of dick moves, topped of this week by giving the world GOP rival Lindsay Graham’s cellphone number. (Actually, that’s probably not the dick move of the week. We still have a couple of days left.)

So this is Graham’s response:

Yeah, sure. It’s funny. But, dude, if you like the phone, keep it. (Considering it’s a flip phone, you must really like it, because that’s so turn of the century.)

Just change the SIM card! (I guess Lindsay’s and old guy and doesn’t understand all that fancy tech stuff.)

 

Temple Grandin’s Ted Talk

Temple Grandin is autistic. She’s also one of the important minds in cattle research and management.

There was an HBO movie about her starring Claire Danes, which was pretty good. It gave a very clear explanation of the life of an autistic person.

The thing I find interesting in this Ted Talk is that I get the feeling when she says things that people laugh at, she isn’t intentionally telling a joke. She’s just relaying information, knows that people are laughing, but doesn’t comprehend why they think its funny.

But that doesn’t stop her, because she has a point to make.

 

Fast and light to Pluto

The New Horizon space craft, which has been on a very long trip to the planetoid, dwarf planet, planety thing past Neptune (sometimes), has confirmed that it survived its pass-by of Pluto, 9½ years after its launch from Earth.

This New York Times mini documentary explains the mission. And I’m really looking forward to the release of photos, expected later today.

I’m of the generation when Pluto was a planet, and I always want to see what’s out there. I’m just finding out that Pluto has five moons. That’s got to account for something.

But if the trajectory of Pluto is such that it crosses the orbit of Neptune, does that raise the possibility that in a few billion years or so, they’re going to collide?

No. From 1979 to 1999, Pluto was the eighth planet from the sun. In 1999, it slipped beyond Neptune to become the ninth. But Pluto’s 248-year orbit around the sun takes it 17 degrees above and below the plane in which Neptune and the other planets travel. So their paths don’t actually cross as they swap positions. Imagine you are the sun in the middle of your back yard. The fence is Neptune’s orbit. You toss a boomerang way out over the neighbor’s houses and it comes back, being on both sides of your fence during its travels without hitting the fence. Of course, activity like that can be frowned upon, and in Pluto’s case helped lead to its demotion.

Thanks, Live Science!

 

Are we all holograms? Some physicists say it’s possible.

So maybe we’ve all been sucked into a black hole, but our data remains at the edge and projects itself in the form we currently believe we’re in?

I can’t even think of a “Star Trek” episode that was a complicated as that. But then, there’s another believe in physics and every possible existence we could have had, has or will happen somewhere in the universe.

So let’s take this a step further. If we are the data remnants on the edge of a black hole, then that should mean that, like numbers, when different data interact, you get a different result. And if that’s the case, the result in our “existence” could very possibly be the many worlds result of quantum mechanics.

Yeah, that’s a stretch. But I’m on the edge of a black hole, so what else should I be thinking about?

That’s a simpler way of explaining it. But there, there’s the theory that the universe talks to young white women:

Now that just makes no fuckin’ sense.