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J J Abrams to Direct Star Wars Episode VII? DONT MAKE US BARF!!!! January 24, 2013

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News today is that J J Abrams – the dude behind the moronic Star Trek reboot – but also the same guy behind great TV like Fringe – has been tapped to direct the first Disney Star Wars movie.

THIS IS JUST PLAIN WRONG.

Star Wars and Star Trek should not crossover and the infection of Abrams will be revolting to those with high midichlorian counts.

Then again – George Lucas is hardly a great director either – Episodes 1-3 are proof of that…and so long as J J doesn’t bring back Jar Jar (strange how J J and Jar Jar have the same initials) – we can’t be too peeved right?

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FRINGE FINALE – ETA LIVES OBSERVERS GONE!! January 18, 2013

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Walternate 90 years old and lectures at Harvard? rly ? i thought he came back over and was killed.

if our plan is successful we will cease to exist, if our plan isn’t successful we will cease to exist

WOW. It ended as it should have with Peter and Olivia in the park and instead of losing Etta she runs into her dad’s arms.

a truly beautiful ending.

And the small twist when September/Douglas was supposed to take michael over to the other side, only to be killed and the original plan with Walter leaving….wow

now why did the observers came in the first place to invade? still a bit odd, but this ending capped off the best year of Fringe since the first and stands for us as one of the finest endings in Scifi TV history

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President Obama Decides NOT to Build the Death Star – Republicans still debating the issue. January 13, 2013

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On Nov 14 of 2012 a petition was submitted to the U.S. Government with over 34,000 signatures requesting that a Death Star be constructed

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense..

Obama’s administration has responded, and the TL;dr version is that the Democratic President will NOT build a Death Star.

but it’s not just a simple no – Obama’s people took the time to craft one of the most loving Star Wars thing to ever emerge from a Government (if not THE MOST).

 

Official White House Response to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

The Hydrogen Sonata – REVIEW – great read but …. January 11, 2013

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we are huge fans of Iain M Banks Culture novels …though they can sometimes be challenging.

The Hydrogen Sonata is a brilliant tour de force that is one of the best Culture books yet and at the same time one of the least satisfying. Banks’ best books tend to have some kind of amazing ending or awesome plot twist — there are a few amazing twists in the Hydrogen Sonata – but the ending…well we didn’t care for it.

The whole book is essentially about unravelling a mystery that people are willing to kill for to protect and yet it’s a mystery that we never truly learn and it never really does matter either.
 “So I became the man who lived forever, more or less, because I’d once held a secret I didn’t care about any more.”

That somewhat unsatisfying ending aside – this is a book that gripped our attention with amazing concepts, characters, setting and event from beginning to end. The whole deeper discussion around the organization of the Culture and how the minds collectively make decisions was amazing.

The contrast of the Gzilit to the Culture also interesting and the whole scavenger species idea also neat. Vyr Cosson – typical awesome strong female character that Banks writes so well. The ship Mistake Not is pure brilliance especially it’s precision and the language that Banks uses when the ship is facing adversaries.

There really is no other science fiction author alive today that we’d rather read than Banks.

 

**UPDATE** WE recently had an ‘elevator’ conversation with a person about this book which made us think a bit more about it. While there was no mega twist in this book, there were a few….perversions … of the type that only Bain can contrive.

For example, ximenyr the dude with how many penises? and how did vyr cosson and Berdle get into the ship again? (oh yeah they transported/displaced into a cesspool of shit…kinda reminded up of the first chapter of consider phelbas…(

FRINGE: Donald is an Observer!!! Biological Reversion January 11, 2013

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Why donald? because of Donald O’Connor in Singing in the Rain.

And Donald is the ORIGINAL observer that helped Walter in the beginning…NOW HTAT MAKES SENSE!! His name is really September??

Now we all know about the Observers – emotion is the flaw. The observer child Michael is Donald’s son…another wow.

AND the way to save human is to send the boy from the future that was sent back to the past forward to the point in the future where humans decide to eliminate emotion…ok that’s cool too.

The boy is important he must live – you were referring to your son and not mine – Donald.

NOW how will this all end? only a pair of episodes left and somehow donald/september and Michael will come together, walter will die and the world will be free

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Dying to see Star Trek Into Darkness January 10, 2013

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a truly sad tale…but shows that J J Abrams does have a heart…

A terminally ill child had a request posted on reddit – http://www.reddit.com/r/startrek/comments/15f7rf/please_come_to_the_rescue_of_a_star_trek_fan/ – that he wanted to see Into Darkness before he died.

J J Abrams delivered.

“The next day, one of the film’s producers showed up at the door of their apartment with a DVD containing a very rough cut of Star Trek: Into Darkness in his hands. Paige had made popcorn, Dan had spent the previous day resting so he could sit through the movie, and after signing about 200 non-disclosure agreements they watched the film and had a blast.

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