February 27, 2015
Andy Weir wrote a fabulous book called “The Martian” about an astronaut that, by a relatively feasible set of circumstances, manages to find himself stranded on Mars.
This is easily one of my all-time favorite novels. If you haven’t read the book, I suggest the Audible audiobook. The reader is fantastic:
Now, if you HAVE read the book or listened to the audiobook, and are a fan, here’s some other things to look into to “continue the experience”.
- Andy Weir’s Web Site & Facebook Page
- Andy Weir’s “The Martian” Map
An actual map of Mark Watney’s Mars travels along Acidalia Planitia, Ares Vallis and Schiaparelli. (5605 km)
- TWiT Triangulation: “Andy Weir” (Episode 163)
Andy Weir is the author of “The Martian,” a science fiction novel that follows astronaut Mark Watney as he becomes stranded alone on Mars. This is an hour long interview of Andy by Leo Laporte, host of the podcast, “Triangulation” from August 11, 2014.
- “The Egg” – A short story by Andy Weir
You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me.” A short story about the universe.
(November 16, 2014 – 8 min, $2.09)
- Film Adaptation of “The Martian”
(Taken from the Wikipedia page)
In March 2013, Twentieth Century Fox optioned the film rights, and hired screenwriter Drew Goddard to adapt and direct the film. In May 2014, it was reported that Ridley Scott was in negotiations to direct an adaptation that would star Matt Damon as Mark Watney. The film is scheduled for release on November 25, 2015. On September 3, 2014, Jessica Chastain joined the film as the female lead. The cast will also include Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Michael Peña, Mackenzie Davis, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, and Aksel Hennie.
February 27, 2015
This is so awesome. SO SO SO VERY AWESOME. This is better than the Penn & Teller bit on the fallacy of anti-vaccination. Seriously.
Jimmy Kimmel is tired of parents not vaccinating their kids. “Parents here are more scared of gluten than they are of small pox.” Knowing he couldn’t sway the people of Los Angeles himself, he got a bunch of real medical professionals to set the naysayers straight. If you thought Jenny McCarthy knew what she was talking about, this is for you.
A Message for the Anti-Vaccine Movement
In case you missed the Penn & Teller bit on how anti-vaccination logic is total bullsh-t:
Penn and Teller on Vaccinations
February 24, 2015
I listened to a ton of audiobooks during last holiday vacation and really, really enjoyed myself. I preferred to listen to the books I had than watch TV, surf the web, play Halo on my Xbox One… yeah, they were that good.
So I decided to make a list of some of my favorite audiobooks. Here it is:
- Ready Player One: Ernest Cline (Read by Wil Wheaton)
This maybe very well be my all time favorite audiobook. It’s definitely in my top 3. Besides being a edge-of-your-seat page turner, it touched me on a very, VERY deep soulful level. Never mind that I got every single geeky 80’s reference made in the book: (including Kikaida & Raideen, both of which were mispronounced by Wil in the audiobook) It tells a story that, well, let’s just say very accurately reflects some personal experiences of mine when I was much younger, making this book mean more to me than perhaps others.
- The Martian: Andy Weir
This is the audiobook that got me back into listening to audiobooks. Everything you’ve heard about this book is true. It’s crafty, hilarious, riveting, and most of all, intelligent.
Here are some others to consider:
December 7, 2014
Today, a low flying quadracopter with a camera flew over my backyard, paused and stared at me for a while, then proceeded onward.
NOT FRICKIN’ COOL.
Now, I have ways of dealing with these things if they run on the 2.4Mhz band but not lesser used frequencies. And frankly, I wasn’t prepared for this while sitting in my backyard – lucky for the pilot. So I started digging up research on how others have dealt with such a privacy intrusion.
This is one thing I found:
As I find more, I’ll post.
December 7, 2014
Dear students, retail workers, and the rest of you that have been loitering on our street for one reason or another or otherwise consuming all the street parking.
THE FREE RIDE IS OVER
This is a courtesy reminder that as of this month, our street is no longer available for you to park all-day on. We are not a substitute car lot for those of you that can’t secure on-campus parking, nor are we free parking for those that don’t feel like paying for parking near their job.
After having several homes broken into, random strangers hanging out on our street eating and (more disturbingly) drinking in their cars, littering our lawns with beer/wine bottles, fast food wrappers and other refuse, and occupying every last bit of street parking we have until 8PM at night, the residents of our street have successfully petitioned the city to restrict parking in excess of 2 hours to resident permit only.
FINES & PROCESS
We’re also ensuring that the limits are enforced by fines and patrolled regularly. (According to the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter VIII Division W)
- The 1st fine is $58.
- The late penalty fine (post 14 days) is $116.
- The second late penalty (post 58 days) is $141.
Our street residents have also been educated on how to report vehicles in violation of the posted restrictions.
December 5, 2014
Marvel’s “Avengers” is the #3 motion picture revenue generator of all-time, behind only Avatar & Titanic. Disney/Marvel has 4 more “Avengers” movies coming out and speaking as a geek that knows the storylines, I believe they’re all going to be bigger than the original “Avengers”. (Note: Captain America: Civil War is effectively an Avengers title)
Marvel’s recent “Guardians of the Galaxy” was the #1 revenue generating movie of 2014. They have “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” coming up in 2 years.
Additionally, Disney’s recent release of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer & acknowledgement that “Frozen 2″ is definitely in the works by “Elsa’s” Idina Menzel is all icing on the cake.
Why am I bringing this up?
From Oct 29th, 2014, the following is the motion picture release schedule for Marvel Entertainment for the next 5 years (aka Phase 3), as announced at the El Capitan Theatre a couple weeks ago. If you know Marvel lore, and more importantly, how much money these films have brought in, hold on to your hats, folks: This is about to get crazy fun.
PHASE 1: (2008-2012 $3.8B in revenue)
- The Incredible Hulk
- Ironman 2
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- The Avengers
PHASE 2: (2013-2015 $revenue TBD)
- Ironman 3 ($1215m)
- Thor: The Dark World ($640m)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714m)
- Guardians of the Galaxy ($770)
- May 5, 2015: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
- July 17, 2015: Ant Man
PHASE 3: (2016-2019)
- May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
- Nov 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
- May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
- Nov 3, 2017: Black Panther
- May 4, 2018: The Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1)
- June 6, 2018: Captain Marvel
- Nov 2, 2018: Marvel’s: Inhumans
- May ?, 2019: The Avengers: Infinity War (Part 2)
Someone video captured the announcement.