Saturday, September 19, 2015

Arrr...It Be Another International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy, Matey! It be another International Talk Like a Pirate Day! If ye've been followin' me blog then ye know me love for ITLAPD. Tis how I know ye've been practicin' yer Arrr's. To celebrate this bonny time o' year ye'll be singin' along with me to some fine tunes.

Ye'll also be visitin' the International Talk Like a Pirate Day port this day or ye'll be walkin' the plank!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Science Style

A Taylor Swift acapella parody that is pretty frickin' great.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Martian - A Brilliant Book and Viral Campaign haven't read The Martian yet? Get on that ASAP. It's really really great.

I first heard about the book via The Weekly Space Hangout's talk with author Andy Weir. Andy is one of those guys that likes to calculate orbital dynamics as a hobby. All the science in the book is accurate, including the physics of space travel and the various orbital paths. He actually wrote software to track constant-thrust trajectories. To say that I appreciate that level of scientific detail and accuracy is an understatement. It really shows in the reading and, I think, makes the book that much more gripping.

In this promo video, Neil deGrasse Tyson focuses on The Martian's Ares 3 mission, giving us information about it Cosmos- and Star Talk-style. Neil reports to you as if he is in a real video talking about an actual mission to Mars. The video is part of a quite impressive viral marketing campaign out of 20th Century Fox, the studio filming the adaptation. The film stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Kate Mara (to name a few) and is released on October 2nd. Can't wait!

Oh, and here's the trailer too:

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