From the brilliant Little League:
I absolutely, and embarrassingly, love pure pop songs. I grew up on arena rock and punk and folk and classical (older brother, eclectic parents, the 70s) where pop was anathema. But I always loved a good pop song.
And the truth it that Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe is a really good pop song. It’s not brilliant, but it’s really good. And the denouement to the video really makes it worth watching.
Dad: When did you realize something went wrong?
5YO: When I put the scissors down and I looked at her hair and I said, “This is gonna be bad, bad, bad.”
The Voyager space probe is actually, finally leaving our little solar system and becoming the first manufactured object (that we know of) out in the Universe Proper. It’s spent the last 35 years wandering past and around planets, sending us new and fascinating information about the little dots in the sky.
Voyager 1, along with its sister spacecraft Voyager 2, was launched in 1977 and is now about 18 billion kilometers from the Sun. It is moving at a speed of about 17 km per second and it currently takes 16 hours and 38 minutes for data to reach NASA’s network on Earth. Voyager 2 is about 15 billion kilometers from the Sun.
Between them, the probes have explored all the giant planets of the solar system; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, as well as 48 of their moons.
They both carry a greeting for any extraterrestrial life they may bump into, a phonograph record and 12-inch gold-plated copper disk with sounds and images of life and culture on Earth selected by a group chaired by the famous space scientist Carl Sagan.
I’ve come to the conclusion that manned (yes, it’s sexist but still) space flight is a waste of resources. Between Voyager and Hubble and the Mars rovers it’s been demonstrated we can learn immense amounts about existence with relatively inexpensive machines. No need to go to Mars or other planets until we know more, and the money spent can be used to make many more robots to explore.
I like the Green Arrow, and actually liked the Oliver Queen character on Smallville. I had, however, some serious reservations about the reboot of the character — outside of the Superman myth — for the CW.
This trailer, though, looks pretty good. It could, and probably will, still suck but at least after this I’ll give it a shot.
I just wonder why, if Oliver Queen could make arrows with very sharp tips, he didn’t shave at all when stuck on the island.