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January 2nd, 2009
12:57 pm


Dr. Asimov & Sigourney Weaver
filkertom mentioned in a post earlier today that it is Isaac Asimov's birthday.
The Wikipedia entry on Isaac Asimov notes that he collaborated on a script for "I, Robot" with Harlan Ellison. "Asimov is quoted as saying that Ellison's screenplay would lead to 'the first really adult, complex, worthwhile science fiction movie ever made'."

The "Alien (franchise)" entry in Wikipedia states, "On December 5th 2008 Sigourney Weaver hinted in an interview with MTV that she and Ridley Scott are working on an Alien spinoff film which will focus on the chronicles of Ellen Ripley rather than the Aliens."

It seems to me that one of the directions a new Ripley movie could go would be to further examine the androids and their relationships with humans. This could potentially tie in with the Asimov "Caves of Steel" and "Naked Sun" novels.

So I'm releasing this meme into the wild: Someone contact Sigourney Weaver and/or Ridley Scott and suggest that they secure the rights to "The Caves of Steel" (since the "I, Robot" title was used in 2004 for the movie starring Will Smith). Persuade Ellison to do the script (although, I'd also settle for Joss Whedon) and add the Ripley character to the plot. Make the movie.

Ok, I just think it would be neat to have Sigourney Weaver performing in a work that is legitimately based on Asimov's writing. Anyway, pass it on.

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November 16th, 2008
10:36 pm


Faith-Based IT jobs
I got this from my brother:

Boris wrote:

Faith-Based IT Jobs

I had to look twice to be sure I didn't misread it.

This raises important questions, like...

- do Faith Based servers require Replacement, or just Healing ?
- Just how often do you have to Lay Hands on them ?
- if you don't have faith in it, will it be struck by lightning & burn, or will YOU ?
- do FB unix systems still have daemons in them ?
- do FB Firewalls really work better ?
- if you add parts from Buddhist machines, will the MOTD start to question reality?

I'm NOT making this up ....


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November 2nd, 2008
08:50 am


From Tom Smith's Blog
Taken from Tom Smith's blog. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (R), changing a lifelong opinion to come out in favor of same-sex marriage on September 19, 2007. The clip is being used as an argument against California's Proposition 8. About five minutes long, and worth watching.

Wow! A real person in an elected office!

Tom Smith's comments are here

The Wikipedia article on Jerry Sanders is here

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October 31st, 2008
02:14 pm


Attack of the Robots!

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October 30th, 2008
09:57 pm


Variation for everyone
Copy this sentence into your LJ if you're in a heterosexual marriage (or if you think you might be someday) and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

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August 30th, 2008
04:02 pm


Sarah Palin
Maybe I have a perceptual problem. As I'm looking at LJ entries, I keep reading the name of the Republican VP candidate as "Pain"

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August 18th, 2008
08:14 pm


Other than employment...
Purchased the use of a specified quantity of four dimensional space

Paid a price for moving objects in space and time

Inquired, but my object was unknown

The person who could pay the price was not present

Touched thousands of dollars

Coaxed a cat out of the Underworld

Reaped a field without swinging a scythe

Discarded unwanted worldly goods

Sang and walked high in the air as objects sped by below

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April 9th, 2008
07:25 pm


Money Doesn't Grow on Trees, But Gasoline Might
Money Doesn't Grow on Trees, But Gasoline Might
National Science Foundation Press Release 08-056

Researchers make breakthrough in creating gasoline from plant matter, with almost no carbon footprint

April 7, 2008

"Researchers have made a breakthrough in the development of "green gasoline," a liquid identical to standard gasoline yet created from sustainable biomass sources like switchgrass and poplar trees.

"Reporting in the cover article of the April 7, 2008 issue of Chemistry & Sustainability, Energy & Materials (ChemSusChem), chemical engineer and National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awardee George Huber of ..."

"Not only is the method a compact way to treat a great deal of biomass in a short time, Regalbuto [John Regalbuto, who directs the Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program at NSF and supported this research] emphasized that the process, in principle, does not require any external energy. 'In fact, from the extra heat that will be released, you can generate electricity in addition to the biofuel,' he said. 'There will not be just a small carbon footprint for the process; by recovering heat and generating electricity, there won't be any footprint.'"

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March 29th, 2008
11:34 am


There Shall Be Dragons
From Asking a Judge to Save the World, and Maybe a Whole Lot More
New York Times Published: March 29, 2008

"Dr. Arkani-Hamed said concerning worries about the death of the Earth or universe, 'Neither has any merit.' He pointed out that because of the dice-throwing nature of quantum physics, there was some probability of almost anything happening. There is some minuscule probability, he said, 'the Large Hadron Collider might make dragons that might eat us up.'"

Go Go Hadron Dragons!


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January 5th, 2008
02:35 pm


Friends List reduction
I've removed some people from my friends list. There is a separate post marked "friends only" that went up a minute or two ago. If you can't see both posts, and would like to see both posts, please comment. All comments are screened.

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