Friday, September 21, 2018

We've found Vulcan...

...not. But there is a potentially habitable planet orbiting 40 Eridani. It's a bit close to the star and might be tidally locked, but the dark side could be hospitable to our kind of life.

Now there is a very different image of the Vulcans, right? Of course, if it's not tidally locked it might well be a hot dry world...about twice the size of Earth.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Arachnophobes Beware...

...or at least avoid the Greek town of Aitoliko, where there are currently so many spiders 300 meters of shoreline is nothing but webs on webs.

It's not quite Mirkwood, makes me glad I'm not afraid of spiders.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2018 Emmys

Meant to post yesterday, got distracted by Doctor Who (and the Captain Marvel trailer, which looks sweet. Larson is growing on me).

So, Emmy winners. Most of them were non-genre. Best Comedy Series was won by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an Amazon original.

The only genre shows honored were Game of Thrones (Best Drama and the wonderful Peter Dinklage took Best Supporting Actor) and Black Mirror. I'm behind on the one and haven't been watching the other. The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things and Westworld all got multiple nominations but did nothing on the day. My worst disappointment? Tatiana Maslany was nominated again for Orphan Black, but lost out to The Crown's Claire Foy.

And apparently it was the worst Emmy's telecast ever...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Apparently, Chris Chibnall may be a fan of a certain kids' cartoon.

This is the new poster. Which shows crystalline gem formations and Yasmin in something almost, AMOST a Stephen Universe shirt. Now I really want to track down an episode of that show to watch.

So, coincidence, or is Chibnall a Stephen Universe fan?

We also now know the full names of the three companions: Ryan Sinclair (the young black man), Yasmin Khan, and Graham O'Brien. The last name Khan indicates that Yasmin is most likely of Pakistani or Bangladeshi descent rather than Indian, although knowing Doctor Who they won't have it matter too much.

Monday, September 17, 2018

End of an Era

The very last Delta II rocket has been launched. Its last mission was ICEsat II, which will monitor ice melt levels.

The Delta II has been a workhorse for both NASA and the military for decades, but has been obsolete for some time.

For most NASA missions it will likely be replaced by SpaceX's Falcon 9 (considerably cheaper even without the reusable options).

History marches on.

Friday, September 14, 2018

So, What IS Going On On The ISS?

Did somebody sabotage the ISS? Apparently not.

The idea that a crewmember drilled the hole in their Soyuz has been debunked because there are drill scratches on the outside of the hull...and they'd know if somebody tried to sneak an EVA.

Apparently, a groundside maintenance worker accidentally drilled the hole and, presumably out of fear of getting into trouble, patched it instead of reporting it. The patch has now been shored up so that they can get back to Earth on schedule.

The worker, of course, got into trouble. Whether he's looking for a new job or not is unclear...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Being Green...Maybe?

So, while researching yesterday's post, I glanced at the cast list for Spider-Man: Far From Home (Robert Downey, Jr.'s absence is part of the evidence that he is, indeed, leaving the MCU).

But I also found this:

This relatively young (he's 30, but looks younger in many shots) man is Remy Hii, whom some of you probably saw in Crazy Rich Asians (my rom-com hating self stayed away even while I cheered the movie on).

He's listed on the cast of Far From Home - but without a character name.

Which could mean he's just somebody Spidey bumps into in Asia. The villain appears to be Michael Keaton as the Vulture. Hii's fairly high on the listing, though, and is a talented up-and-coming actor that it seems somewhat unlikely Marvel would use in only one movie. He has a soap opera background (he was on the Australian soap Neighbours for two seasons), which is very solid training for an actor.

Going to stick my neck out here. A talented Asian actor being cast, with them hiding the character name, at this point in the MCU...when it's clear they're moving from established heroes to younger ones?

I'm going to make a guess, educated but perhaps out there, and say that this may be the MCU's face of Amadeus Cho. Ruffalo's contract is also coming up and if he decides to leave, then bringing in the younger Hulk makes sense. Cho is also a very popular character amongst younger fans, and would go a large step towards solving Marvel's Asian problem. The character showed up in one of the Hulk movies...horribly whitewashed...but most people have already forgotten that, and as the movie starred Norton, not Ruffalo, it's probably not in continuity anyway.

And, at one point in Cho's background, he was actually where else would he show up...