Science Fiction: A doomed TV genre

In honor of the news about SGU getting the axe, let’s take a moment of silence to remember all the science fiction stories (from this decade) that have no proper* ending because of idiot executives.

  • Caprica
  • Defying Gravity
  • Dollhouse
  • Farscape
  • Firefly
  • FlashForward
  • Heroes
  • Jericho
  • Journeyman
  • Legend of the Seeker
  • Sarah Conner Chronicles
  • Stargate Universe

Good luck to V, Fringe and The Event…

* Proper ending, meaning not a fantastically lame ending that only a cancelled sci-fi show could manage to do. The last episodes of Dollhouse, Jericho, and Legend of the Seeker may have wrapped things up, but boy did they sure suck compared to how the stories could have ended if it had been up to the writers.

Water Myths

NPR did some mythbusting this week and discovered the truthiness behind 5 things we tend to believe about water.

  • Myth 1: Drink Eight Glasses Each Day
  • Myth 2: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out Toxins
  • Myth 3: Lots of Water Equals Healthier Skin
  • Myth 4: Drinking Extra Water Leads to Weight Loss
  • Myth 5: It’s Easy to Get Dehydrated During a Workout

From the article:

“But first, how do you know if you’re drinking enough water? Experts say there’s an easy way to judge. If you’re not thirsty, you’re fluid intake is likely “just right.”

Link to NPR story, Link to peer-reviewed science editorial ($$ premium content, unfortunately).

Video Request: Trapped in 1984

Hey everybody, here’s a track I recently put together called “Trapped in 1984.” I think it would be really cool to have some dystopian animation to go along with it, so consider this my official request for animations/videos/mashups. It’s short and sweet which makes animating easier.

Download the track, see what you can do. Email me back or post it to YouTube (but don’t forget to give me credit for the tune).

Don’t Criticize the Iraq Occupation

The White House just released this Executive Order:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070717-3.html

Read it and then reread it. It’s for real. There are no 5th Amendment rights or Habeas Corpus available for anyone who falls under the specified criteria of posing “a significant risk of committing an act or acts of violence…” in regards to the Iraq occupation, or funding such acts. All property and interests of the “offender” will be possessed. You can also read clearly that this is specifically referring to United States persons (a group that includes United States citizens), not Iraqis and not just “Enemy Combatants” or criminals. Not that I in any way support violent acts, in protest of the Iraq occupation or otherwise. However, if the government deems you to pose a significant risk of committing (meaning prior to even committing) such an act, then this Executive Order immediately and prejudicially removes your rights.

To be fair, the Department of Treasury has responded to questions about the EO – “Tuesday’s broad executive order on freezing Iraq-related financial assets is solely intended to target supporters of the Iraqi insurgency.” But if that were truly the case, the wording in the order would need to reflect it.

Marshal Law is the next logical step. I for one welcome our new fascist NeoCon overlords.

Big Brother tag and Google Reader

I use Google Reader as my primary feed reader, and I read a lot of feeds. I like to see every item that comes down the pipe from news sites such as Slashdot, Digg, and BoingBoing. Recently I discovered a way to tag individual items (stories) in Google Reader, and I also figured out that I can share any given tag with the public.

So, without further ado,
Items marked “bigbrother” via Philip (RSS feed)

Now you can join me in my paranoia of the Big Brother State.

im in ur billboardz, bombin ur Boston

LED MooniniteHow could anybody possibly mistake an LED mooninite for a terrorist threat? We clearly have a growing generational gap between an out-of-touch Baby Boomer media and the up and coming Generation Next (aka Millenials, Generation Y, etc – we don’t have an identity yet). Aqua Teen Hunger Force is just a cartoon, and the signs were just LED mooninites – a viral marketing campaign sponsored by the show’s network.

Were the ads inappropriate? Certainly, with his middle finger waving around. But I don’t understand how they could have stricken Aqua Teen Bomber Force panic on a city, resulting in arrests of the men who put them up, and a “public apology from Turner Broadcasting System.” Here’s the CNN story.

By the way, here is a t-shirt in a new line of clothing found at cottonfactory.com, in a set called “Aqua Teen Bomber Force.”

Where are the left-handed microwave ovens?

We’ve moved our microwave oven into a little corner in the kitchen recently. It makes it a little difficult to open the left-hinged door. So, I’ve been searching the Internet for alternative microwave ovens with either reversible doors (like our fridge) or a left-handed door with a right hinge.

So far, nothing. Do they not exist? One expert site asked that question, and the majority response was that 100% of microwave ovens have left-hinged doors. I feel bad for all you Southpaws (I know quite a few).

In my quest, I did discover some interesting (if not useless) microwave oven facts:

  • Electromagnetic microwaves cannot produce the “Maillard reaction” (a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars) in food, which is what browns toast and caramelizes milk and honey. That is why your microwaved food tastes so bland and has a “steamed” appearance.
  • New microwave ovens are being manufactured with high-powered halogen heat lamps to create that Maillard reaction with infared energy while the microwave energy cooks the food.
  • Microwave ovens generate radio waves at 2.45Ghz, which is annoyingly close to the 2.4Ghz block of frequencies set aside for 802.11b/g WiFi. Also, some cordless phones operate on this frequency.
  • Spoons are safe to microwave, however, forks are not. This is because the tines of the fork cause an electrical concentration which results in sparks. From experience, I know that the pointy edges of ketchup packages are affected by this property.
  • Along with metal, some foods can produce electrical arcing, such as grapes. See the video below.
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It isn’t as easy as it looks. I couldn’t get that last post to work, so I deleted it. Let’s just pretend the whole thing never happened… (why did I tag this as Conspiracies?)