Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Random Links: Science, Etc. Edition

Ten Things You Don't Know About the Sun: Fun facts about our favorite mass of incandescent gas.

Dr Who Dalek found in pond: This was all over the internet several weeks ago, so I suspect anyone likely to find this interesting has already seen it. Still, just in case you are and you haven't... Someone found a Dalek in a pond. Seriously.

Cosmos on Hulu: One of the great science programs of all time, now available to watch for free online (although, sadly, only if you happen to be in the US). I just re-watched this show fairly recently, myself, and it holds up amazingly well. Awesome, inspiring stuff. Watch it with your kids, if you have 'em, because this is exactly the kind of science programming kids should be exposed to.

Science Tattoo Emporium: I don't really understand the appeal of tattoos, myself, I must admit, but it's nice to know that they're for science nerds, too. The guy with the resistor symbol on his wrist gave me a strange, disturbing flashback to Alien Nation, though, before I realized what it was.

100 Hours of Astronomy: A "global astronomy event" running from April 2-5, featuring, among other things, live webcasts from astronomical observatories all over the world, including the VLA.

Andy Hallett, the green demon of 'Angel,' dies at 33: Deeply depressing news, not least because, dammit, nobody should have to die of heart failure at 33. Hallett was a truly talented guy. There aren't many people who can make green makeup look that good, and, man, could he sing. His character, Lorne, was easily my favorite person on Angel, even though he was just a recurring guest role.


  1. I was shocked and saddened by Hallett's death. It took a while for me to really love his character, but by season 5 -- in which he was a full cast member, not just a guest star, by the way -- he was easily one of my favorites, if not the favorite.

    I just turned 32, so 33 seems way, way too young. He'll be missed.

  2. I liked Lorne from his first appearance. And you are quite right that he eventually became a full cast member; I remember being delighted when Hallett finally got his name in the opening credits. I do seem to recall that he still wasn't in every single episode, but I was always firmly of the opinion that he should have been.

    Me, I'm 37, so 33 seems far, far too young. Man.

  3. I totally agree with the authorities not releasing the location of the Dalek pond. ("The last thing we want are sci-fi fans descending on the pond frantically seraching for other Dalek parts.") Think of how pristine Walden Pond would have remained, had high school English teachers not discovered it and tromped all around it.

  4. And imagine if they'd known that Thoreau was in actuality a Cyberman!

  5. That's probably going to be an episode next year. :)