If we destroy the Moon, we destroy ourselves

Friday, 31 July, 2015

The Moon is not always a friend of terrestrial astronomers. The light it casts, especially during its full phase, deprives the night sky of the darkness needed to observe other celestial bodies. This must be frustrating. Along with those clouds that sometimes completely block our views of the heavens. And don’t get anyone started on the Sun.

So, could the Moon be taken out of the picture. Removed. Deleted. Destroyed? Well, it is possible, if we had access to enough energy, but things wouldn’t really end all that well for us on Earth, with the Moon gone…

Astronomers use the Roche Limit to calculate how close an object – like a moon – can orbit another object – like a planet. This is the point where the difference between the tidal forces on the “front” and “backside” are large enough that the object is torn apart, and if this sounds familiar you might want to look up “spaghettification.” This is all based on the radius of the planet and the density of the planet and moon. If the moon got close enough to the Earth, around 18,000 km, it would pull apart and be shredded into a beautiful ring. And then the objects in the ring would enter the Earth’s atmosphere and rain down beautiful destruction for thousands of years.

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The One-Minute Time Machine, useful for correcting faux pas?

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

And still on the topic of time travel, while it may not be possible to construct a machine that allows travel through larger periods of time, such as weeks, years, or decades, shorter spans such as a single minute might be.

The ability to jump back into the past by that sort of interval, may still be enough to change the outcome of future events, as it were. That scenario is certainly possible in the aptly titled short film, One-Minute Time Machine, directed by Devon Avery.

There is, needless to say, a price to be paid for such convenience though…

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Basketball games at Gordon Dam are just a little bit different

Friday, 10 July, 2015

Think I might spend some of the weekend shooting a few hoops… from the top of the Gordon Dam, in the south west of Tasmania, to a hoop some one hundred and twenty five metres below, as Perth’s How Ridiculous crew did recently.

How long do you it’d take to figure out the shot, the world record basketball shot at that, for sending the basketball through the hoop at that sort of distance?

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Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” remade… in the kitchen

Friday, 3 July, 2015

Image by Claudia Ficca, Davide Luciano

The Shining, by Stanley Kubrick, is one film I’m still yet to see.

Until that happens, I’ll have to make do with a little taste of the 1980 movie by way of these scenes, that New York City based food stylist Claudia Ficca, and photographer and filmmaker Davide Luciano, recreated by way of all manner of assorted food stuffs.

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The story of how Pluto became one of the Planets

Monday, 1 June, 2015

We all know dwarf planet Pluto used to be one of the planets proper, as it were, but does anyone know how Pluto actually became part of the troupe so to speak? Here’s a version of the story that not too many of us are familiar with

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So, which is better, Star Trek, or Star Wars?

Wednesday, 20 May, 2015

The truth is they’re both pretty lousy, but together they’re better than all the others… with apologies to Keith Richards. Presenting The Carbonite Maneuver, a fan made trailer that blends elements of both realms. Non-canonical, obviously.

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Completing the purity test is a test in itself

Friday, 15 May, 2015

Here’s a blast from the past… The Unisex, Omnisexual Purity Test, something I remember taking, or beginning to take, in 1999. I don’t know how many people would have completed the test, given it consists of five hundred questions, but it likely gets right to the core of one’s modesty when that happens.

There is now a slightly easier to take version of the test. In the late 1990s we had to record our answers on paper. Paper? Talk about cruising the electronic frontier that was the information superhighway, hey?

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If we judged films by their names alone, here’s what we might think

Thursday, 7 May, 2015

Talk about winging it… trying to sum up a film based solely on its title. Here’s what was (sort of) made of Requiem For A Dream:

“That was a wonderful dream,” she said, smiling, because of how good the dream was, that she had. “I’m so glad,” he said. “Would you like to tell me about it?” She did.

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A trailer for my maybe not so brilliant career

Thursday, 30 April, 2015

An office worker films the mundane tasks that are part of his job… might this though be a sign of things to come? Rather than placing online and print adverts for jobs, employers could make trailers for vacant positions instead.

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A leaf blown odyssey, follow up to “2001: A Space Odyssey”?

Thursday, 23 April, 2015

The only reason I’m posting this video clip, an advert for a leaf blower, is as testament to the enduring influence of 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kurbrick.

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