The Big Think

December 24, 2004

Er, Now I’m A Little Concerned

Filed under: Space — jasony @ 11:23 pm

The asteroid previously mentioned has been moved up the Torino scale to a 4. This means that, instead of a 1 in 244 chance of hitting Earth, it now has a 1 in 62.5 chance of hitting. Nothing to worry about for 30 years, and it’s not big enough to wipe out the planet, but it’s big enough. The total impact energy of this thing is around 2200 megatons of explosive power. The largest nuclear weapon ever tested is somewhere in the 50 megaton range, so it’s not going to Armageddon the planet or anything, but I wouldn’t want to be within a few hundred miles of the impact zone. And if it hits the 2/3rds of the planet covered by water? Oy.
Stay tuned…

Bloody Server!

Filed under: Computing — jasony @ 7:20 pm

The stupid server is off and on again. I’m really sorry, folks, but the solution is out of my hands. Here’s hoping my traffic doesn’t deteriorate to zero before the issue is resolved. It’s a Movable Type problem and spammers are at fault. May their stockings be filled with coal.

A Marine’s Father Speaks

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:51 pm

Very moving. Link

How the Lawyers Stole Christmas

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:39 pm

This is hilarious.

And I Feel Fine

Filed under: Space — jasony @ 12:19 pm

According to NASA, Near Earth Asteroid 2004 MN4 has a 1 in 233 chance of hitting the Earth and causing global devastation on April 13th 2029.

This object is the first to reach a level 2 (out of 10) on the Torino Scale. According to the Torino Scale, a rating of 2 indicates “a discovery, which may become routine with expanded searches, of an object making a somewhat close but not highly unusual pass near the Earth. While meriting attention by astronomers, there is no cause for public attention or public concern as an actual collision is very unlikely. New telescopic observations very likely will lead to re-assignment to Level 0 [no hazard].” This asteroid should be easily observable throughout the coming months.

DNS Problems

Filed under: Computing — jasony @ 12:14 pm

I’ve tried for weeks to reach James Lilek’s site, but every time I try I get a timeout. I just assumed that he was having problems on his end, but no. His site is apparently up and running just fine as everyone else can see it but me. If you get a second, please try and click on the link and shoot me an email if it works? (or comment, but with MT being so buggy, there’s no guarantee that your comment will get through).
I thought that it was the rumored DNS problems in Mac OS 10.3.3, so I updated to 10.3.7. Same issues. Anyone have any ideas?

iRobot

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:14 am

Erin and I rented “I, Robot” the other day, and thanks to the miracle of Handbrake I just got finished watching it for a second time. Very entertaining flick with some of the best CGI I’ve seen since LOTR. The movie got unnecessarily spanked for not adhering to Asimov’s story “closely enough”. I’ll bet that unless you have read the books you don’t know that his first I, Robot book was a series of short stories. He continued the theme in later books (and wrapped up some intriguing loose ends in his “later” stories (heh), but the first book was mainly an exploration of the interpretation of the Three Laws. Fascinating stuff, but it would make a boring movie.

I think the moviemakers did a fantastic job of capturing much of the spirit of Asimov’s work. I understand that much on the written page cannot make it to the screen, and I accept the sacrifices the filmmakers made. If you’re in the mood for a great science fiction action flick, give it a look.

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