Gerry Canavan

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Friday Already?

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Really, it’s already Friday?

* Michael Jackson and SF: Michael Jackson “cameo” in Back to the Future II. (And here’s a real cameo from Men in Black II.) io9 remembers Captain EO.

* At right, of course, there’s a panel from Persepolis.

* NASA thinks it’s solved the 1908 Tunguska mystery.

* Happy birthday to the toothbrush.

* ‘How Wall Street Will Ruin the Environment’: Robert Bryce at The Daily Beast slams Waxman-Markey.

In short, given its length and complexity, the cap-and-trade bill would be better named “The 2009 Lawyer-Lobbyist Full Employment Act.” Proponents are ignoring the fact that Enron (remember Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay?) desperately wanted caps on carbon dioxide because they saw huge profits in being able to trade carbon allowances. And now Congress wants to give Wall Street traders—the same pirates who helped engineer the financial meltdown—a mandate that requires a massive new trading business that has the potential to be gamed in the same way that Enron gamed the California electricity market? Hello?

* And Wired has a detailed look at swine flu hysteria, just in time for the outbreak at Duke.

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June 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Afternoonery

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Afternoonery.

* Support for renewable energy technology to fight global warming is weakening in the face of worldwide economic problems and the true scale of the carbon reductions required, a survey published today has suggested.

Figures presented at the UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland, show that climate experts have less faith in alternative energy than they did 12 months ago.

* Grist reviews 2008’s most essential book on shit.

* DFW’s last book will be published next year, based off the Kenyon College commence speech he gave in 2005. Devotees may recall that this speech was the basis for my MetaFilter obit post.

* Everyone’s in love with this evolved Mona Lisa. More evolution fun at Pharyngula and MetaFilter.

* Everyone’s in love with Macs.

* Don’t miss Metallica’s latest music video, a prophecy of zombie disaster originating with the Tungska Event.

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December 10, 2008 at 7:47 pm

[Undisclosed Location] Minus Three

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[Undisclosed Location] minus three and counting.

* This summer’s Battlestar Galactica TV movie looks like it might improve on the superfluity of Razor; judging from who’s going to be in it I’d guess the storyline will involve the secret origins of this season’s replacement Starbuck.

* Dark Roasted Blend has a brief item with three weird examples of mass hysteria: the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic, the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, and the Monkeyman of Dehli.

* All about the Tunguska Event.

* And David Owen explains the surcharged services on his airline in the New Yorker.

Laughing out loud at anything in any movie, whether it is playing on the cabin system or on your own DVD player, is fifty dollars per incident. Asking me to turn off my reading light so that you can see the screen better: also fifty dollars.

If you and your spouse are dressed almost identically, or if you are carrying your passport in a thing around your neck, or if you are wearing any form of footwear or pants that you clearly purchased specifically to wear on airplanes, or if you make it obvious (by repeatedly turning around and talking to passengers in seats not adjacent to yours) that you are travelling with a group, the charge is fifty dollars.

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July 2, 2008 at 11:21 am