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Category: Cool

The Death Star

“It would take 10^21 United States-worth of generators–as in a billion trillion Americas–to generate the same amount of energy that the Death Star superlaser released in one second.”

That’s insane. Some guy decided to figure out how much energy it would take to blow up a planet in a similar fashion to how the Death Star blew up Alderan in Star Wars Episode IV. As it turns out, it would be much easier to liquify an entire planet than to disinegrate it. Read the whole article

Gnarls Barkley

I don’t know if it’s because I don’t have MTV, or I don’t have my ear to the streets of current top-40 music, but for some reason I have never heard of Gnarls Barkley. But now that I have witnessed the following video, I have gained a deep respect for him/her/it/them. Check it out:

Powers of 10

I remember seeing this movie first in a middle school science class. I saw it again in my Math for Liberal Arts course when attending Warren Wilson College. I’m glad to see it has surfaced on the internet, and is free to view.

The film is a 10 minute journey that boggles the mind. I’d love for someone to make an updated version that reflects discoveries made since the original was made. Still, this is totally worth your next 10 minutes of life.

Battlestar Galactica

If you are not watching the new Battlestar Galactica, you are missing out on the best TV show since, well, the original Battlestar Galactica. Why aren’t you watching it? Do you know what you are missing?

  • There is no cheesy music. The music is very percussive and compliments the show well.
  • Each episode leaves you hanging.
  • The tech level is realistic, and the military aspect is very Naval, which Chris likes.
  • The Cylons are insane.
  • The plot twists are insane.
  • The actors are actually good.

Ron Moore, the producer of the show, used to direct some of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine episodes. He knows his sci-fi.

I keep trying to tell Alicia that she would like it, as it’s not just spaceships and geekery.

Well?