If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.

Jane Espenson (from interview with Advocate.com)

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Snapshots from around Cordoba.

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MARIAN CALL SINGS MY “TOM LEHRER’S THE ELEMENTS II”

We did this song at w00tstock. It’s something I wrote as a companion piece to Marian’s Marian Call Sings the Classics project. For everyone who asked, here are the annotated lyrics.

TOM LEHRER’S THE ELEMENTS II

by Mike Selinker and Marian Call

Now, if I may digress momentarily from the main stream of this evening’s symposium, I’d like to sing a song which is based on Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements.” I did find it a bit restrictive that Mr. Lehrer limited himself to substances that actually exist. Here’s a version of that song, but with a slightly different set of substances.

There’s isogen and necrogen and mithril and vibranium,
And arcanite and kryptonite and also unobtanium,
Latinum, gundanium, jumbonium, chelonium,

And carbonite and corbomite and scrith and wonderflonium,

Energon and metatron and flubber and shazamium,

Naquadria and claudia and also adamantium,

Vizorium, rodinium, sakuradite, and nucleon,
Stealth ore, ghost rock, Rearden metal, dragonbane, and phlogiston.
Dilithium, trilithium, phazon, and amazonium,
Bombastium, pizzazium, melange, and randomonium,
Illudium Q-Thirty Six, ice nine, and thiotimoline,
Oxium and octogen and polarite and soylent green.
 
Mike: Technically, Marian, soylent green is not an element. It’s a compound made of something else.
Marian: Oh, what’s it made of, Mike?
Mike: Soylent green is people.
Marian: Ick.
 
There’s liquid schwartz and ruby-quartz and oxypheromalkahyde,
Eridium, turbidium, darksteel, and meta-cyanide,
Balthazate, bendezium, byzantium, and magicite,
Protonite and grimacite  and phostlite and there’s solaranite,
Froonium, bazoolium, bolognium, and beerium.
Infernium, nuridium, and slood and atmosphereum,
There’s Caesiumfrancolithicmyxialobidium-
rixydixydoxidexidroxhide, and obsidium.
There’s mordite, morphite, nethicite, uru, and monopasium,

And tylium and trinium and xen and upsidaisium.
Jerktonium, afraidium, red rain, and raritanium,
Cuendillar, celestial bronze, plasteel, and dalekanium.

And then there’s “love”… the one that saved the world in The Fifth Element.
But the 5th is really boron if you’re wondering what the hell I meant.

I swear to every heaven ever imagined,
if I hear one more dead-eyed hipster
tell me that art is dead, I will personally summon Shakespeare
from the grave so he can tell them every reason
why he wishes he were born in a time where
he could have a damn Gmail account.
The day after I taught my mother
how to send pictures over Iphone she texted
me a blurry image of our cocker spaniel ten times in a row.
Don’t you dare try to tell me that that is not beautiful.
But whatever, go ahead and choose to stay in
your backwards-hoping-all-inclusive club
while the rest of us fall in love over Skype.
Send angry letters to state representatives,
as we record the years first sunrise so
we can remember what beginning feels like when
we are inches away from the trigger.
Lock yourself away in your Antoinette castle
while eat cake and tweet to the whole universe that we did.
Hashtag you’re a pretentious ass hole.
Van Gogh would have taken 20 selflies a day.
Sylvia Plath would have texted her lovers
nothing but heart eyed emojis when she ran out of words.
Andy Warhol would have had the worlds weirdest Vine account,
and we all would have checked it every morning while we
Snap Chat our coffee orders to the people
we wish were pressed against our lips instead of lattes.
This life is spilling over with 85 year olds
rewatching JFK’s assassination and
7 year olds teaching themselves guitar over Youtube videos.
Never again do I have to be afraid of forgetting
what my fathers voice sounds like.
No longer must we sneak into our families phonebook
to look up an eating disorder hotline for our best friend.
No more must I wonder what people in Australia sound like
or how grasshoppers procreate.
I will gleefully continue to take pictures of tulips
in public parks on my cellphone
and you will continue to scoff and that is okay.
But I hope, I pray, that one day you will realize how blessed
you are to be alive in a moment where you can google search
how to say I love you in 164 different languages.

b.e.fitzgerald (Art is a Facebook status about your winter break.)

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This was so funny. I ran into this Mexican couple on a trail in Central Park, and they were lugging around all these balloons. I asked what the balloons were for, and the guy told me that he’d brought them all the way from Mexico. He said he’d concocted this elaborate plan, where he’d given balloons to different people around the city (starting with the hotel concierge), and sent the girl on a scavenger hunt to find them."Just because?" I asked."Just because," he said.
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When I got home, I had an email. It said: 
Brandon,
I couldn’t tell you, but I was about to ask her to marry me.
She said yes!

Rodrigo

humansofnewyork:

This was so funny. I ran into this Mexican couple on a trail in Central Park, and they were lugging around all these balloons. I asked what the balloons were for, and the guy told me that he’d brought them all the way from Mexico. He said he’d concocted this elaborate plan, where he’d given balloons to different people around the city (starting with the hotel concierge), and sent the girl on a scavenger hunt to find them.
"Just because?" I asked.
"Just because," he said.

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When I got home, I had an email. It said: 

Brandon,

I couldn’t tell you, but I was about to ask her to marry me.

She said yes!

Rodrigo

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On 27 November 2012, a hurricane  was identified at the heart of Saturn’s hexagonal jet stream at the planet’s north pole by the international Cassini spacecraft. The eye of the hurricane spans about 2000 km (1,250 miles) and the clouds at the outer edge are travelling at 540 km/h (330 mph).

(Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

The hexagonal shape of the storm is due to some very fun fluid dynamics. See here: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2010/2471.html

This will always make my head explode.

In the best way.

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Rockets for military and recreational uses date back to at least 13th century China. Significant scientific, interplanetary and industrial use did not occur until the 20th century, when rocketry was the enabling technology for the Space Age, including setting foot on the moon. Rockets are now used for fireworks, weaponry, ejection seats, launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight, and space exploration. - Wikipedia

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Rockets for military and recreational uses date back to at least 13th century China. Significant scientific, interplanetary and industrial use did not occur until the 20th century, when rocketry was the enabling technology for the Space Age, including setting foot on the moon. Rockets are now used for fireworks, weaponry, ejection seats, launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight, and space exploration. - Wikipedia