~ July 15, 2002
While we wait for a real site update, some
Science. I tuned in to Slashdot and rolled
my eyes at what looked like the latest piece of junk science:
gravity waves with superconductors. But the article,
running in Scientific American, no less, on Raymond Chiao's new model of the "gravitomagnetic field" said the magic
words "By the time the theory is vetted, though, Chiao will probably
have conducted his experiment and settled
the question." I must admit that I got a bit of a warm
fuzzy when Bryce DeWitt, a scientist whose name I know in the
context of gravity, said that Chiao's math checked out - but in
science it is dangerous to rely on magazines, authorities, or even
mathematics: in the end, "the sole
test of any idea is experiment." So, the only thing to do now is
to wait and see whether Chiao gets positive results - and
if he does, to try to replicate the hell out of it.
Fiction. Those who get the Edge list will have
already heard this, but Captain
Kirk's f*scking command chair from the
original Star Trek series is on AUCTION at
eBay! I've said it once, now I'll say it again.
The SciFi channel's Farscape
has returned with
Season 4, accompanied on Friday nights with new episodes of Stargate SG-1
. Ah, yes.
Friday night is once again a great night for science fiction!
For comic fans, don't forget to check out Season 2 of
on TNT. The show was uneven and the blade a pale shadow of
the original, but Yancy Butler was
And still in the theater are a number of good movies:
Amelie (a 10+), the best damn movie I've
seen in a long time. Only slightly less good was
Spiderman (also 10 of 10) and I also enjoyed
Frailty (a solid 8 of 10).
I also can recommend some not so good but very
entertaining movies: Blade (7 of 10),
Resident Evil (6 of 10) and
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Really Long
Title (8 of 10). That last rating is an average -
the political, Jedi and battle sequences were exceptional and
merit a 10 of 10, but the Anakin/Padme thread was poorly
played all round for a 4 of 10. A 7 of 10 average, but
for my man Yoda - whoa. 8 of 10.
Check them out before they go away.
While it remains on my mind: it has been just over a year since
Anthony G. Francis passed away, on May 19, 2001. Rest in