Sunday, September 24, 2017
“What Would Happen If You Fell Into Jupiter”, from Patreon’s “Answers with Joe” series.
Joe starts out with footage from the May 3, 1999 tornado inMoore, OK, which produced winds of 318 mph.
That’s a typical wind speed high in Jupiter’s atmosphere.
After you pass the ammonia ice layers, you are in hydrogen that gets thicker and hotter, and pretty soon you are fried and crushed to death. That’s not to mention dealing with the magnetic fields or “Van Allen” belts.
Joe's comment about Van Allen belts is interesting because there has been recent literature suggesting an EMP attack (as from North Korea) could affect the Earth's Vam Allen belts (Australian source).
Saturday, September 23, 2017
CNN on Saturday morning ran a story about Jon Bon Jovi’s soul kitchen in Philadelphia with a “pay it forward” option for diners, and sweat equity for the needy. It sounds like a worth project for someone with the social initiative to set it up, CNN story here.
That reminds me of the 2000 film “Pay It Forward”, from Warner Brothers, directed by Mimi Leder, based on the novel by Catherine Ryan-Hide.
A social studies teacher Eugene Sisomert played by Kevin Spacey comes up with the idea to challenge his students, especially Trevor McKinney (Trevor Joel Osment) to do something to make the world better. Specifically the plan should really help people with things they can’t do for themselves, but that requires them to extend cooperation with others.
The first beneficiaries include an alcoholic mother (Helen Hunt) and a drug addict (James Cavaziel).
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
I’ll let this Ted Talk (or “Ted Tallaght”) video shared by Don Kilhefner, “Gay Tribal Elder”, count as a movie. (Maybe, as in the Minnesota comedy “Great Lakes” James Byrne), it counts as a job interview.)
James O’Keefe (17 minutes) explains “Homosexuality: It’s About Survival, not Sex”.
O’Keefe explains the well known epigenetic mechanism that raises the probability that a son will be gay by 30% with each successive son after the first from the same mother. This is partly a measure of population control. It also provides an altruistic backup, that will help raise the other children and provide more personality variety for the entire tribe. He compares this to social ants. The queen controls the personalities of workers by the way she treat the eggs, to get various kinds of traits.
O’Keefe talks about heterosexism and “second class citizenship”. But his theory would tend to demand that a gay person stay home around the family as a spare caregiver rather than establish his separate independent interaction with the outer world. My own experience is that it is difficult for me to get involved with the physicality of other people's lives if I didn't have my own kids (social capital) but I'm an unusual case as an only child.
O’keefe looks at men but says the theory would work the same with women.
The theory would really work with sibling transplants, as with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America recently.
Monday, September 18, 2017
“EnigmaHood” gives us a 15-minute video “4th Generation Nuclear Weapons”
The weapon with the spinning top from “Inception” in fact has an anti-matter trigger. The basic concept is to replace fission triggers for the thermonuclear fusion, and anti-matter triggers would allow for extreme miniaturization (beyond even the “suitcase nukes” widely speculated after 9/11).
The presentation gives a history of all generations of nuclear weapons, including 3rd (neutron and cobalt weapons).
It’s possible that bunker-busting tactical nuclear weapons could be used against North Korean missile sites, or so it would sound from this video.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
“The Blacklist: How an Underground Script List Changed Movies”, a seven-minute short by Vox, explains The Blacklist. No, that’s not the Blacklist that trapped Dalton Trumbo, nor is it the NBC series with Kevin Spacey. This is a list of scripts, submitted to WGA (the Writer’s Guild West”) that have gone unnoticed, but occasionally somebody bothers to read some of them.
Mel Gibson picks up “The Beaver”, a 2011 comedy by Kyle Killen, whose script had appeared on this “list”.
Other films that came from the Blacklist include “Argo” (Oct. 14, 2012) and “Juno” (2007).
I have one script at WGA, a horror sci-fi script "Baltimore Is Missing" (2002), which means literally that. A wormhole (caused by a rogue brown dwarf approaching the Solar System) consumes an Amtrak train approaching Baltimore as the protagonists (me) find themselves to be puppets in someone else's model railroad layout. There's even a straight marriage of some sort, maybe something that would have satisfied Babbitt. And there's one Wal-Mart in the layout. Familiarity breeds contempt.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Call this a movie if you like (51 minutes).
Ezra Klein of Vox media interviews Hillary Clinton about her book ("What Happened") which I will be reviewing on Wordpress soon.
Later she says that the hard right wants a constitutional convention to make the government friendlier to business and to inculcate come elements of Christianity into public life, possibly to clamp down on gay rights (by inference).
She sticks to her guns on universal health care coverage.
She talks about the ironies of the Medicaid expansion and the Supreme Court's sabotage of it.
Hillary also mentioned Trump's playing the "zero sum game card", where Trump's base of supporters believe that advances by non-white or non-straight or non-male people came at their expropriated expense.
Monday, September 11, 2017
“Gliese 710: The Star that will Enter our Solar System”, by Anton Petrov, of What Da Math, presents a video diagram of the path of this star, a bit smaller than the Sun, that will pass less than one light year (actually 77 light days) from the Sun and Earth in about 1.35 million years.
The star would pass through the Earth’s Oort Cloud and could deflect comets and asteroids, causing Tunguska like events (like the explosion over Siberia in 1908). The star could bring its own planets and Oort Cloud. It would not approach closely enough to raise the temperature on Earth.