Mar. 10th, 2014 04:38 pm
arduinna: early galactic star formation (star formation)
I saw my first ad for Cosmos about a month ago, which consisted of a lot of visuals and no obvious indication of who the host would be.

First reaction: outrage! "Cosmos is Carl Sagan's! No one else can do it!"

Second reaction: "... hm, unless they got Neil deGrasse Tyson. He could do it."

*brief interlude of rewinding and watching the footage slowly over and over again, trying to pin down the tiny flash of host I'd caught out of the corner of my eye*

Third reaction: "WOO Neil deGrasse Tyson! This should be great!"

The first episode aired last night, and was everything I'd hoped. There were a lot of callbacks to the original that made me happy, including some straight-up repetition of approach and dialogue. But it wasn't a rip-off; it was clearly an homage to tie the two versions together. This is an updated revision, not a wholesale rewrite, and I totally dig that. Also it's hugely clear that Tyson admired and respected the hell out of Sagan, as a scientist, a person, and the man who'd helped popularize a lot of science almost 35 years ago. The final few minutes of the episode had me choking up.

(Also holy cow, they got Obama to do the intro.)

I can't wait for the rest of this series.

And then there's this, which has me grinning all over my face:

arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
I've been seeing this pop up on feeds across my reading list and network today, but in case anyone hasn't seen it...

This is for everyone who's ever been frustrated at not being allowed to do a good job, because the bosses want quantity, not quality:

arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
The South Korean Air Force (ROKAF) did a parody of Les Miserables called Les Militaribles that is freaking fantastic. And for those of us buried under a few feet of snow, remarkably well-timed...

Direct link in case the embed doesn't work for you


Mar. 14th, 2012 05:28 pm
arduinna: Toph and Iroh, joyfully practicing their moves (Do the Rufftoon)
Via [community profile] white_lotus, Korra premieres on Saturday, April 14th, at 11am E/P!

The Legend of Korra, in which the mythology of the beloved animated franchise from Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko continues. The series centers around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges and bucks tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack. The half-hour series will debut on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. (all times ET/PT), as part of Nickelodeon's Saturday morning block (8AM-Noon), which has been the number-one destination for Kids 2-11 for 12 consecutive years and currently delivers more than three million total viewers each week. The Legend of Korra will air regularly on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Source: Nickelodeon Unveils Plans at Annual Upfront for More than 650 New Episodes Across Every Genre (Marketwatch)

oh, wow

Apr. 13th, 2011 06:00 pm
arduinna: my kitteh (cat)
ETA: Well, so much for that - the youtube poster made the video private (after apparently getting over 2.5 million hits, which seems a bit late to be going for privacy, but hey.). But I swear, it was really cute. /eta

ETA2: although if you want to see it, you can always count on youtubers to repost things they like... /eta2

Spotted this on Latest Things - this is fantastic. There's a cat demanding pettins... from dolphins.

video below the cut )
arduinna: Calvin and Hobbes, gleefully sledding in black and white (sledding whee)
I found this on my Network - this is awesome. They're having so much fun, and are so good!

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