Current Geek 15: “My space ship is way more round than yours…”

•December 25, 2009 • 2 Comments

Join Tom and I as we talk about a Gizmodo article with some predictions on what future space battles will be like. The author brings up several theories on propulsion (and orbits), weapons (explosives, kinetic and laser), and design. Sounds like the ideal shape for spaceships will be spherical, like the one in the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie.

And, we get a great reader submission about R2D2 holograms. 🙂

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Current Geek 14: “Atlantis found!”

•December 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Join Tom and I as we talk about a new model suggesting that the Mediterranean Sea was filled in a gigantic flood some 5.3 million years ago. According to Daniel Garcia-Castellanos’ paper in Nature, the sill at the Straight of Gibraltar gave way rather suddenly, with 40 cm of rock eroding and the water level rising by 10 m per day at its peak. They imagine a shallow, fast-moving stream of water (around 100 km/hr) several kilometers wide pouring into the basin with a flow greater than a thousand Amazon rivers — that’s about 100,000,000 cubic meters per second.”

We also hear from the ultimate Mythbusters fan. Ever.

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Current Geek 13: “My Blue Dude is a little rusty”

•December 21, 2009 • 1 Comment

Join Tom and I as we talk about what Professor Paul Frommer now describes as a “fateful e-mail.”

The linguistics expert from the University of Southern California is the brains behind the language used by James Cameron’s 10-foot-tall alien tribe in the much-anticipated science fiction epic, Avatar. The language has 1,000 words and Frommer can’t even speak it fluently although he is the only one who knows the grammar. HE had to teach it to the actors just enough so they could read their lines. He hopes one day it will rank next to Klingon.

We also hear about an ILM dream from a listener.

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Current Geek 12: “Alternate Reality Games”

•December 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Join Tom and I as we talk about a story about a few ARGs that involve small groups up to large corporate efforts. In one, men in suits and dark glasses appear suddenly in the rain. One of the men stood under an umbrella next to the car the woman and her friend had been riding in moments earlier and delivered a message. The woman’s sister was brought out of a second car that had pulled up mysteriously behind them.

She was told that if she couldn’t quickly prove that she was really who she said she was the bomb planted inside her sister would explode.And this was just the tip of the iceberg of a day spent driving all around the countryside, complete with vans, staple guns, cameramen in trees, threats, red phone booths, and a series of hidden clues. The whole thing was s et up by the woman’s boyfriend and ended in a marriage proposal.

We also hear a little reader story about doing whatever it takes to get the girl.

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Current Geek 11: “Frosty the snowman was a tiny little thing”

•December 16, 2009 • 1 Comment

Join Tom and I as we talk about how the National Physics Laboratory has deployed a range of techniques to create the world’s smallest snowman – a diminutive fellow just 10 µm across, or “1/5th the width of a human hair”. Awesome.

We also hear a little reader Trek fun. Enjoy!

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Current Geek #10: “Orson Welles never looked so good”

•December 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Join Tom and I as we talk about the comic book artists that are paying homage to their favorite sci-fi writers and other literary greats. Check out the site here! Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!! is run by Steve Gettis, who got the project off the ground in 1998 by firing off 10 letters to illustrators whose work he enjoyed, asking if they might pass along sketches of their literary favorites.

A great reader submission about Transformers and their guns. A must hear.

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Current Geek #9: “I can still smell the blubber”

•December 11, 2009 • 2 Comments

Join Tom and I as we talk about the most classic meme of all time: The blowing up of a huge dead whale in 1970. The video is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. You know the one. 🙂 Here’s the article about the anniversary. Here’s a link to the actual video.

Also a great reader submission about doing unholy things to an N64.

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