Fritz Lang's Ministry of Fear, made with real eggs
From the first image—the credits roll over a shot of an endlessly swinging clock pendulum—Lang suggests a drama of the mind, and the scene that follows is oddly inverted, its establishing shot moved to the end: after a rather obscure conversation ...
March 12, 2013
Incredible surreal volcanic riverscapes
The profound effect of volcanoes on their surroundings is sometimes difficult to grasp. Of course there are the obvious consequences of the aftermath of an eruption: the rock, the ash, the lava, the destruction of the landscape. But more than that ...
October 2, 2012
Hey, it's been way too long since I've done a Spiral Galaxy Monday, so here's a good one. My love for big splashy spiral galaxies is well documented, but sometimes I also love one when it gets a bit edgy. Which is why I present to you NGC 4183, a very ...
October 1, 2012
Nerd deGrasse Tyson
Speaking of Neil Tyson, if you're a fan of his you'll be pleased to know that his show, Star Talk Radio, is now going to be part of the Nerdist Channel network! Thats actually a pretty big deal; Chris Hardwick has created this juggernaut of Nerdist and ...
November 10, 2012
The Sun ate another comet
You spend most of the time — billions of years, really — out in deep space where it's cold and dark. Of course, since you're mostly made of ice, that's not so bad. After all, the Sun is hot, and if you venture too close… Well, you know what happens ...
March 16, 2012
Desktop Project Part 10: The crescent and the plume
[Over the past few weeks, I've collected a metric ton of cool pictures to post, but somehow have never gotten around to actually posting them. Sometimes I was too busy, sometimes too lazy, sometimes they just fell by the wayside… but I decided my ...
April 4, 2012
Excavating a long-dead lunar fire fountain
Although it may seem rather obvious now, for a long time there was a debate over craters on the Moon. Were they from impacts, or big volcanoes? We now know that the vast majority are from objects slamming into the Moon. There's a lot of junk floating ...
September 18, 2012
Fritz Lang needed to deliver one more feature to Paramount Pictures in order to complete a contract, and the producer-screenwriter of this one, Seton Miller, wouldn't let him have his way with the script as he usually did. After the film was released in October 1944, Lang partnered with actress Joan Bennett and producer Walter Wanger to form an independent production company that would create some of Lang's weirder, more sexually obsessed Hollywood films: ( Scarlet... But Miller's script, adapted from a Graham Greene novel, is so perplexing that the severity of Lang's imagery takes over. From the first image—the credits roll over a shot of an endlessly swinging clock pendulum—Lang suggests a drama of the mind, and the scene that follows is oddly inverted, its establishing shot moved to the end: after a rather obscure conversation... Neale has decided to return from the village of Lembridge to London, declaring that he needs to see people: "After that clock, to see their faces will be a good tonic.
Wow this is awesome, although I hope Mr. Hardwick is really a part of Nerd Culture and not using it like the rest of the world going around saying “yes I am a nerd cause I like computers, and its the cool thing to be these days” I was a nerd when... Comic books RULE, and Dungeons and Dragons was wicked fun. Let’s see, Tyson is famous for killing Pluto, though what he knows about planetary science wouldn’t fill a thimble, while Kaku is famous for trying to kill the Cassini probe to Saturn.
It’s tough to be a comet. And such was the fate of Comet SWAN, discovered just a few days ago as it plunged headlong into the seething fires of the Sun. Comets check in, but they don’t check out. One is a glancing blow, the other was a full halo (maybe the one observed in the video). @Jess Tauber, the sun could consume every comet in the solar system and not gain appreciable mass. The sun is big, comets aren’t that numerous or massive in comparison.