Star Wars as an animated gif
There is something oddly compelling about this:
What sci-fi character are you?
I'm Jean-Luc Picard.
An accomplished diplomat who can virtually do no wrong, you sometimes know it is best to rely on the council of others while holding the reins.
There are some words which I have known since I was a schoolboy. "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." These words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie -- as a wisdom, and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged.
Oh, the Smurfmanity!
Unicef has created a smurf snuff film
, as part of a fund-raising campaign directed at the impact of war on children. According the to the Telegraph:The short film pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom- shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.
Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.
The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."
Serenity, the movie based on the short-lived Fox series, Firefly, opened last Friday, and it's amazing. I've been trying to put together a post to describe what an incredible film it is, but I've decided just to quote one line from Orson Scott Card's
review: "See this movie."
Edit: You can see the first nine minutes of Serenity here
Also, let's take a moment to enjoy this photo of Nathan Fillion in a kilt:
Astronomy Picture of the Day
of the many sites I must visit on a daily basis is the Astronomy Picture of the Day
from NASA. (It provides a full feed
to RSS aggregators such as Bloglines
, which is a nice feature.) This high resolution image of an annular solar eclipse is a particularly nice example.
I love Savage Chickens!
Salt and Pepper
This image, from the 2005 Visions of Science Photographic Awards
, took first place in the close-up category. It depicts a grain of sea salt and a peppercorn, and was generated using a scanning electron microscope