So we got these fancy new microphones that look like little silver thermoses and spent about 3 hours huddled in front of Falk’s Mac trying to get them to work in GarageBand, because we’re professionals. We think the result speaks for itself: our self-centered ramblings sound so much better! This episode, the Pigs use their new equipment to discuss Science Fiction in movies. Plus, news, Movie Jail, the return of the cold reading, and more!
This episode of the StarTalk radio show has astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Phil Plait, “The Bad Astronomer,” discuss the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of science in the movies.
Most nerdy part: midway through the podcast they have a contest to see who can point out the most nitpicky science errors in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Near the end of the show, Neil tells the story of how he called out James Cameron for showing the wrong sky at the end of Titanic.
Why can’t an attractive scientist couple create half-humans in a lab without fear that fucking their experiments will somehow be a bad idea? Goddamn you, science! (IMDb)
The Pigs see John Cusack destroy the hearts of 20-30something girls everywhere who still see him as Lloyd Dobler as he saves his family from the end of the world by driving a limo very fast and stealing beer from Woody Harrelson. This is one of the singularly stupidest films of all time, but kind of a blast. (IMDb)
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Not to discount our zombie debate, but these guys used math and stuff:
Two physicists have published an academic paper where they demonstrate, by virtue of geometric progression, that vampires could not exist, since they would almost immediately deplete their entire food supply (a.k.a, all of us).
The best part is this argument has been going on since at least 1982 in the form of various scientific papers. See Physicists Prove That Vampires Could Not Exist at io9 for the entire article.