Greg Koudoulian’s Campaign To Raise Funds For Comic-Con Documentary


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Greg Koudoulian is a distinguished supporter and archivist of Comic-Con International in San Diego. His roots go back to the early years of Comic-Con. He has an impressive collection of rare memorabilia that has reached the level of museum quality. And Greg knows everyone.

I have the pleasure of knowing him and maintaining an ongoing conversation with this Comic-Con authority. It is an honor to announce Greg’s plans for documenting Comic-Con history that include a documentary feature, “Planet El Cortez, A Legacy In Time.”

He has many ideas about what he wants to pursue with his documentary project. He has plenty to offer supporters too. The campaign has only just begun. There is truly a lot to this story and we’ll come back and see how things move forward. Visit his campaign at Go Fund Me right here.

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Allen Rubinstein’s Comics Juice Celebrates The Graphic Novel


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Allen Rubinstein, over at Comics Juice, has created a special tribute to the graphic novel. He is not only a longtime supporter of the graphic novel. In 2005, Mr. Rubinstein founded the Los Angeles Graphic Novel Book Club, which has grown to a membership of 200. He is doing his part to spread the word to the world at large about the multifaceted world of graphic novels. This had led to his website, Comics Juice, which includes a dazzling display of 1,000 graphic novel covers.

Be sure to stop by and visit Comics Juice right here.

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Life on the Billionth Rock From the Sun | Seth Shostak



Seth Shostak has an article at HuffPost on asteroids.  Not the usual we-need-to-prepare-for-incoming, but discussing something I’ve noted before that the space age needs: an economic incentive.  As some of us have discussed, mining asteroids looks like it might be an excellent candidate.

These rocks are a resource. The fact that they’re in small chunks makes mining them as appealing as cat videos. And at least two companies are considering doing just that. The consequences could be mind-boggling. According to John Lewis, chief scientist for Deep Space Industries, if humanity can improve its recycling efforts, then ores smelted out of just the nearest asteroids will supply the needs of 80 billion of us until that distant day on which the sun dies.

That sure beats the slow and inevitable impoverishment that will be our fate if we confine mining to our own back yards (or preferably someone else’s back yard). The…

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This is the amazing design for NASA’s Star Trek-style space ship, the IXS Enterprise – The Washington Post



NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, like in “Star Trek.”

And now, to boldly go where no designer has gone before, Mark Rademaker — who is collaborating with White — has created a CGI design concept for the “warp ship.” They’re calling it the IXS Enterprise.

via This is the amazing design for NASA’s Star Trek-style space ship, the IXS Enterprise – The Washington Post.

I’m glad NASA is doing this kind of research, even though I’m not sure the publicity does enough to make sure people know just how profoundly speculative it is.  That said, putting together a visual design, albeit speculative, of how an Alcubierre warp drive interstellar ship might look is pretty interesting.  The pictures are high quality and worth…

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What does the Turing Test really mean?



The "standard interpretation" of the... The “standard interpretation” of the Turing Test, in which player C, the interrogator, is tasked with trying to determine which player – A or B – is a computer and which is a human. The interrogator is limited to only using the responses to written questions in order to make the determination. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Turing Test is in the news this week, first with a wave of hype about a historical accomplishment, then with a secondary wave of skeptical scrutiny.

The Turing Test was originally contemplated by Alan Turing in a 1950 paper.  Turing envisaged it as an alternative to trying to determine if a machine could think.

I propose to consider the question, “Can machines think?” This should begin with definitions of the meaning of the terms “machine” and “think.” The definitions might be framed so as to reflect so far as possible the…

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Lava, not water, formed canyons on Mars



Every so often we get a reminder that all scientific conclusions are provisional.

The canyon-like scars which line Mars’ crust are seen by many as evidence for liquid water. But a study now suggests that a different kind of fluid – one much less hospitable to life – may actually have carved these features.

via Lava, not water, formed canyons on Mars.

The article is careful to point out that this possibility doesn’t necessarily eliminate water from Mars’s past, or erase the potential of life.  But it does seem like the features that looked like water eroded formations were a source of comfort for those hoping to find life on Mars, or evidence of past life.  That evidence might still be there, but if the results of this study hold up, that hope seems more forlorn.

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That one sentence in ‘The Battle of the Five Armes’ I want to hear/see …


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**Minor The Hobbit spoilers ahead … so if you haven’t read the book yet (gasp!), proceed with caution. Nothing major, but just a gentle warning 🙂 **

There’s one particular line during a specific moment in the book, that I’ve been hoping makes its way into the final cut of the movie; for over four years now.

Ever since The Hobbit films were announced, I’ve been wishing – with quite a deep desire – for this to make an appearance.

This sentence is actually a piece of dialogue, said by one of the characters, during the climax of Film 3:

“To me! To me! Elves and Men! To me! O my kinsfolk!” he cried, and his voice shook like a horn in the valley.

There it is.

The shivers …. oooh 😀

Personally, it always gave so much significance to the whole theme of the story and especially within the context…

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