September 16, 2014
Gene Roddenberry’s Lyrics for the Star Trek Theme Song Are Pretty Rotten

Beyond

The rim of the star-light

My love

Is wand’ring in star-flight

I know

He’ll find in star-clustered reaches

Love,

Strange love a star woman teaches.

I know

His journey ends never

His Star Trek

Will go on forever.

But tell him

While he wanders his starry sea

Remember, remember me.

September 15, 2014
"Chickens are not fussy eaters. Any object resembling food is worth an exploratory peck. But give a chicken the choice between sugary sweets and seeds, and they will pick the grains every time. This is odd. Many animals, including our own sugar-mad species, salivate for sugar because it is the flavour of foods rich in energy. New research suggests that many birds’ lack of interest in sugar is down to genes inherited from their dinosaur ancestors."

Hannah Rowland, The Conversation.

September 14, 2014

I’ve been on vacation all week. These are my two favorite displays from the Monhegan Museum on Monhegan Island in Maine.

September 3, 2014
Daniel Joseph Martinez“Magic Outlet,” 2013
(Posted at James Harris Gallery.)

Daniel Joseph Martinez
“Magic Outlet,” 2013

(Posted at James Harris Gallery.)

September 1, 2014
It’s great as it is, but it’s even slightly better if you pretend the slot machines are evil robots.

It’s great as it is, but it’s even slightly better if you pretend the slot machines are evil robots.

(Source: wunderkindof, via 70sscifiart)

August 28, 2014
From David Rees’s site Doors That Are Not Doors. The snail entryway is highly impractical, but I still kind of love it. Imagine circling your home four times before you walk in—it seems reassuring, like a dog making three quick circles before lying down for a nap.

From David Rees’s site Doors That Are Not Doors. The snail entryway is highly impractical, but I still kind of love it. Imagine circling your home four times before you walk in—it seems reassuring, like a dog making three quick circles before lying down for a nap.

August 26, 2014
East and West German police stand off over a woman who ran across the border, 1955.
(I found this photo on Kristina Dei’s Twitter feed.)

East and West German police stand off over a woman who ran across the border, 1955.

(I found this photo on Kristina Dei’s Twitter feed.)

August 25, 2014
The Phantom was a bad-ass.
(Via Tom Spurgeon.)

The Phantom was a bad-ass.

(Via Tom Spurgeon.)

August 22, 2014

This is why I think Original Series will always be the best Star Trek.

(Via SF Signal.)

August 11, 2014
"Someone took a candid photo of a fight in Ukranian Parliament that is as well-composed as the best renaissance art," James Harvey wrote on Twitter. It’s really an incredible photo.

"Someone took a candid photo of a fight in Ukranian Parliament that is as well-composed as the best renaissance art," James Harvey wrote on Twitter. It’s really an incredible photo.

August 4, 2014
calamityjon:

All Good Comics
These better be good. In 1944, fifty cents could buy a car.

calamityjon:

All Good Comics

These better be good. In 1944, fifty cents could buy a car.

(via guttersnipercomics)

July 28, 2014

70sscifiart:

In the 1970′s the Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University held a series of space colony summer studies which explored the possibilities of humans living in giant orbiting spaceships. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed and a number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made.”

From The Public Domain Review, via Boing Boing

July 28, 2014
Richard Nixon Was an Expert on Panda Sex

Nixon: The problem with, uh—The problem, however, with pandas is that they don’t know how to mate. The only way they learn how is to watch other pandas mate. You see?

Noyes: [laughs]

Nixon: And, so they’re keeping them there a little while—these are younger ones—

Noyes: I see.

Nixon: —to sort of learn, you know, how it’s done.

Noyes: Sure, learn the ropes—

Nixon: Now, if they don’t learn it they’ll get over here and nothing will happen, so I just thought you should just have your best reporter out there to see whether these pandas—

Noyes: Well, we certainly will—

Nixon: —have learned. So, now that I’ve given you the story of pandas let me let you get back to your more serious questions. [laughter]

There’s audio at Open Culture, too. (Of the Nixon interview, not of panda sex.)

July 25, 2014
emoji.zone

Gaaaaaaahhh!

July 20, 2014
An Animated .gif of Zack Braff Getting Punched in the Face to the Tune of Enya's "Sail Away"

So satisfying.