Sunday, April 24, 2005

Serenity (the Firefly movie) Trailer This Tuesday!

George alerted me to the fact that Joss Whedon himself reported Friday that the theatrical trailer for Serenity will be available exclusively on Apple's website this Tuesday. It will appear the following Friday in theatres.

He points out that the trailer does give away quite a bit, so I will be avoiding it (see our previous discussions to find out why).

Here's an excerpt from Joss' complete post:

"Now, here's a word of warning: this trailer ain't shy. If you're looking to live totally spoiler-free, know that there's plenty of key dialogue and images running through this bad boy. It's pretty tasty, though, and it doesn't give everything away. But close scrutiny will definitely learn you much of what's to come. (Anakin TOTALLY goes evil.) It's a nice piece to while away the time till September, and hopefully should intrigue th' peeps that don't have coats of brown.

The only thing more exciting than y'all finally seeing this was showing it to Nathan. Like a schoolboy giggled he. "

I still can believe the movie won't be showing until September 30th, but at least we're making progress. I'll post a direct link to the trailer as soon as it's available. See the Serenity Trailer HERE!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Another new Tech Blog:

My step-son Bradley bought a Sony PlayStation Portable the first week they appeared in stores, and he is very excited. The PSP is more than a portable PlayStation-- it also plays movies, music, and lets you manage your photos digitally.

We were talking about it, and came up with the idea of launching another "Gadgetry" weblog just for PSP... so that's just what we did.

Brad and I will be co-editing the new site: PSPGadgetry. Stop by if you are interested!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

LWG and the Speed of Gravity Debate

George and I had several lunchtime conversations during which we tried to grasp the non-intuitive aspects of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. We got started on this topic after George had read Tom Van Flandern's book Dark Matter, Missing Planets, & New Comets.

Van Flandern points out that gravity appears to act instantaneously at a distance, and proposes a very different theory for how it works. Steve Carlip, a professor of Physics and a specialist on Genreal Relativity, has countered Van Flandern's theories a number of times, and provides explanations for why a gravitational field propagates at the speed of light, yet it's effects on objects appears to be instantaneous.

Yes, yes... but why am I dragging all this out of the dustbin now? Well, in a recent discussion thread on Tom Van Flandern's website, one of the more sensible contributors actually cited the Lunch With George gravity web page (it's the fourth post down on the page).

We've come full circle. Van Flandern's ideas got us talking, we did a lot of research, and ultimately we wound up on Van Flandern's website.