Thursday, February 23, 2017

Alien: Covenant Movie Clip

Yesterday we were talking about the discovery of seven alien worlds in another solar system that can support human life. Today Fox released a promo clip for their upcoming movie Alien: Covenant.

This scene is a prologue that takes place before the events of the film. It will not be in the film itself, so if you watch it you won't be spoiled. It has some nicely ominous foreshadowing. I'm really looking forward to this flick.

Also, all this talk about science fiction and real-life discovery of alien worlds over the past few days has made me want to write another science fiction novel. I'm still hard at work on the tenth Ryta book, and won't stop until that's done, but I'm seriously thinking of taking another side trip into science fiction territory.

Meanwhile, you can read my SF book, A Daughter of Ryklon, right here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Trappist -- new planets found by NASA

This is exciting news. Seven new planets have been discovered by NASA in a solar system that's less than forty light years from us. These are earth-like planets, in that they may support life. And a couple of them look like they might have oceans.

In 2018 a new satellite will be launched that will give us more details about what's on these worlds. What's amazing to me is how we're exploring the universe without even leaving the Earth. No need to send spaceships just yet when we can have satellites do the path finding for us.

Of course, it would be great to send people out to these worlds eventually (as well as colonize our solar system). We're living in a very exciting time, sort of the dawn of a new age of deep space exploration. I can't wait to see more.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Love song lip sync weirdness

A very funny video showing a couple lip syncing their way through various love songs...while seated in their car. A couple of moments here made me laugh out loud. Hope you like it.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The working class hero

But I still have healthcare, though, right, sis?

Watching last week's Supergirl episode, "Luthors", I noticed something odd. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) goes into a bar (sounds like the beginning of a bad joke), where she encounters Mon-El (Chris Wood), who's working there as a bartender.

Keep in mind that Mon-El is another super-powered being, like Supergirl, who works for the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (just like Supergirl does), a government agency that fights other-worldly threats like aliens and the like.

But why is Mon-El working as a bartender when he's hooked up with this fancy DENO group (if only it were the Department of Extra-Vehicular Operations, then it would be known as DEVO. "Crack that whip!")? Wouldn't you think this should be a full-time paying gig for a superhero?

While we're at it, Supergirl really shouldn't be hustling as a reporter, either--not when she's associated with this DEVO--um, DENO group, as well. How many times has she saved the world--not to mention National City? Talk about gratitude....

I realize that getting a job and having a secret identity is what "humanizes" these super-powered heroes (it goes back to when they first appeared in the comics), but this is the first time that Supergirl and friends are directly working for the government. And yet the Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) works for this same group and he doesn't have to worry about getting an outside gig to pay the bills.

I know, I know, it's just a goofy superhero show, and I love it to bits. But I just can't help but think about this stuff. :)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lego Batman

I saw the Lego Batman movie this past weekend and enjoyed it very much. It's very funny, with a lot of crossovers between Batman and other franchises (Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings), but the story still makes sense and is even touching in some spots (hard to believe I was getting caught up in the lives of Lego figures, but there you go).

The people who made this were obviously big Batman fans, because everything from Batman's world is either mentioned or referenced, including past films and the 1966 TV show. It was a fun-filled ride that I'd like to take again soon.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Naomi Watts takes a bath

Naomi Watts stars in this thriller where she's captured by a bad guy who strips her before tying her up in a tub filled with water. I posted a clip of this several months ago, but this is a much better version of the scene.

Don't worry, she survives this predicament, which turns out to be a very nice scene with her struggling (successfully) to get herself free. This scene makes me want to see the movie (Shut In) once it hits video. Warning, this clip features female nudity.

You can see/download the clip here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another Deviant art picture is up!

Once again a gymnast finds herself on the wrong side of the ropes, and she's been trussed up by none other than her twin sister! The horrors! You can see the gymnast/evil twin horror right here.