Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lawrence Krauss Have a Throwdown about Manned vs Unmanned Space Exploration

I have to say, Neil deGrasse Tyson is rapidly becoming one of my favorite people in science, if for no other reason than how darn cool he is. Watching the pressure slowly build on his face as he listens to things he doesn’t agree with is entertaining in and of itself, and when he finally speaks…BOOM!

I totally wish Dr. McKay (David Hewlitt) was in the audience for this one, that could have been the most entertaining question period ever!

Forest City Cup- London’s First Go Tournament!

It’s amazing how some things progress in life. A year ago I was just a single player dreaming of there being a Go club here in London. Now, I’m not only the organizer of a successful Go Club, I’m also working with the Chinese Canadian National Council’s London Chapter, and our local Chinese Newspaper to help put on a full tournament!

Come check it out!

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When: Saturday, November 19th, 2011.

Where: Chinese Canadian National Council London, Ontario. Located at 1701 Trafalgar Street, London, Ontario N5W 1X2.

Cost: $8 per person. Pizza lunch can be made available upon registration.

Registration: Please register before hand, as seating is limited to 40 participants. Please see the Event Brite page http://forestcitycup.eventbrite.com/ to pre-register online, or email the Forest City Go Club to register.

Transportation: The LTC bus system will be able to take anyone to and from the location. The one bus route, which goes to the tournament, ends at 6PM on Saturday, so please make sure to have other means to depart from the tournament. This bus in question is the Trafalgar route.

Schedule:

8:30-9AM            Setup

9:30-10:30AM    Round 1

11-12PM              Round 2

12-1PM               Lunch

1:30-2:30PM       Round 3

3-4PM                   Round 4

4:30-5PM             Award Ceremony

Rules:

CGA rules, minus the scoring system.

-The scoring system (Japanese or Chinese) will be determined by the players. If each player wants to use a different system, a flip of a coin will be used to decide.

-Komi is 6.5 points.

-Handicap: handicap -1 stone, no handicap for the Dan division.

Time per games: 25 Minutes Main Time, and 25 stones/5 minutes Canadian.

Prizes: Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each division.

 

Live Action Ranma 1/2 Special will Air in December!

Akane Tendo

Apparently someone had decided to do a Live-Action Ranma 1/2 show in Japan, probably out of a mix of nostalgia and lack of ideas. I used to be a big Ranma 1/2 fan once upon a time, until it turned into an endless boring repetition of the same jokes and ideas, but it does have a great cast and fun core premise, so I look forward to seeing what they do with this. The actors look great for their roles, and I will definitely give this a look!

More information can be found here and more cast pictures here.

 

Boy-Type Ranma

Girl-Type Ranma

 

Mr. Tendo!

What happens when you mix young teen sexuality with the Chthulu mythos?

The answer is DYE “Fantasy” a video by JEREMIE PERIN, a french animator. Gorgeously animated, and totally horrific.

Really, I mean it: NSFW horror- don’t watch if movies like The Thing give you nightmares.

For god’s sake people, stop clicking on mystery links in emails from friends.

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In the last week, it seems many people I know have made the mistake of clicking on a link in an email from a friend. The letters tend to read like this:

Subject: Darling/Facebook/I Miss you/RE: (etc)

Hey! Check out my new Facebook page! (Shortened link here)

These are virus traps that grab your contact list and then email themselves to everyone on your list, hoping to trick them too because it comes from a trusted source.

The simple rule of email is- if something seems odd, don’t click it! No matter who it’s from!

Following this rule will help you prevent the spread to other people’s systems.

Thank you, and have a nice day!

Rob

Canadian Tories admit that Canadians don’t want DRM rules, push for them anyway – Boing Boing

I’m hoping this one will get struck down ASAP by the Supreme Court once it hits, since there doesn’t seem to be any way to stop it. Sigh. This is a government that knows its own people hate something with a passion but is going to shove it down their throats anyways in the name of American corporate interest groups. All of you who voted for the Conservatives, remember this- you chose these guys.

Canada’s Parliament is debating bill C-11, the latest incarnation of a “modernisation” copyright bill, which contains a very controversial US-style “digital locks” (DRM) rule. Under C-11’s digital locks rules, it would be illegal to remove any sort of anti-copying technology, even if you’re doing so for a lawful purpose. For example, if a store sold you one of my books with DRM on it, I, as the rightsholder, couldn’t authorise you to remove the digital locks (it would even be illegal for me, the creator of the book, to remove the digital lock!).

via Canadian Tories admit that Canadians don’t want DRM rules, push for them anyway – Boing Boing.

New Bill in US Congress would send people to jail for 5 years for singing any copyrighted song on Youtube.

You Americans who read this might want to get on this issue. Although they may not have chosen the best mascot, after all, there are people who would pay just to see Justin Bieber sent to prison…

S.978, a new bill in Congress, make it a felony to post videos that contain copyright-infringing music, with up to five years in prison for violators. The clever folks at Fight for the Future have noticed that this law would have put Justin Bieber in jail, since he launched his career by posting videos of himself singing R&B tunes, in violation of copyright. The Free Bieber campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the campaign to fight S.978 and keep posting videos of yourself singing music legal, and they’ve got plenty of info for helping you fight the bill and enlist your friends to do the same.

via Free Bieber: campaign to kill proposed law that would send you to prison for 5 years for singing copyrighted music on YouTube – Boing Boing.

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which Way Will You Make More Money? | Nathan Bransford, Author

This guy’s posting some real numbers about self-publishing and what makes money for authors. Definitely worth a read.

It’s author monetization week! Monday through Thursday this week I’m going to have a series of posts on a crucial topic for the modern writer: How to make money.

Today we’ll start with the books themselves. With the e-revolution (e-volution?) well underway, print sales are declining and there’s a great disparity between the amount an author can make per-copy with a self-published e-book vs. a traditionally published e-book. Authors are taking a hard look at their balance sheets.

How is it that authors are making more per copy from $2.99 e-books than traditionally published are with $10.99 e-books? Does it mean everyone should self-publish?

via Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which Way Will You Make More Money? | Nathan Bransford, Author.

Learn to Cartoon with the best of them. (Literally!)

Something for my artist friends- this page is slowly scanning and posting the materials from something called the Famous Artists Cartoon Course.

Famous Artists Cartoon Course «.