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(Wired)   Seth MacFarlane to reboot Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" TV series with billions and billions of cut-aways   (wired.com) divider line 43
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2012-07-03 09:34:46 AM  
This is worse than that time everything exploded and created the universe. ......


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Yeah, that was bad.
 
2012-07-03 09:36:02 AM  
The universe is a strange, wondrous place... stranger even than the time I played jai alai with the cast of "The Love Boat..."
 
2012-07-03 10:10:32 AM  
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2012-07-03 10:12:52 AM  
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2012-07-03 10:16:58 AM  
*Ctrl-f Neil deGrasse Tyson*
 
2012-07-03 10:21:41 AM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: *Ctrl-f Neil deGrasse Tyson*


Indeed. Seth can be farting on boxes of kittens in every scene as far as I care. Just as long as Neil deGrasse Tyson is front and center pouring his wonderful mind into the airwaves.
 
2012-07-03 10:22:22 AM  
This is like that time that Carl Sagan smoked weed and stared at a screen saver for hours.
 
2012-07-03 10:23:00 AM  
 
2012-07-03 10:23:14 AM  

MightyPez: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: *Ctrl-f Neil deGrasse Tyson*

Indeed. Seth can be farting on boxes of kittens in every scene as far as I care.


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2012-07-03 10:24:01 AM  
cool
 
2012-07-03 10:26:23 AM  
As long as Seth's "comedy" stays away, and they let NdGT shine, I'll watch it.
 
2012-07-03 10:26:29 AM  
Somehow, the union isn't suprising.

Sagan and Seth are both: Nerds, with a bit of money and influence who want to see interest in science increase in America, with the personality to pull it off. (Yes, I know he's not going to be on the show, but getting the show made takes people skills). Also, weed.

He says he got high on set...do celebs in Cali all have MMJ cards? I know they wouldn't have to "worry" about it, but why not make it official?
 
2012-07-03 10:26:43 AM  
I'm actually rather excited for this. I was watching Cosmos on netflix the other day when I started thinking it deserved to be re-done for a modern audience. I think it'll be pretty sweet.

At the very least it's something to smoke a ton of my weed to.
 
2012-07-03 10:36:14 AM  
Well, my husband may have finally found a reason to drag me to see Ted. If my money goes towards production of a new Cosmos, I'll happily pay it.
 
BC
2012-07-03 10:39:55 AM  
This will be more epic than epic things.
 
2012-07-03 10:43:20 AM  

brigid_fitch: Well, my husband may have finally found a reason to drag me to see Ted. If my money goes towards production of a new Cosmos, I'll happily pay it.


But it will also go towards production of more Family Guy episodes.

Moral dilemas suck.
 
P0e
2012-07-03 10:57:49 AM  
NdGT actually went and saw Ted a few days ago.

Pre Film Tweet: Going to see Ted tonight...I'm told there's a Night Sky scene in it. I'll be on the lookout.

Post Film Tweet: Just saw Ted. [They] cared enough to get the night sky over Boston correct. The rest of the movie must also be real.
 
2012-07-03 10:58:36 AM  

Strategeryz0r: I was watching Cosmos on netflix the other day when I started thinking it deserved to be re-done for a modern audience.

Cosmos

does NOT need to be re-done for a "modern" audience. Making everything "modern" is what's ruined most of entertainment. What, we're going to give NdGT a talking parrot making snide comments while everything he says is followed by some silly noise track? Every episode will feature a "Big Bang Bikini moment" where some factoid sound bite is delivered by an AW? No thanks. If you have ANY capacity to enjoy science at all, Carl Sagan's eloquence is just as effective today as it was when the show first aired.

The main justification for re-booting Cosmos is that we've learned so much more since Sagan's death. And I mean while people were shiatting on NASA, the amount of knowledge they've accumulated is staggering.

Cosmos aired in 1980. Here is just a short, painfully partial list of discoveries off the top of my head since then:
1) Stars that are the most powerful magnets in the universe; they can wipe credit cards from 100 million miles away.
2) Winds on Neptune over 1000mph.
3) Planets orbiting other stars, including some so close they are being literally vaporized by their suns.
4) The Boötes void, a region of space so vast and empty the imagination can't comprehend it. It's a bubble of nothing 250 million light-years wide.
5) Hydrocarbon lakes on the Saturnian moon Titan.
6) A sea of dwarf planets beyond the outer gas giants (which controversially resulted in Pluto's demotion)
7) Giant, collapsing stars that turn into gamma-ray cannons so powerful they can be detected from the far reaches of the visible universe and could cause a mass extinction from thousands of light-years away.
 
2012-07-03 11:01:32 AM  
Im going to assume that this is seths moral obligation to balance out some of the damage hes done.


Im ok with this
 
2012-07-03 11:01:34 AM  

Wollffeey: As long as Seth's "comedy" stays away, and they let NdGT shine, I'll watch it.


Now why did I fav you in red?
*checks profile*..
W00T, redhead!
 
2012-07-03 11:28:24 AM  

dragonchild: Strategeryz0r: I was watching Cosmos on netflix the other day when I started thinking it deserved to be re-done for a modern audience.

Cosmos does NOT need to be re-done for a "modern" audience. Making everything "modern" is what's ruined most of entertainment. What, we're going to give NdGT a talking parrot making snide comments while everything he says is followed by some silly noise track? Every episode will feature a "Big Bang Bikini moment" where some factoid sound bite is delivered by an AW? No thanks. If you have ANY capacity to enjoy science at all, Carl Sagan's eloquence is just as effective today as it was when the show first aired.

The main justification for re-booting Cosmos is that we've learned so much more since Sagan's death. And I mean while people were shiatting on NASA, the amount of knowledge they've accumulated is staggering.

Cosmos aired in 1980. Here is just a short, painfully partial list of discoveries off the top of my head since then:
1) Stars that are the most powerful magnets in the universe; they can wipe credit cards from 100 million miles away.
2) Winds on Neptune over 1000mph.
3) Planets orbiting other stars, including some so close they are being literally vaporized by their suns.
4) The Boötes void, a region of space so vast and empty the imagination can't comprehend it. It's a bubble of nothing 250 million light-years wide.
5) Hydrocarbon lakes on the Saturnian moon Titan.
6) A sea of dwarf planets beyond the outer gas giants (which controversially resulted in Pluto's demotion)
7) Giant, collapsing stars that turn into gamma-ray cannons so powerful they can be detected from the far reaches of the visible universe and could cause a mass extinction from thousands of light-years away.


8) intergalactic time traveling police boxes
 
2012-07-03 11:33:31 AM  

loonatic112358:
8) intergalactic time traveling police boxes


Doctor Who has been around since the early 60's.
 
2012-07-03 11:40:13 AM  
Obligatory.

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2012-07-03 11:43:06 AM  

Strategeryz0r: I'm actually rather excited for this. I was watching Cosmos on netflix the other day when I started thinking it deserved to be re-done for a modern audience. I think it'll be pretty sweet.

At the very least it's something to smoke a ton of my weed to.



Yeah, they updated Cosmos a little (they added Sagan giving updates at the end to some new discoveries) a while back, the late 80's I think, and I have those updated versions on my media server. Great stuff!

I'm really looking forward to this... though I want to keep my expectations realistic. A lot of what made Cosmos so good was Sagan himself. His personal passion really shone through, and he was a likeable, charismatic guy. NDT is charismatic too, though in a bit of a different way.
 
2012-07-03 11:45:58 AM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: 8) intergalactic time traveling police boxes

Doctor Who has been around since the early 60's.


Yep. Warp drive since the 60s as well, and light sabers since the 70s.

/ But if we have a Cosmos episode about midichloreans I will dedicate my life to ruining George Lucas'.
 
2012-07-03 11:47:45 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: But it will also go towards production of more Family Guy episodes.


Which I don't have to watch, because Jesus died and made this a free country.
 
2012-07-03 11:56:08 AM  

Shakes999: Im going to assume that this is seths moral obligation to balance out some of the damage hes done.


Im ok with this


Have you been damaged by cartoons?
 
2012-07-03 11:58:40 AM  

gshepnyc: Have you been damaged by cartoons?


From what I've read on FARK, it sure as hell seems some people get butthurt over them.
 
2012-07-03 12:02:44 PM  

gshepnyc: Shakes999: Im going to assume that this is seths moral obligation to balance out some of the damage hes done.


Im ok with this

Have you been damaged by cartoons?


2 mins for strawman argument. In to the box with you.
 
2012-07-03 12:05:49 PM  
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2012-07-03 12:23:31 PM  

Maud Dib: Wollffeey: As long as Seth's "comedy" stays away, and they let NdGT shine, I'll watch it.

Now why did I fav you in red?
*checks profile*..
W00T, redhead!


Lol, not a redhead, just weird lighting. But if you want to believe, I won't stop you.
 
2012-07-03 12:29:28 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: loonatic112358:
8) intergalactic time traveling police boxes

Doctor Who has been around since the early 60's.


i know this, you know this, but I don't care
 
2012-07-03 12:37:51 PM  

mongbiohazard: A lot of what made Cosmos so good was Sagan himself. His personal passion really shone through, and he was a likeable, charismatic guy. NDT is charismatic too, though in a bit of a different way.


There really is no one else like Sagan. He had a passion for science that truly inspired him and filled him with awe and wonder but more importantly he was able to convey these feelings to regular people. He inspired a whole generation of scientists and creative thinkers.

I can't even imagine what the world and the universe looked like to Sagan. He seemed uniquely able to grasp the vastness and the inner workings. Sagan was there in the room at JPL when the first images of the moons of Jupiter were transmitted back. Before that they were nothing more than fuzzy blobs of light as far as the sum total of human knowledge was concerned. The infinitesimally small portion of the universe that comprised the molecules of Sagan's body was, in that moment, made exponentially aware of certain other parts of the universe. The nature of the universe itself changed that day.

And for now NdGT is the closest thing we have to Sagan. He's likable and he shows excitement, and he's clearly the best choice for a new version of the show. He's really the only choice. In my heart of hearts I would like to hope that Niel gets his "Sagan" moment. I hope, years from now, he gets to sit in a control room somewhere watching expectantly as we go ice-fishing on Europa. Finding other life in the cosmos would be one of the most significant achievements in all of human history, and I hope NdGT is the first one to be there for it. And if anyone is able to take that excitement and convey it to the rest of us, and to inspire humanity for generations with it, it will be him.

And in the meantime, I'll be more than happy to watch anything he hosts.

/Sleep well, Sagan. Your words and your mark on the universe will not soon be forgotten.
 
2012-07-03 12:54:34 PM  

Zombalupagus: He had a passion for science that truly inspired him and filled him with awe and wonder but more importantly he was able to convey these feelings to regular people. He inspired a whole generation of scientists and creative thinkers.


One is not the other. I seriously doubt Sagan successfully conveyed any feelings to "regular people". Regular people utterly lack a sense of wonder. Talk about Sagan to "regular people" and you'll get snide comments about a commie pinko pothead. Nothing you say can awaken a curiosity that died early in childhood.

Sagan is relevant today because of your last sentence. Many people who did go on to become scientists were first inspired by Carl Sagan. The PBS budget for that show probably made itself back a thousand times over in economic productivity alone. It is arguably economically essential to encourage this sort of wonderment for that reason alone. But for all of Carl's admirable efforts, "regular people" were just as stupid and derpy after the show aired as before.
 
2012-07-03 01:06:19 PM  

dragonchild: One is not the other. I seriously doubt Sagan successfully conveyed any feelings to "regular people". Regular people utterly lack a sense of wonder. Talk about Sagan to "regular people" and you'll get snide comments about a commie pinko pothead. Nothing you say can awaken a curiosity that died early in childhood.


Hey. "Regular person" over here. I loved Cosmos and had the utmost respect for Carl Sagan.
 
2012-07-03 01:31:49 PM  

Counter_Intelligent: "Regular person" over here.


Dude, you have a Fark account.
 
2012-07-03 01:37:07 PM  
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The universe was created thirtee-SIX THOUSAND years ago by The Bi-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-.
 
2012-07-03 01:41:42 PM  
MOUNTAIN DEW IS THE BEST SODA EVER MADE
 
2012-07-03 01:53:46 PM  
I love astronomy shows and ndgt and admire Carl Sagan, but holy shiat...watched Cosmos recently on Netflix and it was excruciatingly slooowwww.
 
2012-07-03 02:08:32 PM  

dragonchild: Strategeryz0r: I was watching Cosmos on netflix the other day when I started thinking it deserved to be re-done for a modern audience.

Cosmos does NOT need to be re-done for a "modern" audience.


I'm pretty sure that he just means updating the science, since a lot has changed.
 
2012-07-03 04:19:08 PM  
If you want a Comos reboot just watch Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe with Brian Cox. In my opinion, he has the same likeable qualities as Sagan.
 
2012-07-03 11:54:16 PM  
If he farks this up I will personally hunt him down and force feed him a pile of steaming feces.
 
2012-07-04 01:04:01 AM  
Does anyone else fall asleep listening to Sagan? I think I could use Cosmos as a substitute for chloroform.

I really appreciate what he did, but I think I'd rather just read stuff from him rather than listen.
 
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