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2013-02-13 01:47:25 PM

Jake Havechek: It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train-a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.


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2013-02-13 01:52:14 PM
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I, for one, am glad they included a helpful illustration of what a hole drilled in ice may look like.
 
2013-02-13 01:53:21 PM

WordsnCollision: Jake Havechek: It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train-a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.

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Why don't they cross the streams and collapse the gateway? Or are they afraid of their proton packs exploding?
 
2013-02-13 01:58:19 PM

No Time To Explain: Arn_Dee: No Time To Explain: Was there a pyramid under the ice as well?

Could a Thing even be facehugged? And then hunted by Predators. AvPvT :D

I dream one day for all movie and video game DNA replicating lifeforms to be pitted against each other, and maybe some non-changing aliens into the mix for shiats and giggles

/bunch of aliens enter, one supreme being leaves
//run for your lives


My money is on the metroid.
 
2013-02-13 02:25:32 PM
After all the media hysteria over bird flu, West Nile, swine flu and others, if this turns out to be a killer germ do you expect us to do anything more than name it something cute like "penguin flu" and ignore it?
 
2013-02-13 02:33:10 PM
Hey, Swedes!
 
2013-02-13 02:33:10 PM

Jake Havechek: It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train-a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.


So the Flyers have a new goon?
 
2013-02-13 02:34:15 PM
Soon...
 
2013-02-13 02:34:28 PM

Bendal: '"What we are all dying to find out now is, of course, 'who's there' and 'what's their life style'," he says.'

Oh, I hope we all don't regret he said that some time in the future...


Wouldn't it be a hoot if it turns out that their lifestyle is gay!
 
2013-02-13 02:36:53 PM
I'm surprised no one has brought up the movie Species, when they tried growing the alien DNA without adding it to human DNA first.

/they too said it was 'growing at a rapid rate'
//right before the horror burst out of the control chamber
 
2013-02-13 02:36:56 PM

KingKauff: Hey, Swedes!


They're Norwegians, Mac.
 
2013-02-13 02:59:46 PM

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: TheMysticS: snowjack: Awww, lookit the little guy, iddn' he cute?

Ok, I came here for that.

Still gives me nightmares. The movie has held up pretty well over the years.

Except the end boss. He sucked.


I hope you get diabeetus.


If you bring down your handle on me, I probably will.

That was the most coherent, least dirty way I could say that.

The GSMS Reserve gave me the diabeetus!
 
2013-02-13 03:21:16 PM
*lights oil lamp, grabs parchment and fountain pen*

Dearest Anabeth:

It was with great trepidation that opened the Commentary section on FARK.com. Being a man of reason and science, I had hoped that the bulwarks of logic and higher learning would shield my psyche from whatever might await.

I was wrong.

All light of civilized thought was overthrown in an onslaught of horrors unimaginable. Irrational Jpegs flitted in and out of vision, encircled with in-jokes and memes that remained stubbornly unfathomable to my perceptions. The intention of comments could not be trusted as grinning and leering faces laughed and japed at those caught in their subtle deceptions.

I managed to hit the 'Back' button, but I fear that I was too late to preserve my faculties of thought. When the lamp goes out, they will come.

I can hear them now.....
 
2013-02-13 05:22:02 PM

Therion: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x360]

I, for one, am glad they included a helpful illustration of what a hole drilled in ice may look like.


Oh god, my colonoscopy pictures weren't supposed to be published!
 
2013-02-13 06:00:49 PM

Precision Boobery: MythDragon: Why don't they cross the streams and collapse the gateway? Or are they afraid of every molecule in their proton packs bodies exploding at the speed of light?


Well you may be technically (the best kind of) correct in your movie quote, I was , in fact, referencing the Ghost Busters video game for the Commadore 64, were if you crossed the streams, your proton packs would short out and catch fire, knocking both ghost busters out of commission until you returned to the firehouse.

So bully to you, sir.
:P
 
2013-02-13 06:07:35 PM

offmymeds: KingKauff: Hey, Swedes!

They're Norwegians, Mac.


Beat me to it!

"Chariots of the gods, man. I mean, they practically own South America".

/infinitely quotable movie. The only thing (buh-dum!) missing was Harry Dean Stanton...
 
2013-02-13 06:57:52 PM

offmymeds: Life has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice by team of scientists who have never once seen a John Carpenter movie

...or read an H.P. Lovecraft story.


...or watched a Howard Hawks movie
 
2013-02-13 07:44:58 PM

Therion: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x360]

I, for one, am glad they included a helpful illustration of what a hole drilled in ice may look like.


Christ, what an icehole.
 
2013-02-13 11:17:20 PM

harpo: offmymeds: Life has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice by team of scientists who have never once seen a John Carpenter movie

...or read an H.P. Lovecraft story.

...or watched a Howard Hawks movie


...or watched a Hideaki Anno anime.
 
2013-02-14 12:08:59 AM
T/CSB:

When that movie first hit HBO, my brother told me he had to turn it off at the part where the dog  started going all spaghetti sprouting  weird and shiat.  So I made sure my kids weren't watching HBO around the times it played, except...

One Saturday, I was busy doing laundry  and came upstairs just in time to see my 5 year old son had turned it on and was watching in in rapt attention.  It was in one of the more gruesome parts, I can't recall which, but I was all, "Oh shiat, the kid's going to be having screaming nightmares for a week..." when my son then notices me, turns and practically shouts with glee, "Dad!  Check out the cool special effects!  I wanna know how they did that!"

That was my first clue this kid had a talent for surprising people.
 
2013-02-14 02:11:45 AM

durbnpoisn: justtray: durbnpoisn: This should't be surprising to anyone.  Life of bacterial grade can grow pretty much anywhere there is some sort of chemical energy.

In this case, it's not like Antartica has been under ice (or at the southe pole, for that matter) for all of earth's history.  So whatever was there simply adapted over time to the changing conditions.  And bacteria are fantastic at that.

My favorite quote about bacteria is, "They may not build cities or lead interesting social lives.  But they will be here when the sun explodes."

Which is why there is nearly certainly life on Mars. And why it's so weird that NASA has basically given a haphazard effort to find it, and when they did detect it, said, "nothing to see here move along," and stopped trying entirely.

Conspiracy, table for 2.

I don't know what the reason for that was.  Perhaps they are really looking for something more impressive than bacteria.  Considering the extremophiles we've found on this planet alone, there is almost certainly life all over the solar system.  I just don't think there is going to be any big deal made about it until we see something like reasonably sized, complicated creatures.

I've often throught about what the fallout would be if we actually discovered "intelligent" life anywhere off this planet.  It would certainly turn religion on it's ear.


Unless, of course, the aliens who arrived were missionaries for their religion....
 
2013-02-14 06:12:59 AM

offmymeds: Life has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice by team of scientists who have never once seen a John Carpenter movie

...or read an H.P. Lovecraft story.


Came for this, left satisfied.
 
2013-02-14 02:51:23 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: durbnpoisn: justtray: durbnpoisn: This should't be surprising to anyone.  Life of bacterial grade can grow pretty much anywhere there is some sort of chemical energy.

In this case, it's not like Antartica has been under ice (or at the southe pole, for that matter) for all of earth's history.  So whatever was there simply adapted over time to the changing conditions.  And bacteria are fantastic at that.

My favorite quote about bacteria is, "They may not build cities or lead interesting social lives.  But they will be here when the sun explodes."

Which is why there is nearly certainly life on Mars. And why it's so weird that NASA has basically given a haphazard effort to find it, and when they did detect it, said, "nothing to see here move along," and stopped trying entirely.

Conspiracy, table for 2.

I don't know what the reason for that was.  Perhaps they are really looking for something more impressive than bacteria.  Considering the extremophiles we've found on this planet alone, there is almost certainly life all over the solar system.  I just don't think there is going to be any big deal made about it until we see something like reasonably sized, complicated creatures.

I've often throught about what the fallout would be if we actually discovered "intelligent" life anywhere off this planet.  It would certainly turn religion on it's ear.

Unless, of course, the aliens who arrived were missionaries for their religion....


Well, there would be some problem with "...Sumeria and the ends of the Earth" but "you will be a light unto the Gentiles" still works.  "Made in his image" can be a spiritual image.  We'd probably mount missions trips.
 
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