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2014-03-05 12:40:48 PM  
Piece of pie.
 
2014-03-05 02:04:34 PM  
Humans don't like being yelled at:

scienceblogs.com
 
2014-03-05 02:13:22 PM  
I thought Europa Report was a very underrated sci-fi flick.
 
2014-03-05 02:16:22 PM  

Joelogon: Humans don't like being yelled at:

[scienceblogs.com image 590x238]


Heh, never thought of it that way.

Roughly 5 minutes after that message was received, you know someone said "Hey, fark that, you can't tell me what to do, I'm going to farkin' Europa.  Who's with me?"

And all the hands in the room shot up, because there has to be *SOMETHING* interesting there.
 
2014-03-05 02:18:32 PM  
Wait until star-baby hears about this.
 
IP
2014-03-05 02:40:32 PM  

Confabulat: I thought Europa Report was a very underrated sci-fi flick.


Agreed.  Just streamed it the other day and was pleasantly surprised.
 
2014-03-05 02:43:59 PM  

Confabulat: I thought Europa Report was a very underrated sci-fi flick.


I was unimpressed.  Too "Blair Witch" for me.
 
2014-03-05 02:44:24 PM  

dittybopper: Piece of pie.


Cake. Piece of cake.

/Koo-rit-sa
 
2014-03-05 02:45:50 PM  
Easy as cake
 
2014-03-05 02:46:33 PM  

dittybopper: Joelogon: Humans don't like being yelled at:

[scienceblogs.com image 590x238]

Heh, never thought of it that way.

Roughly 5 minutes after that message was received, you know someone said "Hey, fark that, you can't tell me what to do, I'm going to farkin' Europa.  Who's with me?"

And all the hands in the room shot up, because there has to be *SOMETHING* interesting there.


I do believe in the next book there is mention of people trying to go there only to meet severe nastiness
 
2014-03-05 02:47:26 PM  

dittybopper: Joelogon: Humans don't like being yelled at:

[scienceblogs.com image 590x238]

Heh, never thought of it that way.

Roughly 5 minutes after that message was received, you know someone said "Hey, fark that, you can't tell me what to do, I'm going to farkin' Europa.  Who's with me?"

And all the hands in the room shot up, because there has to be *SOMETHING* interesting there.


In the 2010 novel, an epilogue set in 20,001 and told from the Europans' point of view tells of the occasional flaming debris falling out of  their atmosphere. They worship some of it.
 
2014-03-05 02:48:55 PM  
Well given that its 2014 now, 2001 and 2014 seem laughable.

Which is sad.
 
2014-03-05 02:48:56 PM  

ramblinwreck: Confabulat: I thought Europa Report was a very underrated sci-fi flick.

I was unimpressed.  Too "Blair Witch" for me.


Just watched it on Netflix so getting a kick.

Also thought it was fairly mediocre. Seemed like a lot of it was staring at CGI control panels while static played in the background.

The dude from District 9 was pretty good in it though.
 
2014-03-05 02:49:11 PM  
When the monolith builders find out they will block the light from both stars.

/Well they'll try.
 
2014-03-05 02:51:12 PM  

viscountalpha: Well given that its 2014 now, 2001 and 2014 seem laughable.

Which is sad.


You mean 2010?

Remember, though, if we had wanted to, at least some of that could have come to pass.  We just didn't want to spend the money.
 
2014-03-05 02:53:56 PM  
cool!
 
2014-03-05 02:54:19 PM  
img.fark.net

Don't do it Len!
 
2014-03-05 02:59:16 PM  

viscountalpha: Well given that its 2014 now, 2001 and 2014 seem laughable.

Which is sad.


What part didn't age well? The part where the Americans had to hitch a ride with the Russians because their new ship wasn't ready yet, leaving the American astronauts in an awkward situation when relations became tense between the US and USSR?
 
2014-03-05 03:00:45 PM  
Is Helen Mirren going to command?
 
2014-03-05 03:00:54 PM  

Kevin Lomax: ramblinwreck: Confabulat: I thought Europa Report was a very underrated sci-fi flick.

I was unimpressed.  Too "Blair Witch" for me.

Just watched it on Netflix so getting a kick.

Also thought it was fairly mediocre. Seemed like a lot of it was staring at CGI control panels while static played in the background.

The dude from District 9 was pretty good in it though.


it was watchable, altho the too-pretty-for-space chick was distracting.
 
2014-03-05 03:01:04 PM  
Putin just took over the Space Station. We can't do anything about that either.
 
2014-03-05 03:02:39 PM  

ramblinwreck: Confabulat: I thought Europa Report was a very underrated sci-fi flick.

I was unimpressed.  Too "Blair Witch" for me.


Yeah, me too. Saw the previews and was excited to see it, but thought it was pretty  meh.
 
2014-03-05 03:03:26 PM  

Mad_Radhu: viscountalpha: Well given that its 2014 now, 2001 and 2014 seem laughable.

Which is sad.

What part didn't age well? The part where the Americans had to hitch a ride with the Russians because their new ship wasn't ready yet, leaving the American astronauts in an awkward situation when relations became tense between the US and USSR?


The part where the Chinese ship was destroyed not by crummy workmanship.
 
2014-03-05 03:05:47 PM  
Did anyone consult HAL?  Ya gotta keep the HAL9000 in the loop, NASA.
 
2014-03-05 03:07:28 PM  
Great stuff, this bourbon.
It comes from the land called Kentucky.
 
2014-03-05 03:09:53 PM  
I think the first men to land on Europa should just jerkoff all over the place.
 
2014-03-05 03:10:07 PM  
The yellow or the brown mustard?  It's important.
 
2014-03-05 03:14:39 PM  
More of a suggestion than a rule
Like speed signs
 
2014-03-05 03:15:09 PM  

dittybopper: Joelogon: Humans don't like being yelled at:

[scienceblogs.com image 590x238]

Heh, never thought of it that way.

Roughly 5 minutes after that message was received, you know someone said "Hey, fark that, you can't tell me what to do, I'm going to farkin' Europa.  Who's with me?"

And all the hands in the room shot up, because there has to be *SOMETHING* interesting there.


I don't even think it would take 5 minutes.  The aliens clearly didn't study human psychology, or read first Genesis.  Telling us not to do something is the surest way to see it get done.

Now, if they'd said "Oh, SURE, come to Europa!  Absolutely!  Please!  Wear something tasty-- er, tasteful.  We'd LOVE to have you!  It's not the least little bit dangerous here.  Nope.  And don't worry about packing return fuel-- er, we have some here!" they'd have delayed us for at least two, three times as long.  However long it took us to develop something super-weapony.
 
2014-03-05 03:15:32 PM  

Joelogon: Humans don't like being yelled at:


Screw you, space hippy, you don't own me!
 
2014-03-05 03:16:17 PM  

KingKauff: dittybopper: Joelogon: Humans don't like being yelled at:

[scienceblogs.com image 590x238]

Heh, never thought of it that way.

Roughly 5 minutes after that message was received, you know someone said "Hey, fark that, you can't tell me what to do, I'm going to farkin' Europa.  Who's with me?"

And all the hands in the room shot up, because there has to be *SOMETHING* interesting there.

I do believe in the next book there is mention of people trying to go there only to meet severe nastiness



'Tsien destroyed three hours ago. I'm only survivor. Using my suit radio - no idea if it has enough range, but it's the only chance. Please listen carefully. THERE IS LIFE ON EUROPA. I repeat: THERE IS LIFE ON EUROPA. We landed beside the Grand Canal and set up our pumps at the edge of the ice -,"

The signal faded abruptly, came back for a moment, then disappeared completely below the noise level. Although Leonov listened again on the same frequency, there was no further message from Professor Chang.

-with apologies to Clarke...
 
2014-03-05 03:16:42 PM  

SpdrJay: I think the first men to land on Europa should just jerkoff all over the place.


Contrary to expectations, this Europa is not a porn actress' stage name.
 
2014-03-05 03:20:18 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: The yellow or the brown mustard?  It's important.


Too bad there's no more Astrodome dogs.
 
2014-03-05 03:27:23 PM  

cgraves67: SpdrJay: I think the first men to land on Europa should just jerkoff all over the place.

Contrary to expectations, this Europa is not a porn actress' stage name.


But it is named after a woman who was a bull-farker.
 
2014-03-05 03:28:23 PM  

Skyd1v: KingKauff: dittybopper: Joelogon: Humans don't like being yelled at:

[scienceblogs.com image 590x238]

Heh, never thought of it that way.

Roughly 5 minutes after that message was received, you know someone said "Hey, fark that, you can't tell me what to do, I'm going to farkin' Europa.  Who's with me?"

And all the hands in the room shot up, because there has to be *SOMETHING* interesting there.

I do believe in the next book there is mention of people trying to go there only to meet severe nastiness


'Tsien destroyed three hours ago. I'm only survivor. Using my suit radio - no idea if it has enough range, but it's the only chance. Please listen carefully. THERE IS LIFE ON EUROPA. I repeat: THERE IS LIFE ON EUROPA. We landed beside the Grand Canal and set up our pumps at the edge of the ice -,"

The signal faded abruptly, came back for a moment, then disappeared completely below the noise level. Although Leonov listened again on the same frequency, there was no further message from Professor Chang.

-with apologies to Clarke...


That, and in 3001 they said all ships that attempt to land mysteriously can't as in it warps the space around them so they go back into space (iirc). But I guess that didn't start until after 'Tsien. Then again, the books didn't exactly have a lot of continuity.
 
2014-03-05 03:32:26 PM  
Who knows? Maybe they'll find something ... unexpected?

www.flashartonline.com
 
2014-03-05 03:33:25 PM  
Something that always bothered me about the end of 2010, was he whole "Jupiter is now a star thing.
I wonder if Clarke had any idea of the scale difference between a planet and a star.  Even a really BIG planet like Jupiter is absolutely tiny in comparison to the sun.  And the sun itself, is medium-sized for it's type, and rediculously small compared to most other stars.  The point being, you need something with quite a helluva lot more mass to burn as a sun.  Something as tiny as Jupiter would burn itself out and collapse in a few seconds.
 
2014-03-05 03:33:30 PM  
My god it must be over 15 years since the last time I read that series..... I could have swarn the star baby gave that warning and not the monolith.
 
2014-03-05 03:42:20 PM  

durbnpoisn: Something that always bothered me about the end of 2010, was he whole "Jupiter is now a star thing.
I wonder if Clarke had any idea of the scale difference between a planet and a star.  Even a really BIG planet like Jupiter is absolutely tiny in comparison to the sun.  And the sun itself, is medium-sized for it's type, and rediculously small compared to most other stars.  The point being, you need something with quite a helluva lot more mass to burn as a sun.  Something as tiny as Jupiter would burn itself out and collapse in a few seconds.


Jupiter doesn't have the mass to become a star. I think that's why he was showing the addition of all those monoliths to drive the mass up.

BTW, the lower limit on a star's mass is speculated at 87x Jupiter's mass and the smaller a star the longer it burns. The largest stars only last 10s of millions of years, but the smallest red dwarf stars last hundreds of billions.
 
2014-03-05 03:42:30 PM  
Looking forward to the The Final Countdown.
 
2014-03-05 03:44:28 PM  

durbnpoisn: Something that always bothered me about the end of 2010, was he whole "Jupiter is now a star thing.
I wonder if Clarke had any idea of the scale difference between a planet and a star.  Even a really BIG planet like Jupiter is absolutely tiny in comparison to the sun.  And the sun itself, is medium-sized for it's type, and rediculously small compared to most other stars.  The point being, you need something with quite a helluva lot more mass to burn as a sun.  Something as tiny as Jupiter would burn itself out and collapse in a few seconds.


Agreed. Hell, an object needs around 13 times the mass of Jupiter to even fuse deuterium
 
2014-03-05 03:48:49 PM  

durbnpoisn: Something that always bothered me about the end of 2010, was he whole "Jupiter is now a star thing.
I wonder if Clarke had any idea of the scale difference between a planet and a star.  Even a really BIG planet like Jupiter is absolutely tiny in comparison to the sun.  And the sun itself, is medium-sized for it's type, and rediculously small compared to most other stars.  The point being, you need something with quite a helluva lot more mass to burn as a sun.  Something as tiny as Jupiter would burn itself out and collapse in a few seconds.


Excuse me, but one doesn't put limits on alien Jesus.
 
2014-03-05 03:49:42 PM  

durbnpoisn: Something that always bothered me about the end of 2010, was he whole "Jupiter is now a star thing.
I wonder if Clarke had any idea of the scale difference between a planet and a star.  Even a really BIG planet like Jupiter is absolutely tiny in comparison to the sun.  And the sun itself, is medium-sized for it's type, and rediculously small compared to most other stars.  The point being, you need something with quite a helluva lot more mass to burn as a sun.  Something as tiny as Jupiter would burn itself out and collapse in a few seconds.


I always thought that the monoliths did something to Jupiter's core to create sustainable fusion. A few million tons of neutrons would probably do the trick. Of course, that would screw up the rest of the solar system.
 
2014-03-05 03:50:25 PM  

durbnpoisn: Something that always bothered me about the end of 2010, was he whole "Jupiter is now a star thing.
I wonder if Clarke had any idea of the scale difference between a planet and a star.  Even a really BIG planet like Jupiter is absolutely tiny in comparison to the sun.  And the sun itself, is medium-sized for it's type, and rediculously small compared to most other stars.  The point being, you need something with quite a helluva lot more mass to burn as a sun.  Something as tiny as Jupiter would burn itself out and collapse in a few seconds.


Somehow the monoliths messed with the mass enough to cause fusion to start. Nevermind how they did that without gravitationally disrupting the orbits of the other planets. Technology of a sufficiently advanced civilization, yadda, yadda, yadda...

Also, with stars it kind of works the opposite way. Big stars burn out and supernova fast, sometimes within a mere hundred million years for really big ones, while small red dwarfs can chug along for tens of billions of years because they burn their hydrogen much more slowly.
 
2014-03-05 03:52:34 PM  

durbnpoisn: Something that always bothered me about the end of 2010, was he whole "Jupiter is now a star thing.
I wonder if Clarke had any idea of the scale difference between a planet and a star.  Even a really BIG planet like Jupiter is absolutely tiny in comparison to the sun.


The characters in the book explicitly wonder how exactly Jupiter was converted given it's size, so I'd say Clarke knew that.

  And the sun itself, is medium-sized for it's type, and rediculously small compared to most other stars.

Umm, no. The Sun's larger than about 85% of stars (in the Milky Way). Most stars are red dwarfs!

The point being, you need something with quite a helluva lot more mass to burn as a sun.  Something as tiny as Jupiter would burn itself out and collapse in a few seconds.

Well, when you add 10^23 super-science artifacts, all sorts of strange things occur.
 
2014-03-05 03:54:09 PM  

ramblinwreck: Confabulat: I thought Europa Report was a very underrated sci-fi flick.

I was unimpressed.  Too "Blair Witch" for me.


I agree.
 
2014-03-05 03:55:18 PM  
I thought Europa Report was better than I expected it to be.   Fortunately, they teased various suspenseful issues throughout and showed it out of order, otherwise it would have been insanely boring for the first 3/4 of the movie.   As it is, it's only moderately boring for the first 3/4 of the movie.

Loved the ending, though.
 
2014-03-05 03:56:17 PM  
I can't wait to hear the final countdown for that launch.
 
2014-03-05 03:57:55 PM  

Krikkitbot: I can't wait to hear the final countdown for that launch.


Aaaand...earworm activated!

/thanks
 
2014-03-05 04:02:13 PM  

Krikkitbot: I can't wait to hear the final countdown for that launch.


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