A Leave of Presence – Roger Ebert’s Journal

Roger Ebert’s final blog post. So full of future plans. I do hope someone will step in to accomplish these things, because they sound so darn EXCITING!

A Leave of Presence – Roger Ebert’s Journal

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Doctor Who – Photoset – Forest of the Dead

“And he’d just swagger off, back to his TARDIS. And open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor. In the TARDIS. Next stop: Everywhere.”  – River Song

Truly, epic moment!

Science – Dark Matter

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The dark side of the universe is whispering, but scientists are still not sure what it is saying.

Samuel Ting, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Nobel laureate particle physicist, said Wednesday that his $1.6 billion cosmic ray experiment on the International Space Station had found evidence of “new physical phenomena” that could represent dark matter, the mysterious stuff that serves as the gravitational foundation for galaxies and whose identification would rewrite some of the laws of physics.

The results, he said, confirmed previous reports that local interstellar space is crackling with an unexplained abundance of high energy particles, especially positrons, the antimatter version of the familiar electrons that comprise electricity and chemistry. They could be colliding particles of dark matter. Or they could be could be coming from previously undiscovered pulsars or other astronomical monsters, throwing off wild winds of radiation.

The tantalizing news is that even with the new data, physicists cannot tell yet which is the right answer, but they are encouraged that they soon might be able to. (via Tantalizing New Clues Into the Mysteries of Dark Matter – NYTimes.com)

DC Comics History – Catwoman, Joker, Red Tornado, Robin

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This Month (Season) in DC History

The Joker and Catwoman were both introduced in 1940 in the first Batman title. The Joker was in two of the books stories. The first one included a killing spree with knives, guns, and, of course, Joker gas. In the 2nd one, Joker was stabbed in the heart and apparently dead but made a recovery in the ambulance. Catwoman, who was just known as “The Cat”, was aboard a yacht disguised as an old woman so that she could steal some jewels. Although Batman did see through her disguise, he didn’t keep her from escaping, sparking the romance between the Bat and the Cat.

What else happened in 1940?

  • Captain Marvel was introduced but not by DC Comics. Fawcett Publications introduced him to rival Superman. The alter-ego of Billy Batson attracted many readers but also attracted DC Lawyers…
  • Red Tornado was introduced but not the android you’re probably familiar with. Inspired by the Green Lantern, Ma Hunkel dressed up in red long underwear and used a cooking pot for a helmet. This working mother fought crime in New York and became very popular.
  • Robin was also introduced in this year, in this month even. We all know the story, a circus boy, who’s parents killed and was taken in by a millionaire. All that happened 73 years ago. You have to admit that Dick looks really good for his age.

Fascinating FACTS!!!!