LOST Rewatch: Ab Aeterno

The episode begins with Jacob’s visit to Ilana in the hospital. The continuation shows Jacob asking her to protect the six remaining candidates. She asks what she should do after bringing them to the temple, what she should do next, and he tells her to ask Ricardus. On the island, Richard says that he has [Read More...]

Interstellar PhD

Not a good planet for humanity’s overall survival. But perhaps a good place for a university? Or better yet, what if you get to enroll in a university on this planet, but do your research on Earth or in space, so that you can earn a PhD in an hour or less, local relative time? [Read more...]

The Songs of Distant Earth Day

I thought I would wish everyone a happy Earth Day. The music in the video above is by Mike Oldfield, whose album The Songs of Distant Earth is taken from a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Science fiction plays a particularly useful role in getting us to think about the environment, as it makes us [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Happily Ever After

The episode begins with Zoe talking to Desmond, who had been drugged. Charles Widmore tells Desmond that he had been shot by Benjamin Linus, and now has been brought back to the island. Desmond attacks him, but Widmore’s men restrain him. Widmore orders that Desmond be brought to the generator room for a test, and [Read More...]

Doctor Who Theme (Classical Piano Version)

This is my new favorite arrangement of the Doctor Who theme. Don’t miss the pianist’s costume changes! Via Mashable. HT Jeff Carter on Facebook. [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: The Package

The episode begins with someone watching Smokey’s camp through night vision goggles. Then Smokey talks to Jin, saying that the only way for them to leave the island is for the remaining candidates to leave together with him. This makes sense, since Jacob arranged for his brother not to be able to leave not only [Read More...]

The Holy Trilogy

I’ll be giving a paper at SBL in November comparing sci-fi canons (with particular focus on Star Wars, given the new direction the franchise is taking) and Biblical canons. And so I was struck when a couple of items came to my attention today, all connected by the use of the phrase “The Holy Trilogy,” an [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Recon

The episode begins with Sawyer making Jin some tea. Then Smokey and his group return. Kate asks Claire about the thing in the crib, and she says it was all she had. When Cindi asks Smokey what happened to the people who stayed behind at the temple, he says that the black smoke killed them. [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Dr. Linus

The episode begins with Ben Linus running through the jungle. He catches up with Ilana and the others who had escaped the temple, and they head to the beach. Ilana gives Miles the ashes of Jacob’s body and asks how he died. Miles says that Linus killed him. Ilana tells Ben that Jacob was the [Read More...]

Learn Musical Intervals With John Williams

Singers and other musicians often remember musical intervals by reference to famous examples of them – for instance, many of us, if we need to sing a perfect 4th, think “Here Comes the Bride.” It struck me recently to look into whether one can do this limiting oneself to John Williams’ film scores: Half step (ascending): Jaws [Read More...]

Star Wars Force Awakens Trailer

I’m sure everyone has already seen the above trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. But I still wanted to share it, just to join in the excitement, and to give regular readers a place to talk about it. IO9 not only shared it, but offered detailed analysis, speculation on the political situation [Read More...]


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