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AJ Interviews Sean Calhoun! – Video

Posted: November 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm

AJ Interviews Sean Calhoun!
Today with our guest Sean Callhoun we discussed about the joys and tribulations of comedy in Seoul and beyond, the evolution of humor from a kindergartener to adolesence, to mars colonization and technology all the way down to rating your discrimination skills of knowing your Asians! – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tvFrom:wilfred leeViews:0 0ratingsTime:01:46:27More inPeople Blogs

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Mars manned mission- Mars Direct plan for Mars colonization (Mirrored) – Video

Posted: November 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Mars manned mission- Mars Direct plan for Mars colonization (Mirrored)
A manned mission to Mars could be launched using technology that is currently available. This animation describes the Mars Direct plan for sending a manned mission to Mars, which was envisioned by engineer Robert Zubrin and the Mars Society and subsequently used by NASA as a “design reference mission.” According to the Mars Direct plan, an Unmanned Earth Return Vehicle, or ERV, would be launched to Mars to prepare a base for astronauts. The ERV would land on Mars eight months later and deploy scientific rovers to explore the area around the landing site and a telerobotically driven truck with a 100-kilowatt nuclear reactor. The truck would deploy the nuclear reactor, which use 6 metric tons of liquid hydrogen brought from Earth to produce 108 metric tons of methane-oxygen fuel. Roughly two years later, a second ERV as well as a manned spaceship would be launched to Mars. The manned space ship would carry four astronauts, habitation modules, a pressurized rover and provisions for the manned mission. Six months later, the manned mission would land on Mars near the first ERV and use 12 metric tons of the methane-oxygen fuel produced by the first ERV to power their exploration mission. The second ERV would land several hundred kilometers away from the first ERV and begin to prepare a site for a second manned mission. Eighteen months later, the first four astronauts would return to Earth in the first ERV. The return trip would be powered by 96 metric tons of the methane-oxygen …From:KiLLUMiNATiZ1Views:22 2ratingsTime:01:40More inPeople Blogs

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Giller Prize nominee Alix Ohlin on writing, and reading

Posted: October 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

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Alix Ohlin, 40, moved around a lot in her life before she came to rest two years ago as a professor of creative writing at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. But she was born and bred in Montreal, the city thats home to many of the characters in her novel Inside, shortlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize (and this years Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize). I feel very rooted there, in a place so particular and vibrant, she says in an interview. Wherever I go, I always identify as a Montrealer. The city, though, took a while to enter into Ohlins writing. In grad school, she was reluctant to set a story there, for fear her classmates, mostly American, wouldnt understand the references. I used a generic suburb instead, sort of like the one I grew up in, but it felt really wrong. One of the purposes of this novel was to go back to writing about Montreal in a way that felt truer to the memories I have of it, including the way people move back and forth between English and French. But Inside is far from being a novel of place, Ohlin agrees. Theres a line in it, she points out, that reads that some people are destined to leave a place and keep on leaving. The book moves from Montreal to New York to Iqaluit to Los Angeles. And to Kigali in Rwandathe one place in Inside where Ohlin herself has never beenduring the 1994 genocide. In a story about therapists and patients, the latter scarcely more psychologically damaged than the former, the Rwanda section is, in some regards, the entire novel writ small. The book is about rescue and the importance of attempting to helpwhether or not the attempts succeed, theyre central to our humanityand the Rwanda section was a way of writing that theme in an international way, to reflect and underscore how it unfolds in individual lives elsewhere in the novel. Here is Alix Ohlin on reading (and writing), followed by an excerpt from Inside:

Prince Edward Island in the 1870s. A mansion on Long Island during the roaring twenties. Mars in the early years of colonization.

Ive never been to any of these places, of course, but each of them feels like home to me. They were as much a part of my childhood as my actual house in Montreal, because they were the settings of books I loved. Anne of Green Gables, Jay Gatsby, the troubled explorers of The Martian Chronicles (to name just a few)these people populated my universe, kept me company, made me laugh and cry. Ive spent most of my life reading, blinking with confused surprise when I look up to discover that Im sitting in a chair, somewhere in the 21st century.

Writing for me is first and foremost an act of gratitude toward the books that have shaped my life and helped me make sense of the world. It is a way of participating in an ageless conversation, across culture and time, about what it means to be alive. The writer Iris Murdoch once said that the subject of her work was the otherness of other people, and to me this has always rung true. Literature gives us access to the interior lives of people different from ourselves, no matter where or when they live, in their fascinating, mysterious, even frustrating complexity. Its nothing short of miraculous.

When I first began writing, I would sometimes copy out, by hand, passages from books I particularly admired. I wanted to feel what it might have been like to build those sentences, clause by clause, word by word. I remember doing this with Herzog by Saul Bellow, a writer pretty remote from me in subject matter and style. It wasnt that I wanted to write exactly like Bellow, or the other writers I chose. I was trying to catch the music of their language, to understand how it led to such wit and perception and depth of humanity. I do this less often now, but a friend recently reminded me of another book I love, David Marksons Wittgensteins Mistress. I went back and looked at the opening line: In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street. I had to write it down, because it is so enigmatic and simple and sad. A sentence like that can break your heart: what an amazing thing for words on a page to do.

People sometimes ask me whether I get lonely, spending so much time by myself working. But I hardly ever do. I have all these books on my shelves, waiting to be read and reread. And I know that there are writers like me all around the world, hunched at their desks, each of them crafting singular, beautiful universes, telling stories about what it means to be alive.


Montreal, 1996

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Richard Branson wants to colonize Mars

Posted: September 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Sir Richard Branson wants to start a colony on Mars.

Well, who doesn’t?

Branson is the entrepreneur who got his start in record shops and rock and roll and moved on to, you know, everything — his Virgin umbrella includes hundred of companies that are involved in everything from soup to nuts. (Trains, planes and automobiles, telephones, media, animation, food, public health, environmental studies, new fuels, research grants, head transplants, volcano extinguishing and anything else you care to mention, imagine or make up.)

Branson, 62, wants to go to Mars. He wants to take the experience of the few hundred, “privileged astronauts” who have been into space and democratize the situation. He says colonizing the red planet is realistic and something he anticipates doing in his lifetime. Mars is sort-of potentially habitable, as it appears to have frozen water, some thin atmosphere and as yet, no culture to speak of; it’s just like L.A.

Branson says he knows just the people to bring along for that first colonization attempt on Mars:

“Obviously, you are going to want scientists initially. You’re going to want physicians, you’re going to want comedians, you’re going to want fun people, beautiful people, ugly people – a good cross-section of what happens on Earth – on Mars. People have got to be able to get on together, because it’s going to be quite confined.”

Scientists? Physicians? Comics? Fun people? The beautiful and the ugly? Branson’s idea of the what a cross-section of humanity might look like is probably a little different from everyone else’s, but if we had his resources, we’d take as many people from reality television to populate Mars as would fit in the spaceship.

When it comes time to live and breed on a hostile planet, you want the kind of survivors who have what it takes to crawl over everyone else as required, and lie, cheat, steal and betray to protect their own interests. Like cockroaches and rats, the people who should go to Mars should be those indestructible Me-First folks who’d sell their own granny or flog their child’s sex tape to get ahead.

You know — the types who’d not only air their dirty laundry in public but wash it, fold it and put it away in public, too, if there was money involved. You want settlers with the crust of a Kardashian, the morals of a Bachelorette, the double-dealing abilities of a Big Brother schemer and the stamina of a Dancing With the Stars contestant.

And Dr. Phil. Branson did mention a doctor, didn’t he?

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The Future of Mars colonization – Video

Posted: September 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

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