Bad Science in Star Wars

FORA.tv has a short video of me per­form­ing at the recent Won­der­fest sci­ence fes­ti­val in Berke­ley.  I’m talk­ing about bad sci­ence in sci­ence fic­tion movies, and the exam­ple in the clip is a clas­sic moment from Star Wars…

Link to video on YouTube

Link to video on FORA.tv

Science Comedian – the Heat in Arizona

I had a fan­tas­tic time per­form­ing at the Sacra­men­to Com­e­dy Spot this past Fri­day.  We had a packed house in an inti­mate room – and they were just the per­fect science-loving crowd.  Or, I should say, science-comedy-loving crowd.

The open­ing act was the hilar­i­ous­ly geeky Nick Pet­ti­grew (link is to a pre­vi­ous set of his), and I did a whop­ping hour and forty min­utes, includ­ing some Q&A.  I’ll be putting more clips online soon.  Here’s the first.

My fever-dream inspired by the unbear­able heat of an Ari­zona sum­mer.  Some might fan­ta­size of biki­nis and water sports; I can only imag­ine glob­al dev­as­ta­tion, muta­tion, human extinc­tion…

Link:  Sci­ence Come­di­an Bri­an Mal­ow – 125 Degrees

Good Day, Sacramento!

This past Fri­day, I per­formed at the Sacra­men­to Com­e­dy Spot (in , uh, Sacra­men­to, CA).  To pro­mote the show, I made an ear­ly morn­ing appear­ance on a local TV show, “Good Day, Sacra­men­to.”

I said, “Good day!”

We talked about sci­ence and com­e­dy and insect pho­tog­ra­phy.  They even pulled up my pho­to blog:  InsectPaparazzi.com .

Link:  Sci­ence Come­di­an Bri­an Mal­ow on Good Day, Sacra­men­to

Tim Westergren of Pandora & the Music Genome Project

My newest video for Time Mag­a­zine is about Pan­do­ra, the inter­net radio ser­vice.  I vis­it­ed the Oak­land offices of Pan­do­ra and spoke with founder and Chief Strat­e­gy Offi­cer Tim West­er­gren.  We dis­cussed var­i­ous rec­om­men­da­tion engines used by oth­er com­pa­nies and what makes Pandora’s Music Genome Project dif­fer­ent.

Link to the Pan­do­ra video on Time’s web­site

TIME 100’s Elon Musk

Time Mag­a­zine has announced the Time 100 – their annu­al list of the most influ­en­tial peo­ple of the year.  It’s divid­ed into four main cat­e­gories:  Lead­ers, Heroes, Artists, and Thinkers.

One of those Thinkers is Elon Musk, co-founder of Pay­Pal and cur­rent CEO of Tes­la Motors and SpaceX.

Jon Favreau – direc­tor of the Iron Man movies – wrote the entry on Musk, hav­ing used him as a mod­el for the bil­lion­aire Tony Stark char­ac­ter.  David Clair and I made a new video about him:

Here’s the new video on Time’s site.

For a more in-depth piece, check out our pre­vi­ous piece about SpaceX and pri­vate enter­prise in space:

Space: The Pri­vate Fron­tier

Green Vanity License Plates

I’ve been per­form­ing stand up com­e­dy for two decades. I get all the stage time I need.  But I real­ize not every­one has such an out­let. And, yet, humans are such com­pli­cat­ed, emo­tion­al crea­tures.  They have so much to express!

That’s why I’ve always been fas­ci­nat­ed with van­i­ty plates and bumper stick­ers.  And I’ve always lumped them in with answer­ing machine out­go­ing mes­sages and Karaoke.  I think, for some peo­ple, these might be the only out­lets they have through which to express them­selves to the world.  They have so much to say – and so lit­tle space!  But humans are cre­ative.

And humans that dri­ve the Toy­ota Prius Hybrid Vehi­cle in the San Fran­cis­co Bay Area…  well, they are par­tic­u­lar­ly cre­ative.  And con­sis­tent with their mes­sage.  I keep see­ing hybrids with green-themed van­i­ty plates.  Not every one below is a Prius, but most of them are.

Have you seen any oth­er van­i­ty plates with envi­ron­men­tal themes or mes­sages?  Let me know!

Green Wisdom

CO2 Saver

Low Carbon

High MPG

Less Oil

I'm Solar

C2R Seas

I Heart Bikes

Bikes OK

Got Feet

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The Secret Life of Flies

If you know me, you know I like my insect pho­tog­ra­phy. I pri­mar­i­ly shoot (and release) live insects. But who amongst us hasn’t seen a dead bug pos­ing while repos­ing in death and felt the need to cap­ture that macabre Kodak moment?  If my eyes are the only eyes of the uni­verse to observe this detail, am I not oblig­at­ed to record it?

Any­way, that’s how I feel about it.  So, I’ve shot a few dead flies.

But this guy at Muhr Pho­tog­ra­phy takes it to a new lev­el, com­bin­ing real live dead flies with sim­ple line draw­ings. And I think they’re hilar­i­ous. I applaud the idea and the exe­cu­tion.  I’m jeal­ous!

After you start the slideshow – click the icon in the low­er left cor­ner to make it big­ger so you can see the titles  (in some cas­es, it helps you appre­ci­ate the image).  Or you can see this gallery and oth­ers here.

Lincoln and Darwin Sitting in a Tree…

It’s that time again!  Hap­py Birth­day, Abra­ham Lin­coln and Charles Dar­win!  This year they would have turned 201 years old.

Last year was the big year – 200th birth­day and the 150th anniver­sary of the pub­li­ca­tion of “The Ori­gin of Species.”  This video essay was my first project for Time Magazine’s web­site.  Pro­duced by Craig Duff and edit­ed by Jim Fields:

Video:  Lin­coln and Dar­win: Birth­days and Evo­lu­tion

Space: The Private Frontier

My new video (pro­duced by David Clair) is up at Time.com. It’s about Elon Musk and SpaceX – and we were almost fin­ished with it when the top­ic explod­ed into the news a week or so ago – Oba­ma, the bud­get, the future of NASA, Ares and con­tract­ing out space flights to pri­vate com­pa­nies. We didn’t set out to address all that but we did include it.  Check it out…

Toilet of the Future!

If it were bio­log­i­cal­ly nec­es­sary for movie char­ac­ters to go to the bath­room, this would be the toi­let in Blade Run­ner and 2001.  I half-expected the design­er to be Syd Mead.

For futur­ists and con­ser­va­tion­ists (and oth­er peo­ple who use toi­lets)!  Sleek, inte­grat­ed design – com­pact enough for an apart­ment in Man­hat­tan or Tokyo.  Plus, it re-uses water from the sink to flush the toi­let!  It’s the all-in-one loo:

The Home Core con­cept inte­grates the toi­let bowl, sink, mir­ror and a van­i­ty table into one. How­ev­er, this is not the cen­tral theme for this all-in-one-loo. There is a water stor­age tank right below the sink, where you can choose to store the cur­rent­ly used water or allow it to drain off. (The stored water is meant for flush­ing the pot) Also, the water pres­sure from the tap can be mod­er­at­ed to four dif­fer­ent lev­els, giv­ing you the sat­is­fac­tion of con­serv­ing some resource.

Design­er: Dang Jing­wei

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