Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

Godspeed, John Glenn: 50 Years of Americans in Orbit

On Feb­ru­ary 20, 1962, perched atop an Atlas rocket, John Glenn was blasted into space at 17,500 miles per hour.  He splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean about five hours later, hav­ing orbited the Earth three times, the first Amer­i­can to do so.

Our most recent video for Time.com is a trib­ute to John Glenn, NASA, and 50 years of Amer­i­cans in orbit. I wrote it, Tara Fre­dette was cam­era­man, and Jim Fields edited.

God­speed, John Glenn…

Link:
http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,1461672138001_2107230,00.html 

My Love Affair with Space

On the eve of the final mis­sion of NASA’s – and the nation’s – 30-year-long space shut­tle pro­gram, I present to you a video love let­ter – my newest piece for Time Magazine’s web­site, wherein Tara and I jour­ney to Florida to wit­ness our first launch.  STS-133, in Feb­ru­ary, was the last mis­sion of space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery…

Click for big­ger ver­sion at Time.com

Link:
My Love Affair with Space on Time.com

Wherein Science Comedian Interviews Science Writer Carl Zimmer

I am guest host­ing Dr. Kiki’s Sci­ence Hour today while Dr. Kiki is on mater­nity leave.  My guest this week is sci­ence writer Carl Zim­mer, whom I met at the ScienceOnline2011 con­fer­ence in Jan­u­ary.  Hm.  In fact, that’s where I met last week’s guest, Greg Gbur, as well.  Good thing I went to that.

Carl is an amaz­ing writer.  I’m cur­rently read­ing his book Micro­cosm: E. coli and the New Sci­ence of Life.  It’s about life and evo­lu­tion, as seen through the lens of the most well-researched microor­gan­ism.

His lat­est book is Planet of Viruses which will be out in hard­cover from Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Press on May 1.

Carl also has a book about sci­ence tat­toos com­ing out later this year.  Here is a recent post about Sci­ence Ink: Tat­toos of the Sci­ence Obsessed.

His grow­ing col­lec­tion of sci­ence tat­toos resides at his Sci­ence Tat­too Empo­rium.

Visit his blog The Loom on Dis­cover Magazine’s web­site.

He’s also writ­ten on evo­lu­tion (Evo­lu­tion: Tri­umph of an Idea and the text­book The Tan­gled Bank: An Intro­duc­tion to Evo­lu­tion).  And I just received the brand new edi­tion of his ten-year-old book about par­a­sites:  Par­a­site Rex.

I also have his first book (which he says is his favorite):  At the Water’s Edge: Fish with Fin­gers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea

Here is a recent (Sept. 2010) arti­cle on con­scious­ness at the NYTimes.com.

A list of great sci­ence books for high school stu­dents.

Carl’s Slate arti­cle about the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the NASA study of arsenic-based life – “This Paper Should Not Have Been Pub­lished”

Fol­low me and Carl on Twit­ter:  @sciencecomedian and @carlzimmer.

My “Virus Walks Into A Bar” series of jokes on YouTube.

Dr. Richard Lenski’s Exper­i­men­tal Evo­lu­tion Lab at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity has an evo­lu­tion odome­ter on the front page, track­ing how many gen­er­a­tions of E.coli the lab has bred – over 50,000 gen­er­a­tions, so far!

Oh – and lis­ten for me on NPR’s Sci­ence Fri­day tomor­row.  The show streams live (and airs on your local pub­lic radio sta­tion, too, prob­a­bly) from 11am-1pm Pacific/2-4pm East­ern.  Lis­ten here.

Guest hosting Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour with Greg Gbur

For the next few weeks I will be guest host of Dr. Kiki’s Sci­ence Hour on Leo Laporte’s TWiT net­work. Dr. Kiki is out on mater­nity leave, hav­ing just given birth to a beau­ti­ful baby boy 20 days ago! Pre­vi­ous guest hosts have included Phil Plait, David Har­ris, and Jeri Ellsworth.

The show streams live every Thurs­day on TWiT at 4pm Pacific/7pm East­ern. For other time zones, do the math! You can also watch or down­load it later.

For first-time vis­i­tors: in addi­tion to my science-flavored stand up com­edy, I also make sci­ence videos for Time Magazine’s web­site. That link will send you to my vids on Time.com, or you can click the VIDEO tab above and see them on this site. Quite a vari­ety of top­ics in sci­ence and sci­ence fic­tion. I am also a con­trib­u­tor to Neil de Grasse Tyson‘s radio show StarTalk Radio.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @sciencecomedian
Sub­scribe to my YouTube videos: youtube.com/sciencecomedian

“Let There Be Light!” – my first show will be about light and weird sci­ence facts. My guest is Greg Gbur, an assoc­iate pro­fes­sor of Physics and Opti­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina at Char­lotte, spe­cial­iz­ing in research on the­o­ret­i­cal clas­si­cal optics. Since August of 2007 he has blogged as “Dr. SkySkull” at Skulls in the Stars, where he cov­ers optics, the his­tory of physics, his­tor­i­cal weird fic­tion, and the inter­con­nec­tion of these sub­jects. Greg also co-founded the his­tory of sci­ence blog car­ni­val The Giant’s Shoul­ders. He has over 60 peer-reviewed pub­li­ca­tions and is the author of the upcom­ing text­book, “Math­e­mat­i­cal Meth­ods for Opti­cal Physics and Engi­neer­ing”.

– Fol­low Greg on Twit­ter: @drskyskull
– Skulls in the Stars blog
– Go directly to the Weird Sci­ence Facts cat­e­gory on Greg’s blog
– Greg’s recent invis­i­bil­ity arti­cle on Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can
– Read his very in-depth post The Saga of the Sci­en­tific Swindler! (1884-1891)

When the show is avail­able, I will post the video here and per­haps some addi­tional notes and links. Please fol­low me on Twit­ter, sub­scribe to my YouTube chan­nel, and get on my Email list.

Next week my guest will be sci­ence writer extra­or­di­naire Carl Zim­mer!

Thanks for stop­ping by! 

Philip K. Dick at the Movies

My newest video for Time.com is about Philip K. Dick and all the movie adap­ta­tions of his books and sto­ries, the lat­est of which is The Adjust­ment Bureau, based on the story “Adjust­ment Team” writ­ten in 1953.  It’s fas­ci­nat­ing that Dick’s 50-year-old sto­ries are just now being brought to the big screen – and still seem mod­ern.  Tes­ta­ment to the strange­ness of his brain.

I do mis­tak­enly say that Blade Run­ner is one of ten PKD “books” that have been adapted, when I meant to say, “sto­ries.”  Only a few nov­els have, so far, pro­vided source mate­rial for films – Do Androids Dream of Elec­tric Sheep?, A Scan­ner Darkly, Con­fes­sions of a Crap ArtistRadio Free Albe­muth.  Most of the movies are based on short sto­ries (which do appear in books).

I pro­duced, wrote and edited the video along with pro­ducer Craig Duff, who shot and pro­vided addi­tional edit­ing:

Link:
The Movies, Philip K. Dick and You

Happy Birthday, Chuck and Abe!

Once again it’s time to cel­e­brate the births of Charles Dar­win and Abra­ham Lin­coln, who were both born Feb­ru­ary 12, 1809, mak­ing them 202 years old today.

Here’s the video I made for Time.com, in cel­e­bra­tion of their 200th birth­days.  Just like the new Sin­gu­lar­ity video – I wrote, Craig Duff pro­duced, and Jim Fields edited.

Link:
Lin­coln and Dar­win: Birth­days and Evo­lu­tion

Robots Attack! My new Singularity video on Time.com

I have a new video up on Time.com about the Sin­gu­lar­ity.  If you don’t know what it is…  find out here.  I wrote it.  Craig Duff shot and pro­duced it.  Jim Fields edited.

The video com­ple­ments Lev Grossman’s new Time Mag­a­zine fea­ture story on Ray Kurzweil.

Link:
When Robots Attack! Should We Fear a Sin­gu­lar­ity?

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