March 6, 2014

The Most Awesome Moment in Science Fiction

The most awesome moment in science fiction: the scene in JJ Abrams's Star Trek when Kirk drives his motorcycle up to the Star Fleet ship yard, witnessing the Enterprise under construction.

It was a great moment of optimism, purpose and awe. In this future, the earth is beautiful and plentiful; the family farm seems to be alive and well; and the world's most advanced technology appears nestled within a vast, open and productive countryside. All is well.

It is thanks to the landscape that the hardware seems so awesome.

January 27, 2014

December 29, 2013

Academic Hilarity

I love academia. By and large, being an academic is a deeply creative, meaningful way of existing in the world. Academia shows the breadth and diversity of the human mind and it has the capacity to enrich the lives of many. But academia does tend to take itself pretty seriously most of the time.

These are a couple of satirical projects that take a fun jab at the Ivory Tower.

The Journal of Universal Rejection -- All papers rejected, no matter how good.

LOL My Thesis -- A bunch of people summarizing their PhD dissertations in one sentence.