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REALSPACE: Terraforming is not an option

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Today I'm going to talk about why Terraforming is not an option. Terraforming, of course, is the process of changing a planet into an earthlike one that can support an ecosystem and human life just like earth can. This is often put forward as the goal of space colonization, most frequently with regard to the planet Mars.

 

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SATURDAY MORNING B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “First Spaceship on Venus” (1960, 1962)

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Our unintended streak of grade-zed films that were actually surprisingly kind of good comes to a crushing end this week with the odd case of a film that - in its original form - was probably pretty good, too, but ended up a horrible, horrible muddle of a mess. And boring, too!

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So how would you go about landing a man on Venus?

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Real Science Time! For those of you not interested, you can go back to watching “America’s Funniest Groin Injuries” or reading the latest copies of FHM and BCN (“Barely Concealed Nipples”). This might be interesting as some background info for anyone interested in writing realistic space stories, however.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Venus: by One Ring Zero (2009)

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Ok, I actually dig this one. I know we're kind of hit-or-miss here on the Song Of The Week, and a lot of the stuff we run isn't stuff I really like, but I really am all about the geek rock ("Republibot 3.0 and the Republibot 3.0 Orchestra featuring Republibot 3.0" - my own band - is unabashedly geek rock). I think it's important to get out there and make absolutely no pretense of being cool, and just dork out publicly. I've always regretted we don't have an accordion in the band, so obviously I'm gonna' like these guys. I mean, hell, they've even got a theremin! How boss is that? (Answer: Pretty Boss) thus, given the choice between running *This* or a bunch of skinny highschool kids jumping around in the woods pretending to play death metal, which one do you think I'm gonna' choose? Answer under the jump!

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Venus Or Mars?" by Jackson Mendoza (1999)

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"Jackson Mendoza" was an Australian duo consisting of the Mendoza sisters. This song spent 10 weeks on the Australian charts, peaking at number 24. It's not entirely terrible. It's got one or two good hooks burried in there, and it's got an overally "Shampoo" vibe (If either member of that duo could sing, which I'm pretty sure they couldn't). Production values are deliberately in the Power Rangers realm, and the whole song is obviously aimed at 12 or 13 year old girls. The rap doesn't really work, of course, but it's mercifully short. Check it out under the jump.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Defying Gravity: “Kiss” (Episode 13)

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I’m a sucker for goodbyes. The way things end are, for me, a lot more important than the way they begin, if only because, so often in life, we don’t really notice when things begin.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Defying Gravity “Venus” (Episode 12)

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Our Exclusive-by-Default coverage of Defying Gravity continues with this, the show’s penultimate episode. To all our visitors from Canada and the UK, we bid you welcome.

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In 2047:

The Ascans are facing the first cut - of the 30 of them in the program, ten will not survive to the next round. We’re told that Zoe and a couple others are on the cusp, but Eve wants Wassenfelder on the mission for some undisclosed reason, which means someone else has to get bumped.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Defying Gravity: “Solitary” (Episode 11)

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Our stint as the only American Webiste covering Defying Gravity continues! We’re doing this (A) because we like the show, and (B) as a service to fans who’ve been jerked around by a lack of network support and scheduling, and don’t feel like waiting around for six months to see the final episodes. We’re also hoping to engender discussion and support for Canadian viewers who are looking for info and observations about the show. If you’ve found this review, and you know people who like the show, please do tell your friends!

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