XCPD #33: Pure Ejaculation of Awesome

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The link, it is here!

Earlier this year, your pal the Reverend had the singular honor of being a guest on the extraordinary Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome podcast. Those of you who already listen to same, of course, already know this. Those of you who do not, well, first of all you need to get right with it, and second of all let me tell you what it’s all about: Xanadu CPD is the work of the inestimable Melissa Kaercher and Windy Bowlsby, who sit around and talk about movies whilst getting drunker and drunker. Generally they talk about a whole series or category of movie in each episode. Continue reading…

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December 31, 2014

Alien Odds: The Drake Equation (Part Four)

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And now: The thrilling conclusion of our discussion of the Drake Equation! The links to the three prior Monster Science posts on this matter should be around here somewhere, but clicking links is super hard so we’ll briefly recap.

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January 24, 2014

Alien Odds: The Drake Equation (Part Three)

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Beaking news, all you guys! Inspired, doubtlessly, by the discussion of the Drake Equation right here on Rev. Matt’s Monster Science, the University of Aberdeen has released a study this month proposing that there might be more planets that can sustain life than previously thought! The study goes after the ‘Goldilocks Zone,’ this being the scientific expression of the odds of being eaten by bears – or no! The Goldilocks Zone is the distance away from a star that a planet can be and still sustain life. Not too close, and not too far; not too hot, and not too cold – get it? Anyway, what the Aberdeen study proposes is that a planet can be a good deal more distant from its star than previously thought and still sustain life, by virtue of subterranean water. Planets get warmer, you see, the deeper down you go into them, and if you go deep enough into any solid planet that isn’t amazingly far from its sun there is the potential for liquid water, and hence, life. And so the odds have, perhaps, increased! The additional life forms would now all be spooky cave monsters but what do you want, ewoks?

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Or…?

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. So far, we’ve gotten through f sub squiggle, which has brought us to the number of planets in the galaxy that have developed life on them. And we’re not swimming in these but there are quite likely plenty to go around. Ah, but we left off muttering darkly about how our next factor, f sub i, is going to make things worse for us. Let us steel ourselves and get into it. Continue reading…

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January 17, 2014

The Professor Pterosaur Project, Part One

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In the autumn of 2010, I was living in New Jersey, and working in Manhattan, 30 miles away. I always took the train to work, because driving in New York City is for people who’ve decided they’re no longer interested in having positive emotions. I did this only once, in Staten Island, which doesn’t really count. Any New Yorker will tell you so; the other boroughs all look down on Staten Island, presumably because it has grass. Continue reading…

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January 16, 2014

Alien Odds: The Drake Equation (Part Two)

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Welcome back to Alien Month on Rev. Matt’s Monster Science, and our discussion of the Drake Equation – a mathematical means of framing the odds of intelligent life existing on other planets, and its coming to see us. Last week we got through f sub p, which expressed the number of planets in the galaxy, which, as it turns out, is so, so many, you guys. So far, so good; but now things start to get narrower.

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January 11, 2014