Monthly Archives: March 2011

Movie Observation, Life Imitating Art: “Crack in the World” (1965)

I was referred to this article (“Scientists plan to drill all the way down to the Earth’s mantle“) by a tweet from @ebertchicago (Roger Ebert): Drilling five miles down into the earth’s mantle. What could possibly go wrong?

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Crack in the World (1965)

Summary: A scientist tries to find a limitless, non-polluting energy source by drilling really, really deep into the earth. This can’t end ‘well’.

I first saw this film when I was about 14. Continue reading


A “Will” Vs. a “Testament” (From

This is the answer to one of those “I wonder why they call it that” questions. You can go to the original web article here.


What does “Last Will & Testament” mean, anyway?

A “Will” Vs. a “Testament”

Posted by joslyn – March 24, 2011

We can thank old British laws for handing down this phrase. A will, traditionally, dictated how “real property” would be allocated (in other words, land and things of physical value). A testament dealt with personal property — things of sentimental or family value.

These days, there can be a less concrete line drawn between what is “real” and what is “personal,” so we just use the phrase “last will & testament” to cover all our bases.

Incidentally, when it comes to your last will & testament, you are the testator in question.

Oh, and a holographic will is an informal will made under extenuating circumstances, and without the usual legal witnesses and signatures. Even with a holographic will, however, the testator’s signature is required.

International Space Station: Animated Assembly Graphic

International Space Station Animated Assembly Graphic

Update on X-37B Launch: How many X-37Bs?

Just read this. Yes, it’s a second prototype, desginated the X-37B OTV-2 (Orbital Test Vehicle 2).

So now, the question becomes how many of these OTVs does the USAF have, and in what other variations? Firm makes diesel directly from sunlight

Posted on, Mon, 02/28/2011 – 04:30 by Emma Woollacott

Massachusetts biotech company Joule Unlimited says it’s demonstrated a process for generating pure diesel directly from solar energy.

The company’s Helioculture platform converts sunlight and waste CO2 directly into liquid fuel – Liquid Fuel from the Sun – without the two-stage process of using sunlight to grow plants which are then processed for fuel. Continue reading