First, a big congratulations to Peter Dinklage for winning an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in HBO’s ‘A Game of Thrones.’ I have actually just started watching the show on demand earlier today and so far I am fairly impressed with the show. That is amazing in itself because often things become lost in translation between mediums, Hollywood likes to mess with already winning formulas. I am a huge GRRM fan and pleased to say that from the one and half episode I have watched, it gets my fanboy approval – for whatever that is worth.
With that being said, the rest of the science fiction and fantasy style shows nominated for an Emmy (most in smaller categories) walked away empty-handed. Essentially the bread and butter of the nerd world was snobbed by snobbing snobs. The only other awesome tip of the hat to science fiction and fantasy shows the Emmys gave was to Futurama in the Outstanding Animated Program and Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.
Other shows like ‘True Blood’ came up completely empty-handed. ‘A Game of Thrones’ and ‘Spartacus’ lost to ‘Southland’ for Outstanding Stunt Coordination. I have a hard time believing that ‘Southland’ had better stunts than ‘Spartacus’. You can read the article here at sciencefiction.com and the entire Emmy winners here.
Speaking of science, apparently there might be a Super Earth in our neck of the woods. Super Earth means Earth like planet, but bigger. A potential candidate is roughly 36 light years away, which is damn close. Supposedly it might hold water if conditions are right (still to be determined) and it is rotating around an orange star that is a little smaller and colder that ours. We need to find out if it has an atmosphere, so an image needs to be captured for the light off the planet to be examined. Overall astronomers are pretty excited and hopeful. A larger and more sensitive telescope could deliver clearer information. Option A – build a 3,ooo mile telescope that would take months to print an image. Option B – use the Sun’s gravitational field as a lens. You can read the source from here. Of course something similar happened a few years ago, and this one is shorter distance. You can find it here.
So you know what a bigger Earth means right?