Break Bad S1

The first season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on January 20, 2008 and concluded on March 9, 2008. Season one was to consist of nine episodes, but was reduced to seven by the writer’s strike.

Cast

Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, learns he has terminal lung cancer. Desperate to secure the financial future of his family (his wife Skyler is pregnant, his son Walter Jr. has cerebral palsy) the 50-year-old leaves his second job at the car wash and teams up with a former student named Jesse to make and sell meth.

“You know the business. I know the chemistry,” he tells his new partner, who declares Walt “a damn artist” after sampling the first batch cooked in their Winnebago/mobile-drug-lab.


The first season begins the downfall of Walter White. The drama doesn’t have the pacing of a crime series, it’s slower, like an evolving drama. But by the end we can see the tracks laid down for what must conclude with the death of Walter. We just don’t know when (and by what means).

Small Star

Little Star – Celestine
 

According to her description:

Creatress ~ Starseed ~ Conduit

and ‘Alchemist of consciousness, Anchoring Truth, Transmuting Spirit to sound’ this could be some new-age mumbo jumbo.It’s actually very effective sparse female vocals with minimal instrumentation. Influence must have been Miranda Sex Garden and Jan Garbarek’s Officium.

While the original album is very sedate, the three remix albums are more interesting as they have more instrumentation and a denser mix. Some I recognize (Erothyme & Subaqueous) but most unknown.

 

Supervillian


Supervillainous!: Confessions of a Costumed Evil-doer
by Mike Leon (2011)
 

Super-villain. The very word immediately conjures up images of cackling madmen waving death rays as they rant and rave about their maniacal plot for world domination.

But there is more to professional evil – so many questions left unanswered by movies and comic books.
What kind of salary do henchmen get?
Where do all these super gadgets come from?
How come good guys never use the door?

One man has the answers.


Mike Leon puts himself as a journalist in his own story. The journalist seeks to interview villains in a super-hero world. They give interviews, explain their past and participate in random acts of violence.

At first it is very episodic and no with plot to follow. This is rectified in the second half where a big fight emerges between the ‘evil’ and ‘good’ superheroes. Not really funny, more witty and satirical. A short but entertaining read.

 

Earth Moving


The Day The Earth Moved A Bit
(Space Police #6)
by David Blake (2018)
 

A massive planet-sized blob reaches Earth’s outer atmosphere and demands to speak to a dolphin, threatening to end life as we know it if it can’t. But there’s only one left in the whole of the universe, and it’s not on Earth where it’s supposed to be.


The final in the series (so far) is a mixture of ‘The Blob‘ and Star Trek ‘The Voyage Home’.

There may be an animal that can save earth from extinction. But it’s Capstan & Dewbush that have the sole responsibility of saving earth. Can they do it ?

Cocaine Claire

The Herbaceous Affair of Cocaine Claire
(Inspector Capstan #4)
by David Blake (2016)
The fourth case for Inspector Capstan where he comes up against the former Chief Inspector of the Solent Police, Morose, who’s just started a forty-two year back-to-back life sentence for multiple murder. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the Brexit Referendum, the British Prime Minister’s looking for ways to increase his ever-declining popularity and turns to his niece, Claire Bridlestock, for help.


The final case breaks the mold of the first three stories. This time the young lady is smarter and has power, being associated with the Prime Minister.  More funny stuff.

 

Genocide Jill


The Thrills & Spills of Genocide Jill
(Capstan’s Case Files #3)
By David Blake
 

The third case for Inspector Capstan in which he meets graduate Miss Jill Meadowbank, who seems to have a natural aptitude for both business and murder, and having discovered that the two complement each other remarkably well, sets her sights on European monopolization of the industrial marketplace with the aid of a World War Two Lancaster bomber and a couple of Spitfires.


More of the same formula. This time it’s an aeronautical theme, with the British invading Germany. More funny and ridiculous stuff as   the detectives bumble their way through another investigation.

 

 

Cosmos #13

The episode begins by noting how the destruction of the Library of Alexandria lost much of humanity’s knowledge.

 

Tyson then proceeds to describe the discovery of cosmic rays by Victor Hess through high-altitude balloon trips, where radiation increased the farther one was from the surface.

Victor Hess

 

Swiss Astronomer Fritz Zwicky, in studying supernovae, postulated that these cosmic rays originated from these events instead of electromagnetic radiation.

Fritz Zwicky

 

Zwicky’s theory was confirmed by the work of Vera Rubin, who observed that the rotation of stars at the edges of observable galaxies did not follow expected rotational behavior without considering dark matter.

Vera Rubin with John Glenn

 

Tyson describes Carl Sagan’s role in the Voyager program, including creating the Voyager Golden Record to encapsulate humanity and Earth’s position in the universe.

 

Voyager I looked back to take a picture of Earth from beyond the orbit of Neptune, creating the image of the Pale Blue Dot.

 

The series concludes with the empty-seated Ship of the Imagination leaving Earth and traveling through space as Tyson looks on from planet Earth.

 

Cosmos #12

This episode explores the nature of the greenhouse effect (discovered by Joseph Fourier and Svante Arrhenius), and the evidence demonstrating the existence of global warming from humanity’s influence.

There is not much new to be found in this episode for anyone familiar with the topic.

 

However he does mention Augustin Mouchot’s solar-driven motor in the 19th century.

 

And Frank Shuman’s solar-based steam generator in the 1910s.

 

 

Cosmos #11

 


This episode covers how life may have developed on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets. Tyson begins by explaining how the human development of writing systems enabled the transfer of information through generations, describing how Princess Enheduanna ca. 2280 BC would be one of the first to sign her name to her works.

And how Gilgamesh collected stories, including that of Utnapishtim documenting a great flood comparable to the story of Noah’s Ark.

 

Tyson explains how DNA similarly records information to propagate life, and postulates theories of how DNA originated on Earth, including evolution from a shallow tide pool, or from the ejecta of meteor collisions from other planets. In the latter case, Tyson explains how comparing the composition of the Nakhla meteorite in 1911 to results collected by the Viking program demonstrated that material from Mars could transit to Earth, and the ability of some microbes to survive the harsh conditions of space. With the motions of solar systems through the galaxy over billions of years, life could conceivably propagate from planet to planet in the same manner.

Tyson then moves on to consider if life on other planets could exist. He explains how Project Diana performed in the 1940s showed that radio waves are able to travel in space, and that all of humanity’s broadcast signals continue to radiate into space from our planet. Tyson notes that projects have since looked for similar signals potentially emanating from other solar systems. Tyson then explains that the development and lifespan of extraterrestrial civilizations must be considered for such detection to be realized. He notes that civilizations can be wiped out by cosmic events like supernovae, natural disasters such as the Toba disaster, or even self-destruct through war or other means, making probability estimates difficult. Tyson describes how elliptical galaxies, in which some of the oldest red dwarf stars exist, would offer the best chance of finding established civilizations. Tyson concludes that human intelligence properly applied should allow our species to avoid such disasters and enable us to migrate beyond the Earth before the Sun’s eventual transformation into a red giant. Princess Enheduanna’s animation is modeled on CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who also did Enheduanna’s voice.

Ant + Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang / Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne / Wasp.

It is the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The film is directed by Peyton Reed and written by the writing teams of Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari.

It stars Rudd as Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Van Dyne, alongside Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.