wynterwydow said:

So there is this fan/internet theory going around that James "Bucky" Barnes was actually enlisted versus volunteering for the war effort, thanks to the first Captain America movie context where Buck calls off his service number starting with 32--- Interestingly enough, the scanned image currently presented on the Wikipedia entry on WWII U.S. Army Service numbers starts with "32". I think that an intern had a case of the Wikipedias; the actor that plays Bucky advocates volunteering. Thoughts?

Okay, I think you’ve got a little bit of a vocabulary mix-up here, because enlisting and volunteering (at least in the US military) are the same thing. The fanon/canon is that Bucky was drafted—essentially, his name/number was called and he had the choice to go, run away to Canada, or be imprisoned.

The reason this has really taken hold is because the service number he repeats while in Zola’s lab in the first movie is “32557(038).” The “32” at the beginning indicates that he is from New York, and that he was drafted (a “12” at the beginning would mean he enlisted).

While it’s possible an intern had a case of the Wikipedias and just picked a number off the Wiki page, this seems unlikely for a couple reasons. Number one, it’s actually a line in the film, so it was the screenwriters (Markus and McFeely) who wrote that in. Number two, that same Wikipedia page has the explanation of the numbers right next to the image, and the explanation is much, much easier to read than the image. Number three, the service number on Steve’s documents from the first film start with “12,” which means whoever put those together was aware of what the numbers indicated (even if the props department gets basically everything else wrong, ha!).

I’ve seen the clip where Sebastian Stan talks about his theory re: Bucky’s enlistment. He essentially says that he thinks Bucky enlisted out of a sense of duty—to the country, to his family, to his father’s memory—and then found that war was not what he thought it would be (that’s a broad paraphrase). I actually really like this headcanon (and I love that Stan has his own theories on his character), but I still think he’s wrong.

"Reading in the Dark"

Burke never knew why, but for some reason reading was just more enjoyable late at night, when he knows he should be asleep for school the next day… secretly laying at the foot of his bed with his trusty Lamp-Droid shining it’s soft blue night-light on the pages, as the world felt still.

Opening his “Unexplained Mysteries of the World” book that he shoplifted from the used bookstore that went out of business, he reads the note written on the inside cover to whomever the book was originally purchased for:

Jason, happy birthday!  I love you— Grandma.  March, 1979

He stares at the quickly scribbled note, and imagines the other boy reading this same book after excitedly tearing off the wrapping paper… Burke wonders where Jason is now… Is his grandma alive?  Why would Jason give this book up?  HOW could he give ANY book up?

Perhaps Jason is dead…?  Since Jason got the book back in 1979, that’s plenty of time to be abducted by aliens or murdered by shadow people.  It’s only a matter of time for all of us.

Burke inhales the musty old paper as he thumbs through the pages… The words and stories just seemed more alive, more real the later at night and the darker the room was.  The book was a window into a world larger than his small bedroom— unexplained phenomenon, aliens, mysterious disappearances, unsolved murders and robberies, psychics, cryptozoology… there’s so much out there.

In the light of day, the stories may not seem likely, but right now, in the deep dark of night, every story reads true.  The world is so much nicer if they are.

As he slowly wakes up in the morning, Burke finds his cheek stuck to a page describing domed vacation homes on the moon that are a certainty by the year 2000. 

Realizing he is late for his bus, he quickly plugs in his depleted Lamp-Droid and rushes off to be tired for school.

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Alien Post #13: Dyson Spheres

Geoff Marcy, an astronomer at U-Cal Berkeley, discovered 70 of the first 100 exoplanets ever found.

He worked with the robotic telescope Kepler as it harvested light from distant worlds and recently he put together a project for Kepler that has interesting implications.

The Kepler telescope watches as a stars brightness dims due to a planet moving in front of it as it orbits. This is how it finds planets. Marcy decided that assuming there are hyper-advanced alien civilizations out there somewhere, it’s possible we aren’t looking entirely at planets, but something far less natural:

Marcy was awarded $200,000 from the Templeton Foundation to search for things called “Dyson spheres”.

What are those you ask? Imagine a solar panel. Now imagine a huge array of solar panels. Now imagine a huge array of solar panels wrapped around a star. Now imagine how much energy that would generate.

These theoretical machines would be wrapped around entire stars and could produce the energy needed to support a super advanced, possibly interstellar, civilization.

Using his grant money, Marcy is going to lease time to use the Keck Observatory and develop methods to hunt for things like Dyson spheres that would indicate advanced extra terrestrial intelligence. This all while scouring through the Kepler data, looking for aberrations that would indicate we may not be looking at a planet after all.