It turns out that I was mistaken and that it was Otabek who came up with most of the ‘YURI ON DARKNESS/GALAXY/TIGER’ show names (okay, Yurio definitely came up with YURI ON TIGER), and I am once again reminded that the dude who kidnapped Yuri and told him he had beautiful eyes is every bit as extra as the tiny punk.
First draft of the All Along the Watchtower “crawl,” which introduces the alternate universe our heroes found themselves in at the end of Queen’s Gambit. Written while at the Galaxy Stage at SWCO waiting for the Closing Ceremonies to begin!
So I don’t know if they showed this on the stream because it was before the panel technically started, but in the leadup to the Heroines of Star Wars panels the DJ was playing a bunch of girl power music, starting with Shania Twain “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” and the Galaxy Stage emcee (the website is telling me it’s Amanda Wirtz) had all the cosplayers dressed up as female characters parade around the hall to Beyonce – “Run the World (Girls),” of course.
First of all, it’s the only time this weekend I’ve heard non-Star Wars music, and secondly, things the emcee said that I took notes on:
“This panel is all about the heroines of Star Wars, and IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!”
“I love Disney, but I was never a princess until I saw Star Wars and Leia.”
“This ain’t no model runway, these are STORMTROOPER GIRLS.”
And the (male) DJ saying, thrilled, “Can you believe how many men came out to see a panel on Star Wars heroines?”
“SEEING THE BEGINNING OF TIME” FEATURES THE DARK ENERGY SURVEY
“Seeing the Beginning of Time” takes viewers on a visually compelling journey through deep space and time. The 50-minute, 4K science documentary was co-produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Thomas Lucas Productions as part of a National Science Foundation supported project called CADENS (Centrality of Advanced Digitally Enabled Science). Donna Cox, director of NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL), leads the CADENS project to help raise public awareness about computational scientific discovery.
“The AVL team members developed state-of-the-art technologies and used NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer to create cinematic production-quality data visualizations showcasing hundreds of millions of years of galactic evolution,” says Donna Cox. “We collaborated with numerous science teams and were deeply involved in the co-production of the film.”
The documentary features NCSA Research Scientist and Astronomy Research Professor Felipe Menanteau and his colleagues from the Dark Energy Survey (DES), an international collaboration dedicated to charting the expansion of our universe. The NCSA, along with Fermilab and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, are the founding institutions for the Dark Energy Survey. Menanteau and colleagues are using light from distant galaxies to study the distribution of matter in the universe. “When we are looking deep into space, we are essentially looking back in time. We are using the light of distant galaxies to trace the influence of mysterious unseen forces such as dark matter and dark energy to look for clues to what they are,” said Menanteau.
The NCSA leads data management for the DES project, receiving large volumes of observations over high-speed networks from the telescope in Chile and using the Blue Waters supercomputer and Illinois Campus Cluster Program (ICCP) to review, process and release the data products, with the first public release scheduled for December 2017. The DES project is a pathfinder for the next generation of surveys, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, or LSST.
“Astronomers are forging giant new lenses and mirrors, while marshaling vast computational power,” says Thomas Lucas, veteran science producer and CADENS co-investigator. “These technologies are at the center of a historic quest: to peer into the deep recesses of time, to find out how the universe set the stage for galaxies and worlds like ours in an era known as the Cosmic Dawn.” Currently under construction in Chile, the LSST will rapidly survey the entire night sky every two weeks with a field of view almost 40 times the size of the full Moon. These large-scale cosmic surveys can be shared across the world and will revolutionize astronomy.
“Seeing the Beginning of Time” illuminates the groundbreaking connection between computational big data science and contemporary astronomy.
A picture I did of Synyster Gates’ guitar, based kinda on the stage album cover. done using fineliner, inks, gel pen and charcoal, Hope you like it, a friend gave it to him at a meet and greet and he seemed to appreciate it, so all is good ~ Kit x
“Life wouldn’t be so precious dear, if it didn’t have an end…” A7X Acid Rain
Just after the Big Bang: Galaxies created stars a hundred times faster now
A team of astronomers including Carnegie’s Eduardo Bañados and led by Roberto Decarli of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has discovered a new kind of galaxy which, although extremely old – formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang – creates stars more than a hundred times faster than our own Milky Way.
Their findings are published by Nature.
The team’s discovery could help solve a cosmic puzzle – a mysterious population of surprisingly massive galaxies from when the universe was only about 10 percent of its current age.
You have given a black eye to Lucasfilm, Disney, Orlando,
Star Wars Celebration and Orange County.
I personally experienced this at Star Wars Celebration
Orlando. I waited in lines over night on Wednesday and Thursday. I was not able
to get into the live stage for either of those panels on Thursday and Friday,
40th Anniversary and The Last
On Thursday morning I waited in line 3 hours to get back
into the building after returning my folding chair back to my vehicle at the
back of the convention center. This was unnecessary. I have gone to many events
at this venue over the last 20 years and I have never seen anything as foolish
as what was done that Thursday morning.
It didn’t have to be that way. I am not sure if someone actually got
hurt or if the social media outrage caused it, but it was fixed the next day.
Reedpop did similar for Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim in
2015, though on a smaller more trivial scale. I complained then too as I was in
attendance there. When the convention starts for the day the attendees should
be allowed in the building. I remember being corralled outside the Anaheim
convention center after the con opened back in 2015. Reedpop should have
What they did with that 3 hour line that was at a mile long
was dangerous. It was outside in the hot Florida sun (luckily the weather had
been mild. If it had been a hot day I imagine many would have been injured),
There were no bathrooms outside, no portable toilets. People were waiting in the
night time as well, in dark areas next to forested areas. The situation was
harmful to fans. We came to the event to have fun but to have it mismanaged to
a dangerous level is unacceptable. The lack of regard for our safety and
welfare was unacceptable.
The Orange County Deputies I talked with at event knew this
was wrong. I would think that the convention center staff would know that
lining people OUTSIDE THE BUILDING was a bad idea. The people I talked to seemed
to think that the people running the show were responsible.
The shame of it is that it seems that the size and capacity
of the Orange County Convention center was wasted. The main stage, the Galaxy
Stage that was in the Valencia ball room seemed to be configured for roughly
half of what it could fill. It should be able to seat 6000 people. Failing that the exhibition floor could be
configured to hold tens of thousands of seats.
This waste of the venue’s space was value lost for us the
attendees. People come from all over the world, use vacation time, pay for
hotels and travel and have to SLEEP ON THE FLOOR to get into a panel? The
panels should be available to all or most or at least to more than 1/10th
of the attendees. I spent the night on Wednesday and Thursday and did not get
into either live stage panel. The 3 hour line on Thursday negated my access
band for the celebration stage. I barely got into the celebration stage on
Friday morning. Tens of thousands of other attendees didn’t even have a chance
to enjoy these. That is not right.
What seemed to cause a lot of the line issues was the added security.
That first day Reedpop funneled all of us through one entrance and metal
detectors. Unfortunately a lot of the time it was security theater. They didn’t
really check bags at some points and waved us through, presumably because the
lines were too long.
Another chronic issue was that no one checked badges. At
least not often. My badge was scrutinized perhaps one time out of 50. Which
brings up another issue. The 4 day passes sold out months ago. I was purchased
4 one day passes. It was much more expensive. Why would sell out of 4 day
passes when you could not possibly sell out the OCCC? With all the passes
pre-sold Reedpop had to have an idea of how large the crowds would be and
should have adjusted. As it was the presence of Reedpop staff was not felt. In
the overnight lines they disappeared and when the lines began to move in the
morning there was chaos because there was not continuity of service. They didn’t
know what direction the lines went.
Other issues: The vendor area seemed light. There seemed to
be very few mom and pop stores. You would think there would be more light saber
vendors. The floor seemed empty.
I didn’t even try the official store. The lines there seemed
unreasonable and nightmarish. At Star Wars Celebration 5 the official store was
open until late in the evening(11pm , if I remember correctly) and the first
few days I hardly seemed to notice any problems there.
I still had a great time despite Redpop’s failures. It was a
struggle to get out of the frustration of that first day and get back into fun
mode, but I did.
Much like the eclectic group of space rebels in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has some amazing superpowers, specifically when it comes to observing innumerable galaxies flung across time and space.
A stunning example is a galaxy cluster called Abell 370 that contains an astounding assortment of several hundred galaxies tied together by the mutual pull of gravity. That’s a lot of galaxies to be guarding, and just in this one cluster!