Jack White and Neil deGrasse Tyson discuss Third Man’s plans to play a record in space, circa 2012. Tyson was presented with a facsimile of the gold-plated record used for the Icarus launch during his visit to Third Man Records, which he has to this day.
Claire joins Frank as he campaigns in South Carolina, but he doesn’t trust her. A disastrous scandal blindsides Frank on primary day. (Spoiler: AKA the one with the KKK and Claire screws Frank, not literally. Also, Fight Club, Part 2)
Thank you for the asks, Kim! You’re the best. *hugs*
plants: pick a person to stargaze with you and explain why you picked them.
Ooh… Well, I can think of a few general directions in which to answer this. I mean, do I choose the completely facetious route and say Tom Hiddleston because, well, he’s Tom Hiddleston and to sit stargazing with a guy that brilliantly poetic, and yes devastatingly handsome, would be hard to pass up? Or do I choose Neil DeGrasse Tyson because he’s freaking amazing and who wouldn’t find it awesome to learn from him just sitting right there under the stars? Or do I choose my best friend because, honestly, I think we would have a great time making up crappy constellations while having fun hanging out together, and I don’t get to see her often? (This is how I think we would sound stargazing and “finding” constellations, “Oh - I see one! It’s Chad the eternally annoying Frat Boy Bro! He got so drunk at a Sigma Chi party he ended up lost and stuck in the sky!”) Or do I choose my Dad, who I sometimes like to think of being out amongst the stars, because I miss him and I would find those hours of stargazing together precious beyond measure? If I could, I would choose Dad, no doubt, no hesitation. But if I had to choose a living person, I think I’d probably go with Tom Hiddleston because I am shallow and omg i would find a way to visit my bestie afterward to tell her alllllll about it. Sorry Neil, as rad as you are, I think I’d rather listen to Tom quote me Shakespeare under the stars.
thunder: what’s one thing you would never do for one million dollars?
Uh… Hrmm… I don’t think I could ever seriously physically hurt or kill anyone, but that’s pretty extreme right? Truthfully, my guess is that I would balk at doing anything that would really damage anyone else, physically or otherwise. It’s bigger than the fear of being in prison even; it’s that those actions are just plain just wrong, and I can’t imagine doing them at all, money or no money. As for stuff that’s really gross or just plain terrifying, but not harmful to others… I’m not sure if I’d be able to muster the courage to do things like that, but I would seriously consider them, because a million dollars is still a million dollars.
marble: what is the most important thing to you in your life right now?
You probably know what I’m going to say on this, Kim, lol. My dogs are the most important “thing”, though I find it weird to call them “things”. I think of them the same way I do people. They’re the best, and I adore them. Here they are: (The first is Buddy, my rescue vizsla, asleep on my PJ pants and next to a toy he doesn’t play with at all. He is the best red nugget in the world. The second is Bayzie, my rescue Chesapeake Bay Retriever, who is a totally adorable stinker! He’s stubborn as the day is long and I don’t think I could love him more. Neither of them will ever let me take a decent picture, but whatever, that’s small potatoes.)
You probably know Neil deGrasse Tyson as an astrophysicist with a seemingly endless stream of science fun facts at his command. You might not be aware that he is also a great oenophile and lover of food.
Some 16 years ago, before I was a journalist and illustrator, I worked with Neil at the American Museum of Natural History. He would sometimes carry around a small canvas tote bag. As I recall, the bag would contain one of two things: either a weighty, mango-sized meteorite to show to guests of the museum, or a bottle of wine to gift to a colleague.
It was pretty symbolic of his twin passions – the heavens, and wine. (By extension, that includes cuisine.) I recently talked with NdGT about how these all collide in the kitchen.
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