Yeah, the latest Doctor Who. The one with all the trees.
Every attempt to inject sciencey content was completely wrong from beginning to end.
Monster CME is big enough to blow the whole planet away! But, adding some oxygen to the atmosphere will make everything fine. WTF?
Trees control the supply of oxygen, ergo, you can't set fire to one without its consent. WTF?
There were several more, which have mercifully faded from my memory overnight.
Oh, and that CME was in remarkably tight focus when it arrived. A tiny fraction of a degree off in either axis, a tiny fraction of a second off in arrival time, and it would have missed the planet completely. Had to be carefully planned and guided. Only the Ringworld meteor defense is so precise*.
Oh, yes. There was a tyger. It wasn't burning, though there was a certain amount of brightness involved. Pity the brightness wasn't among the writers.
* Actually, it's nowhere near that precise, but I couldn't resist the temptation to rephrase my original sentence there.
A couple of days ago, I was skimming an article about an experiment intended to determine whether the Universe is merely a hologram, and tried to conjure up "What you mean, merely a hologram?" in, of course, Arnold J. Rimmer's voice.
Somehow, though, the voice I came up with was Sheldon Cooper.
Apparently there hasn't been a Red Dwarf crossover episode of The Big Bang Theory, though Sheldon has a complete set of Red Dwarf on DVD.
This must not stand!
Try this on for size: a sort of reverse-Back To Reality.
We need Wil Wheaton, obviously. In his Wesley-with-a-beard guise, he slips the regulars a dose of an experimental telepathy drug, causing a group hallucination*. As they'd just (finally) binge-watched Sheldon's complete set of Red Dwarf, or at least some portion thereof**, they find themselves in an all-new episode....
Sheldon must be Rimmer; he's a perfect match. This makes Leonard Lister.
Howard has to be the Cat, given how hard he tries.
This leaves Raj as Kryten. Can you imagine Raj being Kryten? The personality, the selective mutism: he'll do.
Penny must be Kochanski - the original version, not the parallel-universe one nor Rachael. This fits perfectly with Leonard being Lister.
I'll leave the story-within-a-story to your imagination. What, you think I'll do everything for you?
* Alternatively, they could be tired and slightly drunk, and under the influence of one of his infamous suggestions that such a drug exists.
** Actually, they should only have watched the first few seasons. Mustn't get far enough along to meet New Kochanski, or it gets confusing.
So, a while back, Joy started watching The Big Bang Theory, and then got me watching some of it, and then we went back to Season 1 so I'd get the back-story, such as it is....
I'm sure if I'd kept up with modern physics I'd find quibble matter in the main-line banter, but I haven't, and even college physics has faded (apart from the stuff I actually use from time to time). And it's not like I'd be doing the math in the compressed time of TV watching, anyway.
But! Mr. Smarty-Pants Supergenius was trying to grow pathogen cultures in Petri dishes of Jell-O... when he thought he'd ben exposed to flu? That's some pretty basic knowledge (or comprehension thereof) for him to be lacking!
Pheromones: basic structural problem. You want to test the subtle effects of human pheromones, you don't hit the subject with a concentrated nose-full and ask for her immediate, conscious opinion. You give her a low dose for several minutes, and monitor physiological responses (no, I don't know which ones, let alone how to measure them).
Aside from that... the "choose your favorite" is a poor mode of voting, especially with many options. I suggest having a slider on each station, initially set to 0, which the subject can move anywhere in the -10 to +10 range.
Blondes: again, basic problem. A proper blonde is going to be generally melanin-deficient, and will have pale skin and, probably, blue eyes. Get too far from that and what you have is not a blonde but a woman who has inexplicably bleached her hair. You can take a pale, blue-eyed woman, put her in a dark wig, and have a convincing effect; going the other way just screams fake!
Also, how many of the test subjects were actual gentlemen?
On the latest Pinky and the Brain and the Three Stooges:
1. Ping-pong ball slows down as it approaches the closed end of the (mostly-) evacuated barrel. Duh. Even without blow-by, there's some air ahead of the ball, which will be compressed. The packing tape holds it in. I'd assumed that the evacuated-barrel ping-pong-ball accelerator would have the end closed by some little disc held in place by vacuum (OK, by outside atmospheric pressure), so oncoming pressure buildup would blow it off.
2. I'd also kinda assumed that the logical step after the pressure gun was just to evacuate the barrel of the same old pressure gun. Did they try that and not show it, or...?
3. In the final encounter of supersonic ping-pong-ball vs. porcine appendage, the high-speed footage made it look remarkably like the air stream was doing most of the damage. This would be consistent with my suspicion at the beginning: yeah, a supersonic ping-pong ball would be dangerous, but whatever's keeping it supersonic is probably more so. And, if you're in an environment where a ping-pong ball can continue moving at 1100 MPH for a nontrivial distance, you've got bigger worries than ping-pong balls.
4. If reinforcing materials were allowed for the cannonballs, why not for the tube? Why not make the cannon out of Pykrete?
With regard to a DIY Krummlauf, Pinky asks: "How illegal is this?"
Wrong question, dude. You're in California. The question is: "A wacky cartoon gun having been shown on TV, how long until there's a new law against it?"
And then... Vera needs oxygen around her? Naw. Results as expected. But they left out a possibility: depending how the gun is lubricated, what various parts are made of, and how long it's left in vacuum, it might just seize up.
The latest: add Style! to your home security system with a quiet little quadcopter, trailing wires hooked up to a stun gun, and announcing:
Welcome. You are unauthorized. Your death will now be implemented.
On the not-so-bad-idea front: huge wrought-iron(-looking, from a distance) chandelier with many little LED "candles": just the thing for efficiently lighting a mad scientist's laboratory, without having to employ an Igor to change the light bulbs (or to light the candles). Probably have the LEDs pointing up, and a little mirror above each to direct the light generally downward.
The latest Pinky and the Brain and the Three Stooges tests the "two workmen carrying huge pane of glass across the street when a car crashes through it" scenario.
They tested it with three types of glass. This is unnecessary; if two actual workmen were crossing an actual street carrying a huge pane of actual glass in the black & white era, it would be a plate-glass window for a store, no? (If two actors were doing it, it'd be some kind of Hollywood gimmick glass, meant to shatter harmlessly.)
Well, they did test with plate glass. But what else can we surmise about those two actual workers?