If you watched Conan last night — or this morning on DVR like me — you saw his interview with astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who recently retired after his return from a six-month stint on the International Space Station.
While he was there, he conducted experiments on the impact of low gravity on human biology.
But that didn’t score him a guest shot on Conan.
No, Hadfield used Twitter and Facebook to chronicle life on the space station in video and pictures. In fact, his cover of David Bowie has received over 18 million hits on Youtube.
Let’s add a few more.
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I rushed to the theatre to see the movie Gravity for two reasons:
- the terrifying space collision that we get a tantalizing glimpse of in the movie trailer; and
- Sandra Bullock’s performance, which has received rave reviews and early Oscar buzz.
The views of space are breathtaking, and the accident that drives the plot drains whatever air remains in your lungs. I saw the movie in 3D, and its use is at once seamless and highly effective.
George Clooney is his usual playful self in his scenes with Bullock, but I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say she appears alone onscreen for a majority of the movie.
Tom Hanks goes solo on an island in Castaway, and Robert Redford on a crippled yacht in the upcoming All is Lost, so it’s about time an actress — especially one of Bullock’s caliber — gives it a try.
But while Bullock’s Dr. Stone is well-acted — and I was on the edge of my seat time and time again — I left the movie feeling very little emotional connection to her character. I just expected…more.
Let me know what you think.
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The ceilings in the terminal at Miami International Airport are so low, I feel like I’m gonna bump my head.
I’m only 5’7″, folks.
Why would any airport, your last stop before flying off into the ‘wild blue yonder,’ be so claustrophobic? Wouldn’t it try to inspire, to remind you of the trip ahead with grand vistas and high ceilings?
This terminal is so cramped, the airplane I will soon board is gonna feel roomy.
Oh — maybe that’s the plan.
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