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A Return to Cosmos

August 5, 2011

So… apparently Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, has some serious clout with FOX. How serious? Enough that he has managed to get them to air a “sequel” to Carl Sagan’s stunningly spectacular series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, to be hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, and aired on primetime.

Let me repeat that. Sequel to Cosmos. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. On FOX. In primetime. Spearheaded by the creator of Family Guy.

I’m a bit bewildered and confused but simultaneously really excited.

Now, I’m sure there is going to be a bit of change up in style in order to connect with a modern audience. Sagan speaks with astounding poetic power to explain the concepts of science. Tyson is a bit more lighthearted and energetic. I think so long as the message is the same, that science is a powerful and the best tool to understand the universe in which we live and the best true hope for our continued enlightenment as a species, then I’ll be perfectly content with this production. And my hopes may be well placed as the new series as Ann Druyan and Steve Soter, who helped write the original series, are on board for the new one.

I only watched Cosmos last year on Netflix, but for being 30 years old it still powerful and poignant. It is likely the best documentary series ever made, and certainly the best I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t watched it, check out the first few minutes here, and then head to Netflix and get watching.


Did you enjoy the five minutes linked above? If you did, you can at least start your journey with Carl with the entirety of episode 1, right here:

EDIT: It has come to my attention that Netflix no longer streams Cosmos. Shame on them! You know who does have it though? Hulu.

Friday Five: A Special Announcement

August 5, 2011

So it’s Friday. And that means another thrilling installment of the Friday Five! Well not this week. I’ve come to a decision. No, the Friday Fives aren’t going to stop, but I’m no longer going to guarantee a weekly installment. Over the last 3 months, I’ve written a wide variety of articles touching on many a topic near and dear to me. And in that time, I’ve only managed to miss one week and be delayed another. That is a strong and solid run, and perhaps the best run of constant content in murfSTUFF history. Perhaps I’m a bit vain, but I’m proud of myself for that.

So why the change? Sometimes ideas are sparse. Sometimes I’m rushed to complete them. Sometimes I want to write something else. Honestly, sometimes I need a break.  There is no single hard reason I’ve come to this decision. What I do know is that I do this for my own interest and fun and I want to keep it that way. I hate forcing myself to write one when I don’t have the ideas or plans to back it up. I’m a busy man. I code all day. I have a wedding to help plan. My plate gets too full, and the Five sometimes is the last thing on my mind.

That being said, the Five isn’t ending. I’ll likely still keep on top of it on a semi-regular, but I don’t want it to become a chore. When it becomes a chore, it isn’t fun. When it becomes not fun, I don’t want to do it anymore and that is how so many of my endeavors falter and fail. So “henceforthwithheretofore,” I have decreed that the Friday Five will be maintained as a regular feature to be updated and posted when I can truly provide the best possible content I can muster. In short, I want the Five to go forth on under the banner of quality of quantity.

Thank you, dear murfSTUFFers (totally my new name for regular visitors), for understanding and generally being awesome! Even if I’m not sure how many of you there are out there.

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