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question of the day: What bloggers can or should make the jump to TV, and what would their shows look like?

Are you familiar with the blog Bad Astronomy? It’s where, in part, astronomer Phil Plait dissects how TV and film get the science wrong in their science fiction, and even sometimes in their science “fact,” as when he rips apart alien-abduction and moon-landing-hoax “documentaries.” Now, as Web Newser reports (and as Plait himself posted the … more…

question of the weekend: Do you think — or hope, or fear — that we’ll encounter or communicate with alien intelligence within your lifetime?

I’m fascinated by sites like Whitley Strieber’s Unknown Country, where the author talks a lot about his ongoing alien abuduction experiences (his 1987 book Communion purports to recount the beginnings of these experiences) and how multidimensional godlike extraterrestrials have some connection to the Maya and ancient wisdom and 2012, which is going to kill us … more…

my week at the movies: ‘Crank: High Voltage,’ ‘Tyson,’ ‘Sleep Dealer,’ ‘Is Anybody There?,’ ‘American Violet’

BUMPED UP: To note that I’ve added another screening this week: The Soloist (opens in the U.S. on April 24, and in the U.K. on September 11), the Jamie Foxx-Robert Downey Jr. movie about crazy musical genius. It’s from director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) and screenwriter Susannah Grant (Catch and Release, Charlotte’s Web, … more…