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What's the harm in trying to contact aliens in space? Well, for one, if
they're hostile, a cosmic call lets them know where we are. So it goes
in the blockbuster film "Battleship," which opens in U.S. theaters
Friday (May 18).
In the movie, researchers send signals into space that are received by
members of an advanced alien civilization, who then mount an attack on
To date, scientists have not found clear evidence of life elsewhere in the universe,
but the premise might not be that farfetched. In fact, renowned
astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has warned that if aliens find their way
to Earth, it may not be the friendly close encounter we want.
With "Battleship" setting sail this week, SPACE.com caught up with Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the non-profit Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
(SETI) Institute in California, to talk about the new science fiction
action film (which is based on the original Hasbro board game), whether
he thinks hostile alien civilizations really exist, and what message he
would send into the cosmos.
Seth Shostak: That's true. They flew a couple of
scientists down to talk to the director, writer and producer. They had
specific questions that they wanted help with, so I was one of the
consultants. One specific thing that I remember is they were looking for
some reasons for aliens to come to Earth. What might entice them to
In general, when moviemakers talk to scientists, they usually see them
as a resource to solve particular technical problems or script problems
for them. So, something like: what sort of weaponry would aliens be able
to wield? [Gallery: Aliens Invade Earth in 'Battleship' Film]
Shostak: I played Battleship as a kid, but we didn't
play it with pieces, we played it with paper and pencil, so it was kind
of like Tic-Tac-Toe. But I did play Battleship, so I remember I had a
certain sympathy for the idea. Also, it is somewhat reminiscent of the
cat and mouse naval battles that took place during the Second World War,
before you had long distance aircraft and long before satellites. You
didn't know where the enemy was, so it added a certain amount of
suspense, caginess and second-guessing to the whole business of naval
engagement that's somewhat missing today.
SPACE.com: In the film, scientists send a signal to a habitable planet that seems like it may have been based on the exoplanet Gliese 581g. Do you have any insights into whether that was the case?
Shostak: I'm sure that's not an accident. Gliese 581g
is a goldilocks planet, so it's somewhat similar to our own. But if it
doesn't have liquid oceans, they probably don't have good vehicles for
waging war from the oceans against the Navy.
There's still a lot of argument within the astronomical community
about whether Gliese 581g even really exists. But if we assume it does,
it's a planet in the habitable zone, and we don't know too many in the
habitable zone yet. But, that could change rather quickly now. The
Kepler telescope has now been in orbit for three years, which is the
minimum time needed to find an Earth analog.
Shostak: I think there's a lot of intelligence out
there, but that's just my guess. Question is: Are they peaceable or
hostile? You could say that the peaceable ones are just going to stay at
home and play with their Nintendos, so if you do meet any of them, they
might be hostile. [10 Alien Encounters Debunked]
That's certainly the case when you think of explorers here on Earth.
Explorers tend to be the aggressive types — why else would they risk
scurvy, mutiny and other bad things to go out there? So, you could say
that any aliens that are actually moving and interested in going
somewhere are likely to be more aggressive. But who knows? There could
be a vast Klingon population who just want to visit as many planets as possible.
Some people have said that if you broadcast signals, you might wreak havoc and destruction on our own world. Stephen Hawking
has commented on it, and it's hard to argue against that. But it's also
the case that we've been shouting into the jungle for a long time now —
for about 70 years. Ever since the Second World War, we've had
television and FM radio going into space. Those signals are weak, but
any society that could come to Earth could probably pick them up, so in
some sense, we could give away our location.
Shostak: We've had deliberate transmissions from Earth in the past, so the movie's premise is not unbelievable.
I don't know if it's believable that they'd come here and take on the
U.S. Navy — that part is probably more for the fun of it, but there's no
denying that signals could be picked up at any distance if you have a
big enough receiver. If they're sufficiently advanced and have had radio
for some time, they could pick up a whole bunch of stuff.
Shostak: I'm the chair of the International Academy of
Astronautics, and we're trying to re-write protocols of what to do, but
it's one of those very contentious things.
Some people think we shouldn't broadcast because it would be too
dangerous, but to me, that seems like kind of a funny thing to do
because that means if you went out into your backyard, aimed a dish at
Alpha Centauri, and sent them your poetry, that you're somehow violating
some international agreement and could be thrown in the clink. But the
real reason why I think it's not necessarily relevant is because we have
been, and will be, broadcasting.
Any society that could come here could pick up the lights from New
York. What should we do about that? Should we darken New York from now
until the last human expires? Would we want to turn off all the radars
at JFK airport?
Shostak: Well, if I was going to be able to get an
answer back, I would say something different than a one-way message. If I
was going to send a one-way message,
I'd just send the Google servers. I would just send the entire
Internet, because they would be able to figure out some of it. We're
able to decode languages from history when we have a lot of it, a big
corpus of data.
But if it ever got to a point where you could get into a conversation
and ask questions, my two have always been: do you have music and do you
I wouldn't ask about physics because we could eventually figure that
out, but those two questions are things only they would know.
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I didn’t think I would ever see a film more moronic than “Transformers,” a movie based on a toy. Then along comes “Battleship,” a movie based on a board game that’s so waterlogged it has barnacles for brains.
You can almost imagine how this film was pitched: Take “Transformers,” add bits of “Pearl Harbor” and “Independence Day,” include every cliche known to mankind, stick in a bimbo and a singer to increase the demographic, blow up buildings and ships, and, voila, a movie sure to wow 10-year-old boys.
Director Peter Berg tries to impersonate Michael Bay here by being excessively loud, excessively explosive and excessively stupid, but even Bay would be embarrassed by the witlessness on display here.
The film can’t even get cheeky enough to have a character say, “You sunk my battleship,’ the game’s catchphrase. That might involve thinking, a verb clearly not utilized much during the creation of this film. In fact, it’s so dumb that it may actually be trying to be dumb.
You may ask how a ne’er-do-well (Taylor Kitsch) who gets tasered for stealing a burrito enlists in the Navy and quickly moves up the ranks so that he can eventually command a destroyer.
You may also wonder why a murderous alien lets the tech geek (Hamish Linklater) simply walk away with an important piece of equipment. Linklater is supposed to provide the comic relief. He’s as funny as a posterior probe.
For sheer stupidity, this film is tough to top. In one scene, a physical therapist (Brooklyn Decker, whose thespian skills make Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep), thwarts the aliens by ramming a Jeep into their makeshift communication station.
In another scene, a crew of World War II veterans magically appears on the deck of USS Missouri just in time to do battle with the aliens. These are some feisty octogenarians.
In another scene, a double amputee (U.S. Army Col. Gregory G. Gadson) knocks the teeth out of a monstrous alien (the molars come at you in slow motion) in a fist fight.
Most of the characters in this film are so unlikable that you almost start rooting for the aliens. Gadson is the exception.
Poor Taylor Kitsch. Earlier this year, he starred in the box-office bomb, “John Carter,” and now he stars in a real bomb sure to receive multiple Razzie nominations as the worst film of the year. Expect better box office here, though, because “Battleship” does blow up lots of things and some people like watching things get blown up, no matter how inane the script.
As for the plot, the U.S. has managed to contact another planet and that planet decides to make contact with us. In a nasty way. Why? Maybe they have nasty migraines. Alien ships resembling gigantic water bugs land in an ocean, surround earthling ships with a force field and start annihilating them.
You have to wait a half hour before the aliens attack as Berg and screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber set up blah back stories for the blah characters. Kitsch’s Lt. Alex Hopper is in love with Decker’s Sam Shane, but her father, who just happens to be Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson), commander of the Pacific Fleet, doesn’t much care for Hopper. Imagine that. In fact, Hopper is destined to be jettisoned out of the Navy for his bad behavior. Unless, of course, he can save the world from destruction.
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Battleship has earned $31,826,395 in North America, as of May 23, 2012, and $215,300,000 in other countries, as of May 13, 2012, for a worldwide total of $247,126,395. As per wikipedia. I had really hoped it would be a money maker for Alex's sake. Maybe if he had been in it more all his lady fans would have attended.
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