DFO Radio: I Beg Your Pardon

During last night’s open thread I brought up the “science” in the movie Interstellar.

I think I was being a bit misleading there, making an implication that the physics behind some of the movie’s concepts were incorrect.  I wouldn’t know – I didn’t watch the entire thing.  I ended up turning it off after about an hour because of a simple gaffe that took me out of the story so completely I had no interest in carrying on.

The scenario: the team arrives at Miller’s planet – a world covered in water – and visits the site where Miller was supposed to have landed years ago only to find the lander swamped and Miller completely absent. Very shortly thereafter a giant tidal wave arrives and one of the idiot crew dies and Cooper (Wooderson) and Brand (Hathaway) argue about what happened.  When in orbit, the crew believed that the probe had been on the surface for years. Despite having known in advance that there was massive time dilation on the planet’s surface (due to the spacetime warping of a nearby black hole)Some dialogue:

BRAND: …judging from the wreckage she died shortly after landing.

COOPER: How’s the wreckage stay together for all these years?

BRAND: Because of the time slippage.  On this planet she just landed hours ago…

SOME OTHER GUY OR MAYBE THE COMPUTER OR SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW: The data Doyle received was just the initial status. Echoing endlessly.

Again, THEY KNEW ABOUT THE “TIME SLIPPAGE” WHEN THEY WERE IN ORBIT.  But more importantly, here’s a question: what does every electronic message ever sent since the invention of the telegram have in common? Answer: a timestamp.

So if they only ever received a single message from the probe, “echoing endlessly” – it would have had an identical timestamp each time.  I can’t even get started on how blitheringly stupid everyone on board that ship would have to be to miss something so basic like that. And despite knowing about the time dilation effect, they were dumb enough to believe that the probe had been on the surface for years? Nope. Can’t do it.  That’s when I turned it off.

Anyhow, to the music!

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So who had the pick of the week?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I’ll repost this from the other night:


This guy does a good job ripping the movie a new wormhole.

Kind of where I was going was the build up to the flight bugged the shit out of me more than some of the things during the flight, that and no tits. I did not enjoy it that much.

I guess for me the intro/ build up to the flight is what bothered me the most, so I was lost before the flight. But it was scifi so I finished it. It wasn’t…… STELLAR.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Who put all that Avett bullshit in there again???
Oh yeah. right.
Hey, coulda been worse…I coulda been in a Green Day mood this weekend…

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

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A pair of sleazy Hollywood producers are arguing over the science of a movie that they are considering making a sequel to.

RIKKI-TIKKI-DEADLY: I can’t even get started on how blitheringly stupid everyone on board that ship would have to be to miss something so basic like that.

DARKEST TIMELINE ZACH MORRIS: [Puts an arm around RTD and hands him a glass of whiskey] Rikki, Rikki, Rikki, you’re missing the point. There’s only ‘science-y’ thing that the audience actually cares about from a movie like this.

RTD: [Taking the glass and sipping from it] And what is that?

DTZM: That the robot in it is really, really cool.

RTD: [Nodding] Oh, that reminds me! Have we talked about my ideas for BattleBots: The Movie yet?

DTZM: We can’t make another Transformers movie, pal. Unless…

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Senor Weaselo

BattleBots: The Movie? Gents, shut up and take my money.


A Beatles quadruple shot I wish I’d thought of on time….





Check that…quintuple it!!!!


/afraid to ask RTD his opinion of the science in Contact .

Maybe it’s the “McConaughey Effect”.

Great playlist tho.


From a science standpoint, Jodie Foster prefers ladies to McConaughcock,


Can’t say I blame her.


Totally. Excellent call on her part.


I suppose she’s just not into…

/removes sunglasses

Hard science.

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Also, great playlist this week!

/slaps everyone on the ass, hard


If only McConaughey’s spaceship had this song playing, he woulda known all about time dilation:

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

“I can see you feel pretty strongly about it.”
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Did someone say echo?

yeah right

Did someone say “Martha’s muffin?”