Thursday, April 20, 2017


The Nth Degree [ Star Trek: The Next Generation ]

Stardate: 44704.2

Original Airdate: 1 Apr, 1991


CRUSHER: Incredible! The production of neurotransmitters in your brain has jumped by over five hundred percent. Pre and postsynaptic membranes have increased permeability to match it. I couldn't even guess at your IQ level now.

BARCLAY: Probably somewhere between twelve hundred and fourteen fifty.

CRUSHER: But that isn't all. The corpus callosum, the connecting bridge between both sides of the brain, it is so active now that the hemispheres are essentially behaving as one.

LAFORGE: So, it's not just raw intelligence we're talking about here.

CRUSHER: No. Creativity, resourcefulness, inspiration, imagination, they've all been enhanced. Lieutenant, you could very well be the most advanced human being who has ever lived.


From 3/30/1991 to 10/9/2009 is 6768 days

From 5/9/1978 to 11/18/1996 is 6768 days

From 5/28/1985 to 12/8/2003 is 6768 days

From 9/4/1994 to 3/16/2013 ( the untimely demise of Kerry Burgess 2005 ) is 6768 days

From 5/26/1961 to 12/6/1979 is 6768 days

From 3/16/1991 To 9/25/2009 is 6768 days

From 11/2/1965 To 5/14/1984 is 6768 days

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: - posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 02:34 AM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Saturday 18 June 2016 -


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Bart of Darkness [ The Simpsons ]

Original airdate in N.A.: 4-Sep-94

Jimmy: Grace, c'mere! There's a sinister-looking kid I want you to see.

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

COCHRANE: [ punches arm of man at table ] Go home.

LILY: You're gonna regret this tomorrow.

COCHRANE: Well, what I think you should have learned about me by now is that I don't have regrets. ...Come on, Lily, one more round.

LILY: Z, you've had enough.

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: - Posted 30th May 2011 by H.V.O.M -

I wonder what is the year of her actual birth. Every time I see a photo of Beyonce

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 30 May 2011 excerpt ends]

[ See also: ]

Stargate Universe Season 1 Episode 3

Air (3)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2009 on Syfy

AIRED: Oct 09, 2009


Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)

The Nth Degree (1991)

Release Info

USA 30 March 1991


Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

The Nth Degree

TV-PG 45min Action, Adventure, Mystery Episode aired 30 March 1991

Season 4 Episode 19

When assigned to investigate an unknown probe, Lt. Barclay is electrocuted through a shuttlecraft's computer, where he receives an unexplainable boost of confidence and a vast increase in his knowledge.

The Enterprise checks on the Argus array, a giant Federation outskirts astronomical telescope, which stopped signaling data months ago. Geordi and mentally rehabilitated engineer Lieutenant Reg Barclay, try to repair it but an intense energy surge from an alien probe of unknown technology electrocutes Barclay and even causes serious damage on board the ship. Barclay soon recovers while the probe follows closely, building up a dangerous field but unresponsive to full phasers. Now Barclay demonstrates surprising insight and knowledge, saving the situation by repairing power and getting photon torpedoes ready which destroy the probe. Reg's useful but inexplicable erudition proves invaluable for telescope repairs too. Even his theatrical, romantic (towards Troi) and formerly inexistent violin performances improve suddenly , thanks to a confidence boost. When Dr. Crusher finds his brain improved more then any human causing unprecedented intelligence, he is also considered a potential risk

Release Date: 30 March 1991 (USA)

The Nth Degree [ Star Trek: The Next Generation ]

Stardate: 44704.2

Original Airdate: 1 Apr, 1991


LAFORGE: Where's Lieutenant Barclay?

LARSON: I stopped by his quarters on my way over. He wasn't there.

LAFORGE: Computer, location of Lieutenant Barclay.

COMPUTER: Lieutenant Barclay is on holodeck three.


EINSTEIN: G sub I, J of t as t approaches infinity.

BARCLAY: G of t over G naught.

EINSTEIN: So it is, so it is.

BARCLAY: I still don't see how you're going to incorporate quantum principle into general relativity without adjusting the cosmological constant a lot more than you're doing here.

EINSTEIN: If we increase the value as you suggest, we must face the possibility of twenty six dimensions, instead of ten.

BARCLAY: I don't think I could deal with that.

EINSTEIN: I certainly could not.

BARCLAY: If the semiset curved into the subatomic, the infinities might cancel each other out.

EINSTEIN: Gruss Gott. They just might.

LAFORGE: We had a meeting at oh seven hundred.

BARCLAY: I'm sorry, Commander. Thank you, Professor. End programme.


LAFORGE: What was that all about?

BARCLAY: I had some ideas late last night. I needed to consult with the computer about some quantum electrodynamic calculations. A holodeck Einstein programme seemed like the best way. I guess I went a little overboard.

LAFORGE: A little? Most of the stuff on that blackboard was way out of my league. And yours too.

BARCLAY: Not really. I just haven't thought along those lines before. It's all pretty evident now, and if you were to put your mind to it I'm sure

LAFORGE: Reg, ever since our run in with that probe, something's different about you.

BARCLAY: What, because I'm beginning to behave like the rest of the crew? With confidence in what I'm doing?

LAFORGE: You just spent the entire night arguing grand unification theories with Albert Einstein!

BARCLAY: Yes, but


Nth Degree, The

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season: 4 Ep. 19

Air Date: 04/01/1991

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

PICARD: Mister Data, I need to know the exact date.

The Nth Degree

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The nth degree may refer to:

The degree of a polynomial, where n represents a natural number

"The Nth Degree" (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Release Info

USA 18 November 1996 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)


Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Full Cast & Crew

James Cromwell ... Zefram Cochran


MAY 9, 1978

Why I Was Fired From the CIA



Why I Was Fired From the CIA

The meeting with President Ford lasted about fifteen minutes. And in those fifteen minutes my thirty-year career in intelligence came to an abrupt end


Battlestar Galactica - miniseries premiere episode - Monday 08 December 2003 USA

(We catch up with Commander Adama again, as he walks down a flight of stairs to the hangar.)

Adama: Good morning. (yells) Attention on deck!

(Chief Tyrol turns around and salutes.)

Adama: Hey, Chief. At ease.

Chief: (gestures) This way.

(Cut to some techs pulling a sheet off an old-model Viper.)

Adama: (smiles) Mark II. Haven't seen one of these in about twenty years.

Chief: If the commander will take a closer look. (The side of the ship reads: Lt. William Adama, "Husher") (Adama laughs) At the tail numbering. Nebula 7242 Constellation.

Adama: Oh my god. Where did you find her?

Chief: Rusting out in a salvage yard in Saggitarion. We had hoped the commander would allow her to participate in the decommissioning ceremony.

Adama: She'll fly?

Chief: Oh yes, sir. We've restored the engines, patched the guidance system, replaced much of the controls...

Adama: You guys are amazing.

Chief: ...she's fueled, armed. Ready for launch, sir. (He holds out a package) Commander.

Adama: What, more? (Takes it, opens the paper) Somebody's buckin' for promotion around here.

Chief: I believe that would be Prosna, sir. He found this in the fleet archives; he was doing some research for the museum.

(It's a picture of a younger Adama with two boys, one blond and one dark-haired. They're all wearing jumpsuits and are standing in front of a Viper.)

Adama: (Taking a deep breath) Thank you. Thank you all. It's an honor.

Chief: You're welcome, sir. (To the crew) Fall out.

(Adama stands and looks at the photograph.)

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: Posted by H.V.O.M at 1:59 AM Friday, August 03, 2007

Caitlin's older sister, Kayli, was born 5/28/1985, which was 1 year, 5.933 months, before 11/25/1986. I recognize the date 11/25/1986 as when my family had a funeral service for me, thinking I had been killed in Libya on 4/14/1986.

From 5/28/1985 to 11/25/1986 is: 1 year, 5 months, 28 days
28 / 30 = 0.933
From 5/28/1985 to 11/25/1986 is: 1 year, 5.933 months


[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 03 August 2007 excerpt ends]

Battlestar Galactica - miniseries premiere episode - Monday 08 December 2003 USA

(Indistinct intercom announcement)

Intercom:...prior to 23:00 hours.

(Cut to Tigh pouring something from a flask into a mug. He's in some sort of common room

[ See also: ]

Battlestar Galactica Episode 1

Battlestar Galactica:The Mini-Series

AIRED: 12/8/03

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

[Enterprise engineering]

SCOTT: In just a second, Exec, we're picking up the pieces down here.

[Enterprise bridge]

KIRK: Mister Scott, we need warp drive as soon as possible.

[Enterprise engineering]

SCOTT: Captain, it was the engine imbalance that created the wormhole in the first place. ...It'll happen again if we don't correct it.

[Enterprise bridge]

DECKER: We must correct it.

KIRK: That object out there is less than two days from Earth. We need to intercept while it still is out there. Navigator lay in a new heading to conform with our initial IP. Mister Sulu, you have the conn.

KIRK: Mister Decker, I'd like to see you in my quarters.

McCOY: Mind if I tag along, Captain?

KIRK: Level five.

[Kirk's quarters]

KIRK: All right, explanation? Why was my phaser order countermanded?

DECKER: Sir, the Enterprise redesign increases phaser power by channelling it through the main engines. When they went into anti-matter imbalance, the phasers were automatically cut off.

KIRK: Then you acted properly, of course.

DECKER: Thank you, sir. ...I'm sorry if I embarrassed you.

KIRK: You saved the ship.

DECKER: I'm aware of that, sir.

KIRK: Stop ...competing with me, Decker!

DECKER: Permission to speak freely, sir?

KIRK: Granted.

DECKER: Sir, you haven't logged a single star hour in two and a half years. That, plus your unfamiliarity with the ship's redesign, in my opinion, sir, seriously jeopardises this mission.

KIRK: I trust you will ...nursemaid me through these difficulties, Mister?

The American Presidency Project

John F. Kennedy

XXXV President of the United States: 1961 - 1963

Executive Order 10946—Establishing a Program for Resolving Labor Disputes at Missile and Space Sites

May 26, 1961

The American Presidency Project

John F. Kennedy

XXXV President of the United States: 1961 - 1963

206 - Remarks by Telephone to the Conference on Peaceful Uses of Space Meeting in Tulsa.

May 26, 1961


Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Release Info

USA 6 December 1979 (Washington, D.C.) (premiere)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

LIEUTENANT: We've plotted a course on that Cloud, Commander. It will pass into Federation space fairly close to us.

BRANCH: Heading?

LIEUTENANT: Sir, it's on a precise heading for Earth!

[Surface of Vulcan]

FEMALE MASTER: (in Vulcan) Our ancestors cast out their animal passions on these very sands, ...saving our race through the attainment of Kolinahr.

MALE MASTER: (in Vulcan) Kolinahr, through which all emotion is renounced and shed.

FEMALE MASTER: (in Vulcan) You have laboured for many seasons, Spock ...and you have proved yourself worthy receive this symbol of pure logic.

(Spock stops her putting the ancient pendant around his neck)

FEMALE MASTER: (in Vulcan) Your thoughts, give them to me. Our minds are joined, Spock, ...together, and as one. I sense the consciousness calling to you from space. ...Your human blood is touched by it, Spock. You have not yet attained Kolinahr. He must search elsewhere for his answer.






WALLACE: Hey, guys. Another negative over here. I'll radio Scott and tell them we're moving on.

FRANKLIN: Uh, yeah, the ... That's not what's going down.

WALLACE: It's not?

FRANKLIN: No. (He holds up the device.) There are four other viable addresses in this thing. I think I found an override that'll allow us to dial from here ...

WALLACE: Yeah, but ...

CURTIS: Look around! This planet is a dead zone!

WALLACE: But ...

FRANKLIN: We should have been trying to dial these other planets from the start.

WALLACE: But Rush said ...

CURTIS: We don't care what Rush said!

FRANKLIN: We don't trust him.

WALLACE (pointedly): Rush doesn't want us all to die!

PALMER: That doesn't mean we trust him to make the right decisions.

(Eli turns back to her.)

WALLACE: You too?! What about the lake bed?

PALMER: It could be hundreds of miles from here. We could be blowing our only chance of finding a decent place to evac.

FRANKLIN: Maybe the ship did bring us here because there's lime on this planet. For all we know, the Ancients had a way of locating it that we don't.

CURTIS: For that matter, I'm sure they could have stopped the ship for longer than twelve hours to find it, and recover it with the proper tools.

FRANKLIN: The fact is, the Ancients wouldn't have let the life support system get that screwed up in the first place. Rush is set on fixing the ship. He's deaf to any other logic. We need to find a planet we can survive on. (He waves the Ancient device.) This might be our last chance.

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: posted by H.V.O.M at 1:33 PM Sunday, July 15, 2007

When I read about this hijacked aircraft, I recognized the Microsoft employee ID 75612 that Microsoft assigned to me on 12/7/1998, which was 33 months, 4 days, before 9/11/2001:

Flight 175
Tail number N612UA

United Airlines Flight 175 was a morning flight that regularly flew from Logan International Airport in East Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California (Boston–Los Angeles route). On September 11, 2001, the United Airlines Boeing 767-222, registered N612UA

From 5/9/1978 to 7/16/1979 is: 433 days

Marwan Yousef al-Shehhi (May 9, 1978 — September 11, 2001) was named by the FBI as the suicide pilot aboard United Airlines flight 175 which crashed into the second World Trade Center tower on September 11, 2001. He trained at the Huffman Aviation pilot school with Mohammed Atta. At 23 years of age, he was youngest of the four pilots.

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 15 July 2007 excerpt ends]

From 12/25/1971 ( George Walker Bush the purveyor of illegal drugs strictly for his personal profit including the trafficking of massive amounts of cocaine into the United States confined to federal prison in Mexico for illegally smuggling narcotics in Mexico ) To 1/15/2009 is 13536 days

13536 = 6768 + 6768

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official Deputy United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 5/14/1984 ( my travel to and arrival at United States Navy basic training Orlando Florida ) is 6768 days

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For Immediate Release

Office of the Press Secretary

January 15, 2009

National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Springfield! Springfield!

Pandorum (2009)

Bower? You all right? Make that an overhead compartment.

From 3/16/1991 ( my first successful major test of my ultraspace matter transportation device as Kerry Wayne Burgess the successful Ph.D. graduate Columbia South Carolina ) To 9/25/2009 is 6768 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 5/14/1984 ( my travel to and arrival at United States Navy basic training Orlando Florida ) is 6768 days

[ See also: ]


Pandorum (2009)

Release Info

USA 25 September 2009


Pandorum (2009)

Full Cast & Crew

Dennis Quaid ... Payton


Pandorum (2009)


[first lines]

Recorded Voice: You're all that's left of us. Good luck, God bless, and godspeed.


Pandorum (2009)


Payton: We're not out on the belt collecting data. And we're not hauling cargo. We *are* the cargo.


Pandorum (2009)


Payton: We call it... pandorum.


Pandorum (2009)


Payton: I can't remember any of my life before this flight began.

Springfield! Springfield!

Pandorum (2009)

( rumbling ) Power surges keep happening in longer increments just like you said. Reactor timing is offset in the core. lt's trying to reconnect. But it won't until it's reset. Payton: How do you know that? l don't know. l can't even remember my-- Jesus Christ! But l know everything there is to know about that damn reactor. Payton: That's the training talking. You must be our technical engineer.


Pandorum (2009)


Nadia: Where's your Lieutenant?

Bower: He's not my Lieutenant.


Pandorum (2009)


[Bower sees that his hand is shaking uncontrollably, and he speaks to Payton over the walkie-talkie]

Bower: Payton? Pandorum, you ever felt the symptoms?

Payton: [aghast] Of all the things to remember, why would you pick that? Were you thinking of the Eden mission?

Bower: What about the Eden?

Payton: You just had to remind me of the biggest fucking catastrophe in space travel, the flight cautionary tale from Hell.

Bower: I remember, didn't they have some kind of hypersleep malfunction?

Payton: Three years into their shift, one of their officers had a psychological breakdown. The doctors referred to it as ODS symptom. The privates, we call it Pandorum. It drove him insane. He became convinced that the flight was cursed. Evil.

Bower: What did he do?

Payton: He evacuated the ship. He launched them all into oblivion. Five thousand people sent to their death with one push of a button.


I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009)

Release Info

USA 25 September 2009 (limited)






JAMES: What's going on?

GREER: I don't know, man. The air filter's full of crap. Come on - they want us to keep looking.

JAMES: Let's go.

FRANKLIN: All right, OK.

GATEROOM. Chloe walks into the room just as Adam Brody is testing the sludge from the scrubber.

BRODY: Alkaline.

JOHANSEN: Everyone's heart rates are elevated; people are reporting headaches. It has to be.

SCOTT: What?

BRODY: The used-up residue of whatever magic compound the Ancients used to scrub CO2 from the air.






SCOTT: So now we have two big problems relating to the life support.

RUSH: Our first priority must be to seal off any of the leaks. If we can manage that, then we can maybe buy ourselves a day or so before the build-up of CO2 kills us.

SCOTT: As it stands, how much time do we have?

RUSH: I don't know.

BRODY: A couple of hours at most.

WALLACE: Huh! Awesome(!)

RUSH: Brody, there was some medical-grade soda lime in the supply manifest?

PALMER: It never made it.

RUSH: It's a pity.






(He takes out his notebook from his jacket and extracts the pencil from the spine. Squatting down to the sludge, he pokes through it with the pencil.)

RUSH: Well, in a ship this old, there's bound to be systems past their design life.

SCOTT: OK, so let's say we find the leaks. Can you fix this?

RUSH (shaking his head): I doubt this stuff can be cooked off. Perhaps if there were stores of this substance in the clean form, or something else capable of CO2 sequestration - calcium carbonate, lithium hydroxide - then yes, if.

SCOTT: OK, well, that's not gonna matter because you're gonna get the Gate dialled back to Earth before this becomes an issue, Rush.

RUSH (standing up): Lieutenant ...

SCOTT: Right?

RUSH: That's the kind of thing you're taught to say in officer training, presumably for the benefit of those that don't know any better.

(Scott storms across the room and gets into Rush's face. He glares at him for a moment, then glances across to Chloe who lowers her head, trying not to cry [ OR: trying not to laugh ]. He realises that he can't make something happen just by ordering Rush to do it. He turns back to Rush, his voice pleading.)

SCOTT (softly): Please?

(Rush looks at him and replies almost gently.)

RUSH: What makes you think I won't try?


Battlestar Galactica - miniseries premiere episode - Monday 08 December 2003 USA

(Hangar - Starbuck's in one of the Vipers)

Apollo: You understand the mission?

Starbuck: Put my head outside the storm, look around. Listen for wireless traffic.

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 10:05 AM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Thursday 20 April 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"If he's still breathing - which I doubt - it won't be the pasta he's interested in."


2007 film "28 Weeks Later" DVD video:


US Army Sergeant Doyle - Delta: Anyway... what about you? Why the hell are you here?

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 1:05 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Tuesday 18 April 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"If only these feelings of mine wouldn't keep getting in the way, right?"


JOURNAL ARCHIVE: Posted by H.V.O.M at 11:40 AM Sunday, January 02, 2011

Stampede Pass

I must have been lying in bed for over four hours last night and could not fall asleep for that much time and longer because I started thinking during the night last night that Stampede Pass is where I materialized after the L-1011 Stargazer spiraled down from over forty thousand feet after breaking into pieces and then crashed with such force that it virtually vaporized on contact with that ground. I started thinking of how that scene with "Picard" and his wife announcing that dinner was ready could be a detail I created to represent the details I read about the source of the name for Stampede Pass, as well as how "Kirk" mentions that he smell something burning in the kitchen. I thought over many details last night as I hoped to fall asleep and I was thinking of how the dialog with the statue in the 1996 film "Star Trek: First Contact" is about how after I understood that my aircraft was unflyable because, for one reason, a wing had just broken off due to impact with debris from the Pegasus rocket that had just exploded in front of my windshield, I was turned around part ways in my seat as the pilot and I had my had outreached to shake the hand of Kerry Burgess and I spoke that flying with had been an honor but the aircraft was spinning too fast for us to shake hands. When I materialized at Stampede Pass I felt as though I had materialized about one inch or two above the ground and I found myself standing there in the woods on that dirt road with absolutely no idea where I was and I was standing there with my hand still reaching out to shake his hand.

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 02 January 2011 excerpt ends]

Red Storm Rising (1986)

Tom Clancy

31 – Demons

But now he stood in front of the mirror, looking at a man with hollow eyes who wished his wife were there.

Morris went out to the kitchen of his one-story house and went mindlessly through the process of making coffee. The morning paper was on the doorstep, and he found himself reading stories about the war that he knew to be inaccurate or out of date. Things were happening much too fast for reporters to keep up. There was an eyewitness account from an unnamed destroyer about a missile that had leaked through her missile defenses. An "analysis" piece explained how surface warships were obsolete in the face of determined missile attacks and asked where the fleet's vaunted carriers were. That, he thought, was a pretty good question.

Morris finished his coffee and returned to the bathroom for a shower. If he had to be awake, he thought, he might as well be at work. He had one set of undress whites in the closet. He donned them a few minutes

"Red Storm Rising"

later and walked out to his car. It was already first light when he drove to the Norfolk Navy Base.

Red Storm Rising (1986)

Tom Clancy

31 – Demons

Forty minutes later he was in one of several operations rooms, where the positions of convoys and suspected submarine locations were plotted. On the far wall the threat board listed estimated Russian assets and the numbers and types of kills accumulated to date. Another wall showed losses. If the intel guys were right, he thought, the war at sea had the look of a draw-but for the Russians a draw was the same as a win.

"Good morning, Commander," COMNAVSURFLANT said. Another man who had not slept very much. "You look a little better."

Better than what? Morris wondered.

"We have some good news for a change."


The B-52 crews were nervous despite the heavy fighter escort. Five thousand feet above them, a full squadron of F-14 Tomcats flew top cover, having just refueled from KC-135 tankers. The other squadron was tanking now for their part in the mission. The sun was just peeping above the horizon, and the ocean below them was still dark. It was 0300 local time, when human reaction times are at their worst.


The alarm klaxon jolted the sleeping Russian pilots off their cots. Their ground crews took fewer than ten seconds to begin preflight procedures as the airmen climbed the steel ladders into their cockpits and plugged in their helmet radios to learn what the emergency was.

"Heavy enemy jamming activity to the west," the regimental commander announced. "Plan Three. Repeat: Plan Three."

In the control trailer, radar operators had just seen their radar screens turn to a cluttered nightmare of white-noise jamming.

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- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 09:29 AM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Sunday 16 April 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

28 Weeks Later (2007)

excite tv

28 Weeks Later (2007)

503 [ 699 ] IFC: Thursday, April 13 7:45 AM [ 07:45 AM Thursday 13 April 2017 Pacific Time USA ]

2007, R, ***, 01:40, Color, English, United Kingdom,

As the U.S. Army tries to restore order, a carrier of rage virus enters London and reinfects the populace.

Cast: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Mackintosh Muggleton, Imogen Poots, Idris Elba, Emily Beecham, Amanda Walker, Shahid Ahmed, Garfield Morgan Director(s): Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Producer(s): Allon Reich, Andrew Macdonald, Enrique Lýpez Lavigne Executive Producer(s): Danny Boyle, Alex Garland


2007 film "28 Weeks Later" DVD video:


Colonel Philips: [ radio transmission ] Colonel Philips here. What is your current status?

US Army Major Scarlet - Chief Medical Officer: [ radio transmission ] Good morning, colonel.

Colonel Philips: [ radio transmission ] Morning.

US Army Major Scarlet - Chief Medical Officer: [ radio transmission ] Colonel, I'm watching the new arrivals disembark.

Colonel Philips: [ radio transmission ] Yes, major.

US Army Major Scarlet - Chief Medical Officer: [ radio transmission ] It'll take all morning to process them.

Colonel Philips: [ radio transmission ] Copy.

US Army Major Scarlet - Chief Medical Officer: [ radio transmission ] No one told me that we're now admitting children.

2007 film "28 Weeks Later" DVD video:


Don: What are you going to cook?

Alice: Your favorite.

Don: What, again?

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: Posted by H.V.O.M at 6:40 PM Saturday, April 23, 2011

Heinz 57

Heinz 57 is a shortened, popular form of the "57 Varieties" slogan of Pittsburgh's H. J. Heinz Company. In its early days, the company wanted to advertise the great number of choices of canned and bottled foods it offered for sale. Although the company had more than 60 products in 1892, the number 57 was chosen because the numbers "5" and "7" held special significance to Heinz. The number "5" was Henry John Heinz's lucky number and the number "7" was his wife's lucky number. The company now has more than 6,000 products. Prepared horseradish was their first product.

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 23 April 2011 excerpt ends]

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 08:52 AM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Thursday 13 April 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Langoliers (1995)

Stephen King

The Langoliers (1990)

Chapter 8

Refuelling. Dawn’s Early Light. The Approach of the Langoliers. Angel of the Morning. The Time-Keepers of Eternity. Take-off.

Craig looked... and forgot his fear. Beyond the American Pride 767, in a triangle of dead grass bounded by two taxiways and a runway, there was a long mahogany boardroom table. It gleamed brightly in the listless light. At each place was a yellow legal pad, a pitcher of ice water, and a Waterford glass. Sitting around the table were two dozen men in sober bankers’ suits, and now they were all turning to look at him.

Suddenly they began to clap their hands. They stood and faced him applauding his arrival. Craig felt a huge, grateful grin begin to stretch his face.

From 6/29/1930 ( Robert Evans ) To 7/19/1989 ( the United Airlines Flight 232 crash and the end of Kerry Burgess the natural human being cloned from another human being ) is 21570 days

21570 = 10785 + 10785

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 5/14/1995 is 10785 days

From 12/31/1969 ( premiere US film "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" ) To 5/14/1995 is 9265 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 3/16/1991 ( my first successful major test of my ultraspace matter transportation device as Kerry Wayne Burgess the successful Ph.D. graduate Columbia South Carolina ) is 9265 days

From 6/27/1994 ( the US NASA Stargazer Pegasus rocket failure ) To 5/14/1995 is 321 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 9/19/1966 ( premiere US TV series episode "The Jean Arthur Show"::"My Client, the Rooster" ) is 321 days


The Langoliers (TV Mini-Series)

Episode #1.1 (1995)

Release Info

USA 14 May 1995


The Langoliers (1995– )

Episode #1.1

PG-13 3h Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi Episode aired 14 May 1995

Season 1 Episode 1

Release Date: 14 May 1995 (USA)


Robert Evans


Date of Birth 29 June 1930, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name Robert J. Shapera


The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

Release Info

USA 31 December 1969


The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

Full Cast & Crew

Kurt Russell ... Dexter

Stephen King

The Langoliers (1990)

Chapter 1

Bad News for Captain Engle. The Little Blind Girl. The Lady’s Scent. The Dalton Gang Arrives in Tombstone. The Strange Plight of Flight 29.

Brian Engle rolled the American Pride LIOII to a stop at Gate 22 and flicked off the FASTEN SEATBELT light at exactly 10:14 P.M. He let a long sigh hiss through his teeth and unfastened his shoulder harness.

He could not remember the last time he had been so relieved — and so tired — at the end of a flight. He had a nasty, pounding headache, and his plans for the evening were firmly set. No drink in the pilots’ lounge, no dinner, not even a bath when he got back to Westwood. He intended to fall into bed and sleep for fourteen hours.

American Pride’s Flight 7 — Flagship Service from Tokyo to Los Angeles — had been delayed first by strong headwinds and then by typical congestion at LAX... which was, Engle thought, arguably America’s worst airport, if you left out Logan in Boston. To make matters worse, a pressurization problem had developed during the latter part of the flight. Minor at first, it had gradually worsened until it was scary. It had almost gotten to the point where a blowout and explosive decompression could have occurred... and had mercifully grown no worse. Sometimes such problems suddenly and mysteriously stabilized themselves, and that was what had happened this time. The passengers now disembarking just behind the control cabin had not the slightest idea how close they had come to being people pate on tonight’s flight from Tokyo, but Brian knew... and it had given him a whammer of a headache.

“This bitch goes right into diagnostic from here,” he told his co-pilot. “They know it’s coming and what the problem is, right?”

The co-pilot nodded. “They don’t like it, but they know.”

“I don’t give a shit what they like and what they don’t like, Danny. We came close tonight.”

Danny Keene nodded. He knew they had.

Brian sighed and rubbed a hand up and down the back of his neck. His head ached like a bad tooth. “Maybe I’m getting too old for this business.”

That was, of course, the sort of thing anyone said about his job from time to time, particularly at the end of a bad shift, and Brian knew damned well he wasn’t too old for the job — at forty-three, he was just entering prime time for airline pilots. Nevertheless, tonight he almost believed it. God, he was tired.

There was a knock at the compartment door; Steve Searles, the navigator, turned in his seat and opened it without standing up. A man in a green American Pride blazer was standing there. He looked like a gate agent, but Brian knew he wasn’t. It was John (or maybe it was James) Deegan, Deputy Chief of Operations for American Pride at LAX.

“Captain Engle?”

“Yes?” An internal set of defenses went up, and his headache flared. His first thought, born not of logic but of strain and weariness, was that they were going to try and pin responsibility for the leaky aircraft on him. Paranoid, of course, but he was in a paranoid frame of mind.

“I’m afraid I have some bad news for you, Captain.”

“Is this about the leak?” Brian’s voice was too sharp, and a few of the disembarking passengers glanced around, but it was too late to do anything about that now.

Deegan was shaking his head. “It’s your wife, Captain Engle.”

For a moment Brian didn’t have the foggiest notion what the man was talking about and could only stand there, gaping at him and feeling exquisitely stupid. Then the penny dropped. He meant Anne, of course.

“She’s my ex-wife. We were divorced eighteen months ago. What about her?”

“There’s been an accident,” Deegan said. “Perhaps you’d better come up to the office.”

Brian looked at him curiously. After the last three long, tense hours, all of this seemed strangely unreal. He resisted an urge to tell Deegan that if this was some sort of Candid Camera bullshit, he could go fuck himself. But of course it wasn’t. Airline brass weren’t into pranks and games, especially at the expense of pilots who had just come very close to having nasty midair mishaps.

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 10:55 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Wednesday 12 April 2017

Friday, April 07, 2017

Time Machine

That was where I landed. The island where Jennifer Aniston was in the real world.

I tuned in tonight to this episode rebroadcast just at the cliff scene.

excite tv

The Simpsons (Repeat)

618 FXXPHD: Friday, April 7 8:30 PM [ 8:30 PM Friday 07 April 2017 Pacific Time USA ]

Sitcom, Animated

How I Wet Your Mother

When Homer's bed-wetting worsens, his family tries to infiltrate his dreams to find the source of the problem.

Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille Director(s): Lance Kramer Executive Producer(s): James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean

Original Air Date: Mar 11, 2012

excite tv

The Simpsons (Repeat)

618 FXXPHD: Friday, April 7 9:00 PM [ 9:00 PM Friday 07 April 2017 Pacific Time USA ]

Sitcom, Animated

Fabulous Faker Boy

Marge hires a beautiful piano instructor to help Bart explore his creative side; Homer loses his last two hairs.

Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille Director(s): Bob Anderson Executive Producer(s): James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean

Original Air Date: May 12, 2013

The Simpsons Season 23 Episode 16

How I Wet Your Mother

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 11, 2012 on FOX

Karma gets the best of Homer after he gets his friends in trouble, and as a result, his bedwetting problem worsens. The family goes on a mission to infiltrate his dreams to search for clues in his subconscious to determine the source of his problem. But just as things take a dangerous turn in the dream, a figure from Homer's past appears, and he is finally reassured that the fond memories of his mother Mona remain alive, giving him just the right amount of reassurance to cure him of his problem.

AIRED: 3/11/12

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: - Posted by H.V.O.M at 5:18 PM Sunday, March 04, 2012 -

This reminds me so much of a dream I had yesterday that I cannot help but to post here this observation because I just read this part and I wonder why I would have a dream now - why now - about something that seems so similar.

I mean, the issue is largely the same. It is about derivative works. How can I have a dream that is derivative of something that I have not read in months and why would I dream derivative details about that part? And why now?

The dream was yesterday I think. I have thought often about it and I have thought about writing it down somewhere but I never did, until now. I have been puzzling over whether is was associated somehow with the dream I awoke from this morning which was the second of two dreams, with the first probably more than two weeks ago, where I found myself falling a great distance and I knew there was no way I would survive the fall, in reality, but in the dream I did. As in the first dream, I was falling backwards towards the ground and I had fallen off, what seemed to be a mountain and I was in a pickup truck and the driver said something to me, which I do not recall now but his words were to the effect of "Oops" and as we fell straight down for what seemed to be at least a mile straight down I was thinking that whole way down and I had enough time to think about it and to begin to accept that I would splatter on the ground and, as with the first dream, I improbably began to see people standing on the ground come into my field of view so that meant I was only about three feet above the ground after falling for a mile or so and I knew the end was near. And then I knew the end was there. And then I sat up and looked around and there was nothing really scary about it. The fall was over and I was fine. I still remember how I felt glad afterwards that it was over. I dwell on that feeling more often as the day goes on today after having that dream this morning.

So anyway, in the dream I started off here to write about, I had that dream again about that house I used to own in South Carolina. This time, as with how certain details always vary, I was living there with a group of other people, which is a new detail. I didn't recall any of the people in the dream. So one person and I and digging a trench in the front yard that extends to the curb at the corner of the lot at the front yard. Then we are going to dig a trench that extends along the yard along the street in front of the house. At some point, I seem to be talking to someone about how there used to be a patch of juniper shrubs on each side on the inside of the circle driveway in front of the house. I was looking at it and the junipers were mostly gone and all that was left was some bare branches and I started to pull those up and removing them from the ground. I pulled up the first one and that was when I saw there was a hole in the ground. I started digging and I discovered what I thought over later was one of those big shipping containers and that was buried there. I found some stuff inside there and I think I forget some of the details now. Oh, right. Sports equipment. I saw maybe a bicycle. I definitely saw diving gear and a helmet for some deep diving gear. I remember I found a tiny FM radio of a type I remember owning long ago and it was about the size of a quarter but it was closer to cylindrical shape. A child was there near me then, who seemed to be part of the group living in the house with me, and I was showing her how the radio worked and I operated a slide lever on the side to turn on the radio. I might have found other stuff in there but I don't recall now. I do recall I found a stack of cash. It seemed to be all forty dollar bills though and after being awake for a while I started thinking that the color was wrong and that might now [ CORRECTION: might not ] have been United States currency.

Then I found a second container next to that one and that was to the right-hand side if you were standing in front of the house and looking towards the street. That one made me start thinking after being awake that it was not a large metal shipping container but just a small brick structure. I remember having a hard time reaching into the back to get all the items but now I am not certain if I am thinking of the third compartment I found that was to the right of the second compartment, as though they were stacked side-by-side and buried underground on the slope of that hill that was my property.

What I do recall about the second container is that I pulled out a large platter of what seemed to be barbecued chicken portions. The metal platter reminds of what you might see in a large restaurant where a lot of the portions are being cooked at one time. The scenery is contradictory in my mind as I try to visualize and I seemed to have been pulling out other portions of various types of animals that were cooked for meals. The whole scene left me with an unappetizing notion about that food. Especially since it seemed to have been sealed in there for a few decades.

I forgot what all I found in the third container, and I think I am thinking of details about the third container but this all less clear now. I remember clearly pulling out a book that had "Senator" printed on it and I think there was person's name on it too, but I don't recall those details now.

The point of all this is that at some point, I feel certain after I discovered the containers and their contents, I was handed a piece of paper that was legal size and it had some similar to a manila folder page behind it, although it wasn't the standard manila folder color and it was the size of legal paper too, although slightly larger, and I think it was bluish-green.

I don't recall the precise words on that legal-size sheet of paper but the message was that some delivery company had attempted to deliver a parcel to me and they had left the parcel, or letter, or registered letter, or something that I don't really recall, at the house of my neighbor, which I shared a property line with, on the right-hand side from the front of my house and looking toward the street.

According to the details I became aware of in the dream, the occupant of that house was "Houck." That was the guy's name. I heard some dialog, including my own, about pronouncing his name as "Hawk."

As best I recall now from the dream, that sheet of paper informed me, of which there was a great more detail than could be associated with such a message, that the delivery company had attempted to deliver a package to my house but I wasn't there so they left it at the house of my neighbor, "Houck."

I looked over there at that house and all the lights were off. The message indicated, I don't recall the precise details, that the package was something from the AT&T company, and I have been left with the sense since being awake and after thinking about it quite a few times that it was some kind of promotional item from them and looking at the lights being off at that house, I thought of how trying to find out if anyone was home so I could get the package did not seem overly important at that time.

A few years ago, I would have wrote here about one other detail that in the context of the dream that the narrator had told me in that foreign dream that "Houck had something for me." I cannot now recall if that was precisely the words I had the sense of from the dream but that seems close enough. That sense was also present that what ever it was that had been left for me at that house wasn't all that important and for some reason I think that is just some kind of message in itself that was being communicated to my by means that I don't fully understand at this time.

I think that was the ending of the dream. I thought about it a lot because that was another dream about that house I used to own in Greer South Carolina.

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 04 March 2012 excerpt ends]

Springfield! Springfield!

The Simpsons

How I Wet Your Mother

Well, perhaps I can help. You see, I have invented a device that allows you to enter someone else's dreams and explore their subconscious. So we can go inside Homer's sleeping mind and find out why he's wetting the bed? Uh, yes. In fact, I just used it to cure another Springfielder of his particular obsession. Normal Stu likes normal things! Hmm. (Homer snoring) (continues snoring) We're actually entering Dad's dreams? Yes, yes. You see, it's the only way you can uncover the psychological trauma that is causing your father's secret shame. Why does Maggie have to go? What am I, a babysitter?! (click) (sigh) So no school for me. (whooshing, zapping) (grunting) (chuckles) Hey, guys, whatcha doing in my dream? Trying to fix your broken brain. My brain's fine. In my dreams, I'm an intermediate skier! (Maggie sucking pacifier) (sinister laughter) Ski patrol! Everybody be cool! It's Death! I recognize him from 40th birthday cards. (Death chuckling) Homie, this might be a clue.

Springfield! Springfield!

The Simpsons

How I Wet Your Mother

(Death chuckling) Homie, this might be a clue. What's in that coffin could be behind your nighttime oopsies. You wet the bed?! Oh great! Now Death knows! (whimpering) (screams) What do you see? Uh, nothing, typical dream nonsense. (all screaming) Relax. Everyone knows that if you die in a dream, you just wake up. (phone rings) Oh, uh, actually, because I neglected to install the latest Adobe Acrobat update, if you die in the dream, you die in real life. (gasps) Incidentally, I've also proven that Hell is real, and everyone goes there. Frink out. (all screaming) (screaming) Wait a minute, I can't die. (roaring) Mommy. (screaming resumes) Listen, everyone. We should fall asleep in this dream. One minute at this level equals two hours one dream level below. Wait, dreams have rules? Everything has rules, Bart. Not me, when I hit the dance floor. (making goofy noises) Ooh-ooh-ooh! Ah-ah-ah! (snoring) (belches) Bart! Can the chatter and fetch me a baloney sandwich. Why don't you fetch it yourself, man. Bart's making faces! Shut up, you kids, and bring me baloney. (grunting) Wait nicely. Simpson family? Now, I believe that to solve Homer's problem, he must face what's inside the coffin. Forget it, Doc. What if that's my marriage in there? Marriage, shmarriage.

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: - posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 10:26 PM Pacific Time somewhere near Seattle Washington USA Friday 18 April 2014 -

Posted by Kerry Burgess

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Inception (2010)

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 18 April 2014 excerpt ends]

Springfield! Springfield!

The Simpsons

How I Wet Your Mother

(screaming) Uh, we're goona be here a long time. Oh Death, you're a life saver. Thank you, Death. May I ask, what's taken so long with Larry King? I am not Death. Mom?! Grandma So your alive? No. But I live on in Homer's dreams. Just like my hair. It's Jennifer Aniston's

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 9:58 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Friday 07 April 2017

Planet 9



The Time Machine (Heinemann text)/Chapter IV

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

Chapter IV.

'A queer thing I soon discovered about my little hosts, and that was their lack of interest. They would come to me with eager cries of astonishment, like children, but like children they would soon stop examining me and wander away after some other toy. The dinner and my conversational beginnings ended, I noted for the first time that almost all those who had surrounded me at first were gone. It is odd, too, how speedily I came to disregard these little people. I went out through the portal into the sunlit world again as soon as my hunger was satisfied. I was continually meeting more of these men of the future, who would follow me a little distance, chatter and laugh about me, and, having smiled and gesticulated in a friendly way, leave me again to my own devices.

'The calm of evening was upon the world as I emerged from the great hall, and the scene was lit by the warm glow of the setting sun. At first things were very confusing. Everything was so entirely different from the world I had known—even the flowers. The big building I had left was situated on the slope of a broad river valley, but the Thames had shifted perhaps a mile from its present position. I resolved to mount to the summit of a crest, perhaps a mile and a half away, from which I could get a wider view of this our planet in the year Eight Hundred and Two Thousand Seven Hundred and One A.D. For that, I should explain, was the date the little dials of my machine recorded.

'As I walked I was watching for every impression that could possibly help to explain the condition of ruinous splendour in which I found the world—for ruinous it was. A little way up the hill, for instance, was a great heap of granite, bound together by masses of aluminium, a vast labyrinth of precipitous walls and crumpled heaps, amidst which were thick heaps of very beautiful pagoda-like plants—nettles possibly—but wonderfully tinted with brown about the leaves, and incapable of stinging. It was evidently the derelict remains of some vast structure, to what end built I could not determine. It was here that I was destined, at a later date, to have a very strange experience—the first intimation of a still stranger discovery—but of that I will speak in its proper place.

Planet Nine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the hypothetical planet first suggested in 2014. For other uses, see Planet Nine (disambiguation).

Not to be confused with Planet X.

Planet Nine is a hypothetical large planet in the far outer Solar System, the gravitational effects of which would explain the improbable orbital configuration of a group of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) that orbit mostly beyond the Kuiper belt.

In a 2014 letter to the journal Nature, astronomers Chad Trujillo and Scott S. Sheppard inferred the possible existence of a massive trans-Neptunian planet from similarities in the orbits of the distant trans-Neptunian objects Sedna and 2012 VP113. On 20 January 2016, researchers Konstantin Batygin and Michael E. Brown at Caltech explained how a massive outer planet would be the likeliest explanation for the similarities in orbits of six distant objects, and they proposed specific orbital parameters. The predicted planet could be a super-Earth, with an estimated mass of 10 Earths (approximately 5,000 times the mass of Pluto), a diameter two to four times that of Earth, and a highly elliptical orbit with an orbital period of approximately 15,000 years.


The Time Machine (Heinemann text)/Chapter IV

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

Chapter IV.

but of that I will speak in its proper place.

'Looking round with a sudden thought, from a terrace on which I rested for a while, I realized that there were no small houses to be seen. Apparently the single house, and possibly even the household, had vanished. Here and there among the greenery were palace-like buildings, but the house and the cottage, which form such characteristic features of our own English landscape, had disappeared.

'"Communism," said I to myself.

'And on the heels of that came another thought. I looked at the half-dozen little figures that were following me. Then, in a flash, I perceived that all had the same form of costume, the same soft hairless visage, and the same girlish rotundity of limb. It may seem strange, perhaps, that I had not noticed this before. But everything was so strange. Now, I saw the fact plainly enough. In costume, and in all the differences of texture and bearing that now mark off the sexes from each other, these people of the future were alike. And the children seemed to my eyes to be but the miniatures of their parents. I judged, then, that the children of that time were extremely precocious, physically at least, and I found afterwards abundant verification of my opinion.

'Seeing the ease and security in which these people were living, I felt that this close resemblance of the sexes was after all what one would expect; for the strength of a man and the softness of a woman, the institution of the family, and the differentiation of occupations are mere militant necessities of an age of physical force; where population is balanced and abundant, much childbearing becomes an evil rather than a blessing to the State; where violence comes but rarely and off-spring are secure, there is less necessity—indeed there is no necessity—for an efficient family, and the specialization of the sexes with reference to their children's needs disappears. We see some beginnings of this even in our own time, and in this future age it was complete. This, I must remind you, was my speculation at the time. Later, I was to appreciate how far it fell short of the reality.

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 3:50 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Friday 07 April 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Caltech's Planet 9

Interstellar (2014)

Professor Brand: Hello, Cooper.

Cooper: Professor Brand.

Williams: Explain to me how you found this facility.

Cooper: Kind of an accident. We sort of stumbled upon it. We were on a salvage run -

Williams: You're sitting in the best-kept secret in the world. Nobody stumbles in here. Nobody stumbles out.

Professor Brand: Cooper, please. Cooperate with these people.

Cooper: Look. It's kind of hard to explain. We learned these coordinates from an anomaly.

Doyle: What sort of anomaly?

Cooper: I hesitate to term it supernatural -

Dr. Brand: [ scornful expression ]

Cooper: - but it definitely wasn't scientific.

Williams: You're going to have to be specific, Mr. Cooper. Right now.

Murph: It was gravity.

Dr. Brand: [ smirking expression ]

Doyle: Um, what sort of gravitational anomaly? Where was this?

Cooper: Hey. Now, I'm real happy that you're excited about gravity, bud, but you're not getting any answers from us until I get assurances.

Williams: Assurances?

Cooper: Yeah. Like, that we're getting out of here. And I don't mean in the trunk of some car.

[ group laughter ]

Professor Brand: Don't you know who we are, Coop?

Cooper: No, professor, I don't.

Dr. Brand: You know my father, Professor Brand. We're NASA.

Cooper: NASA?

Professor Brand: NASA. The same NASA you flew for.


Researchers find evidence of ninth planet in solar system

Traci Watson, Special for USA TODAY Published 10:49 a.m. ET Jan. 20, 2016 Updated 10:40 p.m. ET Jan. 20, 2016

The image of our solar system may soon undergo a radical makeover.

Scientists revealed evidence Wednesday of a bizarre new planet five to 10 times more massive than the Earth and at least 200 times farther from the sun. If the new planet is confirmed, it would raise the solar system’s planet tally from eight to nine. It would also verify the presence of a world in the coldest, most remote reaches of the solar system — a world unlike any of the known planets.

“This is the first serious claim for the existence of an additional planet in the solar system,” said planetary scientist Alessandro Morbidelli of France’s Observatory of the Cote d’Azur, who was not involved with the new study. If true, “it would change the portrait of the solar system for everyone.”

Other researchers say the existence of so-called “Planet Nine,” while plausible, still needs to be confirmed. But experts also say the study laying out the case contains the most convincing evidence yet that a giant planet hovers much farther away than ever imagined.

“We tried hard ourselves to prove that we were wrong,” said study co-author Mike Brown of Caltech. “We couldn’t do it, but I hope people are sharpening their pencils right now.”

If Planet Nine is the real deal, it would be one of the most delicious ironies in recent scientific history. Until now, Brown has been best known as the man who killed Pluto. Brown’s discovery a decade ago of an icy body called Eris – roughly the size of Pluto but much farther from the sun – helped goad astronomers into a humiliating demotion of Pluto from planet to “dwarf planet,” a decision that shrank the solar system from nine planets to eight.

"OK, OK, I am now willing to admit: I DO believe that the solar system has nine planets," Brown tweeted Wednesday from his aptly named account — @plutokiller.

OK, OK, I am now willing to admit: I DO believe that the solar system has nine planets.

— Mike Brown (@plutokiller) January 20, 2016

Brown and his Caltech colleague Konstantin Batygin base their argument of Planet Nine's existence on an analysis of a handful of distant worlds orbiting the sun far beyond the orbit of Neptune, the farthest true planet. Six of these small objects have orbits that are, against the odds, all aligned at one end. Their paths are also tilted in the same way compared to the eight bona-fide planets.

To Brown and Batygin, that suggested some large object is secretly exerting its powers over the outer solar system. Further analysis of other small worlds beyond Neptune showed they, too, seemed to be under the influence of a massive planet, the scientists reported in The Astronomical Journal.

Those conclusions may yet unravel, but “right now the best explanation is a giant planet,” said astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C., whose research helped put Brown and Batygin on the scent of Planet Nine. “It’s still early stages … but it’s a very strong possibility that this planet exists out there.”

In search of irrefutable proof, Brown and Batygin are now searching for Planet Nine with two different telescopes. This hypothesized world is probably very far from Earth at the moment – it needs 10,000 to 20,000 years to make one circuit around the sun – and therefore difficult to see, Brown said. But he thinks Planet Nine is within reach of the world’s most powerful telescopes.

If Planet Nine really exists, it could help scientists understand the birth of the solar system, said Scott Kenyon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

"It's a challenge" to understand how a planet would've gotten way out there and survived, he said, so Planet Nine will help researchers winnow their ideas for "the early history of our planetary system."

It's existence would also help make our own solar system a little less weird. None of the planets in our solar system resemble the most common types of planets outside it. But Planet Nine does.

“We are becoming more normal by finding this very strange planet out there,” Brown said. “Just with this one extra planet, the solar system is much more like other planetary systems we’ve been finding in the galaxy.”

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Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet

Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun.

The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations but have not yet observed the object directly.

"This would be a real ninth planet," says Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy. "There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times, and this would be a third. It's a pretty substantial chunk of our solar system that's still out there to be found, which is pretty exciting."

Brown notes that the putative ninth planet—at 5,000 times the mass of Pluto—is sufficiently large that there should be no debate about whether it is a true planet. Unlike the class of smaller objects now known as dwarf planets, Planet Nine gravitationally dominates its neighborhood of the solar system. In fact, it dominates a region larger than any of the other known planets—a fact that Brown says makes it "the most planet-y of the planets in the whole solar system."

Batygin and Brown describe their work in the current issue of the Astronomical Journal and show how Planet Nine helps explain a number of mysterious features of the field of icy objects and debris beyond Neptune known as the Kuiper Belt.

"Although we were initially quite skeptical that this planet could exist, as we continued to investigate its orbit and what it would mean for the outer solar system, we become increasingly convinced that it is out there," says Batygin, an assistant professor of planetary science. "For the first time in over 150 years, there is solid evidence that the solar system's planetary census is incomplete."

The road to the theoretical discovery was not straightforward. In 2014, a former postdoc of Brown's, Chad Trujillo, and his colleague Scott Sheppard published a paper noting that 13 of the most distant objects in the Kuiper Belt are similar with respect to an obscure orbital feature. To explain that similarity, they suggested the possible presence of a small planet. Brown thought the planet solution was unlikely, but his interest was piqued.

He took the problem down the hall to Batygin, and the two started what became a year-and-a-half-long collaboration to investigate the distant objects. As an observer and a theorist, respectively, the researchers approached the work from very different perspectives—Brown as someone who looks at the sky and tries to anchor everything in the context of what can be seen, and Batygin as someone who puts himself within the context of dynamics, considering how things might work from a physics standpoint. Those differences allowed the researchers to challenge each other's ideas and to consider new possibilities. "I would bring in some of these observational aspects; he would come back with arguments from theory, and we would push each other. I don't think the discovery would have happened without that back and forth," says Brown. " It was perhaps the most fun year of working on a problem in the solar system that I've ever had."

Fairly quickly Batygin and Brown realized that the six most distant objects from Trujillo and Sheppard's original collection all follow elliptical orbits that point in the same direction in physical space. That is particularly surprising because the outermost points of their orbits move around the solar system, and they travel at different rates.

"It's almost like having six hands on a clock all moving at different rates, and when you happen to look up, they're all in exactly the same place," says Brown. The odds of having that happen are something like 1 in 100, he says. But on top of that, the orbits of the six objects are also all tilted in the same way—pointing about 30 degrees downward in the same direction relative to the plane of the eight known planets. The probability of that happening is about 0.007 percent. "Basically it shouldn't happen randomly," Brown says. "So we thought something else must be shaping these orbits."

The first possibility they investigated was that perhaps there are enough distant Kuiper Belt objects—some of which have not yet been discovered—to exert the gravity needed to keep that subpopulation clustered together. The researchers quickly ruled this out when it turned out that such a scenario would require the Kuiper Belt to have about 100 times the mass it has today.

That left them with the idea of a planet. Their first instinct was to run simulations involving a planet in a distant orbit that encircled the orbits of the six Kuiper Belt objects, acting like a giant lasso to wrangle them into their alignment. Batygin says that almost works but does not provide the observed eccentricities precisely. "Close, but no cigar," he says.

Then, effectively by accident, Batygin and Brown noticed that if they ran their simulations with a massive planet in an anti-aligned orbit—an orbit in which the planet's closest approach to the sun, or perihelion, is 180 degrees across from the perihelion of all the other objects and known planets—the distant Kuiper Belt objects in the simulation assumed the alignment that is actually observed.

"Your natural response is 'This orbital geometry can't be right. This can't be stable over the long term because, after all, this would cause the planet and these objects to meet and eventually collide,'" says Batygin. But through a mechanism known as mean-motion resonance, the anti-aligned orbit of the ninth planet actually prevents the Kuiper Belt objects from colliding with it and keeps them aligned. As orbiting objects approach each other they exchange energy. So, for example, for every four orbits Planet Nine makes, a distant Kuiper Belt object might complete nine orbits. They never collide. Instead, like a parent maintaining the arc of a child on a swing with periodic pushes, Planet Nine nudges the orbits of distant Kuiper Belt objects such that their configuration with relation to the planet is preserved.

"Still, I was very skeptical," says Batygin. "I had never seen anything like this in celestial mechanics."

But little by little, as the researchers investigated additional features and consequences of the model, they became persuaded. "A good theory should not only explain things that you set out to explain. It should hopefully explain things that you didn't set out to explain and make predictions that are testable," says Batygin.

And indeed Planet Nine's existence helps explain more than just the alignment of the distant Kuiper Belt objects. It also provides an explanation for the mysterious orbits that two of them trace. The first of those objects, dubbed Sedna, was discovered by Brown in 2003. Unlike standard-variety Kuiper Belt objects, which get gravitationally "kicked out" by Neptune and then return back to it, Sedna never gets very close to Neptune. A second object like Sedna, known as 2012 VP113, was announced by Trujillo and Sheppard in 2014. Batygin and Brown found that the presence of Planet Nine in its proposed orbit naturally produces Sedna-like objects by taking a standard Kuiper Belt object and slowly pulling it away into an orbit less connected to Neptune.

But the real kicker for the researchers was the fact that their simulations also predicted that there would be objects in the Kuiper Belt on orbits inclined perpendicularly to the plane of the planets. Batygin kept finding evidence for these in his simulations and took them to Brown. "Suddenly I realized there are objects like that," recalls Brown. In the last three years, observers have identified four objects tracing orbits roughly along one perpendicular line from Neptune and one object along another. "We plotted up the positions of those objects and their orbits, and they matched the simulations exactly," says Brown. "When we found that, my jaw sort of hit the floor."

"When the simulation aligned the distant Kuiper Belt objects and created objects like Sedna, we thought this is kind of awesome—you kill two birds with one stone," says Batygin. "But with the existence of the planet also explaining these perpendicular orbits, not only do you kill two birds, you also take down a bird that you didn't realize was sitting in a nearby tree."

Where did Planet Nine come from and how did it end up in the outer solar system? Scientists have long believed that the early solar system began with four planetary cores that went on to grab all of the gas around them, forming the four gas planets—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Over time, collisions and ejections shaped them and moved them out to their present locations. "But there is no reason that there could not have been five cores, rather than four," says Brown. Planet Nine could represent that fifth core, and if it got too close to Jupiter or Saturn, it could have been ejected into its distant, eccentric orbit.

Batygin and Brown continue to refine their simulations and learn more about the planet's orbit and its influence on the distant solar system. Meanwhile, Brown and other colleagues have begun searching the skies for Planet Nine. Only the planet's rough orbit is known, not the precise location of the planet on that elliptical path. If the planet happens to be close to its perihelion, Brown says, astronomers should be able to spot it in images captured by previous surveys. If it is in the most distant part of its orbit, the world's largest telescopes—such as the twin 10-meter telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Subaru Telescope, all on Mauna Kea in Hawaii—will be needed to see it. If, however, Planet Nine is now located anywhere in between, many telescopes have a shot at finding it.

"I would love to find it," says Brown. "But I'd also be perfectly happy if someone else found it. That is why we're publishing this paper. We hope that other people are going to get inspired and start searching."

In terms of understanding more about the solar system's context in the rest of the universe, Batygin says that in a couple of ways, this ninth planet that seems like such an oddball to us would actually make our solar system more similar to the other planetary systems that astronomers are finding around other stars. First, most of the planets around other sunlike stars have no single orbital range—that is, some orbit extremely close to their host stars while others follow exceptionally distant orbits. Second, the most common planets around other stars range between 1 and 10 Earth-masses.

"One of the most startling discoveries about other planetary systems has been that the most common type of planet out there has a mass between that of Earth and that of Neptune," says Batygin. "Until now, we've thought that the solar system was lacking in this most common type of planet. Maybe we're more normal after all."

Brown, well known for the significant role he played in the demotion of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet adds, "All those people who are mad that Pluto is no longer a planet can be thrilled to know that there is a real planet out there still to be found," he says. "Now we can go and find this planet and make the solar system have nine planets once again."

The paper is titled "Evidence for a Distant Giant Planet in the Solar System."


The New America's Funniest People (TV Series)

Pilot (1990)

Release Info

USA 8 September 1990


The New America's Funniest People: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (8 Sep. 1990)

"America's Funniest People" Pilot (original title)

TV Episode

Release Date: 8 September 1990 (USA)


Interstellar (2014)


TARS: I have a cue light I can use to show you when I'm joking, if you like.

Cooper: That might help.

TARS: Yeah, you can use it to find your way back to the ship after I blow you out the airlock.

[cue light flashes]


Interstellar (2014)


Cooper: Okay. Now you need to tell me what your plan is to save the world.

Dr. Brand: We're not meant to save the world. We're meant to leave it.

Cooper: [looks up, sees space ships] Rangers.

Dr. Brand: The last components of our one versatile ship in orbit, the Endurance. Our final expedition.

Cooper: You sent people out there looking for a new home?

Dr. Brand: The Lazarus missions.

Cooper: That sounds cheerful.

Dr. Brand: Lazarus came back from the dead.

Cooper: Sure, but he had to die in the first place. There's not a planet in our solar system that can sustain life and the nearest star is over a thousand years away, I mean, that doesn't even qualify as futile. Where'd you send them?

Dr. Brand: Cooper, I can't tell you any more, unless you agree to pilot this craft. You're the best pilot we ever had.

Cooper: And I barely left the stratosphere.

Dr. Brand: This team never left the simulator. We need a pilot, and this is the mission that you were trained for.

Cooper: What, without even knowing it? An hour ago, you didn't even know I was alive and you were going anyway.

Dr. Brand: We had no choice. But something sent you here. They chose you.

Cooper: Well who's "they"?

[Dr. Brand does not answer]


Interstellar (2014)


Romilly: Of all these anomalies, the most significant is this: out near Saturn, a disturbance of space-time.

Cooper: It's a wormhole?

Romilly: Appeared 48 years ago.

Cooper: And, it leads where?

Dr. Brand: Another galaxy.

Cooper: A wormhole's not a naturally occurring phenomenon...

Brand: Someone placed it there.

Cooper: "They."


Interstellar (2014)


Brand: And whoever they are, they appear to be looking out for us. That wormhole, lets us travel to other stars. Came along right as we needed it.

Doyle: They've put potentially habitable worlds right within our reach. Twelve, in fact, from our initial probes.

Cooper: You send probes into that?

Doyle: Mm-hm.

Dr. Brand: We sent *people* into it. Ten years ago.

Cooper: The Lazarus missions.

Dr. Brand: Twelve possible worlds, twelve Ranger launches, carrying the bravest humans ever to live. Led by the remarkable Dr. Mann.

Doyle: Each person's landing pod had enough life support for two years, but they could use hibernation to stretch that, making observations on organics over a decade or more. Their mission was to assess their world, and if it showed potential, then they could send out a signal, bed down for the long nap, wait to be rescued.

Cooper: And what if the world didn't show promise?

Doyle: Hence the bravery.

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 02:30 AM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Thursday 06 April 2017