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I Have to Watch That!

Netflix has added some new shows. Or should I say, they’ve added a couple of really old shows.  I’m definitely going to be watching one of them. And it’s going to be great.

Here’s a hint:

Okay, so that didn’t really happen in He-Man, but the show is now on Netflix!

Of course, that’s not all I’m watching. I need to get back to watching Star Trek, start on Firefly and watch a few movies, like Interstellar and several superhero movies.

But back to He-Man. I always thought it was a weird show. It was simultaneously fantasy and science fiction with people who have enormous muscles and a bad guy with a skull for a face. And that weird vehicle with the wheel-track thingies. I don’t remember watching it regularly, but now I have a chance to watch the first 65 episode season.

Who’s going to watch it?

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What Ancient Rome Really Looked Like

I’m very interested in ancient cultures and all we have that tells us how things used to look are ruins, some art, and some descriptions by people who lived during those times. There’s a project called Rome Reborn that allows us to see what Rome most likely looked like in 320 AD.

I found this video at this website.

The video is quite fascinating, but it makes me wonder about other places. For example, what did ancient Athens look like? Or Constantinople? Or London a few hundred years ago? Or Paris? How about Edo during the time that Edo Castle was still towering over the city? What did Angkor Wat look like when it was in its heyday? Or Machu Picchu? Or Tenochtitlan? So many to wonder about.

What other ancient cities would you like to see recreated in this way? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Childhood Cartoons

Yesterday, we talked about comics. Now, let’s talk about cartoons, especially those we watched when we were kids.

I was born in the 1970s, so I was a child of the 80s. And that meant I got to experience the golden age of Saturday morning cartoons! The 80s were a great time to watch cartoons.

I was a big fan of The Transformers, and watched all the episodes, the movie, and had lots of toys. In 2004, I bought the complete DVD set, which I enjoyed just as much as when I was a kid. It had been so long since I’d seen it, it all felt fresh and new. I also watched MASK and had toys for that. I loved Garfield and Friends, Inspector Gadget, and the old Spider-man. And I also watched Astroboy, which is known as Tetsuwan Atom in Japan. I had no idea it was Japanese, and definitely didn’t know I would visit his neighbourhood in Tokyo, Takadanobaba. There’s even a big mural under the station dedicated to Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Tetsuwan Atom.

What did you enjoy watching when you were growing up? Share your answers in the comments!

The Pluto Flyby in One Beautiful Video

It’s been a while since I posted about the Pluto flyby of New Horizons.  What’s making me write this post is an amazing video I saw of Pluto. It’s very short, so it won’t take up more than a few seconds of your time. Trust me, it looks great. In only 16 seconds, you will see 2 hours of images put together in a beautifully done animation.

This video was made by Bjorn Jonsson, and there are more videos on his Vimeo page. Here’s a quick video of Charon’s rotation.

And another of Pluto’s rotation.

Although these are short videos, a lot of work would be put into them. The frames would have to be aligned so that there’s no wobble and they’d also have to be scaled so they’re all exactly the same size.  Any gaps could be filled in with computer animation, but everything you see in these videos is real. He did a wonderful job, I think.

What did you think of the videos?

Ever Watch the Moon Pass In Front of the Earth? Incredible

I saw this earlier. This animation is from several still images of the moon passing in front of the Earth. The images were taken from the DISCOVR spacecraft about 1.6 million km away from the Earth. It’s a quick video, so it won’t take much of your time.

I don’t think there’s ever been a video or set of images like this before.

Just a note about the moon. You may notice that the leading edge is green. This is not because it’s a photoshopped fake. It’s because they take three images in different colours: red, blue, and green.  The green image just happened to be the last one taken, and the moon had already moved a bit, so that’s why it has a green fringe on the leading edge. There’s an argument on Facebook about this, and some people are claiming it’s a conspiracy. Those people just don’t understand how images are made from spacecraft. They don’t just take a colour photo, they take three monochrome photos at three different wavelengths that correspond to red, blue, and green. Then they combine the images to give a true colour image. Since there is a thirty second delay between the three images, this green offset is the result.

Anyway, incredible set of images!

Pluto Has Some Surprises

As the great George Takei would say, oh my.  NASA recently released images of Pluto from the New Horizons probe have revealed some details about the surface of Pluto. It’s the clearest view yet, and will only get better as the probe passes the dwarf planet and its moons. Just take a look at this video, which is an animation of the images taken by New Horizons.

What you can immediately see is the dark spot on the southern part of Pluto. What is it? This is looking very interesting. See NASA’s news post on this here.

A few days ago, they also released an animation of Charon orbiting Pluto in full colour.

Charon orbiting Pluto, barycentric view.
Charon orbiting Pluto, barycentric view.

What’s remarkable is that the colours of Pluto and Charon are so different. It was guessed that they were similar in composition, but now that we see their colours, it makes their relationship more interesting. Pluto is an orange-beige, while Charon is grey.

Ceres has been great to see, but Pluto is the biggest event this year in space exploration, I think.  I can’t wait to see what the surface looks like. Not long to wait, though. It’ll arrive next month, on July 14th. Who’s looking forward to it?

Disney Titles in Japanese

Sometimes literal translations don’t work well in other cultures.  You often get changes because the original English title doesn’t translate well or doesn’t make much sense.  Here’s a sample of shows from Disney Junior and some Disney movies.

Handy Manny

In Japanese, it’s おたすけマニー.  That’s Otasuke Manny. That translates as Helper Manny.

Special Agent Oso

In Japanese, it’s きんきゅうしゅつどう隊 OSO. That’s Kinkyuushutsudotai OSO. This translates as Emergency Dispatch Corps OSO.

Winnie-the-Pooh

In Japanese, it’s クマのプーさん. That’s Kuma no Puusan. This translates as Pooh the Bear.  Interesting how his name is now Pooh, rather than Winnie-the-Pooh.

Doc McStuffins

In Japanese, it’s ドックはおもちゃドクター. That’s Doc wa Omocha Doctaa. This translates as Doc is a Toy Doctor.

Gaspard and Lisa

In Japanese, it’s リサとガスパール. That’s Lisa to Gaspard. This is confusing me, because all they did was reverse the names. Now it’s Lisa and Gaspard.

Sofia the First

In Japanese, it’s ちいさなプリンセス ソフィア. That’s Chiisana Purinsesu Sofia. That translates as Little Princess Sofia.

Little Einsteins

This is such a minor change.  In Japanese, it’s basically just Little Einstein.

101 Dalmatians: The Series

In Japanese, this is 101匹わんちゃん. That’s Hyakuippiki Wanchan. That translates as 101 Puppies.

Frozen

Finally, we have last year’s Disney movie that was incredibly popular here in Japan.  The Japanese title was アナと雪の女王. This is Ana to Yuki no Jou.  That translates as Anna and the Snow Queen.

My daughter loves the song Ready Go from Frozen, sung by Adele Dazeem…

See what I did there?