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Watching Cosmos


Zener and I were able to catch a few minutes of Cosmos on the Fox website this morning before school (Watch it! Bonus: if you have adblocker software, you can watch commercial free!)

Cosmospic credit

Thoughts:  the Calendar o’ Cosmic Time is wonderful.  I love that metaphor, it really helps put cosmic time and human history in perspective.

I was, at first, a bit disturbed to find out that it was on Fox and not PBS, like the original was.  But then I was convinced that it was probably for the best, as they’d get a much wider viewership, and more money from ads to really make it “pop” with good cgi.  Not that PBS doesn’t do a smashing job – Nova remains the best general science series on TV, period.  But putting it on Fox, with an ad campaign on Fox, means it can potentially reach a much broader audience.  Let’s face it, on PBS it would be kind of like “preaching to the choir”, as it were.

I have not read many reactions to it yet, and those that I have read have been by scientists or science enthusiasts, but I will be peeking about to see what others think of it.

Also, I totally teared up when he talked about meeting Carl Sagan when he was but 17 years old, and how kind Sagan was to him, picking him up from the bus stop, giving him a tour of the facilities, and offering him a place to stay, at his home with his family, if the bus was delayed due to a snowstorm.

Neil deGrasse Tyson said that Sagan showed him the kind of person he wanted to become.  Take home lesson:  compassion and kindness and encouragement pay off massively, in dividends you could never imagine.

Zener did not get to see the whole thing this morning, of course, but I’m looking forward to watching it with him when he gets back from his dad’s.  This morning he mostly just wanted to play Minecraft, which we did not have time for anyway, and he’s a grumpypants in the morning at any rate.