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Black Holes, Killer Asteroids and Spaghetti-fication, oh my!
January 8, 2009 12:08 PM   Subscribe

You're Going to Die II: The always entertaining astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson discusses a few of the ways the cosmos could kill you, for City Arts & Lectures. [previously]
posted by jamaro (15 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Interesting, albeit he's rather annoying and almost self-righteously dorky all at the same time.
posted by ZaneJ. at 12:34 PM on January 8, 2009


It's nice to see Tyson talk about something other than (well ... I mean, not just) black holes. This must have been at least the fourth separate talk I've seen him give on that "death by black hole" routine.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 12:39 PM on January 8, 2009


MetaFilter: Rather annoying and almost self-righteously dorky all at the same time.
posted by fijiwriter at 12:39 PM on January 8, 2009 [4 favorites]


The asteroid part is in the middle and is actually quite interesting.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:47 PM on January 8, 2009


Dr Tyson is made of pure awesomons. It's a scientific FACT.
posted by grubi at 12:57 PM on January 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


Can I get a transcript?
posted by greensweater at 1:29 PM on January 8, 2009


I've had quite enough existential dread for today, thank you very much.
posted by hellojed at 1:37 PM on January 8, 2009


"Stay out of Malibu, you asteroid! Stay out of Malibu, you asteroid!"

/Lebowski

OK, seriously, I dig this guy and his work. Glad to see folks like him and authors like Bill Bryson make science understandable and approachable, and dare I say it, cool.
posted by fijiwriter at 1:40 PM on January 8, 2009


Wait a minute. I didn't have time to look at the whole video..but you mean to tell me that at any time we could be sucked into outer space and smashed to pieces by a flying space rock.
Well I say: IT"S PRIME TIME FOR A 48 HOUR NON STOP PARTY! By non stop, I mean if I'm right or wrong. It's gonna be one hellava party. You in!?
posted by doctorschlock at 1:54 PM on January 8, 2009


Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my absolute favorite people in the world. In high school, wen I was on the AcDec team (competitive test-taking, how's that for nerdiness?) the science portion my junior year was astrophysics. We watched videos of him every day, and we all loved him. He makes better use of hand gestures than most Italians (NOT ITALIAN-IST). On a side note, I have a fish named after him.
posted by internet!Hannah at 4:54 PM on January 8, 2009


Just a tiny little corner of what's available at Exit Mundi.
posted by localroger at 5:18 PM on January 8, 2009


That's random, I saw Tyson on TV yesterday. I had never heard of him before. Must be book tour time. I love the way he is so obviously and unapologetically entertained by these things and brings everyone else along on his interesting ride.
posted by xorry at 7:37 PM on January 8, 2009


This is great! I have his book in my 'to read' pile, so I'm glad I can get a snapshot before opening it up and committing to read it. It does seem interesting, though.
posted by librarylis at 1:32 AM on January 9, 2009


ZaneJ starting in early with the snark. I thought it was a great talk.

Hell, I wish this guy was my uncle or something. I'd just sit around and listen to him tell morbid bed-time stories. Of course, I also voted Dennis Kucinich for my grandpa last year tho, so maybe I just have male role-model issues. I think I'm going to go get a drink...it's noon, right?
posted by es_de_bah at 8:54 AM on January 9, 2009


I highly recommend his book, even as a total Physics "moran" (sic), I really enjoyed it. The man is just awesome; finding this video, months ago, was what prompted me to check out the book.
posted by Dark Messiah at 12:51 PM on January 9, 2009


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