Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Maggie's Farm, one of my favorite interweb destinations is devoting the bulk of their bandwidth over the next few weeks to broadcasting the old BBC series The Day the Universe Changed. When I first saw the series as a teenager, it was a revelation. The host James Burke is clever and amusing and you'll learn more from the series than you will by going to college...seriously. They start broadcasting Sunday.
Long before the space race and space shuttle, a brilliant, wealthy, charming Boston Brahmin named Percival Lowell popularized the idea that we are not alone in the universe. As the next US spacecraft prepares to descend upon the Red Planet, it's an idea worth revisiting.
Not exactly Ocean's Eleven but still pretty cool.