Stephen Hawking’s most memorable quotes (RIP)

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”

“I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity. Perhaps one day I will go into space.”

“At school, I was never more than about halfway up the class. It was a very bright class. My classwork was very untidy, and my handwriting was the despair of my teachers. But my classmates gave me the nickname Einstein, so presumably they saw signs of something better. When I was twelve, one of my friends bet another friend a bag of sweets that I would never come to anything. I don’t know if this bet was ever settled, and if so, which way it was decided.”

“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”

“I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

“Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”

“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”

“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”

On euthanasia: “The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”

Star Trek: Discovery ventures into the Mirror Universe

Being a Star Trek show in 2018 is very tuff. Television is a very different beast than it was in the 60s or 90s. The happier days of exciting yet straightforward story-telling we saw in older series is just not enough. In the old days, you could apply your own CGI using the most powerful graphics system available  – the human mind. But these day’s, it’s not enough.

It’s more than just CGI, of course.

Star Trek has to attract a new audience but also has to be true to its roots as it tries to hold on to its old audience. Attracting a new audience is very tricky indeed and has potential to be a complete disaster.  Look at Star Trek Enterprise which struggled from the start in 2004 and lasted for only four seasons, and it’s most unpopular episode was arguably the last episode filmed.

But so far Star Trek Discovery has been trying pretty hard to keep audiences happy.

Image via TrekMovie.com

Discovery’s  latest episode entitled “Despite Yourself” is directed by number 1 aka Jonathan Frakes, a Star Trek: TNG actor who portrayed the second in command of the Enterprise D in Star Trek: The Next Generation (80s/90s). Frakes did a fantastic job with the direction of the episode.

The episode overall had some questionable moments of violence, which let’s face it is entirely unnecessary in Star Trek storytelling of peace and exploration. However in 2018 shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones has told us not to relax too much with established characters  – they don’t always survive!

“Despite Yourself” gives a wink back (wink forward if you are following the timelines correctly) to Star Trek The Original Series and Star Trek Deep Space Nine episodes. This kind of episode is known as a mirror universe episode. An accident has landed the ship in an alternative reality where their counterparts are generally much sexier, and the mild manner characters are more aggressive.

The idea of a mirror universe was first introduced in the original Star Trek episode “Mirror, Mirror”, which featured the brutal Terran Empire, run by humans and their Vulcan allies, in place of the United Federation of Planets

Worth a watch and if anything – It’s great to have Star Trek back on our screens. Star Trek Discovery currently airs on Netflix in Ireland.

 

Weekend listening: Top 5 Ted talks we love.

Time to kill this weekend? We compiled some of our favorite Ted talks from over the years. Enjoy!

1. Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do.

Learn the force behind the things you do in your everyday life and how to change your habits.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_robbins_asks_why_we_do_what_we_do

2. Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Having less stuff might actually make us happier.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness

3. Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Learn why introverts should be encouraged and celebrated.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts

4. Keith Barry: Brain magic

Learn how our brains can fool our bodies.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/keith_barry_does_brain_magic

5. Elon Musk: The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity

Elon Musk discusses the innovative thought processes behind some of his greatest ventures: Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity. He also explores the future of sustainable energy — and the necessity of solar energy in the future.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/elon_musk_the_mind_behind_tesla_spacex_solarcity

Star Trek: Next Generation actor dies at 33

Jon Paul Steuer who played the memorable Alexander Rozhenko (Lt. Worf’s son) on the American TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation has died at the age of 33.

Although many differed actors played the role, Steuer was the first to play the character. The actor was one of few child actors at the time willing to sit in the make-up chair for three hours a day, to apply the Klingon makeup. However, the actor was not recast as the producers wanted an older person.

Later in his life, he became a musician.

His Band wrote on their Facebook page today, “it is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer. The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did. He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.
We’ve lost our singer, but far, far more than that we’ve lost a friend.
Rest in peace, Jonny…we love you.
Jon Paul Steuer March 27, 1984 – January 1, 2018

 

leS ‘uQ’a’ je batlhlIj Heghpu’ neH sto’vo ‘ej qor.

10 random but interesting facts

Bored? 60 seconds to spare?

We have gone through an extensive list of interesting facts and pulled out what we think are the 10 best.

Enjoy and share.

1. Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they were called trailers.
2. Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were college roommates.
3. Honey is the only food that never expires. The same honey that was buried with the pharaohs in Egypt is still edible.
4. Pirates wore eye patches so one eye would always be acclimated to the darkness, allowing them to see in the darkness below decks in an instant.
5. The Price Is Right and Grand Theft Auto use the same font.
6. Horses can’t vomit.
7. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
8. Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
9. The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
10. If you lift a kangaroo tail off the ground, it can’t hop.

Which was your favorite?

Hopefully, you pondered over some of these and found them as interesting as we did.

The Walking Dead: Rick Grimes Quiz

We have been following the TV Show ‘The Walking Dead’ up until the very latest season.

See if you can answer this short, simple quiz on the shows lead character Rick Grimes, it’s focus is on earlier episodes.

(if you can’t see the quiz below click here.)

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Fans Tweeted Tributes To Carrie Fisher On The Anniversary Of Her Death #CarrieOnForever

One year ago on the 27th of December, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died. Her friend and Star Wars costar, Mark Hamill, took to Twitter to commemorate her passing. Posting a tribute to her he started the hashtag #CarrieOnForever.

And soon the tweets started spreading throughout the galaxy.

(source) First saw Star Wars when I was 6. I remember loving Princess Leia for her feistiness,leadership,&sarcasm. I grew up&fell in love with her for being such a strong mental health advocate&finding out she deals with the same issues I do. RIP, Carrie.We all miss you. 

https://twitter.com/SWTweets/status/946044873785798656

 

 

TAYTO will now feature the flavour as Gaeilge

There is nothing more Irish than a packet of Tayto. In fact, Tayto is treated the same way as ‘hover’ vacuums in Ireland, in regardless of the brand we refer to all crisps (or chips in the US) as Tayto.

I suppose being so Irish, it should come as no surprise that their crisp packets are now bilingual. But sure why not?

Cheese & Onion is now Brioscáin Phrátaí Faoi Bhlas Cáise & Oinniúin, Salt & Vinegar becomes Brioscáin Phrátaí Faoi Bhlas Salainn & Finéagair, and Prawn Cocktail becomes Brioscáin Phrátaí Faoi Bhlas Manglaim Cloicheán

Star Wars: A Brief History

Star Wars: The Last Jedi just opened today in Ireland, with that in mind, lets take a quick look back in time…

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away begins an epic journey that lasts until this day. Originally written and directed by George Lucas, the Star Wars franchise captured millions with its portrayal of forbidden love, alternate universes, universal light versus darkness battle and relatable characters leaving a trace in modern cinema until this very day. As Disney releases the new episode, we take a step back to revisit a history of Star Wars. The following contains the Star Wars franchise and the events until this day in chronological order, as we start off with prequels, then move on to the original trilogy released back in 1977 only to finish with the latest Disney installment that still manages to keep our hearts at bay.

Prequels

Episode I finds us on Naboo, as two members of Jedi order, the master Qui-Gon Jinn and a young Jedi Obi-Wan set off on a mission to save Queen Amidala whose planet Naboo is under the invasion. The damage on their ship makes them land on Tatooine where they meet young Anakin Skywalker, the boy who Qui-Gon Jinn believes to be a huge potential. We follow Jedi soldiers, Queen Amidala and Anakin Skywalker on their journey as they fight Darth Maul, the invader. Qui-Gon dies at the hands of the Darth Maul so eventually Obi-Wan leaves with young Anakin.

Episode II finds us 10 years later as Anakin Skywalker is appointed by the Jedi Order to protect Senator Padme Amidala. While on a mission, Anakin falls in love with Padme, and discovers the dark side of the force along the way. His master Obi-Wan investigates separately, ultimately discovering the clone army that the Galactic Republic supposedly ordered. Count Duku, the Sith’s apprentice, captures Obi-Wan, causing Padme and Anakin to come to his aid. In conclusion, the Jedi Master Yoda saves all three of them, as the civil war emerges causing the Jedi Order to call upon the clone army. Padme secretly weds Anakin, as the scheme by the reemerging Sith goes on as the Clone Wars begin.

Episode III finds during the Clone Wars, as the Councilor Palpatine is captured by Count Dooku and General Grievous. Anakin and Obi-Wan team up to save the councilor. Upon their successful return, Padme reveals her pregnancy, and while Obi-Wan fights Grievous, Anakin is seduced by Palpatine who reveals himself to be a Sith Lord. Eventually, Anakin turns on the Jedi Order to become the Sith Apprentice, Darth Vader, only to be defeated and almost killed by Obi-Wan as his wife dies while giving birth to twins Leah and Luke. The twins are separated and sent away as the Sith’s empire rises on the ashes of the Jedi Order who he eradicates with the clone army, revealing their true nature.

Original

Episode IV finds us 19 years later as Princess Leah, a member of the rebel alliance is captured by Darth Vader, as the Sith Lord tests out his deadly weapon, the Death Star. The weapon itself is flawed and Princess Leah sends out the plans and a message via C2PO and R2D2 to Obi-Wan. Meanwhile, young Luke Skywalker finds a message, discovers a legacy, setting off on a journey with Obi-Wan with the help of Han Solo, the smuggler, and Chewbacca. They eventually save Princess Leah destroying the Death Star while Obi-Wan sacrifices himself.

Episode V finds us as Luke travels to planet Dagobah in his attempt to become a Jedi, training with survivor Yoda. While Luke trains on Dagobah, Princess Leah, Han Solo, and Chewbacca are betrayed by Solo’s friend Lando and captured by Darth Vader. Luke leaves Yoda to save his friends, and while Han is frozen in carbonite and delivered to Jabba the Hutt, Luke confronts Darth Vader that reveals himself as his father. Luke loses his hand in a duel but manages to escape, shocked by the discovery.

Episode VI finds us a year later, along with Leah and Luke on a rescue mission to save Han Solo. Our heroes save their smuggler friend, and Luke goes back to Dagobah only to see Yoda dying as he leaves the fate of the Galaxy in Luke’s hands. The rebels joined by Han Solo and Leah learn of the New Death Star that Palpatine himself supervises, Luke confronts his father, and as he defeats Vader, he tries to fight the Sith as well. He loses but is saved by Darth Vader. Anakin redeems himself by fulfilling the prophecy, killing the Sith. The Death Star is destroyed and balance is restored.

Recently…

Star Wars Force Awakens finds us as young scavenger Rey finds herself in the middle of the war between the First Order led by Kylo Ren, the estranged son of Han and Leah and the New Republic. Luke hides from the world as we follow new characters as well as the old on their mission to find him. The Death Star lookalike ruins cities, and Han Solo must confront his son, but this results in Solo’s death, as Rey discovers the force within her. R232 droid reveals Luke’s location and Leah sends Rey to Luke, as the movie ends with their meet on the planet Ahch-To.

Year in Search 2017

Google has announced their “Year in Search” for 2017. The list is based on search terms that had a high spike in traffic in 2017 compared to 2016.

For Ireland overall  Conor McGregor and Donald Trump make unsurprising appearances:

Overall Searches
1) Hurricane Ophelia
2) Donald Trump
3) Ireland v Denmark
4) 13 Reasons Why
5) Fidget spinner
6) Hurricane Irma
7) Eireann bus strike
8) McGregor vs Mayweather
9) Eurovision
10) Harvey Weinstein

These lists are also catgorisied into ‘recipes’, general questions – i.e ‘what is’ and ‘what are’ type questions,  and ‘sporting events’ as well as ‘movies’.

Here are the other Google queries:

How To…?
1) How to make slime
2) How to watch McGregor vs Mayweather
3) How to lose weight
4) How to check credit on 3
5) How to make pancake mix
6) How to solve a rubix cube
7) How to open a coconut
8) How to download on netflix
9) How to bleed radiators
10) How to register to vote

Movies
1) Dunkirk
2) IT
3) Beauty & the Beast
4) La La Land
5) Justice League
6) Wonder Woman
7) Blade Runner 2049
8) Murder on the Orient Express
9) Logan
10) Baby Driver

Recipes
1) Spaghetti Bolognese
2) Chilli con carne
3) Beef stroganoff
4) Guacamole
5) Pavlova
6) Banana bread
7) Pancake
8) Scone
9) Banoffee pie
10) Fish pie

Sporting Events
1) Ireland vs Denmark
2) McGregor vs Mayweather
3) Cheltenham
4) Confederations Cup
5) Ireland vs Wales
6) RBS 6 nations
7) Ireland vs South Africa
8) Tour de France
9) All Ireland hurling
10) Galway races

What Is…
1) What is the antikythera mechanism
2) What is a hurricane
3) What is bitcoin
4) What is a pangolin
5) What is a tracker mortgage
6) What is the Confederation Cup
7) What is covfefe
8) What is DACA
9) What is a teleporter
10) What is a fidget spinner