Neil deGrasse Tyson

SDCC 2018: TV Trailers Overflow at Comic Con

Comic Con is often remembered for the big panels in Hall H, the massive studio presence by companies like Marvel, and the fans.  When Marvel announced they would not have the usual massive presence many worried that the behemoth that is SDCC might be slowing down in its old age (next year the con turns 50).  Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Along with news of tentpole films like Aquaman, WonderWoman84, and Godzilla King of Monsters there were also a lot of great new trailers for shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek: Discovery, and the Walking Dead franchise.

Sometimes those big reveals overshadow some other shows worthy of attention.

Here are a just a few of the TV trailers that premiered over the weekend.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson has proved his awesomeness as a rock star scientist with guest roles as himself on shows like The Big Bang Theory, hosting the critically-acclaimed science and discovery miniseries Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, and has appeared on numerous talk shows like The Daily Show. Now, to further confirm just how awesome he is, Tyson is getting his own talk show. On the National Geographic Channel no less. There’s no doubt that the late night landscape is changing, with Jimmy Fallon now holding court on The Tonight Show, and Stephen Colbert teeing up to takeover The Later Show, but is there room for an affable but combative scientist hosting a weekly talk show on a TV channel known more for education than entertainment? You better not doubt NdT! (more…)

B94C’mon, we shouldn’t let a little thing like scientific accuracy get in the way Hollywood magic should we? Well, maybe we should when the movie Gravity is being lauded as one of the finest visual representations of space. Who better to hold up the “Check yourself, before you wreck yourself” banner than science’s premier Outer-Space-Guy, Neil deGrasse Tyson. You’ve got to check out his Thumb-Bleeding-Twitter-Rant after the jump.

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The Top Ten Most Influential Nerds

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Nerds!

I could be unbelievably corny and opine that we’ve “Come A Long Way, Baby…”  And regardless of how hackneyed a comment that would be, it’s the simple truth: Nerds and Geeks (use whatever term you like–the differences between them are a subject for another article) are at the vanguard of modern pop culture and entertainment: Scientists are celebrities, comic book heroes are movie stars, supermodels talk of their love for video games….This is the world Nerds built….

And this list celebrates some of it’s greatest architects.

Honored here are actors, comedians, filmmakers, physicists, TV personalities, and writers. All are card-carrying geeks, and all have contributed something unique to this wonderful Nerdiverse of ours. In the interest of communicating exactly what makes each of these personalities worthy of inclusion here, I have included a quotation from each of them (and links to their respective Facebook Pages in their names).

Anyhoo, let’s proceed with the list proper–starting at number ten with:

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Yesterday we shared an interview with J.J. Abrams from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in where the two tackled the great nerd debate, Star Trek vs Star Wars. They came to an amicable conclusion deciding both franchises, while being quite different, were both exemplary science fiction television shows/movies. I mean, of course Abrams has to be a fan of both, he’s only the engineer of both multi-million dollar film franchises. But how about an actual scientist? What does science have to say about the Star Trek vs Star Wars debate?

Renowned astrophysicist and proud internet meme, Neil deGrasse Tyson – who’ll also be hosting the updated version of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, coming to FOX in 2014 – says, for him, the choice is easy,

I’m old-school with the big traditional TV and movie series, so I’m old-school Star Trek. I’m partial to the old crew, Captain Kirk. I never got into Star Wars. Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all.

Agreed. While both are science fiction, Star Wars relies more heavily on the fiction than the science, as opposed to Star Trek which inspired many real life scientific innovations.

There’s one thing, though, that Tyson says he’s always enjoyed about Star Wars,

I like the double star sunset scene (on Tatooine). Most stars you see in the night sky are double and triple stars, so that’s a very common thing we would expect in the universe. But, yeah… [holds up Vulcan hand sign].

Leave it to the astrophysicist to get a chubby about that twin sunset. Watch the video below for Tyson’s full interview with Business Insider,

So we’ve heard from three veritable “experts” on this all too pressing, important discussion, where do you stand? Star Trek or Star Wars? Or both!? I won’t make you choose if you don’t want to. I know I couldn’t! (Okay, if I really had to choose, like, gun to my head, it’s Star Trek.)

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As one of the foremost experts on the physics of the universe, Neil deGrasse Tyson is one big nerd and he really flexes his nerd muscle through his Twitter account.

Earlier in the week, Neil deGrasse must have been watching the Avengers, or Thor, because of a special revelation he posted online that has had many of us pondering for quite some time. Using scientific methods, which most of us would have had an ice cream head ache over, and his knowledge of the building materials that went into the legendary weapon, Neil came up with a rough estimate of just how heavy Mjolnir is.
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The astronomical science is one thing, so to simplify it for all us not-so-scientific people, he has graciously used elephants as a form of measurement. And thanks to some research from Blastr, we now know an average male African bush elephant weighs roughly 12,000 lbs. Random trivia fact for the day. You’re welcome. But how exactly did deGrasse figure all of this out without physically holding a hammer that technically doesn’t even exist?

Brace yourself.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is a god or he just uses his best judgement and makes up some random number while referencing a herd of elephants. Either way, I am not going to second guess a man that knows so much about astronomy.

Source: Blastr

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Who’s that, you ask? Why that’s Batman. The real Batman. As in what it looks like if you digitally create a composite image of the faces of all the actors to play Batman: Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale. Created by Redditor morphinapg. [Nerd Approved]

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Krypton Exists!

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: America’s favorite rock star astrophysicist just became even cooler. Neil deGrasse Tyson has determined “the “real” Krypton is in the Corvus constellation, about 27.1 light years from Earth, orbiting the red dwarf star LHS 2520.”  You can see Tyson personally deliver this info to Superman himself in Action Comics #14, out today. [Nerd Approved]

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

Above: Stunning photography and cosplay by Max Cookies Power and Alexia Jean Grey with body paint by Carlos Blanchard. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better Venom costume, even in that shitty Spider-Man 3! (CBM)

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At Comic-Con, somewhere between the madness of the exhibit hall and the over-crowded Hall H, there’s a panel called Starship Smackdown. It’s a logical discussion by notable nerds about what spaceship can be considered the best of them all. This year it came down to the grandaddy of spaceships, the Enterprise from Star Trek. And not just one Enterprise, but the final debate was between the Enterprise NCC 1701 and the NCC 1701-A from The Motion Picture.

Tough call, wouldn’t you say? Thankfully, world famous astrophysicist and all around awesome dude, Neil deGrasse Tyson was in the audience and he provided a perspective not considered by those on the panel,

Boom! Put that in your nacelle and smoke it!

Which Enterprise, or how about spaceship, do you think should be considered the greatest?

Source: The Next Web

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