The Rhythm #17

The Rhythm: when this post hits 88 mph, you’re gonna see some serious shit.

Happy Easter! Another week has come and gone, and with it some decent news. From PSN outages and Chuck fans to Easter in 3D, the internet shows no mercy as usual. As for rumors, we’ve got God particle news just in time for Easter as well as rumors about sex in space from the old USSR. Read on for more.

The Mill: Sex and God Edition

Sex: With this year marking the 50 year anniversary of the first man in space, thanks to the Russians, there have been questions arising into the history of such space programs. In those 50 years, some interesting rumors cropped up, but one in particular has been recently “debunked”, so to speak, by Valery Bogomolov, deputy director of the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow. That would be space sex. Bogomolov denied all rumors about Russian sex experiments in space, stating that “there is no official or unofficial evidence that there were instances of sexual intercourse or the carrying out of sexual experiments in space.” Of course, that didn’t stop him from saying that he can’t say the same for the American space program. So NASA, what have you been doing up there all those years?

[Fox News]

The Large Hadron Collider

The particle physics version of the Eye of Sauron

God: Four physicists at the LHC possibly found evidence for the Higgs boson, just in time for the holidays right? Two high energy photons were detected by the particle collider’s ATLAS collaboration, indicating that a Higgs boson may have decayed into the corresponding particles. What is interesting is that the data suggests that these photons are more energetic than predicted by the standard model, which may be the first observation of anything beyond the standard model. Exciting. However, CERN has denied that the leaked result is fact. There is still lots of analysis to do before it’s completely confirmed, but that’s true for all science.

[Wired]
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Jesus in 3D

Today is Easter, in case you weren’t aware, and one church in Elk River, Minnesota is doing things a little different in order to bring more people in for Sunday mass. That would be giving away prizes. Not just any prizes, we’re talking Nintendo 3DS’s, 3D TVs, and 3D movie packages. Pastor Eric Dykstra of The Crossing Church is the man behind it all and is doing this in order to get more people involved with the way things used to be: chocolate-church-ham. He expects 5,000 to 6,000 people attending Easter service today. An interesting idea, but it seems a bit against what the Church teaches, you know the whole “worldly possessions” thing. Still, bring a friend and win a 3DS, it could work.

[Kotaku]

Give a Chuck for Chuck

Tweet if you love #Chuck

Another season of Chuck is coming to an end, and like every other season we’re not sure if there’s going to be another one. It’s pretty much old hat now for Chuck fans, the little song and dance that risks the show’s cancellation. Previously, there have been plenty of campaigns by fans and cast alike to keep the show going, from Subway getting involved (if you haven’t noticed that already) to fans amassing in major cities to demonstrate their love for the geek turned super spy. This year, thanks to the Nielsen ratings, Chuck is once again in danger of cancellation and a group of fans have started to coordinate a campaign to save the show called [We Give a Chuck]. The campaign is quite interesting actually, the group floods Twitter with tweets during the airing of new episodes. The tweets are targeted at the companies whose commercials run during the show, and each post is appended by the hashtag #NotANielsenFamily. Here’s hoping it works. With only two episodes left in the season, there’s not much time to effectively change the minds of NBC execs. The Chuckers out there are hoping to draw the attention of the advertisers via Twitter to potentially get them to incorporate the social network as another metric for determining viewership for TV shows. From this Chuck fan to all the others, I’ve heard the season finale is a cliffhanger, let’s get the Bartowski’s one more season so I don’t have to have another show (SGU) end on an unresolved cliffhanger.

[Wired]

Hacked again?

More PSN Outages

Don’t be looking to sync up those new trophies you’ve gotten any time soon. It seems after days of the PlayStation Network being down, new info has been brought to light in the past few nights. Sony issued a statement recently saying that the PSN outage us due to some form of intrusion from an external source. This may lead back to the earlier outage done by hacker group Anonymous a few weeks ago, but they deny any involvement this time around. Sony reports that the outage will continue as they rebuild their system to prevent such intrusions and outages in the future. There’s no word yet as to when things will be back online. Let’s just hope it’s before June when the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta goes online, though I don’t see that being a problem.

[IGN]




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