I like watching through old TV series on DVD… no commercials… they are on when I want them to be… continuity… no commercials… I can watch them at a higher speed… no commercials….
Right now I am watching through Stargate-SG1. Fun.
I like the way we are preached at through the really sophisticated plots – so complex that I can actually read Ambrose in Latin while they are on – about environmentalism and the dire effects of organized religions.
I also like the way nearly all aliens speak American English. I comforts me somehow that when the real invasion takes place, we’ll be able to understand the evil whims of our alien overlords.
I also like the way these folks can translate all ancient alien writings… and there always are some and they are always really weird.
So, I was delighted to see on Astronomy Pic of the Day a sample … well… here it is.
1 doz eggs
that red < stuff >
get well card for Bill
pick up dry cle[xxxx]g
lu[xxx] with Beefy
Okay…. maybe that wasn’t it.
Perhaps you have your own version.
Here is the real explanation from Astronomy Pic of the Day:
A Cosmic Call to Nearby Stars
Credit & Copyright: Yuvan Dutil & Stephane Dumas
Explanation: If Earth received this message from deep space, could we decode it? The people from the Cosmic Call project sent the above image as the first page of a longer message. The message was broadcast toward local stars by radio telescope during the summer of 1999. Another message was sent in 2003. The single-dish, 70-meter diameter telescope that send the messages is located in Ukraine on the Crimean peninsula near the town of Yevpatoria. This first page of the Cosmic Call 1999 message, shown above, involves only numbers and so is easier for puzzle solvers to decode than a more famous message broadcast toward distant star cluster M13 in 1974. (The solution is here.)