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Old January 16th, 2004, 02:50 PM   #1
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Charles Gibson does feature pieces for CBS radio. Today he talked about a physics professor who has a webpage devoted to "insultingly stupid movie physics" (http://www.intuitor.com/moviephysics).

During the piece, ZOIC studios was mentioned as having made an unusal effort to get the physics of spacecrafts and space battles right in "Battlestar Galactica" They interviewed Lee Stringer, who mentioned that current animation and rendering software provides a lot of support for this, but that still sometimes they nonetheless have to go with what just looks right.

It was great to unexpectly hear Lee on the radio! He's a great fellow. BTW, check out the website -- it's fun and educational.
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Old January 18th, 2004, 07:33 PM   #2
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you mean they wernt ripping off babylon 5 afterall
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Old January 18th, 2004, 07:59 PM   #3
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Oh, I rather imagine that "Babylon 5" would wind up on the "Insultingly Stupid Physics" website for any number of things, such as suggesting in one first-season episode that a station of B5's mass would have enough external gravity that it could hold an expelled object like a corpse in close proximity to itself.
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well... it might have a little pull if you could stop it from spinning.
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Old January 19th, 2004, 11:57 AM   #5
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Even then, virtually none. The thing is five miles long -- it could be solid depleted uranium and a stiff sneeze would propel someone off its surface (except, obviously, that they'd be sneezing inside a spacesuit ).
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