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11 Quirky Code Names for Apple Products

Apple uses secret internal code names for many of its products before they’re released. Over the years, they’ve come up with some really weird ones — including one that led to multiple lawsuits. 1. “Carl Sagan”/”Butt-Head Astronomer” – Power Macintosh 7100 Apple hoped to make “billions and billions” from this midrange model of the Power [...]

Butt-Head Astronomer

A funny story from Letters of Note: Late-1993, renowned astronomer Carl Sagan learnt that Apple’s forthcoming computer, the Power Macintosh 7100, had been given a codename of “Carl Sagan” — the joke being that they would sell “billions and billions.” This was mentioned in a MacWEEK article some time later, to which Sagan sent the following [...]

Lectures for a New Year: God, the Universe, and Everything Else

Ready for a spectacular late-80s treat? Here we have Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Arthur C. Clarke in discussion with Magnus Magnusson shortly after Hawking’s A Brief History of Time was published. This discussion was sparked by the book (Sagan wrote the introduction), and it shows three visionaries at a time in history [...]

“Cosmos” as Choose-Your-Own-Adventure

Accountant and Cosmos aficionado Callum Sutherland has remixed the landmark Carl Sagan documentary Cosmos into a “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” style video series called Imagination. You have to have Flash installed, and YouTube Annotations enabled for it to work (these are both set up properly by default for most people); once once you’ve got those going, it’s [...]

NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos

NOVA’s “The Fabric of the Cosmos” premieres tonight, November 2, at 9pm ET/PT on most PBS stations. Recommended for: families who aren’t quite sure what relativity is, but want to find out. Starting tonight, enjoy the four-hour series The Fabric of the Cosmos, based on physicist Brian Greene’s breakthrough book. I’ve previewed the [...]

The Late Movies: Carl Sagan Interviewed By Ted Turner (!)

In this 1989 CNN interview, Ted Turner interviews Carl Sagan on the environment, nuclear warfare, space, time travel, SETI, and other topics. Turner frequently seems to be out of his depth during this interview (as in part four, when he suggests that time travel to “live with the Indians” might be a good solution for [...]

End of an Era

(YouTube link) The Sagan Series put together an inspiring video in honor of the final space shuttle flight, narrated by Carl Sagan. You can see the sources for all the video clips at the YouTube page. -via reddit

Gorgeous Short Film Made from Cassini Mission Footage

CASSINI MISSION from cabbas on Vimeo. Space mission footage can look a little dull and, well, scientific sometimes, but filmmaker Chris Abbas managed to imbue images captured by the Cassini mission with a wonderful sort of lo-fi mystery. He writes: I truly enjoy outer space. It’s absolutely amazing that we now have the ability to send instruments [...]

Carl Sagan’s Fictional Cosmos

(College Humor link) Carl Sagan looks at the life forms on some of the billions and billions of planets outside our solar system in this animation by Dan Meth. You may recognize some of them. -via Everlasting Blort

Ode to the Brain

“The brain is a very big place, in a very small space” -Carl Sagan, in the latest Symphony of Science song. More geeky scientific awe, communicated via music and imagery, from composer John Boswell. “Here is this mass of jelly you can hold in the palm of your hands. And it can contemplate the vastness of [...]