Saturday, July 14, 2007

Dis Cover, Dat Cover, Who Cares?

Illustration Friday: Discovery

I don't know who these guys are, but they're out to discover something.

I fully admit that I did no research or use any reference photos. It's sort of a mish-mash of what I think an ancient ship discovering strange new countries would look like.

1) The Transformers were invented by the Quintessons. This, of course, was not in the Michael Bay film, as it actually would involve a bit of creative science fiction & story telling.
2) Schrödinger's Cat simultaneously exists in the states of being alive and dead- until someone opens the box. Kudos to Aravis & Ian T.
3) On Doctor Who, the first incarnation of The Doctor had a granddaughter, Susan. Good job again Ian T.
4) The U.S.S. Enterprise's insignia is NCC-1701. Good job Elena (aka French Toast Girl) & Loni Edwards.
5) In NetHack, as in regular Hack, eating a floating eye gives you clairvoyance (you can see other creatures anywhere in the level when you are blind.) Again, nice work Elena.
6) In the book 2001 & the film & book 2010, David Bowman's last words as a human were "My God- it's full of stars!"
7) e is the constant for the inverse of the natural logarithm. Say that three times fast.
8) In Dune, a Crysknife is made from the tooth of a giant worm. Elena once again lets her geekiness shine.
9) Wookies come from Kashyyyk, that place with all the tree forts in Revenge of the Sith.
10) The Knights Who Say "Ni" cannot abide the word "it." "Suffice to say, it is one of the words the Knights of Ni cannot hear!... No, it's not 'is,' you can't get very far in life not saying 'is!'" Good job Aravis, Elena, and Ian.

Bonus Questions for the supreme geek!
1) What is the meaning of life? (If you're a true geek, you'll know the answer I'm looking for immediately.)
2) Why did the HAL9000 murder the crew of the Discovery?
3) What was the first appearance of Boba Fett?
4) Define "Grok."
5) What does Ubik fix?



MIKE said...

oldschool-- Viking style..

studio lolo said...

The geek quiz hurts my head....but this is an awesome drawing!

mike & kim said...

1. 42
3. episode 4 1978
4.understanding on a mental, moral, and spiritual level.
5. that anything like "voom"

Tim said...

Actually, eating a floating eye gives telepathy. Clairvoyancy is achieved through other means, such as wearing a pointy hat as a wizard. Telepathy lets you see creatures (in the case of a telepathy given by floating eyes, only while blinded), while clairvoyancy reveals your surroundings every 20 or so moves.

carla said...

I love the face on the masthead of the discovery ship... it looks like it's going to devour anything that gets in the way of its quest! very cool!

(Your blog has become even more geeky in my absence... I have no idea what Tim is talking about, but he seems very perspicacious.)

Tony LaRocca said...

Tim- you are the God of all Geekdom. I bow down to you.

Mike & Kim- No, it wasn't in "Star Wars." (I will die a thousand deaths before I call it "Episdode 4: A New Hope" or whatever asinine name Lucas has given it now.) -But good job on most of the others!

Knitting Painter Woman said...

42 and Shrodinger's cat were the only ones I knew. Retired librarians don't always remember much, because they know they could look it up. Someplace. I like the ship.

red-handed said...

Vikings ... rule.

Craig J. said...

1) If you mean the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, it is 42.

2) Because they jeopardized the mission that only he had full knowledge of.

3) A cartoon in The Star Wars Holiday Special

4) To eat, as in Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land

5) I couldn't tell you.

Studio Zuga said...

uhmmm, im just here to comment on the ship. the one above in the water that everyone can see. it sorta has a sepia color goin on that i like and a wild masthead that looks like it takes no prisoners when they do discover wht the hell u other ppl are talkin bout cause im clueless.

Mise said...

Geez... the quiz is geek Heaven ...don't know a single that a good thing? :D

The masthead on the ship certainly mirrors the predatory nature of many invaders ...

Teri C said...

What a great drawing!! Perfect for 'discovery'.

bookbabie said...

That's one fierce looking ship, good idea for this topic!

imwithsully said...

Yes, I love all things viking and medieval! However, I didn't understand a thing in the geek quiz. I'm no fun...

janie said...

I think they might discover that they need to design a better boat, one that doesn't keep nosediving ;)
They were boreing it to tears or was that just me.
the crown of his head unless he was breached!
A state of grogginess and crankiness, usually felt in the morning before coffee!
Your false teeth?

Jennifer Blake said...

I thought the throat on the boat was a cool touch... liked the illo and the feeling it brings with it of old.. and danger.