Death from Above

By Phil Plait | October 6, 2009 12:04 pm

No, this isn’t what you’re thinking. The comedy group LoadingReadyRun does a satirical newscast where the topic is, well, see for yourself.

I think someone’s been reading my book .

CATEGORIZED UNDER: DeathfromtheSkies!, Humor
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Comments (36)

  1. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    You wrote a book?

    :mrgreen:

  2. The international here of astronomy who has heard of such a weird concept.

  3. bigjohn756

    Would it be your book? Or, maybe, Asimov’s book. Or, possibly, Tyson’s book?

  4. Ivan, do you stare at your computer all day waiting for Phil to post about his book, Death From The Skies, now available in paperback from Amazon and other fine retailers, just so you can post, “You wrote a book?”?

    Make no mistake, I still think it’s funny that you do that and I hope and expect that you continue doing it. In fact, I think the next time Phil mentions his book, we should ALL post a comment, “You wrote a book?”. I was just wondering about your technique of allowing only one minute to pass between Phil’s post and your comment, that’s all.

    Stay vigilant.

  5. Minos

    I particularly like the jabs at the Pluto fiasco: “mythical 9th planet”.

  6. Hi! I’m Matt (The newscaster in the above video). I just wanted to thank you for linking to it, Phil.

    It was written by an astronomer friend of ours who feels much the way you do regarding conspiracy and non-science, and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks again!

  7. I second PsyberDave’s idea! All in favour?

    You wrote a book? 😀

  8. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    PsyberDave:

    Ivan, do you stare at your computer all day waiting for Phil to post about his book…? […] I was just wondering about your technique of allowing only one minute to pass between Phil’s post and your comment, that’s all.

    No, man, like er… the Phil dude is here in London town, man… and like er… I’m picking up his vibes, man…
    😎

  9. Love the video.

    What’s this about a book?

  10. TS

    You wrote a book?

    Thanks for the hug at TAM London!

  11. Gary Ansorge

    If Phil ever DOES write a book titled How to Survive the End of the World(Hint,Hint) it should start with JUST DON’T BE THERE!. Snark. As you can tell, I’m not all that committed to planets. Nice places to grow up but so bloody hard to get away from.

    As far as vibes are concerned(Mr Good Vibe is ONE of my nick names) isn’t it funny that my new vehicle is a Pontiac VIBE??? No? Oh well. Must be a coincidence,,,

    SO Ivan. You have BadAstro on an RSS feed? Now, THAT’S a good vibe.

    GAry 7

  12. sorry not here but year just noticed.

  13. Kevin

    The rogue planet Hyperion is already here!!! It’s hiding in plain sight as one of Saturn’s moons!!

  14. TheBlackCat

    No, this isn’t what you’re thinking.

    It isn’t about Battletech/Mechwarrior? Darn.

  15. TWalker

    Wonderful to hear about the erectile dysfunction curing side effect of rogue planetary collisions. I wonder if it will also cure anti-vaccine parents of children of their irrational fears?

    And,

    You wrote a book? Keen-o.

  16. Rob Jase

    But what does Debra have to say???

  17. Damon

    Five minutes I’ll never get back. Thanks, Phil.

    And I love the “Wacky Astrologer” stereotype, even though you’ll find that most astrologers are pretty reserved, friendly, grounded people, who are just trying to give people some guidance in their lives, benign advice that they are free to take or leave. It reminds me of the pop-culture view of pot-smokers as stupid, lazy stoner hippies– often the complete opposite. Which is funny because pretty much everyone does it, just doesn’t talk about it.

    Keep chasing that rainbow.

  18. PJE

    Damon are for real or just kidding? I can’t tell.

    Astrologers want your money and nothing else.

    And when you say “pretty much everyone does it” are you referring to smoking dope or using astrology? You weren’t very clear.

  19. Smith568

    Based on the paranoid response, I would say Damon is a big fan of both…

  20. Aww, but what I was thinking was pretty damn cool: Death From Above 1979 – Going Steady. It’s a tragedy they’ve broken up…

  21. Mount

    Love LRR, awesomeness abounds!

  22. Dude, Phil…

    You wrote a book?

  23. Chuang Tse

    Du hast ein BUCH geschrieben?

  24. C Murdock

    “Unlocking the Itzamna Code”? I wonder if that’s a play on the title of the book “Breaking the Maya Code”, the wonderful book by Mayanist Michael Coe that is equally an insight into the field of hieroglyphic epigraphy as it is a warning of the dangers of intellectual establishmentism and arguments from authority, available at your local bookstore????

  25. BethK

    So what was the observer behind the astronomer seeing about 5:00 in the video that made him gather up his stuff and run off? Thanks for the link, Phil. And thanks to LoadingReadyRun for a well-done skit.

  26. Edward at JSC

    I actually overheard one of our OA’s, most recent politically correct term for secretary, start talking about this the other day. She was absolutely convinced that the whole 2012 end of the world was the truth. I tried to interject that this a bunch of hooey propagated by fear mongers and other charlatans trying to either a) make money from the fear or b) just spread their ridiculous claims. I gave up when she became agitated and started going on about gawd’s vengeance for our evil ways. I would send her the link to this video, but she might take as a reenforcement of her already misguided beliefs.

    Personally I thought the video was hoot and I especially liked the guy behind the astronomer starting around 4:50 rechecking the various telescopes adn then grabbing his stuff and running for the hills.

  27. McCorvic

    Don’t forget LoadingReadyRun’s annual Desert Bus for Hope annual fund raiser. It’s always a lot of fun and they do a great job of raising funds for the sick kids.

    http://www.desertbus.org

  28. Just me

    Je heeft een boek geschriven?

  29. kevbo

    She said “your anus”.

    Heh heh heh…

  30. TS

    Du har skrevet en bog?

  31. Chris A.

    @4. PsyberDave
    “Ivan, do you stare at your computer all day waiting for Phil to post about his book, Death From The Skies, now available in paperback from Amazon and other fine retailers, just so you can post, “You wrote a book?”?”

    It is a little uncanny. Could it be that Ivan3Man is Phil’s alter ego/nom de plume?

  32. Brian

    “Does Hyperion exist? If so, named for lamest Titan.”

    Wonderfully executed send-up all round. Thanks for sharing that, Phil.

  33. Nigel Depledge

    Psyber Dave (4) said:

    Ivan, do you stare at your computer all day waiting for Phil to post about his book, Death From The Skies, now available in paperback from Amazon and other fine retailers, just so you can post, “You wrote a book?”?

    Make no mistake, I still think it’s funny that you do that and I hope and expect that you continue doing it. In fact, I think the next time Phil mentions his book, we should ALL post a comment, “You wrote a book?”. I was just wondering about your technique of allowing only one minute to pass between Phil’s post and your comment, that’s all.

    Stay vigilant.

    He must do. He always beats me to it.

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