Morning Discussion

I can't stop watching clips of An Idiot Abroad on YouTube. If you're not familiar with the show, it's a documentary travel series following a man named Karl Pilkington who happens to be "friends" with The Office co-creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Karl isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, so watching him experience new strange lands is hilarious and sometimes shocking. He was the key, if not the most important part, of the Gervais podcast series. The man is either a comic genius or naturally void of any intelligence. Either way, he has his charming moments.

The whole point is to send Karl--who has a freakishly round head--around the world. On one hand, Merchant wants to send him to see if Karl's simplistic (sometimes comically ignorant) outlook on like will change. Gervais just wants to put him through hell for his amusement.

Its pretty hilarious. Sadly, it's only on Sky1 in the UK, as far as I know. So, I'm forced to watch the scraps online. Let's hope Canada gets the show at some point. Check it out for a laugh.

From The Chatty

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    October 21, 2010 5:03 AM

    Space! - MD'd edition

    most distant galaxy observed so far (I know you guys love this stuff as well):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RItsQAxbo7M

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      October 21, 2010 5:09 AM

      I thought this said "Spaced!" and was like, sure I'll take some Simon Pegg in the morning.

      This is pretty damn cool in it's own right as well.

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      October 21, 2010 5:25 AM

      It's amazing what they're pulling off with ground-based telescopes these days. Used to be that Hubble was absolutely essential to getting anything like this.

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      October 21, 2010 5:26 AM

      That was pretty cool. The distances involved are so humbling.

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        October 21, 2010 5:52 AM

        I have problems imagining the size of some suns, I can't even start to comprehend the size of galaxies or the distances between them O_o

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      October 21, 2010 5:56 AM

      Man when ever I see this type of stuff it makes me wonder why we as humans worry about anything else besides the fact that we are on a giant rock flying around a giant nuclear engine in a vast fabric of space surrounded by potential civilizations and knowledge.

      People always give me shit when I don't get worked up on stupid petty things in my life. This is the reason why, none of it matters compared to the mystery of how any of this is possible when its so laughably impossible that it cannot be real.

      I'm a bunch of expelled star dust that is amassed and working together to experience the surface of substances contained on a rock? And there are other expelled star dust beings doing the same thing? It makes no sense!

      I want to know everything about everything, my thirst for the unknown is greater than the unknown itself.

      Yet I'm stuck here on this small shifting rock and the only thing that doesn't suck is the Shack. :(

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        October 21, 2010 6:43 AM

        I agree with almost all of that. I just want to know everything. But that doesn't mean everything else sucks, it just puts it into perspective.

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      October 21, 2010 6:28 AM

      For UK Shackers with iPlayer access, last week's Horizon on theories about what happened before the Big Bang was absolutely fascinating:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vdkmj/Horizon_20102011_What_Happened_Before_the_Big_Bang/