Register for an account


Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.


Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

The Sciences


Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitApril 16, 2009 8:00 PM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Not to offend anyone who likes it or anything, but I personally have tried watching CSI once or twice, and found it slightly less appealing than 8-week old cabbage allowed to sit under a layer of used sweat socks that have been in a cool, damp environment for a similar length of time. But that's just me. Still, I may have to watch the one airing tonight: it's all about a murder of the star of a beloved science fiction shows called Astro Quest (hmmm) at a scifi con. It looks like it'll be kitchy and silly, and I hear it was written by some Battlestar folks. Make of that what you will. Funny, too: looking at that clip, I can tell you that the scenes at the con don't ring true. I've been to a zillion cons, and the costumes simply never look like that. Of course, it's not the show's purpose to portray stuff like that accurately, but that's not my point. It's just funny, I could tell you right away that's a staged scene and not from a real con. Those costumes and makeup look like what a Hollywood makeup artist would think a con would look like, not what it actually does look like! I'm not sure exactly what it is, but if you scan through my own shots from Dragon*Con and Comic Con you'll see a lot more variety, care, and even love in the costumes. Well, it hardly matters anyway since I'm in Canada giving a talk when the show airs, so I'll probably miss it. But feel free to comment below about the show if you saw it!

    3 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 70%


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In