Insultingly Stupid Movie Phyiscs: Outerspace Explosions

“Star Trek originally got it right. In early episodes, when something exploded in outerspace, it made no sound. That’s because there is no air in outerspace to transmit sound…. Yes, an explosion probably would create an expanding cloud of gases which would eventually impact a spaceship in its path. However, in the vacuum of space this expanding cloud of gas would have a very low density. When it hit a…

Gar's Tips on Sucks-Less Writing

“When writing, don’t try to edit as you go. Say what you want to say, unencumbered by the constant commentary from that fussy little editor swimming around inside your head. First, get it all down. Then, have at it, keeping what works and bug-zapping the rest. By separating writing and editing functions, you can convince yourself that you’re just doing a first draft. This way, you often end up with…