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Very nice. Tremors is the best weekend afternoon broadcast-TV movie of all time. I will admit that I've never even considered breaking it down with quite so much... enthusiasm, but I applaud your dedication.

And Jen-Luc must like a creature movie wherein only one's physical impact on the ground makes one a target -- being somewhat less than corporeal, she can enjoy the science at a bit of remove.

Hey, anyone who can write an entire book on the physics of the Buffyverse can easily dash off a single post about "Tremors" with very little encouragement. :) From my perspective, it's a nice mental break from longer more labor intensive posts about, say, avalanche dynamics or obscure female mathematicians.

Does your avatar use different coloured lenses, or do the colour of her eyes change, you know seeing life thru different hues. PS that earth critter in tremors, he a blood relative of the one in Dune. -

Funny how in the series V and even in SG1 it is always lizards from outer space. But hold on according to Darwin are we not all descended from amphibians. Did Earth itself not come from outer space - hold on! Are we not in Outer Space?

Jen humour: "that the seeds of life originated elsewhere in the universe and were dispersed via micro-organisms or other matter -- dates as far back as 500 BC. Meteorites, according to some scientists, are potential modes of transport for microbes and other chemical precursors of life."

Q9's attempt at humour: "now if only I could remember where I parked my meteor-ite"

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    • Heavy G
      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
      Mix tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker and pour into a margarita glass. (Salted rim and ice are optional.) Top off with 7-Up/Sprite and let the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.
    • Listening to the Drums of Feynman
      The perfect nightcap after a long day struggling with QED equations.
      1 oz dark rum
      1/2 oz light rum
      1 oz Tia Maria
      2 oz light cream
      Crushed ice
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
      In a shaker half-filled with ice, combine the dark and light rum, Tia Maria, and cream. Shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass almost filled with crushed ice. Dust with the nutmeg, and serve. Bongos optional.
    • Combustible Edison
      Electrify your friends with amazing pyrotechnics!
      2 oz brandy
      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
      Combine Campari and lemon juice in shaker filled with cracked ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Heat brandy in chafing dish, then ignite and pour into glass. Cocktail Go BOOM! Plus, Fire = Pretty!
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      Dr. Strangelove's drink of choice.
      3/4 Triple sec
      1/4 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
      2-3 drops Grenadine
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    • Mad Scientist
      Any mad scientist will tell you that flames make drinking more fun. What good is science if no one gets hurt?
      1 oz Midori melon liqueur
      1-1/2 oz sour mix
      1 splash soda water
      151 proof rum
      Mix melon liqueur, sour mix and soda water with ice in shaker. Shake and strain into martini glass. Top with rum and ignite. Try to take over the world.
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      Warning: may result in amplified stimulated emission.
      1 oz Southern Comfort
      1/2 oz Amaretto
      1/2 oz sloe gin
      1/2 oz vodka
      1/2 oz Triple sec
      7 oz orange juice
      Combine all liquor in a full glass of ice. Shake well. Garnish with orange and cherry. Serve to attractive target of choice.
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      Guaranteed to collapse your wave function:
      3/4 oz Rum
      1/2 oz Strega
      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
      2 oz Pineapple juice
      Fill with Sweet and sour
      Pour rum, strega and Grand Marnier into a collins glass. Add pineapple and fill with sweet and sour. Sip until all the day's super-positioned states disappear.
    • The Black Hole
      So called because after one of these, you have already passed the event horizon of inebriation.
      1 oz. Kahlua
      1 oz. vodka
      .5 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
      .5 oz. dark rum
      .5 oz. Amaretto
      Pour into an old-fashioned glass over (scant) ice. Stir gently. Watch time slow.