April 2018

A possible moment during the Carnian Pluvial Episode (Image courtesy Davide Bonadonna. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Nature Communications” describes a research on the link between the dinosaur diversification that took place at the end of the Triassic period and an event known as the Carnian Pluvial Episode, which occurred around 232-234 million years ago. According to a team of researchers, in the middle of that period of climate change, dinosaurs started thriving, evolving into many different species, also taking advantage of the extinction of other animals.

Dr. Henry Goodsir (Paul Ready) in First Shot a Winner, Lads (Image courtesy AMC Studios / Amazon. All rights reserved)

“First Shot a Winner, Lads” is the fifth episode of the TV show “The Terror”, an adapatation of a novel by Dan Simmons with the same title, and follows “Punished, as a Boy”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “First Shot a Winner, Lads”.

Dr. Henry Goodsir (Paul Ready) tries to learn the Inuit language from Lady Silence (Nive Nielsen) to get information about the creature that is slowly killing the crew but eventually he and some officers only manage to get a name, Tuunbaq. Captain Francis Crozier (Jared Harris) seems more interested in how much whiskey is left to drink.

Warning. This review contains several spoilers about the eighth season of the TV show “The Walking Dead”!

On april 15 the eighth season of the show “The Walking Dead” ended.

The eighth season was produced and broadcast with the format has become usual: 16 episodes of which 8 were broadcast between October and December 2017 and the other 8 between February and April 2018. The ratings drop seen in the seventh season has definitely increased, so much so that, if we don’t consider DVRs, compared to the sixth season’s records the ratings have practically halved.

Last year that drop could be a sign that many people were getting tired of the show. This year it’s a clear sign that something really isn’t working anymore. Is that the quality drop? Is that the disappointment for the development of the last story-arcs with respect to their premises? Is that combination of both?

The seventh season of “The Walking Dead” ended with a clash of the Alexandria, Hilltop and the Kingdom’s alliance with Negan’s Saviors. As it was clear right away, it was only the beginning of a story-arc that filled the whole eighth season in which the war between the two factions was developed.

Cosmocopia by Paul Di Filippo

The novel “Cosmocopia” by Paul Di Filippo was published for the first time in 2008.

Frank Lazorg is an artist specializing in work for comics and illustrations who was very famous but after suffering a stroke he can no longer resume his activity. His situation is made even worse by the fact that his great rival Rokesby Marrs took advantage of his misfortune and is churning out a lot of works that mimic Lazorg’s style.

Everything seems lost when Frank Lazorg receives a package sent by a sorcerer containing a very special powder with the promise of positive effects. The man starts taking an increasing amount of the powder and his health seems to improve considerably. His old model, Velina Malaspina, answers his invitation but things don’t go as Lazorg hoped and his reaction leads him to commit the irreparable. In an emotional turmoil, he ends up in another universe where he meets Crutchsump and everything changes.

Peter Capaldi in 2017

Peter Dougan Capaldi was born on April 14, 1958 in Glasgow, Scotland. Since his childhood he showed talent for acting and music and has been a fan of “Doctor Who” since those years. During his teen-years he was a singer and guitarist of the punk rock band The Dreamboys, in which the drummer was Craig Ferguson, another future professional actor.

Peter Capaldi’s fame grew after he started playing Malcolm Tucker in “The Thick of It”, a satirical comedy about the British government. Tucker plays a consultant role of the type called spin doctor. Started in 2005, the show went on with some breaks until 2012 and Capaldi won a BAFTA and two British Comedy Awards. He also played that role in its spinoff “In the Loop”, broadcast in 2009.

In 2013 came the announcement of his choice to play the Twelfth Doctor in “Doctor Who”. His version of the Time Lord was very intense, embracing a wide range of emotions. His speeches remained memorable with many references to issues such as war.

In the role of the Doctor, Peter Capaldi has also participated in the production of some videogames to which he lent his voice, to the spinoff “Class” and to the charity program “Children in Need”. He left the role with the 2017 Christmas episode.