Phantom Soviet Captain Demi

Inspired by the true story of a suspicious 1968 sinking of a Russian sub, Phantom stars Ed Harris as Soviet captain Demi “Don’t Call me Moore.” Who has epilepsy: 

Submarine thrillers such as “Run Silent, Run Deep,” ”The Hunt for Red October,” ”Crimson Tide” and the classic “Das Boot” have long been a cinematic staple. “Phantom,” the latest entry in this venerable genre, doesn’t exactly rise to the level of its predecessors. Inspired by the true story of the mysterious 1968 sinking of a Russian sub, it’s even more claustrophobic than its setting would suggest.

Phantom starring Ed Harris, about a Russian Submarine
Phantom starring Ed Harris, about a junky Russian Submarine

The tense Cold War-era storyline concerns a final voyage undertaken by veteran Soviet captain Demi (Ed Harris), still physically and emotionally scarred by a previous mission that went awry. Although he’s previously commanded nuclear subs, he’s now put in charge of a dilapidated vessel that’s about to be sold to the Chinese navy.

In addition to Demi’s regular crew, who include his loyal right-hand man Alex (William Fichtner), several “technicians,” led by the mysterious Bruni (David Duchovny), are also aboard.

 Sub guys are among our best trained. Whenever I see Dolphins, I respect ’em.

Why Wearing a Military Uniform Properly Is Important

In the post on rapper Fifty Cent, and his wearing of the Marine Corps uniform, some bright light named Kyle said:

Wow, what complete ignorance on this post. Lets get one thing straight. He’s an entertainer. Please tell me the difference between the movie and video besides the length. Nothing. Both are meant to tell a story. To my knowledge this was worn for a video shoot. So can you tell every actor to take the blues off to? Oh and he’s made close to 10 movies and one where he is in the military. And to Blaine, he cant read or write? Bet Midler didnt think that when him and her went back to his old neighborhood to fix up an old park in his neighborhood. The World Food Program certainly knows he can read since he’s trying to feed 1billion people in Africa. The man is involved with many charities. So before your ignorance takes over, ask yourself what have you done lately.

Fifty Cent was wearing the uniform for his Rider Pt. 2 video. Go to this link for a peek. Some of the commenters at the Battle Rattle site see fit to compare the rapper’s lousy wearing of the uniform to Jack Nicholson or Ed Harris wearing a military uniform in a movie. The thing is, both those actors wore the uniform properly. Others took aim at Cpl. Matthew Schafer, saying he had not deployed or that he was not a real Marine. This cleared it up:

He is a real Marine- I helped recruit and put him into the Marine Corps myself. He actually was awarded an NROTC scholarship but for some bizarre reason his father made him turn it down and go enlisted instead. Furthermore, you don’t have to deploy to die for your country. I lost 2 marines in a training accident in Wyoming. It’s the fact that you have raised your hand and sworn to give your life if it comes down to it that counts. While I may not agree with his language or approach, you have to admit that the way that 50 cent is wearing is definitely less than honorable. I have my own opinions but that is a different issue. Also, to those of you railing against him, remember before you attack him that he has sworn to die for your very right to do so, so please remember that. Semper Fi

Wearing the uniform with respect is important for the sole reason that men have died wearing it. Better men than Jack Nicholson, Ed Harris, or Fifty Cent.

Aw C’mon: Mohawks and NASA?

On what planet do mohawks, shaven-in stars, and red hair-dye spur marriage proposals? If you work for NASA and you are on tv running the $2.5 billion Mars Curiosity rover landing. Meet Bobak Ferdowski:

Bobak Ferdowski, NASA employee

Gone are the days when a NASA control room would be filled with guys with buzz cuts and pocket protectors.

In 2012, it’s all about the Mohawk or, specifically, the Mohawk of one now very popular NASA employee, flight director Bobak Ferdowsi.

When Ferdowski and his NASA colleagues watched the $2.5 billion Mars Curiosity rover land safelyon the surface of the red planet early Monday morning after an eight month, 352-million-mile journey, cheers and applause broke out in the control room.

When TV cameras caught a close-up shot of Ferdowski, 32, and his Mohawk with star shapes buzzed in and all, cheers and applause broke out across the Internet, and the thundering hasn’t stopped since.

Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA

Ferdowski has changed his haircut for each mission he’s worked. But a glimpse of a young, Mohawk-wearing guy who knows his aeronautical and astronomical facts enough to land a spacecraft on Mars was enough to make Ferdowski, a University of Washington and MIT graduate, go viral.

Some of Ferdowski’s thousands of new fans on Twitter are asking, not just to follow him, but to marry him.

“@tweetsoutloud I know you’ve been busy, but will you marry me? land something on mars if the answer is yes,” wrote @amaeryllis, in a post that is now common on the Twitter feed of the nine-year NASA veteran.

Bobak Ferdowski

Figures a Washington Husky would go and bring infame upon the Pac-12. Well, we will forgive him, considering he is the Flight Director for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission.

Flight Director and a mohawk? Where is Ed Harris when you need him?