Insomnia Post: Space Buddies

This is completely my own fault, but I can’t sleep.

I refuse to sleep during the daytime even when I work night shift, and my sleep inevitably suffers.  I feel totally upside down most of the time; I never have any idea what day it is, but I just keep on keepin’ on and soon enough, I’m back to working day shift.  As of now, I’m wide awake at 1:00 AM watching Netflix with my cat, wishing we were both sleeping.  We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow.

This week, I heard an amazing podcast, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it (this has not helped with the insomnia, by the way).  I’m about to expose myself as a big huge nerd here, but it’s called Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.  The premise of the show is that a really cool astrophysicist interviews famous people about their nerdy side, most recently Bill Nye, Bill Clinton and Seth McFarlane.


When I heard the Seth McFarlane interview, I had to pause for a second.  I’ve always liked Family Guy, but really loved Seth McFarlane.  Did you guys know that he’s performed at Carnegie Hall?  And that every piece of music on every episode of Family Guy is recorded live by an orchestra?  So much YES.

On Star Talk, I learned more reasons to love McFarlane.  Basically, the story they told was that they met at a party, became best friends, and decided to make a show together.  A lot of people doubted that McFarlane would come through with the network connections, but Neil deGrasse Tyson never did.  He cited several key Family Guy moments as proof that McFarlane was a big huge nerd.  This was actually strangely fun to listen to on the radio: they had a few astrophysicists dissecting the validity of comments made about the Big Bang Theory on the show, and jokes about a “Jesusaurus”.  Nobody questioned the talking dog or evil genius baby (if you’re not a fan of Family Guy, there are a lot of questionable lapses in logic.

The eventual result of this awesome deGrasse Tyson-McFarlane union was Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a remake of the 1980s series by Carl Sagan.

I think the reason why I loved this particular episode of Star Talk so much was that it awakened my own sleeping jealousies; I really really wanted to be best friends with both of these guys.  Can the three of us just be friends and make a space-related TV show together?  Or just get lunch? It sounds so fantastic that just listening to the two of them get along made me incredibly happy.

For now I’m just going to have to settle for my learning about the corner of space that exists in my dreams…To infinity and beyond.


For the full podcast with Seth McFarlane, click here.




One thought on “Insomnia Post: Space Buddies

  1. Neil deGrasse Tyson is so awesome. He is one of just a few people who have the incredible ability to take very complicated topics (astrophysics, cosmology) and put them in terms that even I can understand. Michio Kaku is another one. How cool would it be to shoot the breeze with them over a beer and a plate of nachos?


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