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The Science Guy Returns

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the science-rules! dept.

Television 347

hende_jman writes "When I was in high school, the dry science videos that I watched in my classes made me miss the silly and sometimes irreverent Bill Nye the Science Guy. So I was excited to read in the latest issue of Wired that everyone's favorite Science Guy is coming out with a new show, The Eyes of Nye where he tackles some more serious issues like addiction, sex, cloning, and climate change."

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347 comments

Bill Nye ad sex... (5, Funny)

brilinux (255400) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017422)

Oh God, get that image out of my mind!

Re:Bill Nye ad sex... (5, Funny)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017439)

Yeah, the abstinence-only crowd apparently has more creativity than I would have assumed.

Re:Bill Nye ad sex... (4, Funny)

The Amazing Fish Boy (863897) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017548)

Bill Nye: "So you see, if we take the Ultra-Glide Lubrication Of Science and rub it well over the penis..."
Deep voice guy: "You know, Bill, I don't know that this is such a... AUUUGH!!!"
Child Assistant Kwon: "Wahhhh, I thought we were talking about grasshoppers today... can I have my passport now?"

OH YEAH! (1)

jmazzi (869663) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017425)

Bill nye the science guy! bill bill bill!

really? (1, Troll)

paul185 (826515) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017427)

Can a science guy really know about these topics?

Re:really? (1)

tsioc (787745) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017502)

of course a science guy would know these topics... who would know them better?

Not everyone's favorite! (4, Insightful)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017428)

everyone's favorite Science Guy

I thought Mr. Wizard was far more popular. Most likely especially with the crowd here.

Probably a bit too long ago` (3, Insightful)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017482)

Don Herbert -- still alive and functioning enough to have done a pretty fun interview last year -- hasn't been on the air on a regular basis for a couple of decades, so only a portion of /.ers will remember him.

OTOH, chances are both young and old /.ers watched Bill Nye.

Stefan

Re:Probably a bit too long ago` (2, Insightful)

Surazal (729) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017559)

I remember watching his shows. Yes, Don Hilbert definitely deserves the title "grand instructor that makes learning fun". Bill Nye, ditto.

I'm nearly 30 years old. Why do I enjoy watching Bill Nye at this age? Someone tell me please. ;)

Re:Not everyone's favorite! (0)

Surt (22457) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017522)

Is Mr. Wizard really a member of the fraternal order of science guys? It's a trademarked name, so if he isn't, he can't claim to be a 'science guy'. Bill Nye, the science guy, is definitely my favorite 'science guy'.

Re:Not everyone's favorite! (2, Interesting)

syukton (256348) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017533)

I second this. The first time I found out about LOGO was sitting in front of the television watching Mr. Wizard.

Not to mention the time I learned how to make glue... man. Those were the days. I wonder if old eps of Mr. Wizard are available via bittorent. hmmm.

Re:Not everyone's favorite! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017542)

I watched Mr. Wizard as a kid, his show really was great. Bill Nye was Mr. Wizard for a modern generation of kids, complete with getting spun by a modern generation of PR and Marketing departments.

I'd go for Beakman's World, personally (4, Informative)

mcc (14761) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017574)

Beakman's World was more entertaining and more informative than either of those...

Re:I'd go for Beakman's World, personally (1)

Feynman (170746) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017762)

What about Newton's Apple [tpt.org] ?

My favorite Mr. Wizard (4, Funny)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017635)

Times were different back then. No PC nonsense, and his science demonstrations were always geared to practical things of use to awkward young science fans growing up in the conformist 1950s.

Like the time Mr. Wizard showed you how to perform a prefontal lobotomy on a school bully using a #2 pencil, an American History text book, and a pipe cleaner.

The guest star / subject was "Whitey" from Leave it to Beaver. He was never the same after that. Of course, what actually slowed him down -- the operation or the home-brewed benzine-based anesthesia -- wasn't clear.

I dunno about that... (1)

itistoday (602304) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017668)

Bill Nye, coupled with The Magic School Bus, set me up with enough knowledge as a child that I was set in all my science classes up to the 9th grade. When I have kids I'll be sure to buy both series for them ;-)

Re:Not everyone's favorite! (2, Informative)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017682)

The first thing I think of whenever I think of Mr Wizard is a commercial Nickelodeon ran with some girl with a mullet and glasses, who upon being shown (I believe) a spinning sparking wheel thing, proclaimed "Wicked!"

Having since lived in Boston, I'm a bit more used to hearing that, but as a midwestern kid in the mid-80s I thought it was the funniest thing ever.

That aside, it was definitely an awesome show. But Bill Nye wins for slick delivery.

BILL! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017429)

science rules!

He was cool... (1)

yaroze32 (689185) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017430)

.. But I think Mr. Wizard was more fun :)

Bill Nye (4, Funny)

KillerDeathRobot (818062) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017438)

Bill Nye was the best science teacher because he was also a comedian. I remember seeing him once on some old sketch comedy show (Almost Live?) where he talked about his girlfriend from hell or something.

Incidentally, my 8th grade science teacher looked almost exactly like Bill Nye.

Re:Bill Nye (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017505)

Incidentally, my 8th grade science teacher looked almost exactly like Bill Nye.

Was her voice like his, too?

Re:Bill Nye (3, Informative)

Hutchizon (696741) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017515)

Yes, Bill Nye did get his TV start on Almost Live, which ran from 1984 to 1999. I regret its passing. They tried to go national if I recall, but much of the humour was very Seattle area specific. Bill Nye was one of the best regular bits they did. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0149413/

Re:Bill Nye (1)

glk572 (599902) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017564)

He was also one of the high fiving white guys, but my favorite is Reebok cross dressers. He looked good in heels.

The worst girlfriend song goes:
"She's the worst girlfriend in the world the psycho-bitch from hell, yah that's the girl, she's the worst girlfriend in the world."

Great show.

more info: http://www.jumptheshark.com/a/almostlive.htm

Re:Bill Nye (1)

heauxmeaux (869966) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017594)

"She's the worst girlfriend in the world the psycho-bitch from hell, yah that's the girl, she's the worst girlfriend in the world."

But the sex was great.

Re:Bill Nye (2, Funny)

The Amazing Fish Boy (863897) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017565)

Incidentally, my 8th grade science teacher looked almost exactly like Bill Nye.

That's funny, my highschool janitor looked exactly like Bill Nye.

Re:Bill Nye (4, Informative)

StateOfTheUnion (762194) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017596)

Bill Nye . . . The Science Guy was originally a sketch on Almost Live. He would do things like take vinegar and baking soda and say that mixing these was like putting the superbowl and a wedding anniversary on the same day . . .

I liked his Speed Walker sketches . . . a superhero that walked heel-toe, heel-toe . . . and he was also one of the "High-Five'en White Guys"

Re:Bill Nye (4, Informative)

L-Train8 (70991) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017628)

Bill Nye was an engineer at Boeing before he was a comedian. He was on Almost Live! for years. I remember when I first saw the Bill Nye the Science Guy character was in an Almost Live! sketch. He was spoofing Mr. Wizard and I think he was really inept and caught himself on fire. Later, he took the character on David Letterman and doing other TV guest spots, before finally getting his own show.

Re:Bill Nye (1)

LoganAvatar (869001) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017651)

Bill Nye actually had some pretty great science experiments on Almost live, always using the main host of the show (John Keister) as his assistant. He even came back several times after making it big in Disney's Bill Nye the Science Guy television show to do some more science experiments, including one time when he made a Alka-Seltzer rocket using a 5 or 10 gallon bucket... the thing flew up three stories!!

Re:Bill Nye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017758)

New /. phrase: "Binary Bits of Information..." - Bill Nye

Bill Nye is great (4, Interesting)

js7a (579872) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017443)

I gave him a copy of my TIMIT CD-ROM from the Linguistic Data Consortium, and he accepted it! No other television personality would have been likely to do that, in my estimation.

Re:Bill Nye is great (1)

Bit_Squeezer (824571) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017640)

Having one for dinner. Thought you should know. Tastes like chicken

thinking.. (3, Funny)

RalphLeon (856789) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017448)

Thinking of bill "tackling sex" is just getting me all excited to!

Re:thinking.. (1)

XeRo_X4i (857603) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017475)

Thats just wrong. I bet dogs get you excited too. Not just any dogs. The small chiwawas. Not funny. Perv.

Re:thinking.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017487)

science? sex? that would normaly get me a headache and aroused, but with bill nye it will most likely get me epilectic too. does not sound like a great combination. some of the origional shows first few seasons were ok, but at the end everything was just repeated too much (btw when did it stop?!?!?!?)

Re:thinking.. (1)

dmf415 (218827) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017491)

Say it aint so, say it aint SO!

Don't insult Nye (2, Insightful)

XeRo_X4i (857603) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017452)

Bill Nye the Science Guy was great. It was a lot better than listening to some old hag in class.

Overlord (0, Redundant)

AAeyers (857625) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017461)

I for one welcome back our ("now more serious") Science Overlord.

Bow Tie (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017462)

There's something disturbing about the image of a pasty, thin nerd in a bow tie talking about sex.

Oh god, is that why my wife grimaces whenever we make love??

Re:Bow Tie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017657)

Just keep thinking to yourself that it is the incredible size of your wang and not the fact that your "got root" t-shirt is wadded up in the corner of the bedroom causing that grimace.

What about Beakman's World? (2, Insightful)

HikeFanatic (809939) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017463)

I loved that show when it was on. Just comical. Even my parents found it amusing to watch. It was educational while very entertaining with it's bizarre humor.

Bill Nye is drab and boring by comparison. Then again, what do you expect from Disney...

Re:What about Beakman's World? (1)

silicon not in the v (669585) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017507)

Beakman's world was OK. Did you notice that Bill Nye was a nonspeaking character in most of the demonstrations in that show? I think that may have been where he went off into getting his own show. Bill Nye was a lot funnier than Beakman, though.

Re:What about Beakman's World? (3, Funny)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017599)

Beakman was entertaining, but the real difference between that show and Bill Nye is that, while Bill Nye is targeted towards kids, Beakman was targeted towards ADHD-afflicted kids with access to an unlimited supply of Jolt cola who don't get enough exercise.

Or, you know, bored drunk college students.

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017464)

Why does this Nye guy always rhyme his show's byeline with his name like he's supa-fly? Why? WHY?! ....oh. sorry.

Eh? Addiction, climate change? (3, Interesting)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017467)

It's TV. People don't want serious science, people want entertainment. There's a reason the Mythbusters blow something up each episode!

Speaking of which, I wonder how much that show's success had to do with exec's decision to bring Nye back.

So that's what's causing it (4, Funny)

snuf23 (182335) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017469)

Wow. Addicted clones having sex are bringing about climate change?
I can't wait for this show!

Re:So that's what's causing it (1)

XeRo_X4i (857603) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017529)

Yes. Moral of the story: Don't have sex. The less of you around the better.

Re:So that's what's causing it (1)

tool462 (677306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017531)

The reenactments should be particularly fun to watch!

Click on the "Nye Store" ad (1)

iago (4917) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017486)

The sound that comes from it sounds like someone is pulling a hit out of a bong.

I was going to order a shirt and I forgot.

The Actual Wired Story (5, Informative)

blacklite001 (453622) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017489)

Apparently it was too hard to actually link it in the post? http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.04/play.html ?pg=4 [wired.com]

Re:The Actual Wired Story (1)

xENoLocO (773565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017563)

Thank you.... I was gonna do the same.

This guy is great! (4, Informative)

dannytaggart (835766) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017490)

He even made the sundial [nwsource.com] used on the Mars Rovers.

The songs... (1)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017492)

Even though I liked a good many of them - I hope they skip the psuedo-music videos in this series.

Then again... if they could get the likes of They Might Be Giants and U2 working on it, instead of poor B-52's impersonations...

Ryan Fenton

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017494)

At least someone will finally be addressing the ways in which our clone sex addiction is leading to global climate changes.

Bill Nye was our graduation speaker.... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017496)

Seemed like a pretty cool guy. Even after his speech, he asked to be part of the line where graduates walked to get their diplomas and shake hands with everybody though he was under no obligation to do so. RPI class of '99.

I Would Love To See The Sex Episode (1)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017499)

I would love to know how they will extend "DON'T DO IT!" out to 30 minutes.

Re:I Would Love To See The Sex Episode (1)

bobcat7677 (561727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017581)

Well by giving copious examples of "what not to do" of course! With cool graphics and video. And you thought the ratings were going to be high before... :)

RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017609)

Actually, if you RTFA, you learn that Nye thinks sex's main function is to keep germs and parasites at bay; that is, reprocing ensures mankind mont be killed by some virus.

Beekman's World? (1, Redundant)

MagicDude (727944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017504)

I have to say I liked Beekman more then Bill Nye. Beekman had the "Mad Scientist" feel to him, while Bill Nye was the nerdy and geeky scientist, complete with bow tie. Mr. Wizard was kinda like your grandpa who knew all sorts of neat stuff and you knew he could do so much more cool stuff if mom wasn't so uptight about breaking out the propane tank and the fireworks.

Why not ALL THREE?!?!? (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017535)

Picture it:

Bill Nye as host.

Mr. Wizard as the august commentator, put on when gravitas is called for.

Beekman as the demonstrator.

Re:Why not ALL THREE?!?!? (1)

Spodlink05 (850651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017630)


Beekman? Who?

Beaker and Dr Bunsen Honeydew? That's more like it!

I want my Almost Live! (2, Interesting)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017511)

What i want to know is when is Almost Live going to come out on DVD?! Maybe they think it won't sell well because it has a lot of topical material relevant to the time it was produced, but people still watch reruns of Saturday Night Live and i think Almost Live would fare just as well.

(And if you think this is off topic you need to check up on your Bill Nye history)

Is the Web site's show times list incomplete? (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017512)

I was surprised to see the show times list [eyesofnye.org] missing CA stations. :(

Also, Mozilla v1.7.6 doesn't render the list correctly. :(

Torrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017582)

Hopefully somebody will Torrent it, because I've always been a fan of Bill Nye.

Actually, I'd be interested on his take on filesharing - he's always been into innovation, so I bet he thinks it's good.

The UK equivalent? (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017513)

In the UK, we have Johnny Ball [absolute-speakers.co.uk] - I remember watching his shows in the 1970s and 80s - he was just ***sooo** enthusiastic about his topics - he made science fun as well as informative.

Looking forward to it! (5, Interesting)

QuantumFTL (197300) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017519)

Bill Nye has been quite active in the outreach efforts for the Mars Exploration Rovers mission. Back in the summer of 2003, at a launch party, I had the pleasure of sharing a few drinks with him on the beach one evening, and he was telling me about his ideas for this show. It sounded very cool - Mr. Nye is very insightful and is rightly concerned about a lot of these serious issues.

A side note - he really seems to hate people making a big fuss over him being "the science guy" (then again with that annoying theme song, who wouldn't?). He's just a very sharp guy who has a lot of interest in science and outreach. I think he'll be quite capable at holding the attention of adults.

Also, when he was telling me about the show, it was originally entitled "Through the Eyes of Nye," I wonder why they changed it...

Re:Looking forward to it! (1)

fbartho (840012) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017721)

Too long. We people live in an instant feedback world. If its not instant gratification it loses interest... by the time they finished the title they stopped caring.

Oops post too long, you probably won't read this all.

Bill Nye is an oil company goon... (4, Interesting)

theWrkncacnter (562232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017521)

I lost my respect for Bill Nye when went on a ride at Epcot called "Universe of Enegry". The ride was sponsored by Exxon, and narrated by Bill Nye and Ellen Degeneres (sp?). Anyway, it was very clear that someone at Exxon had written the script. It totally ruined Bill Nye for me.

Re:Bill Nye is an oil company goon... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017688)

Here's a link to the script [aol.com] of that EPCOT show, called "Ellen's Energy Adventure". I don't see anything particularly wrong with it.

bah... (1)

hatrisc (555862) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017530)

Bring back Beekman's World and then we'll be talking... but Bill Nye is awesome, I'm just a complainer.

One thing I'm not ge[tt]ing... (-1, Flamebait)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017532)

I wonder if he's going to spout off any more of his high-brow, green-loving, neopagan leftist tripe this time around. Face it, global warming is just nature running it's course. Bill Nye was a political activist who wanted to use public television and school systems to shove his ridiculous ideology down our children's throats.

Re:One thing I'm not ge[tt]ing... (1)

syukton (256348) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017578)

Global warming isn't just nature running its course; global warming is a condition caused by human ignorance and apathy. It's something we can change if we CHOOSE to do so, though we're currently CHOOSING to just let it get warmer so we can enjoy our SUVs and WalMarts. (Which both have air conditioning, so why would we care?)

Re:One thing I'm not ge[tt]ing... (1)

rmcii (182070) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017718)

Wow! Nice to meet you Mr. President.

Re:One thing I'm not ge[tt]ing... (2, Insightful)

StateOfTheUnion (762194) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017750)

Uhh . . . Global warming is a theory, just like evolution is a theory, and relativity is a theory.

Theories are a part of science . . . theories with significant evidence are accepted as likely to be true. Others with less evidence are perhaps somewhat debatable. This is all part of the Scientific Method

If you would rather have children watch science shows that eshew theory, there would be precious little science in the show. . . it would be a show about facts. And facts aren't science . . . Science is analysis, postulating theories, experimentation, drawing conclusions, verifying results, and other skills that require higher level thinking skills.

I commend Bill Nye for showing children theory and higher level thinking skills . . . but perhaps you would rather that he simply go over multiplication tables and other "facts" on his show . . .

HA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017539)

Bill Nye is a phony. The real good stuff was Mr. Wizard (Don Herbert). He really got into stuff and didn't use fart humor.

Bill Nye is ok... (1, Redundant)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017546)

but I want Mr. Wizard [imdb.com] to make a return.

LK

But what about his assistants? (1)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017550)

It just wouldn't be the same without them. However, imdb doesn't show them as being part of the cast. Hopefully, this show will help cram some science into kids again, but who wants to take bets as to how long it will be before Creationists or other anti-science conservatives attack the show for claiming that Earth is 4 billion years old, we evolved from rodents, and that the Sun is the center of our solar system? I'm betting it will happen in the first season given the bad state of science today. Maybe this will even prevent the next generation from turing into a bunch of New Age hippies wearing crystal and Kabbalah threads.

--
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Or try a free Nintendo DS, GC, PS2, Xbox. [freegamingsystems.com] (you only need 4 referrals)
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Nye at the Skeptic Society (3, Informative)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017554)

For anyone interested, Bill Nye will be speaking at the Skeptics Society meeting on April 24. Details here [skeptic.com] .

Meetings are at Cal Tech (Pasadena, CA)

Re:Nye at the Skeptic Society (4, Funny)

gekkotron (641131) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017659)

I'm sure you'd like us to believe that.

I hope... (1)

ilyanep (823855) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017555)

I hope he doesn't act the same way while talking about sex or addiction...

blegh!

Bill Nye, Science Guy, To Die. (1)

OccidentalSlashy (809265) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017566)

Netcraft confirms it. Bye.

BILL BILL BILL (1)

Patrick Mannion (782290) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017568)

BILLLLLLLLLLLLLL NYEEEE THE SCIENCE GUY! Oh, the days when I used to watch that, then thoses bastards at PBS stopped airing the reruns! DAMN THEM!

Boy.. (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017570)

Addiction, sex, cloning, and climate change?! This guy has a lot of personal issues! I guess nerds are still members of the human race. For all the idealists commited to science, they are still subject to the same frailties of any other ordinary person.

Limited Stations? (1)

Rightcoast (807751) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017572)

I went to his site and checked the showtimes, hopefully they just aren't all there yet.

Or maybe, Bill Nye is on 4 stations in Georgia, and none in the northeast.

Mr. Wizard (3, Interesting)

SoLO (91992) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017576)

Bill Nye was a bit after my time, but does anyone remember Mr. Wizard on Nickelodeon? Apparently he was around even when my parents were growing up, on NBC.

Check out this site: http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/W/htmlW/watchmrw iz/watchmrwiz.htm [museum.tv]
for some good history on Don Herbert, the real name of Mr. Wizard.

Here is his official page [mrwizardstudios.com] , which says Don operates the site himself! Cool.

Beakman's World (1)

SailorBoy (26009) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017616)

Beakman's [geocities.com] world [shore.net] was a much better science show.

Bah, Bill Blows! (1)

Nimrangul (599578) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017618)

Beakman was always better than Nye. How can you not love a show with a guy in a giant rat suit?

Bill Nye (1)

SteveXE (641833) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017619)

Freaky Porn King Guy!

The Astronauts - Bill deserves this show. (4, Interesting)

TrevorB (57780) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017634)

After seeing Bill Nye do a PBS documentary on shuttle astronauts (very well done and not over the top like science guy) as well as seeing Bill testify before Congress, I knew then that Bill deserved his own science show someday.

Way to go Bill! You've come a long way from "Speed Walker", wiggling your ass in tight shorts superhero costume for laughs on "Almost Live"

Bill Nye Beekman (1)

CarnivoreMan (827905) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017645)

Beekman had its highlights but I prefered Bill Nye back in the day.. Mr Wizard was cool and is of course a classic, but a smidge boring at times. Mr. Lizard on the other hand.. He's the best of them all! Timmy: "Gee Mr. Lizard, what happens when I put nitroglycerin in a blender?" ... moments later Mr Lizard: "Looks like were gunna need another Timmy!"

bill nye @RPI and BillMaher (4, Interesting)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017653)

Bill spoke at my Alma Mater (RPI) years ago.

He said to remember three things if anything:

1 Use the metric system

2 Never write a memo longer than 1 page

3 Make sure you enjoy what you plan on doing for the rest of your life

Months later I saw him on a panel hosted by Bill Maher with Craig Barret, Pen and Teller, and Peggy Noonan (i think). He was complaining about internet porn affecting people's lives. People laughed, but he was totally serious.

Fascinating man. Even in my late 20's I enjoyed his show on tape as a way to decompress after a long day workin on my PHD

It was because of this show... (4, Insightful)

domenic v1.0 (610623) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017661)

...that I donated $50 to my local PBS station. Growing up watching this show proved to be far more valuable than most "dull" classroom environments i've encountered. I learned the order of the planets and newton's laws of physics when I was 10 years old because of this show. It made "understanding" what we were learning actually fun and now that I have a 5 year old daughter, I'm glad he's back into educating and hopefully making learning fun again.

question for the /. crowd (1)

rayde (738949) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017667)

we always watched these science videos with some crazy guy who will go down forever in my memory for the way he would punctuate each experiment with something like...

watch it... watch it..... THERE it is!!

does anybody know who this might have been? I think he was some crazy old guy with white hair, if that helps... :)

Re:question for the /. crowd (1)

LoaTao (826152) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017708)

Dr. Julius Sumner Miller [geocities.com]

Re:question for the /. crowd (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017719)

was it an old guy in lab goggles with a vyn dyke and pattern baldness?

voiceover by a woman.

occaisional monologues by a short man with an austrian accent and big glasses?

i know the show, it still on PBS, something about chemistry...

i'll reply when it pops into my head...

something like "the world of something..."

My kids will love it (1)

LoaTao (826152) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017670)

...and I guess it will have to do until I can get Dr. Julius Sumner Miller and Connections on DVD.

Why the focus? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017728)

The Eyes of Nye where he tackles some more serious issues like addiction, sex, cloning, and climate change."

Why is he only focusing on works of the Satan?

OK OK, climate change isn't the work of the devil... except for the story of "climate change".

the "careful" meme (1)

JimatForemat (855936) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017730)

Whenever someone would do something potentially dangerous on the show (even slightly dangerous), the deep-voiced announcer guy would say "careful," almost subliminally. I surely can't be the only one who's encorporated that little gem in his day to day geeky reference-slinging. Can I? And, does anyone else remember another sciency show on PBS in which a very insane-seeming old man with crazy hair would at turns scribble on a giant chalk board (or dry erase board) and operate devices and chemicals on a large lab table? I remember it being over my head, as a child, but still fascinating to watch, like C-SPAN for the Thundercats crowd.

go speedwalker go! (1)

nakedbonzai (618338) | more than 9 years ago | (#12017745)

Well, when I was in highschool, I would watch him on seattle's comedy show "Almost Live". Aside from the occasional science experiment, I mostly remember him wearing blue tights and chasing down criminals. I still have nightmares from his butt wiggling back and forth.

Good Times (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12017775)

I remember watching that back in the olden days on PBS...heck, our teacher even had some of those videos in our Seventh Grade class (last year).

But our science teacher this year is incredibly boring and extremely corny.

But "You go to school with the science teacher you have, not the one you may want at a later time"

Anyways, it's good to have Bill back on.

BILL, BILL, BILL, BILL!!!

I even have the PC game for that show that I played when I was 8 or 9...something about an asteroid hitting the earth and a planetary defense system being too lazy to deflect it.

Come to think of it, I never DID beat that game.

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