I went to see this with the kids today and was surprised to find us just three of about a dozen attendees.
It's a silly film, not to be taken too seriously, and it potentially plays up some poor stereotypes of Native Americans, but we found it generally unoffensive and really quite funny. My kids were laughing out loud throughout the movie, and there were plenty of in-jokes that seemed specially written for adults my age and with my interests. George Takei as the time travel egg-ship STEVE was super ("Oh, my..."), and Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson played off one another perfectly.
I didn't look up any reviews until I got home, and I guess this movie has all but tanked; everybody (pretty much) hates it.
Anyone here seen it? Am I too easily amused? Is this actually an awful movie?
The Conjuring. A kind-of Amityville-esq Horror tale. Really, really good, and worth the price of admission.
Based on a 'true story'. There's a great mythology here; the movie is extremely well-crafted. Great ending, which most of these types of tales suffer severe difficulty achieving. A sequel's in the works, which I assume is another Warren story.
I felt like, through the whole movie, I was in one of those ridiculous graduate courses in English-Lit. In those days, I routinely made the same kind of absolutely incredible (by which I mean not credible) contentions.
Seriously, you could give almost any movie the same treatment.
Nonetheless, very fun and entertaining.
I'm a sucker for these cryptid shows, even the bad ones. This one, three episodes in, seems pretty good. It's entertaining for 45 minutes if nothing else.
I haven't seen anything yet suggesting the whole show is staged, but if it's not, this is the best semi-pro team out there: I think they've found more 'evidence' in three episodes (especially tracks and noises) than all the other similar series combined.
A fun diversion.
First shalt thou disallow any and all future petitions by he who is known locally on the interwebz as 'yellowdingo', then shalt thou count to one, no more, no less.
One shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be one, and this is the number less itself of petitions that he who is known locally on the interwebz as 'yellowdingo' may be allowed to submit.
Two shalt thou not count.
Neither count zero, excepting that thou then proceed to one.
Three is right out.
Just picked this up from the clearance bin for $6.
It includes the original Doom games from the 90s.
I played through 'The Earth Base', which is level one of Doom 2...
Time: ...par for time is 30 seconds.
It took me over an hour of running in circles looking for doors. I finally cheated and watched a play through on YouTube.
Meanwhile, I'm kicking serious ass in Doom 3. How can an ancient legacy game be so much more dificult.
Still, loads of fun.
A bit of googling and I was surprised to find little on the subject.
Anyone ever experience (especially regularly) a raw, tearful, emotional response to learning something new and particularly awesome?
I'm interested in the neurological reasons for this. Mathematical or scientific epiphanies can often bring me to tearful excited laughter (and I mean actual happy tears). I don't mean to say that this happens when I devise or derive something new myself, only that it happens when I gain an understanding of a thing that had particularly eluded me.
Weird, I know.
Buy your set today, because it'll cost a small fortune a year from now.
This thread is devoted to collecting and discussing apparently offensive items.
Is the complaint about the Lego set legit, or hypersensitive political correctness at its best?
I'm a Western rational secularist, so I don't see it at all. Personally, I think it's more a matter of hypersensitive activists insecure in their own standing, likely looking, deliberately, for offense in and from everything around them.
What do you think?
I propose a Bill that makes it illegal to fail a student for arguing that the Refrigerator Fairy turns that light on and off.
As long as students are still required to answer correctly on tests, I really don't care what they privately believe. And if a student wants to submit a paper or research project that argues H. sapiens and T. rex cohabited, then awesome--as long as they follow the scientific method (...whereby they will prove themselves wrong).
I can argue all day that 2+2=5 for extremely large values of 2, but I still better answer '2' on the test.
I'm a bit over an hour into this game; just started exploring NYC, and found new meaning to the term 'concrete jungle'.
Gameplay is more streamlined and controls are more responsive vice Crysis 2. The story is developing nicely, and Psycho is a fun NPC who doesn't get in the way (or really help in fights at all), or hog the best weapon for 99.5% of the game.
The graphics are phenomenal--honestly the best graphics I've ever seen in a video game.
Anyone else playing?
V/H/S is a found-footage style film. Personally, I'm a big fan of these, but I understand how many might be put off by yet another one. The cool thing about this movie is that it's a series of stories in the vein of Tales from the Dark Side. I went into this one having no idea what it was about, just that it was a horror film, and found myself very pleasantly surprised by just how good it is.
Overall, surprisingly well made for a low-budget flick, and the acting--with the exception of one tale, which suffers from dialogue issues, and another one, which seems to suffers from a huge dose of reductio ad absurdum that's eventually resolved, both of which are nonetheless saved by the coolness of the ideas (you'll know it when you see it)-- actually comes off as realistic and genuine.
At any rate, if you hate found-footage films, you'll probably hate this one too. If you like them, or are still neutral, give it a shot.
So, something like 99% of the movie is one long computer animated photorealistic cartoon.
This thread is dedicated to scientific explanations of various phenomena in myths and legends across the world.
A plausible explanation for the Pillars of Fire in various myth cycles.
Anyone have the December 1987 issue? Here's a picture.
If so, there's a story inside by Mona Clee called "Iron Butterflies" --could you give me a brief synopsis? I've looked around for a week now and can't find any republication of the story, and I haven't seen that magazine since I was a kid.
I'm in the middle of writing a short story and I have a sneaking suspicion I'm remembering reading "Iron Butterflies" from 25 years ago and simply re-writing it.
Thanks in advance!
This is one of the last relics from my childhood still missing from my collection. I'm tired of the auction game; I've been trying to find a New Mint-in-Package copy for 10 years.
If you have a MIP copy, 4th printing or earlier, message me.
I'm willing to pay $150. This is more than twice the going price at auction.
I didn't pay any attention to this when it was first in the news, frankly because I'd seen MB's tech, which relies on sensors in the roads, and remained fairly unimpressed.
I just saw a demo of Google's car: spectacular; in a word.
It uses laser tech to continuously scan the road, meaning it can operate anywhere.
My wife and I just finished watching The Atom Smashers, a documentary covering the search for the Higgs boson at FermiLab. It's an older film, from 2008, but still very interesting. It's a bit downbeat, and I kind of felt like I could just start crying at any moment--but I'm pretty passionate about science in general, and physics in particular.
At any rate, I think the film's most significant message is familiar to many of us on these boards, especially to those of us who will open this thread; and it's something we've talked about at some length: the state of science and science education in the US.
When the last shuttle mission returned, here's what I posted.
What's hurting science in America?
The government certainly isn't helping things along. The 2013 budget for HEP is less than $1 billion. When we're talking a budget in the trillions, a billion is nothing. It's like asking the average American wage earner for a penny. On the other hand, the military spent $1 billion just in advertising! And now we're doing everything we can to weed the ranks. The 2013 NASA budget is a paltry $17 billion, and before you think that's an awful lot of money, it's 0.48% of the total 2013 budget. The government spent $31 billion last year subsidizing the railroads.
There's a lot of tech out there, and our kids are very much integrated into technology and with one another through technology. In fact, I'm presenting a paper this coming winter that talks specifically about the ethics of technology (and its use) as seen through the eyes of our youth. Tech is everywhere, and maybe that's part of the problem. Maybe tech is so ubiquitous we literally don't notice it anymore.
I'd be hard-pressed to find anyone my age and younger who isn't tech savvy, yet I'd be equally pressed to find many people of the same group who could explain how the GPS actually works, or why there's a magnet in their microwave oven.
I could name the top ten physicists in America right now and the overarching commonality would be that 8/10 are senior citizens a year or so from joining the emeriti.