Science Fiction

{"content":{"id":938,"title":"Lucy (2014)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/320.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is a big, professionally-made movie that's based around the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains. Except that's a dumb myth from the 1800s and makes the movie impossible to enjoy.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nWhat's even more frustrating is that there's a lot of craftmanship and talent here and, with a bit of a rewrite, it probably could have been one of the great science fiction films of all time, instead of a cringefest. If only one of the hundreds of people who worked on this had pointed out the error, at any point during the film's making...\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is also at least the third movie where Scarlett Johansson has ascended to a higher plane of reality, and I'd be curious to know why producers and Johansson herself think of her that way.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-19T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-18T21:59:29.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-18T22:00:38.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=france\"\u003efrance\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Lucy (2014)


This is a big, professionally-made movie that's based around the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains. Except that's a dumb myth from the 1800s and makes the movie impossible to enjoy.

What's even more frustrating is that there's a lot of craftmanship and talent here and, with a bit of a rewrite, it probably could have been one of the great science fiction films of all time, instead of a cringefest. If only one of the hundreds of people who worked on this had pointed out the error, at any point during the film's making...

This is also at least the third movie where Scarlett Johansson has ascended to a higher plane of reality, and I'd be curious to know why producers and Johansson herself think of her that way.

{"content":{"id":848,"title":"Weekly Links - Solitude Edition","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49210281\"\u003eA Ugandan academic who once called President Yoweri Museveni a \"pair of buttocks\" has been sentenced to 18 months in prison\u003c/a\u003e. There are still heroes in the world.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.orau.org/PTP/collection/atomictoys/GilbertU238Lab.htm\"\u003eChildren's science kit with actual radioactive elements\u003c/a\u003e. Includes Geiger counter.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/hSj2I1dR2Nc\"\u003eDr. Who on ocarina\u003c/a\u003e. Better than the original?\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.cracked.com/blog/5-weirdly-unsettling-youtube-channels/\"\u003eWeirdly Unsettling Youtube Channels\u003c/a\u003e. Since reading this, I've been watching Madcatlady videos daily. She is the greatest insane genius since Van Gogh.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nIn the 1790s, someone conducted a creepy solitude experiment, and \u003ca href=\"http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/solitude_experiment\"\u003eno one can find evidence of what happened\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://web.archive.org/web/20050428014715/http://www.youtube.com/\"\u003eYoutube started out as an unsuccessful dating site\u003c/a\u003e. \r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-04T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-03T16:55:35.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-04T01:58:18.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=uganda\"\u003euganda\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=news\"\u003enews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science\"\u003escience\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=THE_ATOM\"\u003eTHE_ATOM\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ocarina\"\u003eocarina\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=dr_who\"\u003edr_who\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=eighteenth_century\"\u003eeighteenth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=uk\"\u003euk\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=love\"\u003elove\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=hype\"\u003ehype\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weekly Links - Solitude Edition

{"content":{"id":840,"title":"Weeky Links - Relaxation Edition","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nThe first song ever synthesized by a computer was \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/41U78QP8nBk\"\u003eDaisy Bell\u003c/a\u003e. I had no idea the song's use in 2001 was a reference to that.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.kfish.org/~conrad/music/Kobi/\"\u003eMachine-generated music that is actually really good\u003c/a\u003e. A lot like what they would play at night on the local university radio when I was a kid.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://astronaut.io/#\"\u003eA few seconds from various Youtube videos with very few views\u003c/a\u003e. Surprisingly interesting.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI like computer games but I'm happy to call myself a 'casual', because gamers are the worst people in the world in every way possible. \u003ca href=\"https://www.cracked.com/article_26528_5-gaming-controversies-that-were-mindblowingly-stupid.html\"\u003eExtra-hilarious gaming controversies\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nOne of the entries about mentions a guy having objects thrown at him for playing Jiggly Puff. \u003ca href=\"https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/esports-juan-hungrybox-debiedma-everybody-hates-jigglypuff\"\u003eHere is his defence of himself\u003c/a\u003e. \"People don’t like it when I pop off after victories, especially when they come via Jigglypuff, and they definitely don’t like the methods I use to win tournaments. But that doesn’t matter to me. Every story needs a bad guy. In some ways, the role suits me nicely. After all, as far as I’m concerned, my destiny has already been written.\"\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nKC Green has created another webcomic, this one being a very NSFW gag strip. \u003ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/B0JezQcgsYX/\"\u003eMy favourite is the ASMR lady\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-07-28T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-07-27T17:13:08.000Z","updated_at":"2019-07-27T17:38:30.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=programming\"\u003eprogramming\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=old_comics\"\u003eold_comics\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weeky Links - Relaxation Edition

  • The first song ever synthesized by a computer was Daisy Bell. I had no idea the song's use in 2001 was a reference to that.
  • Machine-generated music that is actually really good. A lot like what they would play at night on the local university radio when I was a kid.
  • A few seconds from various Youtube videos with very few views. Surprisingly interesting.
  • I like computer games but I'm happy to call myself a 'casual', because gamers are the worst people in the world in every way possible. Extra-hilarious gaming controversies.
  • One of the entries about mentions a guy having objects thrown at him for playing Jiggly Puff. Here is his defence of himself. "People don’t like it when I pop off after victories, especially when they come via Jigglypuff, and they definitely don’t like the methods I use to win tournaments. But that doesn’t matter to me. Every story needs a bad guy. In some ways, the role suits me nicely. After all, as far as I’m concerned, my destiny has already been written."
  • KC Green has created another webcomic, this one being a very NSFW gag strip. My favourite is the ASMR lady.
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"You've Half A Mile To Go," Said The Sphere

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A GLASS OF DARKNESS

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Would You Believe They Published Feminist Science Fiction In 1951?

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Science Fiction Quarterly

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If Magazine - May 1953

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Ursula K Le Guin In The 70s, Being Cool As Heck

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if, May 1955

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Big Baby

{"content":{"id":728,"title":"19-05-26 Weekly Links - Reading Edition","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/261.png\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nWeekly links are going to be thin for a bit, because I recently found out Andrew Hussie uploaded \u003ca href=\"https://www.homestuck.com/epilogues/prologue/1\"\u003ebook-length epilogue to Homestuck\u003c/a\u003e which, so far, is very, very good, and reading it is heavily eating into my limited messing-around-on-the-internet time.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nSpeaking of reading, the short story \u003ca href=\"http://bestsf.net/charles-stross-rogue-farm/\"\u003eRogue Farm\u003c/a\u003e is free and legal online.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nEvery McDonalds in Austria is now a \u003ca href=\"https://uproxx.com/life/mcdonalds-us-embassy/\"\u003ede facto US consulate\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-05-26T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-05-25T16:08:13.000Z","updated_at":"2019-06-02T01:16:04.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=scary\"\u003escary\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=scotland\"\u003escotland\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=usa\"\u003eusa\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=food\"\u003efood\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=hype\"\u003ehype\u003c/a\u003e"}

19-05-26 Weekly Links - Reading Edition



  • Weekly links are going to be thin for a bit, because I recently found out Andrew Hussie uploaded book-length epilogue to Homestuck which, so far, is very, very good, and reading it is heavily eating into my limited messing-around-on-the-internet time.
  • Speaking of reading, the short story Rogue Farm is free and legal online.
  • Every McDonalds in Austria is now a de facto US consulate.
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Love, Death And Robots


Apparently they wanted to do something like 'Neo-Tokyo', or 'Heavy Metal', or 'Memories', but whatever weird cultural conditions that made those movies possible are long, long gone. Instead, this is very, very fancy CGI with writing that ranges from below-average to cringey. A lot of one-dimensional characters, a lot of jokes that don't land, a lot of extremely old science-fiction cliches exhumed and presented with as little enthusiasm as possible.

The constant attempts at edginess in 'Love, Death And Robots' are offset by the fact that all of the stories are older than Poodle Skirts. No amount of CGI titty is going to cover the fact that they're selling young people watered-down versions of stories that were written before sitcom married couples slept in separate beds.

I want to say that this is an example of style over substance, but those old anthologies managed to be cool in spite of or because of style over substance. Besides 'Love, Death and Robots' isn't really that stylish, in spite of the top-notch CGI. I kept going 'Wow, that CGI is marginally better than CGI from two years ago!', then getting quickly bored of scenes that were basically visually uninteresting. I have no idea what kind of decision-making process lead to such a poorly-executed project.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (The Book) - Arthur C. Clarke

I read this once as a teenager and once in my thirties. Both times it was like a punch in the face. But a happy punch in the face. Even knowing the outline of the story, there's a sense of tension and fear hidden in the details that I've never experienced in any other book. The philosophical themes are subtle and unpretentious, and tangle themselves effortlessly into the frightening sense of vastness and emptiness and time. Maybe the best proof there is that a book can be short and sweet and part of a low-brow genre and still blow most fine literature out of the water.

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Guardian Of The Crystal Gate

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Looper (2012)

Mostly good. Dumb ending.