Black TIE Down!

Does a crashed TIE fighter count as endangered wildlife? If so, I’ve been photographing endangered wildlife in Oslo today!

Apparently someone was in a hurry to get to the première in time, so a few minor dents in the vehicle may have to be expected. However, parking illegally like this is bordering on ridiculous. A parking ticket for a movie ticket? That’ll never fly!

Black TIE Down

Presumably it’s the one from the teaser trailers. I did kinda wonder where it would turn up, tumbling willy-nilly out of the sky like that, but I’d never expected it to end up here.

Background: Oslo S / Oslo Central Station

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Great Scott! What time is it?

Fasten your flux capacitors!

Where we’re going, we won’t need roads!

You can follow the countdown here.

Plus there’s this to consider:

Just sayin’ 🙂

The Force Awakens: Trailers

The second teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released today. Here are the first and the second trailer, in that order for chronological enjoyment. Christmas is indeed inching slowly closer.

Yes, we’re coming home!

Teaser Trailer #1 – Published on 28 Nov 2014

 

Teaser Trailer #2 – Published on 16 Apr 2015

 

Back to Mars – Ak Ohum Oktay Weez Barsoom

Re-watching the Disneyfication of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ 1912 creation tonight. I originally read the book in 2012*, just before watching the movie in the theatre … which was really a waste of time because Disney had changed just about everything about it, and made more shortcuts and detours than I think old Edgar would have managed to hang on to his lunch over. Granted, it’s visually stunning, but then again, which movie isn’t nowadays?

* Yes, I’m embarrassingly aware that I ought to have read it thirty years ago.

Shortcuts made to fit too long a story within a 132 minute time frame is one thing, at least if it’s done well, which is more than I can say for this one. Shortcuts made en masse in order to trim the original story down to half that length, and then fill the remaining void with new and strictly speaking unnecessary material not by the book’s author, that’s quite another, at least as far as I’m concerned, and this may well be why it flopped.

Oh well, the movie isn’t all bad. It does have its good moments, if you’re looking for a bit of mindless entertainment, as long as you manage to forget the original for a while. I am watching it again, am I not? 😉

Though “waste of time” is a relative concept, because I rather enjoyed reading the book. What’s more, it’s available for free (and legally so) at Project Gutenberg. So if you haven’t done so yet, care for a bit of a read?


Image: Wikipedia

The image links to the HTML version of “A Princess of Mars”, suitable for reading in any web browser. There are other formats here, including plain text, ePub and Kindle, with and without pictures.

Lucy: Digging Into the Other 90 Percent

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe:
New Movie, Lucy, Promotes 10% Brain Myth

For the record I confess that I have not yet watched “Lucy”, nor seen the trailer (I generally avoid trailers as they tend to give away too much, leaving nothing but “Ah, yeah, I’ve seen this already” for the actual movie — which is why I haven’t bothered to watch “Pompeii”; thanks, Hollywood, for ruining that for me), nor do I know whether I will watch it, except that it has Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in it which tends to be compelling incentives, but if I do watch it, I will keep in mind that it is just a movie. It may be science fiction, but that is still just fiction.

Yesterday I watched “Edge of Tomorrow” and enjoyed it immensely (★5 just for having me constantly on the edge of my seat), but I didn’t actually believe in it.

However, do read this article; not necessarily as a critique of the movie, because we’re already aware of Hollywood’s take on science, but because it may tell you something about our brains that you didn’t already know, and about the claim (which far predates this movie) that we only use a few percent of its capacity (and that there is an unimaginable untapped potential for mental superpower) because, apparently, that’s just not so.

And, by all means, watch the movie if you like. At the very least you will get to see Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.

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