March 20, 2017
they recently showed the Theory of Everything on free-to-air tv. While Stephen Hawking is an inspirational figure, he’s not necessarily aspirational for me. I’m nowhere near as smart. We need people we can relate to. I accomplish things because I’m not dumb and work really hard.
I know Dr. Stephen Strange is fictional but I could weirdly relate more to the film Doctor Strange. I’m not a surgeon but I guess it had to do with embracing the unexplainable despite bring logical.
Strangely enough in the movie Logan, I could relate to both Professor X and Wolverine – this was the first time I saw myself in two characters. Maybe it was their “fall from grace” so atypical of a superhero flick or maybe it’s because I’m such a comic book nerd.
Regardless, we’re all different, relate to certain things, and process things at our own pace. Despite people’s insistence, a single, magic, silver bullet “solution” doesn’t always exist. Some issues are divergent or require multiple things acting in harmony. Narrowing it to one thing would be great but that isn’t always possible.
December 23, 2016
I finally saw Rogue One earlier today. This is a spoiler for some so I suggest those that haven’t seen it yet stop reading now.
I understand why they had to call it “A Star Wars Story” and they did not have the usual scrolling introduction as it happened between Episodes III and IV. It was a much needed explanation and closed the loop as how the Rebel Alliance acquired the schematics (and more importantly the in-built and purposely engineered flaw) of the Death Star.
Chirrut is more than a token character with a disability (which is an indicator of how far society has come – there’s still a way to go but the “representation” may have not been that welcome a few years ago). It isn’t surprising that he was blind (echoing the parallel when Luke was training to use a light saber onboard the Millennium Falcon). It reminds me of Erannon of the Blade, a character I concocted back in college for an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaign after reading the Rogue’s Handbook. I even wrote a monologue for him – sheesh!
Rogue One as a title seemed arbitrary to me – it’s just anything penciled in by the writer in the script could have been used. I was just hoping it was more meaningful (and not as serendipitous as it seemed).
Star Wars is ostensibly a space opera (as previously described). It may not be everyone’s cup of tea (oh, the sacrilege!). It personally means something to me (as I suspect it’s held deeply by others) but I know enough that it holds no significance for others (no matter how hard you try to convince them). IMHO, it’s a binary fight between good and evil – just like The Lord of the Rings series – so I understand why it doesn’t appeal to some. Ever notice Sci-Fi does have penchant for dystopian futures (a lesson that we have the power to choose to avoid this bleakness)? Star Trek seems more hopeful to me – I don’t mind it but I prefer Star Wars (does it surprise anyone that Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is my favourite one?). And I always felt there was an “artificial” dichotomy but I digress…
The “main” characters had to perish because they aren’t part of the storyline. It was finally good to see some diversity on screen but I’m not a real PC stickler – with the changing demographic in America it’s no real surprise although women seem to be visibly underrepresented. In any case, does it advance or is necessary in the grand scheme of things? In my mind, it may have not been the greatest Star Wars film (it was certainly better than all of the prequels) but it’s a story which definitely needed to be told. This isn’t really a review but just a few of my thoughts.
December 20, 2016
they showed the Christmas classic, Die Hard last night. I rewatched it because I like the movie. Too bad most people know the late Alan Rickman only as Severus Snape and aren’t familiar with the iconic villain, Hans Gruber. I really like the film (as evidenced by the number of times I’ve seen it – I’ve watched all sequels which, IMHO, fall way short) but I prefer the book on which it was based: “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Richard Thorp. I’m such a nerd.
October 21, 2015
Marty McFly is supposed to come back today. While this is just a movie, there are few things we can take from this.
Sure, most futurists would think it foolish to specify a date but a target is often necessary to achieve most things. Not everything will come to fruition as evidenced by the movie but it is important that we strive for our goals. Making things explicit comes back to accountability. It announces our intent and helps track our progress – it tells everyone and, more importantly, ourselves if we are meeting the schedule. A timetable is one of the conventional requisite yardsticks for measuring “success.”
Most people do not provide a reasonable timeframe. Deadlines need to be realistic and achievable. Estimates need to be based on experience – our own or from a trusted source.
Sure, certain things matter and are important but we should learn not to take our endeavours too seriously.
December 23, 2013
while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues‘ humour may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s very rare that Hollywood produces a film that matches or exceeds the original. In that category, I can only think of The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II that I’ve seen that fits the bill.
Sure, I found it funny and, at times, silly but I think that everything has become news is a telling commentary of the world we now live in. Some people think what I laugh at is high-brow, I just prefer my comedy to have another meaning.
A computer language comes to mind. SQL allows the user to specify information they need rather than worry about the how. The emphasis on what empowers them and is an exemplar of good design. There’s a sound mathematical basis for this very practical application. As technologists, there’s a penchant to maintain a “secret society.” I think demystification leads to greater adoption, unanticipated uses, and makes it easier for everyone in the long run. Sure, it can be a proverbial Pandora’s box but I think it’s much better to plan for letting the Genie out of the bottle – after all, information wants to be free.
February 19, 2012
Episode I of Star Wars was rereleased in 3D. may be i’m not that visual and i’m not a fan of 3D for it’s own sake or maybe i liked the book better but enhancing how it looks doesn’t mean the story is better.