A couple of films with a fairly strong thematic link. A static perfection vs a more dynamic, creative and even chaotic environment.
They both featured changing Father/Son relationships and the realization that this relationship trumps what the father has been trying to build.
The films were The Lego Movie and Tron Legacy. And I enjoyed them both.
The Lego Movie, while providing slapstick action and healthy doses of Morgan Freeman, sent the message of: Who is writing your instructions?
It was a fun romp of a movie, and very silly in parts. Not too silly that the plot slipped away or some of the darker moments were swamped.
Tron Legacy. Now there had been grumblings from the Internets that this was just a feature length Daft Punk video. And I’m only, what, four years late to this party?
Visually, it was beautiful. The plot hung together well enough, and some parts of it were rather predictable. But then, there are only a few ways some of that can go.
It was nice that there wasn’t a romance element in there. But seriously, Flynn, with the exception of the female lead, all your female programs are fashionistas or bar girls?
Also Chekov’s spare lightcycle (the one Sam picks up on the grid to hand off to the ally that gets squished) never gets rezzed up.
Racing their motorcycles in the electronic night… Where’s a decent big or small screen production of Snow Crash? Seriously.
Though having a think on that, Snow Crash is “The Future” as seen from the late Eighties. And while the future part of it can be placed pretty much anywhere, thematically it has some pretty strong ties to the explosive birth of the internet and callbacks to World War 2.
I think that’s going to be the biggest obstacle to doing it right. There are others.
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Seems the woman who started the #yesallwomen hashtag shut down her account after repeated harassment. Closed circle. nytimes.com/2014/03/27/us…
just to be clear - a woman who created a hashtag meant to convey the message “no, not all may be sexual aggressors but yes, all women have experienced sexism to some degree” shut down her account after repeated harassment. she wasn’t generalizing men. she wasn’t making broad, sweeping statements that people claim are the problem with women’s movements. she was only opening a conversation centered around personal stories. what is anyone supposed to take from this except that many people are simply not interested in hearing these stories at all, as sugarcoated as they may be, as tactfully they may be put? not without redirecting the conversation to focus away from women, at any rate.
A woman starts a discussion about how all women are harassed, and people respond by harassing her. There’s no room for irony in the world anymore.
It’s an experiment.
I’ve written two books with such a protagonist. Pantomime, which just made a top ten title for the 2014 ALA Rainbow list, and the just-released sequel, Shadowplay. The first one is set in a circus and the second on a magician’s stage.
You don’t have to reblog to say you’d read MY books (though that’d be nice and part of the hope of this post is that it’ll spread awareness that my books are out there), just that you WOULD read one.
MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,
"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."
handjobs of the future
HOLY SHIT ARE YOU KIDDING ME
THIS IS THE KIND OF CRAZY COOL-ASS SHIT THAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR MY WHOLE GODDAMN LIFE
IN THOSE MOVIES AND GAMES AND SHIT WHERE PEOPLE HAVE THOSE CRAZY HIGH-TECH TABLES AND SUCH WHERE THEY MANIPULATE DATA AND VIRTUAL OBJECTS AND STUFF WITH THE WAVE OF A HAND AND SHIT
EVERY TIME I’M LIKE “…i want one”
AND WE’RE GETTING THERE
What the WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! Tell me this isn’t a horrible hoax!
Mostly I’m thinking how neat this would be for D&D.
The lovely Virginia Hankins, modern lady knight who is also a professional stunt woman, actress and archer.
Her website: http://virginiahankins.com/
I just realized that this is basically Merida all grown up.
Isn’t she splendid? *And* she’s a fan!
- If you don’t watch a series entirely you are not a true fan
- If you do watch a series entirely you are not a true fan
You are only a true fan if you:
- are powered by electricity
- have multiple flat blades
- spin around really fast
i got so mad then laughed so hard