I received an email today from Andy (a co-worker) that the trailer for X-Men III has been released.
It should be interesting. Beast (my favorite X-Man), Angel, Colossus, The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and, of course, Phoenix.
I haven’t searched seriously, but has X-Men been recognised as a major force in spreading pro-transhumanist, pro-posthumanist ideas?
Ron & I just got back from California, visiting my parents and seeing my friends from my USC/So Cal Fandom days.
While there, we made a side trip to Sequoia National Park to see some of the hugest and longest lived organisms on the Earth, Sequoia Gigantea.
While reading slashdot, I came across a reference to this article by Dr. Aubrey de Grey.
Ahhh, to live to be over 1000 years old.
The following will be terribly unpopular in red states:
At least it will be if they get the joke.
Mojave, California (Space.Com)– If you want to follow the flight of SpaceShipOne on the web, Space.com has the following suggestions. MSNBC.com plans to offer a live webcast of the event. Event officials said CNN will broadcast the launch on television, but CNN programming officials did not reply to a request to confirm that. Radio station KLOA 104.9 plans a live audio webcast of the flight that will begin with traffic and weather reports at 8 a.m. ET (5 a.m. local time). Radio-only broadcasts are planned by local stations KGET 970 and KGOV. SPACE.com will have reporters at the scene providing updates over the weekend and during the flight. <!–
ALTERNATIVE SPACESHIPONE WEBCAST STREAMS
Someday I Shall Witness Les 24 Heures du Mans.
Someone, at some time, has to be able to beat the modular Audis and their quick, change rearends. I’d like to be there when it happens. Perhaps it will be the folks from Zytek.
Zytek? Who the hell is Zytek??
What I really want to see is Ford re-enter Le Mans. It was recently announced that the Ford GT topped 200 MPH at the Nardo test track. Is it just me, or are they gearing up for a return to the Mulsanne Straight? After all, they haven’t won (I don’t even know if they’ve even been back) since winning 4 straight from 1966 to 1969.
Speaking of History, checking out the same link above, I’m shocked that Ferrari hasn’t won overall since 1965, when Ford entered the race with the mandate to “Beat Ferrari”.
Until I get to the Circuit, at least I can listen to Le Mans Radio.
A few entries ago, I speculated that the Ansari X-Prize attempt by Scaled Composite’s SpaceShipOne would be reserved for billionaires, dignitaries and the like.
I am thrilled that I was dead, dead, wrong.
The general public is invited. Take your children. Take your grandchildren. Hell, take the neighbors children.
This is history, folks.
OK. It is an open question as to whether or not the June 21 attempt at 100Km will be the first of the required 2 attempts in 2 weeks, fully loaded, since so far they’ve only indicated that the pilot will be on board, but hey, who knows. Burt Rutan seems to like surprising people.
The Transit of Venus, Courtesy of NASA and the Exploratorium.
Im sorry that your pet president, Ronnie, has died. Please accept my condolences. Like many pets, Im sure that you will remember him well, magnify his endearing qualities and minimize his faults, but I will not.
I guess he was well trained, but I wish you hadn’t trained him to be quite so mean, in a deceitful kind of way. He bit and scratched, even when he had a smile on his muzzle. He liked wrecking things and he attracted a whole host of nasty parasites. And boy did he leave a mess behind him. Messy, messy, messy. Not that you minded, however. I bet you won’t pick up after your current pet, either.
Oh, and he carried a horrible disease, a brain disorder, that has infected much of the country. There is hope, however. I believe that there are signs that a lot of folks may shake it off this November. We shall see.
I was playing around with the Hero Machine and this is who I came up with. Name? None that I can think of at the moment, but I think it would make a great costume for a convention. I haven’t worn a hall costume in years, probably over a decade. Maybe the upcoming Worldcon would be a good place to start again. If anyone out there is reading this, create your own Hero and post a link to it!
Dear Jehovah / Allah / Buddah / Cthulu / Allmind / Odin / EarthMother / Zeus / Brigit / Adam Smith / Mr. Bibendum:
Can you please influence Toyota to go ahead and make this thing? You see, I love supercars. I find them thrilling, scintillating works of human ingenuity. You see, however, I cannot bring myself to have one, because I lived through the 1970’s in the United States and I made a vow to myself that each car I owned would get better gas mileage than the last. I’ve kept that promise. So, no SUV’s, no sports cars, no supercars for me, yet. Think globally, drive locally.
And then this thing comes along.
Please, oh please, power or powers that be, please bend their ever fertile and imaginative minds towards this, lovely, 408 horse power, 40 mile per gallon, work of art.
Oh, and world peace. Yeah, that too.
If you bottled it, you’d make a million.
So, have you seen this man on the telly? Say, on the “Tears, Bones and Desire” , episode of Six Feet Under?
Josh Stamberg. Yeow.
The man is simply gorgeous. And he can act. And he has a brain in his head, but then what else would you expect from Susan Stamberg’s son.
Let’s hope he comes to do a play in Boston. Let’s hope he does more movies. He definitely deserves more exposure, not necessarily in his tighty whities, though that definitely wouldn’t hurt. 😉
Warning, this is filled with spoilers. Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the film and you don’t some of the surprises given away.
My first question after seeing this film is this, “Is Quentin Tarantino capable of making a film that isn’t aggressively self reflexive and steeped in film history?”
Anyway, it is as though Mr. Tarantino has been gorging himself of pop culture for the past 40 years or so, until he was filled to bursting and then, like Mr. Creosote has to vomit it all out for all the world to wonder at.
Wonder at, because it is all so very artfully, carefully, masterfully arranged.
The Kung-Fu masters, the Ennio Morricone-like music, the Kurosawa like tableaus, the ’70’s pop culture references. Westerns, mariachi music, revenge, blood and motherhood.
It is the perfect new-millennium American movie.
For the moment, that is.
Until “Man on Fire” comes out.
What hath Mel Gibson wrought?
I can just imagine the scene in Glassport Pennsylvania. The Easter Bunny writhing on the ground while Roman soldiers flail him with whips, all the while mocking him, for bringing eggs to children.
In the background, of course, the evil, female, devil vole slinks about, egging them on.
I wonder how you say, “Peter Cottontail, King of the Rabbits” in Latin? Anybody want to try? “Petrus de Cotton Constituet te Dominus in regem cuniculorum,” so says Google Translate.
The race for the X-Prize took a huge step forwards this week when the FAA (the United States Federal Aviation Administration) issued the first ever license granted to a private firm for a manned sub-orbital mission.
I’ve got to call my dad, and see if he knows anybody out in Burt Rutan’s shop. Oh, but I’m sure that tickets to the launch will be reserved for dignitaries & billionaires (or billionaire dignitaries (who happen to be bankrolling the endeavor). You can, of course, buy an invitation, if you happen to have a few grand lying around.
Something very strange is happening in the world of technological anthropology. Videogame geeks are at the throats of their Computer Nerd siblings.
Perhaps maybe it isn’t quite so strange after all. After all, these folks, my bretheren (and sisteren?) are infamous for carrying on all sorts of tech driven feuds. Apple VS. Microsoft. Windows VS. Mac. Windows VS Linux.
You see, two of my favorite television networks are merging. Actually, merging isn’t exactly accurate. TechTV was put up for sale a few months ago (as early as August 2003?)by Paul Allen and Comcast Corporation ponyed up the $300 million or so to buy it. Stated plans are to combine G4 (wholly owned by Comcast) with TechTV.
I’d guess that this could make programming on the new mutant/melted together network stronger, but lots of folks seem to disagree. Both on the TechTV side and on the G4 side.
Well, there probably isn’t any good way to stop the two camps from flaming each other. They’ll get tired of it sooner or later, hopefully sooner. So, until then, flame on my geeky nerdy bros and sisses, and get it out of your respective systems.