July 19th, 2008


[links] Link salad for a Saturday

Post-Weird Thoughts considers the new Tor site

Shorpy with a picture of a fine, styling ridee — :: wants ::

More on the Deep Impact movie of the Moon transiting Earth — Specifically, concerning lessons learned about analysis of exoplanets. This is SF on the hoof, in real life.

The secrets to anti-ageing genesthe_child and I had a conversation not too long ago about what it would mean to live forever. (Mortality has been much discussed in around Nuevo Rancho Lake of late.) Her thought was that she would be very sad to see the people she loved die, but she wants to see what happens next. We agreed that if either of us ever figured it out, we’d share with the other.

L’affaire Bogdanov — Weirdness in physics along the lines of the Sokal affair. Like of interest mostly to science geeks. (Hat tip to Language Log.)

Cyanide and Happiness — Some moderately NSFW humor. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Father-of-three branded a ‘pervert’ - for photographing his own children in public park — I’ve actually had this problem, though not nearly to this degree. When the_child was quite a bit younger, I would sometimes go sit at the park with her, the only man among the playground moms. (This was at Viejo Rancho Lake, which was next door to a rather nice public park.) The neighborhood moms all knew who I was, even if they didn’t know me personally, but the park got a lot of drop-in traffic, and at least once a week I’d get the hairy eyeball from some woman trying to figure out why a bearded, long-haired man was watching the little kids play. I always hated that. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Time in saddle: 6 minutes
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 247.4
Currently reading: n/a

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[movies] Hellboy II

karindira and I went to see Hellboy II last night. (I’d already gotten some wordage in on “Forests of the Night”.) It was pretty amazing, in a highly entertaining way.

I wasn’t so taken with the story line — it was fairly pedestrian. But the tone and style and details of the movie were so far over the top they’d gone out the back and bugged down the street for a pint and a smoke. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie that went this far over the top since True Lies. As karindira said, you always knew you were watching a movie, but so what?

Hellboy had been pretty entertaining, as I recall, but this was something else again. And of course lots of lovely clockwork. I did mildly object to being told they were going to Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, only to have them not go to Giant’s Causeway, but otherwise, man, what a ride.

This isn’t a review so much as a gush, I suppose. Definitely worth seeing on the big screen for all the frenetic, insane detail work. Oh, and Jeffrey Tambour is my new love god. Junior Samples is so fired.

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[travel] On the move again

I’ll be packing today, and writing as well. For those playing along with the takehome game version of “Where’s Jay”, I’ll be out this afternoon by car to Seattle, where I will be crashing chez bravado111. Off on a(n unusual) Sunday flight to Omaha tomorrow. Back to Seattle Thursday for the University Books reading and signing that night alongside the lovely and talented Brenda Cooper, and the Clarion West party next Friday. So I won’t be home again until a week from today.

As usual, expect continued light blogging with intermittent bursts of hypergraphia.

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