December 29th, 2009


[links] Link salad sidles toward New Year's Eve

Don't forget the latest caption contest voting poll — I'll be closing this out today or tomorrow, and declaring a winner, so if you haven't voted yet, go check 'em out.

A reader reacts to Mainspring and Escapement — Mixed reviews in both cases. Also a number of other pocket reviews here.

Today's Sally Forth hits a point about our missing future that doesn't get addressed often enough — "The Gernsback Continuum" notwithstanding.

Spelunking the T — A tour of abandoned lines and stations of Boston's subway. I am soooo jealous.

The first woman to navigate a dirigible solo — From x-planes. The hat is something.

Inside the Secret Service — A photoessay from Life.

The Lithium RushTechnology Review with a striking photoessay on Bolivian salt flats and lithium.

The Problem With Warp DriveCentauri Dreams with some deep neepery on the Alcubierre warp drive.

?otD: Pandora or Endor?

Body movement: n/a (60 minute urban walk forthcoming)
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning's weigh-in: 226.0
Currently reading: Living With Ghosts by Kari Sperring


[movies] My obligatory Avatar review

Here's my Twitter review of Avatar from yesterday:
Need to post an Avatar review, but in sum: "magic honky" criticism is valid but overstated, the effects are paradigm shattering. Go see.

On reflection, that mostly speaks for itself. I don't feel a need to amplify those points much if at all, except to say, go see the damned movie on the big screen. In 3D if possible. If you're any kind of cinemaphile or media fan, you'll regret it in years to come if you don't.

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All in all, even with the obvious and not-so-obvious flaws, if cinema is an important part of your entertainment life and cultural experience, go see Avatar in the theatre. Several times, if possible. It really does bear up under the weight of expectations.