precognition and synchronicity

I realized earlier this week that all the science fiction stories I’ve been consuming lately have a common theme – a character who can see the future and present at the same time. They’re all about someone who surpasses thinking just in the present and develops the ability to treat time as a fluid experience.… Continue reading precognition and synchronicity

Todd’s Birthday 2021

I regret that I am unable to present this invitation to you in person, but Alderaan has fallen under a planet-wide pandemic, and I’m afraid my mission to plan a more traditional birthday party has failed. I have placed information vital to your attendance at a safe and socially-distanced celebration into the memory systems of… Continue reading Todd’s Birthday 2021

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the last Star Wars movie

I’m gonna try to keep this short. Keep your fingers crossed. I’ve got a long history with the Star Wars films, having seen the first one in a drive-in theater with my family the summer it came out 42 years ago. The original (Episode IV, it was later called) is my favorite movie of all… Continue reading the last Star Wars movie

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oh how they danced

At the neighborhood coffee shop, there is a Stonehenge monument in danger of being crushed by a dwarf.

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Alien double header

The local art cinema is playing “Alien” as the midnight movie this Friday and Saturday night. That gave me the idea of how to spend my Independence Day evening. I’m now watching a double header – “Alien” (Ridley Scott) and “Aliens” (James Cameron). I’d forgotten how many big name actors there were in the first… Continue reading Alien double header

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Rocketman

Just got home from the new film “Rocketman”. It was enjoyable – maybe not as much as “Bohemian Rhapsody” but it had dancing, more like “Across the Universe”. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rocketman_2019/

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wait a minute, King?

I’m a little excited about the trailer for this film, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”. But wait a minute, isn’t Godzilla a “she”? Shouldn’t it be “Godzilla: Queen of the Monsters”? Well, Wikipedia to the rescue: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla “Godzilla was referred to as a male and was depicted laying eggs through parthenogenesis.” I don’t know what… Continue reading wait a minute, King?

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a tale of two movies

Chandigarh is a bit different than the other Indian cities we visited. For one thing, it’s a very modern planned city. The whole thing is laid out in a grid, with major streets at regular intervals separating sections of the city they call “sectors”. It sounds kinda sci-fi, but to tell a taxi driver directions… Continue reading a tale of two movies

money, sweat, and Matt Damon

We just got home (which means the B&B where we’re currently staying in Jakarta) from watching “The Martian”. I think I liked it a lot more than Beth did, though I found a lot of it to be unrealistic or unnecessarily sappy. I liked Matt Damon’s performance, but disliked many of the other actors. I’m… Continue reading money, sweat, and Matt Damon