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Read more "Review: Mad Max – Fury Road | The Daily Grail"
In which m1k3y says many of the words I want to say about this film. Spoilers at the link, after the first three paragraphs or so.
Read more "Bot Benediction, 2015 – Features – Source: An OpenNews project"
“The metaphors are numerous—bots are homunculi, bots are witches’ familiars, bots are daemons. And yes, the bots were inside us all along, and ultimately we make ourselves into Twitter bots in order to live. But really. Twitter bots are the imaginary friends that I love and cherish as much as the real-person relationships I’ve formed on Twitter (both with people and with other creatures with alleged human operators, whose true identities are best left unknown). They notice things we might not notice.”
“Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the ‘50s? It was us.”
High-altitude testing of the U-2…led to an unexpected side effect — a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects,” the CIA wrote in the document, which it wrote in 1998. “In the mid-1950s, most commercial airliners flew at altitudes between 10,000 and 20,000 feet and [many] military aircraft…operated at altitudes below 40,000 feet. Consequently, once U-2s started flying at altitudes above 60,000 feet, air-traffic controllers began receiving increasing numbers of UFO reports.”
Added the document, the CIA cross-referenced UFO sightings to U-2 flight logs. “This enabled the investigators to eliminate the majority of the UFO reports,” the CIA wrote, “although they could not reveal to the letter writers the true cause of the UFO sightings.”Read more "CIA takes blame for more than half of UFO sightings in late 1950s and 60s"
In Prometheus we were on a military research planet, not their home planet, it was a weapons factory. When we go to the home planet it will be more. I think you have to create a whole country for a planet like that, not just death machines and creatures. There will have to be a whole backstory of these masters of the universe. The assumption is that they’ve visited planets and species like us to give us these upgrades, from time to time, but how were they living? What is their culture like?Read more "Arthur Max on The Martian, Prometheus 1 and 2, Blade Runner 2 and more | Film Divider"
In his BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder keynote lecture [CLICK THROUH FOR EMBEDDED VIDEO], acclaimed author William Gibson joins novelist Nick Harkaway to discuss cinematic cyberpunk and the origins of the term cyberspace. Gibson also reveals his love of District 9 (2009) and reflects upon his experience writing for The X-Files.
On how he came to invent cyberspace as setting for his fiction:
“by the late 70s I had a very jaundiced view of the last little while of popular imagined futures and I wanted… it wasn’t resonant for me, if nothing else. I wanted to find something else that was more resonant, for me, of the possible.”
* the goo of District 9’s weapons as the future of interface to data via clarkean magixRead more "William Gibson on sci-fi cinema | BFI"
Read more "The Dark Extropian Report: PANSPERMIA SPECIAL EDITION"
Welcome to a Special Edition of The Dark Extropian Report. It’s been a bumper few weeks, months and years even in the world of astrobiology, and in particular in the area related to the theory of Panspermia – the idea that life came riding in on an asteroid or comet to our planet. This is one of the very core ideas of Dark Extropianism; that we are inextricably bound to the cosmos, on a grand scale that at the very least is inter-planetary. That our fate lies there as much as our origins do. That we are more than just star dust, but part of a living system that spans billions of years, who’s distance is measured by the speed of light. That ecology is something that spans the galaxy. That we are not meant to stay here, that our destiny lies amongst the stars.