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#51 | Back to Top10-04-2013 02:26:50 AM

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Just got back from seeing Gravity.

I'm not going to go into the accuracy of the science or the script.

I'm just going to say emot-aaa to the effects and cinematography.

See it if you like space porn.


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#52 | Back to Top10-04-2013 02:36:52 AM

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Holy crap I forgot about that movie. Worth the big screen? Worth the 3D? I have a coupon for the local theater but I think it's only good for 2D.

I like space porn. I'm probably the only person that kinda liked fishing through all the otherwise useless planets in the ME games. How does it stack with stuff like Moon and Sunshine? I don't know crap about it, is the plot kind of brainy, or more Armageddony?


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#53 | Back to Top10-04-2013 03:00:47 AM

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The VFX, sound, and cinematography are top-notch. Top fucking notch.* See it on the best screen you can get access to. The story and technical accuracy on the other hand are a bit shit. I'm a space nerd, a pilot, a nitpicker, and a lover of classic sci-fi, so I was squirming uncomfortably at times. On a few occasions the script, particularly the back-story and psychological make-up of Sandra Bullock's character broke my immersion badly and I was muttering obscenities at the screenwriter.

Story-wise on a scale of Armageddon (stupid) to Moon (genius), I'd give it .65 Moons.
Spectacle-wise on a scale of Moon (slow and thinky) to Armageddon (holy shit everything is exploding), I'd give it .95 Armageddons.

I don't regret seeing it.






(* I cannot emphasize this strongly enough. The opening scene is like something out of an ultra-high-def seven-story-tall IMAX NASA space documentary, only better. It will be a long time before I see its equal.)


Edit: Oh, without going into spoilers, I'd like to say that if you're an actively critical thinky atheist-type, there is a scene that will set your teeth on edge. Suck it up and go see it anyway.

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#54 | Back to Top10-26-2013 11:13:28 AM

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#55 | Back to Top10-28-2013 02:18:15 PM

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Re: Space Exploration

Ashnod wrote:

Just got back from seeing Gravity.

I'm not going to go into the accuracy of the science or the script.

I'm just going to say emot-aaa to the effects and cinematography.

See it if you like space porn.

It is easily one of the best science fiction movies of all time. Easily.

It is also the best horror film I've ever seen. Yes, I know it's not catalogued as a horror film, but whatever. Just as how other movies make you go "OOOH" and "AAAH", as how it always starts, this movie has you tense the entire time (well: almost the entire time). No need for monsters, killers or blood when it's the sheer terror of burning up or simply die a slow, systematic death of lack of O2.

Cuaron nailed it and should make more like this.

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#56 | Back to Top10-28-2013 02:56:28 PM

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Agreed about Gravity's SFX.  I saw it with my dad.  He came out of it saying that he didn't feel like the special effects were really that special.  On further conversation, it turned out that he wasn't impressed with the special effects because he hadn't noticed them.  The illusion of being in space was so complete that it was possible to go the whole movie without ever thinking "wow, how did they do that?"  Easy Oscar winner for sure.

ArthurianRoseKnight wrote:

It is also the best horror film I've ever seen. Yes, I know it's not catalogued as a horror film, but whatever. Just as how other movies make you go "OOOH" and "AAAH", as how it always starts, this movie has you tense the entire time (well: almost the entire time). No need for monsters, killers or blood when it's the sheer terror of burning up or simply die a slow, systematic death of lack of O2.

I think this is the genre we used to call "thrillers," before thrillers and horror became so conflated that we mostly forgot that thrillers were ever a discrete film genre.  I guess whether Gravity is a horror film depends on exactly what horror means, but it's a whopping good thriller.

As for the dialogue, well, it wasn't exactly the most important part of the movie.  I actually admired it, or rather I admired how little there was of it.  Ryan says she could get used to the silence.  All irony aside, me too.

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#57 | Back to Top10-31-2013 12:32:52 AM

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I went out to see the ISS last night, which I don't do enough.  Something new happened this time.  It flew almost directly overhead as promised, and then over a period of just a few seconds, it dimmed and disappeared.  It took me a moment to put together the pieces: passing overhead, northwest to southeast, 8:00 local time.  The station disappeared because the sun had just set up there.  No sun, no reflected light for me to look at.  So if I had been on board the ISS at that moment, I would have been watching one of the fifteen sunsets the astronauts get every day.

I'm a nerd, so I did some math.  If I have the geometry of the situation right, the sun was setting for them behind rural Mexico, about a hundred miles southeast of rural Chihuahua.  But I'm not sure about that, because I'm not actually sure what direction the sun sets in on the ISS.  The station was traveling southeast last night with respect to me.  The equinox was only a month ago, so the sun wasn't setting much south of west.  Would the astronauts have seen the sun set in the west, in the northwest, or somewhere in between?

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#58 | Back to Top01-31-2014 06:51:59 PM

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This is old news, but sometimes it helps to see it again. Or to see it from a different perspective.

Absolutely beautiful, I tell ya.


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#59 | Back to Top02-02-2014 09:19:42 PM

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Ashnod wrote:

This is old news, but sometimes it helps to see it again. Or to see it from a different perspective.

This was delicious.  I didn't know who Joe Kittinger was.  His role here is poetic.  etc-love

On a lighter note...

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#60 | Back to Top02-02-2014 10:35:41 PM

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YAY!


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#61 | Back to Top06-14-2014 12:39:13 AM

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Seriously... emot-aaa


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#62 | Back to Top06-14-2014 06:51:18 AM

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Ashnod, why did you post the Rose of Versailles opening sequence in the Space Exploration thread? emot-confused

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#63 | Back to Top06-14-2014 07:15:04 AM

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satyreyes wrote:

Ashnod, why did you post the Rose of Versailles opening sequence in the Space Exploration thread? emot-confused

Because flowers without names blooming in the field can only sway in the wind. But I was born with a destiny of roses, born to live in passion and glory. etc-love


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#64 | Back to Top06-14-2014 12:03:50 PM

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I went to the Canadian Nurses Trauma Symposium last Friday. You don't usually think you'll run into space orgasms at such a place, though for someone aspiring to be a trauma nurse, it's as sexy.

BUT BUT. The last presenter was this adorable little lady: Julielynn Wong, MD.

Her presentation was on breakthrough technologies in trauma care, which included badass stuff like Gundam suits for paraplegics. But the highlight for me? Uses of 3D printing in medicine, specifically, she's worked with NASA to develop 3D printable medical/surgical implements for use on long term (MARS) manned expeditions. It's an idea that has huge implications, combined with a good library of resources, you basically have your own mini trauma center accessible with no added weight or space consumption.

IS THAT FUCKING COOL OR WHAT It's literally god damn Star Trek. I asked for a copy of the study she wrote for the project, and she's gonna hook me up when it's published. cool


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#65 | Back to Top06-14-2014 12:13:20 PM

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Giovanna wrote:

I went to the Canadian Nurses Trauma Symposium last Friday. You don't usually think you'll run into space orgasms at such a place, though for someone aspiring to be a trauma nurse, it's as sexy.

BUT BUT. The last presenter was this adorable little lady: Julielynn Wong, MD.

Her presentation was on breakthrough technologies in trauma care, which included badass stuff like Gundam suits for paraplegics. But the highlight for me? Uses of 3D printing in medicine, specifically, she's worked with NASA to develop 3D printable medical/surgical implements for use on long term (MARS) manned expeditions. It's an idea that has huge implications, combined with a good library of resources, you basically have your own mini trauma center accessible with no added weight or space consumption.

IS THAT FUCKING COOL OR WHAT It's literally god damn Star Trek. I asked for a copy of the study she wrote for the project, and she's gonna hook me up when it's published. cool

AWESOME!!


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#66 | Back to Top06-14-2014 12:29:06 PM

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REPLICATORS.  That is one-third of the hat trick of Star Trek technologies that I want YESTERDAY, the other two-thirds being holodecks and transporters.  And I'm not even sure about the transporters, which are a little spooky if you think about them for too long.  But 3D printers as replicators for actual astronauts.  Fuck yes forever.

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#67 | Back to Top06-14-2014 03:33:34 PM

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satyreyes wrote:

REPLICATORS.  That is one-third of the hat trick of Star Trek technologies that I want YESTERDAY, the other two-thirds being holodecks and transporters.  And I'm not even sure about the transporters, which are a little spooky if you think about them for too long.  But 3D printers as replicators for actual astronauts.  Fuck yes forever.

It says something about how deeply smartphones have integrated into our culture that nobody thinks it would be cool if we had communicators and tricorders.


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#68 | Back to Top06-14-2014 04:07:07 PM

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Nova wrote:

satyreyes wrote:

REPLICATORS.  That is one-third of the hat trick of Star Trek technologies that I want YESTERDAY, the other two-thirds being holodecks and transporters.  And I'm not even sure about the transporters, which are a little spooky if you think about them for too long.  But 3D printers as replicators for actual astronauts.  Fuck yes forever.

It says something about how deeply smartphones have integrated into our culture that nobody thinks it would be cool if we had communicators and tricorders.

First to develop an app for my smartphone that makes tricorder noises when I scan QR codes gets $2.99.

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#69 | Back to Top07-19-2014 10:17:09 AM

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#70 | Back to Top07-19-2014 10:40:43 AM

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Confidential to Chris Hadfield: You can pee upside down on Earth, too, it's just you shouldn't is all

Great article.  (But when Chris Hadfield collaborates with Cracked, what else is gonna happen?)  My favorite part was the bit about returning to Earth and trying to float a pen over to somebody.

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#71 | Back to Top08-23-2014 10:21:31 PM

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Shots of the Curiosity rover on Mars after 2 years

Use the sliders on the images to see the before and after for the two-year duration. The wheels certainly have taken a beating.


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#72 | Back to Top09-10-2014 07:01:08 AM

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BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!

Things are bigger than we initially thought...

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!


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#73 | Back to Top10-09-2014 09:24:45 AM

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Just a quick note that there will be live video from Mars today as the Curiosity rover tracks a comet's close approach. You can see it all here: http://www.ustream.tv/NASAJPL

EDIT: Oops. That's going to be happening on Oct 19. Should be fun.

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#74 | Back to Top11-12-2014 10:42:54 AM

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We landed on a motherfucking comet today.

Pictures have not yet arrived from the Philae lander, at least as I post this, but...

Fuck yeah...we made it. emot-dance


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#75 | Back to Top11-12-2014 10:54:18 AM

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This is great news.  There had been technical issues with the probe over the last couple days, including one where -- I shit you not -- the European Space Agency fixed the problem by turning it off and then back on.  You only think the ESA has more computer expertise than your mother.

Next: Bruce Willis blows it up.

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