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Friday, 2014 July 18, 20:58 — cinema

cinema 2012

This week I watched Looper and Seven Psychopaths, which incidentally opened in the same week in 2012. Neither delighted me.

In Looper, the terrible threat to be averted is a gangster bent on — gasp — wiping out a group of retired killers. I should care? The targets aren’t even interesting: they’re not so much hitmen, which would suggest some need for cleverness in their m├ętier, as overpaid slaughterhouse workers.
In the end, why does Joe’s “change” (it’s a time travel story) erase Sara’s death but not Cid’s wound?

Seven Psychopaths is self-consciously ironic, “transgressive” and self-referential; nothing here that hasn’t been done better.

Monday, 2014 June 9, 11:01 — general

get off my lawn

Saturday I missed a birthday party because I’m not on Facebook. So it goes.

Saturday, 2014 June 7, 13:46 — mathematics, merch

unapologetically one-sided

My newest design on Shapeways is a model of the Lawson-Klein surface : a stereographic projection of

( cos(u)cos(2v), cos(u)sin(2v), sin(u)cos(v), sin(u)sin(v) )

Monday, 2014 June 2, 10:46 — prose

about that sex thing

I recently read the uncut Stranger in a Strange Land (having read the shorter version long long ago, probably before puberty). It contains the phrase “she’s as female as a cat in heat,” which also appears in the same author’s later Time Enough for Love; in each case it appears to be intended as a compliment.

Now that I know a bit about cat sexuality, I think: what, she’s ruled by her gonads even more than a 17yo boy, and miserable until she gets a rather unpleasant chore done?

Wednesday, 2014 May 21, 10:19 — politics

faith-based voting

Fred Pohl two years ago: None of the four leading Republican presidential candidates is acceptable, because none has a plan to deal with global warming. Obama “is the only remaining hope we have”; he has no plan either, “but his options are still open.”

Sunday, 2014 May 18, 13:41 — general

with regret

I got tired of cleaning out the spam bin, so: to comment, log in (bottom left).

Saturday, 2014 May 17, 22:33 — me!me!me!

oddly tempting

I hadn’t noticed before that my webhost offers MediaWiki. Some of the things I write here are not news, really, but things that sorta belong in my permanent exhibition but are too wordy for that page.

I’ll think about that.

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