June 29, 2014
"If you spend any time thinking about why the C.I.A. and an Apple-like technology corporation would be in cahoots with an intergalactic bounty hunter in an anti-Autobot pogrom you are missing the point."

— Summary review of Transformers: Age of Extinction. From here

June 22, 2014

literaryjukebox:

That is why I go into solitude so as not to drink out of everybody’s cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think as I really think; after a time it always seems as though they want to banish me from myself and rob me of my soul and I grow angry with everybody and fear everybody.

Song: “Walk Alone” by The Velvet Underground

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May 30, 2014
Google chrome Sunday-to-Sunday weekly cycle
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Google chrome Sunday-to-Sunday weekly cycle

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May 30, 2014
Movies you are watching when you are watching X Men: Days of Future Past

Wanted (2008): Curving the bullet? Seriously? And it had to be James McAvoy who said that.

Thor (2011): So the sentinel opens its face, and throws a fire blast at its enemies. Wonder where have I seen that before.
 
Inception: Kitty Pride’s powers of sending a person’s conscious to the past aren’t that different from dream sequences. And while the dream sequences in Inception had certain time rules (albeit flexible and stretched), here there doesn’t seem to be any logic between time spent in future vs. time spent in the past. Based on the theory that any action in the past will alter the future (i.e. the present) reality, there is little time-travel logic in the sentinel attack and Storm, Iceman, Bishop etc. being killed. Except for drama logic.
Also, instead of having dream-within-a-dream, we get an example of reverse-inception: A person from the “dream-state” speaking to its present-self to change his own thoughts.
 
The Matrix: The Sentinels patrol and attack within certain time frame. The protagonist’s consciousness beamed into another reality, while all his team members fight the sentinels’ attack. The protagonist finishes the alternate reality sequence just as sentinels have reached his body and are about to kill him and others surrounding him. Sadly, no EMP.
 
Iron Man 2: Humanoids are unveiled in a grand ceremony as the future life saviours/soldiers. Soon the humanoids get in action which is audience cheers thinking it’s part of demonstration but it really isn’t. Things go haywire as the humanoids start attacking the audience.
 
The Dark Knight Rises: Considering the sports ground as the frame of reference, there is separation between pitch and the stadium. That counts.

May 20, 2014
How I spend most of my days (or at least I think I do)
(via Jessica Hagy)

How I spend most of my days (or at least I think I do)

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May 12, 2014
Ayn Rand's Harry Potter (Part II)

mallelis:

It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

"I am a man who does not…

See also: part one

March 3, 2014
Intuition-Planning.

Intuition-Planning.

February 22, 2014
This is my favourite one to date.

This is my favourite one to date.

February 16, 2014
House in the Woods.

House in the Woods.

February 12, 2014
The Time Traveller’s Turing Test

An interesting experiment suggested in this New Yorker article:

A well-educated time traveller from 1914 enters a room divided in half by a curtain. A scientist tells him that his task is to ascertain the intelligence of whoever is on the other side of the curtain by asking whatever questions he pleases.

The traveller’s queries are answered by a voice with an accent that he does not recognize (twenty-first-century American English). The woman on the other side of the curtain has an extraordinary memory. She can, without much delay, recite any passage from the Bible or Shakespeare. Her arithmetic skills are astonishing—difficult problems are solved in seconds. She is also able to speak many foreign languages, though her pronunciation is odd. Most impressive, perhaps, is her ability to describe almost any part of the Earth in great detail, as though she is viewing it from the sky. She is also proficient at connecting seemingly random concepts, and when the traveller asks her a question like “How can God be both good and omnipotent?” she can provide complex theoretical answers.

Based on this modified Turing test, our time traveller would conclude that, in the past century, the human race achieved a new level of superintelligence. Using lingo unavailable in 1914, (it was coined later by John von Neumann) he might conclude that the human race had reached a “singularity”—a point where it had gained an intelligence beyond the understanding of the 1914 mind.

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