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August 2, 2008

Science fiction and reality: as long as we don’t tell you which one we are talking about, we’re OK.

Filed under: media — Tags: , — Adri @ 9:28

Apparently this month is “Author August” at the Science Fiction Message Board. Each day, they celebrate a different SF writer.

(To those people who will inevitably complain that so-and-so is not on the list, maybe you should go nominate someone next year. They pretty much just fill up the list as people suggest names.)

I’ll admit that I’m not familiar with many of the names on the list, but I was absolutely thrilled to see that today’s author is Vernor Vinge. I’ve been a huge fan ever since I read A Fire Upon the Deep in 2004. As an added bonus (well, to me anyway, because I find that sort of thing hot), he’s a computer scientist and a former mathematics professor at SDSU.

The full list…

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April 28, 2008

Play with me, baby!

Filed under: media — Tags: , , — Adri @ 22:01

Previously: WarGames: The Dead Code

Well, there’s a trailer now. I have to admit, it seems *slightly* more exciting than I’d originally expected. In all honesty, I’ll probably end up watching it some day, assuming I can find it on BitTorrent (which is pretty much a guarantee, seeing as misery loves company.. evidenced by the fact that several people uploaded The Pet *twitch*).

February 26, 2008

Don’t be so modest. You’re a rat, for Pete’s sake.

Filed under: media — Tags: , , , , , , — Adri @ 12:48

*happy squee*

Ratatouille won an Oscar for “Best Animated Feature Film.” I don’t usually pay attention to such things, but I was a total refresh monkey on the Academy Awards website Sunday night, because I knew it’d been nominated in a couple of categories :) (It’s also won a variety of other awards.)

It’s such a great movie, and I’m so pleased it won. This was one of two films I bothered to go see in the theatres last year (Stardust was the other one, which I also highly recommend!), and the first DVD I’ve purchased in years. Pixar + rats + cooking.. what’s not to love?

Pixar’s next film, Wall-E is scheduled to be released at the end of June. I can’t wait.. it looks so good! *bounce* In the meantime, you can watch the trailers at the official website.

EDIT: the SO says we saw The Fountain at the theatre in 2007, as well. But it was the very first week of January, at a small local cinema (versus seeing it the previous November when it was released in major theatres), and everything is a little hazy, because I was incredibly sick at the time.

February 18, 2008

Would you like to play a game?

Filed under: media — Tags: , , , — Adri @ 13:28

Coming out sometime this year: WarGames 2: The Dead Code

Oh god, why?

Wikipedia says:

The movie will star Matt Lanter as a computer whiz named Will Farmer who engages a government super-computer named Ripley in an online terrorist-attack simulation game. Little does he know that the online game he plays is actually part of a sophisticated piece of government spyware designed to find potential terrorists. Homeland Security, now believing Farmer to be a terrorist, sets out to apprehend him.

Found on IGN: “Ripley is a paranoid nutjob who’s hell-bent on placing pretty much everyone on Earth in a 3×3 cell, lest they turn unpredictably hostile.”

So.. it’s basically the same plot, only updated for the “War Against Terror”, and with a computer who appears to be a cross between his predecessor Joshua and HAL 9000?

Supposedly the original name was “The Re-Deadening” (à la The Simpsons?).

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While I’m on the topic of computers/hackers in film:

I came across this Hackers reference recently on I Has a Hot Dog, which led to me needing to watch the relevant clip on YouTube. I haven’t seen this film in years, and I’d somehow forgotten how incredibly, painfully bad it was.

“What code DOESN’T do in real life (that it does in the movies)” by Matthew Inman

Bonus points to anyone who knows where my avatar is from. :)

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