Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"What Alien Life on Other Planets Would Look Like": do we care that they look like us?



What Alien Life on Other Planets Would Look Like” from “Be Amazed” (12 minutes).


Well, not like Mark Zuckerberg.

Two of the most interesting ideas were “energy beings” inside stars, formed by nuclear molecules created by the strong force.  I think there was a horror film in the 1950s where lightning is alive.

Another idea is that carbon dioxide becomes a super-critical fluid at high pressure and could support earth-like (deep inside volcanoes) bacteria on dry planets.

The film thinks creatures could fly in the atmospheres of gas giants or brown dwarfs.
  
Convergent evolution suggests that a planet really similar to Earth could develop similar creatures.
     
So could your super Clark Kent teen alien really come from another planet through a worm hole?
  
But do we really care what he looks like if this is possible?  We want him to be a better version of us.    
You can still theorize that angels are aliens, or that Jesus was one. 

Note: the was an announcement of the discovery of a cold dry planet around Barnard's Star, 6 light years away, a red dwarf. 



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"When Humanity Becomes a Spacefaring Civilization": Will Mars become "The New World"?



When Humanity Becomes a Spacefaring Civilization”, by Computing Forever, is worth a look. A bit of a right-wing outlook, however. 


The speaker scoffs at treaties that claim that the entire solar system or even universe belongs to humanity.  He says that eventually a country (where from Earth or an alien planet or solar system light years away) that lands on another planet (even Moon) and can defend it will be able to claim legal title.
  
He also parallels the political process of colonization of the Moon and other planets (especially Mars) to the New World.  Living on Mars after terraforming, people will change physiologically in low gravity and simply become different. This could lead to new kinds of controversies parallel to those about race today.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

"The New Politics": sci-fi short: what if your "alien" lover is a hologram and you don't even suspect it?



Joshua Wong presents Aleisha Rose as the heroine in a Dust sci-fi short film, “The New Politics”. Some of my Facebook friends say they want a break from politics now, for spiritual renewal.


Aleisha plays Zara, who is preparing for combat in the People’s games.  She can grow her clothes on her body and even her wristwatch or fitbit.

She doesn’t know she is a hologram and a character in a real human’s video games.

Of course, if she were a white male, it could be interesting, especially if “he” could teleport himself around the way Clark Kent does.  Lose the metal wristband watch. A mockingbird will get named after you.
  
What if your boyfriend were a hologram and you didn’t know.  Let “Next Door Mates” do a film on that theme.

Friday, November 09, 2018

"We Are Not Alone": Is Oumuamua a spaceship from a dead alien civilization?



We Are Not Alone”,  Is Oumuamua an alien space ship?  Is the civilization that could have sent it still around? 

Clixroom presents an interview with a Harvard professor.

Interesting facts:  It accelerates more than the Sun can account for;  it has a constant spin so it is not outgassing like a comet.  It has the reflectivity of a light sail.


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The professor suggest we look for planets with dead civilizations.

The object seems to have come from an M-star, which may be one of the more stable ones without excess variation in solar radiation.  Such a star’s planets would be tidally locked.  That suggests such a planet would have been inhabited as a satellite civilization from somewhere else, a premise of Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” (2012).

Wikipedia attribution link for gif by nagualdesign, CCSA 4.0. 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

"The Black Hole", from Dust films, convenient tool for burglars



Napoleon Ryan stars in the “super short” film “The Black Hole” directed by Phil and Olly, from Dust films, sci-fi for binge watching (and too much screen time, as my iPhone now keeps track of).


I can remember in the early 1980s that proficiency with xerox machines for presentations and walkthroughs was an important part of the workplace.  The name of this film could be an unfortunate pun.

The protagonist prints a dark spot with what looks like and all-in-one printer. He finds it an effective burglary tool, and it doesn’t remove any body hair when he sticks his arm through it.  But it can remove him altogether.  He’ll never create Napoleon Dynamite’s dance moves.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

"Straight A": In Japan, a gay college student with an American boyfriend must come out to his "ancestral" father





Todd Lien directs a short film “Straight A”.

In what appears to be a home in Japan, a college undergraduate boy has a rather athletic white American boyfriend, Kyle.


The boy’s father is still concerned about the family’s bloodline and has trouble accepting what is going on.

The father says he wants to be a friend of his son, like Kyle.

The dialogue between father and son is in Japanese with subtitles.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Copyright Office allows more filmmakers important DMCA exemptions, a welcome development



The Copyright Office has interpreted copyright law in a way favorable to most filmmakers.

Now the exemption to DMCA circumvention prohibitions allowed only to documentary filmmakers, will be allowed to all filmmakers, as long as the intention transformative, such as parody or to demonstrate historically significant information.

  
Techdirt has the story by Timothy Geigner here.  I would expect to see Electronic Frontier Foundation comment soon.