Monday, May 31, 2021

“Mathematicians v. Physics Classes Be Like …” : two profs take turns playing student

Las Cruces NM and Organ Mountains


“Mathematicians v. Physics Classes Be Like …” (from 2019)

Here, Andrew Dotson, graduate student at New Mexico State University (Ph D Program in Physics) teaches physics, and a mathematics teacher from Germany (I have seen his videos on Flammable Maths) wants rigorous proofs for all boundary conditions.  Graduate school makes it easy to isolate yourself to study online during a pandemic.

The lack of “decidability” of everything is one reason the Universe had entropy and needs consciousness.

The video includes an unusually long ad spiel from Brilliant.

Dotson turns the tables in this companion video, where Dotson asks the questions.

Picture: Las Cruces, home of NMSU.  I had a topology professor from that school when I was a grad student at KU 1966-1968.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

"Calculus at a Fifth Grade Level", how to teach the concepts

Integral approximations

 I wanted to add a video about teaching math to this “short film” collection on this blog.

“Lukey B.”. the Physics Genius, presents “Calculus at a Fifth Grade Level”, which is potentially aimed at an audience for age 10.

He says that calculus is difficult for some students (like freshmen in college) because they don’t get the concepts, not the calculations.  The basic concepts are limit, derivate (rate of change) and integral (area, volume, or “space time” measure).  From a philosophical point of view, “measure” is the most important concept, the size of something (in set theory).  My entire life, as it has been lived to date, has a “size” which will exist forever (as a final value) after I’m gone.

So Lukey goes through examples of setting up limits (defining “one divided by infinity”, which is a concept but not a number) with real objects that become more numerous, and that get tinier in some sense. 

The video causes me to ponder whether I could or should have become a math teacher “in retirement” (licensed) in the mid 2000’s.  There were many reasons why I did not, but I certainly could have presented lessons this way (and would have). 

Nevertheless, compare this to the videos solving tricking math problems (evaluating unusual integrals, for example, that abound on YouTube).

Illustration of integral as a limit, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

“Why NASA Nearly Left Astronauts on the Moon” for Apollo 11 in July 1969

Lunar site selection globe


“Why NASA Nearly Left Astronauts on the Moon” in July 1969, from Unveiled.

One of the astronauts broke off a switch accidentally, without which the engine could not be restarted.

Fortunately the astronauts manipulated a stump of the switch with a felt-tip pen.

Jeffrey Kluger wrote an article about this for Time in July 2019. 

Lunar site selection map from Wikipedia embed, p.d., click for attribution.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

"This Is Math's Fatal Flaw": complete? consistent? decidable?


used books, 2021/5

Veritasium presents “This Is Math’s Fatal Flaw” (33 min, animated).

That sounds like “Ephram’s Fatal Flaw” on “Everwood”.

Complete?  Consistent?  Decidable?

Is there an infinite number of successive primes?  We don't know. 

There are things that are true but not provable.  Is this why we need faith?

The speaker analyzes the Turning Machine, and then states the tragic and absurd way Turning’s life ended.  He had practically won WWII.  But he was gay, and the British government made him take chemical castration as an alternative to prison.  He died of cyanide poisoning in 1954.  This absurd end to his life is also incredibly ironic.

But the film also gives us a history of set theory, and of all the contradictions could lead us to.

He talks a lot about self-reference in set theory.

The mathematicians discussed here include Cantor, Goedel and Hilbert as well as Turing.

The “hole” in mathematics explains why consciousness is necessary, to have the agency to make choices.   The “hole” would also seem to explain entropy. 

In some ways, some of the demonstration games in this video resemble ideas from John Fish's posts, especially a recent one on simulating natural selection. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

"Scrubbing In", the first time in medical school


NYC, 2015

I’ll call this a short film and give it a title, “Scrubbing In”.

It’s a presentation by medical student Zach Highly “Medical student talks about his first week ever in the hospital”.   Taken very literally, that title could be misconstrued.  He means, his first time every working on patients in surgery, in this case, OB-Gyn and delivery babies.

He even helped deliver twins.  And, no, he never dropped a baby.

He describes examining a uterus, as the arm goes up almost to the elbow and feels very warm. Make of that what you will.

He also describes scrubbing, which is a precise process.

He has earlier videos, apparently Jan. 1 2021 is about the value of running after having COVID.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

"The Horseman": a very curious gay adult film, seems to want to be more than "porn"


near Palm Springs, 2012 

I found a curious film directed by Nica Noelle, apparently shot in 2008, called “The Horseman”, on a channel called “Amazing Videos”

Some gumshoeing turned up the film, which can be rented, at this site, matching imdb. 

Trend Micro checks the site as safe technically and apparently with credit cards.  The entire film is apparently 139 minutes long and was finally released in 2013, and was produced by “Rock Candy Films”.

The 42-minute film version posted on May 17, 2021 (by Amazing Videos).  It appears from a cursory research that an attempt was made to create non-hard-core film with a legitimate plot and post it on YT.  The abridged version on YT is low-definition.  I don’t have anyway of knowing if the 42-minute post is legal as for copyright, but the video is age-restricted on YT and has 25000 vides on a channel with a little over 80 subscribers in a few days.  The notes list the music, so it might have been licensed. 

Many soft-core gay porn clips appear on YT, stay up for some months or a year, and then suddenly the channel is terminated, probably for copyright strikes. 

The plot concerns a young heterosexually married man (Logan Vaughn) who has left an accounting job in Los Angeles and bought a ranch out in the exurbs of LA (hope he is far enough away from potential wildfires, seriously) with his wife.  Immediately, he meets a handsome ranchhand who takes care of the horses.  They flirt.

In the meantime, his wife arranges for a female friend to come out to visit.  In time, there are confrontations as to the fact that not only are the ranchhands gay but so is the new owner (in the closer).

The 42-minute version, as presented, then moves into present an intriguing backstory scene about the ranchand, and still another man whom he had crashed with.  The scene is quite suspenseful erotically, not showing “too much”, but very passionate about some aspects of “masculinity”.   That scene had appeared on other “gay softcore” channels on its own, and one (previously available and now removed) version of the scene (in higher definition) starts later and adds a close where the men do go down on a bed.  The film obviously views its gay men (all Caucasian as far as I could see) as very binary cis males indeed.  This is going the opposite direction from the woke left.   

One had the feeling that the entire film, stripped of gratuitous hardcore porn which may be on the hotmovies website, probably has a pretty interesting story circle and character arcs as far as screenwriting goes.

Softcore porn, if done well, and when staying with one scene and one encounter, can be more “satisfying” than all the gratuitous stuff in leather bars (and we wonder if they will comeback as Covid declines).  Now I have no (moral) problem with a hardcore (“adult”) film that you pay for if there is a real story, real characters, and real suspense; but very often the gratuitousness of the porn just wastes time and blows away any suspense.

“Horseman” has been a title of several other films of imdb.

The only trailer I could find for Rock Candy was “Secrets and Lies” (2016).

Monday, May 24, 2021

A "Star Wars" planet looking like Tatooine probably exists about 3800 light years away (Petrov)



Remember planet Tatooine in the first Star Wars movie in 1977, with the gay bar scene with all kinds of creatures hanging out together?

Anton Petrov explains that planets that orbit two binary stars completely may be more likely to be habitable than we had thought, as long as there are no Jupiters in the system disrupting the orbits.

He says there is one such system 3800 light years away that might have a habitable Tatooine. 

The planet would have a sunrise and sunset with two suns close together (although one might arrive on the horizon in morning before the other).  Wikipedia binary sunset is here. 

Picture: Hotel Sididriss in Tunisia, Skywalker’s home, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution

Sunday, May 23, 2021

"Is Consciousness Entirely Physical?": Interview, about the mathematics of it


My space, in BW

Is Consciousness Entirely Physical?  Interview with philosopher Giulio Toroni  (March 21)

Consciousness consists of a collection of indivisible experiences by one entity. For example, you experience a conversation with someone from it’s meaning, not each syllable of word.  Likewise, you experience music in chunks, not just each note. You could probably reduce consciousness to set theory (and talk about the axiom of choice and the like).  Each nugget of information has a size.

So consciousness itself does not depend on a particular object, exact that the living being hosts it.  You can sense conflicts:  Your brain controls your body, but a muscle twitch seems to come from a mechanism that has a sub-mind of its own.

A dream can be an experience, and is probably not divisible into many separate pieces.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Ethan Lusby "Breaking Down in the Middle of Nowhere", Nevada (some real suspense, how does he make it through this?)


Sierra Nevada near Tulelake CA 2012

Ethan Lusby and his pooch Millie in Van Life, “Breaking Down in the Middle of Nowhere’.

His van overheats in an empty area of Nevada and he does depend on the kindness of strangers to get to mechanic in town.   There is some real suspense in this oen.

Ethan also makes this video look like a “time-loop” with the same shot of Millie swimming at the start as at the end.

He winds up in Susanville, CA, a place I remember from 1978, not far from Mt. Shasta and its Lemurian mysteries.

Friday, May 21, 2021

"Ava at the End" when the simulation crashes


train set 2015

Ava in the End” on Omeleto, directed by Ursula Ellis, with Elsa Gay as Ava.

Ava finds herself inside a simulation with a clear pyramid crystal, a talking computer voice, and an old TV set (right out of “lady in the radiator” in “Eraserhead” maybe).

She is told she died by falling and hitting her head and will get a new body to be reincarnated into in about 10 minutes. But them she is told the whole world has been destroyed.

So has her simulation.  When things fall apart at the end, she is asked to rate her experience, before it’s lights out forever.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

“4 Signs We Could Live Somewhere Else in the Solar System”, but not really 4 different places


home alien train layout

4 Signs We Could Live Somewhere Else in the Solar System”, from Unveiled, May 19, 2021.

The video (8 min) actually names only two existing planets to live on:  Mars, and Titan. . It shows a subglacial lake on Mars (simulated) known to exist.  

There are ideas (Musk) of nuking Mars to start a runaway greenhouse effect, and using mirrors somehow to warm Titan.  There is also discussion of space habitats (essentially multiple O’Neill cylinders).   It also says we have “bided our time” on returning to the Moon.

The video warns us about the Sun’s gradual warming (whatever the debate on climate change now), making Earth uninhabitable in a few hundred million years (it will take about 5 billion to become a red giant). It also talks about asteroids and big solar storms, and warns us about our near miss with another Carrington event in July 2012.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

"C.O.R.I.": an appealing young man with more problems than are apparent at first sight has a way to leave his own "biological" legacy


UNC, 2015

C.O.R.I. is a new short film about artificial intelligence by Phelan Davis.

Phelan plays himself as a handsome you software engineer working on the world’s first conscious AI entity.  It does know how to play chess (and administer elementary mates.)  He seems well off and optimistic, but his girl friend living with feels she isn’t getting enough attention.

Then he suddenly tells us his lungs are filling up, and that he has cancer, and he is trying to leave a legacy. An artificial human since he can’t procreate a real one.

Well, then, he lives inside a computer indeed, even after the girl friend tries to destroy it.  It mus have reassembled itself.

Of course, what comes to mind is Alexa.

Monday, May 17, 2021

“Cappucci Social Media Field Reel” starts out in one of the Earth's driest places

Snow Comes to the Atacama Desert


Cappucci Social Media Field Reel” (May 10, 2021) is an unassuming name for a short film. It’s a sampling of the weather chasing and otherwise world touring by 23-year-old Matthew Cappucci, who works as a reporter for the Washington Post’s Weather Gang, but spends a lot of time in Texas and the Midwest chasing big storms. 

His style is one of tremendous energy.  I’d expect to see more visit counts than I do because generally his videos (as on twitter) are well-made and contain a lot of outdoor adventure.

In this video, he samples some difficult-to-reach places like the Atacama desert (a really stroking desert image) in Bolivia (Uyuni) or Chile (I wonder if he has video of  Tiahuanoco or of Lake Titicaca) and in China.  I almost went to the Andes in the late summer of 1974 and settled for Mexico City instead, and why makes an interesting narrative for another time.  I don't think the train crossing the Andes at 16000 feet near copper mines runs now. An adventure on China's Tibetan high speed train could be interesting (if politically taboo). 

We’ll hear a lot more from him in hurricane season, anticipating the tracks of storms. I hope he'll turn attention to space weather (predicting big coronal mass ejections, which could fry many of our electric grids if large enough at the "wrong" time, as we had a close call in 2012). 

As a bonus, watch “The Adventurer Writer” from Tyler Mowery’s Writers Mind (one thinks of Jack London) or on Instagram look at the adventurous short film from his 2021 Hawaii trip. (Instagram members only, and it flashes a message that the owner knows you viewed the story, which is an odd thing, but that's how social media works -- Instagram also points you to video in any account with circles under the account name with highlights). 

Picture:  Paranal Observatory, Chile in the Atacama, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution

Sunday, May 16, 2021

“Why NASA’s New Space Telescope Will Discover Aliens” (Unveiled), from the James Webb

James Webb Space Telescope 2009 top


Why NASA’s New Space Telescope Will Discover Aliens”, from Unveiled.

The James Webb telescope will be much more sensitive to infrared than the Hubble Telescope, so it can see through things.  It will sit at the Earth’s L2 Lagrange point.  It would be able to look back to formations that existed 300000 years after the Big Bang.

So it should be able to analyze extrasolar planet systems accurately.

Machio Kaku believes the telescope will find something,

An earlier video by Unveiled rather pooh-poohed the idea that Rosewell and Area 51 hide alien artefacts.

Tonight (May 16), CBS 60 minutes reported that US pilots regularly report UFO’s that they can’t identify, as perhaps Russian or Chinese supersecret spy craft.  

Picture: Wikipedia embed of Webb Telescope, click for attribtion 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

"General Relativity Basics": a presentation of manifolds (and why they matter for sci-fi)

Conics and cubic

The EigenChris channel covers “General Relativity Basics” in a 36-minute video, that, for all the math and equations, mentions some concepts actually important to my sci-fi writing and screenplay. So, for today, we’ll do a math video.

A manifold is a structure of space that behaves linearly in small spaces but it a closed structure without apparent boundaries on a large scale.  The Earth, as a sphere, is a manifold. A flat map of the world always enlarges the distances toward the poles.   On the ground, there seem to be no boundaries, and you are always at the “center” of your space reference, and calculations are linear.  Special relativity applies. On the large scale, gravity appears and general relativity applies.

So the universe is a 4-d manifold, with 3 dimensions of space and one of time.  At any point in space, everything seems to look like it has three dimensions.

Gravity would in a sense result from the way the manifold is closed as to not have edges.

There are also ideas like equivalence principle, and differentiation by “parallel transport”.

The inside of an Oneill Cylinder would seem to be a manifold if large enough. It would be more interesting to fold the cylinder into a torus (making it a true manifold), but for artificial gravity the bites of the doughnut would have to be artificially segmented with separate rotations.  But mathematically it would seem to be a manifold and if the structure were large enough, the residents would not notice it. 

Picture embed from Wikipedia:  4 simple manifolds, click for attribution 

Friday, May 14, 2021

"Groundhog Day for a Black Man", the original short time-loop film showing police profiling and "driving while black"

Florida keys, 2017

Here is Cynthia Kao’s 2016 film “Groundhog Day for a Black Man”, a time-loop film which somewhat inspired Netflix’s “Two Distant Strangers” in 2020, with Burl Moseley as the black man. 


The time loop instances (starting at 6 AM on a bedroom clock) are very short indeed.

The lemon meringue pie gag was pretty silly and obvious indeed.  Note also the hoodie.  So now white teens wear them to show empathy.  The most important time-loop film I had covered here before was "Live Die Repeat" or "Edge of Tomorrow" on Dec 16. 2014.  Also "Source Code" on the cf blog, April 2, 2011. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

"Why Do Wes Anderson's Movies Look Like That?": that is, nearly animated, almost cubist?


17th St DC with cubist outdoor dining 

Thomas Flight asks, “Why do Wes Anderson’s Movies Look Like That?

Flight discusses several films (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Moonrise Kingdom”, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) with respect to a kind of anti-naturalism, where he uses geometry in “planecentric composition” and “compass point editing”.  His shots are composed of planes parallel or perpendicular, giving real events (often historical) a kind of animated look.

Flight notes Anderson’s use of real animal fur in the Fox movie (maybe an ethical question) based on a ruffling effect from “King Kong”, and compares Anderson’s technique to Christopher Nolan, who makes impossible situations (like floating in hallways in “Inception”) seem natural and real.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Movie studios are getting away from using green screens


alien underground

Phil Edwards describes, for Vox, the way movie studios are getting away from using “Green Screens” for background, but rather designing layered pseudo-stage sets with sophisticated lighting schemes for character backgrounds, especially for science fiction films (alien landscapes, insides of space stations) and series, like “The Mandalorian”.

This technique could be especially useful for an interior of an O’Neill Cylinder, with its curvatures (actually done briefly in “Interstellar” near the end).

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

"He Took His Skin Off for Me": body horror seems to be a curious genre for short film (at least in the UK)

Holter monitor

“Short of the Week” (with Cungkeel Pictures) presents “He Took His Skin Off for Me”, from a London Film School, directed by Ben Aston, story by Maria Hummer, with Sebastian Armesto and Ann Maguire, a genre of film called “body horror”.

The title reminds me of the 2021  Oscar nominated feature drama “The Man Who Sold His Skin” (review), to tattoo.

As the 11-minute film starts, the man simply peels off his skin in front of his girlfriend, revealing bloody tissue which contaminates everything in the flat, even though they sleep together.  Don’t worry, he didn’t have any body hair to lose anyway.

But the film reminds me of an incident in Ohio where a Chinese-ancestry township councilman suddenly took off his shirt and revealed the military service scars to his chest to make an indirect comment about anti-Asian violence, and someone railed at me in a Facebook message for thinking that doing that without warning in a public meeting was “bizarre”.

Tattoo shop in Elizabeth City, NC

Willingness to retain intimacy with people with disfiguring loss can be morally challenging.  The idea even came up in my therapy at NIH in 1962.

On the other hand, maybe the girl in this movie sees disfigurement as a fetish.  There is a hint that it may happen to her.

  Although the film was recently posted, it seems to have been made a few years ago, as there is this explanation of it by another film guru. 

Just to be weird for this review, I embedded a Wikipedia picture of a Holter Monitor on a male (click for attribution).  The picture has been there for some number of years. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

"Through the Night": a 24-hour day care center in New York, the couple who runs it, and the moms who depend on it


LIRR, 2019

Through the Night” (2020, 75 minutes), directed by Loira Limbal, shows the world of 24 hour day care, run by a couple, Deloris and Patrick Hogan, from their purchased home in the New York area (appears to be Long Island). It appeared on PBS POV May 10.

Two other moms’ lives intersect with theirs, in the course of the film which runs from one holiday to tne next (Halloween through Christmas and beyond).

The film was apparently shot in 2019 (maybe 2018), before the pandemic, as it started.  Life in the center is very intimate, with children told they all love each other.  In one case, when a girl gets a time out, she is told to read a book and tell the provider what is in it 20 minutes later.

Toward the end Deloris becomes ill.  What she describes sounds like a stoke (possibly aneurysm), as she loses part of her vision and taste and smell, which she gradually gets back.  The film doesn’t say anything about Covid.  This work is so intimate it is hard to imagine how it could have functioned later during the pandemic.

The director afterward describes her mother being a home health aide on minimum wage. She also talks about the pandemic, essential workers, disparate sacrifice.

There was, on POV tonight, a short film, “Standing Above the Clouds” (15 min), directed by Jeanna Keane-Liu, depicts Hawaiian mom Pua Casa as she leads protesters on Mauna Kea against plans to build a new telescope facility. The mountain already houses one of the world’s large observatories.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

"How Does It Feel to Die?": Arvin Ash explores, and it matters if you are lucky enough to die naturally and peacefully (and the physics of space-time then helps out)


Tornado destruction, northern Neck, VA

How Does It Feel to Die?” (May 8, 2021) is an interesting speculation by Arvin Ash. “Neuroscience may have an answer”.

Ash describes the various regions of the human brain and what happens as each of them dies (as organs shut down, with touch and hearing the last senses to go). The very last portion of the brain to remain some activity, even after the heart stops, seems to be a deep-seated area that can play back memories of the key points of one’s life, probably for a few minutes.

But those few minutes may seem like an eternity as time slows down. As long as awareness remains, the person’s sense of their own identity still feels infinite and permanent, in a manner similar to the idea that the surface of the Earth has no center. Once it is gone, there is no awareness that you are not aware, so this logical riddle itself implies a certain apparent immortality of your slice of space-time. The information content of your life exists, very much like a book exists while no one happens to be reading it. Perhaps the information content gets stored on the surface of a black hole in the galaxy.  So perhaps it is available for other superior or evolved entities to re-experience.

But of course this is not possible if your life ends with the violent destruction of your brain, like by direct gunshot or explosion. So how you die can really matter. And that can be in the hands of others and it isn’t always just at all.  JFK's was violent and may not have offered this permanence. It also may help to have loved ones around even when "unconscious", although I was not around constantly when my own mother passed in a hospice at the end of 2010. 

Saturday, May 08, 2021

"The Wait": an entry during a "stay at home" film (lockdown, quarantine) film festival with a prize for one-minute films



family heirloom clock

The Wait”, by Nolt Vutthasik, is an entry in a contest for one-minute short films.

A lonely drummer (Kritthee Visitkitjakarn ) passes the time during a coronavirus lockdown as a clock gets stuck.  Then he fantasies playing the drums like in the movie “Whiplash” (reviewed here Oct. 18, 2014).

It won a prize for best short film in a “Stay Home” filmfest in 2020, just released on YT May 7.

Friday, May 07, 2021

"Concrete": a monolith in the jungle, maybe like from Mayan culture, well, not exactly


industry James River VA

Short of the Week presents a “graduation” film, in animation, Directed by Pirmin Bieri, Aira Joana, Nicolas Roth and Luca Struchen , 7 minutes, named “Concrete”.

On what looks like an earth-like alien planet, a backpacker in the jungle stumbles on a huge concreate monolith, which breaks off into little pieces that seem magical.

It reminds me of a childhood dream, titled “Do Not Go Near the Tower of Ned”.  But that would be on twilight-like planet with lakes like Titan.

The abstract menage of the concrete texture is rather biological.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

"Kalewa": an astronaut from Hawaii recalls his last family gathering on Earth as he comes to an unfortunate end on an alien planet not too many light years away.


Shelfie photo 

Here’s a sci-fi short with a curious layering, “Kalewa”, directed by Mitchel Viernes, on the Dust channel (15 min). 

IN 204, a Hawaiian astronaut Kainoa (Michael Hake), is exploring a volcanic planet in a nearby solar system, and has to make it back to base camp to return when he discovers he has low oxygen. 

As he struggles to return and to fix the problem (caused by a hacker’s data corruption), he recalls a going-away party with his family in 2036.  There is tension because he was not around for his mother’s passing.  On an alien world, as he contemplates his own passing, he honors his family with a message.  

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

"I Hate Junk Mail", explained by Johnny Harris



my own junk mail, small sample, 2021

I Hate Junk Mail”, aka, “Junk Mail, Explained” by Johnny Harris

Harris starts out by explaining he has no problems with ads in public spaces (highway or barn billboards) or even ads served to him online by algorithms. 

But he does had a problem with telemarketing, direct mail, and email marketing, which he says crosses his red line.

He would probably include cold calls to telemarketing. 

He didn’t include the deluge of mail from non-profits, not just thank-you letters but pleas for campaigns if you give to them automatically through a trust, which I (in retirement) do.

One problem with “whining” about this would be, this is just how you have to play ball in the market. I had many job interviews after my post-9/11 layoff at age 58 and I saw this is just how it is done.

But Harris goes ways that companies (he uses Doordash) get around the “privacy policy” problem by offshoring it to databrokers anyway, legally;  then he explains a similar mechanism with the USPS and its NCOA (National Change of Address) which is coordinated with companies like Group-1 Software (part of Pitney Bowes – I had a job interview with them on January 3, 2003 and never heard back, interesting).   One idea would be to put everything on the NCOA database and let credit-grantors use it to check for identity theft (my ID blog, Sept. 25, 2006). 

This video was particularly interesting to me, at least. I have to get junk mail discarded from a high rise building, and the pandemic has actually complicated that, a lot. 

Monday, May 03, 2021

Perspectopia presents: Brazilian vs. American High School Day in Pandemic

Avenida Paulista no pôr do sol


"Brazilian vs. American High School Day in Pandemic", from Perspectopia, presents several teens in brazil and at least one in Connecticut discuss partial online school.

Brazil has generally not been as energetic with restrictions as the US, which has contributed to massive and deadly waves recently, although not as large as India’s. 

Teens need to get back to in-person learning.  How do you do laboratory science like in chemistry?

Perspectopia’s teens are producing one video every Sunday, and Max Reisinger appears to be letting it do its thing with no editorial control now.

I wonder how important fluency in Spanish is in a country that speaks the very similar Portuguese. 

Sao Paolo, embed from Wikipedia, click for attribution 

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Was Lionsgate's "Chaos Walking" really "unreleaseable"?


wasteland from a plane 2018

I don’t do this very often, but I’ll skip a supposedly bad release of a sci-fi movie and let Filmento show why Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking” is a prototype for “How to Make an Unreleaseable Movie: Anatomy of a Failure”.

The film presents an alien planet where all thoughts can be mind-read and where all the women were killed. (“Children of Men”??) 

Previous Spider Man Tom Holland plays Todd Hewitt, who encounters a girl Viola (Daisy Ridley) who has crash landed on the planet, and, well, needs to be rescued.  The video explains how the script is filled with unrelated ideas and concepts that seem to dead-end. 

The YouTube video calls the film “unreleaseable” but in fact it was released with poor results, but rents for the high price of $19.99 on Amazon Prime.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

"What If a Wormhole Formed in our Solar System?" Could angels use it?



“What If” presents “What If a Wormhole Formed in our Solar System?” (Feb 5. 2019)

It would likely be microscopic and close immediately.  It would be tremendously massive for its size and you would need “negative energy” to navigate it.

If it were very large it would affect the orbits of the planets.

Yet, it’s a way to cheat the speed of light and travel quickly to very remote places.  Airfare, seats, and masks, anyone?  Headed for the Trappist system?  Maybe only angels can use the system, rather like Congress’s subway. 

Embed of shortcut on Earth, Wikipedia, click for attribution