bunsen_h: (Popperi)
Imagine slightly-jerky hand-drawn animation, a bit like Bill Plimpton's stuff or a certain series of TV commercials...

We see a young woman at a desk, obviously trying to study but fighting off exhaustion.  There's a stack of books; if one's TV resolution is good enough one can see titles/authors such as "GRAY", "KNUTH 5", "Ψ0 ∴ ∄ m "*, "ORG CHEM", "ULYSSES".

The woman slumps, then jerks awake.  She shakes her head, reaches into a desk drawer, pulls out a blue-and-white can, pulls its tab, and chugs its contents.  She puts the empty can down, then her eyes widen.  She breathes heavily, gasps, clutches at her chest for a few seconds -- we can see her heart pounding.  Books are knocked off the desk; her chair is thrown backwards; she falls to the floor.  After a last convulsion, her body lies still.  Then an angelic form, with wings and halo, rises from her body and flies upwards out of view; a couple of the books snap after her, alligator-like.

Voice-over: "Dead Bull gives you wi-ings!"

* "Sigh not so, but let 'em go" -- apparently a treatise on the wavefunction calculations encrypted in Shakespeare's plays. Much Ado About Nothing is one of several plays written not by Shakespeare but by a genius mathematician of the same name.


Aug. 31st, 2014 01:23 pm
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
If Google has only one hit for a phrase, it's called a "Google whack".  Is there a term for a phrase that has no Google hits, even though there should be some?

I'm not sure exactly what sparked the idea; probably a combination of trying to identify the mushrooms that are growing in our back yard, and reading a letter from a gay dad to a gay man's remarkably intolerant parents, and then my brain did its usual bouncing around.  But... no hits at all for "Amanita Bryant"?

I expect that there will be, if-and-when Google indexes this post.  Anyway.

(As it happens, though A. phalloides is responsible for about half of all fatal human mushroom poisonings, and the various Amanita species collectively about 95% (per the always-reliable W'pedia), a number of the Amanitas are not only edible but commonly eaten.  Not to be confused with the unpalatable and toxic Anitas.)
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
The upcoming movie Noah seems to have more magic in it than one might have expected.  Someone plunges a wooden rod into the ground, unleashing a spreading ring of fire; stuff like that.  Some miraculous stuff is part of the story, of course; we see snakes and birds and animals streaming toward the ark.  And falling fireballs and gigantic geysers, which I think were not in the original story, but my knowledge of it is spotty.

Modern effects technology could do something towards explaining some of the long-standing mysteries.  All of the animals going into the ark could be seen to shrink as they enter, so there would be space for all of them.  They wouldn't even have to explain it, just show it.  Emma Watson's role in the movie might lend credence to the effect.

Really, there should be a Doctor Who episode which shows him going back to help Noah.  He could either apply some transdimensional technology, or just... well, there's lots of room inside the TARDIS.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
I just watched Peter Bloody Jackson's The Hobbit, splitting my attention with a bit of code work, which was probably for the best.

Good grief.  My mood kept swinging between "Ack!  That makes no sense!  Not even in context!" and outbursts of hilarious laughter at the total absurdity of what I was seeing.  I think that the Necromancer must have resurrected the spirit of Chuck Jones and enslaved him to resume his work at Warner.

ETA: On further reflection, I think it would work very nicely to remix that movie, replacing the current score with "Looney Tunes"-style music and sound effects.  Bilbo falls down, down, down that chasm... with the fading slide-whistle, bonk bonk bonk off the sides, and a distant "paf!" when he hits the bottom, just like the Coyote got in similar circumstances.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
The assumptions built into the recent Doctor Who stories, and the emotional buildups followed by the goofy hack resolutions, continue to annoy me.

There's a Fixed Point In Time based on the Doctor being observed to die... ooh, the angst... then it turns out that the paradox can be resolved by a look-alike.

There's a Fixed Point In Time based on the Doctor and TARDIS being unable to visit New York at such-and-such a date to see Amy and Rory... ooh, the angst... but they blithely skip past the possibility of him traveling to some other city, waiting a bit, and taking a train.

Spoiled warning for "The Name of the Doctor" )

This running gag of Clara being "The Impossible Girl" was just silly.  In this context, as in so many others, "impossible" merely means "I haven't figured out the trick yet."  Considering how many times the universe has been rebooted with the guiding influence of someone associated with the Doctor, "impossible" is a word that he shouldn't be using.  (By now, he should also be avoiding the phrase "I promise", especially in a sentence like "I promise that you'll be safe" or "I promise I'll protect you.")

The Cat

Oct. 8th, 2012 01:34 pm
bunsen_h: (Default)
I'm thinking that we should rename Oxana to "Paris".
  1. She is blonde, and has been bred for looks, not brains.  Very effectively.
  2. She spends most of her time grooming herself.
  3. She's very attention-seeking: "Look!  I'm pretty!"
  4. She's innately destructive.
  5. Many people are allergic to her.
  6. Give her a bit of a skritch and she's in a semi-crouch with her butt in the air.
bunsen_h: (Default)

Clint Eastwood, yes... but what about Naomi?
bunsen_h: (Default)
"... And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking out singin' a bar of "Alice's CEGEP" and walking in. And friends they may think it's a movement.

"And that's what it is, the Alice's CEGEP Anti-Fee-Increase Movement, and all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it comes around on the guitar."
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[livejournal.com profile] thnidu has graciously corrected my grammar: the phrase I want is "Per coitum ad coronam".  Not "Per copula ad corona" as I'd originally coined it.  I think my original version flows better and is more clearly playing off the "per ardua ad astra" motto, but it's important to communicate correctly.

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