Tuesday, September 07, 2004
- The Genesis spacecraft capsule, containing physical particle samples from the Sun's corona, to be captured over the Utah desert tomorrow [New Zealand News]
- Read the latest version of Eden's Apple: A Novel by E. David Jansing...yes, none other than Dave over at Temperantia. Looks like a good autumn read...and I can't wait to check out Chapter 23, "Kentucky Fried Apocalypse." Dang, what a great title. Dave has a PDF file of the complete draft free for the downloading on his site.
- Kon-Tiki to sail again: Thor Heyerdahl's legendary 1947 Pacific raft voyage will be attempted once more with a crew that includes grandson Olav, 29 [CNN]
- Critique and watch movies like a pro with this encyclopedic list of film clichés: Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie Terms, e.g.,
Seven-Minute Rule: In the age of the seven-minute attention span (inspired by the average length between TV commercials), action movies aimed at teen-agers are constructed out of several seven-minute segments. At the end of each segment, another teen-ager is dead. When all the teen-agers are dead (or, if you arrived in the middle, when the same dead teen-ager turns up twice), the movie is over.Note: does the "seven minute rule" have any connection with the popular notion of periodic seven-minute lulls in ordinary conversation?
Sex-Specific Disintegrating Outfit: When the male and female characters in a trashy action movie go to hell and back, only the woman's clothing begins to disintegrate. and,
Sturgeon's Law: "90 percent of everything is crap." (First formulated in the 1950s by the science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon; quoted here because it so manifestly applies to motion pictures.)
- Thwart vandals - heck, make 'em break their arms - with these fortified mailboxes, as seen on Boing Boing
- Get the inside scoop on Vincent Gallo's...ahem...film, The Brown Bunny, from Greengrl