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Things 14: Speed Racer, Things Are Just Starting, No News

(Originally sent May 2008)

This week’s film – one line review extended to more lines because I am so excited
Speed Racer was exactly what I expected it to be – an absolutely insane over-the-top visual experience, which I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys using their eyes. I went and saw it again at the IMAX a few days later, and that was certainly my movie highlight of the year so far. You can also see my reaction upon first coming out of the cinema in my review here:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhJbueoT7tE

Next week’s film
Indiana Jones. Probably on Thursday. Enough said.

A Puzzle
I love the mirror puzzle, but if you’re still pondering it here’s the somewhat mysterious answer: it’s because we have bilateral symmetry.

This week’s puzzle is a test of visualisation skills.

Imagine a cubic box that measures 3 by 3 by 3 feet. Imagine having six identical suitcases, each of which measures 2 by 2 by 1 feet. The challenge is to visualise exactly how you could fit all six suitcases into the box.

A Quote
This line from the movie Waking Life has been going round and round my head recently.

Man on the train: “Whatever you do, don’t be bored, this is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting.”

A Link
Passive Aggressive Notes collects pictures of confrontational notes. There’s something mysteriously fascinating about it.

http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2008/03/19/my-secretary-sybil/

A video
There’s also something mysteriously fascinating about newsreaders that have nothing to say:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4pY3QtiGyo

A picture
A classic example of a picture that tells a story.