(Originally sent August 2008)
This week’s film
Actually, I managed to resist seeing Space Chimps.
Next Week’s films
The Clone Wars. As I forecast many years ago, Star Wars is moving into TV series, but they realised they could release a feature-length pilot episode of the CG series in cinemas. I’m not expecting much. The live-action TV series, still a few years away, seems more promising to me.
Imdb: Not yet rated
Rotten Tomatoes: 27%
If I’m feeling mad I may also go to see ‘You Don’t Mess With Zohan’ purely because I like the character trope of a nice peace-loving guy that happens to be totally badass and can catch bullets in mid-air :
A stripper hands you a perfectly square piece of paper and a scisors. She tells you to divide it into 5 pieces of equal area without using a ruler or a compass. Can it be done? If so, how? If not, why?
Where did I get the above puzzle from? (This is very difficult, but I just thought I’d throw it out there as it is at least theoretically knowable. The spelling of ‘scisors’ is in the original.) [No longer as hard as it used to be – T.M. 18/10/10]
As with all great ideas, it seems obvious in retrospect. How clever can a fountain be?
(Video is rather long and you don’t miss too much if you skip through it a bit).
A fantastic experiment that demonstrates how hypocrisy is innate to human beings – make sure you read the bit where they introduce wrist-bands towards the end as that is the most important result.
A bunch of related quotes
Arther C. Clarke said:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
My friend Laurence said:
“Any technology that is distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.”
Hanlon’s Razor states:
“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
Someone on Wikipedia says:
“Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice. ”
Eric Poulton’s entry for the Last Man Standing competition at ConceptArt.org; click through to his site to view the full fantastically deep image, with convenient ‘flip’ button in the bottom right. (If link breaks, I’ve mirrored the image here).