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[Review] I Really Enjoyed Batman vs. Superman: Critics Need to Chillax

Dude, really, everyone needs to chill out. I won’t go as far as amazing, but the movie was actually good.

A note, first: I have never been a movie or a TV person, but I’ve been a reader of both comic books and sci-fi/fantasy since I was a child.

Enter Batman vs. Superman. And some spoilers, but not really.

I entered the movie theater expecting a train wreck, because the Internet has been going APE SHIT CRAZY about how it is the worst comic book movie of all time. OF ALL TIME? The Internet is weird sometimes. In reality, I was pleasantly surprised to see an exciting, fun, and action-filled movie that has gotten me really excited about all the DC movies coming up.

I blame the drama on Nolan. Obviously, his Batman Trilogy is amazing, but Batman’s comic books are not that grim, nor are they so exceedingly double stuffed with messaging. The darkness worked well with Nolan’s trilogy, but it absolutely does not and should not have to set the tone for every new superhero movie.

That isn’t to say that Batman vs. Superman is perfect. Four things really pissed me off.
1. Batman is not a dumb-ass. He is the smartest guy on Earth.
2. Superman is not a grim, weak, and uncertain little boy (Come on, it’s SUPERMAN).
3. Lex Luthor is an evil genius, not a mentally-unstable madman.
4. BATMAN DOES NOT KILL.

But even with these blatant mistakes, the movie still is enjoyable, and I can’t believe I have to wait till May for the next comic-book movie.

The World Really Does Feel Like This

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Black dots on the map of France

Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map. Why, I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?

-VINCENT VAN GOGH

Enjoy this excerpt from a book selected by Carl Sagan in his book “Contact”.

Bright Angel

Oh, speak again, bright angel…

-WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Romeo and Juliet

Enjoy this excerpt from a book selected by Carl Sagan in his book “Contact”.

“Transform our social life and our political system”

I wish to propose for the reader’s favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. I must, of course, admit that if such an opinion became common it would completely transform our social life and our political system; since both are at present faultless, this must weigh against it.

-BERTRAND RUSSELL Skeptical Essays, I (1928)

Enjoy this excerpt from a book selected by Carl Sagan in his book “Contact”.

Cosmic Awe: Why is it Dark at Night?

A very beautiful and mind-numbingly wondrous explanation of why the sky is dark at night:

Brink of Crisis

Dear world… For heaven’s sake, I’m really too young to go through the SECOND financial crisis of my career life. Wait another decade, at least! 

From the internet: Cloud and data analytics stocks extend losses after bloodbath: http://flip.it/QtrFG

The Fermi Paradox is Not Fermi’s, Nor a Paradox

A little interesting article for those who care about stuff like the Fermi Paradox:

There is no logical contradiction between the statement “E.T. might exist elsewhere” and the statement “E.T. is not here” because nobody knows that travel between the stars is possible in the first place.

Read it now

Future Visions

I’ve come to deeply respect Microsoft in the past decade, not only for their world-changing technology, but also for what they stand for, and the culture of change and experimentation that I started seeing around the same time they launched the xBox.

Today, I’ve been reading a science-fiction anthology they published a few days back called “Future Visions”. They invited some sci-fi heavyweights to speak to Microsoft researchers at their research lab, and to understand the problems they are trying to solve… In the future.

The result is several genius short stories that I strongly recommend you read. The anthology made me feel fuzzy inside: what came first, the science or the science fiction?


It’s for free, you can download it on their website.

Contact lenses in 1948

This is crazy. And I find soft lenses annoying.

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