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6/26/10 0:55
asleep at mal 9/09
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I think my inner geek is showing... with added 'excellent'

"Time spent doing what you love is never wasted." http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/?p=17111

Cocktails under a microscope - surprisingly beautiful photographs: http://bit.ly/bWLhl7

7th grade students find a cave on Mars: http://www.physorg.com/news196003436.html #SFOD I love living in the future!

Best Cease &Desist EVER: http://www.thinkgeek.com/blog/2010/06/officially-our-bestever-cease.html (via rm)

The trailer for RED, based on the book by warrenellis: http://bit.ly/aTCTxs "Helen Mirren/ machine gun/ throatpunch/ YES!" I may actually go see this in the theatre...

So people who can't imagine someone thinking or feeling differently are really just 3 year olds: http://youtu.be/XDtjLSa50uk (via joreth)

Neat: 2000 year old ship wreck may help today's scientists detect neutrinos. http://bit.ly/dCOyuv

Regarding movies and films (a geek of a different pattern)

"It gets into a dangerous, dangerous area." H. Mirren on The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover http://j.mp/cpCy5s RT One of my favorite films ever, hands down. Beautiful, violent, surreal, extremely disturbing. I highly recommend it. http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Cook_the_Thief_His_Wife_and_Her_Lover

The trailer for RED, based on the book by warrenellis: http://bit.ly/aTCTxs "Helen Mirren/ machine gun/ throatpunch/ YES!" I may actually go see this in the theatre... (yes, I know this is also linked above - it fits both categories and I'm that jazzed by the preview).

The decline and fall of movies for the mentally grown up. http://j.mp/9BzfXO (via @ebertchicago). My response is:

Really interesting, though it feels like they missed something...

I think part of the equation is the audience's makeup/behavior... when I was in college (84-92), an adult or a group of them could go to see a movie or a film later than a 7pm showing and not be surrounded by screaming kids or misbehaving teens. And R rated films were mostly adults only all the time.

Now, regardless of the hour or the rating I expect someone to be kicking the back of my seat, to run past me and knock the cane I use out from under me while I'm struggling up the stairs, etc. Even the adults who go see movies no longer have decent manners, talking loudly or on their cell or texting throughout the film. And why the hell do parents think a baby or a toddler should be at an 11pm showing of an R (or NC-17) rated movie?

I actually miss going to the movies more often, but have a hard time paying $15 for a ticket only to have my enjoyment ruined by the poor behavior around me. So instead I wait for DVD releases, or until it hits the smaller theaters that do restrict audience age (usually because they serve alcohol). And art house theaters are mostly still good venues (as long as you live in a decent sized city that is) for movies at a theater - although those won't be the blockbusters, but indie and foreign films.

Fortunately, between blu-ray & HD DVDs, a decent computer, and a good sound system/flatscreen I can enjoy most of the movie experience I used to get at home. And I can invite a few friends over, have grown-up munchies and drinks, etc if I so choose. Still not the big crowd energy (which I miss sometimes), but a trade-off I can live with.

I do, however, think that we'd see more adults at the movie theater if the owners/managers of said theaters set and enforced behavior standards during showings, and perhaps put in place age restrictions for late night showings. I'd happily go out to dinner at 8:30pm and see a 10 or 10:30pm showing if no-one under 18 was allowed in, and anyone who talked throughout the film or used their cell, etc was quickly and quietly escorted from the theater. It wouldn't even have to be every screen in a multiplex - restrict access to one or two screens a night, and rotate which ones so that in any given week all the films showing at that location have at least one night sans obnoxious behavior.

Feminism, sexuality, sexual abuse:

First, some good news: Prop 8 supporters' names can be made public without violating rights, Supreme Court rules http://lat.ms/90xawg It doesn't repeal Prop 8, but it is a small step in the right direction.

http://rm.livejournal.com/1872087.html Re: Cornell team who is cutting girls clitorises & then following up with vibrator tests. The article http://bit.ly/cQrwdD rm is discussing leaves me speechless with anger. This is not right; what happened to do no harm?

NYTimes: make birth control pill Over the Counter http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/22/opinion/22blanchard.html

Problems with "rape prevention" advice: http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/2010/06/best-friend-rape-prevention.html The metaphor works almost too well for me.

Why does terrorism fascinate me? Terrorism expert for The Washington Post Jessica Stern http://bit.ly/bFTu4v And Tiger Beatdown with another perspective on Jessica Stern's Op-Ed: http://tigerbeatdown.com/2010/06/23/autonomy/

An interesting view of privilege: http://www.barcc.org/blog/patriarchy-and-the-force/#When:16:56:00Z The idea could also easily apply to any type of privilege or discrimination...

BP, the Gulf oil spill, climate change, and environmental issues

Yep. USAians definitely need to take some of the blame for the Gulf oil spill. http://huff.to/aitQ0P We're the addicts they're selling to.

About damned time. Climate Scientist Gets a Media Apology http://bit.ly/dv2nE3 (via greygirlbeast)

Industry, environmental pollution & cancer: http://disabledfeminists.com/2010/06/17/the-high-price-of-industry-cancer-villages-in-china/

"First Draft of History" re: Gulf oil spill. http://edgeofthewest.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/first-draft-of-history/ Well worth the read.

BP burning endangered turtles alive. http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0620/bp-burning-sea-turtles-alive/ More here: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-oil-spill-burnbox-20100617,0,7634456,full.story

Running the numbers on the climate change bill: it would help US in many ways, including energy security. http://www.slate.com/id/2257021/

EPA report - cut carbon emissions in half by 2030; cost is $0.40/day per household on average: http://bit.ly/dis0Sg

Political idiocy; the "War on Terror"

Cause & effect in the War on Terror: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/06/22/terrorism

US IP Czar sucks up to Hollywood, sells the rest of us out http://tinyurl.com/35j82mp

Iraq vet Timothy Hsia: "COIN [is] a mission too big for the military & for the nation to commit to" http://is.gd/d162X (via @maddow)

The brutal, bleak journey of Stanley McChrystal. Good reporting from London. http://j.mp/al6pPH

I'm going to guess you're already aware of the Rolling Stone story that led up to all this... Does anyone else suddenly feel like we're back in the mid-80's when SPIN was the only publication doing in-depth coverage of the AIDs crisis? Does it bother you that the least biased news sources we have seem to be the BBC/UK and Comedy Central with occasional even-handedness online or cable news? (Not that I don't agree with Maddow, Olberman, et al quite often but I'm mostly a liberal.)

Obviously, there are stories in the Feminism section and the BP/Environment section that also fit the politics category; I did not double link them.