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Pluto features

Features on Pluto are being named after non-Western myths and characters from Western fantasy novels.

A large splotch that resembles a whale was named Cthulhu, a deity from a H. P. Lovecraft story. Other splotch names included Meng-Po, the goddess of forgetfulness in Chinese mythology; Balrog, a creature in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” books; and Vucub Came and Hun Came, death gods of Mayan mythology. --NY Times, Kenneth Chang


On the one hand, I'm always happy when they go to non-Western myth. On the other hand, it feels disrespectful to put them on the same level as Western fantasy novels.

Discuss.

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Pluto New Horizons

Post copypasted from Tumblr b/c I'm just that excited.

OMFG I’m so excited! New Horizons flew by Pluto about 2.5 hours ago. It’s going to remain pointed at Pluto for another 5 hours or so to get as much data as possible, and then the craft is going to slew around and spit back all the images and other data to Earth, and then it’s going to take another 5 hours for the signal to get here.

Among the amazing discoveries so far, we already have that Pluto is larger than previously thought. We knew that Eris was the most massive Kuiper Belt Object - mass is easy to get when an object has moons, and Pluto has five (Charon, Nix, Hydra, Styx, Kerberos) and Eris one (Dysnomia).

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How exciting is that!?

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Political Animals

Just finished marthoning Political Animals. Jesus fuck is that good. Seriously, a drama about politics and a dysfunctional family that I not only enjoyed, but which brought tears to my eyes in the finale?! OMFG. Ungh. And it’s remarkably feminist too, spoilers on why and on other stuff below.

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Final verdict: This is a must-watch for everyone. And at 6 episodes around 50 minutes each, it's not prohibitively long. I watched around two episodes earlier this week, and the remaining four today. As I summarized it on Tumblr,

Come for the gay crying strung-out drug addict Sebastian Stan, stay for the powerful feminist women in an unfair world.


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Mad Max 1

Watching Mad Max 1 - this’s at least my second time, though it’s been so long I really don’t remember anything, except that I reread the Wikipedia page recently. It’s so interesting seeing the difference in pacing. The movie is a lot of driving, some racing, but not much of gun fights on moving vehicles with blowtorches.

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Bechdel Test: Fail
While there are two named women, Jessie and May, who do talk to each other, it's about Rockatansky and Sprog.

Mako Mori Test: Fail
Jessie's story is about dying while trying (and failing) to protect Sprog. I wouldn't call that a character arc, but even if I did it was about a boy. But even if Sprog were replaced by Sprogette, everything bad that happens to Jessie is direct result of Rockatansky's actions in the line of duty, and everything good that happens to her is about her supporting him in his career.

Final verdict: Eh. It's okay. I'm kinda used to watching the pacing of older stuff due to a stint where T$ and I tried to watch all of Star Trek TOS (we've just got a few episodes left, but they're supposedly pretty bad), but for many modern viewers the pacing will be gruelingly slow. It doesn't stand particularly well on its own, it's really not post-apocalyptic sci-fi like the others, so the only good reason to watch it is to see where everything else came from.

See also my MM4 review.

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Mad Max 4

Still haven't written that A2 review, and may never do so, but I saw Mad Max: Fury Road (henceforth, MM4) on Wednesday and there's a few thoughts floating around in my head. Lots of spoilers behind the cut tags.

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Final rating: Fun. Glad I got the chance to see it in the theaters. I hope they actually continue the series more, b/c honestly I think the worldbuilding's only getting better and I want to see what they do with Mad Max the myth the legend going forward.

See also my MM1 review.

2015 films
2014 films
2013 films

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2015 Films

Below is a list of the films I've seen in the theater during 2015, put into categories of how much I liked them.

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4 films so far

2014 films | [no subsequent year]

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Recipes

In case you haven't heard, it's no longer the Food Pyramid, it's now My Plate (and has been for a few years now). I found myself back on that site b/c I was curious if potatoes counted as veggies (yes, in the subset of starchy veggies), and came across this two week list of recipes. Posting here to share and to remind myself next time I need food ideas.

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Resources: Timeline maker?

I’m looking for a free web or program service that’ll let me make a timeline. I will want a simple image out of it in the end, not a fancy interactive thing. Anyone got suggestions?

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"Lucy"

I saw Lucy yesterday afternoon, and I have lots of thoughts, muchly spoilerific.

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Final verdict? Wait for Netflix unless you're really into transhumanist stuff.

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Jun. 29th, 2014

Every time this Mac desktop cycles through on my iMac, I do not scream.

Mac desktop flamingoes!

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