“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.” — Warren Bennis »
Recreate the experience using practical effects »For example, to reproduce the experience of being at the UK's Glastonbury Festival, set up a tent in your living room. Invite all your friends to set up their tents next to yours. Instruct some of your friends to come back late at night, shout loudly, and kick your tent…
Maz Kanata’s castle certainly sounds like a “wretched hive of scum and villainy”. Not the most wretched hive, of course, but certainly a wretched hive. Which is good, because if there’s one thing I like, it’s a wretched h. of s. and v. You can never have too many of them for my taste. »
Obligatory Don’t-Screw-It-Up: Don’t screw it up. Don’t screw it up.
Odd thing about TFW: I read it in paperback many, many years ago, and was particularly impressed by a middle section that dealt with propaganda and manipulation of the truth by the government. When I re-read it in a new edition, he’d removed that whole… »
Something not too dissimilar (well, something not completely unrelated) caused problems for the Millennium Bridge in London. When the newly-built bridge swayed, pedestrians instinctively corrected for the swaying — but they did so all at once, thus becoming part of the resonant system and amplifying the effect.
In the reboot, a group of filmmakers wake up in a franchise full of identical films, and are forced to keep remaking them over and over again as they struggle to find a way out. »
Einstein was a much more effective cop than Heisenberg, who always knew how fast you were going, but not where you were. Or vice-versa. »
Gollum was more than a little surprised when he found out what the Baggins actually had in its pocketses. »
“I am still jumping between what I think I know and what is reality. I have lived it and I’m not really there yet,” she said.
Poor Belle is just confused, you understand. She’s the real victim in all this, of course.
Just once, just once, I’d like to hear one of these people say: “OK, I’m a lying sack of shit, and I did… »
“Mr Jones ... Mr Jones ... can you hear me?
“Uh, I ...”
“That’s right. Take it easy. Feeling better now?”
“You were dead for three minutes there, Mr Jones. We thought we’d lost you.”
“As a doornail.”
“So what’s it like, Mr Jones? Did you experience anything? A bright light? A long tunnel?… »
They say that any landing that you walk away from is a good one. Whoever ‘they’ are, they evidently don’t have very high standards when it comes to flight operations. »
I am now picturing the post-apocalyptic world as a shattered urban wasteland filled with creepily-smiling robots, all saying “Irrashaimase, irrashaimase!” in toneless synthetic voices. »
Fossil fuels, yes. However, my extensive study of post-apocalyptic worlds in popular culture has taught me that tattoo ink, piercings, hair-dye and leather bondage gear are indispensable. »
I hope there are some trade disputes. For my money, you can never have too many trade disputes. And perhaps some question of taxation of trade routes to outlying planets, or is that too much to hope for? »
Give it time, give it time. That's the next phase.
Although reportedly some of the people seen (rightly or wrongly) as the 'inner circle' of Sad&Rabid Puppydom have reportedly received abuse, including death threats. Which just goes to show that there are assholes on all sides of the fence. »
A friend who used to be in cabin crew once told me that any burning you smell is not directly from the chemical reaction, as the oxygen candles are sealed units. However, the reaction is strongly exothermic, so the canister gets very hot and the canister, plus anything on the outside of it (paint, dust etc), gets very… »
I've watched enough movies to know that this won't end well. When the dread legions of Venomous Stabbing Space Newts are hunting the remnants of humanity through the twisted wreckage of our civilization, I hope someone from the ESA will take a moment to reflect on what a truly bad idea this was.