This is so inspiring. An app that elegantly tries to fulfill the promise that computers will make our lives better, not just distract us while time slips by.
Just when I think I’m selling my values down the drain for pragmatic concerns, something like this clicks into focus, and I can see a path ahead where I can do something good by doing something I’m good at. Magic!
David Mamet tells you to put. That coffee. Down. so he can explain how to write.
"THERE IS NO MAGIC FAIRY DUST WHICH WILL MAKE A BORING, USELESS, REDUNDANT, OR MERELY INFORMATIVE SCENE AFTER IT LEAVES YOUR TYPEWRITER. YOU THE WRITERS, ARE IN CHARGE OF MAKING SURE EVERY SCENE IS DRAMATIC.”
I just bought this game. It’s basically StarCraft on your iPhone-Pod. I’m seriously impressed by everything about this. Written by the guy who wrote the amazing and ubiquitous library ASIHTTPRequest that is in basically every iPhone app ever.
I’m creating a list of all the Atheists who are here on tumblr. If you are an Atheist, and wish to appear on this list, please reblog/like (if you’re already on this list please only reblog) this post and I will update it as often as I see fit!
James “The Amazing” Randi is a champion of the skeptic movement. I first read about him in Carl Sagan’s books, and through repeated exposure, came to realize his huge influence on skepticality and atheism. A hero of mine, by proxy of being a hero of all my heroes. He saw Milk last week, and it motivated him to come out to the world. Touching.
Did you see that movie Children of Men, where Clive Owen had to save the only pregnant woman in a world where everyone stopped having babies? Well, imagine it starred Vin Diesel, instead of Clive Owen. Or, if you aren’t familiar with the works of Mr. Diesel (“the man they call penis” in the Fast and Furious quadrilogy) imagine a pre-politics Schwarzenegger.
Obviously, it missed a lot, but it hit home on a couple of fun points. American isolationism and the commercialization of religion, among other things. Enough to make it worth the watch, especially if you, unlike me, have a soft spot for messianic you-are-the-chosen-one religious elements in your sci-fi (e.g. The Matrix 2 & 3).
If you liked Starship Troopers (which I did, very much) SEE THIS MOVIE!
In a world where you can play The Sims and Call of Duty with real people blah blah blah… all you need to know is there is porn EVERYWHERE, and people on the teevee curse like sailors. It’s your basic Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Starship Troopers, Total Recall) style darkly funny dystopian future. Lame action sequences full of annoying digital-glitching-so-it’s-stylized aside, this movie kicked butt. It also featured a couple of cute Blade Runner nods. But then, doesn’t every sci-fi movie?
Also it was way better than its counterpart “Surrogates”, which came out at roughly the same time, and totally suckkkkkkked. I guess that makes this a triple feature, because that’s all anybody needs to say about Surrogates. ZING!