Archive for sci-fi

Palimpsest: A Lucid Dream

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by blakejohnson

I’ve just finished reading Palimpsest. I first read about it on io9, and what piqued my interest up until cracking the spine was that it was a story about suffering; people dealing with pain. And it certainly is.
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Nerd President

Posted in Entertainment, Humor, News, Video, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2009 by blakejohnson

Found this via Gawker. Awesome. My kind of humor and subject matter, great fun to see the president recognizing and enjoying the humor as well. It’s a good beginning.

Death Star vs. The Enterprise

Posted in 3D, Entertainment, Video, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2009 by blakejohnson

I’m a regular Geekologie/Iwatchstuff/Superficial reader, and today on Geekologie I find this… in the wake of the recent Star Trek movie someone made a short viral-looking piece where we see a bunch of the Imperial military machinery and the Enterprise sort of weirdly hovering off in the distance over the ocean near San Fransisco (if you look closely, when the camera pans you can see it swing past the Golden Gate Bridge). The effects are actually pretty well done. The only thing I have a problem with is the Enterprise just looks a little weird, maybe it’s too bright or something, but it doesn’t fit right in the scene. The Death Star laser I like, but the other Imperial elements that are definitely CG (namely the walkers) are to bright, in my opinion, and don’t seem to fit into the scene too well. Anyway…be your own judge and click thru the jump for the video.

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Holy FlareVision!

Posted in Entertainment, Film, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2009 by blakejohnson

I. Have. Never. Seen. So. Many. Lens. Flares. In. My. Whole. Life. I went and saw Star Trek last night, and enjoyed it. It was basically what I’d expected, not at all bad, but nothing to write home about either. There were notably good performances from Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine), and honestly none of the other characters did a bad job. Eric Bana, someone I think is mis-cast in most roles, even offered up a decent portrayal of an alien-gone-rogue-villain.

The visual effects were very well done, but what else would you really expect from a place like ILM, especially when shops like Digital Domain, Lola and Svengali FX are backing them up.

My only complaint is the fact that there is at least one lens flare in virtually every single shot of the entire movie. Even the lights inside the Enterprise cause the lens to sparkle up, and on top of all those, there are these weird light/color reflection patterns that shimmer across the lens whenever the camera moves inside the ship. Cool idea, yea; cool look, yea; practical, hell no. When you start to think the plastic/glass of your spectacles (what, you don’t call them spectacles?) is malfunctioning, something’s gone wrong.

Apart from that, the film is a good watch, good fun, with plenty of eye-candy for basically everyone. Worth the watch this weekend when you get the chance.

*Movie Addition*

Posted in Entertainment, Film, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by blakejohnson

Woops! I can’t believe I forgot this one! I know I left out some stuff in that listing, but of all things I don’t know why this slipped my mind:

Alive In Joburg – Neill Blomkamp from Spy Films on Vimeo.

Link to the official trailer: io9.