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Go See Interstellar

Insterstellar. Look, tinterstellar.thm_he title doesn’t say it all, but it gets the broad strokes. Every few years Christopher Nolan drops a special treat on us, and this film is no different.

The visuals are amazing, the scope is epic and the music is… Hans Zimmer because Zimmer is to Nolan what Elfman is to Burton. Zimmer knocks it out of the park with the score. Chris Nolan has a way of turning interesting concepts into gripping, engaging plots that never seem gimmicky (see Out Of Time) while serving the narrative–instead of the other way around.

Granted, this is a Nolan film, which means there are plot holes. And any Nolan fan worth her salt knows romance isn’t ever a strong point. And any Batman fan knows the fight scenes aren’t all that engaging. Nolan has always been more interested in what the fight is about symbolically and literally than what it looks like. I’ve never gotten why it can’t be both, but whatever.

Nolan, true to form, creates a film that overcomes or sidesteps most of these problems while doing cool new things. Without getting too spoilery, I love the robots in this movie, aside from an unintuitively useful design (shocked they were so useful). I always get a little bummed when the machines turn evil or have a duplicitous function. I like thinking that robots can assist humanity in exploration rather than just infect us with xenomorph semen.

And there’s a lot of stuff just under the surface. Themes about family play against ideas of humanity’s abstract future, and there’s more than a hint of spiritual metaphysics playing against a very specific scientific ideas. And more than a few ideas about man’s struggle against his own inner demons. Not to mention all of the homages to other great science fiction. And that suspense, right? I was on the edge of my seat the whole movie.

So yeah, go see Interstellar.

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Space Colonization Begins With You! If You Dare…

I recently stumbled upon an article from Wired.com thanks to a link posted by Pee-wee Herman on his Facebook page (yes, I follow him) about a group from the Netherlands planning on colonizing Mars in the not-so-distant future. The group, Mars One, is a non-profit organization with the goal of sending “astronauts” to Mars to prepare it for habitation. Whether or not this whole venture will pan out remains to be seen, but I think the idea is both exciting and insane.

Could Pee-wee Herman be headed for a Star Trek?

Could Pee-wee Herman be headed for a Star Trek?

I’ll explain:

It’s exciting for me because I have always been a science fiction geek and have always wanted to be an astronaut. The thought of travels through space, whether it be to the moon or another planet or another galaxy, has always fascinated me; I have always wanted to make the trek– not for the notoriety that would come with it but for the actual experience.

Just the thought of being one of the first people to set foot on a new planet or discover a new form of life is exhilarating!

Watching the Earth fade off into the distance as I zoom through the stars has been a dream of mine since childhood. So, it’s no surprise that when I read about Mars One, my first thought was “Where do I sign up?”

I’ll admit that was the younger sci-fi geek in me.

The older, more cynical scifi geek in me offered a different view on things. Yes, it’s exciting to think about such an adventure becoming a reality, but it’s also incredibly insane and frightening to think about what could come of such an endeavor.

Don't forget to get a shine job on your eyes.

Don’t forget to get a shine job on your eyes.

There is certainly a chance that things may be all fine and dandy when the planetary colonizers make it to Mars. They may be able to make it completely livable and start moving in more willing participants ASAP. Before we know it, a good majority of us will be claiming to be Martians instead of Earthlings.

On the other hand, this could be a completely horrific idea. I’ve seen enough sci-fi movies (Mission to Mars, Red Planet, Pitch Black, Prometheus, etc.) to know that this could all end in tragedy. Vicious, murderous tragedy that will only end up in a government cover up, which will more than likely be followed by an alien invasion. Once they’ve had a taste for blood, they’ll want more. This will all culminate in a large scale intergalactic war, which I honestly don’t think we’re ready for.

There’s also the chance that we’ll colonize it, and the current unsuspecting inhabitants will be enslaved or slaughtered…because that’s what we do.

I mean, the Japanese might be ready with giant robots or something, but the United States of America and every other country are trailing behind in intergalatic defense as far as I’m concerned.

WE NEED GIANT ROBOTS!

I’m getting off topic.

independence-day

I’m hopeful and skeptical of the whole situation. But for some reason, I say we should go for it no matter the outcome may be. I think while Mars One is preparing for space travel and colonization, we should be building giant robots for the oncoming alien assault. Huge freakin’ robots, armed to the teeth with rockets and lasers and such. And other defenses that will be ready to blow any unfriendlies out of the sky at first glance. If you’ve seen Independence Day, you’ll understand why.

So, if you’re feeling brave, ballsy, or just completely insane, here’s the application requirements. From what I’ve read, they’ll be taking applications soon, so prepare yourself!

I may sign up just for the heck of it, but I know nothing will ever come of it. I’m gonna be one of the people still on Earth, building a survival shelter and arming myself to fight off our possible alien overlords.

JOIN THE REBELLION!

Oh, but if this whole planet colonization thing works out, I’m going on the expedition to here. Gallifrey, baby. Gallifrey.

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The Week in Geek: Oct. 26, 2012

Colleen is in the midst of wedding-ing, honeymooning, and moving, so she’ll be gone for awhile. Being the ever gracious editor-in-chief that I am, I’ve agreed to step up to the plate and attempt to bring all the geeky cool to you this week. Let’s set sail!

This has nothing to do with any of the links. It’s just awesome.

In the spirit of Halloween, Neatorama showed us some of the best geeky parent-and-child costumes. Axe Cop and Uni-baby complete the list for me.

The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies will collide in about 4 billion years. Hopefully, the improbability drive will be finished by then.

Gamesradar theorized who several video game characters would support in the election. No word on if Samus Aran is a Ron Paul-bot.

The Smithsonian’s Blog talked about Sex in Space. I doubt they asked James Spader’s character from Supernova for clarification. That scene is gross.

Chris Lee and pals are building a full size Millennium Falcon. Did they have to discuss it with the committee?

The Ladies of Mischief are awesome. ‘Nuff said.

John discusses what it would take for the United Federation of Planets to exist. Hint: It probably wouldn’t work.

We now have a tractor beam. Thanks, science!

The iPad Mini was announced this week. Guess what? It’s not worth it. We miss Steve Jobs.

Iron Man 3‘s trailer is out! You can watch Tony Stark get beat around and be all snarky. Also, Guy Pearce and Bloodrayne‘s Ben Kingsley add class to the proceedings.

The BBC examines the psychology of Tetris. You now have  the theme song stuck in your head.

Colleen talked to the Ladies of Mischief and learned about their awesome new book, Needles and Artifice.

That’s all for this week! Got something geeky that we missed? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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