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    Computer Programmer
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    Andrei Rublev, Wings of Desire, Fanny and Alexander, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Tortorro, The New World, Children of Men, The Big Lebowski, Night of the Shooting Stars, Baron Von Munchausen, etc.
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  1. Saw the movie and liked it very much. I'd like to see it again. Like others, I had some quibbles with the story. Variety compares it to Tarkovsky's Stalker and calls it one of the greatest science fiction movies ever. Not sure I'd go that far yet, but agree that though it has some flaws, overall it's very good. http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/blade-runner-2049-review-1202576220/
  2. new user Genroxbro posted spam in the film makers forum. The point of his/her post is the link, not the stupid broadside against British film that is absolutely meaningless.
  3. J.K. Rowling isn't just trying to make your children want to be witches. She's trying to make your children want to be alcoholic witches. The books give the impression that Butterbeer is NON-ALCOHOLIC and is kind of a kid's drink. I don't remember Hagrid drinking any. From Wikipedia... Butterbeer Butterbeer is the drink of choice for younger wizards. Harry is first presented with the beverage in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Although House-elves can become intoxicated on butterbeer, it has not been stated that there is any alcohol in the drink. In the sixth book, Harry wo
  4. , when Dumbledore has in fact already and ? , when Dumbledore has in fact already and ? I'm wondering if it's to get confirmation on the , or just act as final confirmation. I can't remember what the book says about this (if anything).... This is what I think too. Like any scientist or engineer, Dumbledore seeks certainty. The memory is necessary to confirm his hypothesis, to close the circle of speculation. Also, in war...and this is a war...having correct information can swing everything. I'm pretty sure the book does address this. Too busy to check now!
  5. LOL (Also very enjoyable blog post about technology in films Peter. Too true.
  6. Speaking of which, transparent aluminum is now real! (Sort of. Looks like after all these years they're finally working out the dynamics of the matrix...) Strange and interesting. It doesn't sound very stable. Stuff like this makes me look at my son and wonder what sort of world he'll come of age in!
  7. As a computer programmer, I second this. A "virus," or any other kind of malware, is a computer program like any other computer program. That means it utilizes the operating system to run. You cannot create one without knowledge of the OS. I think saying "There is no mathematical approach to malware applications that will work on any system" may be overstating it a tiny bit though. There are algorithms for most computer operations, but these are abstract. Implementing them in a physical system requires more particular knowledge. If you're dealing with an alien language and alien mode of
  8. A very good point. I'm also like you and SDG, when I'm reading I sink into the story. As an aspiring writer myself though, I also tend to look at from a technical point of view as well, just to see what I can learn about writing, etc. In this case, SDG's objections inspired me to look closer. In response as to why VOLDEMORT doesn't do what you've rightly pointed out he could do... Show hidden text 1. Voldemort doesn't trust "Moody." Not completely. He doesn't trust anybody completely, prefering to work alone as much as possible and prefering to maintain as much CONTROL as he can. 2. Th
  9. Thanks Peter. I think it's fair to point out that all of the detail I mentioned was setup by the author for her purposes. Aesthetically, this won't be everyone's cup of tea. But it certainly suits her desire to entertain, and many readers desire to be entertained, to have Harry go through the whole triwizard thing. It's dramatic and even comic when someone who is basically just a high school student trying to get on with being a high school student gets dragged into something way over his head and manages to succeed in spite of his own inabilities amd shortsightedness. Certainly not a t
  10. , but that . There are at least two ways to object to the plot of the story. One is aesthetic. For example there are plenty of people with good literary taste who simply don't like The Lord of the Rings. (I'm not one of them.) They try to read it because they've heard its good and bog down somewhere. The other is what we're talking about in this thread, that the plot doesn't make sense within its own suppositions. This is a different and more severe criticism. I believe a close reading of the Harry Potter series argues against Goblet of Fire having an idiotic plot. If one possess no
  11. Good point. But I think pilgrimscrybe asks a good question. And I am pretty sure we could take almost any book or movie and ask, "Well, why didn't they just do this?" and have the story completed in 50 words or less. Well, as an aspiring fiction writer myself, let me say writers do THINK about such things and usually there answers. Whether those will satisfy everyone...well no, but: 1. For Gandalf, the temptation of the ring was too much. He couldn't be the Ring bearer so he couldn't just fly to Mount Doom. Also, those eagles weren't stealth eagles. He would be dealing with a head on, m
  12. . (Wikipedia also confirms what I had been wondering re: the opening attack on the Millennium Bridge: the book takes place about two years before construction began on the bridge in real life, so it would seem the movies have updated the events of the books to "today".) FWIW, in the book, the new Minister of Magic comes calling on Harry when he's at the Burrow. The minister wants Harry to be a sort of poster boy for his efforts. Harry shows a lot of maturity and refuses. I'm not at all convinced that Harry in the books, at this stage, would have acted the way he does in the film.
  13. I would love, love, love to go back. Every year about this time I get get his lump in my throat when I realize I can't go. "Ever" is a big word. Right now, with effectively no job, a 20 month old and a new baby coming in December, it's pretty unlikely. But maybe in 4 or 5 years!
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    That was the one thing about the film...the shortness of the journey...heck, what journey? It was more like a joyride. I live in Mexico. Maybe most of y'all above the border...here we call it "the other side," don't realize it, but most maps make the countries down here look much, much smaller than they actually are. There are 2,900 miles between Angel Falls and Chicago. That's more than the distance from New York to Los Angeles or from London to Tel Aviv. OK, I know, as Peter is pointing out, the story is a fantasy. And I'm sure from the storytelling point of view having the journey
  15. Sara... I loved Sweethearts and am really looking forward to sinking into this! When I was a Christian teen back in the late 70's, Campus Life was a great magazine. They are where I first heard about Mark Heard. They always seemed more in touch with life and issues and less subculturay if you know what I mean. They are still around, are part of Christianity Today and have a new name: Ignite your Faith. Here is their site. http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/. I know some folks around here have some connections to CT, so they might know someone. We ordered the mag for my nephew and nie
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