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Just a note

Hi everyone,

Well, I finally have the internet at home again.  I am, however, fairly unimpressed.  If someone had told me a year ago that I would be living without internet for months I would have literally fallen over.  I remember the time this summer that I spent trying to catch up on Weeds, I didn’t leave my laptop for days.  A friend made me watch outside…

So school has started and I’m FINALLY taking a Motion Graphics/After Effects class which I couldn’t be more excited about… I’m also trying to get the ball rolling on some videos for Lush, who I have fallen madly, passionately in love with.  But as much as this amazing job has given me… I have something better!  A new fella in my life, who has yet to be named:

He was kind of homeless, so I thought I’d let him hang out for a while, but he has captured my heart.

Anyways, as lethargic as I have become over personal life crises these past weeks, I am going to start picking up the blogging again.  Stay tuned…

Love Anja.

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I’m sorry

At the risk of sounding a little too Julie and Julia, I just want to say, I know you’re reading this.  I’m sorry at the way things turned out. I wish I could go back and change it.

You’re doing it wrong scifi

Below is a reblog from an article by Kevin Grazier that I found fascinating!

He debunked several of the prevailing misconceptions that sci-fi repeatedly gets wrong.

1. In space, you’d pop!

You’ve just kicked the bad guy out the airlock and can’t wait for the vacuum of space to explode him like a tomato in a microwave, right? Sorry to disappoint you, but it’ll take two minutes for him to suffocate, but he won’t pop. He’ll have burst blood vessels in his eyes, and if he held his breath he’d end up with some burst lung tissue, but that’d be about it.

2. If you get a hole in your hull, you’ll be sucked out into the vacuum instantly.

In fact, the force of the vacuum that doesn’t explode your villain also isn’t strong enough to just suck you through a bullet hole in the hull. In one episode of Battlestar Galactica, Starbuck shoots down a Cylon raider, then flies the Cylon craft back to Galactica, making it space-worthy by stuffing her flight jacket into the 3-4″ wide bullet hole. At atmospheric pressure (14.7 pounds per square inch), the air inside the raider would exert about 180 lbs. of pressure on the jacket stuffed into the hole. That’s about the size of a human being standing on it. It’d hold long enough for the return flight, assuming the flight jacket is not porous.

3. In space, you’d freeze like an icicle!

Okay, you think, so the vacuum of space isn’t like a giant Hoover, but isn’t it like a big Frigidaire? Space is really cold. Couldn’t you airlock your villain and then have him smash into a million pieces against the side of the ship? Well, no. Yes, space is cold, but because it’s a vacuum there’s not much stuff to radiate your heat away with. Just like a steak thaws faster in water than in air (even if the air is hot and the water cold), to make a shatterable villain-sickle you’d have to immerse him in liquid nitrogen. Just waiting for the vacuum of space to do it would take about a thousand years.

4. The “point of no return” of a black hole could capture a starship.

An infamous episode of Star Trek Voyager has the ship struggling to escape from a black hole. But the definition of the event horizon is it’s the point at which ONLY something traveling faster than the speed of light could escape from the black hole. Hey, guess what travels faster than light? Um, yeah. Voyager. Not much suspense there.

5. Spaceship battles will be full of laser and explosions!

A staple of movies and TV shows from Star Wars on up is the bright, noisy space battle, with colorful laser beams streaking across the sky and earth-shattering kabooms. The thing is that with a vacuum, you won’t hear the explosions, even if you’re in a ship with air. The sound waves just won’t travel through the vacuum. Likewise, even a visible light laser won’t be seen in the vacuum unless there is particulate matter (like dust) for the beam to bounce off. Even in air, a laser pointer’s beam isn’t visible, only the spot where it hits. While we’re at it, you can’t dodge a laser beam the way you can a bullet. A bullet might travel fast, but it’s nothing compared to the speed of light!

Google Slam

Two things come to mind when I saw this video:  First, that looks fucking awesome.  But, second, what the fuck would you ever need that for?! Well, I might. I thrive on eccentricity.

 

Seriously, if any of you guys haven’t checked out the Google Slam website, I suggest you do so now.  It makes me want to film myself.  It’s a site encouraging people to make some demo videos to make improved Google look better than Bing.  Which it already is.  My favorite is the new vamped up image search, which makes finding thousands of photos of Adam Brody a lot easier…

Speaking of…

I don’t like to surround myself with people who can’t handle the wit… so if you can’t sling a movie quote, please, keep walking.  No, seriously though… there are a lot of great things about going to Columbia, but the fact that my peers are quick on the uptake of that makes me smile.

Anybody who has held a conversation with me for more than five minutes knows I regularly manage to slip in a Gilmore Girls quote.  Usually, unfortunately, unnoticed.  Anyway, there’s nothing like the beautiful moment when life hands you a scenario which matches a movie quote so perfectly you almost want to write a webisode about it.  “Do or do not, there is no try” has always been a favorite of mine.  Anything from Clueless or Mean Girls is also pretty gold.

Speaking of which… stay gold guys.

Yer LAWLin

A Sign in Space

I have been a bad blogger.  I do have a new job though, and it is taking up a lot of my time… anyway, I wanted to share some excerpts of one of the greatest short stories I’ve read all year.

This comes from Italo Calvino’s “A Sign in Space”, which is a short story in The World Treasury of Science Fiction.  We’ve read about a third of the book throughout the year, and I have to say this is by far the best story I’ve come across.

Situated in the external zone of the Milky Way, the Sun takes about two hundred million years to make a complete revolution of the Galaxy.  Right, that’s how long it takes, not a day less, -Qfwfq said,– once, as I went past, I drew a sign at a point in space, just so I could find it again two hundred million years later.

What sort of sign?  It’s hard to explain, because if I say sign to you, you immediately think of something that can be distinguished from something else, but nothing could be distinguished from anything there; you immediately think of a sign made with some implement or with your hands, then when you take the implement or your hands away, the sign remains, but in those days there were no implements or even hands, or teeth, or noses, all things that came along after wards, a long time after wards.

I couldn’t help thinking about when I would come back and encounter it again, and how I would know it, and how happy it would make me…

I thought about it day and night; in fact, I couldn;t think about anything else.

I had left it to mark that spot, and at the same time it marked me, I carried it with me, it inhabited me, possessed me entirely, came between me and everything with which I might have attempted to establish a relationship.

…Though I recalled its general outline, its over-all appearance, still something about it eluded me.

Calvino, 485-488.

That’s the introduction, or the first half of the story.  It is short, only seven or eight pages I think, and I had to reread it several times, because I wanted to choose it for the subject of my paper, but couldn’t grasp it’s real intent.  An allegory of individuality?  I don’t know… either way, I think he was a beautiful writer.