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Tron Legacy… YEAH!

Tron Rules

Even though I have the flu, I didn’t let it stop me from going to Tron:Legacy’s premiere here in Portugal. (I know, it only premiered here in january 2011… What a shame).

I must say it was a humongous leap from the original Tron. Not just from the special effects (obviously) but the script itself, which wasn’t as basic as the original.

Even though the story was predictable I was overwhelmed by the universe, the environment it created. It achieved perfectly what any franchise should do: make the viewer (user, in this case) feel he is actually inside the movie. It created a believable environment.

Now, time for a couple of questions… What the hell was a barbequed pig doing in the virtual world?? I thought a Zen person as Flynn would be vegetarian, eating only digital plants.

Why were there double bladed lightsabers???:p

Why the Frak didnt we get a great state of the art animation while Sam was digitized?? (like the original Tron)
And at last, how come Quorra could be “undigitized” into our world??

Well, I waited about 20 years for this movie, and I was not disappointed at all!! I loved Tron: Legacy!!!!!

I am simply looking forward to the costume revolution it has started. I’ve been waiting for it since I was a kid since I saw how it influenced Automan, and finally the possibility of owning a Light-Suit is getting real. LONG LIVE TECHNO REVOLUTION!

Oh, and sumhow… I think the Light Disks will rival Lightsabers soon…

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Can Science Determine Human Values?

Sam Harris, the author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, calls for an end to religion’s monopoly on morality and human values. In The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values to dismantle the most common justification for religious faith — that a moral system cannot be based on science.

The End of Faith ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In its aftermath, Harris discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: Science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Even among religious fundamentalists, the defense one most often hears for belief in God is not that there is compelling evidence that God exists, but that faith in Him provides the only guidance for living a good life. Controversies about human values are controversies about which science has officially had no opinion. Until now.

Morality, Harris argues, is actually an undeveloped branch of neuroscience, and answers to questions of human value can be visualized on a “moral landscape” — a space of real and potential outcomes whose peaks and valleys correspond to human states of greater or lesser wellbeing. Different ways of thinking and behaving — different cultural practices, ethical codes, modes of government, etc. — translate into movements across this landscape. Such changes can be analyzed objectively on many levels, ranging from biochemistry to economics, but they have their crucial realization as experiences in the human brain.

Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, cultural relativism is simply false — and comes at increasing cost to humanity. And just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our “culture wars,” Sam Harris delivers a game-changing argument about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

FORA.tv – Sam Harris: Can Science Determine Human Values?.

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“The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.”

Alexis de Tocqueville 


For all of our American readers, I give you this collection of imagery in part to make you happy and in part to make you get out and vote for the side you think will do the best job –*cough* Democrats *cough* — over the next two years.

 

Make your voice heard!

 

      

STARGATE SGU's Second Season Premiere

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Destiny returns. 

 

So in about 17 minutes, the East Coast feed of STARGATE: UNIVERSE transmits, followed in time by the West Coast debut of the new season.

 

With doorQy eyes (or at least doorQy DVRs) tuned in to find out what happened to our boldly going crew, I’m opening up this space for folks to chime in with their thoughts on the new season of the show.

 

I’ll be back later with my own perspective on on SGU, I show I all but wrote off by midseason of last year, but have since started to really enjoy.

Genre TV and You

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THE EVENT. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. FRINGE. SUPERNATURAL. THE BIG BANG THEORY.

It’s been a week of fantastical TV, some new, some old, some funny and some downright awesome. NBC’s HEROES replacement, THE EVENT, premiered on Monday to decent if not spectacular ratings, with FRINGE being down from its premiere last year and DIARIES improving from the last two weeks. The big winner was THE BIG BANG THEORY, which had an impressive debut, along side The Shat’s new $#*! MY DAD SAYS.

But those are just numbers. Did you folks like anything that was on this week?

I had a crazy-mad TIVOing session, churning through the accumulated doorqiness sitting on the hard drive and diving deep into the cool, refreshing rays of genre TV. Well, even bad genre TV is more refreshing than good reality TV, at least in my corner of the universe.

THE EVENT was….interesting. They are trying for a bit of the LOST vibe, what with shifting-time lines, overlapping characters and deep, season spanning mysteries. For all the interest the series provoked — and I do want to know what’s behind the twist at the end of the episode as well as the snowy vistas at the beginning — the time-shifting just didn’t work. LOST only went in multiple temporal directions the last two seasons; for the first five years, they just jumped to one previous era in their flashbacks.
 
THE EVENT popped all around in the past and all around in different character’s pasts, while they were progressing the main story forward. It was confusing. More than that, it robbed the main story of narrative energy, that feeling that keeps you hooked in your seat, wondering what’s going to happen next. With THE EVENT, I kept wondering where I was in the story, referring back to the super or the card to remind myself of the reference point.There is a cool story here. The series is just going to have to do a bit more work to make it shine.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: What more can be said other than I love all of the shirtless hunks and the longing looks between brothers? Now that we’re getting into naked werewolves, I expect even more skin per episode. Narrative? Plot? Acting? Who cares?

THE BIG BANG THEORY: The prospect of Sheldon spawning gave me nightmares. Applause to the producers.

SUPERNATURAL: HomoBromance returns in a few hours. It’ll be interesting to see how they resurrect Sam after the series ender they pulled last year. Eric Kripke, the series creator, is no longer overseeing the weekly writing and story direction of the series, having said all he wanted in the first five years of the program. There’s a new production staff in place  that promises to take the show in a new, fun direction. Maybe this year they’ll finally let Sam and Dean partake in their lust for each other? Probably not.  

FRINGE: When I complain about the insanity of our world, remind me it could be worse: I could live in alter-Earth. FRINGE started off pretty much where the season finale left off, with Olivia trapped on the universe just-over-there, while that world’s Olivia was embedded with us. There was a nice little set-up, too, with the story. The alterna-universe bigwigs were trying to make our Olivia believe she was their Olivia, for some nefarious purpose we can only begin to surmise — and to know will be revealed as the weeks’ proceed. I got a kick out of the episode, though it wasn’t the craziest story they’d ever done. I’m glad the show is back — though damn if fox didn’t publicize it that well.

So that’s some quick thoughts about the premieres this season. What have you doorQs seen that you liked? What premieres did you catch that I didn’t?