I hope no one is following this site in an RSS feed, because this will definitely be annoying!
That’s why this site is called Thought Experiment, I guess…
Kidding! This is just another test post. (This time using a different blog app, again…)
And here’s another test.
Huh. Looks pretty silent around here. What happened?
Well, apart from, you know – LIFE, my blogging software stopped connecting to my website, and I just could not be bothered to contact my service provider to fix it.
But I have done so now, so this is just a test blog post to see if things work.
Here’s a pretty picture, too:
I just caught up with the movie Tomorrowland on Netflix, after I missed it
last year two years ago in the cinema. I had not been too bothered about it, as I skimmed some generally meh reviews. This had surprised me, because the trailer had been interesting, it had George Clooney in it, and it was directed by Brad Bird from The Incredibles fame. But the general nerd consensus on the Internet was that it has been disappointing, and so I forgot about it until I needed something to watch this afternoon.
Suffice to say, that it was a really good movie, great fun with endearing characters, beautiful design and an important story.
The underlying theme of the movie – and I am spoiling from here on, so just stop and watch it first – is essentially foreshadowed in an early scene where Casey, our perky protagonist, tells her father the Tale of the Two Wolves in order to cheer him up. I have heard that story ages ago, and had been really impressed by its simple and true message, and was surprised when it came up in the movie. I was even more surprised when the entire premise of the movie revolved around the endless negativity and FUD which is pervading our every day and is being fed to us by the media and by ourselves, and which in the movie literally leads to the end of the world. I found the ending of the movie so positive and hopeful, something that seems so urgently required, especially in these increasingly dire times of Trump and Brexit.
And I thought, it’s strange how the movie seems to have flopped in the theatres, how its message of hope and positivity unfortunately was itself drowned out by the general ennui and destructivity and negativity of the real world, and how things have continued to get worse since then.
They are wrong. It is a great movie, and it is a great message. It is our choice which wolf we feed.
So get your jet pack and let’s fix things!
I was nine years old, when I first learnt about Muhammad Ali – in possibly my favourite comic of all time, Superman vs Muhammad Ali. He was my father’s hero, and when he told me about him, he became my hero, too. Later, when I grew up, and many of my idols faded away, this man remained amongst very few. His strength, his wit, his confidence and his courage will always be inspiring.
I am so sad to hear about his passing. Undisputedly – he was the Greatest.
I just learned that Umberto Eco has passed away yesterday.
His most famous book was The Name of The Rose, but I have also read Foucault’s Pendulum, Baudelino, and even some of his irreverent prose about Naples and the Italian way of life. I also was fascinated by his study of Semiotics – even today, I could not say off the top of my head what it is, only that it has something to do with words and meanings, and that it is so amazing there exists an actual science like that! I have read his novels and his articles and he came across as a charming, educated and insightful man.
I could write so much what The Name of The Rose meant to me – both the book as well as the completely different, but also wonderful movie – when I read it in my teenage years, and how thrilled and moved and inspired I have been by his writings. Maybe one day I will, and I should. But for now, I am just sad at the passing of a great writer, and I celebrate and remember his work.
“Stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus.”
I just came back from watching The Martian (all the screens are now showing the newest James Bond movie, so I am happy I managed to catch this movie still in cinema).
What a great movie! Now I need to search the interwebs to fact-check all the science because thinking about how much of all of this is actually possible is probably half the fun of this movie.