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08 March 2013 @ 06:56 am
Friday fun stuff  
Quite an assortment of things. First, an amusing video about flipping gender roles at a gym: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRL2i8S50r4

Some of the bits are very stereotyped... okay, they're _all_ stereotyped, but some of them are just regular stereotypes and others are actually interesting commentary.

And speaking of commentary on gender roles, the first episode of "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" is out! #1 is "Damsel in Distress": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6p5AZp7r_Q

Back to the subject of boardgames, here's a Cracked article (via +Rachel Schwartz) comparing the "traditional" crappy boardgames a lot of us grew up with to boardgames that are actually fun: http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-board-games-that-ruined-it-everyone/

Here are a bunch of "barcodes" made by compressing the frames from various movies. The io9 article has about a dozen of them, but the original source has... way too many to count.

io9: http://io9.com/5986516/classic-sci+fi-films-represented-as-multicolored-barcodes

Original source: http://moviebarcode.tumblr.com/

if you're fairly familiar with the movie in question you can sometimes identify particular blocks of color. I'm not sure why there's so much black in so many of them though, except for movies set in space i don't generally think of them having that much black. Movies are notorious for making night scenes much brighter than they should be, and there's often "fade to black" cuts, but the actual black part doesn't last _that_ long does it? Maybe i'll have to pick one of the barcodes that seems like it has an unexpected amount of black and rewatch the movie in an analytical way.

And here are a couple links that i thought were kinda interesting, but not interesting enough to bother spending time describing :)

Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Oscar Snubs

Top 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last 2 Years

50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read (by China Mieville)
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Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on March 8th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
I have to disagree with the Forbes columnist. Source Code wasn't science fiction, nor was it a good movie. (It had an SFnal premise, but it was made with a non-SF lens. Like Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, which is a good literary book with an SF premise.) I knew how it was going to end less than halfway through, because I've seen that movie/read that book, and also it was really obvious.
DonAithnen: happydonaithnen on March 9th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Source Code yet, but i was vaguely getting that impression from trailers, not necessarily about the quality, but that it might be one of those faux-SF movie, which i sometimes like despite the fauxness and sometimes just get aggravated by.