Something I never understand between various science fiction movies and series is the difference in how space battles are conducted. Take for example Star Trek, you see all kinds of ships in fights, but contrast this to Battlestar Galactica, Space: Above and Beyond or Star Wars and there’s one striking difference: the absence of fighter and bomber ships fighting alongside capital ships. In Star Trek you will see, for example, the Enterprise in direct battle with various other ships, but aside from some shuttles they have no fighter ships or otherwise. In Star Wars next to the Imperial Star Destroyers, Corellian Corvettes and Dreadnaughts, Mon Calamari cruisers, and Nebulon-B frigates you have a multitude of TIE fighters, TIE interceptors, TIE bombers, X-Wings, Y-Wings, A-Wings, B-Wings, and YT-1300 like the Millennium Falcon. Battlestar Galactica had its Vipers and other ships. I wonder what this, in my opinion, fundamental difference signifies and where it comes from.
As Yoda says in Episode III – Revenge of the Sith:
The fear of loss is a path to the dark side. Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.
Just a wonderful touch in the first book, named Betrayal, of the Legacy of the Force series of Star Wars. At one point Leia tells someone that “Han shot first”. This is such a beautiful pointer to the whole debate about the Han Solo/Greedo shootout in the Mos Eisley cantina. I just couldn’t keep a smile from my face.
Went to see the Fantastic Four on Saturday. A pretty good movie to be honest, very funny. Seeing Jessica Alba as Susan Richards (with appropriately dyed blonde hair) was actually enjoyable, of which I had my doubts before going to see it.
In other news, Mozilla/Firefox released Deer Park Alpha 2 is now released.
These are interesting tidbits from the release notes:
- Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance
- Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs
- Improvements to popup blocking
Been working on some ideas for my labs@tendra project. This will focus heavily on languages, especially Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and probably Hindi.
Something that always gets me kind of grouchy is the fact that so-called criticts of movies call a movie trash just because it doesn’t appeal to their ‘sophisticated’ level.
Hey pal, here’s something for you: I don’t care!
Some movies are just meant to be pure entertainment and if I want to see Alien versus Predator I will!
Not every movie has to be built upon an epos like The Lord of the Rings and subsequently worked out with due dilligence for a number of years. If every trance musician was a conservatorium graduated person I doubt the current club scene would look like it does right now.
I just don’t understand why something has to be ‘artistically innovative’ to be appreciated by the critics. Guess they’re just trying to uphold their own jobs by keeping up appearances (which is not unlike any other job niche, mind you).