What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Friday, February 24, 2012

Linkee-poo wondered what that fishy smell was all about

The new "Brave" trailer. Which is cool on several levels, not the least of which is the attention to detail on the final, slow-mo, arrow release. That's exactly how an arrow behaves as it leaves the bow (it actually curves around the bow toward the direction of the release hand). That jigs up the computer animation geek in me (I used to do this stuff back when we computed wearing bear skins and wielded flint knives). And since I'm touting the realism, yes, how far in the arrow strikes violates the law of thermodynamics (energy of release is the same for all the arrows, it appears, but the arrow that would lose energy by the friction of splitting the last arrow wouldn't embed farther into the target than the other arrows she shot).

Kameron Hurley on gender equality in SF/F. She makes a lot of very good points about "okay, you may have an 'equality' of m/f characters, but have you thought about the consequences of a fully equitable society." Worldbuilding, it ain't for the faint of heart. For some reason I'm queueing into the Big Bang Theory in-story-game "Counterfactuals."

The Night Witches, the Soviet women pilots of WWII, and why women in combat can be scarier than men. Also, more ammo against the "women can't be in combat" moronic statements. (Grokked from Rae Carson)

Because sometimes winning is more that what the final numbers turn out to be. (Grokked from Random Michelle)

Aging eyes and how they affect the circadian rhythms. Just in case anyone is still beset by the notion of "intelligent design" or "man apart from nature." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Colonoscopies save lives. Have them early and often. Or something like that. (Making light of a serious issue, sorry) And yeah, I'm getting to that point in my life. (Grokked from Jay Lake… whose connection to both issues shouldn't require any more explanation)

Tweet of my heart:
@dysolution Ask your doctor if conservative religious dogma-based social policy is right for you.

1 comment:

fabutronic sheila said...

I saw the trailer for "Brave" at the theater yesterday. And while I liked the empowerment theme and the slow-mo effects, I was repulsed by the typical portayal of Scottish people, with the usual jokes about what guys aren't wearing under their kilts. This, in a film targeted towards children?

In the Tin-Tin books, the nationality of the captain was not well defined. But of course, since he was a drunk, they decided to portray him in the film version as a Scot.

While it's nice to see a push against sexual stereotypes, it still apparently is socially acceptable to stereotype people from Scotland. I have a great many Scots relatives, and there isn't an alcoholic or brutish oaf in the bunch.

I saw "Secret World of Arrietty" yesterday. It was a mixed bag, but better than most. And at least there weren't any drunken Scottish oafs in the story. What a relief!