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Links of Possible Relevance, Part 23

I think Jill took it down (or it takes itself down after a while), but she mentioned me in one of her Periscope broadcasts. Thank ye!

Top 10 Science Fiction Films of All Time
Pretty good list. I personally would take Contact out—I like the movie but the tropey characterizations were almost unwatchable—and Prestige, since I’ve never heard of it. I’d replace them with Bladerunner and The Empire Strikes Back.

Fermi’s Paradox
Listen in as a few bourgeoisie agents and academics get upset about not meeting aliens. Why was it ever labeled a paradox, anyways? It’s just an unanswered question with plenty of plausible explanations.

What is a good explanation of Boltzmann Brains?
I find these more fascinating.

Marathon man preps for second live stream, with multiple iPhones, iPad
It’s an old story, but the guy’s narcissism called to me from beyond the void.

Could Donald Trump Save the Internet?
Net “Neutrality” is retarded and is the worst idea since adult coloring books or California.

SpecFaith Reviews: Wonder Woman: The Heroine We Need
Eh? I guess. Unless the writer styles herself a goddess, it’s odd to claim Wonder Woman is an accurate representation. No one claims Thor as such for men; that would be silly. I do, because I’m tall, sexy, buff, blue-eyed Nordsman*.

Low-carb diet can have similar effect on brain as ecstasy
I have never experienced this. Warning: this is a Daily Mail link and the page load time is astronomical.

The Only Way to Fix Healthcare Insurance in the U.S.
Eh, not really. The big reason GitHub works is because the results are immediately testable, as application code normally goes. Scott Adams is just proposing a glorified suggestion box. The best way to “fix” healthcare is to remove the bureaucracy from the equation: person A pays person B for a good or service, then person B gives it to them. It works for shoes, bananas, and Oriental rugs.

NASA announces the Kepler space telescope has identified 219 potential new worlds
Speaking of bureaucrats, there has to be at least one of these worlds with life that exists without any bureaucrats at all. Imagine that…

Fake News
I remember one of my communications professors slipping and mentioning stuff like this once in a while, and Rashad’s career was part of those non grata unmentionables of media politics.

* One and a half of these things are true.

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Free Movie Time: Wings of Honneamise

An overlooked filmed from 1987, about an alternate history space program. It comes off, to me, as a precursor to Contact but without the latter’s stupid heavy-handedness of the conflict thesis binary. Science and religious elements play hard in the story but their treatment is far from Hollywood’s childishness.

Like Magentic Rose, the mechanical designs are flawlessly detailed, as is the rest of the background art. I found myself rewinding a lot to see the neat blinky colors and physics in action. All before CGI was a thing. There also a pervasive undercurrent of humor the entire duration—the screenshot of part 2 you see below was from a rather serious scene.

There’s some bad language, violence, and a scene with boobies. If you listen to the Matti’s voice you’ll hear Bryan Cranston, way before he became Malcolm’s dad and a meth dealer.

EDIT: I received an email about a print fanzine called Royal Space Force: 25th Anniversary Fanzine, that has essays from authors and primary-source material about the movie:

One essay specifically addresses Yamaga’s use of religion in the film and his somewhat personal motivations behind it, the complicated real-life role faith has played in space exploration (citing the experiences of William Anders, Buzz Aldrin, and James Irwin) and how Riqunni is as much the main character of the film as Shiro–in fact, at one point the film was to be called “The Wings of Riqunni.”

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