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Divergent Review

1 out of 5 Stars

I’m trying something out with my tumblr. I’m writing reviews! But only when I have nothing to do. And seeing that I have a 60-slide ppt that is long overdue…now is the best time. Naturally.

I’d normally spend the first paragraph describing the movie or the book, or maybe explaining who the characters are and their different struggles. Assuming that you’re on tumblr and that you actually searched for “divergent,” (because let’s face it, I have no followers) you know as much as there is to know about this fandom as I will ever be able to tell you. So on to the review.

I saw Divergent in a special preview in Atlanta, and it was packed with fans of the novel. The Summit Entertainment reps even had some quiz questions and lots of movie swag. It was a pretty cool atmosphere, even if I was a complete initiate into all of this. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool fanboy, of the the type that has panic attacks about seeing movies on opening day (otherwise, what’s the point of going at all?) and obsess over any scraps of news online, so I understood why people were acting like they were. I was pretty excited. I don’t commonly stay out of the loop with these big-budget events so I usually read the books ahead of time, but this time I chose to remain ignorant. A movie adaptation should be good by itself, regardless of source material.

How foolish of me.

I’m not going to mince words: the movie was not good. In fact, it was really, really bad. And yet, everyone clapped at the end of the movie and they were all super excited and commenting on how they can’t wait for the sequel. I, on the other hand, had a little bit of throw up in my mouth.

I liked some things in the movie, like the destroyed, post-apocalyptic Chicago. I think Tris is a likeable protagonist (but no Katniss), and I also thought the fear simulations were very cool. But that’s that.

The color-coded faction system is straight out of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, making the all of the Roth’s world-building—usually the selling point in a dystopian story—completely derivative. The faction system itself is not very complicated, and the conflict that happens in the third act is left unexplained. Kate Winslet is evil and the Erudites hate the Abnegation because…they govern? Wasn’t division of labor the whole reason for the formation of factions? Why does Winslet think Abnegation is abusing their power? All unexplained, just like the biggest question of them all: why is Winslet is this crappy movie?

Exploring Divergent's world also begs the question of why this story is relevant in any way. All great dystopian classics—the aforementioned Brave New World, Orwell’s 1984, Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, even Collins’ Hunger Games—have something important to say about society. Divergent does not. It’s about being a teenager and not feeling like you fit in anywhere, or as I call, a normal adolescence. Tris’ struggles don’t talk in a higher level like Katniss’, for example. Her struggles do eventually become something significant in the end, and the danger she is in is certainly real, but not to the audience. Much like Katniss, we are afraid of war, government censorship, media manipulation, and genocide. We are not afraid of Kate Winslet and her gaggle of evil brainiacs and Macklemore impersonators with blow dryer guns.

And the characters are not that much better. Tris is likable, but spends most of the movie just being confused. Four is the obligatory brooding hero with an underdeveloped backstory that involves abuse. He’s a 21st century Byronic hero, which means he’s not one at all. And somehow, in the 2:30 hours of teenage angst onscreen, they fall in love—which is strong enough to overpower mind-controlling chemicals. Who would have thought? No one, because it’s nonsense.

In all, this was a bland movie that was two-thirds training montages that could have been copied straight out of Hunger or Ender’s Games, for all I know. Tris is an interesting hero, but still a derivative one, burning little ground ahead of Katniss and other female heroes in sci-fi (surely Ellen Ripley would have torched Winslet’s smug face 5 minutes into the movie). The movie was obviously successful, as exemplified by the two next installments in the franchise being green-lit, and the girl sitting next to me in the theater who proudly turned to her mom and said:

"March 20, 2015, mom. Save the date. Save the date!"

I cringed.

PS: I was 100% that at some point in the movie Tris would be accused of not being part of X faction, at which point she would do something badass and say “No, I’m Divergent,” in the hammiest way possible. I was not disappointed. 

proofmathisbeautiful:

Via PolicyMic

Movies like Goodwill Hunting and A Beautiful Mind have helped us all to appreciate the beauty of mathematics in a similar way to art. New research by University College London shows that this might not just be due to good cinematography, but because our brains actually do respond to beautiful equations in the same way that they respond to great paintings or masterful music.

The study involved giving 15 mathematicians 60 different formula to assess, while measuring their brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The result? This was rated the most beautiful equation:

Euler’s identity

And this, the most ugly:

Ramanujan’s infinite series

Interestingly, when you look at them it isn’t hard for those of us who are not mathematicians to see why. The former explains complex elements within a simple framework. The latter is long and messy.

The fMRI results show that the medial orbito-frontal cortex region of the brain increases in activity in response to pleasing equations. This is the very same area of the brain that fires when people see or hear an appealing work of art such as a Mozart, Shakespeare or Van Gogh. So it seems that the brain appreciates all beauty in the same way, no matter what form it comes in.

The beauty of math: If you’re still not convinced that equations can be as beautiful as other forms of art, you might want to check out this stunning video that Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux have put together. The film presents everyday events as described by math, and shows an equation on the left, a diagram in the middle, and real-life version on the right.

Although some artistic liberties are taken and not everything here represents perfect science, the piece brilliantly achieves its goal of showing people that “mathematics aren’t that abstract useless concept that we often find it to be when we study it at school,” Pineill told Fast Co.Design. “It’s an awesome universal language that is the foundation of every science and thus the tool to understand fully every single thing around us.”

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I don’t know if my belly hurts from hunger or from exercising

But it’s probably just gas

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Observable Facts Supporting the Theory of Evolution [No. 79246101]
BEHOLD THE SCALLOP, A NOBLE CREATURELike all living organisms, the majestic scallop displays a unity—a funky sort of unity—of form and function.
Is this Intelligent Design? Hardly likely.
If you were planning how a scallop should swim, you wouldn’t plan this. Not if you were intelligent.
In fact, the ancestral not-quite-scallops pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, making do with the body plans already on hand in their genes. Just like every other living organism.
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Ok, this gif is hilarious

mucholderthen:

Observable Facts Supporting the Theory of Evolution 
[No. 79246101]

BEHOLD THE SCALLOP, A NOBLE CREATURE
Like all living organisms, the majestic scallop displays a unity—a funky sort of unity—of form and function.

Is this Intelligent Design? Hardly likely.

If you were planning how a scallop should swim, you wouldn’t plan this. Not if you were intelligent.

In fact, the ancestral not-quite-scallops pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, making do with the body plans already on hand in their genes. Just like every other living organism.

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Ok, this gif is hilarious

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xmenmovies:

The new #XMen: Days of Future Past official poster is here! Show your mutant pride and share it with your friends.

Whoa, when did Mystique become the protagonist?

It looks like Patrick Stewart is being propelled by fire shooting majestically out of his butt

OMG mutant fart

tallesttrees:

withthelions:

xmenmovies:

The new #XMen: Days of Future Past official poster is here! Show your mutant pride and share it with your friends.

Whoa, when did Mystique become the protagonist?

It looks like Patrick Stewart is being propelled by fire shooting majestically out of his butt

OMG mutant fart

xmenmovies:

The new #XMen: Days of Future Past official poster is here! Show your mutant pride and share it with your friends.

Whoa, when did Mystique become the protagonist?

xmenmovies:

The new #XMen: Days of Future Past official poster is here! Show your mutant pride and share it with your friends.

Whoa, when did Mystique become the protagonist?

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Scarlet Witch Concept Art 

I don’t super LOVE it, but I don’t actually know what I expected

keyworldwide:

Scarlet Witch Concept Art 

I don’t super LOVE it, but I don’t actually know what I expected

Divergent review coming soon

Hang on to your wig

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