#TedChiang

I’ve discovered the #SciFi writings of Ted Chiang and can’t believe I didn’t discover him sooner.  The upcoming movie “Arrival” starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner is based on Chiang’s amazing”Story of Your Life.” It’s a mind bending exploration of language and how we perceive time and I feel like I pulled a muscle in my head trying (and failing) to get my head around it.  Here’s a good start: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1101972122

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#HiddenFigures

OMG So..I really want this movie to be everything I want but mostly because it’s about a favorite theme (smart women working in the space program!) but I’m worried the movie will only appeal to those who already believe in the themes, while others might be blinded by what looks like deep southern themes – or worse, watch the trailer and not see the misogyny and racism. I wonder if the filmmakers are caricaturizing, or portraying as close as possible the people and times? I imagine that if the movie inspires some (many?!) to read the book or others to […]

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Fire

I imagine many men are too weak to know the difference between a hot fire necessary for forging something amazing, and just indulging in a hot fire. 

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Dime Store Heroes

When I grew up, the people and roles that were put forth as ‘heroes’ were vetted and limited by media and industry. Tabloid media barely existed, and big name newspapers and tv shows didn’t have to sink to the lowest common denominator in order to compete for readers and viewers, because the number of competitors was a fraction of what it is today. As a result, the bar was higher – media reported on heroes like fireman and astronauts and scientists and police officers and teachers (there were bad things too, of course, but the reporting on those things wasn’t […]

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