Comic-Book Science Needs A Vacation.

Oh, great!  J.J. Abrams is going to be the new director of the next Star Wars  movie.  I suppose that’s not so bad considering what Lucas did to the franchise with each successive sequel, making the plots more and more implausible and confusing and kid-friendly.  Merchandising!  Don’t forget the merchandising!

But now we get the guy who has made anamorphic lens flares the auto-tune of the movie industry and overused the effect like it was the payoff in a bukkake film.  So, let’s add that to the movie franchise that already has committed the comic-book science sin of the “Praxis Effect” explosions of the Death Star and Alderaan, the impossibility of destroying these objects in a single shot, notwithstanding.  And who got this special effects bull crap started?  That’s right, Star Trek.

Lens flares are unavoidable so long as you are looking through a camera lens.  But this is a pretty good approximation of what you would see if you were floating around.

Lens flares are unavoidable so long as you are looking through a camera lens. But this is a pretty good approximation of what you would see if you were floating around.  © NASA – Oh, who the hell cares because if NASA did it, I already own this through tax dollars!

Bad, J.J.!  Bad!  Unless everything in the universe is finagled by anamorphic lens, you will never, ever see this!

Bad, J.J.! Bad! Unless everything in the universe is finagled by anamorphic lenses, you will never, ever see this!

Um, how about this?  Kind of has that "Star Trek: Nemesis" look, doesn't it?  Still bull crap.

Um, how about this? Kind of has that “Star Trek: Nemesis” look, doesn’t it?                           Nope, still bull crap.

 

So, welcome, J.J. Abrams, to the movie franchise where science fiction and space fantasy are treated as interchangeable terms and the aphorism “monkeys like shiny objects” is more than just a moviemaking process, it’s a way of life!

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Where Does Paranoia End and Reality Begin?

You didn’t think Lapierre was going to say anything different than what he said, did you? That Wayne, he’s a finger-pointer, he is. He isn’t about to cede one iota of acknowledgement that perhaps the NRA in their pursuit of armed absolutism may have taken it a bit too far. LaPierre’s playing politics, without compassion, without contrition, and certainly without empathy – his paycheck is on the line. And even if you buy into the nonsensical tripe that Wayne LaPierre was pushing about needing “good guys to stop the bad guys,” you still have to identify just who exactly the good guys are.

There is going to be no movement on gun safety and gun violence until both sides acknowledge that there are people who should not, either by mental incapacity or criminal history, be allowed to have legal access to guns. Once it is acknowledged that there are those in our society who are incapable of being trusted to possess a firearm, the Second Amendment ceases in any way to be an absolute right. And part of ensuring those, who do not deserve the trust, cannot buy them legally, is identifying those who do.

Nothing in our Constitution is “inalienable”; these aren’t the Hobbesian notions of Life, Liberty, and Property. The Constitution is a document that is interpreted and amendable so that we may enjoy our “inalienable” rights as fully as possible while also recognizing that we do so in a social order where no one’s life is exclusive and freedom is never absolute. Part of the function of our Constitution is the recognition that on occasion, changes have to be made. We need to agree on what changes those should be, but for some, the admission that there is a problem stemming from firearms in the hands of those who should not have access to them still has to be made.