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My review of The Machine is over on the weekly Clash movie page and also appears below…
Covering the classic sci-fi question ‘what is human?’ in a hi-paced action adventure, The Machine is a thoughtful piece of speculative fiction. Looking at a point in the future where warfare is conducted by servile self-aware Artificial Intelligence, the film brings a haunting sense of possible reality to its well worked plot. Denis Lawson – Wedge from Star Wars fact fans – is entertaining enough as nasty military boss bad guy number 1, Thomson. However, the film truly belongs to the relationship between science whizz Toby Stephens and computer geek turned ass-kicking android Caity Lotz.
Making use of some technically bright visual effects alongside acerbic themes reminiscent of Blade Runner, the dark human versus android story plays with perceptions of a machine’s abilities to make our lives easier. Sometimes they just make them more confusing in an emotional and combative sense…
The swift and sure footed narrative manages to bring a part love story, part future conflict tale to rich fruition. The second feature from witer/director Caradog W James carves out a neat nightmare future with all the telltale dystopian light and shadows playing tricks with perceptions in the background. A respectable addition to the British sci-fi scene…
Gravitational waves and Möbius strips
I just caught a drift of the drip of the Styx
A cracked Krakon talks on and on
And as I had presumed it might be for long…
With a Multi-verse theory and a cheque book and a pen
You can write to yourself the function to spend
An automatic pop-up cloud is just starting-up
Give it room to breath or it may just combust…
So… echoes of the big bang, eh? A certain amount of Synchronicity (or Synchronicity-lite, perhaps?) has been echoing around the flat of my head-space this week.
While reading the introduction to Paul Davies’s The Goldilocks Enigma (a popular cosmology and physics book from 2006) mention is made of the author’s collaborator and fellow scientist Andrei Linde. Linde has appeared widely in news articles about the discovery of these ‘echoes’ in the last few days, possibly proving his inflation theory. Davies also outlines on the first page of his intro a very brief synopsis of a novel he had been reading where Nazi Germany defeats Britain during World War II. He doesn’t mention the novel in question, but it sounds as though it has definite similarities to The Man in the High Castle by Philip K.Dick, one of my favourite science-fiction novels of all time and one recently revisited a few weeks ago. Anyway, it got me thinking…
It’s strange enough for me to be reading about science anyway, being as I am technically a double E GCSE science student. But there’s always time to learn new things, right?
In other news of a more personal universe, my health is pretty good and I’ve experienced no major adverse effects from coming off the old Boswellia Serrata… nothing like hearing a loud explosion giving birth to a flawed universe anyway…
In celebration of logic, design and cultivation
A fluctuating IQ before the birth of a nation
Ordered apple groves gave way to paranoia
As radio-waves broadcast dementia
Of puttering, spluttering forcing of arms
And embittered war-cries that flicker then die
The old men play bowls amidst graffiti
While we feed at the seat of the plenty
There’s still some room at the temple
For those that like to disassemble
The blood and confusion down the time-stream
We’ve now got the freedom to dream
Now we have the freedom to dream
We’ve still got the freedom to dream
Above – the peaceful Urnenfriedhof Gerichtstrasse in Wedding, Berlin
Due to horrendous levels of acne on my face that appeared during Xmas and beyond I’ve decided to stop taking the Boswellia Serrata clinical trial medicine. This is a shame as it did seem to be having quite a few positive results. My short term memory and concentration levels have improved, as have my energy levels. However, my face was a mess. . .
Apparently, this pretty major side effect has been seen in other trial patients and the NeuroCure doctors agree with me that a different form of treatment should be looked at. The positive benefits are pretty pointless if I’m uncomfortable showing my pizzary visage around!
Anyway, after being off it for nearly 2 weeks it has cleared up considerably. So there’s little doubt that it was the treatment that was having this detrimental effect on the skin.
One drug that has just received EU-wide acceptance is known as Tecfidera. (Although not on the UK NHS as yet…) This is an oral treatment again (so no needles!) and has shown a pretty successful rate of minimising relapses and lesion growth. The drug has been used for nearly a hundred years in Germany for psoriasis treatment so perhaps it can also help my skin out! The general plan at the moment is to wait for another 4 weeks to be sure that the Bos is out of the system and then hopefully try the Tecfidera…
Whatever happens I’m very positive and – teenage face aside – have had no symptoms of anything else worthy of note.