Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Realistic optimism in MS ‘breakthroughs’…

Realistic optimism…

Peter Thompson writing in The Guardian  on possible breakthroughs in the treatment of MS with statins and keeping a realistic approach to it all…

The Machine …

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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…

Statins possible effect on the advanced stages of MS

Statins possible effect on the advanced stages of MS

Gravitational waves and Möbius strips

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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…
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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…

DJ set at 20 years of dAjoRMas

DJ set at 20 years of dAjoRMas

My warm up set for the 20 years of dAjoRMas night on Sat. C64  SID and remix music…

Veronica Mars Film Review

http://www.exberliner.com/culture/film/neo-noir-sleuth-returns/

Review of the new Veronica Mars film…