Enemy, 2014

This was a weird one, and by the end of it, I'm not sure i really understand what was going on. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a boring history teacher, who, when watching a movie notices an actor that looks exactly like him. He tracks the actor down and finds that they seem to be exact doubles. …

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Ad lib writing

I haven't been doing a lot of writing lately, and what I have been doing has been completely improvised and for no purpose other than my own entertainment. Of course, I do hope other people end up enjoying it, but if they didn't and told me to stop, I wouldn't. It's sort of cathartic, liberating …

Citadel of the Autarch

I finally finished this amazing series, by Gene Wolfe.  I have been continually impressed by these books, and the conclusion was no different. These books all seemed to have a theme to them, or a focus. The first book I felt was more about the world, and though the story was exciting and interesting, I felt …

AI to End the Human Race?

You may have read one or more articles today about dire warnings from scientists about AI. This is because Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others have signed an open letter detailing their concerns about the advancement of artificial intelligence technology. If you read the letter, you will see that it is much along the lines of …

The One I Love

This romantic drama comedy sci fi... thriller? Is kind of hard to define. But it was very good. It starts off being about a couple, Ethan and Sophie, who are having trouble in their marriage. They talk to a counselor and he recommends a getaway at a cabin he's sent couples to before. They spend …

Serial

I just finished listening to the Serial podcast, and it's left me feeling a bit strange. First of all, when I started listening I thought it was a fiction. I went in, as I often do with books and movies, knowing nothing about the story other than people had said it was good. I thought …

Coherence

The first movie I've seen this year, and it's a good one! This psychological thriller is very smart and has a unique plot element that I'd rather not spoil here, but trust me, it's sciency and thoughtful and good. The movie starts out with some friends at a dinner party, and we are told that …