Conspiracies… :o

I've started reading Foucault's Pendulum, which appears to be about a group of editors who create a conspiracy for fun, but then end up believing in it themselves. I'm just at the beginning of it, but already the type of mind to create and believe in complicated conspiracies is captured very well in the narrator. …

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Horrors of the world

Rings of Saturn's seemingly random topic hoping is all coming together, related in the big picture by every thought, every piece of history he talks about seeming to show how humans are terrible, or maybe that the world is terrible. Aside from the overt bleakness of the historical stuff he talks about, there is a …

The Orville, episode 3

I was only last week thinking about one of my favorite Star Trek episodes, 'measure of a man', the entirity of which takes place in a courtroom, and thinking how that kind of story could never be on TV these days. And then I get an episode like this episode of The Orville. On a …

The Orville, episode 2

Another fun, adventurious episode from the Orville that started with a classic TNG style opening. After receiving a distress signal from a nearby ship, the crew of the Orville are surprised to find that captain Mercer's parents are on the ship. He and the first officer take a shuttle over to the stranded ship, but …

Circle (2015)

This is a very low budget movie, and very interesting concept. Like Twelve Angry Men or The Man from Earth, this movie takes place in a single few hours in a single room with the same characters. The difference being, in this one, it's life or death for everyone. Fifty or so people wake up in …