Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Fountain


Definitley the most creative and obscure movie this year.

Different from his previous hallucinatory works ("pi" and "Requiem for a Dream"), this time Darren Aronofsky tried to tell a vivid story with three parallel structures. Time settings are said to be AD 1500, AD 2000 and AD 2500. However, the precise time points aren't necessary since the actual relationship among these three spacetimes are also untold.

The most outstanding part of this movie is its original sound track, which was also used to decorate the official trailer. The CGIs are full of originality but lack of shock, I guess it was the result of the budget shortage.

Still a fable that worth watching.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Accelerando [by Charles Stross]

Charles Stross' Accelerando is a terrific post-cyberpunk SF novel. Mainly telling the story about one family(If there's still that kind of social micro-structure) and how the technology (including alien life forms) reforms the entire solar system, Stross leads readers to the most fascinating and intricate future world.

I read the novel during the summer vacation and found it very profound. How deeply will the Internet change our world? Is there a limit of computer and A.I. development? Will the first encounter with alien intelligence (or other form of "incarnation"...whatever) ameliorate our civilization or the opposite? What is humanity if all of us can live forever?

A "must-read" in my list!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Really busy

Tomorrow is the midterm of electromagnetics, and applied electronics for the day after. Actually I've already taken these two courses before, but the second time always sheds some new light in different aspect, as well as on different level.

Image potential, that's what I've astonded by this time.
Bravo there's such a elegant method. Bravo!!