I’m watching Jurassic Park, which still has the most seamlessly realistic CGI of any movie to date. Which is getting embarrassing, since it was made in 1993. I said, “You can still tell what is computer-animated and what is a puppet but it is edited so well that you can just accept that there are fucking DINOSAURS”
I hate to quibble with Lambert, but Zodiac is more seamless than JP, except for that one shot of the Embarcadero.
Also, that editorial is killing me and my love of TRON. A friend who grew up in Slovakia was staying with us a few years ago; he had seen TRON growing up on television. It was in German, which he didn’t speak, but he had been captivated. So we watched it again, since it’s one of about five DVDs I own. And… he concluded it was better in German.
Nonetheless, TRON is complete genius. It may be the purest expression of camp produced in my lifetime. It also presents, with great seriousness, an alleged reality which bears no resemblance to anything ever. And it has Bruce Boxleitner, in what is probably his greatest role ever. Because he plays a computer program. Which is the only role that can handle his complete lack of emotional range as an actor.
“Three Sunni candidates were assassinated Thursday, just two days before provincial elections. They came from three different blocs and all three were shot to death — one in Mosul, one in Diyala and one in Baghdad. The deaths bring to six the number of candidates that have been killed.”—Three Candidates Are Killed in Iraq - NYTimes.com
“The burst of invention and commercial success which was initiated by the invention of the transistor has run its course. The changes are not over but the rate of change has slowed dramatically and the difficulty faced by a “new species” in the resulting ecology is dramatically greater (survival rate is far lower). The rapid evolution of new tools is over and will not resume until and unless there is another fundamental technology innovation comparable to the transistor.”—
This analysis is fundamentally flawed. From the perspective of venture capital, there is a logic to it — it is possible the revolutionary ideas in the software industry are largely played out, and there are no more massive paydays to come. (Of course, this is the sort of “End of History” argument that has historically been a poor place to wager one’s money.)
But the idea that there is nothing more to be done — no more software companies worth starting — is clearly nonsense. Take a quick look around the place you live, the place you work, the places your children go to school — there are five thousand things about which it is easy to say, “Why isn’t software making this suck less?”
“There are lots of reasons it doesn’t work. The first couple of reasons we’ll describe are more obvious. After understanding those, you may be tempted to try to devise a way to “fix” the double-checked locking idiom. Your fixes will not work: there are more subtle reasons why your fix won’t work. Understand those reasons, come up with a better fix, and it still won’t work, because there are even more subtle reasons.”—
The “Double-Checked Locking is Broken” Declaration