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extinction
  • 312203.0931

  • 312195.1605

    Set in the near and far future, A.I. was to be Kubrick's antithesis to both The Shining and 2001, instead of an odyssey, a fable: on an Earth succumbing to greenhouse ocean encroachment, a boy named David is created mechanically to imitate love on behalf of humans (an indication that humans no longer experience it), he gains greater awareness than his human owners (and creator) of the emotion, is orphaned by expulsion, experiences dire adventures with an opposite (a male robot created to fulfill pleasure instead of love) then escapes all grasp as he comprehends what they do not. His final act is to submerge in the underwater valleys of New York's ruins and patiently await the awakening of a statue of The Blue Fairy (set in the ruins of Luna Park, Coney Island). Thousands of years pass, metaphysically like the stargate infinity or the mute finiteness of Mr. Torrance's frozen still; life becomes extinct on an ice covered earth, the boy's passage is ended when ultra conscious beings, hybrids between robots and living entities, unearth him and allow him a 'day' of consciousness before his data is assimilated. No doubt an adventure Kubrick would have engineered as near satire hovering above calm efficiency, its remains exist inside an oddly sentimental version made by Spielberg. By rendering it for children he collapses the very meaning of the film while keeping its plot largely intact. Was it a test given to him by Kubrick? Thames and Hudson published a coffee table book that showcases how closely Spielberg followed the visuals Kubrick imagined, and incredibly, it proves visuals alone are not the center of any director's craft, we require the tone of interaction. Kubrick was certain David was to be a digital creation as no human could truly imitate a robot.

    Could Kubrick have been any more obvious: the mecha discover a scaled-monolith before they find David. The test, how do you get this mega-structure onto a frame 2.33:1?

  • 312193.1022

    The word that Mrs. Bronson is unable to put into the hot, still, sodden air is "doomed", because the people you've just seen have been handed a death sentence.

    One month ago, the Earth suddenly changed its elliptical orbit and in doing so began to follow a path which gradually, moment by moment, day by day, took it closer to the sun. And all of man's little devices to stir up the air are now no longer luxuries - they happen to be pitiful and panicky keys to survival. The time is five minutes to twelve, midnight. There is no more darkness. The place is New York City and this is the eve of the end, because even at midnight it's high noon, the hottest day in history, and you're about to spend it in the Twilight Zone.

    “This is all just very difficult to believe,” Mr. Tyurkin said. “There has never been a summer like this. Never. Not once.”

  • 312168.2218

    From the article "Security Tops the Environment in China's Energy Plan" which has a lexemic use of security.

    "That belief has underpinned China’s rapid expansion in renewable energy, because it tends to be made in China, Mr. Li said. China has just emerged as the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines and solar panels, and plans to be the world’s biggest builder of nuclear power plants in the coming decade. It invested nearly twice as much as the United States last year in renewable energy."

     

    ICELANDIC MODERN MEDIA INITIATIVE

    http://www.immi.is/

  • 312163.0012

    What we fear'd in '71, outerspace crystalline microbes and decayed atmosphere. Robert Wise's Andromeda Strain and Spielberg's wacky quickie THX-1138 mimic, L.A. 2017. Both from MCA.

  • 312158.2104
     

    By Richard Black


    Environment correspondent, BBC News


    Snakes may be declining across the world, according to a global study.

    Researchers examined records for 17 snake populations covering eight species over the last few decades, and found most had declined markedly.

    For reasons that are not entirely clear, some populations shrank in number abruptly around 1998.

    Writing in the journal Biology Letters, the researchers describe the findings as "alarming" but say much more work is needed to understand the causes.

    "This is the first time that data has been analysed in this way, and what we've shown is that in different parts of the world we seem to have this steep decline in a short period," said project leader Chris Reading.

    "It surprised us when we realised what we were looking at," he told BBC News.

    "And we don't have a clue what it was about that period of time (around 1998)."

    Dr Reading's team at the UK's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology ran the study with institutions in Australia, France, Italy and Nigeria.

    Data deficiencies

    The main problem for anyone wanting to conduct a global survey such as this is simply lack of data.

    Monitoring snake populations means marking the individuals in some way - typically by snipping a pattern into their scales, or implanting a microchip.

    Field seasons can last for many months, and have to be repeated annually.

    The researchers believe they amassed most, if not all, long-term datasets for this study - although "long-term" in this context means going back more than one decade, in some cases more than two.

    Nevertheless, within this relatively short timeframe, eight of the 17 populations were seen to fall markedly in size - some by more than 90% - with only one showing any sign of a rise.

    Species in decline include the asp and the smooth snake from Europe, the Gabon viper and rhinoceros viper of West Africa, and the royal python.

    Populations shrank even in protected areas, suggesting that the progressive loss of habitat for wild animals being seen all over the world is not the only cause.

    Similar steep declines observed in frogs and newts in an earlier period were eventually found to be caused by the fungal disease chytridiomycosis.

    The year when many of the snake declines began - 1998 - raises the question of whether climatic factors might be involved, as very strong El Nino conditions contributed to making it the hottest year recorded in modern times.

    Dr Reading's research group suggests many causes might be involved, and is appealing to other researchers to come forward with any more long-term datasets that might broaden the picture.

    "The purpose of this paper was to say 'this is what we've found', and to say to other herpetologists 'now go and look at your own data'," he said.

    "But I think that with so many populations in different places showing decline, it's more than co-incidence."

    Richard.Black-INTERNET@bbc.co.uk

    Story from BBC NEWS:


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/8727863.stm

  • 312156.1207

  • 312152.0610

  • 312133.0536

    The repetetition in engines, the upgrading of tentpoles that have long since peaked, the lack of new IP and new game design, the continuous flooding of tie-in games that sell 30% of the potential market. The lack of cohesion in platforms. The lack of portals and doorways among titles.

    Rank

    Title

    Platform

    Publisher

    Units

    1

    Splinter Cell: Conviction

    360

    Ubisoft

     486.1K

    2

    Pokemon SoulSilver

    NDS

    Nintendo 

     242.9K

    3

    New Super Mario Bros Wii

    WII

    Nintendo 

     200.3K

    4

    Pokemon HeartGold

    NDS

    Nintendo 

     192.6K

    5

    God o fWar III

    PS3

    Sony

     180.3K

    6

    Wii Sports Resort

    WII

    Nintendo 

     n/a

    7

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2

    360

    EA

     n/a

    8

    Wii Fit Plus

    WII

    Nintendo 

     n/a

    9

    Just Dance

    WII

    Ubisoft

     n/a

    10

    Super Street Fighter IV

    PS3

    Capcom

     n/a

  • 312127.1450

    Northern Sierra, Mexico - Tardio Period,  Mogollon Culture (presumed) Single storey ruins of multi-storey buildings. I-Shaped Ballcourt is left of central plaza. Ruins similar to these can be found as far north as Colorado. "Some six hundred doorways are found in excavated portions, an average of one and one-half doorways per room. The portals are T-shaped, some rectangular and very rarely circular." - Ancient Architecture of the Ancient Southwest William N. Morgan