Trying out a thumbs up/down feature.
Also share buttons weren’t working right. Configuration feature broke. Might try bringing them back later.
An opening note, if you can still access my site when I raise an issue you either aren’t one of the guilty parties or I’m not that pissed.
As noted before, and in a time frame that a certain party that I don’t want to otherwise embarrasse because he’s otherwise a respected commenter, should remember… http://tmi-comic.com/2012/09/19/picking-nits/
I am not a fan of comments that point out errors. I have a contact form specifically for that: http://tmi-comic.com/contact-me/see-an-error/
Comments that pick at my nits are subject to removal without explanation. It’s usually because I don’t want to see a dialog get started.
Comments about removed comments also get yanked. Contact me if you think a comment removal needs clarification.
If you’ve seen the animated Ghost in the Shell movie, then you may find the live-action version disappointing.
I’m not saying it’s a bad movie, overall I enjoyed it. Scarlett Johansson was fairly well cast. Okay she was well cast but the whitewashing issue was with me for the whole movie. And how hard would it have been to put a goatee on Takeshi Kitano (Aramake)? And why the mini plotline where Batou gets his cyber eyes? Also the scene with the prostitute seemed dry and pointless.
But my real problem was all the scenes taken from the animated movie. I understand making a new story. And I get making an homage to the original anime. But after third or fourth nearly identical scene, but for a different story, I felt myself spending more time with the original movie than the one I was watching.
I liked it, but I don’t feel the urge to see it again.
Addendum: I didn’t mean that I necessarily thought this was a case of whitewashing. SJ had the look for the role. Yet, at the same time there are several Asian actresses that had the looks and chops to play the role. Basically, I’m conflicted, which was a distraction from the movie.
I have a cold. One of the worst colds I’ve had, but it pales to the few times a flu virus has gotten through.
There are particularly bad strains of flu going around this year. I’m going to renew my recommendation of getting a current flu shot.
Now I know some of you would like to say that these shots are ineffective or even detrimental. Well, don’t.
This is one of those things where everyone is free to agree with me. Praise is good, too.
On Facebook, Cj Cherryh posted a commentary on where the aliens mighty be.
Of course, in my own comic, The Orions are out there, and occasionally drop by Earth, but they haven’t made themselves known. There’s also Greys, and The Varnier (Sasquates), also not presenting themselves openly.
But below is my own (slightly edited since posting) contribution. Thought it should go here, too.
Let’s set the Drake Equation aside for now. And let’s not worry about other galaxies. Given the number of stars in our own galaxy, the presence of more than one galactic civilization seems certain. And, of course, the question is “Where are they?”
On the face of it, you might think in the age of The Milky Way (13By), or even just our own Solar System (4.5By) , there should have been enough time for extraterrestrial intelligences to reach Earth. But, maybe not.
The first problem isn’t that there should have been enough time for other galactic civilizations to rise, I suspect there have been older civilizations, but without the heavier elements of a third generation star system, there was no leaving their home worlds. At least nothing intergalactic. So until 3rd gen stars like ours developed, no technologically advanced civilizations. For that matter, we’re a long time off from doing that, ourselves. So space travel would seem a relatively recent thing.
Our own Solar System is only about 4.5 billion years old. We should take into account that there have been many setbacks in that time, or we might have been incredibly lucky. So, perhaps space travel is a very recent thing.
The next thing to consider is distance. At the best likely sub-light speeds it would take decades or even centuries to reach another habitable star. It would take a loooong time to get a return on that investment. Let’s go to light-speed and you’re still looking at decades in most cases. Ten times light-speed, and were still looking at years to reach any where good. A hundred times? A thousand? How about 10,000 and you’re talking. Travel up and down the spiral arm might approach practicality. It still might be a few years to reach the further destinations. But, heck, expeditions on sailing ships often did take years.
But, there’s a vast, empty gulf between the galaxy’s spiral arms. Crossing the gulf means leaving the support of “nearby” star systems. “Last chance for antimatter! 1000 light years!” Probably not a trip to be taken lightly.
Add to that, we’re part of what is known as The Orion Spur. A shortened spiral arm not connected to either of the neighboring arms. Each could have vast civilizations and we’d never know it. They might know of us, but it’s a difficult trip for tourists. Maybe there’s the occasional study expedition.
Getting closer, other civilizations on The Orion Spur might not have much interest in visiting planets at all. Any resources needed can be collected from the outer fringes of nearly any star system. Industry will be near the resources are. One’s population would want to live and work where the jobs are; industrial or gathering. That means space habitats. Why go all the way into a star system just because one planet is habitable.
The most we have to offer interstellar travelers is our culture. But, is tourism practical? Is there profit in Earth artifacts? Doesn’t seem likely.
So, where are the aliens? It seems likely that they’re out there. BUT WE’RE JUST BUMPKINS IN THE BOONDOCKS AND NOBODY WANTS TO COME HERE.
This is a movie that is going to be a classic. In the future it will be studied in classrooms.
Every American should see it.
If you understand the plight of blacks and women in the early ’60s.
If you don’t understand.
If black women working for NASA, and prevailing sounds interesting.
And to anyone not interested, you need to see it most of all. If it doesn’t change you, there’s no hope.
AND it’s a seriously good movie. The best writing and performances I’ve ever seen. If this movie doesn’t sweep the Oscars, then either something somehow better, or something seriously wrong with The Academy.
Following Paul Taylor, creator of Wapsi Square, I also want to make a quick shout out to ComicPress and Comic Easel, the WordPress Theme and Plugin that makes it possible for me to post my comics, and the creator, Phillip M Hofer. Seriously, no ComicPress/Easel, no TMI.
Phillip now has a Patreon page (yeah, I’m looking into it) now to support his creation. Given that I can’t do without CP/E, I felt it was high time to toss a few bucks his way.
But, I don’t got a lot. Maybe you might want to pitch in. You’d literally be helping to support most of the online comics you follow now.
PS New comic in progress, but Mom wants to see Hidden Figures…