Tuesday, 4 November 2014

November 2014 Update

This is a lump-it-all together post...

Film: Noah - the movie
See review from Paleojudaica. It certainly seemed to draw very heavily on Midrashic literature. Was a bit too long really... IMDB says it was 138 minutes but it felt longer... I think it was 138 minutes too long.

Space: Mars
See twitter quote: "Mars is the only known planet inhabited solely by robots." The current Mars is life-less, but it might not always have been...

Books: Broken Homes (Rivers of London 4) by Ben Aaronovitch et al.
The Bill (police procedural drama) meets Harry Potter.
This is not a review... summary: Continues a really great series. This one builds on an existing story arc is a really nice way.

Music: Discovered Red Band
Funny. Talented. Really made my 2014 :-)

Motivation: in the Matrix
What keeps a solitary Trainee Golem Builder going when the winter rolls in?

These two quotes from the The Matrix sum it up nicely:
Morpheus: "I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there. Like a splinter in your mind - driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?" 
But that's not enough... just knowing is not the same thing as experiencing, as Morpheus points out:
Morpheus: "Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize just as I did that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."
Conclusion:
So in summary... survival (Noah) is not enough. We need to continue our push to other planets (Mars) even with the tragic set-backs of this week.
As with all things, a balance needs to be maintained between the right and the left... science (robots) and art (Broken Homes, Red Band).
And the most important thing is to walk the path. What have you done to improve the world today?