Films and movies

I made a lesson for my brother Sasha’s grade 9 astronomy class: It’s best to watch at 1080p to get the least bad version of what the Zoom recording software does to the image quality.

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I came across an interesting video debunking the idea that Koko the gorilla actually used sign language: I don’t have the expertise to fully evaluate this on my own, but it accords with the theory which I have heard that it is more plausible that Koko was trained to respond to prompts from trainers than […]

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I watched the four-part Netflix series on the Three Mile Island disaster and found it to be well crafted and emotionally poignant, though only OK as an educational resource on the partial meltdown. My technical complaint is that they explain almost nothing about why the accident happened and exactly what took place while it was […]

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After today’s three presentations on my research — and the surprise discovery of another very pertinent U of T PhD dissertation which I will read tomorrow — I learned that through the library I have access to the Kanopy streaming service and watched the RBG documentary which was the first thing recommended. It’s rightly praised […]

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The British comedic TV series’ Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister — as well as being extremely funny — make some acute and accurate points about politics. One quote from the episode “The Quality of Life” is an arguably cynical, arguably tragically accurate summary of the relationship between civil servants and politicians. Today, while pondering […]

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Jeeves: And if, in consequence, Mr. Winship should lose the election… Wooster: I imagine democracy would survive the blow Jeeves. J: The talk in the servants’ hall Sir is that Lady Florence has informed Mr. Winship that if he does not win the electon their engagement will be at an end. W: Good God! You […]

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Because of its restrained and historically accurate storytelling, Bridge of Spies is one of my favourite films. Looking for something a bit meatier than podcasts to listen to on my exercise walks, I am trying out an Audible account with James Donovan’s Strangers on a Bridge: The Case of Colonel Abel. It’s the perfect kind […]

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Producing items additively by combining small pieces instead of starting with unshaped materials and cutting into them offers many intriguing possibilities, most notably the ability to make structures which would be implausible or impossible to make via conventional techniques and the option to customize every item produced to the dimensions and other specifications chosen. This […]

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In Brockworth, Gloucestershire people roll a cheese down a steep hill and chase it. 1982: 2019:

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Can world famous track cyclist Robert Förstemann power a 700 watt toaster with an electrical generator connected to a bike?

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