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          The Anti-Pop Confessionals of Elly Swope      Cache   Translate Page      
by Ryan J. Prado
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If you’re a local music fan, you’ve probably witnessed Elly Swope performing with some of Portland’s best bands: Genders, Sunbathe, Loveboys, Kelli Schaefer, Deathlist, and her own solo project, Focus! Focus! But this year Swope ditched that moniker and began to allow the magic of her vulnerable, skewed pop songs to reflect upon herself directly, without the buffer of a pseudonym.

“Running your own solo project is obviously very exhausting when you’re doing your own booking, your own album art, recording everything, and trying to do press and all that on your own,” Swope explains over the phone from a Sunbathe tour stop in Boston. “I’d just gone through some life changes that made me feel like I needed to be the side person for a while, and to just remember that I love playing music, or else I might not go on. Earlier this year, I just felt ready again.”

The result is her stunning debut EP, It Feels the Same Everytime, which is being released this week by NYC tape label Rue Defense. Evidence of Swope’s masterful songwriting can be found throughout the EP, but it’s even more impressive given the fact that, save for guest performers on two tracks, Swope played every instrument herself during the recording process at Destination: Universe, where she works when she’s not on the road.

On murky tracks like “6.8,” crushing imagery finds a stylistically restrained Swope whispering lines like, “I hold my character so well when I feel it coming on/I know you couldn’t tell,” until the song shapeshifts into a riotous fuzz-rock rallying cry: “Don’t tell me how I should feel about it/Don’t act like you never let me down.” The innate catchiness of Swope’s poetic, anti-pop confessionals can camouflage the raw emotional expressions lurking beneath the surface, especially on the anthemic “Idea,” which hints at the aftermath of a hurtful breakup.

“Sometimes when I have a darker song like that or a more emotional song, and I’m writing it after the fact, it feels somewhat hopeful or powerful to play it and write about that kind of thing after I’ve already processed what happened and I feel like I’ve gained my footing again,” Swope says. “Anytime I write a song that’s just completely dark and hits you over the head with that, I feel like I’m faking it.”

Rest assured, there’s no fakery afoot on It Feels the Same Everytime—Swope’s earnestness will demand your undivided attention.

“I ultimately just don’t want to feel like I’m pretending or that I’m trying to do something,” she explains. “I just want it to feel right.”

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          Comment on Two discussion points inspired by Stephen Wolfram by Nullius in Verba      Cache   Translate Page      
<em>"The OED has as its first definition “the faculty of understanding; intellect”, derived from the Latin intellegere, for which the Oxford Latin Dictionary has “to grasp mentally, understand, realize”. The notion is that of a function of a conscious mind,..."</em> Thanks! OK, this seems to be a variant on the "awareness" requirement, but a different aspect of it to the qualia issue I was discussing earlier. I think this is about what <em>semantic meaning</em> is, and whether a computer can know about not just the data but <em>what it means</em>. This is an extremely difficult concept to get one's head around, but I think I can give an answer. Data has a meaning when the possible states and the rules by which they can be transformed can be matched with the possible states of some external physical system and the way it behaves. Pebbles on an abacus can represent sheep in a field because the number of pebbles can be matched with the number of sheep, and the way pebbles can be added and subtracted is the same as the way sheep can be added or subtracted. Symbolically, 3 pebbles *means* 3 sheep, because the pebbles can be used to simulate what will happen if you take 3 sheep and add 3 more. Similarly, the written symbol "3" can only mean 3 sheep only if there is some physical system that will act on written symbols in a way that matches up with the behaviour of sheep. Thus, 'meaning' can be defined in physical terms. It's a relationship between different physical systems whereby one system can simulate the possible states and behaviour of the other. And once it can be defined in terms of physics, there's a possibility that computers can do it. I'm not going to try to write the 100,000 word essay here I'd need to try to explain all the ramifications of that, but maybe others would find it interesting to think about. <em>"Proponents of strong AI tend to dismiss consciousness as somehow unreal or as an emergent property of matter that has been arranged in a particular way, based it seems on a rather old-fashioned mechanistic/physicalist view which posits that the universe is made of matter."</em> What do you think it's made of? <em>"However, if consciousness is a property of matter, it’s not clear how it might emerge in some places and not others, and it cannot be proven that it is not (in fact) everywhere."</em> Yep. Panpsychism appears to be a necessary consequence. <em>"One ends up (like Wolfram) making arbitrary and rather weak claims about necessary complexity or somesuch."</em> I agree Wolfram's claims are vague and arbitrary, like those of most people who attempt to answer this question. Unfortunately, proponents of *human* intelligence have exactly the same problem explaining how it all works. All we have got is the observation 'from the inside' that each of us has, and a symmetry argument by which we assume other humans have it, but a big question mark over whether symmetry can be extended to anything else. Since we've got no objective way of detecting or measuring it even in other humans, we can't really say anything at all about whether computers have it. The inability to imagine that they do, or how they do, is not evidence that they don't; only evidence of a lack of imagination. Personally, I think my 'simulation' hypothesis takes away a lot of the arbitrariness, at least so far as semantic meaning goes. Qualia are perhaps a much knottier problem! <em>"Moreover, no matter how complex it might be, such computers are not animate – they are fundamentally mechanical devices."</em> Yes. So are people. There is no magical ingredient in the atoms that make up an organism. They're just pushing and pulling on one another according to the same laws of physics that apply everywhere. If Cartesian mind-body dualism was true, there would have to be something in our bodies that got pushed around by forces not arising from matter, which would in principle be detectable. They've looked, they know pretty much how neurones work, and no such extra force or influence has ever been found. <em>"I’m a bit surprised that this discussion has gone on so long with no reference to Roger Penrose’ proof that the mind cannot be an algorithm."</em> I certainly enjoyed Penrose's book, but unfortunately his main argument doesn't work, because the Godel argument applies just as easily to human minds. Godel's theorem works by constructing an arithmetical expression that is equivalent to saying "This statement cannot ever be proved true by formal proof system X." If X could prove it, then it would be false, which would mean the formal proof system was proving false things and hence was broken. Hence either X cannot prove this true statement true, or X is inconsistent. Godel's cleverness was in wrapping this up as a statement of arithmetic, showing that no consistent proof system complex enough to implement basic arithmetic could prove every true arithmetical statement. But the trick it's based on is quite simple, and can be applied to anything. Thus, I can write the statement "This statement cannot ever be proved true by humans." If humans could prove it true, then it would be false, and the human method for generating proofs invalid. So it's true, but no human can consistently prove it. But if a computer produced the foregoing argument, there's no obstruction to its validity. Computers can do things humans can't. And there are plenty more bizarre examples - there are theorems that can't be proved on a Tuesday, that can't be proved by males, that can't be proved by written proofs containing the letter 'e', and so on. It's highly significant for mathematics, but perhaps not so much for the philosophy of mind. All it really tells us is that humans are fallible, and can't prove every true statement true, which we already knew and is no big surprise. Interestingly, there's a classic paradox that's secretly based on the same problem. <blockquote> A judge tells a condemned prisoner that he will be hanged at noon on one weekday in the following week but that the execution will be a surprise to the prisoner. He will not know the day of the hanging until the executioner knocks on his cell door at noon that day. Having reflected on his sentence, the prisoner draws the conclusion that he will escape from the hanging. His reasoning is in several parts. He begins by concluding that the "surprise hanging" can't be on Friday, as if he hasn't been hanged by Thursday, there is only one day left - and so it won't be a surprise if he's hanged on Friday. Since the judge's sentence stipulated that the hanging would be a surprise to him, he concludes it cannot occur on Friday. He then reasons that the surprise hanging cannot be on Thursday either, because Friday has already been eliminated and if he hasn't been hanged by Wednesday noon, the hanging must occur on Thursday, making a Thursday hanging not a surprise either. By similar reasoning he concludes that the hanging can also not occur on Wednesday, Tuesday or Monday. Joyfully he retires to his cell confident that the hanging will not occur at all. The next week, the executioner knocks on the prisoner's door at noon on Wednesday — which, despite all the above, was an utter surprise to him. Everything the judge said came true. </blockquote> The resolution of the paradox is that the sentence passed by the judge is a 'Godel expression' targeted at the prisoner, specifying that the prisoner cannot evaluate it. The executioner, however, can! And who could ever forget the theory of Bistromathics?! <blockquote>Bistromathics itself is simply a revolutionary new way of understanding the behavior of numbers, Just as Einstein observed that space was not an absolute but depended on the observer's movement in space and that time was not an absolute, but depended on the observer's movement in time, so it is now realized that numbers am not absolute, but depend on the observer's movement in restaurants. The first non absolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up, or to the number of people who subsequently join them after the show/match/party/gig or to the number of people who leave when they see who else has turned up. The second non absolute number is the given time of arrival, which is now known to be one of those most bizarre of mathematical concepts, a recipriversexcluson, a number whose existence can only be defined as being anything other than itself in other words, the given time of arrival is the one moment of time at which it is impossible that any member of the party will arrive. Recipriversexclusons now play a vital part in many branches of math, including statistics and accountancy and also form the basic equations used to engineer the Somebody Else's Problem field. ...</blockquote> Sound familiar? :smile:
          Comment on Two discussion points inspired by Stephen Wolfram by Ian      Cache   Translate Page      
<blockquote>Partly this involves the question of whether there is any fundamental difference between consciousness and intelligence, which again has not been established and seems largely a semantic confusion” <blockquote>I’m guessing you have a different definition of “intelligence” to mine. What’s yours?</blockquote></blockquote> The <cite>OED</cite> has as its first definition “the faculty of understanding; intellect”, derived from the Latin <em>intellegere</em>, for which the <cite>Oxford Latin Dictionary</cite> has “to grasp mentally, understand, realize”. The notion is that of a function of a conscious mind, or perhaps of a particular kind of consciousness to do with the relation between self and non-self. Proponents of strong AI tend to dismiss consciousness as somehow unreal or as an emergent property of matter that has been arranged in a particular way, based it seems on a rather old-fashioned mechanistic/physicalist view which posits that the universe is made of matter. However, if consciousness is a property of matter, it’s not clear how it might emerge in some places and not others, and it cannot be proven that it is not (in fact) <em>everywhere</em>. One ends up (like Wolfram) making arbitrary and rather weak claims about necessary complexity or somesuch. I take the view that consciousness or life is somehow fundamental to the universe, and (for instance) don’t accept that rocks aren’t conscious simply because they don’t move; but I can’t prove that rocks are conscious – perhaps you need to be on acid to get this :P <blockquote>chess-playing computers are not intelligent systems because they are designed and (crucially) operated by humans <blockquote>That sounds like an interesting viewpoint. How does that follow? What is it about the definition of “intelligence” that means a human couldn’t ever design one?</blockquote></blockquote> It’s not just the human design that’s important (I’ll address this later on), but the fact that (as operators) our minds are in fact part of the system and we are the ones giving meaning to the results of the software through our faculty of understanding or intelligence. <blockquote>And what’s your view on an evolved chess program? (It generates programs at random, plays them against one another, and then keeps and mutates the winners. Humans set up the simulated world in which they live, but quite often there’s no human who even knows how and why the rules it picks work. Is that human designed? And could a product of evolution, whether in a world created by humans or nature, ever be intelligent?)</blockquote> The example you give is typical of AI systems, which iteratively approximate the desired result (e.g., AIs can “learn” to draw a human face by starting out with random splotches and iteratively improving what it comes up with by comparison against photos). Sure, humans don’t know how the sausage is made, but it’s still just an algorithm directed at a specific goal <em>and can do naught else</em>. This is a world away from intelligence – much less “general intelligence” – and even in a thought experiment where an amazingly sophisticated machine or machines (of whatever size and composition) were let loose on an alien world it/they would not evolve or survive or reproduce unless programmed to do so, and could never exceed the limits of their initial parameters. There is always “hard coding” in such systems – AI machines cannot change their own programming except in science fiction, and even new machines created by the first machines could not be “conceived” outside of that framework. This would fundamentally limit any possible development, and there is no plausible “breakout” scenario that I am aware of. Moreover, no matter how complex it might be, such computers are not animate – they are fundamentally mechanical devices. The idea that at some level of sophistication or complexity some kind of intelligence or consciousness would arise is not supported by evidence. Any argument along the lines that unexpectedly good results might arise from the software would in my view be no more convincing than to argue that computers drawing fractals from simple equations are intelligent. In fact it’s rather the case so far that AI can often produce surprisingly stupid results – mistakes that really could not be made by humans – like Google Translate’s weird prediction of the Second Coming. This is despite the fact that a reasonable argument could be made that Google Translate is (in aggregate) more proficient at translation than any single human. To summarize, I have yet to hear any convincing argument that at some level of computational sophistication or complexity that what we think of as consciousness or intelligence would arise (certainly not from Wolfram, anyway), and the notion that it might do so is in fact largely a sentimental notion based on defunct physics and a rigid adherence to atheistic and materialistic views that <em>a priori</em> exclude consciousness as a thing in itself. Computation ≠ intelligence.
          The Truth is Funny .....shift happens! with Host Colette Marie Stefan: The Universe is Knocking with Mollie Sommer      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Andrew Lincoln Starring in “The Walking Dead” Films      Cache   Translate Page      

AMC announced the first projects in development from CCO Scott M. Gimple for The Walking Dead universe, including original films starring Lincoln as Grimes.

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          Five OKC Schools Selected For Disney Musicals In Schools Program      Cache   Translate Page      

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is pleased to announce the five new schools that have been selected to participate in the 2018-19 Disney Musicals in Schools program. The program is an initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Productions to create sustainable theater programs in under-resourced elementary schools. The five schools are a part of Oklahoma City Public Schools. The five schools include: Adelaide Lee, Hawthorne, John Rex, Pierce, and Willow Brook elementaries.

The selected schools will begin a 17-week musical theater residency in the spring. Each school will receive performance rights, education support materials and guidance from two teaching artists. The program features a professional development focus, through which participating school teachers partner with Lyric Theatre teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct, culminating in their first 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their school. As a capstone to the experience, Lyric will host a Student Share Celebration in which each school performs one number from their show on the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall stage for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members. This mark's Lyric's inaugural year with the program.

Using the unique world of musical theater, Disney Musicals in Schools helps to foster positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community. Students and teachers work in teams, developing the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.

Disney Musicals in Schools was launched in 2010 in response to Disney Theatrical Production's concern that under-resourced public elementary schools were not afforded equitable access to the arts. After successfully offering the program in New York City schools, Disney Theatrical Productions began partnering with organizations in other communities across the United States.

Disney KIDS musicals, created in partnership with Music Theater International (MTI), are 30-minute musicals designed for elementary school performers and have been adapted from the classic Disney films 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The Aristocats, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Winnie the Pooh.

About Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

Founded in 1963, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is the state's leading professional theatre company. Lyric produces classic and contemporary musicals, new works, and plays featuring artists from Oklahoma and around the nation. Shows are presented at two Oklahoma City venues - the intimate Plaza Theatre and in the summer at the grand Civic Center Music Hall. Lyric's Thelma Gaylord Academy is the premier professional theatre training ground, offering classes in all aspects of the performing arts. Lyric is a nonprofit member theatre of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Allied Arts. For more information, visit www.LyricTheatreOKC.org.

Disney Theatrical Productions (DTP) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world's most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 20 million people in more than 50 countries. Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway productions around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida, TARZAN, Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, The Little Mermaid, Peter and the Starcatcher, Newsies, Aladdin, and Frozen. Other successful stage musical ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney's High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert. DTP has collaborated with the country's leading regional theatres to develop new stage titles including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Freaky Friday.

Disney Theatrical Productions also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live!, bringing beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide. In addition, DTP licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International, including The Lion King Experience, a unique holistic arts education program wherein accredited elementary and middle schools produce condensed, age-appropriate JR. and KIDS adaptations of The Lion King.

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists, and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials, and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI's Broadway Junior shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI's School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.


          Warhammer 40,000 novels (Black Library)      Cache   Translate Page      
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Guy Haley: Das dunkle Imperium: Seuchenkrieg (official publication date: 2 November 2018). Photographed at Essen Game Fair 2018 (Spiel ’18).




Following the 1987 initial release of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 wargame the company began publishing background literature that expands previous material, adds new material, and describes the universe, its characters, and its events in detail. Since 1997 the bulk of background literature has been published by the affiliated imprint Black Library.

The increasing number of fiction works by an expanding list of authors is published in several formats and media, including audio, digital and print. Most of the works, which include full-length novels, novellas, short stories, graphic novels, and audio dramas, are parts of named book series. — Wikipedia

Most recent additions to Black Library’s German edition use Jim Parkinson’s Modesto Condensed on the covers and spines. The same typography is also used for some of the English originals and French translations, albeit less consistently.




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Gav Thorpe: Ashes of Prospero and the German translation, Die Trümmer von Prospero. Note that the standard orientation of the spine typography is different in German-speaking countries.




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Gav Thorpe: Imperator. Der Zorn des Omnissiah (German translation by Ralph Hummel, July 2018), and the French edition, Le Courroux de l’Omnimessie.




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Robbie MacNiven: Der Weg des Blutes; Guy Haley: Das dunkle Imperium.




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Justin D Hill: Cadias Vermächtnis; Chris Wraight: Wächter des Throns. Die Legion des Imperators.




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Josh Reynolds: Lukas der Schakalwolf; William King: Der Macharius-Kreuzzug.




          Nothing less than The Good will suffice      Cache   Translate Page      
For the past couple of hundred years in The West, influential groups of people have been trying to get-by with less than the unified-Good.

For example, aesthetics - the beautiful, the idea of Art for Arts sake - was popular in the late 19th century, and recurrently since. But it does not suffice. One intrinsic reason is that The Beautiful is a part of that unified totality which is The Good, and while beauty may be distinguished from the totality it cannot be conceptually separated.

We also know this because living with beauty as priority has been thoroughly tried, and comprehensively failed. We ourselves can try the experiment, and discover this.

We may try to put aesthetics first and final; but will find that Truth and Virtue are unavoidable. People can, and do, split The Good into components - assert one or some and omit another - but the rejected will return. People will find themselves asserting that the Beautiful is also the Virtuous, and that it is also True.

If they try to escape this by focusing on feelings, and reduce Beauty to that which evokes Pleasure - they will find themselves asserting that this is True, that Pleasure is a Right, that the promotion of pleasure is a Virtue; that the infliction of pain, suffering, misery is Sin...

(I am here describing mainstream modern morality as asserted in the public sphere: hedonic utilitarianism.) 

When Beauty is rejected, they will find themselves asserting the the Ugly is really, deep-down or when you properly consider it, Beauty. And that this is True.

Or - they may reject Morality, but find themselves asserting that Morality-rejection is the proper form of Virtue.

The Good turns-out to be unified and primary; and then the Good turns-out to be a part of Creation...

(Because if the universe was caused by physics, life caused by chemistry, and consciousness by biology - then The Good is merely a product of meaningless and purposeless and non-human historical processes - so is not really Good.).

And so we get back to a Creator.

It's an all-or-nothing situation - deny any component of The Good/ Creation/ Creator - and you are put into the position of denying everything - including the reasons for your first denial. THIS fact may, of course, itself be denied - but That denial doesn't affect the fact that the resulting is incoherent and contradicts itself all the time and in multiple ways...

...Which has consequences (even when these consequences are denied!)


          Where the Trump Presidency Could Go in This Fever-Dream world of Ours in the Wake of Today’s Election      Cache   Translate Page      
A look at the age of Trump from November 2016 to November 2018 -- and beyond

Who could forget that moment?  The blue [red] wave -- long promised but also doubted -- had, however modestly [however massively], hit Washington and [the Democrats had just retaken Congress] [the Republicans had held Congress] [the Democrats had taken the House].  The media, Fox News and the usual right-wing websites aside, hailed the moment. [Fox News and the usual right-wing websites cheered the president on.] Donald Trump’s grip on America had finally been broken [reinforced].  Celebrations were widespread.  Congressional investigations, possibly even impeachment, were only months and a new Congress away [were now a faint memory], and it was then, of course, that the unexpected struck.  It was then that President Trump, citing national security concerns and a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, began the process whose end point we, of course, already know...

Okay, consider that the dystopian me speaking.  We don’t, of course, really know how our story yet ends, not faintly.  While I was writing this piece, I didn’t even know how Tuesday’s vote would turn out, though by the time you read it, you may.  Given the experience of election 2016, it would take a brave [foolish] soul to make a prediction this time around.

I certainly learned a lesson that November.  During the previous months of campaigning that election season, I never wrote a piece at TomDispatch that didn’t leave open the possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidency.  In the couple of weeks before that fateful November day, however, I got hooked on the polling results and on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website and became convinced that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in.

Of course, I was in good company.  As Michael Wolff would later report in his bestselling book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, on election eve, few in the Trump campaign, including the candidate himself, expected to win.  Most of them, again including The Donald, were already trying to parlay what they assumed was an assured loss into their next jobs or activities, including in the candidate’s case a possible “Trump network.”

So when, sometime after midnight, reality finally began to sink in -- fittingly enough, I had a 103-degree fever and was considering heading for an emergency room -- I was as disbelieving as the president-to-be. (He had, Wolff tells us, “assured” his wife, Melania, who was reportedly in tears of anything but joy that night, that he would never win and that she would never find herself in the White House.)  By then, it was for me a fever dream to imagine that bizarre, belligerent, orange-haired salesman-cum-con-artist entering the Oval Office.

Honestly, I shouldn’t have been the least bit surprised.  During election campaign 2016, I grasped much of this.  I wrote of the future president, for instance, as a con artist (particularly in reference to those taxes of his that we couldn’t see) and how Hillary Clinton’s crew hadn’t grasped the obvious: that many Americans would admire him for gaming the system, even if they couldn’t do the same themselves.  As I wrote at the time: “It’s something Donald Trump knows in his bones, even if all those pundits and commentators and pollsters (and for that matter Hillary Clinton’s advisers) don’t: Americans love a con man.”

I also saw that he was daring in ways unimaginable to an American politician -- because, of course, he wasn’t one -- particularly in promoting his slogan, MAGA, whose key word few of the political cognoscenti paid the slightest attention to: “again.”  At that moment, for presidents or politicians who wanted to become just that, it was obligatory to claim that the United States wasn’t just great but the greatest, most exceptional, most indispensable land ever.  (As Hillary Clinton typically put it that election season: “America is indispensable -- and exceptional -- because of our values.”)  Trump’s “again” in Make America Great Again suggested something quite different and so rang a bell in the heartland.  In the process, he became America’s first declinist presidential candidate. Early that October, I wrote this:

“[A] significant part of the white working class, at least, feels as if, whether economically or psychologically, its back is up against the wall and there’s nowhere left to go.  Under such circumstances, many of these voters have evidently decided that they’re ready to send a literal loose cannon into the White House; they’re willing, that is, to take a chance on the roof collapsing, even if it collapses on them. That is the new and unrecognizable role that Donald Trump has filled.  It’s hard to conjure up another example of it in our recent past. The Donald represents, as a friend of mine likes to say, the suicide bomber in us all. And voting for him, among other things, will be an act of nihilism, a mood that fits well with imperial decline.

“Think of him as a message in a bottle washing up on our shore...”

And yet, on that day of decision, I evidently reverted to the boy I had once been, the boy who grew up with a vision of an idealized America that would always do the right thing.  So I was shocked to the core by Donald Trump’s victory.

In that fever dream of a night, when he washed up on all our shores, I had certainly been trumped, but then, so had he, so had we all.  Under the circumstances, I’m sure you’ll understand why I’ve remained hesitant about putting my faith in polls in this election season or giving special significance to reports that the White House staff was glum as hell about the coming midterms and expected the worst. (After all, mightn’t this be that Michael Wolff election night all over again?)

The American Shooting Gallery

Two years after that fateful November night in 2016, we’re still living in a fever dream of some sort, enveloped 24/7 by the universe of President Trump and the “fake news media,” that provides him and the rest of us with a strange, all-encompassing echo chamber.  America, you might say, now has a 103-degree temperature and there isn’t an emergency room in sight.

And it’s unlikely to get better, whatever happens in the midterm elections.  Those who expect that a Democratic victory or a devastating Mueller reportin the weeks to come will be the beginning of the end for the Trump presidency (or, for that matter, that the victory of an ever more extreme Republican Party will simply prove more of the grisly same) might want to reconsider. Perhaps it's worth weighing other grimmer possibilities in the as-yet-unending rise of what’s still called “right-wing populism,” not just locally but globally.  Here in the United States, with hate and venom surging (and, yes indeed, being encouraged by President Trump for his own purposes), a genuinely ugly strain central to this country’s history is being resurrected.  In the process, a burgeoning number of deeply disturbed (and deeply animated) figures from among the most over-armed civilian population on the planet -- Yemen, of all the grim places, comes in a distant second -- are turning this country into a shooting gallery.

Win or lose today, don’t think that the Donald Trump we have is the one we’re fated to have until the day he goes down in flames. He is distinctly a work in progress, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say: in regress.  In that context, let me mention an evolution of a grim sort in my own thinking over the last two years.

For some time now there have been both thinkers and activists who have been convinced that Donald Trump is an American Mussolini, an outright fascist.  (According to his ex-wife, in the early 1990s he kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside and, during the 2016 election campaign, he retweeted a Mussolini quote, defending himself for doing so.)  I’ve always disagreed, however.  To my mind, he’s clearly been a man who wants to be idolized and adulated (as happens at any of his rallies) -- wants, that is, to have fans, not (in the fascistic sense) followers; applause and the eternal spotlight, not a social movement.  That, it seems to me, has been an accurate description of the president who entered the Oval Office and occupied it in such a suggestive way these last nearly two years.  But I’ve recently started to wonder.  After all, once upon a time, Donald Trump wasn’t a Republican either.  Let’s face it, he’s a quick learner when it comes to whatever may benefit The Donald.

And keep in mind that he entered an unsettled world already well preparedfor such a presidency by his predecessors in Washington.  If the fascist or, if you prefer, autocratic tendency that lurks in him and in the situation that surrounds him does come out more fully, he will obviously be aided by the ever more imperial presidency that was created in the decades before he left Trump Tower for the White House.

When he entered the Oval Office, he found there a presidency in which -- particularly on the subject of war (the president was, for instance, already America’s global assassin-in-chief) -- his powers increasingly stood outside both Congress and the Constitution. The weapons he’s now bringing to bear, including executive orders and the U.S. military, were already well prepared for him.  The refugees he makes such effective use of, whether from Syria or Central America, came to him, at least in part, thanks to this country’s war and other policies that had already roiled significant parts of the planet.  Before entering the Oval Office, the only aspect of such preparations he had any role in was the increasingly staggering inequalitythat gave a “populist” billionaire president, always ready to put more money in the hands of his .01% pals, a pained but receptive audience in the heartland.

In other words, this world and the fever dream that goes with it were Donald Trump’s oyster before he ever lifted a finger in the White House.  As a result, no election results, no matter whether the Democrats or the Republicans “win,” are likely to bring that temperature down.  In fact, if the Democrats do take the House (or even Congress), Donald Trump is unlikely to become more pliable.  If the Mueller report results in impeachment proceedings in the House, he won’t be humbled.  In the face of any such development, my guess is that his impulse will be to become more autocratic, more imperial, and even possibly more fascistic.  And the same may hold if the Republicans hang onto both houses of Congress.

Waiting for the Red Hats

Even before the vote was in, the evidence was there.  In the lead-up to the election, 5,000-plus U.S. troops (or maybe 15,000?) are headed for the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with what the president has called both an “invasion” and a “national emergency.” ("Fake news!") There, those troops will essentially twiddle their thumbs (since they are legally allowed to do little) simply because the president wanted it so.  There may, in fact, be two soldiers for every desperate refugee, including children and babies, headed toward the U.S. border in that now notorious “caravan” from Honduras.  In other words, on a whim, Donald Trump is already capable of building a wall (of troops) at that border.  The question worth asking is this: In an embattled near-future moment in which a truly Trumpian military figure (think of “him” as the next John Bolton) is in place as secretary of defense and another “national emergency” is declared, where might those troops go next because the president wanted it so?

In the days before the election, the president also threatened to sign an executive order to nullify birthright citizenship -- in the process, threatening to functionally nullify the Constitution (see the 14th Amendment), while bringing back to life the ugliest strains of American racial history just because he wanted it so.  At the moment, he might not even sign that order or, if he does, it might go down big time in Congress and the courts.  But who knows what the future of an executive-order presidency holds, especially with another Supreme Court justice pick or two in place, no matter who controls Congress?

As for those rallies of his: tell me you can’t conceive of a future America in which his adulatory crowds have stopped simply cheering and shouting for him (“Build the wall!” “Lock her up!”) and are now marching for him as well.  Is it really so hard to imagine a future in which there would be a place for a Trump Corps or for “the Red Hats”; for, that is, the kind of social movement that would no longer be confined to the arenas and stadiums of red-state America or even the polling booths of Election Day, one that might indeed be in the streets of this country at the beck and call of a fierce and autocratic billionaire?

In an increasingly unsettled world, an Autocrats, Incorporated moment globally, with an ever more powerful chief executive, and a right wing still on the march, everything that Donald Trump inherited could certainly be intensified further.  And he might be just the man to do it.  In a world in which Congress is no longer fully in his camp, in which legal charges against him, his family, and his cronies only grow, to adapt a title from a Russian novel of the early twentieth century, unquiet could flow The Don -- and in that lies peril for us all.   

Now, excuse me, I’m heading out to vote. 

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of theAmerican Empire Projectand the author of a history of the Cold War,The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of theNation Instituteand runsTomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book isA Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).

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          Re: Debunking Christianity: A Jesus Cult’s Assault on Science      Cache   Translate Page      
Matt 1) you are equivocating atheism, naturalism, and Communism/totalitarianism.

If you mean do I lump those together because they are based on the same foundation of "no God anywhere and the material is the only reality," yes. The exception being totalitarianism. That can be based on other worldviews as much as upon atheism. Totalitarianism is a human malady and can be "justified" by religion just as much as by atheism.

Matt 2) you say you have an absolute standard. That standard gets used differently across the ages, from culture to culture and even within a single culture.

There is probably more similarity than you imply. Yes, there are differences in the details, but fewer than you imply. The one similarity that is distinguishing is that religions, and particularly monotheistic religions, base morality upon an absolute standard that they recognize comes from God.

Matt 4) You routinely base your arguments on fallacies, even go so far as to say fallacies don't matter.

"Argument from fallacy is the formal fallacy of analyzing an argument and inferring that, since it contains a fallacy, its conclusion must be false. It is also called argument to logic (argumentum ad logicam), the fallacy fallacy, the fallacist's fallacy, and the bad reasons fallacy." (Wiki)

Poor logic that is recognized as poor is the beginning point for identifying exactly why it is poor. It is really a matter of common sense for example to reject an argument based on the character of the one making the argument. We do not need to label that ad hominem .

Matt 5) people who depend on magical thinking and magical spells often kill their own children through medical neglect.

Now, Matt, think logically. "Often." How often? The very fact that it is rare makes it newsworthy today. But I really know of no one personally who has killed their own children by medical neglect based on "magical thinking." Does it happen? Yes, but "often?" No. And most Christians decry that kind of thing as much as you do.

Matt 6) blaming the victim is a hallmark of magical thinking

There is enough truth to that that it makes it sounds reasonable. But it is not. Far more people who believe in and practice prayer do not "blame the victim" than do. Far more - though I have had some experience with a few who do. They are the rare exceptions however. Is there a logical fallacy to cover that kind of illogical thinking? Yes. I think so.

Matt 6) people who depend on magical thinking and magical spells often get their money taken by frauds, injure themselves

"Often?" Really, Matt.

A hasty generalization is a fallacy in which a conclusion is not logically justified by sufficient or unbiased evidence. It's also called an insufficient sample, a converse accident, a faulty generalization, a biased generalization, jumping to a conclusion, secundum quid, and a neglect of qualifications. (https://www.thoughtco.com/h...

Matt 10) we don't pretend to have an absolute moral standard, we acknowledge neither of us do. You only pretend you do.

No. I think I do.

Matt 7) Funny you mentioned the Crusades along side "absolute moral standard" since spreading "God" was the justification for killing non-believers.

I saved this for last because it is so common. The correctness of the logic that because in the Middle Ages a totalitarian Roman Catholic Church rationalized killing people for the reasons you specific fails. It fails because the foundation of all Christian morality is the New Testament and in particular Jesus.

And I can find no suggestion anywhere that Jesus would take up the sword to convert people. He said specifically that his kingdom was not of this world, and that it was not won by fighting.

I find no example in the New Testament that anyone did fight. That makes the killing of people because they are non-believers an absolute contradiction to the fundamental teaching of Jesus and the teaching of the Apostles in the New Testament.

The Crusades were awful in their extreme violence. (A caveat is that the original motivation for the Crusades was defense against a violent aggressor.) Rather they were an example of totalitarianism gone bad, not Christian principles.

Atheism, on the other hand, has no "principles." If the universe is purely material and there is no God anywhere, what principle can there be. The only principle possible, other than those manufactured by people, is the rule of tooth and claw.

People may modify that to some degree and dress it up in Humanism, but Humanism is a convenience of the moment and is no more virtuous than violence.

Simply put, morality in a "no God anywhere universe" is a human invention not a fundamental attribute of the universe. As a human invention, it may be changed by the whims of the times or for the good of the state or by the will of the king. And it is.

Based on your worldview, in the Middle Ages, the Crusades would have made as much sense as abortion does to you today. Based on your worldview, you have no justification even for condemning the Crusades. They are simply a convenient target in today's moral climate.


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Vincent Torley: "I hope that answers your questions."

Far from it.
The contradictions and inconsistencies I mentioned do not go away unless you discard the OT, at least. You in fact try to do so but you are not able to do so completely so the only way is weaseling as indicated by many of your assertions, such as

-- - "These are not verses that positively teach anything"
False facts in your holy book don't seem to matter, and can simply be ignored even though they are supposed to be god's word.

--- "Additionally, the New Testament is seen as having a privileged position over the Old Testament, insofar as the Old Testament is retrospectively interpreted in the light of the New."

Do Jews who follow Judaism agree with you on this? Why is your position more "privileged" than theirs?

--- "Finally, appealing to what the Israelites believed 3,000 years ago is an exercise in tea-leaf reading: we can only guess, as there isn't enough data. So God E is historically unknowable, given the limited data we possess."

Wow! This is true arrogance.
You are saying that what Jewish scholars and rabbis have taught and published throughout the ages are actually just "tea-leaf reading". These people had little idea of what they were talking about?

--- " Nothing in the Old Testament implies the doctrine of the Trinity, but on the other hand, nothing contradicts it either, "

Glad you mention this. The concept of Trinity was invented by later theologians to try and explain away the embarrassment of having three gods in a monotheistic religion. It makes little sense unless your god is schizophrenic. How could a father be the son at the same time and they have distinctly different nature? But then religious beliefs don't really need to be subject to logic, reason and common sense, right?

Your god is truly malleable. He is what his believers say he is. In fact, it has been clear from your holy book (assuming that you still use the intact one that can be found all over the world), his power varies, from omnipotence to extreme weakness, depending on which part of this ancient book one reads. His power is dictated by the bible writers. Weird, isn't it?

Turning now to the gods A to E that you mentioned, if not the bible, what is the source of the Christian god concept? If not from the OT, who is Jesus' "father"? If he is not Yahweh, who is it? I know that the OT god is an embarrassment for Christians today but believers are stuck with him, whether they like it or not. What you and other apologists have done is to change the concept of god to one that suits you, thus sidestepping the problems. This is clearly seen in your response and it fits in well with what Karen Armstrong wrote in her book "A History of God: the 4,000-year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam"
She said that


... there is not one unchanging idea contained in the word 'God' but the word contains a whole spectrum of meanings, some of which are contradictory or even mutually exclusive. Had the notion of God not had this flexibility, it would not have survived.
...
it is far more important for a particular idea of God to work than for it to be logically or scientifically sound. As soon as it ceases to be effective it will be changed - sometimes for something radically different.

What do the above imply?
God is manmade.

It is really weird that an Infinite Being, existing outside of space and time, an entity that created the Universe, omni-*, supposedly died for our supposed "sins" has characteristics that are mostly decided by his human followers, like what you said, "The attributes of the Christian God are defined by the various creedal statements of the Christian Church.". Yeah, even the question of the divinity of Jesus had to be decided by a committee. How laughable!

You quoted Malachi 3:6: "For I the Lord do not change."
Obviously he does change but he has been changed by his believers.


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From PlayStation Universe: "With the PlayStation Classic coming on December 3, 2018, we at PSU have decided to compile a list of PlayStation 1 Classic titles available to download on your PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita through the PlayStation Network."
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"With games like Resident Evil 2 getting remade and Onimusha: Warlords getting a remaster, it would be great if Capcom would make a return to the Dino Crisis universe." - Blair at Electric Bento
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DC bosses have secured the impressive booking for their upcoming Harley Quinn spin-off Birds of Prey. According to Deadline, Ewan McGregor will appear as Gotham City mob boss, Roman Sionis who goes by the ominous title of ‘Black Mask’. In the...

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In his re-election campaign’s final hours, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is still deploying a smartphone app created by a software team at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

The app, Cruz Crew, was developed by AggregateIQ, a small Canadian data firm that was for years the lead developer used by the infamous data analytics consultancy that made headlines last spring for harvesting user data on millions of unsuspecting Facebook users while working for the Trump campaign. Since that firm’s demise, AggregateIQ has become one focus of an international investigation into alleged data misdeeds during the 2016 Brexit campaign, and is the first company to be targeted by regulators under Europe’s new data privacy law.

The Cruz Crew app’s login screen. The app’s Facebook login was finally removed in June. [Image: Google Play]
Both Cruz Crew as well as an app for Cruz’s presidential campaign in 2016 share an interconnected history of developers and clients linked to Cambridge Analytica, its British affiliate SCL Elections, and architects of the Republican Party’s recent digital efforts. Part of a group of apps presented as walled-garden social networks for political supporters, the software helps campaigns collect voter data and microtarget messages.

In April, Facebook announced it had suspended AggregateIQ over its possible improper access to the data of millions of Facebook users. But over a dozen apps made by AggregateIQ remained connected to Facebook’s platform until May and June, when Facebook belatedly took action against them.

A Facebook spokesperson told Fast Company that it was still investigating AIQ’s possible misuse of data, amid an ongoing investigation by Canadian prosecutors. The Cruz campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

David Carroll, a professor at Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York, who has brought a legal challenge against SCL and Cambridge Analytica for release of his voter data profile, said Cruz’s continued relationships with AggregateIQ highlighted problems with the use of data by a growing ecosystem of partisan election apps and databases. The risks are particularly high, he said, when the vendors are combining data from multiple sources and processing Americans’ data overseas.

“Despite the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, it seems that the Republican data machine is still a shadowy network that includes international operators, tangled up with vendors under intense scrutiny for unlawful conduct in multiple jurisdictions,” he said. “I don’t understand why Republicans don’t insist on working with domestic tech vendors and technologists who are U.S. citizens.”

The Cruz-Cambridge Analytica connection

During the 2016 race, a U.S.-based software firm named Political Social Media, but better known as uCampaign, was credited as developer and publisher for the official “Ted Cruz 2016” presidential primary app. At the time, the app achieved modest notoriety as a somewhat novel data collection tool– appearing alongside Cambridge Analytica under headlines like, “Cruz App Data Collection Helps Campaign Read Minds of Voters”–with the app colloquially referred to in the press as “Cruz Crew.”

As in 2016, the 2018 Cruz re-election campaign relies on constant polling and voter modeling to understand and target mainstream conservatives in Texas. Cruz and his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, who has repeatedly brought up Cambridge Analytica during the campaign and has refused to use big data analytics, have both heavily invested in social media. The media blitz hasn’t been cheap: According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the candidates in the 2018 Texas Senate race have set the all-time record for most money spent in any U.S. Senate election.

As part of its digital push, the Cruz campaign rolled out a new app, officially named “Cruz Crew,” which awards points to users for tweeting pro-Cruz messages, volunteering, and taking part in other campaign activities. On the app’s pages in the Google and Apple stores, AggregateIQ is not mentioned, but its name is visible as the developer in the app URL and in internal code. The app’s publisher is listed as the political marketing agency WPA Intelligence, or WPAi.

Chris Wilson, WPAi’s founder and chief executive, is a veteran GOP pollster who previously worked for George W. Bush and Karl Rove. WPAi’s past campaign successes include a trio of high profile Tea Party-cum-Freedom Caucus sympathizer senators: Cruz, Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ron Johnson (R-WI). By far, however, Cruz has been WPA’s biggest political client in the U.S. Between his bids for senator and president, Cruz campaign committees have paid out over $4.3 million to Chris Wilson’s firm since 2011.

As the director of research, analytics and digital strategy for Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, Wilson oversaw a large data team that included Rebekah Mercer and Steve Bannon’s Cambridge Analytica. Rebekah’s father, Robert Mercer, footed the $5.8 million bill for Cambridge Analytica by doubling that amount in donations.

Wilson and the Cruz team have repeatedly said that Cambridge Analytica represented to the campaign that all of the data it had was legally obtained. They also claimed that Cambridge did not deliver the results expected of them, neither through their much-discussed psychographics work nor through an important piece of software called Ripon.

In schematics, Ripon was drawn up as an all-in-one campaign solution to manage voter data collection, ad targeting, and street canvassing. According to files retrieved by computer security analyst Chris Vickery, Ripon was intended to tap into something called “the Database of Truth.” Documents revealed that the Truth project “integrates, obtains, and normalizes data from disparate sources,” beginning with the Republican National Committee’s Data Trust database, combined “with state voter files, consumer data, third-party data providers, historical WPA survey, and projects and customer data.”

Despite being a deliverable promised by Cambridge Analytica, the work on Ripon was outsourced to AggregateIQ. More recently, WPAi hired the firm to develop and manage the software for Cruz Crew, along with its two other currently available apps: one for Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign, and one for Osnova, a Ukrainian political party dedicated to the long-shot presidential aspirations of its oligarch founder, Serhiy Taruta.

In the 2018 race, WPAi and the Cruz campaign have said Cruz’s effort isn’t using new Cambridge Analytica-style “psychographic” modeling, but it is using social media data for specific targeting, and relying on previous campaign data. “We use social data to ID voter groups in our core universes,” WPA’s Chris Wilson previously told Fast Company. “A lot of those are 2016 voters who we know are persuaded by specific messages.”

Cruz Crew and TedCruz.org currently share a privacy policy has barely changed since late 2015, when Cambridge Analytica and uCampaign were Cruz vendors. In both cases, the policy states that the campaign may “access, collect, and store personal information about other people that is available to us through your contact list,” match the info to data from other sources, and “keep track of your device’s geographic location.”


Related: How Ted Cruz plans to beat Beto O’Rourke: Play it simple


Beyond the existing campaign app, however, AIQ’s current involvement in the Cruz campaign’s data management and software development is unknown. A report by the New York Times last month found that when users shared their friends’ contact information with the Cruz app, that data was still being sent to AggregateIQ domains.

Wilson told the Times that his company, not AggregateIQ, received and controlled app users’ information. Representatives for AggregateIQ did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and WPAi did not respond to questions about the data firm.

Intelligence quotient

AIQ, founded in 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia, is currently under investigation in the U.K. and its homebase of Canada for electoral impropriety during the Brexit Leave campaign. The company’s name has come up repeatedly in parliamentary testimony for its alleged campaign finance and data protection misdeeds in connection with the parent company of Cambridge Analytica.

“Concerns have been raised about the closeness of the two organizations including suggestions that AIQ, [SCL Elections, and Cambridge Analytica] were, in effect, one and the same entity,” stated a recent report by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office.

In testimony to a U.K. parliamentary committee, former Cambridge Analytica executive Brittany Kaiser said that AggregateIQ was the exclusive digital and data engineering partner of SCL, the British parent affiliate of Analytica.

“They would build our software, such as a platform that we designed for Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign,” she said. “That was meant to collect data for canvassing individuals who would go door-to-door collecting and hygiening data of individuals in those households. We also had no internal digital capacity at the time, so we did not actually undertake any of our digital campaigns. That was done exclusively through AggregateIQ.”

AIQ founders Zack Massingham and Jeff Silvester had been brought into the fold a year prior by their friend Christopher Wylie, then an SCL employee, who blew the whistle on the firm’s practices earlier this year. According to Wylie, the founders registered their company in their hometown of Victoria as a result of an SCL contract, which subsequently led to political work in the Caribbean.

After the two firms first made contact in August 2013, while SCL was performing its first American political work in the Virginia gubernatorial race, AIQ designed solutions for deployment in campaigns under SCL’s supervision in Trinidad and Tobago. Part of the intent, according to records obtained by the Globe and Mail, was to harvest the internet histories of up to 1.3 million civilians in order to more accurately model their psychographics for message targeting.

In December 2013, an SCL employee proposed requesting the data from the country’s internet provider by posing as academic researchers, while seeking to tie internet addresses to billing addresses, without naming customers. In response, AIQ CEO Massingham replied by email that he could use every bit of data they could get. “If the billing addresses are obfuscated, we’ll have a difficult time relating things back to a real person or household,” he wrote. It remains unknown if that data was obtained.


Related: How Cambridge Analytica fueled a shady global passport bonanza


The primary work AIQ performed was to design software that could be used to motivate volunteers, canvassers, and voters. This software concept was repeated for multiple clients, including Petronas, an oil company that sought to influence voters in Malaysia.

Campaign software developed by AIQ was used by Cambridge Analytica in U.S. elections and for clients like the oil giant Petronas. [Image: SCL]

AggregateIQ’s work across the pond

During the U.K.’s Brexit campaign in 2016, Vote Leave hired AIQ to place online ads, with AIQ paying for all 1,034 Facebook ads run by the campaign. AIQ’s services were also retained to develop and administer a piece of software that Vote Leave executives, including chief technology officer and former SCL employee Thomas Borwick, later credited with a large portion of the campaign’s success.

Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings wrote an extensive blog post about the project, called the Voter Intention Collection System (VICS).

“One of our central ideas was that the campaign had to do things in the field of data that have never been done before,” Cummings wrote. “This included a) integrating data from social media, online advertising, websites, apps, canvassing, direct mail, polls, online fundraising, activist feedback . . . and b) having experts in physics and machine learning do proper data science in the way only they can, i.e. far beyond the normal skills applied in political campaigns.”

As the voter-facing front end for the Leave campaign data team, uCampaign was brought in and paid by AIQ to deliver the smartphone apps that helped to gather users’ cell numbers, email addresses, phone book contacts, and Facebook IDs for integration, exactly as it had done during the previous months for the Cruz 2016 campaign. Just as in that case, the app collected voter information for use in AIQ tools.

“We could only do this properly if we had proper canvassing software,” Cummings wrote. “We built it partly in-house and partly using an external engineer who we sat in our office for months.”

AIQ’s Zach Massingham repeatedly flew to the U.K. as his company was paid hundred of thousands of pounds for its Vote Leave work in 2016 after a series of transactions between several campaigns that Canadian officials have questioned as “money laundering” and British authorities are investigating as criminal offenses. Nonetheless, after the referendum, Cummings released an open-source version of VICS code on Github for future micro-targeters to use.

In early 2018, one of Vote Leave and SCL vet Thomas Borwick’s handful of data firms, Kanto, was hired to do canvassing and social media work during the Irish abortion referendum. Anti-abortion activist groups also contracted uCampaign to build two separate apps, which alarmed campaign finance and privacy watchdogs and led to a ban on internet advertising.

As with uCampaign, which has also made apps for the likes of Donald Trump and the NRA, AIQ’s smartphone apps were designed to gather information via Facebook Login, a tool offered by Facebook to streamline user registration across the internet. Though Facebook tightened some restrictions this year as a direct response to the Analytica flare-up, Login has allowed third-party developers to gain access to a wide range of Facebook account information about registered users.

As part of its investigation into Cambridge Analytica and its affiliates, on April 7, Facebook said that it had suspended AIQ, effectively ending its ability to deploy Facebook Login. However, security researcher Chris Vickery discovered that AIQ’s access to the Facebook platform was still active as of May 17. Additionally, he found, AIQ had already collected info on nearly 800,000 Facebook account IDs in a database, with many matched to addresses and phone numbers. Facebook removed more AIQ apps two weeks later, but it was not until June 19 that the Facebook Login feature was removed from the apps for Cruz, Osnova, and Abbott.

In written testimony to Parliament, AIQ chief technology officer Jeff Silvester, who visited British prime minister Theresa May’s office with Massingham in the weeks after the Brexit vote, explained the history of the relationship between SCL and AIQ, which began in late 2013.

After building a “customer relationship management (CRM) tool” for SCL in Trinidad and Tobago, AIQ created “an entirely new CRM tool” for the 2014 U.S. midterm elections. “SCL called the tool Ripon,” Silvester wrote. AIQ was then required to transfer all software rights to SCL before working “with SCL on similar software development, online advertising, and website development” in support of Cambridge Analytica’s work for the Ted Cruz 2016 campaign.

A referral from “an acquaintance who was working with Vote Leave” led to AIQ being hired by Vote Leave in April 2016, the day before the campaign was designated as the official Leave organization.

[Photo: Stock Catalog]
This past May, after questioning the legality of AggregateIQ founder Zach Massingham’s work on British soil while developing VICS, parliamentary committee chair Damian Collins asked Silvester about AIQ’s recent work for WPAi.

Silvester explained, “They sell their software that we create for them to whomever they like, and we just simply support that work.”

In March, WPAi CEO Chris Wilson told Gizmodo that he had almost no knowledge of the controversy surrounding AIQ, despite their work for the Cruz 2016 campaign. “I would never work with a firm that I felt had done something illegal or even unethical,” he said. The firm’s work for WPA was the result of a competitive bidding process, he said, and AIQ “offered us the best capabilities for the best price.”

Leaving the nest

In February 2017, a story on the Politico Pro website announced Archie, WPA Intelligence’s new piece of software for 2018 campaigns. The software goes by a nickname used by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s political team, referring to Archimedes, the Greek mathematician who said, “Give me a lever and I can move the world.”

A diagram describing Archimedes, WPAi’s new campaign software [Image: WPAi]
“The program allows campaigns to work across all formats and vendors to collect data in one place,” the article said, and campaign staffers “will be able to use the app to generate models, target audiences, cut lists, and produce data visualization tools to make strategic decisions.”

From that description, Archie sounded very much like AIQ’s Ripon and VICS all-in-one campaign solutions. AIQ’s smartphone app for WPAi client Greg Abbott first appeared on Google Play and Apple’s iOS Store three months later, in May 2017.

Archie’s predictive modeling of Texan voters “yielded approximately 4.5 million individual targets for turnout efforts,” according to WPAi. That helped the Abbott campaign win the 2018 Reed award for Best Use of Data Analytics/Machine Learning in Field Program. In attendance at the March ceremony were representatives from Cambridge Analytica, which was nominated for Best Use of Online Targeting for Judicial Campaign.

Three weeks after the Reed awards, Christopher Wylie’s whistleblower account in the Observer were splashed across the world’s front pages. By the following month, SCL and Analytica were claiming bankruptcy, and AIQ’s cofounders were appearing at Canadian Parliament and dealing with its suspension from Facebook as developers.

In June, a week before AIQ’s WPA apps finally removed Facebook Login, Silvester appeared before Canadian Parliament for a second time, where he was admonished by Vice Chair Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, who remarked, “Frankly, the information you have provided is inadequate.” After being threatened with a contempt charge for excusing himself from sworn testimony with a one-line doctor’s note, Massingham later spoke with the committee via audio-only link from his lawyer’s office.

In July, AggregateIQ was served with the U.K.’s first-ever enforcement notice under the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR. The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office subjected AIQ to millions in fines if it did not “cease processing any personal data of U.K. or EU citizens obtained from U.K. political organizations or otherwise for the purposes of data analytics, political campaigning, or any other advertising purposes.”

After AIQ appealed the order, it was merely mandated to “erase any personal data of individuals in the U.K.,” though it was found to have “processed personal data in a way that the data subjects were not aware of, for purposes which they would not have expected, and without a lawful basis for that processing.”

As Ted Cruz wraps up his campaign, he continues to outsource part of his voter data harvesting to a foreign firm that has been blacklisted by Facebook and British and European regulators. The total data amassed through apps like Cruz Crew and projects like Ripon and Archimedes remains unknown, but they raise concerns that Cruz acknowledged when he launched his presidential campaign at Liberty University in March 2015. “Instead of a government that seizes your emails and your cell phones,” he said, “imagine a federal government that protected the privacy rights of every American.”


Jesse Witt (@witjest) is an independent researcher, writer, and filmmaker.

With additional reporting by Alex Pasternack.


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I'll explain this for the professor. LOL This is the 'No Boundary Hypothesis' where the universe would start at a single point, like the North Pole of the Earth and expand down and out into North America heading South and it reaches the Equator after about 15 billion years, keep in mind the sphere of Earth is available Space/Time, eventually, the period of inflation would have ended, and the universe would have settled down to a stage of more moderate growth or expansion, energy has been lost, it's getting much colder, gravity is much weaker. Eventually, the universe would stop expanding and would collapse in on itself at the South Pole where at some point another Big Bang would occur. Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Wikipedia
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          EXO - Gravity [Easy-Lyrics | ENG]      Cache   Translate Page      

Yeh, u wok u wo o oh
on na nan na na, oh
da da da da dada, oh

yong won hi nal
sa rang han da
gu rim ma ra don no ya
ne gem ma re ton no ya, a-ai
gu ma ri nal
mem do nun de
no rul lot tok ke no wa no wa nol Babe

a ning go ral jim man
kut chin go ral jim man
jak ku man na
a jik don nol a jik
to na ryo go he do
gok gat tun nim mu ron nan nol
eh eh eh, but jap go wi so

nih mi re ra ne ge gu ro do ni
gwa go ga dwe on ni
o jik na man
sa rang-an da do ni
ni mak um mun yong wo ni
nal gyot tem man
mo mun dak gu ro do nih
ne jon bul go ro so gu re to ni
nal to na bo ryon ni
a jik do nan
nol gi da ri jan ni
nem mak um mun yo jon ni
nol ku ro dang gyo Gravity

nih mal tu mun jang
da no dul ha na ha na
gi yok da ha nun na ya, I
gu na ren ni ga
nal mem do nun de
no rul lot tok ke no wa no wa nol Babe

Believe i ran da nos so
sum gyo jo it ton Lie
gu gol mob bwa ha
a jik do nan a jik
no ye go jin ma ri
to go ji shil ko ra gon nal
eh eh ey, so gi go i so oh

nih mi re ra ne ge gu ro do ni
gwa go ga dwe on ni
o jik na man
sa rang-an da do ni
nim mak um mun yong wo ni
neh gyot tem man
mo mun dak gu ro do ni
ne jon bul go ros sok gu ret to ni
nal to na bo ryon ni
a jik do nan
nol gi da ri jan ni
nem mak um mun yo jo ni (hu~)
nol ku ro dang gyo Gravity
(yeah oh)

ne ga go rot ton
no ran bet ting-un gyol guk Fail
hon ja so dok ju ha don Raise
honey Look At Me Now
to de dap bom nun me rim man
do ra wa ge sok mem dol gim
man he mang ga jo ga nun na rul
to dwi ro wan che
ni ga gom nun i yu ju rul
to dol ka du ryo wo yo yo

nol wi han da myon
mo dun um ji gil
hi mi is so o
ja al jan na~
gun den ni ma um
man ku mun ne mam de ro an dwe
Gravity Gravity
Gravity

Yo, a jik na rul ku ro dang gi nun
no yem muk gen
nun ge sok nal ji bo sam kyo
gal su rok don nu ro ga nun sang cho
i jen chu wok do ja chwi rul gam chwo
mo ris so ge bon jin no ye mo sup du run go jit
det che mol mi do
ya dwe nun gon ji
hwak shi ni an so da shi to
no ye dwim mos su be so ri cho
mem dol go wis so

ni mi re ra ne ge gu ro do ni (gu ron ne ga)
gwa go ga dwe on ni
o jik nam man
sa rang-an da do ni
ni mak um mun yong wo ni
ne gyot te man
mo mun da gu ro do ni (la la hu~)
ne jon bul go ro so gu ret to ni
nal to na bo ryon ni
a jik do nan
nol gi da ri jan ni
nem mak um mul al jan ni
nan nol mi do so gu ret to ni

ENGLISH Translation

Yeah woo uh woo uh
Nananana dadadada

You’ll love me forever,
that’s what you said, that’s what you said to me.
Those words linger around me,
so how could I let you, let you go, baby?

I know that’s not the case, I know that it’s over,
but I still keep, still keep,
holding onto you with the same force
you try to leave me with

You said I was your future,
am I now just your past?
You said you only love me,
that your heart would forever stay by my side
So I gave you my everything, and then,
now are you leaving me?
I’m still waiting for you, aren’t I?
My heart will always
draw you in like gravity

Your way of speaking, your sentences, your words,
I remember every single one of them
The you of back then is still lingering around me,
so how could l let you, let you go, baby?

The ‘lie’ hidden in the word ‘believe’,
I didn’t see it, and now I still, I still
am tricking myself into thinking
it’s a lie that you lied to me.

You said I was your future,
am I now just your past?
You said you only love me,
that your heart would forever stay by my side
So I gave you my everything, and then,
now are you leaving me?
I’m still waiting for you, aren’t I?
My heart will always
draw you in like gravity

The bet I placed on you failed in the end,
a race I was running on my own
Honey, look at me now,
all that comes back is an echo without an answer,
swirling around my head
You left me behind you, falling apart,
and I’m scared I’ll be left to drift in a universe without you

If it’s for you,
I have the strength to move anything,
you know that

But I can’t do anything to your heart. (Gravity)
Your weight, still drawing me in, swallows me whole
As time passes the wounds increase
and even our good memories hide their traces
Your form left in my mind is just a lie,
so what should I believe?
I can’t be sure, never again,
and I’m left yelling out after your back, lingering

You said I was your future,
am I now just your past?
You said you only love me,
that your heart would forever stay by my side
So I gave you my everything, and then,
now are you leaving me?
I’m still waiting for you, aren’t l?
You know how I feel
I trusted you, and then

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I put together a series of demos for a group of epidemiology students who are studying causal mediation analysis. Since mediation analysis is not always so clear or intuitive, I thought, of course, that going through some examples of simulating data for this process could clarify things a bit. Quite often we are interested in understanding the relationship between an exposure or intervention on an outcome. Does exposure \(A\) (could be randomized or not) have an effect on outcome \(Y\)? But sometimes we are interested in understanding more than whether or not \(A\) causes or influences \(B\); we might want to have some insight into the mechanisms underlying that influence. And this is where mediation analysis can be useful. (If you want to delve deeply into the topic, I recommend you check out this book by Tyler VanderWeele, or this nice website developed at Columbia University.) In the example here, I am using the simplest possible scenario of an exposure \(A\), a mediator \(M\), and an outcome \(Y\), without any confounding: A key challenge of understanding and conducting a mediation analysis is how we should quantify this concept of mediation. Sure, \(A\) has an effect on \(M\), which in turn has an effect on \(Y\), and \(A\) also may have an effect on \(Y\) through other pathways. But how can we make sense of all of this? One approach, which is a relatively recent development, is to use the potential outcome framework of causal inference to define the various estimands (or quantities) that arise in a mediation analysis. (I draw on a paper by Imai, Keele and Yamamoto for the terminology, as there is not complete agreement on what to call various quantities. The estimation methods and software used here are also described in the paper.) Defining the potential outcomes In an earlier post, I described the concept of potential outcomes. I extend that a bit here to define the quantities we are interested in. In this case, we have two effects of the possible exposure: \(M\) and \(Y\). Under this framework, each individual has a potential outcome for each level of \(A\) (I am assuming \(A\) is binary). So, for the mediator, \(M_{i0}\) and \(M_{i1}\) are the values of \(M\) we would observe for individual \(i\) without and with exposure, respectively. That is pretty straightforward. (From here on out, I will remove the subscript \(i\), because it gets a little unwieldy.) The potential outcomes under \(Y\) are less intuitive, as there are four of them. First, there is \(Y_{0M_0}\), which is the potential outcome of \(Y\) without exposure for \(A\) and whatever the potential outcome for \(M\) is without exposure for \(A\). This is what we observe when \(A=0\) for an individual. \(Y_{1M_1}\) is the potential outcome of \(Y\) with exposure for \(A\) and whatever the potential outcome for \(M\) is with exposure for \(A\). This is what we observe when \(A=1\) for an individual. That’s all fine. But we also have \(Y_{0M_1}\), which can never be observed unless we can intervene on the mediator \(M\) somehow. This is the potential outcome of \(Y\) without exposure for \(A\) and whatever the mediator would have been had the individual been exposed. This potential outcome is controversial, because it is defined across two different universes of exposure to \(A\). Finally, there is \(Y_{1M_0}\). It is analogously defined across two universes, but in reverse. Defining the causal mediation effects and direct effects The estimands or quantities that we are interested are defined in terms of the potential outcomes. The causal mediation effects for an individual are \[ \begin{aligned} CME_0 &= Y_{0M_1} - Y_{0M_0} \\ CME_1 &= Y_{1M_1} - Y_{1M_0}, \end{aligned} \] and the causal direct effects are \[ \begin{aligned} CDE_0 &= Y_{1M_0} - Y_{0M_0} \\ CDE_1 &= Y_{1M_1} - Y_{0M_1}. \end{aligned} \] A few important points. (1) Since we are in the world of potential outcomes, we do not observe these quantities for everyone. In fact, we don’t observe these quantities for anyone, since some of the measures are across two universes. (2) The two causal mediation effects under do not need to be the same. The same goes for the two causal direct effects. (3) Under a set of pretty strong assumptions related to unmeasured confounding, independence, and consistency (see Imai et al for the details), the average causal mediation effects and average causal direct effects can be estimated using observed data only. Before I simulate some data to demonstrate all of this, here is the definition for the total causal effect (and its decomposition into mediation and direct effects): \[ \begin{aligned} TCE &= Y_{1M_1} - Y_{0M_0} \\ &= CME_1 + CDE_0 \\ &= CME_0 + CDE_1 \end{aligned} \] Generating the data I’m using the simstudy package to generate the data. I’ll start by generating the binary potential outcomes for the mediator, \(M_0\) and \(M_1\), which are correlated in this example. \(P(M_1=1) __ P(M_0=1)\), implying that exposure to \(A\) does indeed have an effect on \(M\). Note that it is possible that for an individual \(M_0 = 1\) and \(M_1 = 0\), so that exposure to \(A\) has an effect contrary to what we see in the population generally. (We don’t need to make this assumption in the data generation process; we could force \(M_1\) to be 1 if \(M_0\) is 1.) set.seed(3872672) dd
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Esther Mobley meditates on the vast universe of Italian wine in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Italian wine’s heterogeneity is what makes it exciting, though it may also explain why its neighbor to the west is more often represented on top U.S. wine lists…Yet it’s from these fringe regions where Italian wine’s greatest pleasure can most […]
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  • "The Girl in the Spider's Web" director Fede Alvarez talked to Business Insider about why he decided to take over the franchise after David Fincher walked away following "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
  • He explained why he recast the role of Lisbeth Salander with Claire Foy. It was previously played by Rooney Mara.
  • Alvarez, who previously made the "Evil Dead" remake and the box office hit "Don't Breathe," also touched on why he thinks he's a failure if everyone likes his movies.

 

On paper, it seems almost like career suicide to take over a franchise that was once overseen by an auteur like David Fincher. But in a short time, Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez has proven he’s never looked to play it safe. 

You only have to go back to his feature debut to see that. In 2013, he remade one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, Sam Rami’s “Evil Dead,” and didn’t get kicked out of town for doing it.

Now following his 2016 hit horror, “Don’t Breathe,” he returns to the pressure of taking on a well-known property. With Fincher walking away from making a sequel to his 2011 thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” — the first American adaptation of the popular Millennium book series from the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson — Sony has enlisted Alvarez to give the franchise a reboot. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (opening in theaters Friday) skips to the fourth book in the franchise and replaces Fincher’s moody dark thriller vibe for an action suspense story and a new lead. Claire Foy, known best for her Emmy-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s “The Crown,” takes over playing the franchise star Lisbeth Salander from Rooney Mara, who played the role in Fincher’s movie.

In “Spider’s Web” Foy still plays Salander as a computer-hacking renegade who avenges abused women, but unlike “Dragon Tattoo,” she's now the center of the story with journalist Mikael Blomkvist (played by Daniel Craig in the Fincher movie, though he didn’t come back for this one either) in the background. And this time, the stakes are higher, as Salander must retrieve a program that can access the world’s nuclear codes before her evil twin sister, Camilla (Sylvia Hoeks), gets it.

Business Insider talked to Alvarez about making a soft reboot for a franchise that barely got off the ground, why he never met with Rooney Mara to see if she wanted to continue playing the Salander role, and the reason he’ll feel like a failure if everyone likes the movie.


Jason Guerrasio: What fascinated you about the project when it came to you?

Fede Alvarez: It was the character of Lisbeth Salander above all things. Obviously, it's a very special character. It's one that when I saw it for the first time, probably the first Swedish movie, you fall in love right away. She confronts you with all your prejudice in a way because when you see her you never expect to really encounter the character you will eventually in the story. It's someone that's as three dimensional as they get. That's one part and I think the other part is it wasn't the second book or third book, it wasn't a continuation of the last American movie. It was the fourth book by a different author (David Lagercrantz took over the series following the death of Larsson) and it's been eight years since the last movie. It was the right moment to say I can just do whatever I want to do with it and I can make it my own film. 

the girl in the spiders web sonySonyGuerrasio: So when they came to you they said they wanted to focus on the fourth book? That's how it was pitched to you?

Alvarez: Yeah. If they'd said they wanted to make the second book, I would have said no. No way. I would never have even tried to continue Fincher's story with my eye because we make different movies. I make pulpier movies. If someone wants a very dark classic thriller then they should go and rewatch his movie. 

Guerrasio: In regards to Lisbeth, what were you walking into? Was Rooney still going to be involved?

Alvarez: Sony deferred to me, in a way. If I remember correctly, if they brought back Rooney they would basically bring back the whole cast. If you bring one you bring back the whole universe. And casting is a big part of the director's job and I never make a movie where I don't write it. I write all my films. So with that approach I also have to cast the movie. I cannot take someone else's cast. It would be wrong for me to just use actors that are someone else's vision of the characters. In some franchises it's totally necessary but for this I didn't believe it was. 

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Guerrasio: That all being said, Rooney commented in the past that she was still interested in playing the character, did you talk to her and get a sense if you two could work together?

Alvarez: No. I never had that conversation. I think she would not have done it without Fincher. That's my feeling.

Guerrasio: Tell me how you came to casting Claire as your Lisbeth.

Alvarez: Normally the process is to start auditioning people. Have them come in for readings. At least that's how I do it. To really open it up to anybody. Even looking at the young actors who just landed in Hollywood. And I think we did some of that in the beginning of this. But then I saw Claire in "The Crown" and I felt right away that this is the actor to play this role. 

Guerrasio: That's interesting, even her playing the Queen of England, all prim and proper, you could see that she could play Lisbeth Slander?

Alvarez: Yeah. Because a director should not look at the superficial. You don't look at the clothes or how they speak or move. You look beyond that, you have to. And what I saw is this is someone that is really trying to keep feelings to her own and trying to be secretive of how she really feels because as the Queen she's not allowed often to express how she really feels. I felt the person to play Lisbeth Slander, a character that doesn't open up and doesn't share feelings, you need an actor who has a technique and has a craft that is so good that you're able to have a window into her soul. 

the girl in the spiders web 3SonyGuerrasio: I will be honest, the casting of Mikael was very strange for me. I would assume you would want a known actor for that part. Can you explain why you went with lesser-known Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason for the role?

Alvarez: In the first movies, both the American and Swedish, although Lisbeth Salander is the most interesting character in them she's not the lead, the lead is Mikael Blomkvist. He's your way in, he's the character you love and know and understand everything. Lisbeth is a muse, is someone that he's following. But those movies are not about her. So for such a feminist icon as Lisbeth I felt like we cannot do that to her again, this has to be her movie. She has to be in the front. Do we need Mikael in the movie? Yes. You can't adapt a Millennium book without him, but I wanted to make sure he would not overshadow her. And that's when you write off any big star. The star would not just take that screen attention but the star will usually demand more screen time and perhaps even ask to change the story so he's more present in the movie. And that's not what I wanted. I wanted Mikael Blomkvist to be what many female co-leads have been for too long, the damsel in distress. I wanted him to be that. He's the one stuck with the kid in the end while she goes out and saves the world. [laughs]

Guerrasio: A conscious decision, but did you have to sell that to Sony?

Alvarez: Not really. No. I've been lucky that all the movies I've made I managed to make them with total independence and creative freedom. I just work with studios and producers that trust me and my decisions and support what I do. I don't go to those other Hollywood movies that you are just hired to do your part and it's more studio control. I don't do that. I've never done those and I'm going to keep trying to avoid those. 

the girl in the spiders web 4SonyGuerrasio: This is not the first soft reboot you've done. You also directed the 2013 “Evil Dead.” Did you take anything from that experience and put it into making “The Girl in the Spider's Web”?

Alvarez: With “Evil Dead,” people loved it or hated it and that's something I do with my movies. I never try to please the whole theater. If I do I think I've failed, that I played it too safe. I always expect some portion of the theater to walk out pissed. Either feeling offended or the movie did something that rubbed them the wrong way. I always look for that. What I learned from that was if I'm faithful to the spirit of the material then eventually it would be okay. The perception of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” at the moment because of the comparisons, you always start on the wrong foot. That's what it was for “Evil Dead.” You start on the wrong foot because of people's expectations. I feel if my heart is in the right place people will eventually appreciate it. 

Guerrasio: Did the aura of Fincher hang over you at all while making this? Meaning, you didn't write something a certain way or shoot something a certain way because you felt Fincher would do it that way.

Alvarez: No. Now, he is an executive producer on this film, but I have never met him or had any conversation with him. That's unfortunate, because I'm a big fan of his work. But no. Directors tend to have a singular vision of how things should be, at least I am. I feel there's only one way to do it and I try to capture that. So there's really no time to think like that. I knew that the tone would be so different and the style and plot that I didn't have to worry about that. So even if a shot is similar accidentally, or even on purpose a shot looks like a Fincher shot, hey, that's a good problem to have. [laughs] He's a master of the craft. But in the context of the movie, it's not a Fincher movie. 

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As movie-ticket subscription service MoviePass continues to stumble, its competitor Sinemia has announced a new cheaper plan for customers who don't mind only going to the movies on weekdays.

On Tuesday, Sinemia introduced a "weekday-only" plan for Monday through Thursday to encourage "attendance on days where most movie theaters have many empty seats" at a lower price than its other plans.

The discounted weekday plans are:

  • $3.99 per month (instead of $4.99 standard price) - One ticket to any movie per month.
  • $8.99 per month (instead of $10.99 standard price) - Three tickets to any movie per month.
  • $9.99 per month (instead of $12.99 standard price)- Two tickets to any movie per month including 3D, 4D and IMAX formats.
  • $14.99 per month (instead of $17.99 standard price) - Three tickets to any movie per month including 3D, 4D, IMAX formats.
  • $23.99 per month (instead of $29.99 standard price) - One ticket to any movie per day (aka unlimited) 2D movie tickets

MoviePass has been struggling to sustain itself. Months after it began transitioning users to a new 3-movies-a-month plan, it's still limiting movies and showtimes that subscribers can see, and its parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, recently postponed a critical shareholders vote on another reverse-stock split.

Meanwhile, Sinemia has emerged as an alternative to MoviePass for moviegoers who don't want to be limited in the movies they can see (like MoviePass), or to a particular theater chain (like with AMC Stubs A-List).

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          Netflix's 'The Haunting of Hill House' director went into detail on how they pulled off episode 6      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • "The Haunting of Hill House" director Mike Flanagan explained in a Twitter thread on Sunday how episode six, "Two Storms," and its multiple long takes, were pulled off.
  • Flanagan said the initial plan was to shoot the episode last to give the cast and crew more time to prepare, but it was moved up due to budget issues. 
  • He also revealed that his wife, Kate Siegel, who played Theo on the show, found out she was pregnant the night before filming a big segment of the episode.

Netflix already released a behind-the-scenes video on its new horror series, "The Haunting of Hill House," that takes a look at the show's standout sixth episode, "Two Storms." But fans have been clamoring for more information on the five long takes that make up the episode, the longest being 17 minutes.

Director Mike Flanagan detailed how the episode was pulled off in a lengthy Twitter thread on Sunday and said the episode was "part of the very first pitch for the show."

Flanagan said most of the camera choreography was included in the script, which made it tough to read.

The sets for the haunted Hill House and Shirley's funeral home were built with episode six in mind. According to Flanagan, "They were built on adjacent stages, and had to accommodate a hallway that would physically connect them so that Hugh could walk directly from the funeral home to Hill House in shot 1."

Flanagan said the set had hiding places for the crew and equipment for when the long takes took place and there wasn't a place to cut the scene. He added that he wanted to shoot the episode last to give the crew and cast more time to prepare, but that didn't happen. 

"Budget issues resulted in the studio moving the episode up to the beginning of our third production block, and rapidly accelerating our prep time," Flanagan explained. "Production was shut down, rehearsals for ep 6 began March 6th, 2018. We rehearsed daily with our second team stand-ins, who performed the entire episode as actors as we learned the camera, lighting, and acting choreography. They were HEROES and made the whole thing possible."

Flanagan said the studio also initially wanted to cut the storms from the episode to avoid paying for additional lights for lightning effects, and because water would sometimes flood the sets.

"This first segment involved hiding the younger actors playing the Crain children around the corner in the viewing room, so they could run in and replace their adult counterparts during a 360-degree move around Tim Hutton," Flanagan continued. "The adults sprinted back into place a moment later."

Flanagan said there was concern that the tight schedule would put pressure on the child actors, but it "proved to be a non-issue, as they knew their lines cold (and even the adults' lines)."

To conclude the thread, Flanagan said he and his wife Kate Siegel, who plays Theo on the show, learned she was pregnant with their second child the night before filming segment three. 

"Made me really nervous every time I saw her fall down," Flanagan said. "Added a special layer of nerves to the stress of the ep."

To see the entire thread, click here.

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          'Venom' gives Sony an edge over Disney in its fight to keep 'Spider-Man,' according to industry experts      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Despite abysmal reviews, "Venom" is a hit with audiences and has grossed over $500 million worldwide.
  • The movie is Sony's first jump back into the "Spider-Man" universe without Marvel Studios in its corner since "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" misfired in 2014.
  • Box-office experts agree that the movie's success is no fluke and that it's the rebound Sony needed.
  • "If they consistently make films audiences want to see, Disney will have to buy Sony to get 'Spider-Man' back," said Jeff Bock, a senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations.
  • Sony has multiple "Spider-Man" projects in development, and a "Venom" sequel is highly likely.

Before Sony's latest foray into the world of Spider-Man, "Venom," hit theaters a month ago, there were worries that the studio might have a flop on its hands.

Critics couldn't publish their takes on the movie until October 2, two days before "Venom" would be screened to audiences. Such a short span of time between a film's review embargo and its release is usually a sign of trouble, and this was: Critics tore into the movie, which ultimately scored a 27% critical rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Sony couldn't afford another misfire after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" failed to generate excitement in 2014. If "Venom" bombed, it probably would have spelled defeat for its "Spider-Man" universe going forward. (It's still Sony's biggest cinematic property.)

"If it had failed, there is a chance Sony would have definitely returned to the bargaining table with Disney," Jeff Bock, a senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, told Business Insider. "Now, that's up in the air."

Fortunately for Sony, "Venom" is a hit.

The movie, which stars Tom Hardy, has brought in over $500 million worldwide with a $100 million production budget. It has an 87% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes from 32,000 ratings, and a B+ from Cinemascore. It broke the box-office record for an October opening weekend, with $80 million, after estimates put it in the range of $65 million to $75 million.

The success of "Venom" means Sony's "Spider-Man" cinematic universe, which once looked as if it were on life support, is here to stay.

amazing spiderman 2 Courtesy Columbia Pictures

Sony strikes a deal with Marvel Studios

In 2015, Sony made a deal with Marvel Studios in which Spider-Man could be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while Sony maintained distribution rights and creative control. It meant Sony could still make movies based on the 900 Marvel Spider-Man characters it owns the film rights to, while Marvel and its parent company, Disney, could use the character in its film universe.

The deal came after Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," the sequel to its 2012 reboot, floundered at the box office. It raked in just over $200 million in the US, barely more than its production budget, after opening to a disappointing $91 million. Most of its money came from the international box office, which isn't new for a blockbuster, though it wasn't enough to fulfill Sony's grander "Spider-Man" vision to compete with Marvel after "The Avengers" made $1.5 billion worldwide two years before.

"Everyone had high hopes for this," a production assistant on "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," who wished to remain anonymous to protect future business relationships, told Business Insider. "They were projecting for it to at least make more money than the first one."

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" made less domestically and globally than its predecessor. Then came the Sony hack in November 2014, in which WikiLeaks released a massive trove of private Sony emails, data, and files. Internal communications about "reinvigorating" the "Spider-Man" franchise and potentially having Marvel Studios produce were revealed.

It all forced Sony to reevaluate its planned Spider-verse, which would have included a "Sinister Six" villain-centric spin-off that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" attempted to set up. Instead, Sony worked with Marvel Studios to deliver MCU's "Spider-Man: Homecoming," starring Tom Holland, last year; it was a hit.

"Sony just wants to make a buck, and they don't mind throwing s--- at the wall to make a buck," the former production assistant said.

Venom 2 SonySony

'Venom' helps Sony rebound

If you asked critics, "Venom" was another case of "throwing s--- at the wall." But audiences have thought differently, and box-office experts agree that the movie's success is no accident.

Sony "took a calculated risk with 'Venom,' and it's now going to be a series," Bock said. "It seems Disney needs Sony's 'Spider-Man' more than Sony needs Disney ... If they consistently make films audiences want to see, Disney will have to buy Sony to get 'Spider-Man' back."

"A half-billion dollars in revenue for 'Venom' worldwide proves that this is no fluke, and despite a critical drubbing, the film has found great favor with audiences who are fully vested in the 'Spider-Man' brand as well as their embracing of Tom Hardy," the comScore senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Business Insider.

What's next for Sony's "Spider-Man" plans?

The animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" hits theaters this December. The "Homecoming" follow-up with Marvel Studios, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," comes to theaters in July.

Apart from the MCU, Sony is developing multiple spin-offs like "Venom," including one starring Jared Leto as the vampire Morbius, and one featuring Black Cat, a frequent Spider-Man love interest. There's even the possibility that Spider-Man himself could show up, though it remains to be seen whether it would be Tom Holland's MCU version or someone else.

Oh, and a "Venom" sequel is highly likely.

"There is strong interest in a sequel, which will no doubt happen given its success," Box Office Analyst's Doug Stone said.

Read more: What you need to know about the 'Spider-Man' villain who appears in the 'Venom' after-credits scene

Of course, there is the possibility that Sony doesn't ride this momentum and its "Amazing Spider-Man 2" problems happen all over again.

Ken Miyamoto, a former Sony story analyst and script reader in the 2000s who is now an industry blogger for ScreenCraft, told Business Insider that Sony would "clearly fast-track these titles in hopes of replicating the box-office success of 'Venom.'"

"And I just don't see it working with those characters," Miyamoto said. "Nobody cares."

He added: "If you push things too fast to try and emulate the MCU to create connected multi-franchises, you're going to suffer the same fate you did before."

But for now, the success of "Venom" and the likely success of "Into the Spider-Verse" next month have positioned Sony well and changed its balance of power with Disney. Beyond "Spider-Man," Sony is developing "Bloodshot," a film it hopes to turn into another comic-book-based cinematic universe, starring Vin Diesel and produced by the "Fast and Furious" franchise producer Neal Moritz.

"This is just the beginning of Sony's reemergence as a studio of box-office distinction," Bock said. "They're not giving it up without a fight."

If you have insight into the success of "Venom" and Sony's "Spider-Man" plans, email the author at tclark@businessinsider.com.

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          'Voting in 2016 Vs. Voting In 2018' Tweets Gamers Will Appreciate       Cache   Translate Page      

It's Election Day! Game Informer's Matt Miller wrote here about how and why gamers didn't make it to the polls in recent elections, but a popular meme sweeping through twitter might be a good indication that young voters are getting out this year. The "Voting in 2016 vs. Voting in 2018" meme is blowing up and giving voters a hilarious platform to express their thoughts on this election, and gaming culture is getting in on the action. Here are the best we have found:

https://twitter.com/saephon_gg/status/1059866734725861378

I call this one "Toon to Terror."

https://twitter.com/BoringLegalName/status/1059864240742383618

You've got a little something on your face there. 

https://twitter.com/MrStephenOyoung/status/1059862927765729281

Stay positive!

https://twitter.com/TMO_NYC/status/1059859485043421185

Becoming a Jedi Master in two years is quite a feat. 

https://twitter.com/chaensaw/status/1059859228914003969

This nightmare fuel Pikachu reminds me of something

https://twitter.com/Fauxtaku/status/1059858490888462338

And we thought it was the crown that did it. 

https://twitter.com/DMarco_Polo/status/1059650477275729921

Tommy DeMarco made a ton of these, it was hard to narrow it down! 

https://twitter.com/charmedmom8/status/1059868421335199744

Captain America doing his civic duty. 

https://twitter.com/LainyGoat/status/1059854036659331072

Burn, baby! Burn!

https://twitter.com/Scryburn/status/1059853949367472133

"For so long, all I could do was destroy. But now, I have a chance to save something..."

https://twitter.com/thegyozaking/status/1059850871100579842

Cloud had a graphic experience. 

https://twitter.com/LtEagleEye/status/1059849552390488066

Screaming intensifies.

https://twitter.com/VZ_Blade/status/1059848135176937473

Kirby finally rests and watches the sun rise on a grateful universe. 


          Dating in Mid-Life: fear, growth and (hopefully!) a bit of romance       Cache   Translate Page      
Me, 46 years old, getting ready to go into the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, Hallowe'en 2018
I have been single for a long time.  Separated since 2007, formally divorced in 2013, I have only dated two people in that entire time. One was on-and off (mostly off) during 2010-11.  The other was more recent. I waited 7 years to dip a toe back into the dating pool for many reasons.  The most important was that my daughter (now in secondary school) was young and it was of considerable importance to me that 1) I focus completely on her and 2) not have a revolving door of 'uncles' come through her life.  But in addition to that, I've been very happy and content with the life I have.  Its a good one. Its only very recently that I've allowed a seed of 'what if?' to be nurtured in my head.

Also, during those 7 years, I have attempted to work on myself. To work on my own emotional sobriety, and work on my self-worth.  I am in recovery for alcoholism since 2003 and completely sober since 31 August, 2011 (I had a series of short but significant relapses from 2009-2011).  I use the term 'self-worth' because I really do believe like attracts like.  When I was drinking, I was ashamed of myself and didn't value who I was.  It was natural to set the bar very low when it came to romantic interests.  I had hoped that in the ensuing years, as I've settled into sobriety, have raised a beautiful, kind, smart and compassionate small human, am capable of looking after and running my own home,  have established community roots and strong friendships with sound people and have had a really wonderful opportunity to grow into the person I always wanted to become...I thought, maybe I would like some romantic companionship in my life?  Maybe this is the right time?

I still have much to learn.  From my recent foray back into the world of romance and rejection I've learned a lot about myself.  Mainly, I take people at face value when I should be more wary.  If someone tells me something about themselves, I tend to believe them (instead of waiting and seeing if their actions match their words).  I don't want to become naturally distrustful of people but as the universe has tried to teach me over and over again...I really need to slow down, be less impatient and really give someone the time to show me who they are.  And when someone shows you who they are, believe them.

Reykjavík, Iceland Hallowe'en 2018

I've learned that emotional sobriety / maturity is a must-have for me and if someone doesn't have it, that's a deal breaker.  'Emotional sobriety' refers to someone in recovery (like me) who doesn't just stop drinking but takes the time to be unflinching honest with themselves and work on personal growth.  I have learned that just because someone says they are honest, you really have to pay attention, over a good amount of time, to see if that's true.  That sounds so obvious but this is a lesson I am still learning. Some people are so caught up in their own reality that they don't even realise they are incapable of being truthful with themselves.  Don't ignore red flags and listen to your instincts.  If you're getting to know/dating someone in recovery (whether you are in recovery yourself or not) and that person claims to have been sober for X amount of time but doesn't include slips (slips change your sobriety date, non negotiable), this may be a sign that they are incapable of being honest with themselves, never mind anyone else.  The equivalent term for someone not in recovery is 'emotional maturity'. It basically means someone who can show up for life and doesn't allow themselves to be paralysed by insecurities (we all have them!) or fear of emotions (deeply connecting with other human beings is scary for all of us!).

Listen to your gut. I was getting to know someone recently over about a month or so and found it so anxiety driven and not fun to the point I became physically sick and I think my body was literally trying to tell me how not-right this other person was for me.  I called it off and have been amazed at how much better I'm sleeping and feeling (both mentally and physically) since.  Getting to know someone / the early stages of a relationship, that should be the fun part. That's the exciting part and if its miserable or hard work even then, that may be a glaring sign something isn't right.  Don't ignore your gut.

From that brief encounter I also learned that I am absolutely ready to be in a proper, healthy relationship and give myself to that completely.  I was so happy being single that when I decided to open myself up to dating again I thought that seeing someone a couple times a month would be the most I could handle. Nope.  If anything, being willing to open up my heart again to someone has shown me I am 100% ready for the full deal...a committed, monogamous relationship with the right man whom I can share every aspect of my life with.  That is what I am ready for.

So how do you navigate the dating world in your mid 40s? Its changed so much since I was young & single in my late 20s! I did try dating websites, briefly, but was overwhelmed at how fast they work.  I signed up to one of the big dating websites and within hours had loads of messages. Too fast for me. Plus, I felt like the profiles told me very little about people, just what they wanted others to know. One fella, who was 32 had an opening line of "In the age of Macron..." props for that. I don't think we were a match but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't complimented by an eloquent 32 tech industry worker messaging me with elegant flattery.

Blue Lagoon (amazing!), Iceland Hallowe'en 2018

I decided to take to twitter, which is a platform I'm familiar with and trust, and create a thread being very specific about what I'm looking for in a romantic partner.  I found this process to be wholly empowering.  The motivation behind it wasn't even getting loads of likes or dates but formally articulating to the universe what I want.  If I don't know what I want or can't articulate it, how can I ever expect to receive it?

And I've had a very supportive, good response so far.  Everyone has been very mature and sound. I don't know what's going to happen but I know I am open to opening my heart more and meeting / getting to know more people.  I know the best is yet to come.



          Climat et finances: le Conseil régional et ses élus courent après le temps      Cache   Translate Page      
Ces lundi et mardi 22 et 23 octobre, il a beaucoup été question du temps et de sa projection, l'avenir, lors de la plénière du Conseil régional de Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Un sujet du temps aux multiples facettes, des plus pragmatiques et concrètes aux considérations les plus universelles : le temps de parole des intervenants, le temps venu de souffler les bougies d'une mandature à mi-course et des grandes lignes de sa conduite budgétaire pour les 3 ans qu'il lui reste, le temps de l'urgence climatique réaffirmée à plusieurs voies(et voix) dans l'assemblée... Une course après le temps, souvent source de frustration pour les élus, dans une plénière pourtant assurée sur 2 jours pour près d'une cinquantaine de dossiers abordés.
          11/6/2018: Comment: Immigrant ‘caravan’ heading for the States puts our own illegals under US microscope      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Andy Bean & Derek Mears set to play Alec Holland & Swamp Thing in DC series      Cache   Translate Page      
DC Universe&#39;s upcoming Swamp Thing TV series has been adding cast-members left and right lately, and the latest casting news concerns the big, green guy himself. It&#39;s been announced that Andy Bean (IT: CHAPTER TWO) will be stepping into the role of Dr. Alec Holland, a passionate biologist who comes to the realization that his work may be the cause of a deadly swamp-born… Read More...
          Will Patton to play Avery Sunderland in DC Universe's Swamp Thing series      Cache   Translate Page      
After playing Sheriff&#39;s Deputy Frank Hawkins in the recent HALLOWEEN sequel, Deadline reports that Will Patton will be turning to the dark side as Avery Sunderland in the upcoming Swamp Thing TV series which will debut on the DC Universe streaming service next year. Penned by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, Swamp Thing will follow Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she &quot;investigates… Read More...
          English In-home tutor Richmond Hill - TB Richmond Hill - Richmond Hill, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Swamp Thing's coming, hide your heart girl      Cache   Translate Page      

As DC Universe continues to hunt around for the killer app—Doom Patrol? Stargirl? Harley Quinn?that’ll help us all forget that it’s the house that “Fuck Batman” built, one of the weirder projects on the streaming service’s current production slate took another step toward existing today. Deadline reports that the…

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          150 Brands Using Squirrly Social      Cache   Translate Page      
We now have 150 brands using Squirrly Social to manage their social media. This is super exciting. Squirrly Social is our latest product added to our Squirrly Software Universe. It was launched on 24th October 2018. The tickets were sold [...]
          In Another Life, Chapter 24 by foreverlovingdaryldixon [M]      Cache   Translate Page      

Caryl, but in a series of alternate universes.

Newest chapter prompt: 

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          Angel Wisdom with Sharon Taphorn ~ Activation      Cache   Translate Page      
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This is a time of activation, of taking steps, of being present in your now, and following the flow of life. As you become more present in your now, you will find these all start to flow together, like a well-oiled machine. Remember that as without, as within, so as you learn to do this for yourself, you will see it change things in your world. There is also more going on than meets the eye, like the iceberg, much of what is there is not immediately seen.
Find an activity you can do where you are fully present so that you can forget about your surroundings. Let this activity be one that requires physical movement like dancing, walking in the park, or any other activity that lets you have a multidimensional sensory experience. It is in these times when your creative mind can soar and the answers that you seek can come to you.
Thought for today: There is an activation in your awareness happening right now. Tune into that guidance and you will find that life flows with more ease as you go about the activities of your daily life.   
And so it is

You are dearly loved and supported always, the angels

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          Generic Resource Leak Detection with ETW and EasyHook      Cache   Translate Page      

Originally posted on: http://blog.freestylecoding.com/akraus1/archive/2016/01/30/172079.aspx

When you are tracking down handle or other leaks you usually need to resort to Windbg which is a great tool for unmanaged code but not so much for managed code because the usual stuff like !htrace only get the unmanaged call stack.  For managed code this approach breaks because you will not see which managed callers did allocate or free a handle. Other Windbg approaches like putting a breakpoint and then print out the handle and the call stack at the allocate/free methods work, but for heavily called methods they slow down the application too much. A much easier and faster approach is to hook the methods in question and write out an ETW event for each acquire/release call where the ETW infrastructure takes care of walking the stack. To hook specific exported methods I usually use EasyHook which is a great library to hook into pretty much any C style exported method.

Below I present a generic way to use hooking of resource acquire and release methods and tracing them with ETW which enables a generic way to track down any resource leakage as long as the necessary functions are within the reach of an API interception framework. To my knowledge that was not done before in any public library and I take therefore credit to make this approach public. Perhaps I have invented this approach but one never knows for sure.

EasyHook Introduction

EasyHook lets you define managed callbacks to intercept publicly exported methods of any processes. In the managed callback you can extend the functionality of an existing API or trace method arguments which is more often the case. If you have e.g. an executable which exports a method named Func which takes 5 arguments and returns an int like

extern "C" int WINAPI Func(int *a, int *b, int *c, int *d, int *e)
{
    *a = 1;
    *b = 2;
    *c = 3;
    *d = 4;
    *e = 5;
    return 1234;
}

you can write in managed code an interceptor for it which additionally needs a matching delegate and a PInvoke signature of the original method

        [UnmanagedFunctionPointer(CallingConvention.StdCall, CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError = true)]
        unsafe delegate int FuncDelegate(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e);

        [DllImport("UnmanagedWithExports.exe", CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError = true, CallingConvention = CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        unsafe static extern int Func(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e);
 
        unsafe static int Func_Hooked(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e)
        {
            int lret = Func(a, b, c, d, e);
            return lret;
        }

To override in the target process you need to execute

        FuncHook = LocalHook.Create(LocalHook.GetProcAddress("UnmanagedWithExports.exe", "Func"), new FuncDelegate(Func_Hooked), this);
        FuncHook.ThreadACL.SetExclusiveACL(null);

The Hook creation is self explanatory but the hook is  disabled for all threads by default. You can either specify a list of threads for which the hook should be enabled ( LocalHook.ThreadACL.SetInclusiveACL(...) ) or you can configure a list of threads for which it should be disabled ( LocalHook.ThreadACL.SetExclusiveACL(…) ). By calling SetExclusiveACL with a null list or new int [] { 0 } which is not a valid thread number you are effectively enabling the hook for all threads.

That was the whirlwind tour into EasyHook which makes it really easy to tap into otherwise unreachable parts of code execution. Most Windows APIs are prepared to be hooked so you can intercept pretty much anything. In practice all C style exported methods are usually within your reach. With that new capability you can do previously impossible things like

  • Write a generic resource leak detection tool which tracks every resource acquire and release call.
  • Export a dummy method in your C++ dll which is called from code where previously sporadic bugs did happen. E.g. trace each invocation of the dummy method which passes internal state variables from the sporadically failing method. 
    • Now you can hook the empty method and intercept the method calls with full call stacks during your automated builds only on the machines where it did occur with minimal overhead.
  • Record the passed parameters to any exported method without the need to change the source code (which you probably don't have anyway) of this method.
  • Alter method arguments at runtime (e.g. redirect file open calls to other files).
  • ….

If you try it out you will find that the interception part works pretty well but for some reason the call stack for x64 processes looks broken when you inspect it in the debugger. We only see the managed intercepted call but no stack frames from our callers:

0:000> kc
 # Call Site
00 EasyHook64!LhPatchHookReturnAddress
01 EasyHook64!LhBarrierBeginStackTrace
02 0x0
03 0x0
04 0x0
05 0x0
06 clr!UM2MThunk_WrapperHelper
07 clr!UM2MThunk_Wrapper
08 clr!Thread::DoADCallBack
09 clr!UM2MDoADCallBack
0a clr!UMThunkStub
0b 0x0
0c 0x0
0d 0x0
0e 0x0
0f 0x0
10 0x0
11 0x0
12 0x0
13 0x0
14 0x0
15 0x0
16 0x0

but it should show our callers as well which should look like
0:000> kc
 # Call Site
00 EasyHook64!LhPatchHookReturnAddress
01 EasyHook64!LhBarrierBeginStackTrace
02 0x0
03 0x0
04 0x0
05 0x0
06 clr!UM2MThunk_WrapperHelper
07 clr!UM2MThunk_Wrapper
08 clr!Thread::DoADCallBack
09 clr!UM2MDoADCallBack
0a clr!UMThunkStub
0b UnmanagedWithExports!main
0c UnmanagedWithExports!__tmainCRTStartup
0d KERNEL32!BaseThreadInitThunk
0e ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart

The problem comes from the fact that under 64 bit stack walking works differently than under 32 bit. When the Windows x64 calling convention was defined the engineers wanted to get rid of the exception handling overhead in the happy code path unlike in the Windows x86 execution model. With x86 every method which contains an exception handler needs to set their exception handler  callback even if no exception ever happens.

In contrast to that x64 code has zero overhead in terms of code execution speed no matter how many exception handlers are present in any method! To make that possible in x64 all code must additionally register exception unwind information structures which describe the stack layout and their exception handlers for every part of the function until function exit to enable proper stack unwinding by parsing the additional metadata if an exception is about to be thrown.

x64 Stack Walking and Unwind Information

The exception unwind information is also used by the stackwalker which is part of the reason why our stack is broken. To intercept method calls EasyHook copies assembly code to a memory location which acts as trampoline code for our managed hook callback. This assembler trampoline code has no associated exception unwind information which is a problem if you try to step with a debugger through a hooked method. I tried to add the missing exception unwind information to the dynamically emitted assembler code by patching EasyHook. This led down into the dark corners of assembler ABI in function Prologue and Epilogue.

Here are some links with further information if you are interested:

It took a while to wrap my head around it since it was not clear how to verify that the unwind info registration was correct. Luckily Windbg has a nice command to show you for any address the associated Unwind Information. The command is call .fnent xxx. xxxx is the method address. Below is the output of Windbg for the trampoline assembler code with the now dynamically added Unwind Information:

0:000> .fnent 7ff6`79fa0318
Debugger function entry 0000003a`d75be570 for:

BeginAddress      = 00000000`00000318
EndAddress        = 00000000`000003c9
UnwindInfoAddress = 00000000`00000274

Unwind info at 00007ff6`79fa0274, 22 bytes
  version 1, flags 0, prolog 2d, codes f
  frame reg 5 (rbp), frame offs 00h
  00: offs 26, unwind op 8, op info 3    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 50 reg: xmm3.
  02: offs 21, unwind op 8, op info 2    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 40 reg: xmm2.
  04: offs 1c, unwind op 8, op info 1    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 30 reg: xmm1.
  06: offs 17, unwind op 8, op info 0    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 20 reg: xmm0.
  08: offs 12, unwind op 3, op info 0    UWOP_SET_FPREG.
  09: offs e, unwind op 2, op info c    UWOP_ALLOC_SMALL.
  0a: offs a, unwind op 0, op info 5    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rbp.
  0b: offs 9, unwind op 0, op info 9    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: r9.
  0c: offs 7, unwind op 0, op info 8    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: r8.
  0d: offs 5, unwind op 0, op info 2    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rdx.
  0e: offs 4, unwind op 0, op info 1    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rcx.

If you need to do it by yourself you can look at https://github.com/Alois-xx/EasyHook/blob/develop/DriverShared/LocalHook/install.c in method AddUnwindInfos

By using the Windbg stack commands (k and related) I could immediately see if I was on the right track. If you want to see correct x64 method examples you can check out any C/C++ x64 compiler output to see what is possible. The dumpbin tool can also display the exception unwind infos with

dumpbin /unwindinfo dddd.exe/.dll

for any executable or dll.

The version 1 unwind codes are only necessary to describe the function Prologue which is sufficient to reconstruct the stack layout of all saved registers at any time in a method. If you have more exotic Epilogues you need to describe them with specific Unwind codes as well which were introduced with Windows 10 (I guess)? The Unwind Info version 2 is not documented at MSDN anywhere yet but you can have a look at a small snippet of the Windows Kernel stack unwinder which is copied into CoreCLR at: https://github.com/dotnet/coreclr/blob/master/src/unwinder/amd64/unwinder_amd64.cpp. See the methods OOPStackUnwinderAMD64::UnwindEpilogue, OOPStackUnwinderAMD64::VirtualUnwind and related.

After adding correct unwind codes stack walking did work only up to certain point where it still got corrupted because EasyHook repeatedly replaces the return address of the current method with the CLR stub and the backpatch routine to reset the old return address after our managed hook returns. During this time the stack is by definition not walkable because the return address of our caller is not even present on the stack while we are executing our managed callback. To get out of this EasyHook already provides a solution by replacing as direct return address the original hook entry point temporarily to make the stack walkable again. But that works only while we are in a hook handler in  terms of EasyHook speak. That means that we can restore the stack only before we call the hooked method. After that we cannot restore the return location anymore. That is a problem if we want to log the returned arguments of a hooked method (e.g. the actual handle value of CreateWindow, CreateFile, …). Since I know that our current return address must be the hook specific assembler code to restore the original caller address I did extend  NativeAPI.LhBarrierBeginStackTrace and NativeAPI.LhBarrierEndStackTrace of EasyHook to locate the hook stub code and to replace it with the original entry point of the first hooked function of the current thread. After that change EasyHook is able to get you into a state where the stack is fully walkable before and after you call the hooked method for x64 and x86.

Unfortunately the x64 ETW Stackwalker of Windows 7 stops on any method which has no matching loaded module (e.g. trampoline hook code and JITed code) so this is still not working with ETW events in Windows 7. But custom ETW events with proper Unwind Infos will work on Windows 8 or later. I still wish that MS would fix the Windows 7 ETW stackwalker because this also breaks profiling JITed x64 code on Windows 7 machines. 32 bit code works though since Windows 7.

Generic ETW Resource Tracing

At the time of writing you can see the changes on my EasyHook fork at https://github.com/Alois-xx/EasyHook/commits/develop. I hope that the changes will get into the main line of EasyHook soon. I still have left out an important aspect of a generic ETW leak tracer. How should we trace it so it is easy to diagnose with WPA? WPA for Windows 10 can graph custom event data if they are numeric and non hexadecimal Sum columns. We need to trace every resource acquire and release. Usually you get back some handle so this should be included as well. The resource could be something big like a bitmap which has  a specific memory size so it makes sense to trace the allocation size as well. The basic ETW trace calls should therefore have the form

    AcquireResource(ulong Handle, long AllocSize, string Allocator)
    ReleaseResource(ulong Handle, long AllocSize, string Allocator)

With such an API we can trace for CreateFile, CreateWindow, … and such with a simple ETW trace call all relevant information. For simple handle based resources where no metadata is available how big they are it makes sense to use 1 in the Aquire call as allocation size and -1 for the Release call. If all Aquire and Release calls for the Allocator e.g. CreateWindow are balanced out the WPA Sum column for the total allocation size (Field 2) will balance out to zero. If there is a leak we will see a positive excess in WPA for which we can filter.

 

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Here we see e.g. that our free method which seems to do the wrong thing seems to release sometimes with an allocation size of zero 68 times which is exactly the number of outstanding allocation size which is graphed in Field 2.

As an example for CreateWindow we would issue

   AcquireResource(windowHandle, 1, "CreateWindow")

and for each hooked DestroyWindow call we would trace

   ReleaseResource(handle, -1, "DestroyWindow")

You can use the tool ETWstackwalk as a simple window handle leak detector which is now part of my EasyHook fork. You need to compile ETWStackwalk.exe as Administrator under x64 to register the ETW manifest. You get then something like this as output.

Window Handle Leak Tracing

ETWStackwalk is part of EasyHook which serves as demonstration what can be done with it. Here is its help output

ETWStackWalk.exe v1.0.0.0 by Alois Kraus 2016
Injects an ETW tracer to external processes to find resource leaks. Works for x64 since Win 8 or later. Works for 32 bit processes since Windows 7.
ETWStackWalk [-hook [createfile] [-outfile xxx.etl] [createwindow]] [-debug] [-help] [-pid ddd] [-start executable with optionalargs]
   -help                 This message
   -hook                 Hook specified methods to trace handle leaks.
                         createwindow Intercept Create/DestroyWindow calls.
                         createfile   Intercept CreateFile calls.
   -outfile xxxx.etl     Output file name to which the hook tracing data will be written to. Default is %temp%\ResourceLeaks.etl
   -pid ddd              Hook into specified process
   -start executable     Start executable and then hook after 5s to give it time to initialize.
   -noetw                Disable ETW recording (used for unit testing).
   -debug                Used to debug EasyHook trampoline code. Hook notepad.exe and start Windbg of Windows 10 SDK.
Examples:
Monitor all CreateWindow/DestroyWindow calls to detect window handle leaks in an already running application with process id ddd
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createwindow -pid dddd
Monitor all CreateFile calls. There you can log e.g. return code, passed file name, flags and other flags of interest.
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createfile -pid dddd
Test hooking a method which writes if hooked an ETW event for every allocation and deallcation event to simulate a handle leak.
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook funcetw -start UnmanagedWithExports.exe 500000
If something goes wrong you can directly debug it with Windbg if you have the Win10 SDK installed by adding the -debug switch
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook funcetw -debug -start UnmanagedWithExports.exe 500000

To start window handle leak tracing you need to get the pid of an already running process because EasyHook is not able to inject its code while the process is still starting the CLR which can lead to all sorts of weird errors. Instead you can attach to an already running process and tell ETWStackWalk to enable createwindow/destroywindow tracing. You can also configure and output etl file if you wish our you stick to the default.

D:\Source\git\easyhook\Build\netfx4-Release\x64>ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createwindow -outfile c:\temp\resourceLeak.etl  -pid 14960
Start ETW Recording ...
Hooking into proces 14960 for createwindow 
Press Enter to stop recording
ETWStackwalk has been installed in target 14960.


Stopping ETW Recording. This can take some minutes ...
        Stop WPR Output: To analyze this trace run: wpa "c:\temp\resourceleak.etl"
Start Analysis with wpa c:\temp\resourceleak.etl -profile easyhook.wpaprofile

I have crated a suitable easyhook.wpaprofile which is dedicated to easily analyze resource leaks.  There you get a nice overview per handle and all associated aquire and release operations. The graph shows the duration how long a handle was open until it was closed again. The Start/Stop ETW Opcode Name corresponds to acquire/release calls for this handle. If handles are reused you can still see any excess (too many aquire or release calls) in the AllocSize column which is a sum of all calls  where each CreateWindow counts with +1 and all calls to DestroyWindow count as -1. If all calls cancel out you see for that handle an summed AllocSize (Field 2) of zero. The allocation size shows you that in my test while opening a solution in VS2015 where 6 additional windows were created and not yet closed. This makes it easy to filter for the outstanding window handles which have an AllocSize > 0. Then you can open drill into the call stacks and you have found the root cause of pretty much any window handle leak with practically zero speed impact of your application while this approach is generic and can be applied to any resource leak. This tester serves only as demonstration that is based on the combination of ETW and EasyHook but with this concept we can tackle a wide range of sporadic resource leaks which are now solvable with a systematic approach.

 

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If we hook other generic methods like CloseHandle we are in a bad position since it is a generic close method which closes many different handle types. But we can (literally) sort things out if we group in WPA by handle (Field 1) and filter away all handles which have a negative allocation size (Field 2). This removes all handles for which CloseHandle was called but no corresponding e.g. CreateFile call was traced. From that on we can continue to search for outstanding file handles by looking at the totals as usual.

Now you know why the handle is always the first argument to our ETW trace calls. If we position the handle at the same method parameter location in our ETW manifest we can group the acquire and release calls by handle which is exactly what we want in WPA got generate the graph and table above.

Hooking and ETW Performance

I was telling you that this approach is fast. So how fast can it get? The y-axis are not ms but us where the average function execution time of a hooked basically empty int Func(int *a, int *b, int *c, int *d, int *e) was measured. It is interesting that the raw function execution speed from a few nanoseconds jumps to ca. 1us with ETW tracing and goes up to 4us (measured on my Haswell i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz under Windows 8.1) if ETW stackwalking is enabled.  That means we can get full ETW events and stack walking at a rate of 250.000 calls/s by using that approach. That is more than most tracing frameworks offer and these do not capture the full call stack. If that is still too slow you can use EasyHook as a pure unmanaged Interceptor which could give you perhaps a factor 2-4 but then you need to take care of a lot more things.

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What is odd is that x86 ETW tracing seems to be slower for x86 and under x64 but I did not look into that more deeply. In general x86 code should still be faster if we do the same thing because the CPU caches do not grow but the pointer and instruction size of code and data increases under x64 which simply needs more cycles as Rico Mariani explains in A little 64 bit follow-up. As long as you do not need the big address space you should not simply buy the argument that x64 is the future because it is more modern. If you want to do your users a favor you should favor the small is beautiful approach. With small I mean small code, small and efficient data structures and small code complexity. 

WPA Performance Issue (Windows 10 SDK 10.0.10586.15)

When parsing custom ETW events WPA parses the strings in a very inefficient way which can lock up your machine easily for minutes. On my 8 core machine the custom view takes minutes to build up and uses 4 cores to parse the strings from my custom ETW events. The problem is that WPA also uses code from a static helper class which is grossly inefficient. Have a look at this profiling data:

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WPA uses 4/8 cores where 3 cores are spending CPU cycles spinning to get a lock while only one core is doing actual work (12,5% CPU is one core on a 8 core machine). This effectively single threaded operation is also very inefficient implemented. The problem comes from TDHHelper.GetStringForPropertyAtIndex which parses a string from an ETW event. This is done in a static class under a global lock:

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When I drill down into one thread I see that EnsureCapacity and EnsureRoomForTokensAndClear are responsible for 43% of the execution time which would go away if the List<IntPtr> instances would be reused. It could also help that the parsed strings are cached which would reduce the time quite a bit if I play around with groupings in WPA. That is a major bottleneck and should be solved as my top performance issue in the current WPA implementation. I have not noticed such long delays with WPA 8.1. A quick check reveals that the code is nearly the same in previous versions. So it was always slow but with more and more custom ETW events this display is becoming much more important than before. If you look at custom CLR events (e.g. Exceptions grouped by type) you will notice the very slow reaction of WPA due to this issue.

Outlook

If you have read this far congrats. You had to digest quite many technical details from many different areas. If you are searching for a way to get rid of Windbg for resource leak analysis and use a simpler tool ETWStackwalk could be it. It is easy to extend for any other API you are interested in and it works for x86 and x64 (Win 8 and later). If you want to intercept another API you only need to extend the method injector which is declared in

easyhook\Test\ETWStackWalk\Injector.cs

In the Injector you see some examples for CreateFile and CreateWindow which contains mostly boilerplate code. The hook generation code could certainly be simplified. A nice addition would it be to compile the interception code on the fly and pass the actual Interceptor class as configuration file which would make hooking new methods truly dynamic without the need to recompile ETWStackwalk every time a new API needs to be hooked. I had used a variation of this approach for my GDI bug in Windows which actually lead to a Windows Hotfix. But this was always bound to x86 code only. Since I have found some free time to greatly extend the usefulness of the hooking approach by making EasyHook playing nice with x64 stack walking. So far every resource leak (GDI handles, File, Semaphores, Desktop Heap, … ) needed a different approach or tool. It is time to come up with an approach which is powerful and generic enough to tackle all of such resource leaks with one tool and approach. I expect that at least the idea should become state of the art how resource problems are tackled in the next years. If you have used this approach already or you had success with the idea please share it here so we all can benefit by learning from each other. It was fun to get my hands dirty with x64 assembly and to find out how the basics of exception handling really work together. Going deep is my first nature. That was the main reason why I have studied particle physics to really understand how the universe works. The discovery of the Higgs boson was really a great thing and I can at least say that I have tested some small parts of the huge ATLAS detector (which was part of the discovery of the Higgs boson) during my time at the university 15 years ago. It is kind of cool to understand how my computer works from software to hardware down to subatomic level.

If you are wondering what on earth is that guy doing when he is not in front of a computer? Apparently this:

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With my two kids, not my boat and my wife we were enjoying two fantastic weeks at the Caribbean sea on St Thomas this January. The kids had great fun in the warm water and this was my first vacation where I did never freeze. Even the nights during winter time were above 25 Celsius. The water is so full of live I have not seen anywhere else. The Mediterranean sea looks like a desert compared to this. If you go to Coral World at St. Thomas you see many different fishes and corrals in aquariums. But if you go snorkeling you will see all animals from the zoo again which is really amazing. During that time home in Germany the people had quite a lot of snow but we were sweating the whole time which really felt odd. That's all for today. Happy bug hunting!


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  • "The Girl in the Spider's Web" director Fede Alvarez talked to Business Insider about why he decided to take over the franchise after David Fincher walked away following "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
  • He explained why he recast the role of Lisbeth Salander with Claire Foy. It was previously played by Rooney Mara.
  • Alvarez, who previously made the "Evil Dead" remake and the box office hit "Don't Breathe," also touched on why he thinks he's a failure if everyone likes his movies.

 

On paper, it seems almost like career suicide to take over a franchise that was once overseen by an auteur like David Fincher. But in a short time, Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez has proven he’s never looked to play it safe. 

You only have to go back to his feature debut to see that. In 2013, he remade one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, Sam Rami’s “Evil Dead,” and didn’t get kicked out of town for doing it.

Now following his 2016 hit horror, “Don’t Breathe,” he returns to the pressure of taking on a well-known property. With Fincher walking away from making a sequel to his 2011 thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” — the first American adaptation of the popular Millennium book series from the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson — Sony has enlisted Alvarez to give the franchise a reboot. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (opening in theaters Friday) skips to the fourth book in the franchise and replaces Fincher’s moody dark thriller vibe for an action suspense story and a new lead. Claire Foy, known best for her Emmy-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s “The Crown,” takes over playing the franchise star Lisbeth Salander from Rooney Mara, who played the role in Fincher’s movie.

In “Spider’s Web” Foy still plays Salander as a computer-hacking renegade who avenges abused women, but unlike “Dragon Tattoo,” she's now the center of the story with journalist Mikael Blomkvist (played by Daniel Craig in the Fincher movie, though he didn’t come back for this one either) in the background. And this time, the stakes are higher, as Salander must retrieve a program that can access the world’s nuclear codes before her evil twin sister, Camilla (Sylvia Hoeks), gets it.

Business Insider talked to Alvarez about making a soft reboot for a franchise that barely got off the ground, why he never met with Rooney Mara to see if she wanted to continue playing the Salander role, and the reason he’ll feel like a failure if everyone likes the movie.


Jason Guerrasio: What fascinated you about the project when it came to you?

Fede Alvarez: It was the character of Lisbeth Salander above all things. Obviously, it's a very special character. It's one that when I saw it for the first time, probably the first Swedish movie, you fall in love right away. She confronts you with all your prejudice in a way because when you see her you never expect to really encounter the character you will eventually in the story. It's someone that's as three dimensional as they get. That's one part and I think the other part is it wasn't the second book or third book, it wasn't a continuation of the last American movie. It was the fourth book by a different author (David Lagercrantz took over the series following the death of Larsson) and it's been eight years since the last movie. It was the right moment to say I can just do whatever I want to do with it and I can make it my own film. 

the girl in the spiders web sonyGuerrasio: So when they came to you they said they wanted to focus on the fourth book? That's how it was pitched to you?

Alvarez: Yeah. If they'd said they wanted to make the second book, I would have said no. No way. I would never have even tried to continue Fincher's story with my eye because we make different movies. I make pulpier movies. If someone wants a very dark classic thriller then they should go and rewatch his movie. 

Guerrasio: In regards to Lisbeth, what were you walking into? Was Rooney still going to be involved?

Alvarez: Sony deferred to me, in a way. If I remember correctly, if they brought back Rooney they would basically bring back the whole cast. If you bring one you bring back the whole universe. And casting is a big part of the director's job and I never make a movie where I don't write it. I write all my films. So with that approach I also have to cast the movie. I cannot take someone else's cast. It would be wrong for me to just use actors that are someone else's vision of the characters. In some franchises it's totally necessary but for this I didn't believe it was. 

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Guerrasio: That all being said, Rooney commented in the past that she was still interested in playing the character, did you talk to her and get a sense if you two could work together?

Alvarez: No. I never had that conversation. I think she would not have done it without Fincher. That's my feeling.

Guerrasio: Tell me how you came to casting Claire as your Lisbeth.

Alvarez: Normally the process is to start auditioning people. Have them come in for readings. At least that's how I do it. To really open it up to anybody. Even looking at the young actors who just landed in Hollywood. And I think we did some of that in the beginning of this. But then I saw Claire in "The Crown" and I felt right away that this is the actor to play this role. 

Guerrasio: That's interesting, even her playing the Queen of England, all prim and proper, you could see that she could play Lisbeth Slander?

Alvarez: Yeah. Because a director should not look at the superficial. You don't look at the clothes or how they speak or move. You look beyond that, you have to. And what I saw is this is someone that is really trying to keep feelings to her own and trying to be secretive of how she really feels because as the Queen she's not allowed often to express how she really feels. I felt the person to play Lisbeth Slander, a character that doesn't open up and doesn't share feelings, you need an actor who has a technique and has a craft that is so good that you're able to have a window into her soul. 

the girl in the spiders web 3Guerrasio: I will be honest, the casting of Mikael was very strange for me. I would assume you would want a known actor for that part. Can you explain why you went with lesser-known Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason for the role?

Alvarez: In the first movies, both the American and Swedish, although Lisbeth Salander is the most interesting character in them she's not the lead, the lead is Mikael Blomkvist. He's your way in, he's the character you love and know and understand everything. Lisbeth is a muse, is someone that he's following. But those movies are not about her. So for such a feminist icon as Lisbeth I felt like we cannot do that to her again, this has to be her movie. She has to be in the front. Do we need Mikael in the movie? Yes. You can't adapt a Millennium book without him, but I wanted to make sure he would not overshadow her. And that's when you write off any big star. The star would not just take that screen attention but the star will usually demand more screen time and perhaps even ask to change the story so he's more present in the movie. And that's not what I wanted. I wanted Mikael Blomkvist to be what many female co-leads have been for too long, the damsel in distress. I wanted him to be that. He's the one stuck with the kid in the end while she goes out and saves the world. [laughs]

Guerrasio: A conscious decision, but did you have to sell that to Sony?

Alvarez: Not really. No. I've been lucky that all the movies I've made I managed to make them with total independence and creative freedom. I just work with studios and producers that trust me and my decisions and support what I do. I don't go to those other Hollywood movies that you are just hired to do your part and it's more studio control. I don't do that. I've never done those and I'm going to keep trying to avoid those. 

the girl in the spiders web 4Guerrasio: This is not the first soft reboot you've done. You also directed the 2013 “Evil Dead.” Did you take anything from that experience and put it into making “The Girl in the Spider's Web”?

Alvarez: With “Evil Dead,” people loved it or hated it and that's something I do with my movies. I never try to please the whole theater. If I do I think I've failed, that I played it too safe. I always expect some portion of the theater to walk out pissed. Either feeling offended or the movie did something that rubbed them the wrong way. I always look for that. What I learned from that was if I'm faithful to the spirit of the material then eventually it would be okay. The perception of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” at the moment because of the comparisons, you always start on the wrong foot. That's what it was for “Evil Dead.” You start on the wrong foot because of people's expectations. I feel if my heart is in the right place people will eventually appreciate it. 

Guerrasio: Did the aura of Fincher hang over you at all while making this? Meaning, you didn't write something a certain way or shoot something a certain way because you felt Fincher would do it that way.

Alvarez: No. Now, he is an executive producer on this film, but I have never met him or had any conversation with him. That's unfortunate, because I'm a big fan of his work. But no. Directors tend to have a singular vision of how things should be, at least I am. I feel there's only one way to do it and I try to capture that. So there's really no time to think like that. I knew that the tone would be so different and the style and plot that I didn't have to worry about that. So even if a shot is similar accidentally, or even on purpose a shot looks like a Fincher shot, hey, that's a good problem to have. [laughs] He's a master of the craft. But in the context of the movie, it's not a Fincher movie. 

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          A Marvel star hinted months ago that the Infinity War deaths will be undone, and we missed it      Cache   Translate Page      
Ask any Marvel fan out there who the biggest Avengers leakers are and the names Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland will come up. One leaked the Infinity War ending before the movie and the other practically confirmed that at least one dead Avenger will return in Avengers 4. But it turns out there’s one other Marvel star who deserves credit for spoiling the upcoming movie. It happened months ago, actually, but we all somehow missed it. Playing Steve Rogers’ best friend Bucky Barnes who goes to the dark side before seeing the light again, is Sebastian Stan. Barnes also happens to have turned to ashes during Infinity War’s grand finale. And Stan also happens to qualify as a Marvel leaker. The actor accidentally revealed that the carnage at the end of the first Infinity movie will likely be undone, and you might have missed it. Speaking at Ace Comic Con before Avengers: Infinity War premiered (via ComicBook), Stan teased shooting a major scene that involved plenty of actors from the Marvel universe (emphasis ours):
There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there. I can't really talk about that scene, but I knew it took them three months in planning this scene to have everyone there. You look around and you just saw everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Michael Douglas to Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was there.
At the time, the fact that he shot a scene with Jackson, Douglas, and Pfeiffer didn’t really mean anything. But then Infinity War told us that Barnes and Nick Fury (Jackson) were killed when Thanos snapped his fingers. Then Ant-Man and The Wasp rolled along, and we found out that Hank Pym (Douglas) and Janet van Dyne (Pfeiffer) were also turned to ashes at the very same moment. The only way to have those characters in the same scenes in an upcoming movie is if they're not really dead. Stan later tried to walk back those comments during an Entertainment Tonight interview (see video at the end of this post), but the cat was already out of the bag:
I don’t think I revealed anything crazy. Like, everyone’s gonna be in this movie. Nobody crazy, that I mentioned, would not be in this film. Michael Douglas could come in and pour a tea for one scene, for all you know.
At that point during the interview, Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon, asked whether Douglas was in the movie. To which Stan this to say:
He is in the movie. At least the movie I was in It might not be in this movie, but it might be in the other one.
The interview was taped back when Infinity War premiered in late April, therefore well ahead of Ant-Man 2 and the revelations that came after it. We already know thanks to Michael Douglas and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed that the Ant-Man sequel lays the foundation of what’s coming next in Avengers 4 and the entire MCU. The Quantum Realm plays a significant part in the MCU, and it’ll likely allow the Avengers to travel through time to fix the whole Thanos mess. Also, that scene that was so difficult to shoot came up in Marvel commentary before, including the recent revelation that Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One), was only available for a single day to shoot her scenes. With all that in mind, let’s welcome Sebastian Stan into the club of Avengers leakers. He fully deserves it. Avengers 4, meanwhile, premieres in early May next year, with the first trailer expected to drop this month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOGQtgAA-gA
          GRANT MORRISON's THE GREEN LANTERN and Playing with DC's 'Whole Cosmic Playground'      Cache   Translate Page      
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"Join the excitement as depraved genius Rick Sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty across the universe and across time. Caught in the crossfire are his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry. This collection features the first five issues of the comic book series, including "The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street", "Mort-Balls!" and more, along with hilarious mini-comics showcasing the whole family."--Ba
          Star Wars. The force awakens : graphic novel adaptation by Ferrari, Alessandro (Alessandro Q.), author.      Cache   Translate Page      
From the ashes of the Galactic Empire a new order has arisen and the shadow of the dark side is once again falling over the universe. Only a few, led by Leia Organa, are ready to fight. Their only hope is to find Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, who vanished long ago. But will a new generation of freedom fighters be able to find him?
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          Swamp Thing Cast: Lead Roles For DC Universe Series Confirmed      Cache   Translate Page      
DC Universe casts Andy Bean and Derek Mears as the two-halves of <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/swamp-thing/"><strong><em>Swamp Thing</em></strong></a>'s titular character for its upcoming streaming series. In an effort to further expand their empire, DC launched a digital service just a few weeks ago. The platform is home to comics, old TV shows and movies, and original programming, with <a href="https://screenrant.com/swamp-thing-tv-series-dc-universe-james-wan/"><em>Swamp Thing</em> eventually joining the lineup</a>.
          Jude Law Compares Marvel Studios Secrecy to Harry Potter Franchise      Cache   Translate Page      
Actor Jude Law recently compared the level of secrecy that Marvel Studios demands versus that of the <em><strong><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/harry-potter/">Harry Potter</a></strong> </em>franchise. Law is currently apart of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the <em>Harry Potter </em>franchises, as he's starring in <em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/captain-marvel/">Captain Marvel</a> </em>and <em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-2/">Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald</a>. </em>The English actor is <a href="https://screenrant.com/captain-marvel-jude-law-character/">rumored to be playing Mar-Vell</a> in the upcoming superhero flick, and will also be playing a <a href="https://screenrant.com/fantastic-beasts-2-sequel-jude-law-dumbledore/">young Albus Dumbledore</a> in <em>Fantastic Beasts 2</em>.
          Eddie Redmayne Wants Hagrid In A Fantastic Beasts Sequel      Cache   Translate Page      
<strong><em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/fantastic-beasts-2/">Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald</a> </em></strong>actor Eddie Redmayne wants Hagrid to be included in a future <em>Fantastic Beasts </em>sequel. The most recent addition to the <em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/harry-potter/">Harry Potter</a> </em>universe centers around Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who is tasked with bringing down one of the most powerful dark wizards; Gellert Grindelwald. Even though Newt's story takes place decades before Harry Potter's, Warner Bros. has already announced some connections that will tie <em>Fantastic Beasts </em>and <em>Harry Potter </em>together.
          Marvel's Eternals Movie Reportedly Begins Production in September 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Marvel Studios is looking to near the end of 2019 to start production on <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/the-eternals/"><strong><em>The Eternals</em></strong></a>. While the studio has been especially secretive about their Phase 4 plans, one of the earliest surprises has been that they're working on a movie about The Eternals. The possibility was thought to be a long shot, but it instead looks to be a major start to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Marvel Studios has congratulated <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/ant-man-2/"><strong><em>Ant-Man and the Wasp</em></strong></a> actor Michael Douglas on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Douglas began his journey with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015, when he starred as Dr. Hank Pym in <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/ant-man/"><em>Ant-Man</em></a>. Pym is of course the original Ant-Man and the creator of the Pym Particle, a particle that allows its user to drastically alter their size. Much like Pym's life in the pages of comic books, Douglas' life has been very eventful.
          How Marvel Can Pay Off Their Captain America 3: Serpent Society Joke      Cache   Translate Page      
Marvel may payoff a four-year-old <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/captain-america-3/"><strong><em>Captain America: Civil War</em></strong></a> joke about the Serpent Society with its <a href="https://screenrant.com/falcon-winter-soldier-disney-streaming-series/">Falcon & Winter Soldier TV show</a>. In 2014, Marvel Studios held a press conference to announce their release slate for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which included plans for a third Captain America movie. Rumors were abound prior to the announcement, and Marvel decided to throw the press (and fans, for that matter) a curve ball by announcing the movie's title was going to be <em>Captain America: Serpent Society</em>.
          DC's Titans Can Be Better - And Haunting Of Hill House Is Proof      Cache   Translate Page      
DC Universe's <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/titans/"><strong><em>Titans</em></strong></a> TV show isn't necessarily bad, but it can certainly be better - and Netflix's <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/the-haunting-of-hill-house/"><em>Haunting of Hill House</em></a> is proof of that. After launching their digital platform/streaming service on Batman Day in September, DC Entertainment debuted their first-ever live-action TV show based on the iconic Teen Titans superhero team from DC Comics. It consists of Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Rachel Roth/Raven (Teagan Croft), Kory Anders/Starfire (Anna Diop), and Garfield Logan/Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).
          Avengers 4 Fan Has Great Idea For How Marvel Can Boost Voter Turnout      Cache   Translate Page      
An <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/the-avengers-4/"><strong><em>Avengers 4</em></strong></a> fan reveals how Marvel Studios could help boost voter turnout in the U.S.'s midterm elections - and it has to do with <a href="https://screenrant.com/avengers-4-trailer-release-date/">releasing the <em>Avengers 4</em> trailer</a>. Marvel Studios marked its 10th anniversary this year with a successful lineup of films. <a href="https://screenrant.com/black-panther-records/"><em>Black Panther</em> broke box office records</a> earlier in 2018, and <a href="https://screenrant.com/avengers-infinity-war-records/"><em>Avengers: Infinity War</em> also had a record-breaking</a> run in theaters over the summer. While <em>Ant-Man and the Wasp</em> was a relatively smaller Marvel release, it provided a decent palette cleanser before the studio's massive 2019. Not only will Marvel Studios debut its first solo female-led superhero movie in <em>Captain Marvel</em>, they'll close out Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with <em>Avengers 4</em>. Then, they'll kick off Phase 4 with <em>Spider-Man: Far From Home</em>.
          What Elseworlds Means For The Arrowverse & Batwoman      Cache   Translate Page      
This year's <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/arrowverse/"><em><strong>Arrowverse</strong></em></a> crossover, <a href="https://screenrant.com/arrowverse-2018-crossover-title-elseworlds/"><strong><em>Elseworlds</em></strong></a>, could significantly alter The CW's shared universe. Taking place in December across<a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/the-flash/"><em> The Flash</em></a>, <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/arrow/"><em>Arrow</em></a>, and<a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/supergirl/"><em> Supergirl</em></a>, <em>Elseworlds</em> will mark the debut of Batwoman, with Ruby Rose playing the Gotham-based crimefighter. <em>Elseworlds</em> is also set to lead into Batwoman's upcoming solo series on The CW.
          DC Universe's Swamp Thing Casts Will Patton As Avery Sunderland      Cache   Translate Page      
Will Patton has officially signed on to star in <strong><em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/swamp-thing/">Swamp Thing</a>,</em></strong> where he will serve as the show's primary antagonist. The series, produced by James Wan, will join <em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/titans/">Titans</a> </em>and its upcoming spinoff, <em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/doom-patrol/">Doom Patrol</a>, </em>on the DC Universe. Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, <em>Swamp Thing </em>tells the story of Alec Holland. In the comics, Holland is a scientist whose consciousness and memories are transferred to the plant life surrounding his lab after an attempt on his life. The show, however, will follow Abby Arcane (<a href="https://screenrant.com/dc-swamp-thing-tv-show-abby-arcane-cast/"><em>Teen Wolf's</em> Crystal Reed</a>) as she investigates a mysterious virus. Although at first believing it to originate from the swamp, she finds that larger forces are at work.
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When it comes to all things Asgardian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we fall into the same sort of issues that Marvel’s comic book universe has always had to contend with. First of all, this pantheon of Norse gods and goddesses have over a thousand years of history before the very first appearance of <em><strong><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/thor/">Thor</a></strong></em> in 1962’s <em>Journey Into Mystery</em> #83.
          Venom's Success May Stop Spider-Man Rights Returning To Marvel      Cache   Translate Page      
<a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/venom/"><em><strong>Venom</strong></em></a>'s box office success lessens the possibility that Sony will return the rights to Spider-Man and related characters to Marvel, analysts say. Sony officially kicked off their own superhero cinematic universe with director Ruben Fleischer's movie starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. And from the looks of it, fans will see more of the actor in the role as the studio is expected to <a href="https://screenrant.com/venom-movie-spiderman-villain-universe-setup/">continue building the franchise.</a>
          10 Strongest Female Villains In The DC Universe      Cache   Translate Page      
The <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/dc-comics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DC universe</a> is filled with powerful characters. Whether they fall on the side of good, bad, or somewhere in between, these characters are some of the most impressive in film, television, and comic book history. Some of the most formidable individuals in the DC universe are women. And when they fall on the side of evil, they can prove to be a major hassle for even the most intimidating superheroes like <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/batman/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Batman</a>, <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/wonder-woman/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wonder Woman</a>, or <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/superman/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Superman</a>.
          The MCU Skipped Iron Man's Most Important Story      Cache   Translate Page      
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has totally skipped what may be Tony Stark's most important story - just what happened to him between <em><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/spider-man-homecoming/">Spider-Man: Homecoming</a> </em>and <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/the-avengers-3/"><strong><em>Avengers: Infinity War</em></strong></a>. In those few years, it's becoming clear that he didn't just crack one new technology - nanotech - but that, instead, he had a whole series of breakthroughs. And Tony's work would undoubtedly have exerted real pressure upon his relationship with Pepper Potts.
          Sandman Caused America's Worst Nightmares (in The Comics)      Cache   Translate Page      
The world of <em>The Dreaming</em> in Vertigo's <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/sandman/">Sandman Universe</a> has been tossed upside down, and with the titular hero missing, a new character has stepped into the fray - a master of America's worst nightmares.
          Nathan Fillion’s The Rookie Gets Full Season Order At ABC      Cache   Translate Page      
It looks as though Nathan Fillion’s <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/the-rookie/"><b><i>The Rookie</i></b></a> will get to play out its entire rookie season, as ABC announces it has given the series a full first season order. The series is Fillion’s first starring role since his long-running romance-crime series <i>Castle</i> ended its run in 2016. Since then, Fillion has been seen in everything from <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/modern-family/"><i>Modern Family</i></a> to Netflix’s <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/santa-clarita-diet/"><i>Santa Clarita Diet</i></a> to an <i>Uncharted</i> short fan film. But the popular actor has also been heard, in things like Netflix’s <i>Big Mouth</i>, as well as some DC Universe animated films, like <i>The Death of Superman</i> and<i> Reign of the Supermen</i>.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>
          A Hopeful Buildup to the Midterms and Potential for Post Election Chaos in California      Cache   Translate Page      

Two years ago Donald Trump lost the popular vote but still managed to become President thanks to the Electoral College. Americans now have the opportunity to weigh in on his performance, and early returns in many states are pointing to a significantly higher-than-normal turnout for a midterm election. By late Saturday, more than 33 million Americans had already cast their ballots.

The President’s name may not be on the ballot, but make no mistake; now we exist in Trump’s universe and it’s all about him.

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll had two-thirds of respondents saying Trump will be a factor in their midterm votes. A similar poll taken before the midterm elections of 2014 found that then president Barack Obama would be a factor in voting for only 47% of respondents.

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Star Trek Adventures: Operations Division supplementPublisher: Modiphius

I THINK THIS NEW SHIP WAS PUT TOGETHER BY MONKEYS. OH, SHE'S GOT A FINE ENGINE, BUT HALF THE DOORS WON'T OPEN, AND GUESS WHOSE JOB IT IS TO MAKE IT RIGHT?

The Operations Division supplement provides Gamemasters and Players with a wealth of new material for use in Star Trek Adventures for characters in the operations division. The Operations Division supplement includes:

• Detailed description of the operations division, covering both the security and engineering departments, Starfleet Corps of Engineers, Starfleet Intelligence, and even the elusive Section 31.
• Advice on creating operations division focused plot components for your missions to challenge the bravery of your security personnel and the ingenuity of your engineering officers.
• A whole chapter of equipment and rules for their inclusion in Star Trek Adventures missions.
• An expanded list of Talents and Focuses for security and engineering characters, as well as new character creation choices for enlisted personnel.
• Detailed descriptions and game statistics for a range of Security and Engineering focused NPCs and Supporting Characters, including Luther Sloan, Leah Brahms, and MACO soldiers.
• Star Trek Adventures: Red Alert provides 2d20 rules for miniatures combat in the Star Trek universe, and includes a campaign of six branching missions.

Star Trek Adventures supplementary rulebooks and sourcebooks require the Star Trek Adventures core rulebook in order to play.

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          [TobagoJack] ‘We’ cannot stop the progression of totally screw up the environment, I fear, fo...      Cache   Translate Page      
‘We’ cannot stop the progression of totally screw up the environment, I fear, for ‘we’ cannot even stop wars.

For as long as we have amongst us enough people who can utter ‘history does not matter’ and ‘say ‘no’ to hospitals’, we are more likely lost, in direct proportion to number of such enough people.

I am guessing that the world needs more education, starting at the highest levels, all embracing, in varied subjects, all encompassing, and somehow be inclusive of all, even those that live in remote African villages and concrete HK jungles, and and and, in order to save the day

In any case, am of two minds re below

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Interstellar object may have been alien probe, Harvard paper argues, but experts are skeptical

(CNN) — A mysterious cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested.

The object, nicknamed 'Oumuamua, meaning "a messenger that reaches out from the distant past" in Hawaiian, was discovered in October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii.

Since its discovery, scientists have been at odds to explain its unusual features and precise origins, with researchers first calling it a comet and then an asteroid before finally deeming it the first of its kind: a new class of "interstellar objects."

A new paper by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics raises the possibility that the elongated dark-red object, which is 10 times as long as it is wide and traveling at speeds of 196,000 mph, might have an "artificial origin."
"'Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization," they wrote in the paper, which has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The theory is based on the object's "excess acceleration," or its unexpected boost in speed as it traveled through and ultimately out of our solar system in January.

"Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment," wrote the paper's authors, suggesting that the object could be propelled by solar radiation.

The paper was written by Abraham Loeb, professor and chair of astronomy, and Shmuel Bialy, a postdoctoral scholar, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Loeb has published four books and more than 700 papers on topics like black holes, the future of the universe, the search for extraterrestrial life and the first stars.

The paper points out that comparable light-sails exist on Earth.

"Light-sails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization, including the IKAROS project and the Starshot Initiative. The light-sail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargos between planets or between stars."

In the paper, the pair theorize that the object's high speed and its unusual trajectory could be the result of it no longer being operational.

"This would account for the various anomalies of 'Oumuamua, such as the unusual geometry inferred from its light-curve, its low thermal emission, suggesting high reflectivity, and its deviation from a Keplerian orbit without any sign of a cometary tail or spin-up torques."

'Oumuamua is the first object ever seen in our solar system that is known to have originated elsewhere.

At first, astronomers thought the rapidly moving faint light was a regular comet or an asteroid that had originated in our solar system.

Comets, in particular, are known to speed up due to "outgassing," a process in which the sun heats the surface of the icy comet, releasing melted gas. But 'Oumuamua didn't have a "coma," the atmosphere and dust that surrounds comets as they melt.

Multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what it was before it moved out of sight.

Going forward, the researchers believe we should search for other interstellar objects in our sky.

"It is exciting to live at a time when we have the scientific technology to search for evidence of alien civilizations," Loeb wrote in an email. "The evidence about `Oumuamua is not conclusive but interesting. I will be truly excited once we have conclusive evidence."

Is this just fantasy?

Other mysteries in space have previously been thought of as signs of extraterrestrial life: a mysterious radio signal, repeating fast radio bursts and even a strangely flickering star, known as Tabby's Star.

The mysterious radio signal was later determined to be coming from Earth, the repeating fast radio bursts are still being investigated, and new research suggests that Tabby's Star is flickering because of dust -- rather than being an alien megastructure.
So what does that mean for 'Oumuamua?

"I am distinctly unconvinced and honestly think the study is rather flawed," Alan Jackson, fellow at the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, wrote in an email. "Carl Sagan once said, 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence' and this paper is distinctly lacking in evidence nevermind extraordinary evidence."

Jackson published a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in March that suggests that 'Oumuamua came from a binary star system, or a system with two stars.
Jackson said the spectral data from 'Oumuamua looks like an asteroid or a comet, while that of a solar sail would look very different. The new paper proposes that the sail has been coated in interstellar dust, which obscures its true spectral signature.

"Any functional spacecraft would almost certainly retract its solar sail once in interstellar space to prevent damage," Jackson said. "The sail is useless once away from a star so there would be no reason to leave it deployed. If it was then deployed again on entering the solar system it would be pristine. Even if it was left deployed the dust accumulation would be primarily on the leading side like bugs on a windshield."

'Oumuamua also travels in a complex tumbling spin, but a functioning solar sail would have a much smoother path and obvious radiation-driven acceleration, Jackson said. Even the spinning motion of a damaged solar sail would be far more strongly influenced by the radiation forces than seen, he explained.

The solar sail would also be thinner than the authors of the new paper describe, he said.

"The sail on IKAROS is 7.5 micrometres thick with a mass of only 0.001g/cm^2, 100 times lower than their estimate," Jackson said. "While a combined spacecraft and sail could have a higher net mass the sail itself needs to be extremely light. That would also significantly change their estimate for how far it could travel before falling apart -- though as I said, I doubt any functional craft would leave its sail deployed in interstellar space."

Solar sails also can't change course after being launched, so if 'Oumuamua was truly a solar sail, it would be traceable back to its origin. So far, there is no obvious origin for 'Oumuamua.

"Beyond that, it becomes difficult to trace because of the motion of the stars and any hypothetical alien civilisation would face the same issue in charting a course that long in the first place (aside from arguments about whether they would want to launch a craft they knew would not reach its destination for many millions of years)," Jackson said.

Concerning 'Oumuamua, there is little evidence because astronomers weren't able to observe it for long, which opens it up to speculation in the name of science.

"The thing you have to understand is: scientists are perfectly happy to publish an outlandish idea if it has even the tiniest 'sliver' of a chance of not being wrong," astrophysicist and cosmologist Katherine Mack tweeted. "But until every other possibility has been exhausted dozen times over, even the authors probably don't believe it."

But it's important to distinguish that the researchers who wrote the new paper have expertise in solar sails, so they're suggesting that 'Oumuamua could be like a solar sail, said Coryn Bailer-Jones of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. Bailer-Jones' paper on possible origin sites for 'Oumuamua was accepted by the Astrophysical Journal in September.
"Aliens would only come into all of this if you accept their assumption (and that's what it is; it doesn't come from the data) that 'Oumuamua is sail-like, and also assume nothing like that can be natural," Bailer-Jones wrote in an email. "In fact, they only mention the word 'alien' once, when they mention in passing that 'Oumuamua might have been targeted to intercept the solar system.

"I have no problem with this kind of speculative study," Bailer-Jones added. "It's fun and thought-provoking, and the issue of whether there is alien life out there is really important. But the paper doesn't give any evidence for aliens (and the authors don't claim that, I should note.)"

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Joo, sinulla on hyvä pointti siinä, että ei pitäisi tuomita etukäteen. En ole viesteissäni varmaan kunnolla sanonut sitä, että jos näyttelijöiden etninen kirjo selitetään Netflixin Noiturissa järkevästi, niin ei minulla silloin ole ongelmia asian kanssa. Starzin Camelot vuodelta 2011 on siitä huono esimerkki, että se sijoittuu meidän maailmamme menneisyyteen eikä fantasiamaahan, mutta otetaan se silti esille. Sarjan näyttelijät olivat muuten valkoihoisia, mutta Viviania esitti zimbabwelaistaustainen nainen. Kun hänet kohdattiin ensimmäisen kerran, niin asiaan puututtiin heti. Vivian kertoi Arthurille, että hänen perheensä tuotiin Britanniaan palvelijoiksi, ja että he päättivät jäädä saarelle, kun roomalaiset vetäytyivät sieltä. Nyt hahmon ihonväri oli selitetty, eikä se häirinnyt minua mitenkään. Camelot oli kyllä valitettavasti varsin heikko, ja se canceloitiin huonojen katsojalukujen takia heti ensimmäisen kauden jälkeen. Paras asia sarjassa oli upea alkutunnari...

Mutta viime vuosina olen nähnyt fantasiasarjoja/elokuvia, joissa rodullinen moninaisuus on toteutettu tökerösti ilman mitään selitystä. Ensimmäinen reaktioni oli, että Netflix jatkaa samaa linjaa Noiturissa, vaikka totuus voi olla toinen. Minä lopetin Lev Grossmanin kirjoihin pohjautuvan The Magiciansin katsomisen toiseen kauteen. Syynä on se, että pidän romaaneista valtavasti, mutta kakkoskauden tarina oli tv-sarjan tekijöiden itse keksimä eikä perustunut lähdemateriaaliin. Mutta myös älyttömyys hahmojen etnisyydessä vaikutti päätökseeni. Sarjassa on meidän maapallomme rinnalla Filloryn keskiaikaistyylinen fantasiamaailma. Siellä vieraillaan ekan kauden lopulla, ja toinen kausi sijoittuu suurilta osin tähän Narnia-kopioon. Kirjoissa kaikki ihmiset Filloryssa ovat valkoihoisia.

Tv-sovituksessa ekan kauden lopulla Filloryn ihmisasukkaat tosiaan olivat eurooppalaisen näköisiä. Mutta toisen kauden alusta lähtien merkittävä osa oli mustia. He elivät rinnakkain valkoisten kanssa, eikä kukaan kiinnittänyt mitään huomiota ihonväriin, eikä sitä edes koskaan kommentoitu. Yhteiskunta tuntui olevan "post-racial". Odotin koko kauden ajan, milloin asiaan annetaan selitys, mutta sitä ei koskaan tullut. Ilmeisesti fillorylaisten parisuhteissa taustalla oli kuitenkin vahva rotuerottelu, koska mustat ja valkoiset eivät olleet sekoittuneet. Kertaakaan ei viitattu siihen, että mustat asukkaat olisivat äskeisiä maahanmuuttajia. Filloryn kuningaskunnan pohjoispuolella sijaitsee Loria-niminen "pahismaa". Sen asukkaita kuvailtiin kirjoissa viikinkien näköisiksi. Tv-sovituksessa etninen kirjo oli vastaava kuin Filloryssa, ja Lorian kuningasta näytteli musta mies.

En pystyisi katsomaan Netflixin Noituria, jos siinä olisi vastaava meininki. Mutta sarjaan on jo valittu näyttelijöitä, jotka ovat "mixed race" (Magiciansissa kaikki mustat fillorylaiset olivat kunnolla tummia). Minäkin kiinnitin huomiota siihen, että Noiturissa tärkeimpien osien esittäjät ovat etnisesti eurooppalaisia. Mutta se on aivan sama eikä pelasta tilannetta, jos sivurooleissa on kuitenkin ei-valkoihoisia, eikä tätä yritetäkään selittää. Tärkeintä minulle on yleinen uskottavuus/loogisuus.

Martinin Tulen ja jään laulua ei voi verrata Noituriin, koska siinä nähdään ensimmäisestä osasta lähtien paljon ei-valkoihoisia ihmisiä. Noiturissa ei koskaan, sillä se on leimallisesti slaavilainen/itäeurooppalainen tarina. Mutta otetaan nyt kuitenkin Game of Thrones esille. Laitoin sarjan katsomisen tauolle neljännen kauden jälkeen. Siihen mennessä oli tavattu kaksi hahmoa, jotka oli muutettu tummaihoisiksi, vaikkeivät he kirjoissa sellaisia olleet: Salladhor Saan ja Xaro Xhoan Daxos. Mutta koska molempien kohdalla selitettiin, että he ovat kotoisin Kesäsaarilta, ei muutos minua häirinnyt. Kesäsaarelaiset ovat kauppiaita, jotka purjehtivat maailman meriä ja vierailevat myös Westerosin satamissa. Sapkowskin Noituri-kirjoissa ei ole sellaisia alueita, joilta ei-valkoihoisten ihmisten voisi selittää tulevan.


Katsoin muuten tänään vihdoinkin loppuun Kohteen (Person of Interest) viidennen eli viimeisen kauden. Tallensin sen kaksi vuotta sitten Elisa-viihteeseen. Viimeinen kausi oli scifisarjan paras – nyt oli aiempaa vähemmän "monster of the week" -meininkiä ja pääjuoni nostettiin etusijalle. Lopetus oli onnistunut ehkä siksi, että sarjan tekijät tiesivät jo ennen kauden kuvaamista, että se jää viimeiseksi.


Olen puhunut ketjussa Syfyn uutuussarjasta Nightflyers, joka pohjautuu George R.R. Martinin vanhaan pienoisromaaniin. Kausi esitetään Yhdysvalloissa näin:

when the series premieres on Sunday, December 2, the first five episodes will also become available across Syfy's streaming platforms. Those will only be available through Thursday, December 6, and then the second half of the season will stream between December 9–13.

Netflix hankki scifisarjaan oikeudet Pohjois-Amerikan ulkopuolelle. En tiedä, millaisella aikataululla jaksot tulevat palveluun Suomessa.


Jim Butcherin The Dresden Filesista suunnitellaan uutta tv-sovitusta. Tämän olisi parasta olla aivan toista tasoa kuin vuoden 2007 yritelmä...

Stephen Kingin romaanista Tervetuloa Joylandiin aiotaan tehdä tv-sarja.

Rämeen olennon tv-tulkinnan roolitus etenee .

Yllättävänä uutisena Showtime-kaapelikanava on tilannut Penny Dreadful: City of Angels -nimisen telkkasarjan. Minä tykkäsin kovasti alkuperäisestä Pennystä, ja tässä on sen luoja/käsikirjoittaja John Logan mukana samoissa tehtävissä. Ensimmäinen kausi sijoittuu vuoden 1938 Los Angelesiin, ja sarjan hahmot ovat täysin uusia.


          Perimeter Public Lecture: How supercomputers help us see the fibres of the universe      Cache   Translate Page      

Watch Phiala Shanahan speak live about what science has learned about the origins of mass, and the nuclear reactions that power the sun, on Nov. 7 at 7pm ET

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          Blog Tour: Dining With Angels: Bits & Bites from the Demonica Universe      Cache   Translate Page      
 

Join New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione, and USA Today bestselling Southern food expert Suzanne M. Johnson as they guide you through their favorite Demonica world inspired food and drink recipes. And don’t forget to spend some time learning a little bit more about the private lives of your favorite characters in all new snippets and short stories! Brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights, DINING WITH ANGELS is now available! Grab your copy today!

 

About DINING WITH ANGELS:

In a world where humans and supernatural beings coexist — not always peacefully — three things can bring everyone to the table: Love, a mutual enemy, and, of course, food.

With seven brand new stories from the Demonica universe, New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione has the love and enemies covered, while celebrity Southern food expert Suzanne M. Johnson brings delicious food to the party.

And who doesn’t love a party? (Harvester rolls her eyes and raises her hand, but we know she’s lying.)

Join Ares and Cara as they celebrate a new addition to their family. See what Reaver and Harvester are doing to “spice” things up. Find out what trouble Reseph might have gotten himself into with Jillian. You’ll love reading about the further adventures of Wraith and Serena, Declan and Suzanne, and Shade and Runa, and you’re not going to want to miss the sit down with Eidolon and Tayla.

So pour a glass of the Grim Reaper’s finest wine and settle in for slices of life from your favorite characters and the recipes that bring them together. Whether you’re dining with angels, drinking with demons, or hanging with humans, you’ll find the perfect heavenly bits and sinful bites to suit the occasion.

Happy reading and happy eating!

 

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About Larissa Ione: Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.         

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About Suzanne M. Johnson: USA Today bestselling author Suzanne M. Johnson is family trained, a South Georgia native who's been cooking all of her life, creating not only some really unique food, but precious memories that re-occur every time she smells something simmering in the oven. In all of her books, Suzanne shows that making a delicious meal doesn't have to be complicated--it just has to be made with love. So go ahead, don't be bashful, dive right in. Who knows? You might just make a few memories of your own.    

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I voted early. It was honestly so much fun. So poignant. I went skipping down the street singing afterward. No joke! • Today is your day. Our day. Make it count. • If you have questions, or are turned away (DO NOT LEAVE!!) call: English: 866-OUR-VOTE Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA Arabic: 844-YALLA-US Asian/Pacific Languages: 888-API-VOTE American Sign Language: 301-818-VOTE • If you need to know where your polling place is? Text WHERE to 97779 to find out! • @cleowade reminded me that: the destiny of this country is not determined by our thoughts and prayers, but our actions and deeds. Vote Because “Faith without works is dead.” Vote Because The arc of the universe is long and WE must bend it toward justice. Vote Because The opposite of justice is not injustice, it is inaction, indifference and apathy. Vote Because “if there is no struggle there is no progress.” Vote Because there can be no harvest of blessings without tilling the soil, planting the seeds and doing the work. #Vote #GOTV #WhenWeAllVote #IAmAVoter
          Movie Reviews: Avengers: Infinity War      Cache   Translate Page      
Avengers: Infinity War
directed by Joe and Anthony Russo
I didn't see this film in the theater. I don't remember why. I do remember that after its debut two different people told me their concerns about what they considered the film's unfortunate implications. Their issues, which I will mostly avoid mentioning here, put me off from seeing the film for a while. This Marvel film is designed to appeal to the largest possible audience. This movie was the fourth highest grossing film of all time. It's entertaining and long. This movie successfully combines action, humor and some bleakness. It raises some serious questions about morality and overpopulation. Most people won't get upset when it becomes apparent that deer numbers have grown to the point where deer are harming the environment and/or other animals and must be culled. Heck, even I wouldn't mind eliminating the invasive Canadian Geese who often stay in Michigan year round and make an absolute mess. Rational humans, even sentimental ones, can recognize when a particular species has become overly destructive. 

But humans resist recognizing this about themselves.  There are 7.6 billion people on this planet. As recently as 1974 there were just 4 billion people. Humans have been very busy making other humans. A little over half of the world's population is Chinese, Indian, or African. As those three populations increase what will be the impact on carbon emissions, political power, food prices, climate change, wildlife, military conflict, ocean pollution, migration, etc? It may not be "good" from a First World standpoint or from the standpoint of the world in general. Some argue that free market capitalism can continue to produce enough for everyone. Others argue that socialism is the best bet for dealing with questions of scarcity and equity as we near a population of 10 billion.


Others don't believe there is a problem. They say that people raising alarms are mistaken or regurgitating barely veiled racist eugenics. Some insist that it's unfair that some people are reproducing so much. Obviously birth control is warranted. Many feminists point out that women in most societies rarely want to have as many children as men do so improving women's education, health, legal protection, and financial and sexual independence slows birth rates.


Finally some people believe that there are already just too many people. We must reduce our numbers for our own good. The titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) is such an individual. Thanos has reasons both moral and practical for his stance. Thanos is a utilitarian. 

Thanos is not concerned solely with the earth. He intends to reduce sentient life by at least half on a universal scale. Thanos is not strictly speaking completely an omnicidal maniac as he doesn't want to kill everyone, but few people see the distinction, something which frustrates Thanos. Thanos is firmly convinced that he's the good guy doing the right thing.  Avengers: Infinity War is about the titular team along with some other superheroes trying to stop Thanos.

The film is unusual in that, apparently purposely, it centers Thanos as the hero. It's Thanos who is misunderstood. It's Thanos who has to sacrifice and struggle to reach his goal. It's Thanos who is betrayed, outnumbered and must stand alone against his enemies. YMMV on this but with the possible exception of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) I didn't get a heroic vibe from any of the "good" guys.  Hemsworth is just that cool.


It's Thanos who was behind many of the events in the prior Avengers or other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Thanos has been searching for the six Infinity Stones. If he gets them all he will have the power to manipulate time, space and reality. Instantaneously, he will be able to eliminate half of the universe's population. He won't have to do it the long way by hand with his armies. 

Having grown tired of working thru agents and dupes, Thanos reveals himself (well at least reveals himself to Earth) and starts to gather the Infinity Stones he doesn't yet have. Even without all of the Infinity Stones, Thanos is a formidable adversary, ready, willing and able to go toe to toe with heavyweights like Thor or the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and more than hold his own.


During Thanos' quest to take all of the Infinity Stones for himself he runs into many people attempting to stop him, including but not limited to the aforementioned Thor and Hulk, Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman),  Groot (Vin Diesel) Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Drax (Dave Bautista), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Heimdall (Idris Elba), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie). A fan favorite from HBO's Game of Thrones also makes an extended cameo.

There are fights, fights, and more fights, and lots of snarky superhero one-liners. These are punctuated by misunderstandings, doomed love stories, humor and ruminations on why the struggle is necessary. The special effects are outstanding. There are plenty of references to past and future Marvel films crammed into this movie. Blink and you'll miss them. However they are not necessary to enjoy the film. There is obviously violence but it's generally not explicit. The actress Elizabeth Olsen expressed some displeasure about the revealing costume she wore in this film and previous Avengers' installments. I think the directors/producers heard her. The directors reduced but did not eliminate the number of downblouse fanservice camera shots. Again the film seamlessly integrated humor with the unusual for Marvel films feeling that anyone can die. There is loss here. The film missed some opportunities in having Wakanda as backdrop.
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          'We Begin In Gladness' Brings A Message Of Poetry's Importance In Today's World      Cache   Translate Page      
Through the arc of the poet's career, Craig Morgan Teicher shows that while we are often too distracted to appreciate each other and our universe — poetry demands that we pause and listen.
          GRANT MORRISON's THE GREEN LANTERN and Playing with DC's 'Whole Cosmic Playground'      Cache   Translate Page      
Prepare for what the writer calls an "incredibly colorful, kinetic universe that I think is a really good parallel with the madness we’re living in right now."
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Two actors have been cast as ALEC HOLLAND and SWAMP THING for DC Universe.
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“Red Fish, Blue Fish...”
by Chet Raymo

“In his autobiography, the brilliant physicist John Archibald Wheeler makes this confession of faith: "Whatever can be, is." He goes further: "Whatever can be, must be." Anything not prohibited by the laws of nature, exists, he says.  Well, that's an extravagent claim, but it passed my mind the other day when my colleague Maura T. invited me up to the Science Building to see a strange creature she had just added to the aquarium.
Here's a pic, Chaetopterus, the parchment tube worm. In nature, it makes its own U-shaped "parchment" tube, which, except for the open ends, is buried in mud on the seafloor. And there it lives, sifting nourishment from the water it pumps through the tube. What a goofy critter! It looks like something snapped together from a K'Nex kit.

Some years ago, in a Globe column, I mentioned Dr. Seuss's Grickily Gractus, a bird "that lays eggs on a cactus," as an example of a wildly improbable creature. A reader then sent me a photograph of a bird on the island of Bonaire perched - where else? - in a nest on a cactus. Apparently not even Dr. Seuss can think up a creature too odd to exist.

A biologist friend who had returned from a field trip to the upper Rio Negro in Brazil told me about a school of Curimata fish, in their tens of thousands, that passed under his boat, filling the water and air with a "metallic buzz saw sound" (caused, my friend discovered, by the stridulation of the fish's air-filled swim bladder by a bone). Singing fish! Not even Seuss could think of that.

Cactus-laying birds and singing fish are fine lessons in the diversity of life on Earth. Every niche in every habitat is filled. And for every creature alive today, a thousand others, even more improbable because they are less familiar, have lived before and become extinct. All life on Earth is related by common descent, and there has not been enough time to exhaust the possibilities. Nor are terrestrial habitats infinite in number. Still, the astonishing diversity of life bears witness to the truth of Wheeler's conjecture, at least in broad outline.

The chemistry of carbon-based life presumably applies throughout the universe, and the universe presents us with the prospect of hundreds of billions of galaxies, chockablock with stars and planets. The number of worlds, and therefore habitats, is unimaginably large, perhaps infinite. Who is willing to bet against any possibility in all that vastness?"
- http://blog.sciencemusings.com/

          "Why You Can Do Anything You Want… And Why You Can’t"      Cache   Translate Page      
"Why You Can Do Anything You Want…
 And Why You Can’t"
by Paul Rosenberg

"People frequently tell children “You can do anything you want.” And this causes a lot of confusion, because in the real world, they can’t. And after their first clash with the aforesaid real world, the child is left wondering all sorts of unpleasant things:

Did mom and dad lie to me?
Are they just ignorant?
Am I defective?
Should I find someone to blame?

The worst thing about this, however, is that the child is likely to have their opinion of themselves reduced. And that’s tragic. As I’ve noted many times, we are magical creatures. Humans, alone in the known universe, are able to create willfully… are able to reverse entropy willfullyThe child should think of his and her self as magical… because they really are! So, let’s make some sense of this problem.

Why You Can: Humans are radically amazing. Sure, we’ve been long trained to consider each other to be sacks of crap – a belief that’s essential to rulership – but it simply isn’t true. We are stunningly capable beings, and we generally behave pretty well, even under the reign of self-debasement.

Take a look around you. Wherever you live, you’re surrounded by buildings, roads, and cars. All of them exist only because of human virtues. Without human creativity, they could not exist. Without human cooperation, they could not exist. And they are everywhere. We’ve filled the Earth with hospitals and airplanes and food and computers and medicine. And the list could go on almost indefinitely.

More than that, we’ve learned how to cooperate very well. Forget wars; they’re run by competing states and will exist as long as states do. Instead, look at your local soccer league, little league, church choir, and family gathering.

And remember that we’ve been trained to see one flaw in a cooperative group and condemn the whole from it. (And to hypnotically accept any and every flaw of the state.) A few flaws are meaningless compared to modes of cooperation that thrive over decades, centuries, and millennia. Does being less than perfect make us monsters? Does anything less than 100% equal zero?

So, we are wonderful creatures. And how much better might we be if we dared consider that possibility? Here’s a quote from G.K. Chesterton that I’d like you to read: "There runs a strange law through the length of human history – that men are continually tending to undervalue their environment, to undervalue their happiness, to undervalue themselves. The great sin of mankind, the sin typified by the fall of Adam, is the tendency, not towards pride, but towards this weird and horrible humility."

Can we dare imagine that Chesterton was right? And if not, why not? That kind of imagination is what the child needs, and it is that kind of imagination that results in human thriving, as noted by Leon Battista Alberti, the epitome of the Renaissance Man: "A man can do all things if he will."

Yes, that’s a bit overstated, but we have the essential ability to do amazing things, and if we thought and acted like it – thought and acted like Leon Battista Alberti – we’d do a lot more amazing things.

Why You Can’t: There are two reasons you can’t do anything at all. The first is simple: Nature stands in your way. No matter how much we imagine we can do something, if nature doesn’t agree, we can’t do it. We can work with nature to do “impossible” things (building flying machines for example), but we can’t simply violate it.

The second reason is also simple: Other human wills oppose us and stand ready to use violence against us. This second reason is habitually cloaked in confusing and deceptive terminology of course, but the truth is that adversarial wills and their violence oppose us all.

What we lack is what we can call “a life affording scope.” Limitations of our scope – weaponized wills set against us – have been colorfully covered by Reason magazine’s “Brickbats” section for decades, but the problem goes much farther than that. I’ll give you a few thoughts on that, then bring this column to a close:

 • Regulation forbids adaptation.
 • Obligation supplants compassion.
• Only violent and corrupt human wills deserve restriction.

And one more, the “14 words” we used in a previous article: "We are a beautiful species, living in a beautiful world, ruled by abusive systems." This is why I’ve been drawn to the cryptosphere. Our scope of life within that realm is not obstructed by weaponized wills. It’s a special place."
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          Game Review: Lamplight City      Cache   Translate Page      
Lamplight City

A well lit look into Grundislav Games' latest release.

The universe of Lamplight City is rich, complex and oddly familiar. The game draws on that ever-popular theme of a steampunk alternative universe, adding dashes of Victorian squalor and just a pinch of 1950's detective tropes. Is it just a mishmash of clichés then? Yes, but it all works well together to form a likable and somewhat unique universe—like a cheesy movie, you can't help but fall in love with Lamplight City.

Figure 1. The Lamplight City Universe

Figure 2. Some Protesters

In Lamplight City, you play Miles Fordham, a disgraced detective turned PI following the death of his partner in Act I at the hands of a mysterious killer. Miles is accompanied by the ghostly voice of his partner Bill as a sort of schizophrenic inner monologue. It's creepy, and it's a perfect example of taking a classic trope and turning it into one of the game's biggest strengths. Bill's monologues add witty flavour to the dry protagonist and a way to explain details and scenarios to the player.

Figure 3. Miles Fordham's Schizophrenic Dialogue

Lamplight City features multiple cases that are all tied together with an overarching story. More impressively though is the overarching story's effect on the individual cases. In my play-through, mistakes I made in one case affected another and effectively led to another case becoming unsolvable. This is a system I instinctively hated. It seemed unjustly punitive to punish players for simply exploring dialogue options. Over time, however, as the music and art slowly enveloped me into a universe I truly enjoyed exploring and experiencing, I began to see how subtleties are at the center of this universe. What at first is dismissed as unimportant or underwhelming later appears as a subtle smack in the face, with that familiar feeling of "Oh, I knew I shouldn't have done that!"


          Cary Fukunaga y David Lowery se harán cargo del paso a televisión del clásico de la ciencia ficción de los 80s Exploradores de Joe Dante, la oscarizada Allison Janney protagonizará Lou (el nuevo thriller de Bad Robot y puede que parte del Cloverfield Universe), Thomas Haden Church parece ser que es Bogavante Johnson en el Hellboy de Neil Marshall, Greg Kinnear se plantará cara a cara a los marcianos de “La Guerra de los Mundos” en formato tv movie, Will Patton y Virginia Madsen serán       Cache   Translate Page      

Venga, vamos rápido con esta entrada que apetece mucho más sentarse delante de la tele con la manta a ver una película o serie. Paramount TV ha fichado a Cary Fukunaga y David Lowery para transformar el clásico de la ciencia ficción de los 80s Exploradores (Explorers), el film de Joe Dante protagonizado por unos […]

La entrada Cary Fukunaga y David Lowery se harán cargo del paso a televisión del clásico de la ciencia ficción de los 80s Exploradores de Joe Dante, la oscarizada Allison Janney protagonizará Lou (el nuevo thriller de Bad Robot y puede que parte del Cloverfield Universe), Thomas Haden Church parece ser que es Bogavante Johnson en el Hellboy de Neil Marshall, Greg Kinnear se plantará cara a cara a los marcianos de “La Guerra de los Mundos” en formato tv movie, Will Patton y Virginia Madsen serán los grandes villanos en “Swamp Thing” de DC Universe, el film de Super Mario Bros, el Pinnochio de Del Toro y Wendell & Wild de Selick / Peele ya tiene año de estreno (que no es poco), y un nuevo trailer de la esperada “Deadly Class” de SyFy… se publicó primero en Uruloki :: Blog.


          Andrew Lincoln se despide de “The Walking Dead” pero dice hola a “The Walking Dead Universe” (una serie de películas con él como protagonista), James Wan confirma que Aquaman está 100% terminada y que ahora toca esperar al día de su estreno, y Fede Álvarez habla de Don’t Breathe 2 (posible) y Evil Dead 2 (lejos de serlo)…      Cache   Translate Page      

Se ve que este pasado fin de semana Andrew Lincoln ha abandonado de forma definitiva "The Walking Dead"… más o menos. Ya en su novena temporada, la serie sigue viviendo pese a los muchos estertores de muerte que la han rodeando de forma constante durante sus inicios, todos ellos debido a su notable irregularidad (una […]

La entrada Andrew Lincoln se despide de “The Walking Dead” pero dice hola a “The Walking Dead Universe” (una serie de películas con él como protagonista), James Wan confirma que Aquaman está 100% terminada y que ahora toca esperar al día de su estreno, y Fede Álvarez habla de Don’t Breathe 2 (posible) y Evil Dead 2 (lejos de serlo)… se publicó primero en Uruloki :: Blog.


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Laurel in Nashville, Ohio called in to tell of a weird experience she had:

“This happened when my son was just starting junior high school and making friends and doing sleepovers. I lived in a kind of rural place where you’d have to drive your children there. And a friend asked him to spend the night and I said, 'Sure.' I drove him to this house - beautiful eight room house surrounded by 20 acres. The mother took me on a tour of the house. She was so proud of it. They had just moved in. He slept the night and that was it.

A few weeks later, he said, 'Mom, can I spend the night again at Jimmy’s house?' I said, 'Sure.' He said, 'They don’t live there anymore.' I said, 'What do you mean they don’t live there anymore?' He said, 'I don’t know, they moved.' So I took him to this new house which I was kind of familiar with. It was in my area. The mom wasn’t there, so I couldn’t talk to her. The dad waved. I drove off. That was it.

A few weeks later my son asked me if he could visit an amusement park – the big amusement park in Ohio with the family because they had to get up early and go. Well, to my surprise, the next morning, my son was walking up the lane to our farm and I’m like, 'Why aren’t you at the amusement park?' And he said, 'They had to move, somebody tried to strangle Jimmy in his sleep,' and I looked at my son. He had this red ligature mark around his neck like somebody took a magic marker. And I said, 'What happened?' And he didn’t even know it was there. (George Noory asks if an entity tried to strangle him in his sleep) And his little buddy, you know. I mean it was just crazy. No more sleeping over at Jimmy’s house, right.

A few years later, my two sons and I were sitting at our local Dairy Queen and he goes, 'That’s the house where Jimmy lives.' He sees him in the backyard and he makes jokes to me, 'You wanna go spend the night?' He goes, I’m gonna go talk to him. So he goes and talks to him and he came back and literally two weeks later, I was driving down that road and that house was gone. It was gone! There was no rubble. There was no sign of his big beautiful house as if it was never there.”

Source: Coast to Coast - October 31, 2018

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TODAY'S TOP LINKS

Astronomers Argue 'Oumuamua' Could be an Alien Solar Sail

What It’s Really Like To Encounter The M.I.B.

Phantom/Black Helicopters: Not Just In The U.S.

My Conclusions on the Chupacabra

An Unstoppable Geyser of Mud Is Slowly Creeping Across California From The San Andreas Fault

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Venus Rising: A Concise History of the Second Planet

Genesis of the Grail Kings: The Explosive Story of Genetic Cloning and the Ancient Bloodline of Jesus

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

My Friend From Beyond Earth: The Wisdom of Valiant Thor

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

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          'Little Bighorn' Time Slip      Cache   Translate Page      

Dennis in Monterey, California called to tell of a weird experience he had:
“Are you familiar with the Custer Battlefield in Montana? (Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument). Just to put things in perspective, I’m 65 years old now. This took place in the early 90s and I used to, I don’t do it so much anymore, I used to have a Dodge van and on vacation time I would always throw a futon in the back of it, a sleeping bag, my Coleman camping stuff and I’d hit the road for two or three weeks and go visit places. One trip I went back east, I’m from back east. I’m from Ohio. And I’ve in Monterey now for the last 40 years. And I visit civil war battlefields - Antietam, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry and on one trip I went up to see Custer's Mountain up there in Montana, and where it is, it’s up there in the prairies and it’s surrounded by a lot of mountains. It is small. It’s on... the intersection of State 90 and US Route 212 which goes east and west. It’s a little east of Billings, Montana. And 212 starts at 90 and runs right behind Custer's Hill and goes to Spearfish, Sturgis, Deadwood, you know, that part of the country.

Anyway, so I’m on the road for 4 or 5 days already on this trip and I’m tired and I need to take a shower or jump in a river, some place. I get to the park at 8:00 o’clock at night. It’s already closed so I’m not going to go in and see the monument that night. I was also really hungry. Now down where this was at is this little general store that has a cafe in it. So I pulled in the parking lot right there and they were getting ready to close. It was this guy and his wife and the guy was a retired park ranger who used take out tours of the monument and he knew it really well. And his wife was Native American and she lived there with her whole family for generations. And you know after the battle the Native Americans just didn’t go away. They all still live around there and the following generations.

Anyway, so they make me something to eat. And I asked them if they happened to have a beer I could drink and they said no they said go up the road a couple miles to this little town called Crow Agency, buy a 12-pack, bring it back and we’ll help you drink it. So I did that. I went up there and got a 12-pack and I brought it back and for the next couple hours they told me the true story of Custer's battle and it was really riveting. Parts of the story you never heard of. It wasn’t like Errol Flynn dying on the hill like in the movies, it was a long, drawn out battle, it was multi-faceted. There were other parts of the battle. Other sections of the battle. Anyway, they were getting ready to close up. They had to go home. I asked them if I could camp out in their parking lot. They said no, I couldn't do that but there is a little access road off of route 212 about a mile down the road and it’s a dirt road and due to maintenance of the park and you can pull into that spot and nobody will bother you. I said, 'That’s great.'

I went down the road. I found the spot, backed into it and turned off the van. It was dark, starry and it was quiet and it was just out here in the prairies. It wasn’t eerie at all. It was just neat, right, and it was dark and it was starry. So I rolled back into my sleeping bag and I went to sleep and I was out like a light. So it must have been a couple hours later, I’m sleeping, I guess I'm sleeping. Maybe I’m dreaming. I’m hearing this noise; back of my mind – small, ethereal. I'm hearing men shouting. I'm hearing horses. I'm hearing gunshots. I’m laying there thinking I gotta be dreaming this. You know how you’re in REM sleep, you can’t move, right? And it comes and it's going and it’s fading and its coming back. And its getting louder. Now I’m waking up and I’m hearing this. You know how you wake up to a bad dream and you go, 'Oh my god, that was a bad dream' and it goes away? This didn’t go away! It's getting louder. I’m hearing this. I’m looking at my hands. I’m awake. I’m hearing this. What is this?

I throw open the side doors of the van. I jump out and there’s nothing. There’s nothing. It’s dark. It’s starry and a little cool and it’s still going on... horses and gunshots and men. I’m hearing this. Then it just started fading away. And then it was gone. The whole episode probably lasted three minutes. The whole rest of the night, I crawled back in the van. I sat there wrapped in my sleeping bag completely spooked. The next day I went and visited the park and then I left but that night it was weird.”

Source: Coast to Coast – October 31, 2018

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TODAY'S TOP LINKS

Loch Ness: A Magical and Sinister Place

Rare set of manatee twins, mom make splash in Bayboro Harbor

The Mystery of Witches’ Marks

Mexico: UFO Sighting "Is The Most Shocking" in Recent Memory

Rare zebra-donkey hybrid born

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Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster

Strange Intruders and Leprechan Press

Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah

The Zozo Phenomenon

The Djinn Connection: The Hidden Links Between Djinn, Shadow People, ETs, Nephilim, Archons, Reptilians and Other Entities

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          These are the laws of the natural universe...      Cache   Translate Page      
Law of Mechanical Repair:
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

Law of the Workshop:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of the Telephone:
When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.

Law of the Alibi:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

Variation Law:
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now. (works every time)

Bath Theorem:
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters:
The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result:
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

Law of Biomechanics:
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Theatre Rule:
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest the aisle arrive last.

Law of Coffee:
As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers:
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets:
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.

Brown's Law:
If the shoe fits, it's ugly.

          NECA Ultimate Ahab Predator Figure – Toyark Photo Shoot      Cache   Translate Page      

Expanding on the universe set up in Prometheus, Dark Horse Comics published Fire and Stone. This was a multi-part story arc that pulled together their Alien and Predator comic series. The story arc explored what happened on LV-223 after the Engineer ship crashes at the end of the film, after David and Shaw leave to find the Engineer home world. Ahab, a battle-hardened Elder Predator looking to hunt an Engineer, is pulled into a larger conflict between humans, Xenomorphs and assorted hybrid creatures created by the left over black goo of the Engineers ships. Armed with traditional Yautja weapons, years » Continue Reading.

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          The Midterms and the Lost Art of Waiting      Cache   Translate Page      
The Midterms and the Lost Art of Waiting

TODAY’S GOAL: DO NOT LOSE MY GD MIND ON ELECTION DAY.
UNA PROBLEMA: I AM ME. 🙄
 
ENTER: My friend, Doreen, who’s one of the raddest people I know because…
a) She’s FIERY.
b) She’s good times.
c) She listens to humans like they’re really wise and really wonderful and INHERENTLY WORTH hearing, especially children, so I’d like to elect her President of the Universe, please. STAT. 
d) She’s the inventor of My Favorite Shirt of All Time which reads, “only i can prevent narcissism.” 😂 TRUE TRUTH, folks.
 

 
And, last but not least…
 
e) She helps lead the way toward better self-care during these Crazy Times, and I NEED THAT BAD about now.

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          NaNoWriMo Deferred by Savita Kalhan      Cache   Translate Page      

I wrote in my last blog about the pressures of being a children’s writer today, all the hats we have to wear, the endless publicity we have to do, and the social media platforms we should engage with. All of that remains true. I ended with the point that the main focus of being a writer must always be the next story that needs to be written. It’s November, which means it is NaNoWriMo at the moment. Sadly, I know that, because of all of the non-writing activities I've mentioned and editing the current book, I won’t be able to spend the time I would like on writing the next book.

So I am deferring NaNoWriMo until January. Taking a hiatus from social media will feel strange to begin with, I am sure, and I will inevitably have to scratch that itch occasionally, but I intend to limit it to a few minutes now and then, hopeful optimist that I am.
 
In the meantime, there are lots of wonderful things going on with my book, and it is beginning to reach readers far and wide, which is an amazing feeling. My book is on an international blog tour at the moment, which means that it is being reviewed by YA bloggers from India, Canada, the US, UK, Romania and the Philippines.
The reviews from the past couple of days have reminded me why I write, and I actually got quite emotional reading them - Reading through InfinityThe Cursed Books blog



I have also been immensely lucky to have been paired up with some great schools and librarians as part of the #BookPenPalsscheme on Twitter, the brainchild of @KateScottwiter and @Saramoohead. One of the school librarians in the scheme has just been awarded The School Librarian of 2018 award, so huge congratulations to Emma Suffield for winning it, and to all the inspiring librarians around the world for caring about reading and sharing their passion for books with children!

Emma asked me what libraries meant to me. When I was growing up, my parents  couldn’t afford to buy me books, so I practically lived in the library. But how to put into a few words how much they have meant to me, and why they are so important for every child.

Here’s what I wrote for her school –

Go cosmic and take a space ship to the moon,
Fly a hot-air balloon around the world,
Sail to the islands at the end of everything,
Board a train to Hogwarts,
Whoosh through universes on the Great Network,
Walk through a wardrobe to a world of snow,
Dive down a rabbit hole, play Noughts and Crosses,
Learn to fly a dragon, but never laugh at a live one,
Wherever you go, whatever portal you use, the keys are in your library.
The library is where all your adventures begin...
...It’s where all mine began.


And if anyone is up for NaNoWriMo in January, let me know!

Happy writing and stay safe if you’re venturing out to the fireworks tonight!

PS The Carnegie Medal nominations have just been announced and I am so chuffed that The Girl in the Broken Mirror has been nominated! Congratulations to all my fellow nominees! Happy Monday!
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Savita on Twitter @savitakalhan



          Smart Home Hacking at Web Summit 2018 | Avast      Cache   Translate Page      

You make your home “smarter” which each connected device you add — a smart doorbell, a smart thermostat, a smart television — almost everything comes in a “smart” version these days, even toothbrushes. Device by device, you grow this IoT universe around you like the cozy blanket of creature comforts it is. But every IoT device is connected to the internet, and every connection to the internet is a doorway. Without proper security, you may get more than simply the ease and convenience of your device coming through that doorway.


          Learn about the Universe and get ICC credit (Natural Science, Tripple-I and Identities) this Winter Session 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

Can’t fit your Natural Science Triple-I or Identities Themes & Perspectives course in your Spring schedule or want to get ahead? Take it on-line in just 10 days this Winter Session!



          Learn about the Universe and get ICC credit (Natural Science, Tripple-I and Identities) this Winter Session 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

Can’t fit your Natural Science Triple-I or Identities Themes & Perspectives course in your Spring schedule or want to get ahead? Take it on-line in just 10 days this Winter Session!



          Scientist finds elusive star with origins close to Big Bang      Cache   Translate Page      
Scientist finds elusive star with origins close to Big BangAstronomers at Johns Hopkins University have found what could be one of the universe’s oldest stars, a body almost entirely made of materials spewed from the Big Bang. The discovery of this approximately 13.5 billion-year-old tiny star means more stars with very low mass and very low metal content are likely out there—perhaps even some […]

          STARLIFTER C2 by Michael Oberschneider      Cache   Translate Page      
The Starlifter by Crusader Industries is the second ship concept design created for the Star Citizen universe by Michael Oberschneider.








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          Wisdom Wednesday #unTitled      Cache   Translate Page      
#unTitled i am told, our soul is from the universe and our body is made of Earth. So that means my intelligence is vast, and my body is a commodity. So i am a diamond that is born under pressure. i am a composed of fallen dates, an olive branch, a treasure waiting to be […]
          Tesla's Starman cruises beyond Mars to 'the restaurant at the end of the universe'      Cache   Translate Page      

Nearly nine months after it blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre, Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster cruises beyond the orbit of Mars.


          Comment on Jess3 Infographic: 2013 Geosocial Universe 3.0 by Top Tech Ideas      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Get Inspired Radio with Sue London: - Laura Longley fills in as Host today. Deep Happy with guest Peter Fairfield - Call 800 930 2819 to ask your questions      Cache   Translate Page      
GuestDEEP HAPPY is about listening to our bodies and the Universe. A very real part of us is beneath the ebb and flow of the outer experience. An inner part of us is already experiencing this deeper, peaceful place that is at the center of who we are. Tune in as guest Peter Fairfield will show you how to achieve everyday happiness, true joy and connection.
          Gwynne Dyer: Theories abound as Earth runs the gauntlet of survival      Cache   Translate Page      
The Drake Equation is gradually filling out, and it's looking good for the existence of life, the rise of intelligence, and the likely number of civilisations elsewhere in the universe.There's even reason to hope that some high-energy...
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          Las mejores películas que se pueden ver en FilmStruck antes de que cierre      Cache   Translate Page      
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Las razones para cerrar esta estupenda plataforma de cine en streaming son poco convincentes. Pero aún hay tiempo para ver algunas de sus mejores películas.

Que la proliferación de plataformas de servicios de cine en streaming, de vídeo bajo demanda, ha facilitado que el público pueda ver más películas y series de televisión de forma legal, cuando cada uno lo de sea en vez de ceñirse a las emisiones y sin molestas tandas publicitarias es un hecho. Y resultó una gran alegría que FilmStruck, con su estupendo catálogo cinematográfico, llegase a España, y precisamente por lo mismo supone ahora un disgusto saber que cerrará el próximo 29 de noviembre, después de dos años brindando las obras de The Criterion Collection y unas cuantas distribuidoras en Estados Unidos y unos meses escasos, que saben a bien poco, para los cinéfilos españoles, franceses y británicos.

Warner Bros. Digital Networks y Turner International son las compañías a las que pertenece la plataforma, y esta triste clausura está motivada por la reestructuración de sus negocios que la primera lleva un tiempo realizando, pues busca dedicar todos sus recursos disponibles al entretenimiento masivo, es decir, está reorientando sus divisiones a ello y recorta en aquellas que con un público más especialito o con interés en consumir cine menos comercial. Por eso, hace dos semanas le puso el candado inesperadamente, sin previo aviso, a DramaFever, su servicio de mayor veteranía en VOD que se especializaba en dramas coreanos desde agosto de 2009, y Super Deluxe, una red de cortometrajes vanguardistas.

Pero este inmediato antecedente no hace menos imprevisto el fin de FilmStruck. En España, por ejemplo, se presentó el pasado junio, y sus responsables estuvieron colaborando con la última Semana Internacional del Cine de Valladolid, la que suma sesenta y tres, celebrada entre el 20 y el 27 de octubre, y se supone que la plataforma iba a patrocinar oficialmente el Gran Premio del Público en la edición número cincuenta y seis del Festival de Gijón, donde tendrá lugar entre el 16 y el 24 de noviembre. Según el comunicado de Turner y Warner Bros., “aunque FilmStruck tiene una base de seguidores muy leal, sigue siendo en gran parte un servicio de nicho”, lo que habría ocasionado que la retiren.

Pero esto se revela como una razón incongruente a todas luces si consideramos que unas semanas atrás lanzaron DC Universe, otra plataforma de streaming con un nicho concreto. Y, si ha sido como un buen jarro de agua fría para los usuarios de FilmStruck, que se sentaban a contemplar filmes de directores tan respetados como Clint Eastwood, Neil Jordan, Paul Thomas Anderson, Gus van Sant, Brian de Palma, Sidney Lumet, Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, John Huston, Oliver Stone, Terence Malick, Sydney Pollack, Roman Polanski, David Lean, Orson Welles, Ernst Lubitsch y otros muchos, sus colegas Guillermo del Toro (El laberinto del fauno), Rian Johnson (Brick) y Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) han lamentado en las redes que defenestren a la plataforma:

“Encontraremos la manera de traerla de vuelta. ¡Lo haremos!”, ha asegurado Del Toro en Twitter. Por su parte, el realizador de Star Wars VIII: Los últimos Jedi, ha manifestado lo que tenéis a continuación en la misma red social: “FilmStruck era demasiado buena para durar. La veo flotando tristemente lejos del desierto carbonizado que es 2018, al estilo de Lorax”. Y Jenkis indicó lo que sigue por el mismo canal: “Eran personas de carne y hueso que realmente cuidaban el trabajo que estaban haciendo y a las personas que elaboran y aprecian el cine”. En julio de 2017, Russell Brandom dijo en The Verge que FilmStruck disponía de “las mejores películas del mundo” pese a que la accesibilidad de su página web fuera “terrible”.

En cualquier caso, los suscriptores de este servicio de streaming aún están a tiempo de disfrutar de algunas de esas películas: entre otras de los cineastas mencionados, quienes contrataran este servicio pueden aprovechar para zamparse, si aún no lo han hecho, platos tan placenteros como Hiroshima, mon amour (Alain Resnais, 1959), Lolita, 2001: Una odisea del espacio (Stanley Kubrick, 1962, 1968), La noche americana (François Truffaut, 1973), El resplandor (Kubrick, 1980), Fanny y Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, 1982), Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992), Historias mínimas (Carlos Sorín, 2002), El asesinato de Jesse James por el cobarde Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007) o Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen, 2013). Diez obras que son garantía del mejor fin de fiesta para ellos.


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This is a very short, fun, interactive book. HEADPHONES are recommended. 

Music is in all the right places…to up-lift you.

Science is now revealing the underlying principles of the universe and of OUR EXISTENCE.
They are now in agreement. 

If you feel even a bit of the chaos happening around you, know that it’s because
we are being asked to EVOLVE, to shift, to embrace a far larger view of ourselves and our place in the universe. At our core, we are more powerful and peaceful than we know.
We must go inward and Onward. To a higher consciousness. A new earth. 

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          Veterans Day is a day of lies      Cache   Translate Page      
Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and socialistic tendencies.

Others are alert to the fact that the so-called “mainstream” — the viewpoint of pro-status-quo, anti-improvement institutions — is also fabricated in a wishful dream factory. As exhibit one, I offer: Veterans Day.

A National Museum claiming to tell veterans’ stories and longing to become “the clearinghouse of veteran voices” where “producers or authors or podcasters in the future” come “for authentic from-the-veteran voices,” has just opened in Columbus, Ohio. The $82 million recruitment ad benefits from government funding and raises donations with this language: “Your tax-deductible gift helps to honor, connect, inspire, and educate all on the story of those who bravely served our country.” Not one word about accuracy, thoroughness, diversity of viewpoint, or independence of thought.

“What you are going to see and here are the stories – Why did someone decide to serve? What was it like to take the oath, serve in combat? What was it like to come home?” reports one newspaper. For example? Well: “For example, there’s Deborah Sampson, a Massachusetts woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Revolutionary War (even pulling musket balls from her own thighs to avoid having to see a doctor, who might discover her true sex). Or Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez, who received the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of at least eight men during the Vietnam War in a six-hour battle, in which he sustained seven gunshot wounds and shrapnel throughout his body.”

Do visitors obtain information, education, challenged assumptions? Maybe, but what one can read about this museum says that one will be “inspired,” like this guy: “For my own part, I find inspiration and opportunities for reflection in the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ exhibit honoring the fallen; in the sound of ‘Taps’ playing on the second floor; in the meal kits and other everyday objects carried during service and the letters sent home; in the windows striped with colors of military service ribbons through history; in the stories of transition to civilian life; in the leafy Memorial Grove outside.”

Arguably honoring is not the same thing as studying. Without question, much participation in the military has involved bravery and much has involved cowardice. A very strong case can be made that militarism has not been a “service” in the sense of serving any useful purpose or benefitting people rather than endangering, killing, traumatizing, and impoverishing them. Indisputably, millions have not “decided” to “serve” at all but have been compelled to participate, and millions more have “chosen” to sign up principally for lack of any better source of income. Of all the veterans I’ve spoken with, those pro- and anti-war, not a one that I recall has ever mentioned the taking of an oath as a major part of the experience of war. The heartwarming stories of a woman sneaking into the military and a soldier saving lives in Vietnam can’t erase the larger story of soldiers having killed millions of people in Vietnam and tens of millions more all over the globe. Do people really “fall” in a “sacrifice,” or are they slaughtered in a stupid heartless machine? Do they “transition” to civilian life, or do they crash into an agonizing obstacle course of injury, guilt, PTSD, and culture shock? Are veterans more often disturbed by apocryphal tales of being spat on, or by naive gratitude for having committed moral atrocities?

A war museum that is also openly a war memorial constructed by a war-making society that has normalize permawar is not going to answer those questions. But they’ve long since been answered by poor people’s museums, also known as books, and there’s a new one of those just out that I’d put up against the toxic offerings of this new museum. The book is Guys Like Me by Michael A. Messner.
This book tells the stories of five veterans of five U.S. wars: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq Parts I and II. We learn their stories from long before they entered the military through long after they left it. The stories are well-told, with subtlety and complexity, not museum-like propaganda. Patterns become evident without the book becoming repetitious. Each person is unique, but each confronts the same monster.

Recent veterans’ stories alone would not have sufficed in creating this book. The stories of past wars long-since enveloped in mythology are needed if the reader is to begin questioning war itself. Such stories are also more useful as typical stories of the wars they were part of. In more recent wars, the stories of U.S. veterans amount to a tiny percentage of the stories of those impacted by the wars. But older stories alone would not have sufficed either. Recognizing the eternal horror of war in its current guises completes the powerful case presented here. This is a book to give to young people.

The book’s first story is called “There Is No ‘Good War'” and tells the story of World War II veteran Ernie “Indio” Sanchez. Don’t take my assertion above that war involves cowardice as well as bravery from me. Read Sanchez’ story and take it from him. But cowardice was not the horror that lurked in Sanchez’ brain for decades while he kept busy and avoided it until he could avoid it no more. 

Here’s an excerpt: “All of this—the bone-chilling fear, the guilt, the moral shame—hid out in Ernie Sanchez’s body for the remaining seven decades of his life, ambushing him when he least expected it, jabbing him like that piece of shrapnel lodged near his spine. He could never make it go away, not entirely. Eventually he learned that talking about it—testifying to anyone who would listen to his stories of the stupidity of war, the burdens of having fought and killed, and the hope of peace—was the best salve for his wounds.”

This book is not only a model of telling the sorts of stories unwelcome in museums and NPR documentaries and Veterans Day parades, but also a model of writing about the perspective of an organization. Messner found his subjects through Veterans For Peace, on whose advisory board I serve, and accurately captures the wealth of moral and personal motivations behind the work of these veterans to rid the world of the means of creating yet more veterans.

Sanchez’s story begins with a tough, rough, gang and prison life. But that life contains nothing like the horror of war. He recalls:
“In two-and-a-half weeks, they had to pull out the 4th and 28th Infantry Divisions, because they were decimated. In two-and-a-half weeks, that Division lost 9,500 men, either killed or wounded. Two-and-a-half weeks I’m talking about. In this war we’re having [now] in Iraq, we haven’t killed 6,000 people yet. How many years we’ve been over there?”

The author does not step into the story to correct the idea that over a million dead people in Iraq aren’t actually “people,” but it is a way of thinking that many participants in war work to become aware of and overcome. Sanchez, in fact, spent many years telling himself that at least he had not personally killed people because he had shot at the front of trenches so that the “enemies” wouldn’t stick their heads and guns above them. When his life became less busy, he began to think about what he had actually done decades before: “When I didn’t have all these other things I had to think about, they came back to me and then I found out. God, the psychiatrist told me that I killed between fifty and 100 Germans. But I didn’t shoot to kill. I shoot to keep the guys down from shooting back. My job was to shoot right in front of the trench so dust and rocks and everything was right over-head so the Germans [are] not gonna stick out their heads to shoot back. That was my job, to keep them down, and keep ’em from fighting back. That was my mentality. I wasn’t killing anybody. And that’s what I was saying all these years. But the goddamn Iraq War reminded me what a dirty SOB I was.”

The stories get harder, not easier, from there. The story of the war on Korea includes a U.S. veteran apologizing in-person to a woman who was the only survivor in her village of a massacre.

Don’t blame the veterans, we’re often told. But this is a cartoonish morality in which blaming someone bars you from also blaming someone else (such as top government and military officials and weapons makers). The fact is that many veterans blame themselves and would no matter what the rest of us did; and many move toward recovery by facing their guilt and working to balance it with work for peace and justice.

Messner explains his perspective with an account of a conversation with his grandfather, a World War I veteran:
“On the morning of Veterans Day in 1980, Gramps sat with his breakfast—a cup of watery coffee, a piece of burnt toast slathered with marmalade, and a single slice of cool liverwurst. A twenty-eight-year-old graduate student, I’d recently moved in with my grandparents in their Oakland, California, home. I tried to cut through Gramps’s cranky mood by wishing him a happy Veterans Day. Huge Mistake. ‘Veterans Day!’ he barked at me with the gravelly voice of a lifelong smoker. ‘It’s not Veterans Day! It’s Armistice Day. Those gawd . . . damned . . . politicians . . . changed it to Veterans Day. And they keep getting us into more wars.’ My grandfather was hyperventilating now, his liverwurst forgotten. ‘Buncha crooks! They don’t fight the wars, ya know. Guys like me fight the wars. We called it the “War to End All Wars,” and we believed it.’ He closed the conversation with a harrumph: ‘Veterans Day!’

“Armistice Day symbolized to Gramps not just the end of his war, but the end of all war, the dawning of a lasting peace. This was not an idle dream. In fact, a mass movement for peace had pressed the U.S. government, in 1928, to sign the Kellogg-Briand Pact, an international ‘Treaty for the Renunciation of War,’ sponsored by the United States and France and subsequently signed by most nations of the world. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the law changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day, to include veterans of World War II, it was a slap in the face for my grandfather. Hope evaporated, replaced with the ugly reality that politicians would continue to find reasons to send American boys— ‘guys like me’—to fight and die in wars.”

So they will until we stop them. Guys Like Me is a great tool for that cause — and for the restoration of Armistice Day. One error I hope will be corrected is this statement: “Obama slowed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” President Obama in reality tripled the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and made it by every measure (death, destruction, troop count, dollars) his war more than a war of Bush or Trump or the two of them combined.

Veteran Gregory Ross read one of his poems at the 2016 Veterans For Peace Convention. It is quoted in Guys Like Me:

The Dead
do not require our silence to be honored
do not require our silence to be remembered.
do not accept our silence as remembrance, as honor.
do not expect our silence to end
the carnage of war
the child starved
the woman raped
the virulence of intolerance
the Earth desecrated
It is the living who require our silence
in a lifetime of fear and complicity

The Dead
do require our courage to defy the powerful and the greedy.
do require our lives to be loud, compassionate, courageous.
do require our anger at the continuance of war in their name.
do require our shock at the maiming of the Earth in their name.
do require our outrage to be honored, to be remembered.

The Dead

have no use for our silence

          Lucca Comics & Games 2018: superata la barriera dei 251.000 mila biglietti      Cache   Translate Page      

Lucca Comics & Games 2018 si è conclusa con un record di 251 mila biglietti staccati, malgrado la pioggia intermittente che ha colpito la città toscana – e causato altri e più importanti problemi nel nostro paese.

Una 52° esima edizione sempre molto interessante, per le mostre, gli incontri. alcuni eventi ma che non ha riservato nessuna novità di rilievo per noi fan del Gundam e dell’animazione giapponese.

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In queste ore è stato annunciato da Bandai Namco, per il prossimo 19 novembre un nuovo evento – in Live Stream – dedicato alla saga videoludica di Super Robot Wars, con grande probabilità verrà svelato un nuovo videogioco di questa popolare franchise.

Super Robot Wars X

All’evento, fissato per le 21:00 JST del 19 novembre ( le 13.00 ora italiana) parteciperanno sia rappresentanti del BBB Studio che Takanobu Terada, oltre al comico Gattsukitaika ed altri ospiti. La durata è fissaa…

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          DC Comics Universe & Green Arrow #46 Spoilers: Will New Villain The Citizen Turn The City Against Oliver Queen Via Preview?      Cache   Translate Page      
Intriguing
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The end?
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Awesome
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Spider-geddon erupts
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          DISTORTION THEORY, THE INVISIBLE THREAD: TOWARDS A UNIFIED THEORY BETWEEN ENCOUNTERS WITH ENTITIES AND UNKNOWN BEINGS      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018, Jose Antonio Caravaca
We have paid so much attention and enthusiasm to the study of flying saucers that this has prevented us from being fully aware of the clues offered by the paradigm outside the path we had taken. If the analysis of ufological casuistry, i.e. the scrutiny of incidents, has entangled us in a dead-end labyrinth, we should have opted for a parallel path.

Apply what little we have learned from UFOs and compare it with other anomalies. Since UFOs are not the first and only enigma related to the vision of strange entities and unknown beings throughout history. And this circumstance is very suspicious.

For before UFOs and their elusive occupants appeared in our lives, large numbers of people claimed to have had encounters with daimons, angels, demons, fairies, big foot, ghosts, the Virgin Mary, etc. outside, apparently from any relation to the extraterrestrial context. And the most surprising thing is that, I repeat, none of these phenomena has left evidences after its passage. This is already the first point in common with our space visitors. 

Therefore, in the same way that we have invested decades in the exclusive study of UFOs, we should have invested some of that time in evaluating other possibilities, analyzing the phenomenon beyond its appearances. Before considering that we were faced with a new equation, which to add to the various questions we were accumulating, we should have asked ourselves if there were interesting correlations between all these paradigms. And they exist. 

Excited by the singularity of the UFO paradigm we have not realized that the entire collection of odd phenomena had many keys. And it is that some of the conclusions obtained on the close encounters with UFO are perfectly able to be extrapolated to other anomalies. For the present study we have made a comparison (which can be broader) between UFOs, Marian apparitions, the Sasquatch entity, ghosts and elemental beings, each and every one of them, paradigms that stand out for being made protagonists by apparent intelligent entities, alien to the human being and that seem to interact physically with the environment. In addition, we will use the term entities to refer globally to all these beings, creatures, humanoids, etc., and the term experiences to include all the narrations of this type of encounter.

BASIC STRUCTURE: All anomalies without exception are composed of an "internal skeleton" that structures the narrative of almost all experiences (examples):

UFO: Witnesses will see "something" in the sky. This "something" will land. And crew/occupants members will descend from a ship.

MARIAN APARITIONS: Witnesses will see a stranger "light". The "light" will be transformed into a "feminine" entity. They will receive a message.

ELEMENTAL BEINGS: Witnesses will see a small entity in the forest or mountain. Witnesses will talk to these beings.

BIG FOOT: Witnesses will see an enormous hairy creature in the forest or mountain. It will disappear quickly or inexplicably.

GHOST: Witnesses will see the appearance of a deceased known or unknown person. Messages, if received, will be ambiguous.

THE UNIQUE CASES: Although there is an "internal skeleton" that validates the experiences, these will develop in an individual and unpredictable way without sharing, beyond, the main features that the differences of the other anomalies, more details between them. Both in the appearances of the entities observed and in the messages, where all possible sizes and variants in their physiognomy are observed, it is as if the same "object" were drawn/interpreted by different painters with different styles.

EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: All experiences usually have some kind of detail or element, which we will never find represented again in another incident of the same characteristics.

THE PREVALENCE OF THE VISUAL OVER THE INFORMATIVE: Whatever the nature of these apparitions, they give greater importance to the visual component, or what is observed, than to the informative content that is going to be shared. All entities are equally ambiguous and imprecise when it comes to transferring their messages.

THE ALTERATED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: All scholars of these fields of anomalies have noted that the protagonists of these experiences seem to enter a state of trance, or altered state of consciousness when they are in the presence of these entities (to a lesser extent, apparently, in the case of the Big Foot entity, although it is relative).

ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE: None of these paradigms have been verified in a reliable way. No proof has been obtained from any of them. In addition, all the information obtained through the different entities has never provided relevant information or information unknown to humankind.

THE PSYCHIC COMPONENT: In one way or another it has been documented that these experiences have an important "spiritual" part, as if these entities were half physical and half psychic. In fact, even one's own experiences seem to develop on a confused border between two opposing universes (the physical or the material and the psychic or spiritual).

THE ABSURD FACTOR: All these experiences have illogical or absurd components. Or in the descriptions of the entities, in the messages, or the actions undertaken by the entities.

THE NON-EXISTENCE OF A GLOBAL STORY: It is not possible to connect the casuistry of these anomalies (in any of the fields described) in a global history that suggests that we are in contact with the same entities, which appear again and again. The "characters" and the "narrations" show that these experiences are not connected to each other, beyond that "internal skeleton" to which we alluded in the first point. In appearances. All incidents develop as independent stories. No case has offered evidence that the same entity (with the same name and appearance) is the one that has appeared in another place on the planet before two different witnesses. And above all, the information offered by the entities, even without taking into account physical similarities, has no connection to another event. 

All these connections indicate to us that we are probably faced with the same phenomenon that has different ways of "expressing itself" through our own psyche. All the content of the experiences seems to start from human material, which would reveal that the participation of the witnesses, far from being independent of the phenomenon, would be the vital or foundational point of these contacts with that other manifested reality. Because one thing we can conclude is that we are witnessing glimpses of an unknown universe that can interact within our reality with different repercussions. In his book The Mythical Dimension Joseph Campbell said that: "The comparative study of mythologies imposes on us a unitary vision of the cultural history of humanity, since we find that subjects such as the theft of the fire of the gods, the deluge, the kingdom of the dead, the virgin who gives birth and the resurrection of the hero appear all over the world, each time in new combinations, although their elements, like those of a kaleidoscope, are few and always the same".

JAC

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Chris Savia provided, 11/4, for his Anomalist links, some examples of cave art (hashtags on ochre pieces) dating from about 73,000 years ago.



Cave art has been an interest of mine which some of you know from the postings here.

Human activity, from the outset of existence, has been strikingly intriguing but only within the evolutionary environment of Earth.

Savia seems to be fan of human quirks and the soil for that is rich in cognitive entertainment.

Nick Redfern, and a few other people you and I know, are obsessed by the paranormal (weird) intrusions that have afflicted some in society much more recently than those odd things that caused mayhem among the ancients and members of the Dark, Middle ages.

We of the modern era have been put upon by odd phenomena that itself is more modern, UFOs, for example.

And while UFOs are a fixture for a few of us and our fellow humans, they do not have the cachet that the gods of old had for those in the early stages of written history, nor for primitive man, despite a few cave drawings that the Ancient Astronaut crowd sees, perhaps rightfully, as depicting visiting craft from outer space.

In the context of human existence, from the enlightened consciousness that persons such as Julian Jaynes (with his concept of the bicameral mind) intuited to the modern evaluations of consciousness and reality by philosophers and theoretical physicists Earth is unique, with unique events.

H. G. Wells, in his Outline of History – evaluated in the TLS issue I noted here the other day (about its Fortean Times review) – gave us a précis of how the Earth is one of a kind.

How UFOs play into that is grist for this blog and others more astute.

That extraterrestrial life may be abundant in the cosmos or life appears in another dimensional world or universe is a curiosity but has nothing to do with our Earthly existence [apud quidem].

So, those spending too much time on things ufological should curb their misplaced interest and pursue the rich reality that is human existence and behavior.

They will find rewards that edify and intrigue, like Savia’s hash-marked ochre.

 RR

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Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” was released in 2013 and helped launch the DC Extended Universe for Warner Bros. Since then the movie studio has released a slate of movies

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Robert Pattinson! You can't keep knocking yourself and your acting ability. Telling directors you have no idea what he's doing is trite, and no longer applicable. Stop tearing yourself down. You're words and actions don't match! When that happens, people act out what they can't say and you have to go by their actions. You say you're compelled to tell your directors that you have no idea what you're doing, and then you go knock the ball out of the park, and prove that not to be true. It was Joanne Woodward who said "Acting is like sex. You should just do it and not talk about it." Whatever your process is....it's no ones business. Except the fact that it was no accident that you became an actor. At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to make it happen and it happened. You are a great actor. You work really hard at your craft. Be gracious and accept the accolades. You deserve them. You've worked really hard. You deserve the accolades. :-)
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Thanks to the GRAVITY collaboration, astronomers have made the most detailed observations of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way to date.

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At the fourth Landing Site Workshop in October, NASA held a vote on where the Mars 2020 rover will land once it reaches the Red Planet

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A new study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics indicates that exoplanets with too much water or too much landmass may not be a good place to look for life.

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          Astronomy Cast Ep. 504: Radar, Lidar, and Sonar      Cache   Translate Page      

To really study something, you want to reach out and touch it. But what can you do if you’re separated by a huge distance? You reach out with electromagnetic or sound waves and watch how they bounce back. Thanks to radar, sonar and lidar. We usually record Astronomy Cast every Friday at 3:00 pm EST …

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          Charles Mingus 'Jazz in Detroit,' 1973 a new box set features nearly 4 hours of excellent material recorded on a single night.      Cache   Translate Page      
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November 2, 2018 Rolling Stone Magazine by Hank Shteamer

Review: Charles Mingus’ ‘Jazz in Detroit’ Sheds Light on an Overlooked Era

A hefty new box set, recorded live in 1973, captures the legendary bassist at the helm of a short-lived yet top-tier band


“If you’re going by the bare facts alone, Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden is strictly for Charles Mingus completists. The new five-CD set includes nearly four hours of previously unreleased live material by the legendary bassist, all recorded on a single night in February 1973 for Detroit public radio. Unlike, say, John Coltrane’s recently unearthed Lost Album, Jazz in Detroit doesn’t date from a pivotal period in the leader’s career, feature an iconic lineup or introduce a wealth of unfamiliar repertoire.

But what looks marginal on paper turns out to be sheer joy coming out of the speakers, thanks in large part to Mingus’ lesser-known yet enormously gifted sidemen: tenor saxophonist John Stubblefield, trumpeter Joe Gardner, pianist Don Pullen and drummer Roy Brooks. Even Mingus aficionados likely won’t have heard this exact lineup, since only Pullen and Brooks worked with the bassist for more than a few months. Still, as heard in these performances of Mingus staples (“Pithecanthropus Erectus,” “Peggy’s Blue Skylight,” “Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk”) and a couple rarities, their grasp of the core elements of the bassist’s sound world — earthy swing; lush ensemble playing; roomy, impassioned solos — is extraordinary.


Pullen in particular nearly steals the show. The pianist would later become a star of the jazz vanguard, but at the time of Jazz in Detroit, one of his earliest documented performances with Mingus, he was still an up-and-comer. His prior experience playing everything from high-energy free improv to deep-pocket soul-jazz came in handy here. On “Celia,” a tender, melodious piece that dated back to 1957, his solo moves from crisp bebop to clanging, cyclonic expressionism and back, recalling the astounding technique of earlier Mingus pianist Jaki Byard. Later, underneath Stubblefield’s solo, the pianist tosses little firecrackers of abstraction the saxist’s way, urging his bandmate toward increasingly ecstatic peaks. And on a lengthy version of Duke Ellington’s “C Jam Blues,” he leads Mingus and Brooks into a wild free-jazz interlude.

The set’s more conventional moments are just as satisfying. “Dizzy Profile” — a piece apparently written for Dizzy Gillespie but not found on any other known Mingus recording — gives the players a chance to stretch out on an old-school ballad. Pullen plays a gorgeous rubato intro, leading into a dreamy, vocal-like theme led by Gardner. Solos by the trumpeter and Stubblefield show off each player’s timeless laid-back lyricism. Likewise, on the 26-minute “Noddin’ Ya Head Blues,” the whole band digs heartily into Mingus and Brooks’ slinky groove. (Late in the performance, the drummer puts down his sticks for a charmingly folksy turn on musical saw.) These pieces show that while many of Mingus’ peers had embraced plugged-in fusion by ’73, the bassist was still more than content with the fundamentals of acoustic small-group jazz.

Beyond the music itself, which sounds generally excellent for a live recording, Jazz in Detroit also has added historical value. A series of between-set radio segments interspersed with the music offer a window into the lively Detroit scene jazz at that time. We hear MC Bud Spangler, broadcasting from on site, giving directions to the Strata Concert Gallery — the home of Strata Records, an important local label of the period that DJ and Jazz in Detroit project coordinator Amir Abdullah has spent years researching and reviving — offering free admission to anyone who can bring a backup amp down to the show, bemoaning the sparse attendance and plugging upcoming installments in the Jazz in Detroit series, which also featured Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and hometown luminaries like the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, for which Spangler was the sometime drummer.

Spangler also sits down for an extensive interview with Roy Brooks. Mingus’ then-drummer was a Detroit local and, as heard on this set, an outstanding player who by this time had also worked with jazz A-listers such as Wes Montgomery, Pharoah Sanders, Jackie McLean and Horace Silver. (Jazz in Detroit is sourced from Brooks’ own tapes, provided by the drummer’s widow, Hermine.) He describes the challenge of performing Mingus’ “very demanding” music — no doubt more so because Brooks was stepping into a role most often occupied by the bassist’s longtime drummer and musical soulmate Dannie Richmond — and the evolving audience for jazz at the time, marked by an influx of young fans who “a couple of years ago were really into the acid-rock scene.” His generally optimistic tone runs counter to the standard wisdom that jazz was on the rocks in the early Seventies.

This supplemental material only amplifies the sense that Jazz in Detroit is a niche document. As a slice of life, though, shedding light on both Mingus’ day-to-day activities during an overlooked period and the practice of jazz outside the New York limelight, it’s a treasure. Beyond the context, the music speaks for itself. Even a listener totally unfamiliar with Mingus, not to mention his undervalued collaborators, could jump into Jazz in Detroit‘s time machine and feel right at home in the bassist’s rich musical universe.”



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A massive flattened boulder-like object traveling through space with “peculiar acceleration” could be an alien craft, according to a new study.

It “may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” states a paper by two Harvard scientists to be published Nov. 12 in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Scientists have been confounded by the interstellar object first spotted tumbling past the sun a year ago via telescopes on Maui. It was dubbed ’Oumuamua, which means “scout” in Hawaiian.

Because of its unusual cigar shape and speed, some quickly speculated that it originated from an alien civilization. It was scanned for radio waves, but none were detected. Other scientists deemed it a comet, despite the lack of a traditional tail.

Now professor Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard’s astronomy department, and post-doctoral fellow Shmuel Bialy have again raised the possibility that it’s an alien ship — or possibly a piece of one.

A certain “discrepancy” in the object’s movement “is readily solved if ’Oumuamua does not follow a random trajectory but is rather a targeted probe,” they write. Such a probe may have been intentionally sent for a “reconnaissance mission into the inner region of the solar system,” Loeb said in an email to Universe Today.

It’s possible the object is propelled through space through some naturally occurring phenomenon. Or it could be an extraterrestrial spacecraft that relies on an “artificial” light sail that relies on solar radiation pressure to generate propulsion, according to Loeb. 

“There is data on the orbit of this object for which there is no other explanation. So we wrote this paper suggesting this explanation,” Loeb told the Boston Globe. “The approach I take to the subject is purely scientific and evidence-based.”

Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, called the paper “intriguing” in an email to the Globe.

“Observational anomalies like we see with Oumuamua, combined with careful reasoning, is exactly the method through which we make new discoveries in astrophysics — including, perhaps, truly incredible ones like intelligent life beyond the Earth,” he wrote.  

But SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak said in an email to NBC that “one should not blindly accept this clever hypothesis when there is also a mundane explanation for ’Oumuamua — namely that it’s a comet or asteroid from afar.”

’Oumuamua is the first interstellar object ever observed in the solar system. Now it’s hurtling away and may never be seen again. 


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Un asteroide está desatando el cachondeo en redes sociales porque se especula con que pueda ser parte de una nave alienígena.

Astrónomos del Centro Harvard-Smithsonian de Astrofísica creen que la forma alargada del primer asteroide interestelar conocido, Oumuamua, opera como una vela que explica su inesperada aceleración. Esto podría suponer que se trata, entre otras opciones, de tecnología extraterrestre.

Los científicos especulan con un origen artificial del objeto, diseñado para un viaje de reconocimiento interestelar por una civilización avanzada, pero cuya misión ya ha terminado y se ha convertido en el desecho de un naufragio.

El estudio "¿Podría la presión de la radiación solar explicar la aceleración peculiar de Oumuamua?", publicado en arXiv, fue realizado por Shmuel Bialy, investigador postdoctoral en el Instituto de Teoría y Computación, y Abraham Loeb, director de este centro.

Oumuamua fue visto por primera vez por la encuesta Pan-STARRS-1 40 días después de su paso más cercano al Sol (el 9 de septiembre de 2017). En este punto, estaba a aproximadamente a 0,25 UA del Sol (un cuarto de la distancia entre la Tierra y el Sol), y ya estaba saliendo del Sistema Solar.

En ese momento, los astrónomos notaron que parecía tener una alta densidad (indicativa de una composición rocosa y metálica) y que estaba girando rápidamente.

Si bien no mostró signos de desgasificación al pasar cerca de nuestro Sol (lo que habría indicado que era un cometa), un equipo de investigación pudo obtener espectros que indicaban que Oumuamua estaba más helado de lo que se pensaba.

Cuando comenzó a abandonar el Sistema Solar, el Telescopio Espacial Hubble tomó algunas imágenes finales de Oumuamua que revelaron comportamientos inesperados. Otro equipo de investigación descubrió que Oumuamua había aumentado en velocidad, en lugar de disminuirla como se esperaba.

¿Por qué no experimentó desgasificación ante nuestro Sol?

La explicación más probable era que Oumuamua estaba descargando material de su superficie por el calentamiento solar (desgasificación). La liberación de este material, consistente con la forma en que se comporta un cometa, le daría al asteroide el empuje que necesitaba para lograr aumentar su velocidad.

A esto, Bialy y Loeb ofrecen una contraexplicación. Si Oumuamua era en realidad un cometa, ¿por qué entonces no experimentó desgasificación cuando estaba más cerca de nuestro Sol? Además, citan otras investigaciones que mostraron que, si la desgasificación fuera responsable de la aceleración, también habría provocado una rápida evolución en el giro de Oumuamua (que no se observó).

Básicamente, consideran la posibilidad de que Oumuamua podría ser, de hecho, una vela ligera, una forma de nave espacial que depende de la presión de radiación para generar propulsión, similar a lo que está desarrollando Breaktrough Starshot, el proyecto para enviar pequeñas naves a otros sistemas.

Así lo explica Loeb a Universe Today por correo electrónico:

"Explicamos el exceso de aceleración de Oumuamua lejos del Sol como resultado de la fuerza que la luz del Sol ejerce sobre su superficie. Para que esta fuerza explique el exceso de aceleración medida, el objeto debe ser extremadamente pequeño, del orden de una fracción de milímetro de espesor pero de decenas de metros de tamaño. Esto hace que el objeto sea liviano para su área de superficie y le permite actuar como una vela ligera. Su origen podría ser natural (en el medio interestelar o discos protoplanetarios) o artificial (como una sonda enviada para una misión de reconocimiento en la región interior del Sistema Solar)".

Basándose en esto, Bialy y Loeb calcularon la probable forma, grosor y relación masa-área que tendría un objeto tan artificial. También intentaron determinar si podría sobrevivir en el espacio interestelar, y si podría o no resistir las tensiones de tracción causadas por la rotación y las fuerzas de marea.

Lo que encontraron fue que una vela con solo una fracción de milímetro de espesor sería suficiente para que una lámina de material sólido sobreviviera el viaje a través de toda la galaxia, aunque depende en gran medida de la densidad de masa. Gruesa o delgada, esta vela podría soportar colisiones con granos de polvo y gas que impregnan el medio interestelar, así como fuerzas centrífugas y de marea.

En cuanto a lo que estaría haciendo una vela ligera extraterrestre en nuestro Sistema Solar, Bialy y Loeb ofrecen algunas explicaciones posibles para eso.

Sugieren que la sonda puede ser realmente una vela difunta que flota bajo la influencia de la gravedad y la radiación estelar, similar a los desechos de los naufragios de barcos que flotan en el océano. Esto ayudaría a explicar por qué Breakthrough Listen no encontró evidencia de transmisiones de radio.


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I am sure I am not the only one looking forward to a greater shakeout in asset markets generally. I follow some illiquid closed end funds in which scared money gets shaken out every time the wind changes. There a meaningful universe once more of those funds trading at a substantial discount to net asset value and with a distribution rate over 10%. Provided you are prepared, the best think about a downturn is the chance to buy more.
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Your body needs good quality sleep, that is when it repairs itself, rests, rejuvenates, energizes and heals. So, what can you do when you...

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My whole life I had a sincere desire to be happy. I always claimed to be a happy person and those around me would...

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Risk to life: absolute. Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly - and unusual - creatures.

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A lot of Stratocasters
With all the Strats, Teles, Les Pauls and Martin dreadnought versions out there, you might think we may never see any new and original guitars any more. But buck up lil' camper. There are a few designers that have come up with some new, and somewhat off-the-wall guitars.

2018 Fender
Meteora


You may have come late to the party for this guitar, but Fender’s Custom Shop recently came out with The Meteora. It is what happened when a Telecaster and a Jazzmaster got together. The body shape is based on a Jazzmaster with an exaggerated offset. The neck is also based on a 1968 maple Jazzmaster with block inlays with 22 frets. Though the pickguard is definitely a Jazzmaster shape, the rest of the guitar is pure Telecaster.



Fender Meteora
The bridge pickup on the flat stainless steel plate is right off a Tele, and the neck features a Custom Shop Twisted Tele pickup, which has Alnico 5 magnets that are slightly taller, and wound with 42 gauge wire, instead of the 43 gauge found on most Tele neck pickups. The controls are the same as on a Telecaster, but you are looking at a most unique instrument.

It was a limited run, so new Fender Meteoras are scarce.

St. Vincent
St. Vincent is the stage name of Anne Erin Clark. She is a pretty girl with a very nice voice. I am impressed that she studied music at Berklee College before venturing on a career as a singer-songwriter-guitarist. She spent some time in Sufjan Stevens touring band, before embarking on a solo career.

Music Man Guitars thought enough of her to design a very unique guitar called The St. Vincent. It is a beautiful instrument with one of the most unusual shapes that I have ever seen.

Music Man
St. Vincent
The body is made of African mahogany. The neck is made of “roasted maple”, unless you purchase the black model, which features a maple neck. The fretboard is rosewood, with inlays designed by St. Vincent. The neck features a hand rubbed gun stock oil and wax finish.

The headstock is the short style with 4 plus 2 tuners, typical of Ernie Ball Music Man guitars. The tuners are Schaller M6 locking style with pearl buttons. The guitar features 3 DiMarzio mini humbucking pickups. It also features a Music Man Modern tremolo and six adjustable bridge/saddles. The volume and tone controls have triangular plastic knobs.

Music Man St. Vincent Guitars

The St. Vincent is available in blue with a white pickguard, Polaris white, Matte black with a black pickguard, or tobacco burst with a white pickguard.


Pagelli Guitars are unique creations by builders Claudio and Claudia Pagelli. This couple builds acoustic guitar, electric guitars, and basses using some of the wildest designs you have ever seen.

Pagelli Kill Bill



For the 2018 NAMM Convention they created the “Kill Bill” guitar for ZZ Topp guitarist Billy Gibbons. The body is fashioned with an unusual shape that only the Pagellis' could dream up. The guitar features a neck-through body, with a single humbucker. Volume and tone controls are mounted on the instruments body.



Artist Robert Goetzl

Martin Guitars has tapped Rutherford, New Jersey resident Robert Goetzl to create their 2018 model DX420.



Martin's Two Millionth Guitar
If you remember Goetzl designed the incredible artwork for Martin’s Two-Millionth guitar back in 2016. It was called the History of Time, and it was the most ornate guitar that Martin had ever created. A handcrafted RCM watch was embedded in the headstock. At the time this instrument retailed for $149,000 USD.

Martin DX420

If you missed out on that sale, you can get the DX420 for the manufacturers retail price of $799.00 SRP, $599.00 street price. This a Martin made of HPL (high pressure laminate) with a printed top designed exclusively for Martin by Mr. Goetzl.

The guitars neck is also made of laminated material, and the fretboard is made of Richlite. Another man made product. It come with a Fishman Sonitone under saddle pickup.

Gibson Modern
DC Standard

Gibson has come out with a new solid body model they call Custom Limited Edition Modern DC (double cutaway). This is a totally different design that has never been used on a Gibson guitar.

The guitar incorporates a swept neck heel that allows easy access to all 24 frets. It also has an extra-long neck tenon to maximize sustain, a sleek new Apex headstock carve for strength and durability.

Gibson Modern DC
Ebony


It also features a 2-Piece Maple Top with a Mahogany Body and a Mahogany medium C-Shape 57 Classic Neck pickup & 57 Classic Plus Bridge pickup. Controls include a single 500K CTS Volume, and Tone Pot, with a hand-wired harness, and a Switchcraft Toggle.

The guitar is available in Bullion Gold, Heritage Cherry Burst, or Ebony.


Gibson Modern DC
Semi-hollow




Gibson also features a similar model called the Modern DC (double cutaway) Semi-Hollow. The features are similar to the previously mentioned model, however this guitar has a one-piece solid Mahogany body, and a two piece solid Mahogany top with a cats-eye cutaway on the lower bout.




Gibson Modern DC Semi-hollow


This guitar is available in White Pearl, Gray Pearl, Blue Pearl, or Pearl Coral. Both models retail for around $4,000 USD.


As you may have read, Gibson has emerged from Bankruptcy under a newly named president, James "JC" Curleigh,  who formerly was president of Levi Strauss & Co. The majority shareholder is the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

A few 2019 Gibson Electric Guitars
In taking a look at Gibson's 2019 offerings I cannot help but notice an extreme drop in the suggested retail price for their guitars. Can this signal Gibson once again offering some affordable models for us common people? We can only hope.

New Harmony Guitars

Harmony Guitars are offering some new models. Yes, I said Harmony Guitars. These are no longer made in Chicago, but the new models look nice. They are Silhouette, Rebel, and Jupiter, and all feature Gold Foil pickups and bolt-on necks, Madagascar Ebony fret boards, and locking tuners.

New Harmony Amplifier

The company is also offering a new Harmony amp line up. This will be a range of new combo amps, cabs and heads, along with a reissue of the classic 8418 Harmony amp. This amp will feature custom hand-wiring, a single 12" Jensen speaker, analog spring reverb, tremolo, and a pull boost. The prices for the guitars and amplifiers have not been set as of yet.








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Buckle up, Breaking Bad fans! According to The Hollywood Reporter, a movie set in the Breaking Bad universe is in the works, and series creator Vince Gilligan is once again at the helm. It's been 10 years since the hit AMC show premiered, and five since it ended, yet viewers still miss the dark and dramatic story of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. While details about the film remain unclear, the two-hour movie will reportedly follow a kidnapped man as he escapes and seeks freedom, and it will begin filming in New Mexico next month. No word yet if fans can expect the movie in theaters or on the small screen, or if stars Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston are slated to return.


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Road Redemption Brings Motorcycle Mayhem to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation®4 Today Tripwire Interactive Expands Role as Publisher with Highly Anticipated Road Redemption Console Launch ROSWELL, GA — Nov. 6, 2018 — Tripwire Interactive, developers of the award-winning Killing Floor and Red Orchestra franchises – and publisher for Road Redemption in partnership with developers at EQ-Games and Pixel Dash Studios – announced today that Road Redemption, the beloved spiritual successor to Road Rash, launches today for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Nintendo Switch system with a version for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft coming soon. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign and Steam launch with overwhelmingly positive user, Steam Curator, and critic reviews, Tripwire Interactive is ready to bring Road Redemption’s unique brand of driving combat and motorcycle mayhem to console systems. Available to purchase today on the official Road Redemption launch day microsite, PlayStation Store and Nintendo eShop for $19.99 USD, Road Redemption finds players leading a biker gang on an epic journey across the United States in a driving combat road rage adventure. Earn money by completing races, assassinations, robberies, and other challenges. As you collect loot, players will be able to upgrade their character, bike, and weapons to build up the ultimate road warrior. Complete with a huge single-player campaign, dozens of weapons, full 4-player co-op split-screen, and online multiplayer, Road Redemption marks a return to those halcyon days of brutal, arcade-style, action racing. Road Redemption Key Features: Singleplayer campaign Online Multiplayer Local Multiplayer + Co-op Shared/Splitscreen Brutal weapons Deep motorcycle combat system complete with grabs, kicks, counters, critical strikes, and more Rooftop racing and non-stop emergent action Today’s announcement follows recent news about the first ever in-game crossover event for Killing Floor 2 and Road Redemption on Steam. Players with both titles in their Steam library recently saw the addition of the Road Redeemer chained bat melee weapon from Road Redemption in Killing Floor 2 – and two new riders in Road Redemption from the Killing Floor 2 universe: DJ Skully and Hans Volter. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can also look forward to this ultra awesome crossover later this year with the upcoming launch of Killing Floor 2’s yearly winter update. To keep up with the latest about the Road Redemption, be sure to visit the official Road Redemption launch day microsite and website – and follow the Road Redemption development team on Twitter and Facebook. You can also keep track of Road Redemption publisher Tripwire Interactive on any of these channels: www.tripwireinteractive.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tripwireinteractive, Twitter at https://twitter.com/TripwireInt, Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/tripwireinteractive/ and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/tripwireinteractive. About Tripwire Interactive Gamers want games that grab their attention and will keep them coming back for more. Tripwire has been producing those types of games since the first Red Orchestra mod that won the “Make Something Unreal” competition in 2004. Since then Tripwire has won numerous Multiplayer and FPS Game of the Year awards from top editorial sites—and millions have played a Red Orchestra or Killing Floor game, with an average play time of over 40 hours, per player, per game! Since it first launched for PC in 2009, Killing Floor has sold over five million units worldwide. Tripwire has published select 3rd-party titles (The Ball, Zeno Clash, Dwarfs?!), supported each title with free extra content and taken their brand of winning gaming to console, to continuously expand that base. Tripwire will continue to offer new and exciting gaming experiences both to their millions of fans and to new gamers alike—including Killing Floor 2 for PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, Xbox One, and Xbox One X, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam for PC, Killing Floor: Incursion for Oculus Touch and HTC VIVE in 2017—along with PlayStation®VR and Windows Mixed Reality in 2018. In addition to developing their own games Tripwire announced a new publishing division at E3 2018 designed to help other independent studios bring their games to market through a truly collaborative publishing model. Road Redemption by EQ Games and Pixel Dash Studios for PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Nintendo Switch will be the first game to come from the new publishing arm in Fall 2018 and Maneater for PC will be coming in 2019. Tripwire also recently announced a partnership with Digital Lode to bring Espire 1: VR Operative to VR platforms in 2019. To find out why millions of gamers spend so much time playing Tripwire games and getting involved with Tripwire’s special events for existing games, visit the website at www.tripwireinteractive.com for all the latest news direct from the studio. About EQ-Games EQ-Games, founded by Ian Fisch and Paul Fisch, based in Atlanta, began conceptualizing Road Redemption in 2009, while they were finishing their premiere title as an independent studio: Defy Gravity for PC and Xbox 360. EQ-Games is currently working on a number of different PC and console titles including Titan Fighters, Road Redemption: Gamblit Edition, and Dragon Master Arcade. About Pixel Dash Studios Pixel Dash Studios is an award-winning development studio based in Louisiana specializing in video games and e-learning software development. In addition to developing Road Redemption, Pixel Dash has developed games and apps for over 25 clients on multiple platforms including Vive, PlayStation VR, PC, web, and mobile. Pixel Dash Studios works closely with the community providing career shadowing and internship opportunities for students and leading the local chapter of the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA).
          Ateisme er en feilslutning basert på det vi kan vite noe om      Cache   Translate Page      
Jeg har stor respekt for Erik Tunstad når han uttaler seg om det han har greie på, enten det handler om evolusjon eller forskningsjuks.


Men når det kommer til religion (hva nå det er), baserer Tunstad seg dessverre alt for ofte på generaliseringer og stråmenn. Det overrasker uansett ikke hva en ateist svarer på spørsmålet «Fører kritisk tenkning til ateisme?».

Mens et mer naturlig spørsmål er "Fører ateisme til at man tar for lett på hva som er kritisk tenkning?"

Selv om Tunstads foredrag sikkert fungerer godt som forkynnelse for koret - eller altså Ateistene (fka Hedningesamfunnet) - er det ikke like sikkert at det tåler et møte med kritisk tenkning.
– Vi kan selvsagt ikke vite hva som er i den andre enden av universet eller utenfor, eller om det finnes andre universer. Men det betyr ikke at vi har grunnlag for å konkludere med noe som helst, spesielt ikke å slutte fra det at vi ikke vet, til at det finnes en gud. Det er det samme som å slutte fra er til bør, sa Tunstad som la til at mye av tenkningen gjennom historien har bygget på en feilslutning på akkurat dette området.
En som virkelig driver med kritisk tenkning vil fort innse at det finnes bedre argumenter enn at siden det er umulig å slutte fra er til bør, er det umulig å konkludere fra noe som er til noe annet som er. 

Men for Erik Tunstad synes det altså fullt mulig å slutte fra noe som ikke finnes til noe som er. Sagt på en annen måte er det ikke lett å finne kilder til at religion har fungert som vitenskap. I beste fall er det en tolkning at religion (hva nå det er) kan oppfattes som den første vitenskapen (hva nå det er).
Tunstad mente religion på mange måter kan betraktes som den første vitenskapen. Religion har vært en måte å forsøke å forstå og dermed ta kontroll over omgivelsene, men at religionen i våre dager mer og mer har blitt trengt tilbake til de feltene vi foreløpig ikke kan forstå.
Er kildene Dawkins og andre nye ateister, eller religionsvitere, altså noen som faktisk har forsket på dette? Er forsøk på å påvirke omgivelsene med sjamanistisk magi, hulemalerier, ritualer og bønn ... vitenskap? Og kan man virkelig snakke om "religion" som bare én ting?   

Uansett er konklusjonen klar:
– Vi begynner å forstå mye av den delen av verden der vi faktisk befinner oss. Uansett hvor mye vi skreller vekk finner vi ingen ting som tyder på at Gud eksisterer, slo Tunstad fast.
Ja, om ikke annet ser troen ut til å være sterk her. Det er altså overhodet ingenting som tyder på at Gud eksisterer. 

Ikke snev av noe som helst, ikke det minste lille som på noen som helst måte - selv ikke i teorien - kan peke en nanograd i retning av Guds eksistens. Null, nada, nothing.

De som leter etter livssynsmessig tunnelsyn, kan finne dårligere studieobjekter enn Tunstad.

Men ser man bort fra at noe som helst eksisterer (hvordan kan det ha seg?), at det som eksisterer endrer seg (hvordan kan det ha seg?), at det finnes noe vi kaller naturlover (hvordan kan det ha seg?) at universet hadde en begynnelse (hvordan kan det ha seg?), at det er fininnstilt (hvordan kan det ha seg?), at liv oppstod (hvordan kan det ha seg?), at bevissthet finnes i et fysisk univers (hvordan kan det ha seg?), at vi har høye etiske aspirasjoner og mange mener forhold som rasisme faktisk er galt (hvordan kan det ha seg?) og så videre, er det selvsagt ingenting der. 

Gå bare videre, fortsett den veien, ikke noe å se her.

Fjerner vi alt, kan selvsagt ikke noe tyde på noe.
Dermed sitter vi igjen med en «gud i hullene», det vil si en gud som er begrenset til å forklare «hullene» i det naturvitenskapen kan fortelle oss om verden, sa Tunstad som langt på vei så ut til å mene at det var kontraproduktivt å bruke for mye tid på å spekulere i det vi uansett ikke kan si noe sikkert om.
Altså ateist på autopilot i flysimulator, løsrevet fra kart og terreng.

Så har Tunstad tydeligvis hørt et populærforedrag av den kristne matematikeren John Lennox. Da er faren for misvisning minst like stor som når noen hører et populærforedrag av den ikke helt kristne biologen Erik Tunstad.
Tunstad var ikke imponert over Lennox, og innrømmet til og med at han etter foredraget hadde lurt på om Lennox bevisst forsøkte å lure folk eller forsøkte å finne ut hvor mye dumt det var mulig å få dem til å tro på. Lennox beviste først og fremst at han ikke forstår evolusjon, mente Tunstad og slo fast at det tvert imot er slik at evolusjonen har gjort livet i stand til å tilpasse seg vilkårene og naturlovene som nå engang finnes i universet.
Mens Lennox må nøye seg med å "mene", har Tunstad myndighet til å slå fast.

Kan den myndigheten gis også andre, er det vanskelig ikke å slå fast at Tunstad ikke vet hva fininnstilling handler om, hvis han da ikke prøver å lure oss. For spørsmålet er ikke om evolusjonen har gjort "livet i stand til å tilpasse seg", men hvordan det kan ha seg at det finnes et univers der både liv og evolusjon i det hele tatt er mulig, for ikke å si materie. 

Når kun ørsmå endringer i vilkår og naturlover ville gjort alle former for liv umulig, er det altså mer enn lettere skivebom å trekke frem evolusjon som løsningen.
Tunstad mente også at det er mindre overraskende at dette universet virket fininnstilt til å frembringe liv dersom det ikke er det eneste universet som eksisterer. Her trakk han frem multiversmodellen, det vil si teorien om at vi lever i ett av mange milliarder parallelle universer. I et slikt multivers er det ikke rart at ett av dem vil ha det som skal til for å frembringe oss, mente Tunstad.
Det interessante er at biologen Tunstad tydelig uttaler seg uten å ane at "multiversmodellen" ikke bare er én, men mange (ulike domener i en felles sammenheng eller helt løsrevne universer, like eller ulike lover og konstanter?), og at ingen av de kjente variantene løser problemet med hvordan det kan ha seg at vårt univers er fininnstilt. 

For dette med fininnstilte univers krever en universgenerator som tillater at det innenfor et multivers vil være noen universer som er fininnstilte slik at alle ikke er like lite egnet for materie og liv.

Kort sagt er det å peke på "multiversmodellen" bare å skyve problemet ett steg bakover. Det løser det ikke. 

Det er heller ikke gitt at "uendelig" mange universer er en bedre løsning enn én Gud. Enten vi tenker estetikk eller vitenskap, Occams baberkniv og alt det der.  
Tunstad åpnet for at mange av oss født med et behov for å tro. 
– Det kan ha gitt oss evolusjonære fordeler for eksempel ved å gjøre det lettere å bygge fellesskap med andre, spekulerte han, men slo samtidig fast at religion aldri har kommet med noen konkrete løsninger på et praktisk problem.
Selvsagt i klar motsetning til ateisme som klart og konkret har løst praktiske problemer i massevis.

Mye tyder på at Tunstad her rir sin gamle kjepphest der han oppfatter naturvitenskap nærmest som et livssyn - og det i rake motsetning til "religion" (hva nå det er). For at vitenskap kan løse praktiske problemer, er like lite et argument mot religion som at snekkere kan løse praktiske problemer med husbygging.

Men det kunne vært et bedre argument mot religion hvis bagateller som nestekjærlighet, tilgivelse, veldedighet, hospitaler og så videre og så videre aldri hadde løst noen som helst konkrete, praktiske problemer.

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We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place!

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Ronan Cliquet
Colors by: Jeromy Cox
Letters by: Carlos M Mangual
Cover price: $2.99
Release Date: November 7, 2018

I can actually remember how the last issue of The Unexpected ended. Firebrand died! Her soul absorbed by the monstrous cartoon supervillain Onimar Synn, our plucky conflict engine-hearted pugilist's fate appears to be sealed. "But, there are still two issues of the series to come out, Daw!" I hear you cry. Yes, well, you've got me there, haven't you?  Mind you, this series did kill off three major characters in its first issue. You never know… Anyway, for a series given to bouts of manic hyperbole, the cover is startlingly prosaic in reminding us of what's at stake: Synn must die so Firebrand can live. Right you are. Let's find out whether this issue Synn does indeed kick the proverbial bucket and starts pushing up whatever passes for daisies in his section of the galaxy, then, shall we?


Neon and Firebrand start the issue deep inside Onimar Synn's body. While I'll duly concede that that is not a sentence I ever envisaged writing, I remain somewhat in awe of Steve Orlando's chutzpah here. There's a touch of metaphysical philosophy to the sequence in which Neon follows (how?) Firebrand's soul (what?) into Onimar Synn's "bones" (what?) and Cliquet's art does a really rather good job of representing the experience as something like a spiritual water chute at one of those swimming-themed fun parks that small children find so unfathomably enjoyable. Not for the first time this series, it is fair to make the observation that the ideas are Morrison-esque but the language is all Orlando. A chase turned tug-of-war over the spirit of a fallen comrade inside the physical body of a monomaniacal supervillain is worthy of Kirby at his best, but describing the opposing force as merely a "node" is not really doing the concept justice. That Neon, who is, let's remember, meant to be our exposition guy, doesn't really understand exactly how this is all happening is a bit disappointing too.



As should be expected by now, what follows is largely nonsense. The node is comprised of Nth metal, a 'prison' that Synn would have used to capture Firebrand's soul. How Neon is able to summon the sheer (mental? Spiritual?) strength to pluck a mostly consumed Firebrand (only her ghostly grey hand is protruding from the 'node' at this point) when he later says he can't use any magical power because there's so much Nth metal everywhere is never properly (well, at all, actually) explained. Nor is the reason for the Nth metal isotope, which has been pea-sized and shaped all series, suddenly looking larger and diamond-shaped and, well, very similar to the 'node' Firebrand has just escaped. Don't misunderstand me. There's some moderately impressive stuff here. When Firebrand and Neon encounter the recently deceased Phayde in Synn's bones and she describes them as "his most holy church", there's something potentially quite significant being said about how Synn's followers view him and how, for that matter, Synn views himself, but why Phayde should still be sentient at this point is never properly explained and the fact that both she and all of Synn's other victims seem to maintain a kind of independent consciousness within him does rather undermine the whole notion of 'consuming' souls on which the character is predicated.

While Firebrand and Neon plot a metaphysical prison break, Hawkman is doing a rather impressive job of fighting Synn physically. I'll confess I was worried about Orlando taking on a character who is already being portrayed rather convincingly elsewhere, but he uses him well here – particularly in his defeat of Synn's undead dinosaur-dragon hybrid. When Firebrand and Neon do eventually break out of Synn's body (and, yes, that is as messy as it sounds), the story returns to the subject of the Nth metal isotope which immediately exposes its flaws and limitations. Having released the captured souls of Synn's many victims, our heroes have their work cut out trying to deal with the now critical Nth metal isotope. Synn's victims are not, after all, embodiments of calm and serenity. They're pissed off and their anger is about to make the isotope go "boom" despite Hawkman's attempts to 'ground' its energy with his mace.



This is the same mace which, when it came into close proximity to the Nth metal isotope last issue, turned Hawkman into an angry, aggressive lunatic, but okay. Neon keeps on moaning on about how he can't transform the isotope itself, but Firebrand reminds him that he can transform its energy just like he did in Gotham. Okay. In the meantime, the reality is 'rupturing' which sounds horribly catastrophic but just means that our heroes get to not die but instead travel to somewhere "outside the multiverse" where they encounter a nice sight gag, meet a Tempus Fuginaut and then, eventually, the big bad of the entire series Mandrakk himself. In the meantime, the Bad Samaritan reincorporates himself in north-west Canada in a sequence that would have actually been quite cool were it not for the fact that, back in issue 1, the Bad Samaritan actually died in Mammoth City (which is in New Jersey). Ho-hum.



If you've been reading this series for any length of time, you'll know pretty much what to expect here: a skeleton of a plot that is more or less serviceable (heroes escape villain A, explode item B in the process, travel to place C and encounter villain D at the end); a smattering of intriguing dialogue sprinkled on a much larger mass of either impenetrable or hyperbolic verbiage; obscure references to the wider DC universe; reasonably impressive action; the odd glaring mistake; and lots and lots of nonsense. The thing is, despite its flaws, there's actually fun to be had, too, albeit of a peculiarly exasperating kind. The fight with Synn is enjoyable enough, for example, and, while the Morrison-esque flourishes once the team reaches the Monitors won't be to everyone's taste, I kind of liked them.

Bits and Pieces:

More The Unexpected means more silliness, more Morrison homage, and more ludicrous action. Ronan Cliquet's art works well for this book, which requires a certain clarity and dynamism; Cliquet thankfully provides both. Orlando's storytelling continues to be characterised by an over-reliance on technobabble and characters shouting plot points at one another to drive things forward. That said, there are odd moments of mystery, interaction, and action which mean the issue is not a complete waste of time.


5.3/10



          Batman #58 Review      Cache   Translate Page      

That's Why They Call It Work

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: November 7, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

It's time again for Batman and I am a big Penguin fan so I was looking forward to this episode since it was solicited.  I really don't have much more to say about this except I hope that Tom King doesn't have Batman kill Oswald!  Does he?  Let's find out...



The issue follows the Tom King formula...we see the Penguin trying to put a cigarette into his trademark holder while unseen voices (kind of) give us the details of the story we are about to jump into.  It's Penny...lots of blood...we're really sorry...called the Doc... If you've been reading Tom King's Batman, you are no doubt used to this and know what I am talking about.  Penguin then asks for his Umbrella and one page later he is fighting Batman and one page later he is in Arkham.



I probably sound like a broken record by now, but this beginning is standard King stuff and if you have liked it up until now, I see no reason to change your mind.  If you haven't been too keen on King's writing style, this won't change your mind either.  I would love to know who Penny is, why Penguin goes right after Batman and then, why is he put in Arkham?  I hate when Penguin gets put in Arkham!  He is a crime boss who attacked Batman...why is he is Arkham?  I can't complain too much as he has been put there countless times by countless writers, but because of the lack of details here, it just all feels forced to get to what happens later.

What happens later is that Penguin goes down below to visit Bane.  Again, there is a bit of lacking details to get him there, but he's there so we have to move on.  On an interesting note, the only person with Bane here is Thomas Wayne Flashpoint Batman.  Everyone else from issue 50's end is gone and that's pretty cool to think about. 



We don't get more than that one page, however, and it's off to Penguin's Welcome Home party.  How long was he in Arkham?  Your guess is as good as mine, but Penny's body hasn't been buried yet so I assume not that long. 

After burying her, the Penguin gets down to business.  We get a really good tie-in to the recent Batman trial and find out what Bane wants Penguin to do next...hurt Bruce Wayne.  Bane is a creature of habit, it seems, as the plan is very similar to one we saw a couple issues ago.

The issue ends with Batman heading off to try to solve who was behind the murders he thought were Mister Freeze, a bit of talk about Nightwing with Gordon and a cliffhanger that stops what would have easily broken the Bat forever, but instead, sets up a very unlikely duo.  I know that this last paragraph was very vague, but I don't want to spoil what was one of the better scenes this book has had in a long time.



Tom King's writing usually leaves me feeling pretty numb after putting the issue down and this issue is no different.  The lack of detail throughout the story makes it feel like we are seeing a checklist of scenes put on paper all to force us to the ending that was inevitable from the start.  It just doesn't feel like a living, breathing universe going on, but instead feels like some sort of experiment where King has declared his hypothesis and is now fudging the numbers to make sure the result is what he wanted.  I also have to mention that after not writing most of the last issue, this one ends with multiple pages of just  Penguin quoting Shakespeare!  Really?  REALLY??!!??!!

That being said, I did appreciate the effort Tom King put into tying this issue into a lot of the dangling threads of his run.  Plus, Penguin even has an eye patch like he should have had in Heroes in Crisis last week, but more on that in a bit.  After the failed wedding issue, this one was the first that felt like King really does have a 100+ issue plan, though I still think this is all just on the fly stuff after being called out by fans who felt betrayed.  I'm just worried that for the next 40 some issues, Tom King will be more worried about making his story "work" than actually worrying about making it good.

I am a Mikel Janin fan, but I really want to see him on another book with another writer.  His style, coupled with Tom King's fill in the blanks writing is starting to bore me.  Also, it really looked like Penguins eye patch was colored in at the last minute and while I like the continuity of it, it was distracting.  Even the cover looked like Batman was put in last minute to cover up the eye (even though it is the wrong one that's covered!)

Bits and Pieces:

While this was one of my favorite Batman issues in a while, I am pretty fed up with the lack of details in the storytelling.  This book has a very forced feeling to it and even though I really appreciated the callbacks to some loose threads, I was pretty bored will reading it. 

6.8/10



          Sometimes All You Need Is       Cache   Translate Page      
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Sometimes all you need is a couple of hours of conversation over a stack of ribs with a dear friend. Sometimes all you need is to get offline and binge watch a full season of that show you've been meaning to check out.

Sometimes all you need is a close-knit group of friends that you know are out there and you can text anytime you need to.

Sometimes all you need is the realization that as bad as things are, you aren't dead so keep on living.

Sometimes all you need is a good laugh.

Sometimes all you need is a good scream.

Sometimes all you need is the realization that you and your problems are only a grain of sand in the enormity of the universe around us.

Sometimes all you need is a thank you from a student who you made a difference to.

Sometimes all you need is a good book in the warm afternoon sun.

Sometimes all you need is to lay down on the floor and cuddle with your dog.

Sometimes all you need is the patience that it will get better.

Sometimes all you need is to get the words out of your head to make room for other ones.


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OVERKILL's The Walking Dead (http://store.steampowered.com/app/717690/) is Now Available on Steam! OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a four player co-op action FPS, where you fight the dead as well as the living. Set in The Walking Dead Universe, you and your group try to survive in a...
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NASA has published the first 8K footage from space on its YouTube channel.

The three minute video, filmed aboard the International Space Station, details "the in-space experience and see how the international partnership-powered human spaceflight is improving lives on Earth, while enabling humanity to explore the universe."

Throughout the video, more than a dozen experiments and devices are shown, each of which are listed and timestamped in the video's description on YouTube. There's even a glimpse or two of Nikon D5 cameras and Manfrotto mounting equipment.

In order to view the video in full resolution, you'll need to either stream it on Google's Chrome browser or download the 3GB MP4 video directly from NASA's Image and Video Library website.

Of course, in order to watch it in all its glory, you're going to need a display capable of showing off 8K footage — something you might not have sitting around the house or office — so keep that in mind.

NASA specifically thanks the European Space Agency, the ISS National Lab, and astronauts Alexander Gerst, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel for their efforts in the making of the video.


          四两拨千斤:Ubuntu kernel eBPF 0day分析      Cache   Translate Page      

中国武术博大精深,其中太极作为不以拙力胜人的功夫备受推崇。同样如果从攻击的角度窥视漏洞领域,也不难看出攻防之间的博弈不乏“太极”的身影,轻巧稳定易利用的漏洞与工具往往更吸引黑客,今天笔者要着墨分析的就是这样一个擅长“四两拨千斤”的0day漏洞。

0day漏洞的攻击威力想必大家都听说过,内核0day更因为其影响范围广,修复周期长而备受攻击者的青睐。近期,国外安全研究者Vitaly Nikolenko在twitter[1]上公布了一个Ubuntu 16.04的内核0day利用代码[2],攻击者可以无门槛的直接利用该代码拿到Ubuntu的最高权限(root);虽然只影响特定版本,但鉴于Ubuntu在全球拥有大量用户,尤其是公有云用户,所以该漏洞对企业和个人用户还是有不小的风险。

笔者对该漏洞进行了技术分析,不管从漏洞原因还是利用技术看,都相当有代表性,是Data-Oriented Attacks在linux内核上的一个典型应用。仅利用传入的精心构造的数据即可控制程序流程,达到攻击目的,完全绕过现有的一些内存防护措施,有着“四两拨千斤”的效果 。

0×02 漏洞原因

这个漏洞存在于Linux内核的eBPF模块,我们先来简单了解下eBPF。

eBPF(extended Berkeley Packet Filter)是内核源自于BPF的一套包过滤机制,严格来说,eBPF的功能已经不仅仅局限于网络包过滤,利用它可以实现kernel tracing,tracfic control,应用性能监控等强大功能。为了实现如此强大的功能,eBPF提供了一套类RISC指令集,并实现了该指令集的虚拟机,使用者通过内核API向eBPF提交指令代码来完成特定的功能。

看到这里,有经验的安全研究者可能会想到,能向内核提交可控的指令代码去执行,很可能会带来安全问题。事实也确实如此,历史上BPF存在大量漏洞 [3]。关于eBPF的更多细节,可以参考这里[4][5]。

eBPF在设计时当然也考虑了安全问题,它在内核中实现了一套verifier机制,过滤不合规的eBPF代码。然而这次的漏洞就出在eBPF的verifier机制。

从最初Vitaly Nikolenko公布的补丁截图,我们初步判断该漏洞很有可能和CVE-2017-16995是同一个漏洞洞[6],但随后有2个疑问: 1.CVE-2017-16995在去年12月份,内核4.9和4.14及后续版本已经修复,为何Ubuntu使用的4.4版本没有修复? 2.CVE-2017-16995是Google Project Zero团队的Jann Horn发现的eBPF漏洞,存在于内核4.9和4.14版本[7],作者在漏洞报告中对漏洞原因只有简短的描述,跟本次的漏洞是否完全相同? 注:笔者所有的代码分析及调试均基于Ubuntu 14.04,内核版本为4.4.0-31-generic #50~14.04.1-Ubuntu[8]。

先来回答第二个问题,中间的调试分析过程在此不表。

参考以下代码,eBPF的verifer代码(kernel/bpf/verifier.c)中会对ALU指令进行检查(check_alu_op),该段代码最后一个else分支检查的指令是:

1.BPF_ALU64|BPF_MOV|BPF_K,把64位立即数赋值给目的寄存器; 2.BPF_ALU|BPF_MOV|BPF_K,把32位立即数赋值给目的寄存器;

但这里并没有对2条指令进行区分,直接把用户指令中的立即数insn->imm赋值给了目的寄存器,insn->imm和目的寄存器的类型是integer,这个操作会有什么影响呢?


四两拨千斤:Ubuntu kernel eBPF 0day分析
我们再来看下,eBPF运行时代码(kernel/bpf/core.c),对这2条指令的解释是怎样的(bpf_prog_run)。 参考以下代码,上面2条ALU指令分别对应ALU_MOV_K和ALU64_MOV_K,可以看出verifier和eBPF运行时代码对于2条指令的语义解释并不一样,DST是64bit寄存器,因此ALU_MOV_K得到的是一个32bit unsigned integer,而ALU64_MOV_K会对imm进行sign extension,得到一个signed 64bit integer。
四两拨千斤:Ubuntu kernel eBPF 0day分析
至此,我们大概知道漏洞的原因,这个逻辑与CVE-2017-16995基本一致,虽然代码细节上有些不同(内核4.9和4.14对verifier进行了较大调整)。但这里的语义不一致又会造成什么影响? 我们再来看下vefier中以下代码(check_cond_jmp_op),这段代码是对BPF_JMP|BPF_JNE|BPF_IMM指令进行检查,这条指令的语义是:如果目的寄存器立即数==指令的立即数(insn->imm),程序继续执行,否则执行pc+off处的指令;注意判断立即数相等的条件,因为前面ALU指令对32bit和64bit integer不加区分,不论imm是否有符号,在这里都是相等的。
四两拨千斤:Ubuntu kernel eBPF 0day分析
再看下eBPF运行时对BPF_JMP|BPF_JNE|BPF_IMM指令的解释(bpf_prog_run),显然当imm为有符合和无符号时,因为sign extension,DST!=IMM结果是不一样的。
四两拨千斤:Ubuntu kernel eBPF 0day分析
注意这是条跳转指令,这里的语义不一致后果就比较直观了,相当于我们可以通过ALU指令的立即数,控制跳转指令的逻辑。这个想象空间就比较大了,也是后面漏洞利用的基础,比如可以控制eBPF程序完全绕过verifier机制的检查,直接在运行时执行恶意代码。

值得一提的是,虽然这个漏洞的原因和CVE-2017-16995基本一样,但但控制跳转指令的思路和CVE-2017-16995中Jann Horn给的POC思路并不一样。感兴趣的读者可以分析下,CVE-2017-16995中POC,因为ALU sign extension的缺陷,导致eBPF中对指针的操作会计算不正确,从而绕过verifier的指针检查,最终读写任意kernel内存。但这种利用方法,在4.4的内核中是行不通的,因为4.4内核的eBPF不允许对指针类型进行ALU运算。

到这里,我们回过头来看下第一个问题,既然漏洞原因一致,为什么Ubuntu 4.4的内核没有修复该漏洞呢?和Linux kernel的开发模式有关。

Linux kernel分mainline,stable,longterm 3种版本[9],一般安全问题都会在mainline中修复,但对于longterm,仅会选择重要的安全补丁进行backport,因此可能会出现,对某个漏洞不重视或判断有误,导致该漏洞仍然存在于longterm版本中,比如本次的4.4 longterm,最初Jann Horn并没有在报告中提到影响4.9以下的版本。 关于Linux kernel对longterm版本的维护,争论由来已久[10],社区主流意见是建议用户使用最新版本。但各个发行版(比如Ubuntu)出于稳定性及开发成本考虑,一般选择longterm版本作为base,自行维护一套kernel。

对于嵌入式系统,这个问题更严重,大量厂商代码导致内核升级的风险及成本都远高于backport安全补丁,因此大部分嵌入式系统至今也都在使用比较老的longterm版本。比如Google Android在去年Pixel /Pixel XL 2发布时,内核版本才从3.18升级到4.4,原因也许是3.18已经进入EOL了(End of Life),也就是社区要宣布3.18进入死亡期了,后续不会在backport安全补丁到3.18,而最新的mainline版本已经到了4.16。笔者去年也在Android kernel中发现了一个未修复的历史漏洞(已报告给google并修复),但upstream在2年前就修复了。

而Vitaly Nikolenko可能是基于CVE-2017-16995的报告,在4.4版本中发现存在类似漏洞,并找到了一个种更通用的利用方法(控制跳转指令)。

0×03 漏洞利用

根据上一节对漏洞原因的分析,我们利用漏洞绕过eBPF verifier机制后,就可以执行任意eBPF支持的指令,当然最直接的就是读写任意内存。漏洞利用步骤如下:

1.构造eBPF指令,利用ALU指令缺陷,绕过eBPF verifier机制;

2.构造eBPF指令,读取内核栈基址;

3.根据泄漏的SP地址,继续构造eBPF指令,读取task_struct地址,进而得到task_struct->cred地址;

4.构造eBPF指令,覆写cred->uid, cred->gid为0,完成提权。

漏洞利用的核心,在于精心构造的恶意eBPF指令,这段指令在Vitaly Nikolenko的exp中是16机制字符串(char *__prog),并不直观,笔者为了方便,写了个小工具,把这些指令还原成比较友好的形式,当然也可以利用eBPF的调试机制,在内核log中打印出eBPF指令的可读形式。我们来看下这段eBPF程序,共41条指令(笔者写的小工具的输出):

parsing eBPF prog, size 328, len 41
ins 0: code(b4) alu | = | imm, dst_reg 9, src_reg 0, off 0, imm ffffffff
ins 1: code(55) jmp | != | imm, dst_reg 9, src_reg 0, off 2, imm ffffffff
ins 2: code(b7) alu64 | = | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 3: code(95) jmp | exit | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 4: code(18) ld | BPF_IMM | u64, dst_reg 9, src_reg 1, off 0, imm 3
ins 5: code(00) ld | BPF_IMM | u32, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 6: code(bf) alu64 | = | src_reg, dst_reg 1, src_reg 9, off 0, imm 0
ins 7: code(bf) alu64 | = | src_reg, dst_reg 2, src_reg a, off 0, imm 0
ins 8: code(07) alu64 | += | imm, dst_reg 2, src_reg 0, off 0, imm fffffffc
ins 9: code(62) st | BPF_MEM | u32, dst_reg a, src_reg 0, off fffffffc, imm 0
ins 10: code(85) jmp | call | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 1
ins 11: code(55) jmp | != | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 1, imm 0
ins 12: code(95) jmp | exit | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 13: code(79) ldx | BPF_MEM | u64, dst_reg 6, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 14: code(bf) alu64 | = | src_reg, dst_reg 1, src_reg 9, off 0, imm 0
ins 15: code(bf) alu64 | = | src_reg, dst_reg 2, src_reg a, off 0, imm 0
ins 16: code(07) alu64 | += | imm, dst_reg 2, src_reg 0, off 0, imm fffffffc
ins 17: code(62) st | BPF_MEM | u32, dst_reg a, src_reg 0, off fffffffc, imm 1
ins 18: code(85) jmp | call | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 1
ins 19: code(55) jmp | != | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 1, imm 0
ins 20: code(95) jmp | exit | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 21: code(79) ldx | BPF_MEM | u64, dst_reg 7, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 22: code(bf) alu64 | = | src_reg, dst_reg 1, src_reg 9, off 0, imm 0
ins 23: code(bf) alu64 | = | src_reg, dst_reg 2, src_reg a, off 0, imm 0
ins 24: code(07) alu64 | += | imm, dst_reg 2, src_reg 0, off 0, imm fffffffc
ins 25: code(62) st | BPF_MEM | u32, dst_reg a, src_reg 0, off fffffffc, imm 2
ins 26: code(85) jmp | call | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 1
ins 27: code(55) jmp | != | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 1, imm 0
ins 28: code(95) jmp | exit | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 29: code(79) ldx | BPF_MEM | u64, dst_reg 8, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 30: code(bf) alu64 | = | src_reg, dst_reg 2, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 31: code(b7) alu64 | = | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 32: code(55) jmp | != | imm, dst_reg 6, src_reg 0, off 3, imm 0
ins 33: code(79) ldx | BPF_MEM | u64, dst_reg 3, src_reg 7, off 0, imm 0
ins 34: code(7b) stx | BPF_MEM | u64, dst_reg 2, src_reg 3, off 0, imm 0
ins 35: code(95) jmp | exit | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 36: code(55) jmp | != | imm, dst_reg 6, src_reg 0, off 2, imm 1
ins 37: code(7b) stx | BPF_MEM | u64, dst_reg 2, src_reg a, off 0, imm 0
ins 38: code(95) jmp | exit | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
ins 39: code(7b) stx | BPF_MEM | u64, dst_reg 7, src_reg 8, off 0, imm 0
ins 40: code(95) jmp | exit | imm, dst_reg 0, src_reg 0, off 0, imm 0
parsed 41 ins, total 41 稍微解释下,ins 0 和 ins 1 一起完成了绕过eBPF verifier机制。ins 0指令后,regs[9] = 0xffffffff,但在verifier中,regs[9].imm = -1,当执行ins 1时,jmp指令判断regs[9] == 0xffffffff,注意regs[9]是64bit integer,因为sign extension,regs[9] == 0xffffffff结果为false,eBPF跳过2(off)条指令,继续往下执行;而在verifier中,jmp指令的regs[9].imm == insn->imm结果为true,程序走另一个分支,会执行ins 3 jmp|exit指令,导致verifier认为程序已结束,不会去检查其余的dead code。

这样因为eBPF的检测逻辑和运行时逻辑不一致,我们就绕过了verifier。后续的指令就是配合用户态exp完成对kernel内存的读写。

这里还需要知道下eBPF的map机制,eBPF为了用户态更高效的与内核态交互,设计了一套map机制,用户态程序和eBPF程序都可以对map区域的内存进行读写,交换数据。利用代码中,就是利用map机制,完成用户态程序与eBPF程序的交互。

ins4-ins5: regs[9] = struct bpf_map *map,得到用户态程序申请的map的地址,注意这2条指令,笔者的静态解析并不准确,获取map指针的指令,在eBPF verifier中,会对指令内容进行修改,替换map指针的值。 ins6-ins12: 调用bpf_map_lookup_elem(map, &key),返回值为regs[0] = &map->value[0] ins13: regs[6] = *regs[0], regs[6]得到map中key=0的value值 ins14-ins20: 继续调用bpf_map_lookup_elem(map, &key),regs[0] = &map->value[1] ins21: regs[7] = *regs[0],regs[7]得到map中key=1的value值 ins22-ins28: 继续调用bpf_map_lookup_elem(map, &key),regs[0] = &map->value[2] ins29: regs[8] = *regs[0],regs[8]得到map中key=2的value值 ins30: regs[2] = regs[0] ins32: if(regs[6] != 0) jmp ins32 + 3,根据用户态传入的key值不同,做不同的操作 ins33: regs[3] = *regs[7],读取regs[7]中地址的内容,用户态的read原语,就在这里完成,regs[7]中的地址为用户态传入的任意内核地址 ins34: *regs[2] = regs[3],把上调指令读取的值返回给用户态 ins36: if(regs[6] != 1) jmp ins36 + 2 ins37: *regs[2] = regs[FP], 读取eBPF的运行时栈指针,返回给用户态,注意这个eBPF的栈指针实际上指向bpf_prog_run函数中的一个局部uint64数组,在内核栈上,从这个值可以得到内核栈的基址,这段指令对应用户态的get_fp ins39: *regs[7] = regs[8],向regs[7]中的地址写入regs[8],对应用户态的write原语,regs[7]中的地址为用户态传入的任意内核地址

理解了这段eBPF程序,再看用户态exp就很容易理解了。需要注意的是,eBPF指令中的3个关键点:泄漏FP,读任意kernel地址,写任意kernel地址,在verifier中都是有检查的,但因为开始的2条指令完全绕过了verifier,导致后续的指令长驱直入。

笔者在Ubuntu 14.04上提权成功:这种攻击方式和传统的内存破坏型漏洞不同,不需要做复杂的内存布局,只需要修改用户态传入的数据,就可以达到控制程序指令流的目的,利用的是原有程序的正常功能,会完全绕过现有的各种内存防御机制(SMEP/SMAP等),有一种四两拨千斤的效果。这也是这两年流行的Data-Oriented Attacks,在linux kernel中似乎并不多见。

0×04 漏洞影响范围&修复

因为linux kernel的内核版本众多,对于安全漏洞的影响范围往往并不容易确认,最准确的方式是搞清楚漏洞根因后,从代码层面判断,但这也带来了高成本的问题,快速应急时,我们往往需要尽快确认漏洞影响范围。从前面的漏洞原理来看,笔者大致给一个全面的linux kernel受影响版本:

3.18-4.4所有版本(包括longterm 3.18,4.1,4.4);

<3.18,因内核eBPF还未引入verifier机制,不受影响。

对于大量用户使用的各个发行版,还需要具体确认,因为该漏洞的触发,还需要2个条件

1.Kernel编译选项CONFIG_BPF_SYSCALL打开,启用了bpf syscall;

2./proc/sys/kernel/unprivileged_bpf_disabled设置为0,允许非特权用户调用bpf syscall

而Ubuntu正好满足以上3个条件。关于修复,upstream kernel在3月22日发布的4.4.123版已经修复该漏洞[11][12], Ubuntu官方4月5日也正式发布了安全公告和修复版本[13][14],没有修复的同学可以尽快升级了。

但现在距漏洞Exp公开已经过去20多天了,在漏洞应急时,我们显然等不了这么久,回过头看看当初的临时修复方案:

1.设置/proc/sys/kernel/unprivileged_bpf_disabled为1,也是最简单有效的方式,虽然漏洞仍然存在,但会让exp失效;

2.使用Ubuntu的预发布源,更新Ubuntu 4.4的内核版本,因为是非正式版,其稳定性无法确认。

Vitaly Nikolenko在twitter上公布的Ubuntu预发布源:all 4.4 ubuntu aws instances are vulnerable: echo “deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-proposed restricted main multiverse universe” > /etc/apt/sources.list && apt update && apt install linux-image-4.4.0-117-generic

Ubuntu的非正式内核版本,做了哪些修复,我们可以看下补丁的关键内容(注意这是Ubuntu的kernel版本,非upstream):

git diff Ubuntu-lts-4.4.0-116.140_14.04.1 Ubuntu-lts-4.4.0-117.141_14.04.1ALU指令区分了32bit和64bit立即数,同时regs[].imm改为了64bit integer
四两拨千斤:Ubuntu kernel eBPF 0day分析
还增加了一项有意思的检查,把所有的dead_code替换为nop指令,这个明显是针对exp来的,有点类似于exp的mitigation,upstream kernel可能并不一定喜欢这样的修复风格:)
四两拨千斤:Ubuntu kernel eBPF 0day分析
关于这个漏洞,Ubuntu还有一些相关的修复代码,感兴趣的读者,可以自行发掘。 我们再看下upstream kernel 4.4.123的修复,相比之下,要简洁的多,仅有3行代码改动[12]:

当处理32bit ALU指令时,如果imm为负数,直接忽略,认为是UNKNOWN_VALUE,这样也就避免了前面提到的verifer和运行时语义不一致的问题。


四两拨千斤:Ubuntu kernel eBPF 0day分析
另外Android kernel上,bpf sycall是没有启用的,所以不受该漏洞影响。 0×05 引发的思考

我们回顾以下整个漏洞分析过程,有几点值得注意和思考:

1.eBPF作为内核提供的一种强大机制,因为其复杂的过滤机制,稍有不慎,将会引入致命的安全问题,笔者推测后续eBPF可能还会有类似安全漏洞。 2.受限于linux kernel的开发模式及众多版本,安全漏洞的确认和修复可能存在被忽视的情况,出现N day变0 day的场景。 3.Vitaly Nikolenko公布漏洞exp后,有网友就提出了批评,在厂商发布正式补丁前,不应该公布细节。我们暂且不讨论Vitaly Nikolenko的动机,作为一名安全从业者,负责任的披露漏洞是基本守则。 4.笔者所在公司使用的OS是经过专门的团队量身定制,进行了不少的安全加固和冗余组件裁剪,故不受到此次漏洞影响。可见维护一个安全可靠的OS不失为保障大型企业的安全方案之一。

感谢阅读,行文匆忙,如有不正之处,敬请指出。

0×06 参考文档 [1] https://twitter.com/vnik5287/status/974439706896187392 [2] http://cyseclabs.com/exploits/upstream44.c [3] https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvekey.cgi?keyword=BPF [4] https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cn/linux/l-lo-eBPF-history/index.html [5] https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/networking/filter.txt [6] https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-16995 [7] https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1454&desc=3 [8] http://kernel.ubuntu.com/git/ubuntu/ubuntu-trusty.git/tree/?h=Ubuntu-lts-4.4.0-31.50_14.04.1 [9] https://www.kernel.org/ [10] https://lwn.net/Articles/700530/ [11] https://lwn.net/Articles/749963/ [12] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/3/19/1499 [13] https://usn.ubuntu.com/3619-1/ [14] https://usn.ubuntu.com/3619-2/

* 本文来自腾讯安全应急响应中心(TSRC) 投稿 ,作者:Tencent Blade Team:Cradmin,转载须注明原文链接及出处。


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Desde que en octubre de 2017 Robert Werylk descubrió a Oumuamua cruzando el Sistema Solar, a 30.000.000 de kilómetros de la Tierra, distintas hipótesis han tratado de explicar qué es ese objeto interestelar que captó el telescopio Pan-STARRS 1. Se lo clasificó como un cometa, con el nombre de C/2017 U1; tras confirmar que no presentaba actividad, se lo consideró un asteroide y se lo bautizó A/2017 U1.

Un nuevo estudio presenta la posibilidad de que se trate una nave espacial extraterrestre.
Una investigación de la Universidad de Harvard, que se publicará el 12 de noviembre en The Astrophysical Journal Letters, propone que el objeto "puede ser una sonda enviada intencionalmente a la vecindad de la Tierra por una civilización alienígena", anticipó NBC.El trabajo de Avi Loeb, titular del Departamento de Astronomía de la institución, y Shmuel Bialy, investigador del Centro de Astrofísica Harvard-Smithsonian, no afirma directamente que los extraterrestres enviaron la presunta nave. "Pero luego de un análisis cuidadoso del modo en que el objeto interestelar aceleró mientras pasó el Sol a toda velocidad, dicen que Oumuamua podría ser una nave espacial movida por el espacio mediante la luz que cae en su superficie", señaló el medio.
Loeb y Bialy lo describieron así: "Si consideramos un origen artificial, una posibilidad es que Oumuamua sea una vela solar, que flota en el espacio interestelar como escombros de algún equipo tecnológico avanzado. De manera alternativa, un escenario más exótico es que Oumuamua sea una sonda totalmente operativa", citó Universe Today.
La gran velocidad y la trayectoria de este objeto rojizo indican, según los científicos, que no pertenece al Sistema Solar. Pero su forma chata y estirada, que se ha comparado con un cigarro, no se ajusta a cuerpos o fenómenos conocidos.
Es imposible estimar el propósito detrás de Oumuamua sin más datos", dijo Loeb a NBC. Una posibilidad es que estuviera flotando cuando el Sistema Solar la chocó, "como un barco que topa con una boya en la superficie del océano".

Loeb es un experto en velas solares, también llamadas velas de fotones: son instrumentos lanzados al espacio (por ahora, que se sepa, por los terrícolas) que consisten en una gran superficie compuesta por láminas reflectante muy ligeras —de ahí su nombre de vela— que usan la radiación solar para impulsarse. En su opinión, agregó, Oumuamua sería una "exótica".
"Explicamos la excesiva aceleración de Oumuamua alejándose del Sol como resultado de la fuerza que la luz solar ejerce sobre su superficie", dijo Universe Today. "Para que esta fuerza explique la aceleración medida, el objeto debe ser extremadamente delgado, como una fracción de milímetro de grosor, pero con decenas de metros de extensión. Esto lo hace liviano en relación a su superficie, y le permite actuar como una vela solar. Su origen podría ser natural o artificial".
Aunque algunos colegas los criticaron por la falta de pruebas, ya que su hipótesis es especulativa, Loeb se defendió ante NBC argumentando que precisamente en la falta de evidencias se basa su trabajo: "Sigo la máxima de Sherlock Holmes: cuando se ha descartado lo imposible, lo que queda, por improbable que sea, debe ser la verdad".

Un problema adicional para la investigación de Harvard es que Oumuamua ya se fue del Sistema Solar y no se puede ver con telescopios. Pero Loeb dijo que haber observado el objeto debería lanzar a los astrónomos a buscar otros similares.