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donnie darko

Yesterday (or early today, to be more precise) I watched Donnie Darko. Overall: Wow (Here is the Salon review, with which I agree in all counts). It's an excellent, excellent movie, that evokes a few other movies in how it treats its characters, not as cardboard cuts or stereotypes, but as real people (even though the movie is basically slightly surrealist science fiction, which puts a strain on the "real people" part). The main other movie it evokes is Rushmore and parts of the excellent Election (although election is much more cynical in its satire). Elements of classics such as Fight Club or American Beauty (in the sense of honest looks at US society, "growing up" and so on) abound. And it centers around one of my favorite subjects, time travel. In all, really well done. For me, an instant classic.

Posted by diego on June 7, 2003 at 2:50 PM

radiohead's new album

Time has an article this week on Radiohead's new album, Hail to the Thief subtitled "How Radiohead learned to stop worrying and enjoy being the best band in the world". I don't know if 'the best', but definitely way, way up there. :) An interesting read.

Posted by diego on June 7, 2003 at 2:07 PM

and interview with bruce sterling

Sterling's fiction sometimes doesn't quite convince me, but his commentary is always excellent. Here is an interview with him about this new book "Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years". Quote:

Q: But you're not anticipating what David Brin would call a transparent society?
A: David thinks this is great. David is a technological determinist. He thinks that we understand the trend and we need to hop on it. I don't have any such illusions. Just because it's the space age, it doesn't mean we're all going to end up in space.

Just because it's the atom age, it doesn't mean we'll all have a private atom-powered helicopter. Just because it's the information age, it doesn't mean we're all going to profit or be made happier. It has secondary and tertiary effects that cannot be predicted. You don't envision a phone answering machine and predict the Lewinsky scandal--even though one is impossible without the other.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on June 7, 2003 at 1:49 PM

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