Interstellar

The other day I go the opportunity to watch a film I’ve had my eye on for ages – Interstellar. In short it’s about an Earth that is dying and the efforts of one man and his crew to find a suitable planet for the human race to live on. The human race is not yet able to travel between the stars, so we manage this by taking the Endevour (the space chip you see above) through a wormhole near Saturn. This worm hole doesn’t just take us a few star systems away – oh no. We don’t muck about – it takes them to another galaxy and a start system with three potential new planets.

The first thing I felt about this film was it felt in place very 2001 / Arthur C Clarke and in other’s a bit like Gravity. Which is ironic, because much of this film revolves around the human theories on gravity. The loneliness and the separation of the crew from their loved ones really comes out in this. and I feel mixed about this film because of the tragic swings in the story. Also when they discover a lone scientist who had survived in hibernation and later when their spacecraft is damaged. You can easily sense the increasing hopelessness.

There were a number of bit’s in the plot I really didn’t get. like how our hero (Matthew McConaughey) in sacrificing himself to the singularity end up in a dimension where he can see his daughters room and was himself the very presence his daughter could sense and was the person sending gravitational messages. He eventually ends up back around Saturn where he is rescued. It’s far fetched, but you can do that with Sci Fi where you can’t in other dramatic genre’s. Also one small point – if you need a space helmet to live on a planet, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a good match for the human race I think.

It is a quality film and I’m glad I watched it, but it’s not something I could watch again and again. If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think.

Simon 🙂

 

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2015 in review

Like many other bloggers, I got a nice email yesterday with a breakdown of my blog activity over the year etc…

There’s more good stuff to come so keep reading and I hope that great things are going to come 🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 640 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

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2015 in review

Like many other bloggers, I got a nice email yesterday with a breakdown of my blog activity over the year etc…

While this is a great summary and covers some of the great people I’ve had the pleasure to chat with there are so many more nor mentioned. I’ve found so many friends, geeky and not so geeky, writers, poets and picture takers. Thank you to anyone who has liked, commented or viewed a post. To my recent followers, come and say hello. Really…

Things will change a bit in the new year, but those that have followed my activity will see those changes quickly – I’m keeping shush and not wanting to spoil any surprises… watch this space. 🙂

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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The Yule Log

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For weeks I had been threatening to make a yule log for Christmas day. This is a chocolate Swiss roll covered in chocolate butter icing.

The Swiss roll I had made before:

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/chocolate-swiss-roll/

I then make chocolate butter icing and smooth this over to make it look log like.

This is sweet and yummy, best with double or clotted cream it’s a heart attack in a bowl. I know right now you guys probably don’t want to know much about this but this could be a new year treat too.

I hope you all had a good day and see you soon. In the meantime enjoy the thought of my Yule log.

Simon 😀