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January 18, 2020

"The Final Cut"

I happened on this days of future past sci-fi film, released in 2004, by chance.

I couldn't figure out how come I never heard of it other than that perhaps it was one of many movies that, for whatever reason, go straight to Netflix or Amazon Prime video and their ilk without ever appearing in theaters.

But Robin Williams is always good and sci-fi — especially about memories and their manipulation — is something I have a weakness for, so what the heck, I figured, go for it.

The movie revolves around something called a Zoe implant, which costs a small fortune and is a kind of biologically-based memory chip which, when placed and activated in utero, from that second on records everything that happens to a person as seen through their eyes, with every frame time-stamped.

After a Zoe-implanted individual dies, the family hires a specialist called a "cutter" to download the footage and create a kind of video memorial of that person, a two-hour long "Rememory."

Headstones in cemeteries in this future world feature continually running Rememory loops for anyone who cares to watch.

The plot of the film involves a particularly controversial individual and the proposed creation of his Rememory by Williams, considered the go-to cutter for people whose lives might be unbearable to watch by most cutters.

Imagine for a second, if you will, what it would be like to have someone watch everything you've ever done through your eyes — even the things you pretend never happened.

Not a pleasant thought, is it?

I venture that no one's life could withstand this kind of scrutiny without the outside observer turning away in dismay and disgust every now and then.

Or maybe you're a better person than me and most people I know, and so the secret parts of your life wouldn't trouble anyone.

I'm not betting on it.

But I digress.

I liked the movie and but I don't think most people would.

Pink Floyd offers a different take on "The Final Cut."

January 18, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nutrition Database

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Res ipsa loquitur.

January 18, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"The Perfectionists" — Simon Winchester


This is the best nonfiction book I've read in a long, long time.

From one review: 

Winchester... regularly chooses for his books subjects that aren't exactly general knowledge and then makes bestsellers out of those books by making everything he writes fascinating.

[His] book is about the raw engineering and precision manufacturing that makes the dreams of scientists possible. 

Winchester is a champion humanizer; it's the foremost of his many writing skills.

He sifts through the historical record, builds impressive bibliographies, and then crafts it all into three-dimensional characters.

Rave reviews here, here, and here.

January 18, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Should I check email? — Wendy MacNaughton


Ms. MacNaughton was under the radar until she exploded relatively recently.

January 18, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 — Are 819 hp and 217 mph good for you?


From Barron's:

The  is an exciting departure for Lamborghini—a hybrid with a 6.5-liter V12 engine, a 34-horsepower electric motor integrated into the gearbox, and supercapacitor technology.

The Sián name means thunderbolt in the Bolognese dialect, and the new car should live up to its name, with 819 horsepower on tap and 217 miles per hour possible.

The supercapacitor offers both weight and power delivery advantages over a battery pack in a hybrid setup and charges quickly. 

This should be the fastest Lamborghini ever made, with sub-2.8-second zero-to-60 times.

Only 63 Siáns will be built (commemorating the 1963 birthday of the marque).


A snip at $3.6 million.

Alas, all 63 cars have been sold by Lamborghini.

Try eBay.

January 18, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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