My Photo


  • Jen-Luc Piquant sez: "They like us! They really like us!"

    "Explains physics to the layperson and specialist alike with abundant historical and cultural references."
    -- Exploratorium ("10 Cool Sites")

    "... polished and humorous..."
    -- Physics World

    "Takes 1 part pop culture, 1 part science, and mixes vigorously with a shakerful of passion."
    -- Typepad (Featured Blog)

    "In this elegantly written blog, stories about science and technology come to life as effortlessly as everyday chatter about politics, celebrities, and vacations."
    -- Fast Company ("The Top 10 Websites You've Never Heard Of")
Blog powered by Typepad
Bookmark and Share

« pack mentality | Main | s is for sizzle »


Awww you put spoilers in the first paragraph!!!

I dunno. I found it a bit too formulaic and cloying. Plus the idea that we ought to have all our eggs in one basket (Earth), so we'd better take care of it was too much to swallow.

It really didnt help that they had the president say "stay the course." Or that a walmart-like entity screwed the planet and generations of humans over.

while I understand that it's just fiction, there is clearly a political bias present that just shouldn't be there in a freaking kids' movie. It's disgusting that people are trying to recruit kids to-and onl heir own, of course-politics from such a very young age.

I'll also add that if I had kids, I would still have them see it. I regard the points that I made above to be annoying but certainly nothing outrageous enough to keep my kids-should I ever have them, and I pray to God that I don't-from seeing the flick.

I also thought the movie had nothing compared to Ratatouille. A cheap, formulaic plot with cliched, while cute, characters just doesn't cut it after seeing the work that they're capable of.

Mike: see above comment about foisting one's personal biases onto a movie that does nothing more than poke sly fun at certain aspects of American culture.

And um, sorry about the spoilers! :)

Haven't seen it yet, but I intend to. From the trailers and assorted buzz, I have several comments:

1) What does she SEE in him?
2) Who programmed a garbage bot to fall in love? (You can probably tell I'm a programmer).
3) I wouldn't be surprised if it was some warped/lonely programmer. Lot of those around. Sigh.
4) Wouldn't mind a cartoon-with-a-message, but why does it always have to be the SAME message? Endlessly repeated. Groan.
5) Did they manage to work in global warming, too?
6) "It's just a cartoon." Yeah, but even fairy tales are scrutinized for (for example) non-feminist nuances. Nothing is safe.
7) On the whole Pixar/Disney is a great company. And would be a valuable addition to anyone's stock portfolio.
8) Yes, I have some shares. What's your point?

Whyyyyyy do you tell how it ends?!

I unabashedly love this movie. It is artistic in execution far beyond good graphics.

And I'm on the other side. So what if it has a message? Too many things these days from op-ed pieces to straight news try to show both sides of an argument to the point it makes little sense. Wall-E had a strong environmentalist-ethic. Good.
Hey kids, don't make so much garbage; there is no "away". Good.
Even when the world is trashed, there is still room for beauty and wonder: our grandkids will be okay. Good.
Two robots from different backgrounds and cultures meet and fall in love. Good.

It also had the bext use of Louis Armstrong's wonderful world since Good Morning Vietnam.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter

    Physics Cocktails

    • Heavy G
      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
      Mix tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker and pour into a margarita glass. (Salted rim and ice are optional.) Top off with 7-Up/Sprite and let the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.
    • Listening to the Drums of Feynman
      The perfect nightcap after a long day struggling with QED equations.
      1 oz dark rum
      1/2 oz light rum
      1 oz Tia Maria
      2 oz light cream
      Crushed ice
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
      In a shaker half-filled with ice, combine the dark and light rum, Tia Maria, and cream. Shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass almost filled with crushed ice. Dust with the nutmeg, and serve. Bongos optional.
    • Combustible Edison
      Electrify your friends with amazing pyrotechnics!
      2 oz brandy
      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
      Combine Campari and lemon juice in shaker filled with cracked ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Heat brandy in chafing dish, then ignite and pour into glass. Cocktail Go BOOM! Plus, Fire = Pretty!
    • Hiroshima Bomber
      Dr. Strangelove's drink of choice.
      3/4 Triple sec
      1/4 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
      2-3 drops Grenadine
      Fill shot glass 3/4 with Triple Sec. Layer Bailey's on top. Drop Grenadine in center of shot; it should billow up like a mushroom cloud. Remember to "duck and cover."
    • Mad Scientist
      Any mad scientist will tell you that flames make drinking more fun. What good is science if no one gets hurt?
      1 oz Midori melon liqueur
      1-1/2 oz sour mix
      1 splash soda water
      151 proof rum
      Mix melon liqueur, sour mix and soda water with ice in shaker. Shake and strain into martini glass. Top with rum and ignite. Try to take over the world.
    • Laser Beam
      Warning: may result in amplified stimulated emission.
      1 oz Southern Comfort
      1/2 oz Amaretto
      1/2 oz sloe gin
      1/2 oz vodka
      1/2 oz Triple sec
      7 oz orange juice
      Combine all liquor in a full glass of ice. Shake well. Garnish with orange and cherry. Serve to attractive target of choice.
    • Quantum Theory
      Guaranteed to collapse your wave function:
      3/4 oz Rum
      1/2 oz Strega
      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
      2 oz Pineapple juice
      Fill with Sweet and sour
      Pour rum, strega and Grand Marnier into a collins glass. Add pineapple and fill with sweet and sour. Sip until all the day's super-positioned states disappear.
    • The Black Hole
      So called because after one of these, you have already passed the event horizon of inebriation.
      1 oz. Kahlua
      1 oz. vodka
      .5 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
      .5 oz. dark rum
      .5 oz. Amaretto
      Pour into an old-fashioned glass over (scant) ice. Stir gently. Watch time slow.