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Linguistics in Arrival - Dan Koboldt
The film seems bent on telling us that linguistics is not science, and Louise stands silent at every opportunity to counter this. In the helicopter, when she firsts meets Ian the physicist, he tells her “The cornerstone of civilization isn’t language. It’s science.” I won’t disagree that language and science are different creatures, but this would have been a perfect opportunity for our leading lady to mention that linguists are scientists. She doesn’t. Worse, Ian the Physicist (not Louise the Linguist) is the one who points out the structural ambiguity of the Heptapods’ “Offer weapon” transmission.
linguistics  hollywood  sciencefiction  cinema 
yesterday by campylobacter
Fancyclopedia 3
Fancyclopedia 3 is a collective enterprise of all of fandom. Based on the previous works by Jack Speer (Fancyclopedia 1), Dick Eney (Fancyclopedia 2), and Rich Brown, it is written by fans who want to contribute.
fandom  sf  sciencefiction  cons  conventions  history  lore  jargon  fanspeak  glossary 
4 days ago by djwudi
Westboro Wannabes Picket Norwescon
Thank you for proving, by your actions, the value that Norwescon (and all such fan-run conventions) have in this world. Thank you for proving that we can’t be bullied. You gave us all a teachable moment, and we learned something about ourselves.
westboro  sciencefiction  nwc40  convention  norwescon  culture  con  fantasy  scifi  religion 
8 days ago by djwudi
The Future Agency - The Verge
"“It's really easy to freak people out with science fiction. It's a heavy responsibility,” says Tellart co-founder Matt Cottam when I first meet him and Scappaticci at the company’s New York outpost, located in the corner of a Chelsea loft. He cites a maxim from the author and New School sociology instructor Barbara Adams: “Every act of future making is an act of future taking." Cottam continues, “While creating a high fidelity image of the future may broaden people's imagination for what's possible, it can also really narrow their perception of what's possible or what their options are.”"

"The agencies are paid to adapt unstable emerging technologies to marketing and branding efforts, and in the process normalize and commodify them for a mainstream audience. If you see facial recognition technology at the Museum of Future Government Services, for example, then you might not be so shocked when it actually shows up in airport security. The experiential fiction acclimatizes you to the future in advance."
sciencefiction  scifi  future  futurism  2017  kylechaykra  google  microsoft  googlecreativelab  microsoftresearch  tellart  museumofthefuture  design 
15 days ago by robertogreco
Stylistic Differences in Traditional [Vulcan] Calligraphy
Kol-ut-shan (IDIC) in Vulcan calligraphy. This may well end up inked on me at some point in the future.
tattoo  source:tumblr  startrek  vulcan  sciencefiction  wishlist  sf  calligraphy 
15 days ago by djwudi
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EdSciFest  ideas  sciencefiction  from twitter
17 days ago by sarcas
The Male Power Fantasy (and why Mad Max and Captain Kirk don't fit)
This relates to a theory I have, which is that the archetypal Western Male Hero is James Bond, to the degree that people (Mainly straight white men) start to see every Western Male Hero as James Bond. Which is to say an aggressively masculine, quip-spitting, hyper violent womanizer. The ultimate Male Power Fantasy. A new supermodel love interest (or two) every film, a gun in his hand, and no consequences for his actions.
media  toxicmasculinity  sciencefiction  sf  madmax  madmaxfuryroad  mmfr  startrek  kirk  source:tumblr 
25 days ago by djwudi

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