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A few updates to previous posts

Flatland redux: While I am still looking forward with interest to the movie linked last time, I have to admit that I like the unrelated amateur project's trailer better. I don't know what this says about me, other than that I'm enough of a geek to value substance over style. The character design is head-hurty in that good sort of way.

If you have no idea what this whole "Flatland" thing is about, btw, Wikipedia is useful as always.

Incidentally, after hearing the objection raised in the previous post's comments, I began to wonder what sort of mathematical consultants the big-name project had. I dropped them a line about it (more on that in a second). I also did a little Googling and discovered that the math consultants for FtM are an outfit named Hollywood Math. Their projects page confirms this, as well as boasting that they provide the math for ... Numb3rs. Take this as you will.

It turns out, by the way, that I did get a response from the Flatland crew. (Yay!) In response to my questions, they said:
Thank you for your interest in FLATLAND: THE MOVIE. We are very excited to bring Abbott's wonderful book to the screen and it's great to see other people that share our passion.

Currently, our entire crew is working very hard on the movie and we expect to release the DVD this holiday season 2006. We will be sure to let you know as soon the film becomes available.

Extra features on the DVD will address the how the filmmakers balanced artistic license and educational responsibility.

I signed up for their mailing list and -- assuming the product is priced sanely for the general public -- hope to review a copy for y'all.

Habeas corpse: I complained in my last political post that America's collective shrug to Real News and decision to care about Foley's sex scandal was a sign of the impending doom of our republic. I now see that at least I'm not alone.

Props to bluerain for finding the humor in it, and for having such an awesome political comic (I really need to add a political section to my webcomics links).

The good news is that, with a little more time and perspective, it seems like there are signs that maybe people do care enough to turn this thing around. (You know what helped the most? Historical perspective. The public has been retarded for basically all of recorded history, but we've stumbled this far anyway.) I'm going to wait and see until the election, and next few months, before revising my views -- but if we really have reached a turning point, maybe this can end up being just another in the long string of American missteps during post-crisis panic.

I sure hope so.

Because, as the quiet costs of the brain-dead "war on terror" keep piling up, it's pretty sobering to reflect on what we've given away. At least there's some small consolation in that history will not look kindly on the Oughts.

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