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"I am a big fan of the original Tron movie. With all its flaws, it's still on nice snapshot of the spirit, aesthetic and dreams of the 80s. And very innovative.

Tron Legacy looks like a basic contemporary blockbuster. Even the design seems awkward. I predict: It WILL be a huge piece of shit."

Agreed. There seems to have been no attempt to match the unique look of the original. It was the flat forms that largely gave the world its "Tron-ness". The suits (and you can be sure the decision was a suit-based one, this being Disney ~2010) will have been the geniuses behind that decision.

Reading the Fountainhead shouldn't be the basis for a job making creative decisions, but that's what it's come to. Having worked on the inside, so to speak, it's bloody grim in there.

Artists = "Wrists".
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Wonderful! Having just watched "The Birds" last night for the first time in 30 years, this was a treat.

The two main leads are still alive, Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren, btw....and Rod Taylor's daughter was played by Veronica Cartwright, later to be seen in "Alien", and many other movies.

Note to Hollywood: PLEASE, NO REMAKE.
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There was a similar incident a few weeks ago - a young woman who spent several hours in that position, until she passed out from the fumes.

One could make a joke about dropping a phone down a Chinese toilet, then a few hours later needing to do so again, but such a thing would be crass.
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The two replicas currently in existence are versions of his earlier and (relatively simpler) difference engine, designed to calculate polynomials. No, I've no idea what a polynomial is.

I was lucky enough to see the second Engine in the San Jose Computer Museum last really is an amazing piece of engineering. The D.E. is about the size of a fridge, and has a printer attached. The analytical engine, which would be a true computer, would as the article mentioned be much larger. The D.E. is cranked by hand, but the A.E. would require steam, by Jove.

There's a book by Doron Swade which recounts the history of the Difference Engine, its failure, and the struggle to make a replica in the late 20th century.
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You know, many of the Scotch Irish who came to the US in the 18th and early 19th century came as ballast in the holds of the sailing ships...lying in their own excrement most of the way.

And they paid for the privilege.

The more things change.
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"To replace or raise that bridge would be very expensive. "

They could lower the road by scraping off a few inches though - at least it would spare the rental trucks, which all seem to be a similar height.
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The new shows, after the years-long hiatus, are the funniest yet. It seems that the writers are going nuts, and not holding back.

"The Late Philip J. Fry" episode was one of the funniest 20 minutes of TV in a long time. Not just funny as hell, but moving also - without giving anything away .... anyone who hasn't seen the episode should do so!
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