In a gadda de Blade Runner

Blog | Aug. 24, 2009

Jen is still arguing with me over this scene in Blade Runner, and it’s got me thinking.

The love scene between Deckard and Rachael is a major turning point for the characters because it is what causes them to fall from grace (he said, making an easy allusion to Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden of Eden).

If memory serves, Adam and Eve’s punishment is that they will toil in the fields, endure painful labor, and so on. But given a gnostic interpretation of this scene, the punishment isn’t just that — their punishment is their awareness of these things. Adam and Eve become not the first humans, but rather the first people by becoming aware of their world, their daily struggles, and most importantly their mortality. Deckard and Rachael’s fall from grace is similar in their discovery that they were built, but not to last. By the end of the film, they have become self-aware replicants, whose burden is the awareness of their four-year lifespan, and their journey into an unknown fate is the same as mankind’s after the story of Adam and Eve.

That they incur God’s wrath by refusing to live in blissful ignorance is echoed in Rachael’s line when she comes to get answers from Deckard, who tells her to go back to Tyrell.

“He wouldn’t see me.”

Shunned by her creator, and banished from the only home she’s ever known.

More on this topic: When a robot says 0 she really means 1

Can a program that quits regularly quit “unexpectedly”?

Blog | Aug. 24, 2009
Flash has unexpectedly quit

I suggest replacing it with “typically”.

My Veidt toy ad in the Watchmen movie

Blog | Aug. 20, 2009

Yes, I’m still talking about this.

At 2:11:17, you’ll see Veidt’s wall of TVs, and for a brief four seconds, my ad appears on screen, along with what I have deduced (deduced means ‘guess’, right?) are the following videos.

Adrian Veidt watches a wide array of TV

Adrian Veidt watches a wide array of TV

Real Men Use Veidt Sylvester & Tweetie a Harrier jet missile Nostalgia ad Rambo: First Blood Part II tits! ?
Altered States Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?” commercial episode of Night Court The Road Warrior Nixon re-elected / security camera feed 1984 Apple’s Macintosh commercial The Manchurian Candidate? *UNAIRED* OZYMANDIAS TOY AD!!! 1985
The Prisoner This Island Earth Haredevil Hare ? missile footage Addicted to Love hot air balloon? more porn

I can’t be certain about The Manchurian Candidate (it could even be an episode of The Twilight Zone for all I know), and have no idea where that hot air balloon is from. Maybe someone can help me out in the comments?

YSlow, can I talk to you about your color scheme?

Blog | Aug. 20, 2009

Did I accidentally set Yslow to the color scheme of a 10-year-old girl’s bedroom?

Yslow uses colors of the same hue

So let’s see, my images are periwinkle, no… mauve. My CSS is mauve, wait magenta. The JS is magenta — I mean plum — while my iframes are pink. No, cream. CSS images are powder blue, and HTML is purple. Or was it…?

Why are these colors all the same hue? What happened to red, green, yellow, and blue? Did the developers at Yahoo not realize that good color separation is important when analyzing data?

“Ghost from Hell” on Assignment: Unexplained!

Assignment: Unexplained | Aug. 17, 2009

Strange sounds and unholy smells permeate a haunted Los Angeles home. The team tries to make contact with the malevolent entity, and are attacked by the “Ghost from Hell” — live on video!

Conversational Cues

Blog | Aug. 17, 2009

I forget where I read it, years ago, but there was an interesting article on conversational cues and what the really mean. For example:

“Um.”
I’m not done talking.

“Yeah.”
Get to the point.

“Ha ha ha”
Stop talking.

“[stares daggers]”
Seriously, shut up.