Saturday, September 18, 2010
He offered questions such as "why is being a woman preferable?" and "will that belief change in that society?" I like these questions and it's a good start. Reading the story over a few more times will give me even more ideas. I just hope maybe some of you have some brilliant ideas. Your comments will be greatly appreciated :)
Friday, September 17, 2010
The government is colonizing a planet previously destroyed by an asteroid. The colonization is difficult because the terrain is very harsh. It seems very similar to Dune in that respect, but it also looks like an entertaining read.
The Cuban Revolution did not happen overnight. There were skirmishes and battles for years leading up to Castro's victory. And even after Castro assumed power, he was unable to enact his total dictatorship immediately. So, for a while, people didn't completely understand how far Castro was willing to go.
Fairly early on, however, the regime put "the committee" on every block; someone to report back any contra-revolutionary behavior. My grandfather was in his mid-teens at this point. He and his friends very anti-revolutionary. They were losing their houses and their family businesses. They'd go around and shoot BB's at pro-Castro signs and do other crud like that. One of his friend's dads owned a store, and one day when a man on his way to a Castro rally came in asking for pineapple juice came in, they gave him a bottle full of pee instead. They did a bunch of stupid stuff, but nothing too serious.
At some point though, he saw "something" (and when I say something, you should think Cuban Missile Crisis and super cool Russian weapons). When the committee found out about this, they tried to make him join the army or go to jail. But the wife of the committee member on his block was good friends with his mother, my great-grandmother. She managed to convince the committee that my grandfather was just being a "teenage boy" and that he'd grow out his behavior shortly. My bis-abuela decided that she had to get my grandfather out of the country and about a year later he was able to come over as part of Operation Peter Pan, a program that brought Cuban children to the US.
During that last year, he was able to "fight the system" far more efficiently, though at a much small scale. They began to ration food in Cuba and they got very little meat. My grandfather began to go spear-fishing (the beach was right in their backyard) and so he was able to bring some extra food home for his family.
So I want to do the paper topic we sort of discussed concerning the Time Lapse differences in different levels of the worlds of Formidable Caress compared to those in the dream worlds of Christopher Nolan's recent movie Inception.
I'm just not really sure how to turn it into an actual paper topic. I stink at doing this, so I'm asking for help from Andy or anyone who has some neat ideas.
I want to further research whether time differences like this have been used in fiction before, what their purpose is and how they really add an element of depth to a story. But that's really broad, obviously. Any ideas?
Also, here's a really cool info-graphic by dahahs at deviantart.com depicting the different Dream Levels in Inception. Neato, right?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Did this book scare the hell out of anyone else?
I mean, I feel like some of the most plausible parts of the story are the most terrifying. I'm the sort of person who likes his privacy, and in the post 9/11 world we lost some of that. Imagine if it really did happen again. Would we lose even more? Mrs. Anderson (the replacement social studies teacher) believed that "the role of government is to secure of citizens the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In that order." That doesn't sit right with me. In fact, its just wrong. They are all equally important, because each makes the others possible. Life without liberty and happiness is no life. I loved this book, but parts of it truly freaked me right the hell out. Thoughts?
Oh, and in regards to last week, I encourage all of you to look up the documentary "Love Me, Love My Doll" on youtube or google. I brought this up last week when we were talking about "Eros, Philia, Agape," but these are people who truly love a personified, inanimate object. Very interesting stuff (or at least I think so).
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Another new show coming out is called "No Ordinary Family," starring Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz (of "Dexter" fame, among other awesome shows). The show is about a super hero-esque family. At first glance I wasn't sure whether it would really be sci fi or more of a fantasy thing, but it according to wikipedia, the family gets their powers after a plane crash in the Amazon River, which seems to lean it towards sci fi, as I assume some chemical property of the river is responsible for the change. The link to the video section of the official site is in the title. Lots of clips and such.
Anyway, it looks like a fun, live-action version of "The Incredibles," plus Julie Benz is awesome, so it might be worth checking out. However, as with "The Event," I have a strong feeling that it may not last very long. These types of shows seem to disappear very fast.
This show definitely seeps far into that area of "what if" that has been so prevalent in our class discussions. I'm only a few episodes into season 1, but I really wanted to say something about it to you guys. Maybe some of you want to catch it as well if you haven't already. I believe the show just finished up its second season. You can find full episodes on thewb.com. Ohhhh I also JUST discovered that you can watch Pushing Daisies there too. That's sort of sci-fi... anyway, I digress.
Let me know what you think about this show if you've watched it. I already encountered several sci-fi themes that have appeared in other works, including a chemical dream-sharing moment not totally unlike my beloved Inception, haha. I included a YouTube clip of the lead-up to that in the title of this post, just for funsies. Enjoy!
Also, I really like Little Brother. That is all.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I realized about ten pages into the book that the title is significant. From what they've gone through so far, all I can think is "Big Brother". Oh how I hope we never end up in a world where we have cameras in schools measuring each person's gait. But that was a realization that made me want to slap my forehead. Of course a book named Little Brother would have some connection back to the concept of "Big Brother". Anybody else make this connection?