As I understand, the Russians were rather notorious for these types of experiments and research, especially during WW2 and the early decades of The Cold War. While quite intriguing, it’s definitely a topic of debate as per the ethics of the subject.
Indeed! The Germans and Soviets were notorious for conducting absolutely appalling experiments in WW2, which, on the flip side, led to major breakthroughs in the medical and scientific field. I’m all for experiments these days that aren’t cruel - such as stem cell research and cloning - because I really can’t deal with that kind of atrocity in this modern day and age. A professor here in Ohio has been running dogs on treadmills until their hearts explode for ‘research’ for the last 20 years and I would personally not take offense if he was subjected to the same ‘research’ himself, as hypocritical as that might be.
What I can say about the ‘decapitated dog’ experiment is that the scientists involved seemed to genuinely care about the dogs they were experimenting on; a small glimmer of humanity in an otherwise bleak but fascinating documentary.
Revival of previously deceased organisms, especially the brain, have long been a controversial yet much studied area of science.
In 1812 Julien Jean César Le Gallois (a.k.a. Legallois) questioned the idea of reviving a decapitated head using blood transfusions. Since then, advances in science and biology have brought us a long way, and the pioneers of revival have paved the way for blood transfusions, organ transplants and even cardiac pace makers.
In 1923, Sergey Bryukhonenko proved life could be sustained, and videotaped his progress in a documentary called: Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940),which while gruesome in its detail and experimentation on live animals, it was one of the first successful experiments of its kind, and the documentary shows the leaps and bounds science and modern medicine was taking at the time.
We never pass up help, but we’re not sure if anything can be done about it now..
WordPress seems to be nitpicky about what forum(s) it can integrate. SimplePress Forums are great and they worked, but my biggest gripe is that it doesn’t seem members can sign up independently of getting a WordPress account - something that shouldn’t have to be necessary for a forum?
And then there’s BBPress.. ..Oh BBPress, you seemed adorable and you even had a bee icon, but then you looked like poop. They should just rename it ‘BeePoopPress’.
It’s when the small things help to add up the to the larger aspects that I just love in a movie. It shows the Director cares about consistency and about the whole of the work that he/she does. “Movie Magic” at it’s finest.
Oh yes, I feel the need to point that out, too: Those little things aren’t just there to be there like an Easter Egg Hunt, it’s because the creator cares about their work, it isn’t just another random story to them.
Some of my other favorites:
- In the original ‘The Thing’, the beginning doesn’t have subtitles, but if you spoke Russian, they’re telling them that the dog isn’t a dog, it’s a ‘thing’, thus giving away the entire plot to the movie. Also, go see the remake of The Thing and then watch the original. It’ll make sense if you actually do this - and it’s amazing.
- In Kill Bill Vol. 1, her name is on the plane tickets handed to her if you pay close enough attention.
- In ‘The Watchmen’, Die Fledermaus is playing at the theater (literally, The Bat) and Joe Chill is getting punched out by Night Owl as Mr. and Mrs. Wayne stand aghast by the theater exit.
- In one of my favorite all-time movies (though nothing like the book, sadly), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn dons a Huckleberry Hound mask, a nod to ‘my huckleberry friend’ in the song she sings that was written for her, ‘Moon River’.
While I can’t say that The Sixth Sense is my favorite movie, or even ranks in the top 10, it is a pretty good movie. One of the things I like most about it, however, is all of the very subtle imagery that’s never expounded upon. And imagery that few people ever notice, like this:
Did you notice that both the patient that breaks into Bruce Willis character’s home in the beginning and Haley Joel Osment’s character have a streak of white hair? Haley’s is harder to find an image of, because it’s even more subtle, hidden in the back of his hair and to the side, but it’s there.
There are other uses of subtle imagery in the movie, like pops of red in an otherwise bleak landscape (the doorknob, the tent, the balloon, wardrobe choices, blankets, wine, etc.), you never see Bruce’s character cast a reflection on objects he passes(the china cabinet leading to the basement, for one), and the use of non-verbal communication between Bruce and Haley’s characters to indicate that Haley’s character was uncomfortable talking to someone whom he perceived to be ‘not really there’ for other people.
I enjoy creators that take the time to think about what they want out of a movie, a book or an animation and intentionally add things that, in the long run, the majority of audiences won’t notice.
Why are you so eerily smart? You shouldn’t have the ability to download things without me telling you to. You shouldn’t light up at night like a sentient transformer and start working without my permission. And you really shouldn’t use your Wi-Fi abilities to search around the apartment for other electronics you can ‘hook up to’.
What if I didn’t want you to hook up with the PS3? Why would that even be a thing you did? What the fuck do I want printed off of my Netflix account - a picture of Gillian Anderson poking at sci-fi goo? You’re like a printer-whore - you do everything and try to attach yourself to everyone.
I just found out you have your own e-mail address. I feel it necessary to tell you I don’t have my own e-mail address, printer.And yet, you do. Aside from all of that, you can print sudoku, crafts, model cars and mazes that you have saved to your brain.
And yet, with all of this technological wonderment and loose wi-fi-ing, your sundry apps and downloaded programs, when I tell you to print off a simple fucking recipe, you instantly freeze up like a cold maid. Finally, begrudgingly, after I push three or four buttons (which feels like awkward foreplay), you spit out a document not unlike a colorblind test.
Good news, everyone! Never officially has its own little site, and by tomorrow, the entire comic should be up. There are only three more pages to go and yesterday they were all inked, so today they’re all getting colored. We’re pretty excited about the ending and can honestly say that no one has guessed it so far.
Sometimes when we LiveStream, things happen in the chat. Sometimes people get fake internet points and win things. Unfortunately, we get to pick the prizes, and since Annie is swamped with artings right now, the prize this time is a stupid/silly little poem about the winner’s subject of choice.
So, here’s a poem about Jon Snow from Game of Thrones, whom I literally had to look up just today because man, I am terrible at all of the new things.
What the fuck is wrong with your cranberry bagels?
Your ‘Everything’ bagels are mouth-watering, your blueberry bagels are the perfect blend of tart and sweet, and even when you only have salt bagels left, they’re still passable. My complaint is only with your cranberry bagels.
Seriously. On the outside, they look like all the rest of your bagels, except for a slight pink tinge that leads one to believe that they contain cranberries. This is a lie.
Cranberries are not Robin of Locksley - You should not throw them blindly at the bagel dough and where-ever so they land, there shall they be buried. This results in three shitty little cranberries shoved into one corner of a giant bagel, with one more cranberry sacrificing itself to your dough-mixing-hook in bloody glory, mixing its red juice all up in the dough and giving one the impression that this bagel contains more than three scared cranberries that have just watched their friend commit suicide.
I expected more of you.
Someone Who Is Never Buying a Cranberry Bagel Again