The film 2012

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Nov 292010
 

I hadn’t actually seen any trailers for this film or read any reviews before seeing this on Sky HD this weekend; I now wish that I had read the reviews as that film took 2 hours and 40 minutes of my life that I can’t get back.

I knew that this was a disaster movie and I rather enjoyed films like “Independence Day” (same director). So although I didn’t expect too much from the movie, I did expect that it would be fun. How wrong I was. The story is nonsense. The dialogue is nonsense. The characterisation is nonsense. The special effects is nonsense; yes really.

A lot of people have raved about the special effects. C’mon, it was mostly “meh” and some was truly awful. There was nothing redeeming in the film. I’m glad I didn’t pay to watch this film but it did waste 2 hours and 40 minutes of my life; it insulted my intelligence and abused the contract that a film has to its audience to entertain or provoke thought. The only thing that his film provoked from me was a feeling of anger and nausea.

I would put this film in the same category as that other awful film…“Highlander 2”.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Nov 222010
 

I couldn’t believe this:

The article describes John Benneth’s vehement, unpleasant and ultimately unjustifiable attacks on Quackometer. The homeopathy movement is based on demonstrable untruths but homeopaths are in denial. It’s this, if anything, that explains why  homeopaths are increasing embracing lies and other gutter strategies. The whole movement should be ashamed.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Nov 212010
 

I can remember in my youth camping out away from the city lights in the UK, travelling in the the Nevada desert, in Yosemite, in Morocco and marvelling the multitude of stars in the night sky. There really is a sense of wonder and awe, not just in seeing but in understanding; in understanding the vastness of space and glad to be alive, to cherish the few short years we have on this beautiful home we call Earth.

Great video from philhellenes :

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Nov 212010
 

Following these two articles…

…I rummaged through the Global Terrorism Database, and created this overview graph showing the number of terrorist attacks worldwide per annum from 1970 to 2008. It shows that the 1980s and 1990s were quite bad. The alarmingly steep rise starting from around 2004 is mainly driven by attacks within Iraq.

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Decency will triumph over the scourge of terrorism.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Nov 202010
 

Further to the original batch of photos from Afghanistan, I’ve now posted an additional set at:

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And, of course, the original batch can be found here:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Nov 202010
 

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe referenced “Contrail Science” which convincingly explains why the so-called Los Angeles missile launch was actually the flight of UPS902. What’s really interesting is that people were initially so convinced that it was a missile launch. They just couldn’t not even imagine that it might just be something else. They  were convinced that it was a missile launch because that’s what they wanted to believe, to believe in the extraordinary, to believe that they’ve participated in something special. The willingness the believe is so strong that they discard common-sense and logic. Almost as interestingly, and perhaps predictably, some people are refusing to be convinced by the evidence provided at Contrail Science. These are the conspiritists and the people of unreason.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Nov 192010
 

Via richarddawkins.net:

The local Palestinian Authority has detained Mr. Hasayin on suspicion of being a blasphemer. Pathetic Palestinian response. What is it with religions that they demand slaves to dogmas? That they deign to call unreasonable actions reasonable? That evils are perpetuated and even demanded in their name?

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Nov 162010
 

Fantastic photo!

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NASA says:

Explanation: There’s no place like home. Peering out of the windows of the International Space Station (ISS), astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson takes in the planet on which we were all born, and to which she would soon return. About 350 kilometers up, the ISS is high enough so that the Earth’s horizon appears clearly curved. Astronaut Dyson’s windows show some of Earth’s complex clouds, in white, and life giving atmosphere and oceans, in blue. The space station orbits the Earth about once every 90 minutes. It is not difficult for people living below to look back toward the ISS. The ISS can frequently be seen as a bright point of light drifting overhead just after sunset. Telescopes can even resolve the overall structure of the space station. The above image was taken in late September from the ISS’s Cupola window bay. Dr. Dyson is a lead vocalist in the band Max Q.

But as aec007 mentioned, that isn’t Tracy; it’s Officer Ripley!

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Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Nov 162010
 

From DC’s Improbable Science, article on the unethical behaviours of the University of Wales and the recent BBC investigation into what can only be described as a “scam”:

This made me laugh ;)

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I remember mentioning the antics of the University of Wales back in 2008, again quoting DC:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010