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I have become Python, the destroyer of worlds!

Using python instead  of energy efficient compiler languages in high-performance computing in astrophysics is having huge ecological impact

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WBTC -Wrapped Bitcoin

People ask me about crypto currency all the time. Here is an explainer for one of the more recent additions to the space:

WBTC is a token that represents BTC in the Ethereum blockchain. It is an ERC-20 token. Each WBTC is fully backed by BTC at a 1:1
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Megan Gale as Wonder Woman

Well after years of searching and having little joy a picture of Megan Gale dressed as Wonder Woman has finally emerged.  For those that don’t know Megan Gale is an Australian model that was the face of David Jones for the guts of 10 years, but as her modelling work came to an end she has drifted towards acting and was recently seen in the Mad Max movie that came out last year, Fury Road.

However back in 2007 the director of Fury Road, Australian George Miller, was reported to be prepping for a Justice League movie to be made at Fox Studios in Sydney.  Fox Studios is where the Matrix films were made, as well and Episodes II and II of Star Wars and the Bradon Routh Superman movie, Superman Returns. Casting for the movie was well under way and they even had a new Superman and Batman, even though Christain Bale was only part way through his tenure on the Christopher Nolan movies. Armie Hammer was to be the new Batman, most recently seen in The Man from U.N.C.L.E and D.J. Cotrona as Superman.

It was also reported at the time that Megan Gale was cast as Wonder Woman, not only cast but she had been in and photos of her dressed as Wonder Woman existed.  The story was out there, I put up a cool CG image of Wonder Woman back in 2010 and mentioned Megan Gales connection to the role, as a result it is one of the most visited pages on my site.

So with great pleasure I would like to give you the actual images of Megan Gale as Wonder Woman which have finally been released on these good intertubes by the photographer Mark Rogers.

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Star Trek Into the Darkness – Review

StarTrekIntoDarkness_FinalUSPosterI suppose it is a curse of identifying ones self so closely with being a trekkie I am getting a lot of people asking me what I think of the new movie Star Trek Into the Darkness. Since I live in Sydney, Australia, I got to see it nearly a full week before it was released in America, so I have been mulling over it since then.

SPOILER ALERT – Do not read beyond here as this contains spoilers

Going into the movie there was a lot of speculation as to who Benedict Cumberbatch was playing. He seemed very unlike Khan in choice and I actually never considered that as a viable role for him. I was pulling for him to be the new timeline’s Gary Mitchell, Kirks academy friend who becomes sorta God-like and goes crazy, as one does, and tries to take over the Enterprise before taking over the universe. Kirk ends up killing his friend to save the universe. Not a bad morality play, test Kirk out an all that.  Well I was wrong, Cumberbatch is Khan.

OK that is out of the way!

This movie is a fun, space movie. It has some great action scenes and makes other worlds and space battles awesome.  This does not, however, need to be a Star Trek movie. The movie begins with Kirk trying to save a prehistoric tribe on a planet that is near a volcano that is about to explode, the scene seemed more like a homage to a pre-credits Bond scene.  Now in the 60s, Gene Roddenberry couldn’t afford the TV budget to show a ship landing and taking off every  episode, so transporters were born.  They orbit the planet and crew get beamed up and down and a catchphrase is born.  In this movie for no reason what so ever, they have decided to hide the enterprise in the ocean.  No reason given why they would do that, other than it would look cool.  It is a move that is so at odds with Trek that has gone before.

It is this kinda laziness that pervades the movie, it is like JJ Abrams wants to make a big science fiction movie, but doesn’t want to be bogged down with a franchise that has nearly 50 years (yes count them) of history. Lets see what happens when he takes over Star Wars.

From there it continues, Kirk portrayed as a free wheeling captain that is way too young to have been given command, trucking around the universe with ~430 souls entrusted to him with there careers and lives at his cavalier whim (there is old school Trekkie knowledge).  William Shatner’s Kirk was many things, but he was always loyal and responsible for his crew. To be fair, Pine’s Kirk loses command in this movie, but then gets it back 10 minutes later when all of the chain of command between him and the captain chairs gets wiped out, an interesting trend.

alice-eve-star-trek-into-darkness-carol-marcus-underwear-600x461There are explosions, there are chases, there is a weird Spock/Uhura romance going on.  There is a weird cameo from Leonard Nimoy, he is famous for wanting out of the franchise, now he seems to come back at the drop of a hat. There is even a scene where Admiral daughter stowaway, Carol Marcus, is standing in front of Kirk in her underwear, porn movies have more plausible ways of getting their actors to strip off (I have dutifully included it here though, let’s see what visitors google brings me with that image on my website). It is all fluffer material to get Kirk to take responsibility and we find him confronted with the warp core misalignment problem that Spock experienced at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

star-trek-ii-the-wrath-of-khan-kirk-spock-dying-william-shatner-leonard-nimoyThe scene where Spock dies in that 1982 movie still stands the test of time.  Admittedly the sets weren’t as awesome.  Spock locked behind glass, too irradiated to even let out, his death, a matter of minutes away, says goodbye to his friend and captain (I know admiral, but you know), they have served together for 20+ years. When he dies, a broken Kirk turns around and stares off into middle space, he has finally found out that there is a no win scenario and he buries his friend.  An excellent scene and wholly consistent with the movie you are watching.  Arguably it suffers with time as 2 years later they decided to bring Spock back and I won’t justify that. At the end of this movie though the character is gone and people need to live their lives.

sturlOK that is a lot a exposition for a scene that is not in this movie, well the inbred fanboy equivalent is.  I can just imagine the writers room session that created the scene in the new movie.

 

 

Hey you know that awesome scene in Star Trek II, the one where Spock dies and Kirk watches?

Yeah

How about we do that again, but Kirk dies and Spock watches!

Brilliant

You know what lets have it happen twenty years earlier in their timeline, but with characters saying the same lines.

Oh, lets also have Spock scream “KHANNNNN!” into space so that an entire generation can be segregated by those that thing the famous cry came from Kirk versus Spock.

Hey, if we kill Kirk I am guessing we’ll probably have to bring him back in the next movie right!

No, lets bring him back in this one 10 minutes after he dies, using magic blood we find in Khan, that we fore shadowed with a reanimated Tribble earlier in the movie.

Excellent! Money fight!

(full disclosure I am rather fond of the KHANNN scream)

To wrap it, this movie stands in the shadow of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, this is solely because the writers thought it would be cool to do so.  If I had to compare the two, Star Trek Into the Darkness is an alcopop and STII is a fine wine.  One is obviously better than the other, but at the end of the day they both get you drunk in the end.

khurlYou will notice I haven’t talked about Cumberbatch as Khan. He is a great actor and he performs well in this movie, I just wished they had created a new character.  At the end of the movie, I don’t know if it is there to piss off the fans, they have Kirk read out the Captain’s Oath to a assembly of people as the Enterprise is rededicated:

To seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no-one has gone before.

Not bad, I wish the film makers would do the same in service of the next story.

Oh BTW, please checkout my religion, The First Church of James Tiberius Kirk. At least the new movie is carrying on the tradition of killing and bringing back Kirk.

 

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Star Trek Language Lessons

With the new Star Trek movie out I decided to share with every body my take on trying to learn another language, for those that haven’t seen the new movie potential spoiler, even though this clip is nearly a year old.

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Mona Vale, NSW – 05/10/13

When
Friday, May 10, 2013
8:00pm
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Where
Pittwater RSL (map)
82 Mona Vale Rd

Mona Vale, NSW , Australia 2103

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Marrickville , NSW – 05/07/13

Who
One Man Show
When
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
8:45pm
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Where
105 Victoria Rd
Marrickville , NSW, Australia 2204
Other Info
Sydney Comedy Festival

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Oatley, NSW – 05/01/13

When
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
8:00pm
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Where
8 Oatley Ave
Oatley, NSW, Australia 2223

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Manly, NSW – 04/29/13

When
Monday, April 29, 2013
8:00pm
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40 The Corso
Manly, NSW, Australia 2095

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Sydney Comedy Festival 2013

After a very successful sold out run at the Sydney Fringe Festival, Andrew Barnett and I are delighted to bring our performance, One Man Show, to the Sydney Comedy Festival.

In the 21st Century there are many expectations about what a Man should be. Between them Dave Keeshan and Andrew Barnett meet almost all of these expectations.

Our show is on the 7th of May 2013 at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville starting at 8:45PM.  Tickets can already be purchased online and you can find them here. It is going to be a great night, so make sure you book tickets before it sells out.

Keep an eye for a few posts in advance of our date where I try and rattle out a few squirrely things in my head.

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