Nov 12, 2008
Threads was a BBC presentation in 1984. It's split one hour before a nuclear war and one hour of aftermath. It was done in a somewhat documentary-style, but it has a number of storylines following normal everyday folk. It has one of the most scientifically accurate predictions of the aftermath including a nuclear winter.
I remember seeing it when it when it came out - they showed it on PBS with tons of warnings about graphic scenes. It was scarier than "The Day After" because it seemed more real - less like a tv movie. It also represented the news and information just as we would, via the newspapers and televisions. When they stop working we lose our connection to the rest of the world, no matter where we live. (Yeah, and the Internet, but that's probably more fragile than televisions for everyday people.)
But watching it again I was struck not only with the perspective of someone who now has a wife and children, but how things in the world really haven't changed much. While we don't have a cold war anymore, we do have tensions in the middle east, a fragile infrastructure that would be a trauma to lose, etc.
It's truly horrifying. Everyone should see it once.
Nov 9, 2008
I don't know how she got past the confirmations, and she doesn't either, but Lily appears to have deleted Miloton. It was a town on my Animal Crossing Wild World game for the DS.
Ok, so you're wondering why I would be bummed about this? Well, I've been playing that game for almost two years now, and it took a lot of hours to get my house, my money, all my furniture, etc. I had a birthday cake from the townsfolk, and just today I found my first four leaf clover. And did I mention the new version coming out for the Wii would allow you to bring your character over from your DS? Yeah.
I guess I wouldn't be so upset, but Eli and Lily just got into it. They finally found out how fun it was and really started to play a lot. Eli loved writing letters and planting pitfall seeds to annoy the NPCs. Lily would make shirt after shirt or plant flowers here and there forever. And I could help them by giving them money or tools or advice. And they could go to Nookington's instead of just a tiny little shop in the beginning, etc. I had worked hard on it and I was finally seeing that pay off for the kids. Lily still doesn't know what she did, but she's sad. Eli's stopped sobbing (he was really putting in a lot of work already) and I'm slowly getting over it.
But I just don't know if I can plug away at working for Tom Nook and paying off those mortgages anymore. And farming trees? I'm not sure I can do that, either. Maybe I should just buy a fishing pole and live the simple life of a fisherman...
We've all decided to create a new town and call it Craigville. But maybe I need some time to grieve...
Today we filmed the first set of scenes for Gadget Guy 2: The House of Locks and hopefully we'll finish shooting tonight after dinner. Then comes the long and laborious (actually fun) process of editing and composing. I think this one is going to be great though, and the addition of Gadget Guy's sidekick Gadget Girl is sure to add to the story!