Into The Storm review

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Ok, so I’ve seen Into The Storm…actually a few times, including the premiere in NYC as well as on a few of those extra large screens too (not IMAX since I discovered that Guardians of the Galaxy has monopolized all the “real” IMAX screens around the USA, as it was released one-week before Into The Storm). To help the bottom line, I encourage all RA fans to see it on the extra big screen with the enhanced sound. (And the bottom line for Hollywood is how much a movie earns as opposed to how many people see it.) Having seen the movie at both the extra large screens and the regular screens, I would say I do prefer the extra large screens, especially since the special effects plays such a big part in the spectacle of this film. (Each cinema chain has their own name for their extra large screen: Cinemark XD, AMC ETX, Regal RPX, Rave Xtreme, Marcus Ultrascreen, Galaxy Theater’s DFX, Essex Cinemas TREX, Carmike Theater’s Big-D screens to name a few.)

Now for the movie itself, it’s a good summer escapist film. The special effects are incredible. There’s excitement, thrills and edge of your seat moments… and Richard’s character lives! (Sorry if this is a spoiler, but leads don’t usually die in these kinds of films.) I just wish there was a little more character development. But I suppose these types of films tend to place a greater emphasis on the spectacle and less on the people. I thought Richard did the best he could with the role he was given. Plus, his American accent sounded authentic. (There were only a couple of times when it seemed a little off… maybe not quite American, or not quite mid-western.)  Matt Walsh was good in his role as the lead storm documentarian. I didn’t find Sarah Wayne Callies’ character very endearing (or maybe it’s just SWC - as I’ve read that she also didn’t engender much love for either of her characters in The Walking Dead or Prison Break). Nathan Kress’ character was, to put it bluntly, a brat - a cocky, know-it-all. But Max Deacon, playing Richard’s son “Donnie”, impressed me the most. The script allowed his character to show the most emotion and he very effectively portrayed those emotions in one particularly moving scene (which I won’t detail further to avoid spoilers). He also absolutely nailed the American accent! Max may be a newcomer compared to many of the others in the cast, but I’ll be keeping an eye on his career - he shows great acting chops and I hope Hollywood will take note.

The best Richard scenes are the ones where his gets to show emotion as he embraces his sons (I don’t think this is a spoiler as the ‘net has been filled with pics of these scenes). I agree with others who have said they don’t think this film will do anything to raise Richard’s Hollywood profile (the movie is much more an ensemble piece, so he doesn’t stand out as the lead actor), but that it won’t hurt his career either. At the very least, I’m glad Richard got a US work visa from this film and I hope he’ll be able to get more work in the US to maintain that visa.

I recommend going to see Into The Storm - it’s brainless, exciting, summer-time fare!… and you RA fans, go see it more than once!!! Let’s band together to show Hollywood that Richard is a box office draw!

In no part of Europe are the mass of the people, and especially of the middle-classes, more utterly ignorant of the foreign policy of their own country than in England, an ignorance springing from two great sources. On the one hand, since the glorious Revolution of 1688, the aristocracy has always monopolized the direction of foreign affairs in England. On the other hand, the progressive division of labor has, to a certain extent, emasculated the general intellect of the middle-class men by the circumscription of all their energies and mental faculties within the narrow spheres of their mercantile, industrial and professional concerns. Thus it happened that, while the aristocracy acted for them, the press thought for them in their foreign or international affairs; and both parties, the aristocracy and the press, very soon found out that it would be their mutual interest to combine.

—  Karl Marx explaining how propaganda works in the New York Daily Tribune, 1861
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30 Day Animated Feature Challenge
Day 22: your favorite ending

Oh God, why did I even make that a choice? Part of the reason this is late is because I had SO much trouble trying to narrow it down because TOO MANY HAPPY ENDING FEELS

…but in the end I realized that the ending of The Princess and the Frog gives me ALL THE FUZZIES. Okay, yes, it’s a bittersweet ending (which they’re only too happy to drive home) but GAH I just feel so uplifted after everything.

…I’m pretty sure most of my followers are not surprised at all by this.

sorry not sorry

Students who take up a lot of space caring about the subject

Anonymous asked:

I’m a teaching assistant for a medium-large class (~80 students) at a university. One student has a habit of interrupting me or the professor when we are lecturing, which can be very disruptive. Sometimes we have to cut him off while he is speaking, which feels rude, but we have limited time to teach. He’ll also monopolize class discussions. He’s often insightful and on-point, but I want to get other students’ input too! I don’t know what to do! And I don’t want to hurt his feelings! Help?

realsocialskills said:

This sounds like a student who means well, so I’m going to answer this question with the assumption that he isn’t a jerk and isn’t taking up all the space on purpose. Some students do not mean well derail things for different reasons, but that doesn’t sound like what you’re dealing with here.

Here are my thoughts on how to deal with well-meaning students who take up too much space: 

Make time outside of class to talk to them:

  • When students are really into your subject and monopolize class time, it’s generally not because they want to shut everyone else down
  • It’s usually because they’re really into the subject and passionate about exploring the particular questions that are interesting to them
  • That’s a beautiful thing, and there needs to be space for it, but it can’t take over the whole class

  • When students derail class to discuss the questions they’re interested in, it can work well to say something like “That’s a great question, but we need to get through some other things now. Let’s talk about that during office hours.”
  • This demonstrates that you respect them and their questions and dedication to the subject, and that you will make room for it but need to make sure that the things that need to happen in class time happen
  • That only works if you mean it and follow through, though

There also might be a cultural issue. Norms about interrupting are highly culturally dependent:

  • In some cultures, the way you demonstrate that you’re respecting someone and paying attention is to take turns talking, and wait for the other person to indicate that it is now your turn. 
  • In other cultures, the way you demonstrate that you’re respecting someone and paying attention is by interrupting in on-topic ways and expecting that they will also interrupt you. 
  • It can be really frustrating to negotiate conversation with people who have radically different assumptions about how to pay attention
  • It might be that your student thinks that they are doing what they’re supposed to do, and that there’s confused with lack of response and interruption
  • If that is the problem, it might help to make expectations clearer. If the cultural divide is that wide, dropping hints and relying on politeness won’t help, but being explicit might:
  • For instance, by saying when they interrupt something like “I’ll take questions at the end”, or “Let Bob finish his point first”.
  • This demonstrates that you respect him and his interest, but that you aren’t going to allow it to take up al of the space

It’s also possible that he finds it difficult to follow what is going on:

  • I’m not sure how to describe this, but I know that I find it easy to pay attention to conversations and nearly impossible to pay attention to lectures
  • For me, the things that make it possible to pay attention to lectures are asking a lot of questions, using a strategy like collaborative note taking , or writing notes that are as much running commentary as they are taking down information.
  • He might be asking a lot of questions in order to follow what is going on
  • I’m not sure how you’d go about assessing or responding to that. I am mentioning it as a possible problem in hopes that someone else will have suggestions about what teachers can do if they suspect that a college student is having that kind of problem

No matter how you approach the situation, it’s possible that it might hurt your student’s feelings to realize that he takes up a lot of space and that it bothers people. This is not something you have complete control over. Facing up to problems like that can be painful. You shouldn’t avoid getting your class back on track in order to protect him from that kind of pain.

You should treat him and his interest in your subject with respect, and help him find ways to pursue it seriously without taking up all of the space during class. You’re probably in a position to do that. You’re not in a position to manage his emotional life.

We’re from different worlds. Maybe they’re separate for a reason.

Or, the one where Jane Foster is going to bring Asgard to its knees with science.

News on Magnetic Monopoles

Physicists have produced a synthetic Dirac Monopole from spinor Bose-Einstein condensate for the first time ever. After hundreds of years (literally) of searching for the theoretical monopole it has finally been confirmed to exist. 

Essentially all a monopole is is a magnet that only pulls OR pushes, instead of the usual pull from one side and push from the other. Normal dipole magnets will still have two poles even when cut in half - 

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Which is why many people thought the elusive monopole to be non-existent. 

The existence of the monopole could explain the quantisation of electric charge, as well as other problems faced by physicists in the past.

http://thephysicsbitch.tumblr.com/  promised to make a post about it sometime today, she could explain it in far better quality than I. I’ll almost definitely reblog it, but in case i forget, go follow her. or, you know, go follow her cause physics!

Quantum cloud simulates magnetic monopole

Cold atoms provide evidence for Paul Dirac’s 83-year-old theory.

Physicists have created and photographed an isolated north pole — a monopole — in a simulated magnetic field, bringing to life a thought experiment that first predicted the existence of actual magnetic monopoles more than 80 years ago.

In nature, north and south magnetic poles always go hand in hand. Cutting a bar magnet in half just creates two magnets, each of which still has two poles, rather than creating separate north and south poles on each half. Yet their electrostatic cousins, positive and negative charges, exist independently. In 1931, British physicist Paul Dirac theorized that if magnetic monopoles did exist, it would not only address this seeming imbalance, but would also explain why charge exists in discrete packages: multiples of the charge of a single electron.

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