I just finished up “Moon.” It was the first feature-length film I’ve watched entirely on my iPhone (via Netflix), and I have to say the experience was pretty good. It’ll be even better with an iPad, I suppose.
As for the movie itself, I give it a solid B+. To follow up on my post last week, the depiction of the corporation in “Moon” didn’t set off my BS-o-meter like it did with “District Nine.” I’ll leave my commentary at that, because I don’t want to blow the movie for anybody.
The Georgetown Metropolitan has a nice post up on something lacking in my DC neighborhood: a Metro stop.
The presentation estimates that a Georgetown station would have over 14,000 weekday boardings. For reference, in 2009 Union Station had the most weekday boardings with 34,000, but the average per station is about 8,600. So a Georgetown station would be one of the most popular stations (14,000 would put it in the top 15 stations out of 86).
So when exactly? Well TAG hasn’t reached the point of setting target dates except to use 2040 as a future state date for the purposes of comparing the options. So let’s set the first outside bar at thirty years…
Couple of random pop culture musings this evening.
The first is that I recently spent some time watching “District 9,” on my iPhone no less (via Netflix). After getting about a quarter of the way through the movie, I gave up on it. I thought the flick started out really strong, but then some things started to bother me. For one, the evil corporation portrayed in the movie was just way too evil. I’ve got nothing against the corporation as antagonist, but when you have corporate types ordering human vivisection (of their colleague’s son-in-law, who is conscious and strapped to a table right in front of them) to make “hundreds of millions of dollars,” that seems like BS. I turned it off.
Second item was that I watched the extended trailer for “Game of Thrones,” coming to HBO this April. I’m excited for this one, having read all 4,000 pages of series in relatively short order. I have to say, though, I was slightly bummed to see that Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, is sporting an English accent for the role. I guess that’s because everyone else in the series seems to have one (particularly Tyrion’s brother)? It’s too bad – I find it distracting, same way I did watching the Yanks (playing Aragorn, Frodo, etc.) in “Lord of the Rings” try their best to sound British. If I were directing, I would have let everyone keep their native accents. As the author and the directors say in the Game of Thrones video below, the fantasy genre allows flexibility. So why can’t Tyrion just talk like an American? It also looks like Sean Bean ditches his Irish accent. Ah well. I’m still going to watch show, or at least the first episode or two.
I decided to trace the beginnings of our age via architecture. Pushing my old large-format camera’s focal length out to twice-infinity―with no stops on the bellows rail, the view through the lens was an utter blur―I discovered that superlative architecture survives, however dissolved, the onslaught of blurred photography.
SolarCity®, already the largest solar service provider in the U.S. with 1,000 employees and more than 10,000 projects completed or underway, is expanding its operations to the East Coast. The company has acquired Clean Currents Solar, the solar installation division of leading Mid-Atlantic based independent green energy company Clean Currents LLC, and will serve Maryland and the District of Columbia from its new operations center in Silver Spring.
I may look into this, although I’m pretty sure my house, with a rather nice tree looming over it, isn’t set up for solar.