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Mismosh of terms, 23 July 2017
3/10

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Where to begin? They set off "to find new galaxies for colonization" in the year 2000. The narrative starts: "Beyond this, and into infinity, is Man's last frontier. Over 2 billion light years of solar system, reaching from the great clouds of Magellan to the galaxies of Andromeda and Triangulum". They go "far beyond Earth's universe". This is a sample. So they lift off from Cape Kennedy, which looks like a large desert. Actually seems to be a V-2 launch from White Sands, New Mexico. The meteor shower shows the objects on fire - not likely out in space with no air. Taurus the Bull is a constellation. You really can't go to a constellation - they are just outlines in the sky as seen from the Earth. Usually they are based on some figure that brighter stars have made. Go can go towards a constellation, but after some time you would pass the obvious stars and go beyond them, past our galaxy and on and on. "We should be nearing the Triangulum Galaxy". "Of all the lifeless galaxies we had to land on this planet". OK - A galaxy is a swirling cloud of stars and dust - billions of stars. A solar system is a group of 1 or several stars, and maybe planets, comets, asteroids and other junk, bound together by gravity. A constellation is an apparent shape made by some stars, originally. Used to tell stories or as an indicator of the seasons. (When you see this shape, start to prepare for winter - you would say that to your kids.) They have instant communication with the Earth control center. They at one point their speed is 125,00 - with no units, like MPH or meters per second. Triangulum is not really near the Taurus constellation at all. There is a nice galaxy there, M33. Mr. Messier made a list of things that look like comets, but are not. People would keep bothering him with their great discoveries. You may not realize that if you look at a galaxy with your eyes, it looks like a gray fuzzy blob. Maybe with a really big mirror you see more. Your eye is not a camera- that can take long exposures, or stack many pictures together. Then you get the nice color images. M33 is about 3 million light years away. Light goes 6 trillion miles in one year - that is what a light year is. The main problem is that these galaxies are really far away. We can't even get to a nearby star yet. To check out a galaxy would take eons of time. The writers give kids a wrong impression of things.

Gog (1954)
Comment on "Can you use a flame thrower?", 28 August 2016
10/10

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This is a comment on "junk-monkey" 21 January 2008. At about 1:08 to 1:09 in the movie, the German scientist is telling the hero to get a flame thrower. The reviewer said the accent was too thick and he could not understand the next dialog. I believe the German scientist says -- Can you use a flame thrower? Then the key line is "We've got 2 in the storage room down the hall."

I could not find a subtitle download for this movie. Allsubs.org seems to have gone into Neverneverland.

My comment: Lots of the lab workers are doctors -- they would address each other as Jim or Susan, not Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones all the time. Yes, the first time they are introduced, and when outsiders are present, but not among themselves.

Conflict (1945)
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Not real evidence, 11 August 2015

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We are watching a movie, which tries to show real scenes. A jury would not see this movie, they would have evidence presented to them.

1) Why would the Bogart character Mr. Mason be guilty if he went down to the wrecked car? His lawyer at the trial could simply say that Mr. Mason was very upset at his wife's disappearance. He would look for evidence of an accident as he drove around the area. So Mr. Mason remembered that he saw that the pile of logs had been disturbed and went down to check it out. How can you really dispute that? It does not mean that he knew what only the killer could have known.

2) The business of the rose - OK, he slipped up. But he might have imagined that his wife liked a rose or other flower pinned to her outfit. The doctor friend gave the wife a rose, while Mr. Mason was supposed to be a shut-in, with a bad leg. He did need a cane to get around, after all. Bad, yes, but not enough to convict.

I had wondered how Mr. Mason got down the hill with a bad leg. Looking at it again, it really was not that far down and there was a sort of series of steps or ledges. But at night in the fog, with slippery rocks, with street shoes ... What was really amazing was how did the doctor get down? Greenstreet is not exactly in mountain climbing shape.

3) The doctor and police were tampering with the evidence, and planting evidence, in order to shake the tree and see what falls out, to push Mr. Mason over the edge. A defense lawyer might get much of the evidence thrown out due to prosecutorial misconduct.

The wife was found by the police right away. We did not see how she was killed. Was it obvious that the crash did not do it?

Sort of has echos of ANGEL FACE (1953) or IMPACT (1949).

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Gravity and magnetism, 28 May 2015
7/10

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As mentioned by others, the early sci-fi movies seem to have the idea that when you go up a bit you leave the Earth's gravity field. No. What about the Moon? Isn't it held by our gravity? Do the tides just appear by themselves? Rider to the Stars (1954) also had that gravity concept. These movies confuse a lack of gravity with an orbit where you can go 18,000 mph just outside the Earth's atmosphere. You are falling and you miss the Earth. Why do the astronauts float in the Space Shuttle? There is no gravity, all the kids say. The other issue is the statement made in the movie that outside the atmosphere of the Earth magnetic forces are much stronger. It may be true that a magnetic force is attenuated by something placed between 2 magnets. Even a piece of cardboard should reduce it a bit, and air might reduce it a tiny bit, but I never heard of magnetic forces increase much in a vacuum. The writers seem to get confused. So what if 2 guys grabbed the bomb, used the jet packs to push it away, and then zipped back to the ship. A small poof of the rocket motor should get the ship further away. They seemed to try to push the bomb once but it drifted slowly back. They could have a rope attached to themselves and the ship if necessary. The bomb would have to be really highly magnetized for it to act like it did. The explanation was that the ship is really big compared to the bomb. I can't believe that in 9 hours they could not have come up with a simple plan - steer bomb a distance away, zip back, use low thrust to get the ship further away, then pedal to the metal. The last point - the bomb guy freaked out when they were going up. He appeared to be middle aged, not in great shape, and never had the slightest training or any kind of medical clearance.

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Glaciers crush, 27 September 2014
7/10

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Three men go up a mountain, 1 dies. The rescue team finds the body near a cliff edge, but it falls out of their grasp and slides a great distance down. It lands in the middle of a glacier. A scientist tells the grieving widow that based on the type of ice, and gravity readings (?), and so on, he can calculate the flow of the glacier. The body will appear in exactly so many years, on a certain date, probably in the morning. This is about 40 years in the future. Problem 1: The body, when found, looks just as it did 40 years earlier. The body would probably appear darker, and shriveled. It might have been crushed and mangled in reality. The Iceman that was found recently that was 4000 to 5000 years old was probably protected behind a rock. Problem 2: How can the exact spot the body ended up in the glacier be determined? It was only seen sliding and falling from a great distance. One section of the glacier seems to look the same as another. Problem 3: The terminus of the glacier is not 10 feet wide. How could the crew with pick axes find the spot to dig directly over the body? Problem 4: The main issue - you can calculate an average speed of descent, but it varies from season to season, and the snow fall varies. The body may tend to get 100 feet or more below the surface. This is why I believe it would be crushed. So yes, you can get a rough idea when an object will reappear at the bottom, say 30 to 50 years, or even in a 5 or 10 year window, but not a exactly on a certain date and place.

The character George Liston, the other young hiker, is never seen or interviewed. After seeing the episode, I wondered if the woman in the locket was seen wandering around the resort, or was involved with one of the other characters. It at first seemed that the image could have been the Owens character. How could the wife know that the husband did not have a locket? I don't believe she actually looked at the picture. The Mark character (Poison, Bridge over the River Kwai) was the one who looked. That is not too clear. For all I knew, it might have been an earlier picture of the wife.

The scientific lecture in London was interesting. I agree with the general idea but not the specific timing. There was a documentary on TV about a missing plane, "Stardust". It crashed into the Andes in 1947 and vanished. The UFO crowd had a field day with this. It most likely was the first plane to discover the jet stream, but they did not know that. So many years later, in the 1980's or 90's, pieces of the engines appeared lower down. Soldiers went up and found more and more pieces, and some of the passengers -- more to come. This was an hour long documentary. At 45 minutes into the show, a government or university expert was interviewed, who explained that - GASP - glaciers move! You mean to tell me that people who live near the Andes, like in Chile or Argentina, do not know that glaciers move? Is not the definition of a glacier "a moving river of ice" ? So in this case, it hit and melted the ice and vanished into the mountain glacier. It was 50 miles off course due to the strange jet of wind. But at least the people in the Alps seemed to have the idea that objects will be transported down and dumped at the bottom.

I agree with the sentiments expressed by the other 3 reviewers.

Dog's name, 21 July 2014
10/10

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The movie mentions that the dog belonging to Earl is named "Pard". They seem to imply that it is a strange name. In "The Virginian" (1914), a silent film, they use "Pard" to mean "Partner". Since this is set in the West, it may have been a common term in the past. Sorry, I need 10 lines. There seems no way to avoid getting trapped on the big mountain. It also would seem that the girlfriend, played by Lupino, would be charged today with aiding a criminal. There are several ways that could phrased. It is a shame that the 2 leads did not appear together again. Being trapped up there with no food or water, and no warm clothes at altitude could have been fatal.

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Cave entrances and time warps, 11 June 2014
8/10

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There was a question in one of the reviews or messages -- If the mutants were watching all the cave entrances, how could the man and woman go out and look at the Moon? Apparently, they were up on a cliff ledge, which was not accessible from the outside. They use Einstein's relativity and time warps sort of merged together. If you go really fast (the rocket frame of reference), your clocks slow down compared to the laboratory frame of reference (like the people on the Earth). So things look normal to the rocket ship passengers, except that when they return to their starting point, many years may have passed by. "Clocks" here include our biological clocks, the motions of atoms, radioactive decay, and so on. So what is a time warp? I don't know. Going forward in time just results from the apparent slowing down of the fast moving clocks. Going backward in time is a different matter, and it is not clear how to do it. The astute reader might ask - Why can't I assume my rocket ship was not moving at all, but it was the Earth that was moving really fast?. Yes, but the tricky part is that this part of relativity assumes a constant speed and direction. The little comment above about returning to your starting point invalidates that - you have accelerated - that is a change in speed and/or direction. The odd trig functions like tanh, sinh and cosh are the hyperbolic functions and deal with the time, length, and apparent mass changes in relativity. So if you fire a fast bullet from a fast rocket, it will not go faster than light. Say .75 c + .75 c = .96 c using the tanh function to add velocities properly. Not 1.5 c. The wimpy men are more the result of inbreeding than lack of sunshine or exercise, which would still be good for them. Adding 4 more men to the mix, one of whom seems virile because he took his shirt off, is not going to save the human race. How could the intelligent humans know about the "exponential time displacement" that happened somewhere near Mars hundreds of years earlier? Why did it happen leaving Mars and not going there? How did the rocket ship explorers change their orbit around Mars from equatorial to polar? That would take a lot of fuel. Rocketship X-M did something like that when they went straight up and then turned right to leave the Earth. Changing the plane of an orbit is a big deal. If you go 1 Planck length in 1 Planck time you are going as fast as you can - at the speed of light (in a vacuum). The gimmick is to use a wormhole (which is warp-like)-- if space itself can go faster than light, then it's OK, or use a tunnel or wormhole, so it is like a shortcut. Then you don't violate the speed rules. It is not clear if we could ever get to the stars or if we are stuck - going there would take thousands of years or more like the Voyager spacecraft. Time will tell (pun intended).

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Rocks under stress, 27 December 2013

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One of the message board entries mentioned the piezoelectric effect. Crystals under stress do strange things. Breaking a wintergreen mint causes it to glow - sort of similar. So if you have a large area of rock under stress, like an earthquake fault or a mine about to collapse, a variety of effects are created. So ghosts, UFOs, angels, earthquake lights and so on could all be related. If you wet an old coke bottle and blow on the opening you can make it hum. In the desert, the wind blows on the quartz sands, and you get eerie sounds - genies to some. Jerusalem is on a fault line, with low humidity, and thousands of years of religious sightings. They mention quartz frequently. The effect I mentioned is used in motion/acceleration sensors and maybe cell phones. I would like to see how much correlation there is between UFO sightings followed by earthquakes. Please don't respond angrily. I would love to see what people are seeing or hearing from a modern viewpoint.

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Gauges, 26 July 2013
9/10

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I saw this movie around 1958 and I always wanted to see the gauges more clearly. They appear several times in the scene where the camera footage is being reviewed - sort of like their version of a black box. There are 6 gauges: Flux Density, Temperature (perhaps inside and outside, words not legible), Speed, Thrust, Altitude. Quatermass exclaimed how high the temperature was as the crew were being harmed by something. However, both temperature gauges show about the same readings then as before. In fact, one is a bit lower. Thrust is a bit higher, and Speed is much higher. It remains unclear where the ship went during this time. It was supposed to go 1500 miles up. You may also see a similarity with the 2001: Space Odyssey movie, where the awake crew member runs around a round treadmill, at one point being upside down. One of the crew here walks up a wall. People had a mindset that rocket ships would look like the ones in Chesley Bonestell's The Conquest of Space: tall, silver, pointy nose. I always wondered how they could land on an uneven foreign world with unknown soils. Reality: the Lunar landing module looked like a T-4 virus -- short, stubby, short legs sticking out, with a low center of gravity.

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Miss Havisham's birthday, 30 November 2012
9/10

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This is a question. Miss Havisham blocked out the outside world and did not want to know the time or day. How then did she know when her birthday was coming? Yes, her relatives show up then, but she said at one point (I believe) that it would be tomorrow.

With all the dust and mold it seems very unhealthy for the young girl or anyone else.

It seems that the convict took a big chance going to England - he has an appearance that is hard to mask. With the money he had, how hard could it have been to find a sneaky way out of the country. Did the 2 young men have to go through the routine of rowing each day when they felt they were being watched? England is an island, after all - money could buy a carriage and a boat. But unlikely coincidences are part of the author's style.


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