The Weekly Ansible

Apr 16

Movies to See in the Lead Up to Godzilla in May -

Everything You Need to Know About the New Godzilla Movie -

Hey folks, my article for a website I’m writing for. Don’t have the Ansible up and running these days…hopefully I will again soon.

Aug 21

Seabozu: the angsty self-aware monster of the dead

themonstervault:

Monsters are tragic beings; they are born too tall, too strong, too heavy, they are not evil by choice. That is their tragedy"-Ishiro Honda

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Seabozu is an odd monster to begin with for the Vault, but I’ve chosen him because he embodies the meeting of the camp aspects of monster films and the more serious side.

Appearing in an episode 35 of the original Ultraman series titled, “The Monster Graveyard,” the kaiju Seabozu is unlike any other being faced by Ultraman. The Science Patrol (the protagonists in this procedural show) stumble on the Monster Graveyard while taking a stroll through space and are informed that it is the home of all the kaiju dispatched by Ultraman. It’s a distorted region in space-time we are later told, and the souls of the kaiju go to this realm where their bodies are then reconstituted and they live in a state of perpetual…peace? Bliss? Confusion? It’s unclear, except that Seabozu is content being there.

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Aug 17

(Source: mandalorianmerc, via gobigorgoextinct)

(Source: bpretentious, via kaijucast)

Aug 16

Jase’s 10 Favorite Sci-Fi Novels

These are my favorites, not necessarily “the best” or anything like that. If I had to teach a class, these would form the core curriculum. Yes I know a lot of old classics are missing, I might could add The Time Machine, I, Robot and Stranger in a Strange Land…but sci-fi after the impact of the social movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s remains the best kind of sci-fi, in my opinion. Enjoy! Alternate lists are welcome.

 

Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) by Marge Piercy

This book has had more of an impact on me than perhaps any other. Its compelling vision of an existing egalitarian society that is distinctly non-utopian and still engaged in open warfare with a residual class civilization is incredibly compelling. The characters are easy to fall in love with, particularly as they exhibit traits of a liberated people who love each other, but are still flawed like real human beings.

The replacement of gender pronouns with “person” seems to add a good dose of dignity to human discourse, and the blending of gender identities into an almost trans-normativity gives one a sense of what a society without a regulative heteronormativity would be like, particularly in regards to immediate gender presentation (clothes, hair, ways of comporting one’s body, etc.). The fact that everyone is engaged in some kind of scientific, artistic or other useful, beautiful and essential labor gives us a nice picture of what work could really be like if it was organized democratically. Furthermore, the move from urban to quasi-rural civilization, based around communities with a  proper metabolic balance with their environment is unmatched in terms of its simplicity and believability.

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Aug 12

gwapisimo asked: Now I really will go see Elysium. Yes, it is disappointing with another white male in the lead, but if that compromise had to be made then Matt Damon's one of the most acceptable actors for it (certainly not Tom Cruise in Oblivion). Thank you for taking the time to review the movie.

THANKS FOR READING IT! :)

"Elysium": A Working Class Fantasy | Solidarity -

A review of Elysium by me. Read!

Aug 07

On the “al-qaeda conference call” compared to “a meeting of the Legion of Doom” by one unnamed “intelligence” officer, I have actually acquired the transcript through my “unnamed” source in the “intelligence” community. Here is the beginning of the meeting: Caller 1: “Who is facilitating this meeting?” Caller 2: “Nobody, I just figured we could manage it informally.” Caller 3: “You’ve gotta be fuckin’ kiddin m-“ Caller 1: “OK I’ll facilitate…” Caller 4: “Power grab much Ayman?” Caller ?: *BEEP* BLOOP* BEEP* Caller 1: “Dammit, whoever can’t find your mute button get on that fast, we can hear everything you are doing!” Caller 2: “How long are we going on this thing? I’ve got to catch up on Lost tonight…” Caller 3: “LOST?! ‘Catch up’? Dude it’s a completed show. You can finish it literally anytime…” Caller ?: *BEEP* BLOOP* BEEP* Caller 1: “Point of process, who has the agenda?” Caller 2: “We all thought you did, Ayman.” Caller 1: “Dammit…ugh OK I’ll just wing it.”

On the “al-qaeda conference call” compared to “a meeting of the Legion of Doom” by one unnamed “intelligence” officer, I have actually acquired the transcript through my “unnamed” source in the “intelligence” community. Here is the beginning of the meeting:

Caller 1: “Who is facilitating this meeting?”
Caller 2: “Nobody, I just figured we could manage it informally.”
Caller 3: “You’ve gotta be fuckin’ kiddin m-“
Caller 1: “OK I’ll facilitate…”
Caller 4: “Power grab much Ayman?”
Caller ?: *BEEP* BLOOP* BEEP*
Caller 1: “Dammit, whoever can’t find your mute button get on that fast, we can hear everything you are doing!”
Caller 2: “How long are we going on this thing? I’ve got to catch up on Lost tonight…”
Caller 3: “LOST?! ‘Catch up’? Dude it’s a completed show. You can finish it literally anytime…”
Caller ?: *BEEP* BLOOP* BEEP*
Caller 1: “Point of process, who has the agenda?”
Caller 2: “We all thought you did, Ayman.”
Caller 1: “Dammit…ugh OK I’ll just wing it.”

Thor…

Thor…

Don’t forget Commissioner Gordan!!!

Don’t forget Commissioner Gordan!!!

Aug 06

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Aug 05

My kinda Superman…

My kinda Superman…