Last night I took advantage of our new Netflix subscription to watch the movie Paprika. After the reviews I heard on the ExtraLife Radio Podcast I decided I wanted to see this one. I generally don’t do subtitled movies, but I didn’t know it was subtitled until after it started, and I was too lazy to stop it.
Here’s how Netflix describes the story: “In this cautionary anime tale, reality and the dream world are on a collision course after a DC-Mini — an experimental device that can record dreams — is stolen from a psychiatric research facility. When the thief begins intertwining the patients’ nightmares with the staff’s dreams, it’s clear that the DC-Mini has fallen into dangerous hands. Can Dr. Atsuko Chiba and her alter ego, a sprightly avatar named Paprika, stop the madness?”
The movie takes you in and out of a series of bizarre and disturbing recurring dreams which eventually merge together. The whole thing plays out like a 90 minute acid trip. I gave it 3 of 5 stars in Netflix. I enjoyed it, but I’m very unlikely to watch it again.
This year we will celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, and 400 years of the telescope, Galileo Galilei’s first discoveries, and Johannes Kepler’s description of the fundamental laws of planetary motion. Wow.
Everyone Has a Cause
It seems for every problem you can imagine, and many most of us would have never thought of, there is a movement. The newest one I’ve come across is Light Pollution. Yup, that’s right. Now I’m not passing any judgment on this, it just kind of caught me off guard. I mean, who knew? But if you read what they have to say about it they present a pretty good case for shutting off unneeded lights at night, or at least making sure they are pointed towards the ground where they are useful to us.