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Out of the Blue

My bro and I got to do some hard labor in the heat yesterday, as a tree had fallen on our dad's old country house, and a drainage ditch needed clearing so it could resume its role protecting the house. Then last night MrsBlue and I finally followed through on our plan to watch the 1967 version of Casino Royale, a Peter Sellers/Woody Allen spoof of the spy genre. I saw this years ago, but remembered few details amid the impression it was one of those "madcap" comedies that they made lots of in the 1960s. In the end, if I had to do one or the other again, I think I would rather repeat the drive to the country and do all the climbing, chain-sawing, log hauling and leaf-clearing in the hot sun than sit in the air conditioning and watch that movie again. Even with the whole "madcap" thing, never have I seen a more blatant disregard for storytelling in a movie, and reading the Wikipedia article on why it turned out like it makes me think someone needs to make a movie about the making of this movie.

Madcap Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Bug Rampage.
Science: Mysterious radio bursts come from outside our galaxy.
UK expands search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Media: How World War Zs VFX crew used AI to create the zombie swarm. Thanks nin.
My dad sprayed the bird feeder poles with WD-40 to stop the squirrels from climbing them.
Follow-Up: US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct. Thanks HARDOCP.

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4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2013, 19:28 1badmf
 
Creston wrote on Jul 7, 2013, 14:20:
A railgun that can fire at targets 200 miles away? Wouldn't the curvature of the earth get in the way? (not to mention the coriolis effect) I guess they could take a ballistic trajectory to get there, but then it kinda becomes useless against moving targets, even at mach 7.

Creston

they can use aircraft to spot. also, the shells can have guidance systems. we already have smart artillery shells. not to mention, it would be a gamechanger in shore bombardment. even the iowa class can only reach about 25 miles inland. 200 makes something like 70% of the world's population viable targets.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2013, 16:34 Cutter
 
Creston wrote on Jul 7, 2013, 14:20:
A railgun that can fire at targets 200 miles away? Wouldn't the curvature of the earth get in the way? (not to mention the coriolis effect) I guess they could take a ballistic trajectory to get there, but then it kinda becomes useless against moving targets, even at mach 7.

Creston

Clearly they're using teh aimbot hax!
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2013, 14:20 Creston
 
A railgun that can fire at targets 200 miles away? Wouldn't the curvature of the earth get in the way? (not to mention the coriolis effect) I guess they could take a ballistic trajectory to get there, but then it kinda becomes useless against moving targets, even at mach 7.

Creston
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2013, 11:56 nin
 
In the end, if I had to do one or the other again, I thing I would rather repeat the drive to the country and do all the climbing, chain-sawing, log hauling and leaf-clearing in the hot sun than sit in the air conditioning and watch that movie again.

I find that most of the time, alcohol can make a bad movie at least tolerable. But not always!

 
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