Saturday, January 31, 2015

Real Life "Safety Not Guaranteed"

Have you seen the movie Safety Not Guaranteed?  I'd never heard of it until I saw an ad for it on some other dvd I own, and it's a great movie.  I highly recommend it.  From IMDB:
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
The ad he placed read:
WANTED:  Someone to go back in time with me.  This is not a joke.  You'll get paid after we get back.  Must bring your own weapons.  I have only done this once before.  SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
I thought of that movie as I saw this interesting ad in Smithsonian Magazine:
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Of course I popped over to the web site, and here's what it says:
Very few people have been taught post-1950s?  The theory of relativity has been disproven?

It's an entertaining, if laborious, site to read.  Perhaps I should offer a reward to anyone who can explain the following, from the Foreword page:
Gravity is not circling the planets around the sun's equator from the disproved quantum gravity hypothesis.
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Safety Not Guaranteed was much better.


three of clubs said...

You must, of course, have read, Glory Road, by Heinlein, which begins with a similar trope.

Having never commented here before, though I read you regularly, let me, add...thanks.

Darren said...

Actually, I think the only Heinlein I've ever read was Stranger In A Strange Land, which went completely over my head.

Thanks for dropping by!

Anonymous said...

cool beans yo

Anonymous said...

Darren, Heinlein's juveniles are great, too (Space Cadet, Red Planet, Between Planets, ...). *I* think they hold up well and still enjoy re-reading them as an adult.

On the subject of "AP Theory" .... sigh. They even have a new approach to Chemistry: "The AP theory predicts a gas 'X' with an atomic weight of 0.689 will be discovered beyond the heliopause." An atomic weight of less than 1.0 is quite a trick, since 1.0 would be a nucleus with one proton and no electrons. Partial protons is quite some trick!

-Mark Roulo

Ellen K said...

I just finished "Long Earth" by Terry Pratchett-the originator of DiscWorld. It's an intriguing thought of endless earths. Plus "Step Day" was supposed to be in 2015.

Martian Chronicle
Good Omens
The Gods Themselves
Stranger in a Strange Land
And generally anything by Heinlein are all good bets.