is probably going onstage to do his feature right about… now.

Do good work, Ryk. I’m rooting for you.

The movie tonight? The Day After Tomorrow. Wildcatter climatologist saves visiting school group from being flash frozen in the New York Public Library.

The new Yorker in me wonders, why were they so unclear in their own minds about whether they’re holed up in the public library or Grand Central… the images are kinda inconsistent. Oh, well. Good film anyway.

is home from her conference. She’s tired but bubbly. I’m planning on seeing her Tuesday.

Meanwhile, I’m gonna hit the hay early tonight, and do T’ai chi in the morning.

4 comments

  1. Given that a night has passed, and I’ve already moved on to the “next thing” in my life, you haven’t spoiled my enjoyment of the movie. I’ll simply note that the building that they take shelter in when they go racing up the steps into the library is perpendicular to the street. But that the main branch of the New York Public Library actually is parallel to the street. Their long view down the street of the rushing flood of water, while spectacular, is impossible. Moreover, the NYPL is in fact a short building, and while there would be many, many books capable of being burned, 1) I don’t think it owns a Gutenberg Bible, and 2) most of its stacks are underground, and would therefore be in the flooded parts of the building. 3) Moreover, if a cargo ship could float up Fifth Avenue and get hung up on a bus, there probably would not be a floor above water in the entire structure, and Sam and his buddies would be sloshing around in their little hideyhole.

    So it was a good movie, on the scale of Excellent, Superior, Good, Fair, Poor, Bad. 🙂

    To be an EXCELLENT movie, it would have had to include the Sydney Opera House being engulfed, and Mexico and the third world refusing to open their borders even slightly during the crisis, and the sea level to drop significantly to accomodate all that extra ice in the northern hemisphere.

    But you know, for an evening when I HAVE to watch a film with the students, it was a good film. Usually the movies they show are something like “The Master of Disguises”, so this was an improvement.

  2. The Day After Tomorrow was a pretty film, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was “good”. There were so many spots where they could have done dramatic stuff with the story, but they didn’t (like the President’s chopper crashing).

    It was also faaaaaaar too American-centric for my tastes. While there was some mention of what’s happening in Europe, it was mostly glossed over (what exactly happened to those three Pommy weathermen at the remote station, and why wasn’t that drama played out to the end).

    There was also no mention whatsoever of what was happening in the Southern Hemisphere. A lot of the promotional posters for it down here had a tidal wave engulfing the Sydney Opera House, but I didn’t see anything like that in the movie. Ok, sure, it’s an American movie, but that kind of isolationist thinking shits me and ruins my enjoyment of such a film.

    These are, of course, just my opinions. So please don’t let them spoil your enjoyment of the movie 🙂

  3. The Day After Tomorrow was a pretty film, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was “good”. There were so many spots where they could have done dramatic stuff with the story, but they didn’t (like the President’s chopper crashing).

    It was also faaaaaaar too American-centric for my tastes. While there was some mention of what’s happening in Europe, it was mostly glossed over (what exactly happened to those three Pommy weathermen at the remote station, and why wasn’t that drama played out to the end).

    There was also no mention whatsoever of what was happening in the Southern Hemisphere. A lot of the promotional posters for it down here had a tidal wave engulfing the Sydney Opera House, but I didn’t see anything like that in the movie. Ok, sure, it’s an American movie, but that kind of isolationist thinking shits me and ruins my enjoyment of such a film.

    These are, of course, just my opinions. So please don’t let them spoil your enjoyment of the movie 🙂

    • Given that a night has passed, and I’ve already moved on to the “next thing” in my life, you haven’t spoiled my enjoyment of the movie. I’ll simply note that the building that they take shelter in when they go racing up the steps into the library is perpendicular to the street. But that the main branch of the New York Public Library actually is parallel to the street. Their long view down the street of the rushing flood of water, while spectacular, is impossible. Moreover, the NYPL is in fact a short building, and while there would be many, many books capable of being burned, 1) I don’t think it owns a Gutenberg Bible, and 2) most of its stacks are underground, and would therefore be in the flooded parts of the building. 3) Moreover, if a cargo ship could float up Fifth Avenue and get hung up on a bus, there probably would not be a floor above water in the entire structure, and Sam and his buddies would be sloshing around in their little hideyhole.

      So it was a good movie, on the scale of Excellent, Superior, Good, Fair, Poor, Bad. 🙂

      To be an EXCELLENT movie, it would have had to include the Sydney Opera House being engulfed, and Mexico and the third world refusing to open their borders even slightly during the crisis, and the sea level to drop significantly to accomodate all that extra ice in the northern hemisphere.

      But you know, for an evening when I HAVE to watch a film with the students, it was a good film. Usually the movies they show are something like “The Master of Disguises”, so this was an improvement.

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