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    ...running late, running late...

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    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2011 edited
    NEW QUESTION: #ThatFreakingSciFiMovie

    I'm trying to find a Science Fiction movie from about twenty years back. I watched half an hour of it on TV and hazily read parts of a Wikipedia article.

    Group of people stuck in Virtual Reality
    Artificial Inelegance views the people
    Intelligence does not understand the groups actions in one way or another

    Lead character kills members of the group to escape the Intelligence
    Lead and remaining character is placed in some form of gel bubble to prevent harm

    It had recurring panels that had inconsequential significance BUT are a form of obsolete mechanical/electronic alphabet. I cant find the name of it, but the coding is a vertical line of one to five(ish) dots, each line a different letter and stacked across to make a word or sentence. Something like this:
    dots alphabet

    I SWEAR TO GOD THIS EXISTS. Trying to find it is driving me crazy. No joke. Nights of sleep have been lost.
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2011

    Need more to go on, high or low quality?
  2.  (10293.4)
    NEW Question:#Changing Career. Though this might belong more in the "Open Mic" Thread. Personal thing going on.

    So after five years of college, I FUCKING hate my degree. I told my mother before I graduated, that it felt like the girlfriend I haven't broken up with yet.

    She responded with the usual, "Well shit happens, I don't know what to do. So just enjoy the rest of your pitiful life."

    "Really, woman-who-gave-birth-to-me?"

    "Whatever maggot spawn. This is too personal and deep, and I'm not in the bloody mood. So let it sit like another elephant between us."

    Then after months of not nailing anything down, I decided to try and change my life. The main bulk of this is: I want to be creative. I like see oddities on Whitechapel, hearing strange noises that Warren's found, and love seeing what other fellow whitechaplers do for a living. I am by no means an artist, tried to do art in college and only got by because my then-girlfriend helped me. I love film. When I was in Art I, I was given a project to watch certain artistic directors, and instantly fell in love with Stanley Kubrick. I collected films (before monetary reasons stopped that), go to imdb all the time, analyze movies I've seen, I am obsessed with that magic medium. My aunt suggested that I could go back and get a master's in film, or do marketing.

    But, the family sees no future in it. While others create their dreams, I am left with something else. The very thought of not being creative in the future, leaves me in a dark despair of not wanting to go on. I want validation from my mother (the no.1 person in my life, who trust as a guide), but I can't seem to get through to her brain, and speak to her as a human being.

    As of now: I work for eight dollars an hour Monday through Wednesday,and on Thursdays and Fridays I work for free at a US Senator's office, and have given up on the idea of being a lawyer.

    I don't what I need from you Whitechapel. Words of encouragement are good, but how have you lot done with something like this in your lives? If so, please share.
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2011 edited
    @Beamish #TFSFM

    Half decent budget i think, a step or two above the 'cult classic'. At least for anything made twenty odd years ago.

    Another odd thing i remember about it. It had recurring panels that had inconsequential significance BUT are a form of obsolete omechanical/electronic alphabet. I cant find the name of it, but the coding is a vertical line of one to five(ish) dots, each line a different letter and stacked across to make a word or sentence. Something like this:
    dot alphabet

    EDIT: Added to original question
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2011

    Lawnmower Man?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2011

    Ask here, someone in the TV Tropes Hive Mind will probably know it.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2011

    It sounds very much like an adaptation of Harlan Ellison's "I Have No mouth and I must Scream".

    But according to Wikipedia while IHNMBIMS has been adapted into a radio play; a comci and an audio-book it's never been done as a movie.
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2011

    @Kosmopolit YES. Exactly right. 'I Have No mouth and I must Scream'.

    But there was no such movie... That is strange... Uhhhh... I think that this is a case of fabricated memory...?
    Come to think of it, I was trying to find this after thinking of and trying to rediscover similar Science Fiction movies. Most notably eXistenZ.

    Either way, thank you Whitechapel!
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2011
    It initially reminded me of Cube - except in that the code was different and they were in a real not simulated prison.
  3.  (10293.11)

    There was a video game adaption of IHNMBIMS. IIRC it was very FMV heavy, being released in the early days of the CD-ROM. You may have played it (or seen someone else play it) and your brain transmogrified it into a movie.
  4.  (10293.12)
    Kosmopolit -- Cube was the first thing I thought of too but I could tell that wasn't it.
  5.  (10293.13)
    #ChangingCarreer @SovRock I have a lot of friends in the film industry and you'd pretty much have to be willing to start at the bottom. That means unpaid intern/minimum wage abuse monkey. Expect long hours and low pay for quite a while. Also, depending on where you are, your opportunities are probably pretty limited.

    The good news, if you're a good little slave, it is a very incestuous industry where people hire their friends, so eventually, you can get some pretty steady work (still obscenely long hours). If you last long enough, and that's really the key to success, you can make some good money. But you need to make sure you're setting some aside since it is also not unheard of to go months between jobs in the lean times. Also, unless you're in a union, you won't get insurance or any sort of retirement benefits, so you'll need to budget for that.

    Really, it's best to know what in the industry you want to do so you can try and target jobs that work toward that (at first, you'll have to take what you can get just to meet people). Of course working as a PA allows you to see a lot of what's going on and that might help you decide.

    If your city has a film office, you might try and find work there since that's one of the places out of town productions will go to find workers.

    I'd need to know more about what specifically you want to do to know if there is any actual help I can provide. Feel free to e-mail me at mike@<my WC ID>.com I might be able to put you in touch with people who actually do whatever, who can provide better advice.
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    New question, under the awkward tag: #NaziScience

    For story purposes, I need some quasi-convincing Science gubbins in which a bunch of Neo-Nazis develop a chemical/genetic/allele/blood/whatever-test, in order to determine a person's "Jewishness"...

    Before you say: I know, I know, that's broadly a meaningless distinction in any biological sense. I'm simply wondering if (as with other communities which have historically maintained close-knit exclusivity-of-marriage ideals) there are any chemical markers, alleles, phenotypes, whatever, which would tend to suggest ancestral descent from this or that Jewish primogenitor family. (As nebulous a concept as that is.) Even if the science has been summarily disproven (in fact, it's even better for story purposes if it *has* been discredited), has any such test ever been proposed? What would said NeoNazis be looking for?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2011

    Only on WC would I be answering this kind of hashtag...

    I know that particular groups of individuals have very specific genetic markers. For instance I recently had my own genetic work-up did and they were able to identify that my father's background came from a very small subset of genes based largely out of the Balkans. I don't know if people of particular Jewish backgrounds have similar genetic markers but there you go.

    If you want a study that is both easily disproven and even ridiculous you could go with a take on the "measuring physical features to determine X about a person", like how they used to try to measure various dimensions of the head and face for criminal tendencies, and combine it with stereotypical physical traits that Jews are supposed to have.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2011 edited

    Far as I know, not even a pseudoscience has come up with a proposal for a 100% sure fire way of determining "Jewishness". Robert Pollack, a biologist, wrote an article on the overall idea called The Fallacy of Biological Judaism -
    The ideas were popularized early by people like Linné (Linaeus in Latin) and Cuvier, but as far as genetic testing for racial commonalities I don't really know any.

    If anyone can read Gothic German, maybe take a gander at Ludwig Clauss' "Rasse Und Seele" (Race and Soul) that was used as a textbook for differntiating between the "races". That could have some references to weird biological and genetic markers.

    (I only had one semester of Science History so we never really covered this. I can tell you a bit about Cuvier and Linné, if you want. I'd say, you should ask a biologist, but as mentioned - there's no genetic commonality that's exclusive for as wide-spread a culture as Judaism, so you'd need to talk to someone who was specifically interested in biology's historical context more than actual, current biology.)
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    #NaziScience - Si, while it's not for 100% of all Jews, the Cohen modal haplotype would get you a subset.

    Not that I've ever used that knowledge for similar story purposes or anything.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2011

    If you want to, you could probably combine the Cohen modal haplotype with a little of Francis Galton (founder of eugenics) and Joseph Jacobs' (a Jewish scientist) composite photograph of a "Jewish Type" along with the idea of gemmules (1800's pseudo-science idea of hereditary abilities carried in the bloodstream).
    • CommentAuthorSqwrln
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2011 edited

    Yo, Alex here.

    Perhaps you could play with Tay-Sachs disease: Wikipedia (which has some genetic basis of which I know nothing).

    Two semi-random links:
    Big list of Pubmed articles
    One possibly useful abstract
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    Does anyone here perhaps know a good (and FREE) program for making #screenshots?

    I know I can press Print Screen and then paste the thing into Paint or somesuch but it's such a tedious and slow process when you have to do tons of these.

    I'll be grabbing lots of reference pics for locations off various youtube vids, old movies, wiki articles, ebooks (pics + text), things in flash etc. for my future comics (not for tracing though!) so I need something that's swift and effective, preferably just grabs whatever I "print screen" and save it to a folder with time + date.