December 2016 news

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created: 3 December 2016; modified: 08 Oct 2017; status: finished; confidence: log; importance: 0

This is the December 2016 edition of the gwern.net newsletter; previous, November 2016 (archives). This is a summary of the revision-history RSS feed, overlapping with my Changelog & Google+; brought to you by my donors on Patreon.

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Writings

Media

Film/TV

Live-action:

  • A Beautiful Planet (saw in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum: glorious long shots panning over the Earth from the ISS presented in IMAX 3D. Wallpapers cannot compare, and 3D for once serves its purpose of creating presence & making one feel like one is in the cramped submarine-like confines of the ISS. The ISS unavoidably feels fake in normal photos and videos, but taking a 3D camera-rig’s perspective and floating slowly through the ISS modules or on spacewalks, I finally felt like it was a real place. The biggest flaw is the narration by Jennifer Lawrence, who in attempting gravitas, comes off as almost histrionic & incomprehensible due to sheer levels of obnoxious vocal fry.)
  • Florence Foster Jenkins (A very improbable-sounding plot, but it works and is moving, offering rewards beyond cringe-humor and the usual watching Hollywood recreate the 1940s. I checked WP on the original person, and was amazed how close the film hews to history and how few & reasonable liberties it took with events.)
  • The Sound of Music
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Going Clear (Scientology expose; one can learn much more about Scientology online reading articles like The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology, and this documentary is no substitute for them or for books like Bare-Faced Messiah: A Biography of L. Ron Hubbard, but benefits from the use of archival footage - it definitely adds something to see footage of Hubbard himself and especially David Miscavige, to put faces & voices to the quotes & facts)

Animated:

Music

Touhou:

Vocaloid:

  • God-Tier Tune (Miku; おにゅうP; 初音ミク-Project DIVA-F Complete Collection {2013}) [Jpop]
  • ぼくも屑だから (Miku+PinocchioP; PinocchioP; It’s Matsuri, Hey Come On! {2015}) [electronic] (original)