- Via John Scalzi, fantastic nostalgia news: the full run of Carl Sagan's exceptional Cosmos series is now available for free on Hulu. Maybe I will understand more of it this time through.
- I'm sure the United States government's contractors have programmed the three rules of robotics with the same care they used to design the Osprey. Nonetheless, this headless mastiff robot creeps me the hell out. After I watched the part where the guy tried to kick it over and it righted itself, I wanted to hide under my bed.
- When you think about the alternative drafts for the end of Blade Runner by Hampton Fascher,
Roy Batty dies. (And instead of that awesome speech, his last line is, "Crap.") Deckard drags himself to his car and goes home to find Rachael. They get in Deckard's car and drive out to the countryside, while Deckard's voiceover talks about how they had a lovely day and he taught her a song about monkeys and elephants. And then Deckard takes her out in the snow and shoots her in the head. If he hadn't done it himself, they would have done it, his voice-over explains. But now Deckard can't go back to the city, and he's no longer sure what's really real. Maybe nothing is. He drives off. The end.
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