Immortality, Philosophy, and ‘Her’

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The Spike Jonze film “raises two questions that have long preoccupied philosophers. Are nonbiological creatures like Samantha capable of consciousness – at least in theory, if not yet in practice? And if so, does that mean that we humans might one day be able to upload our own minds to computers, perhaps to join Samantha in being untethered from ‘a body that’s inevitably going to die’?”

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Oscar-Nominated Doc About Indonesia’s Mass Murders Fails To Stir Up Indonesia

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Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, about the killing of half a million people following a failed 1965 coup against Suharto, has won a slew of awards and lots of attention seemingly everywhere but Indonesia, where even the Oscar nomination was largely ignored. (The massacres are still an extremely sensitive subject there.)

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Why The Razzies Are A Joke Past Its Prime

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“Uproarious disasters and offbeat passion projects are lumped in with the bland and forgettable, with precedence given to nominees who are famous, attractive and/or rich. (In that respect, the Razzies is notably shallower than the ceremonies it supposedly sends up.)”

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How The Oscars Logistics Work

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“How those envelopes end up in those briefcases, how the ballots are counted, how they get transported to the ceremony via not just one clandestine route but two different routes — it’s all part of a security system so impregnable, not even the NSA could hack it.”

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Here’s The New York Times’ Oscars Live Blog

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It’s far from the only live blog, but here’s one option for “real-time fashion highlights, interviews from the red carpet and backstage, live commentary during the telecast, reviews of the night’s best and worst looks and star turns, video, photos, social media features and more.”

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Amazon Can Bury Your Novel, Unless You Pay Up

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“I don’t know if my publisher, Little, Brown, has given Amazon a white envelope thick with green bills, but in recent weeks my novel has distanced itself from Sweet Valley High (‘What do you mean you broke up with Scott!’). Now, whenever you search for the book, you’ll find its company more appropriate.”

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