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Comment: Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (Score 1) 187

by aevan (#48167123) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies
This. So very much this.

Formula is formula because it's proven to work. If audiences truly were wanting something different, they'd be in the indie festivals, at the small off-beat theaters, or happily watching things with subtitles and so forth. Instead (it seems) they just want fast hard simple plots with lots of explosions and beautiful people. Or infantile fart jokes. Hollywood just sees 'everyone is wanting Super Heroes, we'll make Variation #245 on SuperHero Plotmachine'. "This year is fairy tales. What can we remake/reimage next?'

I just get annoyed when they remake a movie or such that isn't even 5 years old.

Comment: Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (Score 1) 187

by aevan (#48167083) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies
Depending on your definition of original. Frozen has strong elements from The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. I wouldn't go as far as some and claim it's a ripoff, but the inspiration is clearly there (it robbed me of a lot of outrage, I had been planning to lambast them for another 'theft we will claim is original then copyright for eternity'... but was pleasantly surprised).

Comment: Re:Its not about intelligence (Score 2) 481

by aevan (#48065285) Attached to: Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?
I'm saying that in some cultures that had food issues, and may still have food issues, that which can be used and consumed will be used and consumed. Wasn't that how why got dogs in the first place? Protection, hunting, work, and in a pinch, rations. It's only when you suddenly have abundance that you can start being subjectively selective. When you then start trumping up artificial boundary conditions on what is acceptable and not, you have absolutely no place to admonish those whose culture didn't suddenly decide that it's not ethically edible but instead selected other things as their 'sacred cow'. Especially when those convictions are ONLY because you can afford not to, and will be sacrificed the moment it's not convenient.

Don't often hear about sea kittens at a coastal city, or farming's more young urbanites for whom the only exposure to an animal is the family pet, and their 'hunting gathering' is limited to supermarket sales.

Buuut if you want to believe we can turn all of the poorer parts of asian, south american, africa, and even our own less affluent areas into pill-supplement-popping balanced vegan all means continue to think that. Personally I see no real difference in eating horse, cow, pig, whale, dog or rabbit (that said, I don't eat any of the previous). Now if you want to argue ethics in raising said creatures, methods to kill, etc...then yes, I'll say we have room for improvement there (vastly in some cases).

As for the biology lesson, I'd imagine we'd have evolved a different dental structure, a different digestive system (one more optimised) and wouldn't have to actually plan out our diet so exotically if we were meant to be plant-only. No other animal that I'm aware of would need a laundry list of things to stay healthy on a vegan diet. Herbivores could continually graze on local flora, carnivores opportunistically hunt local fauna. Guess that leaves omnivores for us...

Comment: Re:Its not about intelligence (Score 4, Insightful) 481

by aevan (#48064689) Attached to: Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?
They all get eaten when you're hungry. Necessity is a damned fine seasoning. Would that it were capable to experiment with a thousand PETA supporters, starve them and their families, their children... but offer them roasted dog meat for their hunger. Pretty sure convictions would be put aside for a majority. Cuteness, intelligence, whatever...they are still the 'them' to our 'us' in the end.

Comment: Re:Babylon 5 Starfury (Score 2) 470

by aevan (#48014751) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles
Don't know if they kept it up consistently...but one of Andromeda's early eps had a battle on the viewscreen, and they wanted to rush in to help. Rommie interrupted with something close to "I'm sorry, but the battle is 5 light-minutes away. By the time we got this, it was already too late".

Another series that got it 'right' I think was Mugan no Ryvius. Ships in orbit had 'passes' where they could take shots at each other when their orbits 'lined up', but otherwise had an hour between volleys and such.

Comment: Re:And there's the reason why... (Score 2) 226

by aevan (#47950973) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware
...and then someone will capitalise on all those customers lost, and provide an alternate they can palate. ..then they will get too big, make a drastic change or such to lose their group.. and a new alternate will emerge. It's almost like it's happened before.

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields