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Comment: Re:Whew! I nearly funded that one... (Score 4, Funny) 366

by camperdave (#49799477) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent
Meanwhile, at Planetary Society's headquarters...

Well, Jason. What have you got to say?
Well, Mr Nye...
Doctor! It's Doctor Nye.
But I thought those were honourary degrees.
It is DOCTOR Nye. Say it! SAY IT!
Y..Yes. D..D..Doctor Nye.
So, what happened to our bird, Jason?
As you know, um... Doctor Nye... We used a kickstarter campaign to fund the satellite's development and testing.
Get to the point, Jason.
We ran out of funds. If we had one more donor, we would have been able to complete the final testing.
So we lost the satellite and now face public humiliation because one anonymous person was too cowardly to donate?
Yes. Um.. Doctor Nye. That's about the size of it.
Well, Jason. That fellow had best pray that he and I never cross paths. You may go.

Comment: Re:Five stars for.. (Score 1) 244

by camperdave (#49796275) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

It wasn't meant to.

It most certainly was meant to be part of the same universe. That's clear from the very title.

... you have to go back to another time. When the world was powered by the black fuel. And the desert sprouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now, swept away. For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war and touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel, they were nothing. They built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked. But nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled. The cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men.

On the roads it was a white-line nightmare. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice.

From the opening narration to Mad Max: The Road Warrior. It seems pretty clear that the world was starving for fuel.

Now granted, there may be a few places, like the oil refinery, that still have the capacity to produce fuel, but on the whole: "Gone now. Swept away."

Comment: Re:Five stars for.. (Score 1) 244

by camperdave (#49790855) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

Flamethrowers (in a fuel starved world, no less)

I think you're not watching the right movie. The Mad Max world is starved of a lot of things, especially water, but Guzonline is definitely not one of them. That's actually what they call it. It's about the only thing they have.

That doesn't square with The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome.

Things are not as simple as they seems at first. - Edward Thorp