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Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 316

by cwsumner (#49192185) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Many of his books also featured communal living, with many people living together and freely sharing resources, and even sharing sexual partners. Usually this was not part of the main plot, but just happened to be the way the characters were living.

That was during the 60's and 70's, it was considered Liberal and Progressive. And Innovative. Also, it made good publicity, in the sense that there is no such thing as bad publicity for a productuion.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 316

by cwsumner (#49192161) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Try The Door into Summer. 30 year old engineer arranges for an 11/12 year old girl scout to fall in love with him, skirts the issue with some time travel shenanigans.

In Time Enough For Love, Lazarus Long adopts a young girl so he can raise and marry her later. Not, in fact, the only time his Lazarus Long character was involved with an underage female.

If you wait until they are of "legal age", I don't think that is pedophilia.

Comment: Re:Uprising? (Score 1) 316

by cwsumner (#49191957) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

... If you're planning on bringing a well known story to the screen, you want to make sure it's easily identifiable, which means keeping the title so people know what you're doing and what to expect. ...

Well, if they are going to leave out two thirds of the story to fit it into a movie, changing the name at least gives us fair warning.
I have to respect that, after what they did to Starshp Troopers and -didn't- change the title!

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 1) 316

by cwsumner (#49191923) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I've also felt the same way, Citizen of the Galaxy is one of my favorite Heinlein books (as is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress) and both would make good movies if you could get a good screen writer that doesn't mess too much with the theme and characters and tries to faithfully stick to the story. ...

Except that one of those books is three times the size of a movie and some of the later ones are much more. Even a miniseries might not be enough. Maybe a few seasons of weekly shows? ...

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 1) 316

by cwsumner (#49191893) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

His later books got more than a little bizarre and disturbing. Strange things seem to happen to aging SF writers.

Yes. He did get a bit old and grouchy. But I think he was also talking to some Physicists about Quantum theory, at a time when even the Physicists were scared of it!

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 316

by cwsumner (#49191649) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

You mis-read me. Verhoeven saw the book as an endorsement of the society in the book, and parodied it in his movie, since he saw it as such an awful book. Verhoeven has said as much in interviews.

A parody is not the original. In that case, they should have used a different title. The working title mentioned above was probably more fitting, considering they made a movie that was just a Hollywood horror flick.

My opinion is that the Hollywood "intellegencia" hated Heinlein so much, that they intentionally sabotaged the movie. Not even caring if it made any money. The investors should have sued them...

Comment: Re:I don't think Obama is really paying attention (Score 1) 532

That's like saying the KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, (insert dangerous cult here) aren't "real" Christians. ...

You are right, but still wrong in your conclusion.
I don't know about the JW, but the KKK and such are -just- like the IS bandits. And they are not real Christians because they go against everything Christ said. Just like IS does.

The Bible has a paragraph where God says "Vengence is mine." They think that gives them the right to take vengence. Wrong!
It should be read as: "Vengence is -mine-." As in, only God has the right to take vengence, -no one- else.

But criminals will seize on anything that they think will slow down the honest people... and they are indeed criminals.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 532

You need to read General Giap's book. He knew full well the North Vietnamese had not one hope in hell of beating the USA in a war. He said the war will be won on the streets of Washington DC, not in Vietnam. ...

More than you know...
The Russians and North Vietnamese had an active "fifth column" operation in the US to convince people to be anti-war and anti-South Vietnam. And it worked. You can even see the effects still today in the more rabid "liberals".
(Note that I put "liberals" in quotes, I used to consider myself Liberal, but not like that...)

Comment: Re:Yes the US lost the Vietnam war - get over it (Score 1) 532

... Really? Then explain why the Vietnam war ended with the fall of Saigon. The US did the largest air evacuation in history. That is not what you do when you have won a war. "North Vietnamese were powerless"? Don't make me laugh.

See the messages above, near mine. You have been listening to the wrong people. By the way, don't drink the coolaid they give you...

Comment: Re:Make it DARKER dammit. (Score 1) 232

by cwsumner (#49186129) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

... What would it take to get it back in line with TOS? Maybe a dose of optimism and belief in conquering great evils and striving for a greater society. Maybe it just isn't a widely held set of beliefs anymore ...

Maybe that is the key: conforming to prevailing beliefs, as opposed to showing needed beliefs.
The very definition of mediocre...

Comment: Re:"Hiding Things" (Score 1) 560

by cwsumner (#49182437) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

It's quite possible to make a clean, simple interface for a computer. They are called Application programs. The OS manufacturers don't know anything about them and should not be applying theory from them to the OS, which is different. i.e, A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and the OS manufacturers have little or no knowledge of Applications interfaces. (Thats why I have a job, to make up the lack.) 8-)

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