Daily Archives:January 24th, 2006

8 o’clock shadow

BART platform

Thanks to my jetlag, I was up and about earlier than usual yesterday morning, as evidenced by the shadows on this section of a BART platform.

I was in San Francisco for a meeting and did some clothes shopping at the same time. I’ll be sure to wear some flowers in my hair, I thought, but it would be nice to wear something else as well.

I walked out of the store clutching my bag, crossed Market St in glorious sunshine, and my mobile rang. It was BA telling me they’d found my suitcase…

Bad movie physics

Rose and I have always been amused that cars in movies always explode if they fall off a precipice, or even roll down a somewhat small hill.

On the Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics page, there are a few more examples. Have you noticed that flashes and bangs from distant explosions tend to arrive at the same time? That bullets generate pleasing sparks when hitting things? These and other topics are discussed here. The site points out, for example, that if people hit by shotgun blasts were really blown off their feet and through the nearest window, the same thing would happen to the person holding the gun…

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