2016 in review, sans Politics

2016 is almost over. John Oliver hit the political side quite well. I won’t jump on the ‘F*ck You 2016’ bandwagon, because 2016 is also the year that I became a father. I had a pretty good year. Instead, let’s have a look at some of the entertainment that 2016 has brought.

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A Christmas Carol: the redemption plot

ChristmasCharles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a story about the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge. It has become a staple of Christmas for the English speaking world. It’s also one of the most well-known – if not the most well-known – example of the redemption plot.

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Picking apart Faramir in the Two Towers movie

FaramirDid you see Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers in a theater when it came out nearly fifteen years ago?  I did. When I first saw it, I found the character Faramir poorly done. Then the extended edition came out, and changed all that.

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The light barrier

light barrierThe light barrier is a big hurdle to interstellar travel. The maximum speed of the universe is the light speed. At that speed, even the nearest star to us is over four years away. That really puts a barrier between us and our interstellar ambitions. I’ll try to explain how this barrier works.

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