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Coping strategies for the modern world

Just watched the trailer for Star Trek Beyond. New life rule: as long as I consider these movies as belonging to an "action heroes in space" franchise that just happens to share its name with my much-beloved "nerds in space" franchise (isn't that a weird coincidence?), I'm a much happier person.

Speaking of things that make me happier, here are some conceptual renderings of an hypothetical 102-stories luxury residential tower in Manhattan. Now, in general terms I think the way the hyper-wealthy spend their money is becoming more and more irritating as they accumulate more of it (the tastelessness, the inhumanity, the lack of originality, the sheer megalomania... as a 90's IT person, I can't believe Bill Gates is the golden standard for moderately human use of ridiculous wealth). But this tower looks weirdly and unashamedly ominous, as opposed to the usual bland tastelessness of most luxury developments, and that's something I can get behind.

Doing good things with money should come first. But failing that, at least do things well.

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maajaml
Dec. 14th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
Star Trek 3 looks really fun and exciting. I don't know anything about the show canon though.
__marcelo
Dec. 14th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Probably the best way to enjoy the movie! The movies aren't cinematic masterpieces by any means, but I think the main reason why I disliked them is that their spirit is so very different from that of the shows; characters share names and some characteristics, but others have changed a lot, and that's kind of jarring if you grew up with them.
lexin
Dec. 14th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
That tower...if you're going to look like a super-rich mega-villain, at least do the thing right.
__marcelo
Dec. 15th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
Very much so. It's good to know that at least some of our heartless overlords have at least retained a modicum of style.
oflittlefaith
Dec. 15th, 2015 06:43 am (UTC)

After Into Darkness, I have zero interest in seeing anything further in this reboot. I was, in fact, angered enough by it that it retroactively ruined the enjoyment I had derived from the first movie. Additionally,  J.J. Abrams has burned whatever credit he had with me, such that I don't want to see the new Star Wars.


I just can't sit through another one of these things. Part of me feels happier having given up on these franchises. The rest of me is just tired of it all.

__marcelo
Dec. 15th, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
I can certainly relate.
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