Mindful Cyborgs is a new podcast (or internet radio show, if you will) hosted by Chris Dancy and me. The tagline is: “Contemplative living in the age of quantification, augmentation and acceleration.” In our first episode we talk about data exhaust, augmented dating, fractalnoia and more. You can listen to it or download it from Soundcloud or iTunes.
-Lexi Alexander didn’t really want to do a Punisher sequel, but there was a sense that doing a big Hollywood movie was something she needed to do.
-The first meeting was right after the Virginia Tech shooting, and the news showed a clip of the shooter’s bed room and he had a Punisher poster.
-Alexander put the meeting off until later, and the studio ended up picking Rounders director John Dahl.
-But Alexander ended up being tapped for the film again when Dahl asked for too much money.
-The way the studio actually talked her into doing the movie was by telling her that she would be the first woman to direct a major super hero adaptation and that she could serve as a role model for girls who want to direct action films.
-Alexander says she really does hope she can serve as a role model to show girls that they can grow up to direct films other than Lifetime movies.
-Alexander started by doing focus groups of Punisher comic fans and asked them what they disliked about the first two Punisher movies.
-Alexander says all the ways that Frank Castle ends up killing people come from the comics, except the bit where he blows up the parkour guys with a rocket launcher.
-She said she included that bit because people kept telling her not to include any parkour guys because parkour was being over done. She decided instead to include them, but have them get blown up.
And here’s a clip of the Punisher from Super Hero Squad on Cartoon Network, which was played in the podcast:
*Geometry on Acid: The category of Topological spaces and continuous maps.
* Tom has a silly putty reason for everything.
* The continuity of film.
* Did Xeno predict calculus?
* Ms. PacMan also loves donuts.
Above: Math for Primates co-host Nicholas Horton, who I have previously misidentified as a “professional weightlifter.” Nick says:
Oh, and while I’m deeply flattered, I’m not a “professional” weightlifter. I’m a competitive weightlifter and a weightlifting coach (that is, I coach other competitive weightlifters and athletes).
Sadly there is no money to be made in American weightlifting, so no matter how good you get (I’m not) you’ll always remain broke. Sure there’s a nice sense of continuity there. But, as such, none of us are allowed to use the prefix “professional” in any technical sense since no one is paying us.
It`s a little known fact that there was a 13th apostle, who like Jesus was a midget. His name was Edgar and Jesus used to stand on his shoulder`s so that you could only see Edgar’s feet. That way Jesus looked tall and noble. Sadly Jesus never mentioned Edgar in his teachings because he was jealous of the time that this smoking hot whore called Mary washed Edgar`s feet with her hair thinking they in fact belonged to Jesus.