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Dec
13
comment Geometric figures in the corner of TV shows—why were they there?
@Richard: Thank you, but I'm pretty sure that's not it. First, it was not on live shows, but on recorded shows. Second, those shows/movies had no ad breaks, and back then the closing credits were shown in full in German TV, giving more than enough cue when the show was over. Also those cue dots seem to stay for quite a long time (and are animated), while those figures I'm speaking about immediately disappeared again.
Oct
25
comment old parody about sperm
Here's the relevant part of the movie @steelerfan mentioned: youtube.com/watch?v=dh4LikiGBrQ (the sperms appear close to the middle of that clip) — is that what you remember?
Oct
17
comment How realistic was Robinson Crusoe on Mars when it came out?
@AndrewThompson: On the other hand, IIRC the only life forms he encounters on Mars are (1) visitors from another planet, and (2) some plants (which might not be originally from Mars, but also be brought there by those other visitors).
May
3
comment Why was the Avengers movie called something different in the UK?
@DisgruntledGoat: There is also a movie from 1998 based on the TV series, also titled The Avengers.
Mar
9
comment Why do the pirates have white teeth?
Is there any evidence that real pirates generally had rotten teeth?
May
1
comment A movie with a spacechip whose crew contained robots disguised as humans
Thank you, that sounds like it is the right movie (and it shows how much the right search terms matter; I did search with different keywords — don't remember which — without success).
Apr
12
comment Sound of a next scene starts one moment earlier than video
Just a wild guess: Make the scene change less abrupt.
Mar
31
comment What is the significance of the silver goo in the Matrix?
From "Through the Looking Glass": And certainly the glass was beginning to melt away, just like a bright silvery mist. Source
Sep
19
comment Is there any (real-world) significance to the numbers 28:06:42:12?
The movie story happens in about 28 days, and the movie was shot in 28 days. So the movie was effectively shot in real time.
Sep
12
comment What operating system does Tony Stark use on his office desktop?
From the pictures, I'd say it's inspired by OS X.
Aug
24
comment Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?
After that comic, I'm sure one of the passwords every cracker checks first will be "correct horse battery staple" :-)
Aug
24
comment Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?
Another point: Many sites allow to set a new password by having the site send you a confirmation email, under the assumption that only you can read your email. Thus as soon as someone can access your email account, he can break into all accounts with such a password protection scheme.
Aug
24
comment Why do the aliens see things as green or red?
@LaurentPireyn: Think of cattle. Traditionally they are both a food source (beef is one of the dominant meat types!) and a working animal (not in our mechanized agriculture, but the standard for any old time peasant who couldn't afford a horse).
Jul
3
comment Were any non-CGI movies shot in their entirety though a colored lens/filter?
I guess non-CGI colouring would be as simple as using coloured light when copying. One disadvantage would be that the coloured master then already is a copy, which means slightly less quality.
Jul
1
comment Why was Kurosawa the first director to shoot the sun?
"It was even thought that the sun’s rays shining directly into your lens would burn the film in your camera." That's at least a perceived technical obstacle.
Jul
1
comment A.I. dies and makes all phones on Earth ring in unison at the end
Probably the "all phones" ringing memory came from the fact that the computer electrocuted itself using a phone call (and before there were other phone calls arriving). Actually when reading the description I remembered having seen that movie (but wouldn't have been able to tell the title, but your answer was already there anyway). But strange, in my memory the graphics on the computer screen was far more advanced ... maybe it's because the graphics on the real computers I've seen at that time wasn't too advanced either :-)
Jul
1
comment Movie with a cat and an anti-smoking organisation?
Sorry for confusing; but this is indeed the movie I meant. Now knowing the title, I've found that it is on Youtube and watched the beginning to be sure (unfortunately the image quality is not good enough to identify what is in the jacket ... but as he says "then we give up" before opening the jacket — a detail I didn't remember —, I guess it's a weapon).
Jul
1
comment Why was Kurosawa the first director to shoot the sun?
Googling around I've found that 1948 a less flammable celluloid film stock acceptable for movie producers was introduced. Given that Rashomon was made just two years later, this supports the hypothesis that the fear of igniting the film might have played a role. Unfortunately I couldn't find any information about what type of film stock Rashomon was filmed on.
Jun
28
comment Why was Kurosawa the first director to shoot the sun?
Given that celluloid is easily flammable, and that the focal image of the sun can be used to ignite stuff, I could also imagine that the sun was avoided before in fear of igniting the film.
Jun
14
comment Are there specific plot inconsistencies in The Matrix Trilogy?
Indeed, the hypothesis that the "real world" is just another level of the matrix would be the only reasonable explanation why Neo could gain powers in the "real world" at the end of Matrix 2. Actually that's exactly what I thought would be the explanation when I saw that scene, and that Neo suddenly got those powers because he realized he's still in the Matrix. I expected Matrix 3 to be about him leaving that level of the Matrix, too (with again some completely different world waiting for him).