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SF/45 is history. Thanks to all involved. Here were the films shown (in order) MIRACLE MILE. FIEND WITHOUT A FACE. SPACEBALLS. MYSTERIOUS ISLAND w/Harryhausen's Daughter Vanessa In Person! 1920's DR. JEYKLL & MR. HYDE w/Jeff Rapsis Live Music! ALTERED STATES. Cronenberg's THE FLY. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. SECONDS. DIE MONSTER DIE. TARANTULA. FAST COLOR. SOYLENT GREEN. Add your suggestions using the link below. Also, there's a handy link to a filmmography of past events. Comments on this year's Selections? Post here:
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The Next Marathon will be held Presidents' Day Weekend 2020 at the Somerville Theater, Somerville Massachusetts.
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Reply #210 - Feb 9th, 2013 at 11:15am

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Firefighters sworn in on iPad Bible app after no one brought a Bible to the ceremony

Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/news/28422/firefighters-sworn-in-on-ipad-bible-app-afte...
http://www.tweaktown.com/news/28422/firefighters-sworn-in-on-ipad-bible-app-afte...

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I hope Siri behaved during the ceremony. Smiley
 

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Reply #211 - Feb 9th, 2013 at 1:40pm

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Time lapse photos from near my daughter's apartment.
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The snow hit at about the time that I would have been coming in for some fest and the Marathon.
Hence I won't be there.
Have fun.
 

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Reply #212 - Feb 9th, 2013 at 8:41pm

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pogo wrote on Feb 9th, 2013 at 1:40pm:
The snow hit at about the time that I would have been coming in for some fest and the Marathon.
Hence I won't be there.


     Aw, Gary: itll be mostly cleared up by next weekend!  No chance to reschedule?  Cry Cry Cry Cry

 

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Reply #213 - Feb 13th, 2013 at 8:24pm

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William Shatner says J.J. Abrams ‘has gone too far’ in taking over both ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’

"A certain "Star Trek" veteran feels that J.J. Abrams has indeed boldly gone where no man has gone before ... and not in a good way...."Star Trek Into Darkness" opens May 17. "Star Wars: Episode VII" will open some day."

Read the article and watch the teaser trailer for 'Star Trek Into Darkness':




 

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Reply #214 - Feb 13th, 2013 at 8:37pm

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R_F_Fineman wrote on Feb 13th, 2013 at 8:24pm:
William Shatner says J.J. Abrams ‘has gone too far’ in taking over both ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’

"A certain "Star Trek" veteran feels that J.J. Abrams has indeed boldly gone where no man has gone before ... and not in a good way...."Star Trek Into Darkness" opens May 17. "Star Wars: Episode VII" will open some day."

Read the article and watch the teaser trailer for 'Star Trek Into Darkness':






One of the funniest quotes has to be Shatner accusing Abrams of being a pig.  This coming from a guy who will do anything for money with a reputation for upstaging everyone.  I love the Captain and the various personas but Shatner the man, the jury is still out but I see movement in the jury room.  A dude who cannot believe that the franchise can go on without him or that there can be a second Kirk because after all......
 


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Reply #215 - Feb 19th, 2013 at 2:04pm

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Congress to discuss asteroids as a threat to Earth, won't involve Bruce Willis
Read more at

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No Bruce? Too right wing? How about Steve Buscemi? Wink
 

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Reply #216 - Feb 27th, 2013 at 1:46pm

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An i-o9 article: "Movies as barcodes"  links to a Tumblr page that displays famous films on a frame by frame color bar. A lot of our favorite sci-fi films are there.

http://io9.com/5986516/classic-sci+fi-films-represented-as-multicolored-barcodes

Dark City is, not surprisingly, dark:
http://moviebarcode.tumblr.com/post/35418812599/dark-city-1998

GATTACA, a personal favorite:

http://moviebarcode.tumblr.com/post/7010534683/gattaca-1997-prints
Note the occasional bright blue bands that break up the sepia and dark tones.

The complete list:
http://moviebarcode.tumblr.com/movie-index
 

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Reply #217 - Mar 9th, 2013 at 10:33am

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5 real robots that outperform humans


http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/5-real-robots-outperform-humans-22465679...

Or, as the man said, " Are you freaking out!" Shocked
 

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Reply #218 - Mar 19th, 2013 at 6:21pm

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Now You Can Watch this Lost Space Movie from the Dawn of World War II in Germany

Rocket Flight to the Moon, a film also known as Spaceship Number I Starts (Weltraumschiff I Startet), was made in 1938 by the Bavaria Film-Kunst. Since the Germans cancelled most of their science fiction films once the war began, the film that remains is only a short, 23-minute remnant, edited from scenes already filmed.


http://io9.com/now-you-can-watch-this-lost-space-movie-from-the-dawn-o-452605972


-The earthrise over the moon shot was a groundbreaker. One of my fondest childhood memories was seeing Apollo-8 live broadcast the same scene. -RF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njpWalYduU4
 

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Reply #219 - Mar 21st, 2013 at 8:06am

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Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised from Seafloor by Amazon CEO
By Robert Z. Pearlman | SPACE.com – 16 hrs ago.

"Long thought to be lost forever on the ocean floor, massive engines that launched astronauts to the moon more than 40 years ago have been recovered by a private expedition led by the founder of Amazon.com.

"We found so much," said Jeff Bezos, the online retailer's CEO, in an update posted Wednesday (March 20) on the Bezos Expeditions website. "We have seen an underwater wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program...."


Complete story:
http://news.yahoo.com/apollo-moon-rocket-engines-raised-seafloor-amazon-ceo-1909...

That'll look great on his coffee table. -RF Wink
 

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Reply #220 - Mar 23rd, 2013 at 4:40pm

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How many science-fiction films start out just like this...

NASA: Flash in East Coast sky likely a meteor


NEW YORK (AP) — East Coast residents were buzzing on social media sites and elsewhere Friday night after a brief but bright flash of light streaked across the early-evening sky —in what experts say was almost certainly a meteor coming down.

Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environmental Office said the flash appears to be "a single meteor event." He said it "looks to be a fireball that moved roughly toward the southeast, going on visual reports."

"Judging from the brightness, we're dealing with something as bright as the full moon," Cooke said. "The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have (had) a boulder enter the atmosphere over the northeast."

He noted that the meteor was widely seen, with more than 350 reports on the website of the American Meteor Society alone.

"If you have something this bright carry over that heavily populated area, a lot of people are going to see it," he said. "It occurred around 8 tonight, there were a lot of people out, and you've got all those big cities out there."

Matt Moore, a news editor with The Associated Press, said he was standing in line for a concert in downtown Philadelphia around dusk when he saw "a brilliant flash moving across the sky at a very brisk pace... and utterly silent."

"It was clearly high up in the atmosphere," he said. "But from the way it appeared, it looked like a plane preparing to land at the airport."

Moore said the flash was visible to him for about two to three seconds — and then it was gone. He described it as having a "
spherical shape and yellowish and you could tell it was burning
, with the trail that it left behind."...more

http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-flash-east-coast-sky-likely-meteor-041939030.html

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Reply #221 - Mar 28th, 2013 at 4:51pm

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Maybe the Truth Really is Out There!


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FBI attempts to explain UFO memo in vault

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has broken its silence on the most popular file in its digital vault.

The one-page memo, dated March 22, 1950, was addressed to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover from Guy Hottel, then head of the FBI's Washington, D.C., field office. It relayed some information from an informant.

The subject:


FLYING SAUCERS
INFORMATION CONCERNING

"An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico," Hottel writes. "They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.

No further evaluation was attempted, Hottel reports.

The file, released in April 2011 under the Freedom of Information Act, has been viewed nearly a million times, the FBI said, in part because media outlets "erroneously reported that the FBI had posted proof of a UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico [in 1947] and the recovery of wreckage and alien corpses."

"A bizarre memo that appears to prove that aliens did land in New Mexico prior to 1950 has been published by the FBI," the Daily Mail declared in 2011.

"The Hottel memo does not prove the existence of UFOs," the bureau said in a blog post on its website this week. "It is simply a second- or third-hand claim that we never investigated."

Besides, the FBI notes, the Hottel memo is dated nearly three years after the infamous events in Roswell in July 1947.

"There is no reason to believe the two are connected," the bureau said:

The FBI has only occasionally been involved in investigating reports of UFOs and extraterrestrials. For a few years after the Roswell incident, Director Hoover did order his agents—the request of the Air Force—verify any UFO sightings. That practice ended in July 1950, four months after the Hottel memo, suggesting that our Washington Field Office didn't think enough of that flying saucer story to look into it.


The memo goes on to state: "According to mr. XXXXXXX informant, the Saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the government has a very high powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers."

http://vault.fbi.gov/hottel_guy/Guy%20Hottel%20Part%201%20of%201/view

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/fbi-ufo-memo-guy-hottel-151647542.html
 

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Reply #222 - Mar 31st, 2013 at 11:31am

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Reply #223 - Apr 1st, 2013 at 9:41am

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Reply #224 - Apr 1st, 2013 at 12:40pm

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