Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rhetoric on Cancer

Rhetoric of Cancer is a BBC podcast about cancer. It talks about the perspective of Andrew Graystone regarding cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer three years ago, Andrew’s perspective of cancer as a disease is something I personally consider new and interesting.

With cancer as one of the deadliest diseases in the world, a person diagnosed with it, is without any doubt, bound to face a lot of challenges, without knowing up to what extent. For those who have been diagnosed with it, and those who have loved ones experience such challenges, I believe that no words will ever be enough to describe what they are going through, similar with the words of Andrew Graystone who stated that he is, just like each one of us, “struggling to find a good language to describe what is going on.” Not knowing when things are going to be okay, or whether when will such challenges and happenings end, or if things will be okay in the end. Just thinking about these things can be very depressing. Yet, someone who actually was diagnosed with cancer see things in a very different angle. His positive outlook in life, despite his condition, was very inspiring. Seeing these cancer cells as parts of him and living alongside with his disease, and not against it, he was able to accept his condition and see things on the different side which, I actually admired about him.

Treating the experience with cancer not as a battle against the disease but, as an experience living alongside with them does not necessarily mean giving up. Personally, I think it is just a way of seeing things in a different perspective. Having cancer is bad enough, what will all the challenges one is bound to face, which is why seeing things in a lighter view can make you see things better and make things a little better. After all, as the saying goes, the grass is always greener on the other side. .   

Erika Joyce de Luna

2010 – 06190 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Putting Cancer Into Perspective

Listening to the documentary, “The Rhetoric of Cancer,” I identify with the narrator in that society today regards cancer as a death sentence or a ticking time bomb which, when detonated, would mean the end of someone’s life as if there is only a slim chance for success in treating cancer and this thought completely obliterates any hope for the person afflicted with this disease and so comes the association with military language such as ‘victim’, ‘war’, and ‘battling’, and such attitude as being brave and toughening one’s self to overcome this civil war raging inside the body.

I believe that our view of certain diseases, such as cancer, have been too pessimistic and too defeatist in that we make a mountain of a mole hill. Although, do not get me wrong, cancer is still a disease but it does not mean that cancer is incurable. Having witnessed some of my relatives deal with and ultimately come out victorious and very much alive from cancer, I believe that there is no disease too grave or too complicated when we have faith in Jesus Christ and pray to Him without ceasing to bring life and healing to us. I realize that cancer, or any other disease for that matter, can be viewed as an opportunity for God to show His power of healing in our lives that we may be a living example of His goodness and faithfulness. We can also view diseases of any kind as a reminder for us to live a healthy lifestyle. Our diet and lack of exercise may be some of the reasons why our immune system becomes weak and we become prone to diseases. Furthermore, we may have become too busy with our careers and with work that we forget to take care of our health and so we always need to keep ourselves in check and ensure that we are not compromising our health for wealth or any other goal.

In dealing with diseases and every kind of problem or issue, it is important that we put ourselves in the right perspective and refrain from worry or fear instead we must always trust in Jesus Christ that He is always in control of our lives and we must also keep our lives healthy and balanced, taking note of our diet and exercise so that we can live a full and abundant life.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Time Travel: The Truth

Time Travel: The Truth is a documentary about time travelling. This documentary was a 45-minute video presenting the possibility of time travelling. Experts on the different fields of science posited their theories regarding the matter, giving their own take on the different ways to make time travelling possible.

The insights the documentary presented were both interesting and peculiar to me. The documentary, before discussing the possibility of time travelling, gave its audience a little background with the very important element in the topic of time travelling which is time. What time is, the misconceptions of people about it, it being a 4th dimension, and it being something that people can actually manipulate are just few of the things included in the discourse. Right after the orientation with the concept of time, the documentary presented the different theories of different experts in the field of science about what can be done to make time travelling possible. The video presented the theories and ideas of the individuals knowledgeable of the matter at hand and explained how they came up with those concepts. In the end of the video, it summarized the possibility of the time travelling while giving a reminder to us that such an event can be risky, thus comes with consequences.

Time travelling is one of the things each one of us anticipates, as reflected to the number of sci-fi movies about time travelling. As humans, there are decisions and happenings in our life that would make us want to travel back in time and correct them or undo something to prevent them from happening—a typical nature of beings like us. Yet, here are just some things that we should just learn to accept and live with. I believe that there are just things we, humans, should not tamper with. Whatever reasons we have, how logical they may seem. We may have the knowledge, not now but in the near future, to manipulate time and to alter time which can allow time travel to happen but, I still believe that there should be boundaries in nature that must not be crossed. Such discovery and success might be a big breakthrough but, I sure do know that such a big success would also cause consequences to us.

Erika Joyce de Luna

2010 – 06190 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Thoughts on Time Travel

When I was younger, I had imagined the feeling of going back through time and reliving the past and often reminiscing about the good moments and wanting to transport myself back to those times. I imagined how I would react when I see myself after traveling back through time and what advice I would give myself to make the best out of every moment and to avoid any bad moments that I faced. But now, I know within myself that I would not be going back to the past because I resolved that there are reasons why certain things happen in my life and I cannot go back through time to change the events. I simply have no intention anymore to try and recreate the moments when I felt humiliated or when I knew I could have done better because in those moments when I made mistakes, I learned important life lessons that helped me to become a better person and these memorable experiences are the reasons why reflecting on them gives me more insight and understanding about life in general and why looking back to the past can be enriching and enlightening.

Although some people believe that time travel may be possible, I have resolved to close myself to the thought of going back through time because I believe that everything happens for a reason and everything happens in its own time. I believe that we cannot change the past and we can never know what might have happened if we did one thing over another but what I do believe is that we have the choice to learn from our mistakes and move forward with the knowledge we have acquired from both good and bad moments that we have experienced. I also have the same sentiments for traveling into the future. Nobody really knows what the future holds for me or for anyone else. We can try to predict what might happen and we can try to control the results of our lives but at the end of the day, the future is subject to many external factors, most of which are beyond our control. So, I think that time travel would diminish the quality or value of certain experiences in our past and the consequences are just too grave to even think about. I believe that the best we can do is to live our lives to the full today by making the right choices and finding the right focus for our lives.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Adaptation: All The Time

Watching this episode or film gave me a really rare experience. The whole episode gave me a lot, like really, a lot of emotions. I absolutely do not know if I will be sad, depressed, and mad or will laugh myself to death at this movie. As I said, my whole existence just does not know what to feel about this film. It literally jumbled all the emotions I can experience.

If I will do an adaptation for ‘All The Time’ I will make it more adventurous. And the whole film will involve a lot of action. I will choose the same setting as the original. Society hated everything that have to do with literature or learning and that will make our protagonist Henry Bemis, so unique. All will be the same as in the original before the bombing happened.

Instead of Henry, being so miserable because he feels so alone he will collect all the weapons he can find. Henry Bemis is not so innocent after all. He’s a bad ass retired spy that can kick anyone’s guts. So here goes Henry, wondering through the city, a city now destructed. On his way through a grocery because he’s already hungry he found a still alive man. He will help it but the man is already dying. So Henry will just ask the man all the information he can get to know how the bombing did happened. The guy will explain everything he knows and he’ll soon die after it. Henry has figured it out that there is a conspiracy that caused all the destruction.

Henry will be the typical heroic protagonist. But he’s still this bibliophile and bookworm guy. So he was still freaking excited when he found the Public Library. As he enjoys the company of the books, he saw a flock of armed soldiers coming in his way. He will hide but he already has a theory that those soldiers are enemies and they are also going to destroy all the books in the library. Henry won’t allow that. He will fight. So with the two guns he found, Henry already has set it in his mind. He’s going to fight all these men.

Henry successfully won the fight. Those soldiers are just few in number and they are a bit surprised to see someone that is still alive in that city. But in the war, Henry dropped his eye glasses.  Now, he is not able to see clearly. And he won’t notice that one enemy is still alive. So Henry will be shot from the back. He will shoot his gun back and was able to kill the man who shot him. But Henry Bemis is dying too. And the film ends.

Joana Marie Garcia
2013 - 16420

Trip To The Moon

                 A Trip to the Moon is a film made decades ago. It was directed and produced by George Melies in the 1900s. It was about a group of astronomers that decided to travel to the Moon.

                Watching this film for the first time will be so enjoying. I can feel the hype and excitement of all the people watching with me. The instrumentals in the movie are fascinating. It was color-ed though most of the films at that time was on black-and-white.

                The whole plot of the movie is actually amusing. A group of scholars, probably astronomers, decided on a quest to explore the Moon. The music of the movie, for me is one of the things that gave the whole film a good vibe. I love how exaggerating the actors are. One fascinating part of the movie is when the group of astronomers were abducted by the ‘aliens’ living in the Moon. This part is probably the most entertaining. Fortunately, the protagonists were able to escape and go back to the Earth.

                The film shows a lot of technology and science in it. It showed how some engineers build the rocket that the group of astronomers used to fly to the moon. At the start of the film, it showed how the group of astronomers and their teacher discussed their intentions on the trip. The movie showed me a lot of things and I have learnt a lot of lessons on it.

Joana Marie Garcia
2013 - 16420

Thursday, January 16, 2014

An Adaptation of Time Enough At Last

For some reason, I found myself laughing at the end of Time Enough At Last. It wasn’t because it was funny; the show was actually very tragic since half of the episode focused on the main character’s desperate journey though an empty town. I guess I was just laughing at how impossibly unfortunate the events were. If I could, I would make an adaptation of the show that would make use of our current technology. I would also make the circumstances less brutal for Henry Bemis, the main guy.

Bemis would still be a bookworm. This time, however, everyone else wouldn’t condemn books as much as they did in the original episode. They would just be busy with their new smartphones and tablets. People would try to convince Bemis to use an iPad for reading instead of sticking to books with yellowed pages. They’d chuck the books away and shove an Android phone into his hands. Being the book lover that he is, Bemis would shy away from all the confusing contraptions and just open his book.

Then the nuclear bomb would hit. Everyone would be dead except for Bemis who was reading a book in his basement (which was actually an underground bomb shelter). He would emerge from the basement unscathed and would look for survivors. He would never find anyone alive, but he would stumble upon half a bookstore. Bemis would venture in and discover bookshelves full of books. ‘At last,’ he would say, ‘I could read without anyone bothering me and I have all the time I want.’

To his surprise, the books wouldn’t full of words he could get lost in. They would be iPads and iPhones disguised as books. A horrible act of book murder, Bemis would think. Then again, he could still read things from those gadgets so it wouldn’t all that bad. Trying out one of the smartphones, he would discover that it was all out of battery. This would be the same for all the other devices. With nothing to read and no one to talk to, Bemis would mumble famous book quotes to himself until he goes completely insane.

Hannah Dungca
2013-14765

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Time Conundrum

In “Time Enough At Last”, the themes of solitude and one’s true passions are touched on through Henry Bemis, a bank teller whose deep love for books is suffocated by an anti-reading world. Bemis eventually gains the time to dedicate to this hobby, and loses it just as quickly. The thought of a man so eager to indulge in his interests that he would forego work made me think of what would occur if something similar happened to another individual of the reverse mind-set.

In an alternate episode, Bemis is an affluent business man at a respected shipping company in the 21st century. Deeply dedicated to his work and his desire to stay the best, Henry works anywhere, non-stop, shutting out the world. His work becomes an addiction, so much so that his family and friends continuously pester him to take a well-earned break. He turns a deaf ear to all of their complaints, often insisting on continuing work out of the office in secret, until the sudden testing of an atomic bomb goes awry. The world is completely wiped out, and Bemis is the only remaining survivor. Rejoicing in his luck, he spends the rest of his days typing away at a computer and going over paperwork, though it is obvious that there is technically nothing to work towards. In the end, once the electricity stops and nothing else seems to need to be done, Henry finds himself lonely and aimless, itching to do something. The episode ends with the unfortunate survivor walking as he slowly descends into madness, incessantly asking “What for?”.

I decided to make a 360-degree change in Bemis’ personality because it’s interesting to understand how solitude plays into the chase after one’s passions. Whether it’s an extremely determined workaholic or a simple, whimsical book lover, the show pushes the viewer to think about how far a person will go to do what he wants, and what it all means in the end.

Rillo 2013-14388

All that Matters: An Adaptation of “All the Time”



All the Time, an episode from the TV series entitled “Twilight Zone,” showed to us how the protagonist ended up having, as people would normally phrase it, all the time in the world. The episode showed to us the reader’s love for reading yet, was deprived of it. To some extent, I think that reading was some kind of luxury during that time. One day, some kind of earthquake happened where he was the only person to survive. Everyone disappeared and all the buildings were turned into ruins and debris. He was about to give up his own life when he accidentally saw all the books he can freely access from the demolished public library. He was so gleeful but, was taken from such an opportunity as his glasses got shattered into pieces, just right after making plans of spending all of his days and all of his time reading books.

If I were to make an adaptation of the story, I would like to make something that shows how technology has affected the society. For my own version of All the Time, I would give my story the title “All that Matters.” As I’ve seen in today’s generation, technological advances such as gadgets are things people greatly depend on. Computers, smartphones, tablets, are just few of these gadgets. In line with this, the story would be about a 12-year old kid.

Being given the luxury of having all the gadgets a kid would wish for—computer, laptop, tablet, television, game consoles—playing outdoors was something he hasn’t experienced growing up. He spends his days in front of the computer playing games or fiddling through his tablet which is why playing outdoors with actual kids from the neighbourhood hasn’t crossed his mind. Whenever his parents would remind him of the hazards of spending too much time in front of the computer and having such a sedentary lifestyle, he would take their reminder negatively, wishing for them to just be gone. One day, he woke up realizing that his wish came true: he was left alone in the world, alone with all his gadgets. He had already planned what he will be doing all day, for the rest of the year, for the rest of his life. He got excited that he started playing right away—all day, all night—until he felt too tired with playing. He got all sick and tired, making him realize that what his parents told him was true. He realized that having all the gadgets in the world made him lose sight of things that actually matters. He realized that he was too caught up in the virtual world that he wasn’t able to experience actually living.

Erika Joyce de Luna
2010 – 06190 

Trip to the Moon


Trip to the Moon was one of the very few movies made in the 1900s. This film was created by Georges Melies about a group of astronomers who decided to explore the moon, encountered a group of aliens in that moon and fortunately, escaped from there and was able to return back to planet Earth.  

If I were present during the first screening of the film, a whiplash of emotions would have been what I felt during that time. Taking into consideration how rare movies are during that time, I would have seen this movie as some sort of breakthrough, not only in the field of science and technology, but also in the industry film. Being able to see humans being transformed into tiny beings into a screen would be something I would have regarded with the amazement and thrill, similar to a child opening his/her gifts in the eve of Christmas. Besides the obvious wow factor this film has, it being something new that time, it also presented interesting and new ideas that crossed on the minds of the creator of the movie.

Having created such a film at that time, I believe that this movie should be regarded as one of the significant events worthy to be noted in the field of science and technology and in the film of industry. Not only did it showed to us how creative the minds of the people are but, how advanced their thinking are. Personally, I believe that it was more than a film intended to entertain the audience, but a medium to impart interesting and intriguing topics which they regarded as possibilities. Needless to say, it reflected how the people at that time think and view the world—borderless, full of wonder and progressive.


Erika Joyce de Luna
2010 - 06190

A Trip to the Moon: A Journal Entry

(This is a journal entry about my movie experience that I would have written had I lived during the time 'A Trip to the Moon' was released.)

Dear Journal,

There I was, sitting on one of the front row seats. It was premiere night and I was invited to witness this spectacular event. It was a motion picture called A Trip to the Moon and it was just amazing.

Never have I seen such mind-boggling effects before. I know it’s fiction, but it felt so real. Everything looked so real, from the spaceship to the moon landscape to the smoke that comes out whenever an alien dies. I will forever remember how the telescopes of the men would transform into other things. It felt like I was part of all the action. I actually jumped a bit from surprise during some scenes. I was on the edge of my seat and I might have annoyed some people behind me, but I didn’t really care. The film was just so magical and that’s all that mattered.

And then there were the colors. This was the first time I saw a show with actual color and my golly it was very pretty. I was a bit irked by the inconsistencies in the color and shading though. I mean, seriously, I could do a better job in coloring. But then again, I heard they had to color every single frame so I guess those mistakes are forgivable. Putting that aside, the color was wonderful and it surely added more life into the film. We really have come a long way in technology, haven’t we? Next stop: voices! Yes, I am serious about that. It would make everything really believable. It would take motion pictures to a whole new level.

This film will always have a special place in my heart. It had captured my attention right from the start and it did not let me go until the very end. The story, the effects, and the colors worked so well together that it made a masterpiece out of something that seemed very nonsensical. This is my favorite film so far and I hope future films would be as good as (if not better than) this one.

That is all I have to tell you, dearest journal. For now, I shall daydream about going to the moon like what they did in the show. Gosh, they really did a good job in making me believe travelling to the moon is actually possible. It’s crazy.

Hannah Dungca
2013-14765

To the Moon and Back

Seeing films was a rarity in 1902, particularly because movie theatres were still scant in number at this point. Still, plopped in front of a screen as individuals moved back and forth in black-and-white, audience members were probably struck with a sense of awe, thinking that what they were seeing was a thing of magic and sorcery. I know I would have been confused and mystified just thinking about how something that was once so still was animatedly in motion right in front of me.

Had I seen A Trip to the Moon when it was first released, the previously mentioned emotions would have certainly been there. Compared to the other films released at the time, the creation of Meiles was rare for its use of new techniques in creating a world that was, at once, both familiar and mystical. The effort that the director put into telling an entirely new story was evident, with effects such as the explosions and flights, as well as the extravagant sets and costumes used. What’s more, though the size in which the film was shot allowed a limited perspective of the action, all of the presented tableaus overflowed with activity and craziness, all thanks to the hyper cast and story-tellers.

I’d like to think that A Trip was created not solely for money or fame. It was evident that, much like the starry-eyed wanderers in his film, Meiles wanted to venture into the unknown, to explore new possibilities. He did not want to be limited to what was set by convention, instead taking a risk in creating something that was quite challenging and peculiar in many ways. Because of this gamble, A Trip to the Moon serves as a milestone in what will become an industry fuelled by technology, stories, and imagination.

Rillo 2013-14388

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WELCOME... to the WORLD of TOMORROW!


The ability to travel through time on a whim is a fantasy numerous people have had. Space Pilot 3000, the first episode of Futurama, depicts the idea of time travel. The show focuses on cryopreservation when the main character, Fry, falls into a cryonic tube and is frozen and the events that happened when he awakens after a millennium. By the time Fry awakens, he sees an extremely advanced city and immediately realizes that he is in the future.

Advancement in science and technology as well as in culture is very evident as seen on the people’s way of living. Floating vehicles and transport tubes become modes of travel where you can go to other places in just a matter of seconds. Preservation of heads of some notable people, such as Leonard Nimoy and former American presidents, turns out to be a way of preserving knowledge and wisdom. The Earth is not only inhabited by humans but also by talking robots and alien. DNA probulators, intergalactic spaceships and laser weapons are also some of the inventions that are remarkable. To some extent, this shows humanity’s core greatness, we never tarried to discover and develop.

On the other hand, despite the progress in science, technology and culture, people’s dissatisfaction with their lives still exists as implied by the presence of Suicide Booths where you get to choose between “quick and painless” or “slow and horrible” death. They also have career chips wherein one doesn’t get to choose the kind of living he/she wants. Other people choose what jobs suits them best. “You gotta do what you gotta do.” It’s like what we have now in our system – bureaucracy.

The show gives us a sight of a future we might have. Science advances as time passes. Changes in society, deviations in the system and evolution in technology are factors that affect our way of life.

References

“Space Pilot 3000.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation Inc. 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.
“Space Pilot 3000.” Theinfosphere.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.

Rennie Beth de Guzman
2012-08605

Trip to the Moon Reaction Paper

If I were present in the first screening of the film Trip to the Moon, I would probably have been so amazed by it since it was one of the earliest films back then. Even though it was actually not that impressive judging from the cinematography and the plot, it would have probably been one of the best films back then, because there were not many films to compare this to in the earlier days, and the equipment that is needed to produce a brilliant movie was not available yet back in the day.

Even though I would have been amazed by this film, I might be a little confused as well. Seeing as it is a silent film, extra attention is needed to get the message or the essence of the film. There are some parts wherein you just don't know what they are doing anymore, so it is essential to criticize and analyze their actions in order to know what the significance of a certain scene in the movie is.

All in all though, I probably would have been amazed by the film just for the reason that it's one of the earliest films back then and there were only few films to watch in the olden days. But at the same time, I would probably have been quite disappointed as well since the film was not that deep; it did not require special cinematography and literary aspects. I would have probably been quite bored at some point too since I am not a fan of silent films.

Bea Lejano
2013-14235

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Time Enough At Last (2014 Adaptation)

If I were to write an adaptation of The Twilight Zone episode, “All the Time in the World,” I would imagine it to be set in a futuristic world around the year 2020 when humans have developed sophisticated scientific procedures and super-advanced technologies that have paved the way for them to attain a golden age of civilization.

In this world, information is gold, considered by many as a prime commodity, the gateway to success, and the key to power. It is for this reason, however, why societies are still in turmoil and in constant conflict causing them to wage war against each other whenever the opportunity arises. Nations try to steal intelligence from other nations to usurp control and dominate over the entire world and its economies, social institutions, governments, and cultures. Naturally, of course, all of this happens behind the scenes while pop culture and mainstream media distract the rest of the population from the political and technological imbroglio.

Amidst all the chaos, life continues to move on for most people. In this case, the story would revolve around a high school student, Ned Hinkle, who is a social recluse and has no other interest in the world than video games and movies. He often brings his laptop and other portable consoles to school without the knowledge of his parents who have forbidden him to do so. Ned often skips classes so that he can play his video games or watch his favorite movies in the library. Ned’s absences during class soon came to the attention of the principal and his parents are called to the office.

Ned tries to reason with the principal, pointing out that his parents never allow him to play his video games or watch any movies at home. To his dismay, the principal sides with his parents and tells him to clean up his act. When they arrive home, Ned quickly finds out that his parents have discovered where he hides most of his gadgets and consoles and that they have destroyed or thrown the gadgets away. Ned is completely devastated.

One day, while at school, Ned sneaks into a research room built under the building. He closes the door and secures the lock, making sure that no one else would be able to get in, and brings his laptop out to play his video games and watch his movies. After a while, he notices that the ground was shaking and he falls unconscious. When he wakes up, he finds out that the school and everything around has been destroyed by a nuclear weapon. The room he stayed in was equipped with SDI Defense which protected it from the attack.

After realizing the situation he was in, he contemplated on committing suicide until he remembered that his laptop also survived the attack. Ned opened his laptop with intense elation knowing that he would spend the rest of his life playing video games, only to find out that the battery is dead.

A Trip to the Moon: A Brilliant Masterpiece of Illusion and Imagination

Seeing moving pictures on a screen for the first time certainly gave me the impression that perhaps even the impossible could be made possible. It was magic!

This wonderful work of art created by Georges Melies can be best described as truly revolutionary which may very well change the course of history entirely. I say that this work is revolutionary because I could never have imagined that one can make such effects and illusions on cinema. I had no idea that his techniques and concepts would make such impact.

After viewing this film, I am left utterly mesmerized of the feat that such an invention has allowed us to achieve and I can say with all certainty that we are definitely moving on to greater innovations that would pave the way toward improving the quality of art and culture in our society. I also believe that as new technologies are developed, our perspective and understanding of the world around us becomes more nuanced as we learn to accept the possibilities of the unknown thus adding depth and substance to what is known.

This masterpiece is so intriguing, fascinating, and imaginative because it gives the illusion that you are on another world, traveling with the characters you watch on the screen and you are taken on this adventure to a different dimension. For one to appreciate this film, it would take a great amount of boldness to step outside the bounds of reality and enter the realms of fantasy and imagination.

With regard to the element of plot portrayed in this film, I do believe that it is consistent with the essence of this innovation and its innovator. The stream of thought is clear while the creativity of its execution is superb. Just as the mystery and potential of motion picture is continually being unraveled to the people of this time, so does the story try to explore and elucidate the endless possibilities that behold us in our world and the universe.

The film clearly tries to depict the environment of the moon’s surface something we do not know for certain but this I believe is where we must step outside the boundaries of reality and try to see with the mind through our imagination what the heavenly bodies and other objects outside our own world may look like. The way that Georges Melies has shown it through his work is phenomenal.

What fascinates me more is not only that he was able to create illusions and special effects or that he was able to explore and discover what is unknown but that he is able to piece together several elements to form one meaningful picture of the reality of life. I have seen through this film that there is more that we can see and experience in life and at times we need to use our imagination to think outside the box so as to move forward in reality.

Space Pilot 3000: What the Future Beholds in Futurama

After viewing the pilot episode of Futurama, the first thing that I noticed was that the creators hold the same idea of alien invasion as with many science fiction films and shows which forces civilizations to rebuild their societies and strengthen their fortresses so that they can withstand any sort of attack by foreign invaders. The first science concept or idea that the show tries to illustrate is that aliens exist and there is a possibility of a space invasion.

Also, from the earlier parts of the episode, we are introduced to the possibility of “time traveling” by using the technology of cryopreservation, which may be likened to hibernation, where the people are subjected into a state of unconsciousness or simply frozen to sleep for a set period of time, after which they will be thawed and awakened in the future. So the show somewhat introduces the idea of “time travel” as compared with the idea of a time capsule through applied cryogenics.

When the main character, Fry, found himself in the future, we see that after a millennium, the science and technology of man is so far advanced that it has even affected culture as seen through the futuristic architecture, fashion, transportation, and communication. We also see that in the world of Futurama, artificial intelligence or talking robots and aliens exist alongside humans and that they only differ from humans in appearance. So the advancement in science and technology also gave rise to the advancement of culture which can easily be adapted by other beings.

However, despite being far advanced in culture, science, and technology, there are still some human foibles evident in that society such as the influence of alcohol and the socioeconomic stratification imposed on people, aliens, and robots alike where jobs or careers are chosen for them instead of having to pave their own way in life so here we see that there is a loss of freedom in life, having to be subjugated by those of higher rank and the idea of bureaucracy in this society still persists in their system.

With regard to other aspects of society, it is shown that transportation systems become more efficient since they use hovercrafts which somehow reduce congestion in traffic and teleportation tubes which can get individuals from one place to another in a matter of seconds. They also introduce a way of preserving knowledge and culture by preserving the heads of influential people like the past presidents of America and famous figures like Leonard Nimoy.

The show also introduces more advanced space travel where the characters eventually ride off in at the end of the show. The show also opens up the possibility of a faster and more stable way of intergalactic travel. So basically the show gives us a sense of what the possibilities may be for the future of our society and how we are all affected by it.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Fly

            There’s nothing more blissful than knowing that instead of discussing lessons, your class will actually take the whole period watching a film. The Fly is an American science fiction-horror film. The caption for the movie is, “Once it was human – even as you and I.” It was a 1958 film so I was eagerly excited to know what films are like at that time.

            The film showed how technology and science decades ago. It was about a scientist named Andre Delambre. Andre has been working for transporter device called dis-integrator-integrator. He starts with transporting small objects proudly presenting it to his wife, Helene. He eventually proceeds to transporting living creatures from their pet cat up to a guinea pig. After noticing the success of his project, Andre proceeds on working on a human sized chamber for the transporter.

            The climax of the movie starts when Helene found out what happened to Andre after days on not going out of their basement lab. It is discovered that Andre tried to transport himself but a fly also got stuck inside the chamber. Because of what happened, Andre’s and the fly’s atoms mixed causing Andre to have the fly’s head and arm.  In order to get his body back to normal, Andre needs his wife to find the fly with a white head.


            The movie is interesting and has the right amount of thrill that every one of the audience will love though it is a bit ‘corny’ for some parts.  I also learned a bit from the science and technology five to six decades ago in the movie. In totality, watching the movie was a great experience.

Joana Marie Garcia
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