Posts Tagged ‘Transhumanism’

Subscriber podcast #1 - Mr Robot and Westworld

Subscriber podcast #1 – Mr Robot and Westworld

In this first subscriber-only podcast I talk about what I've been up to recently, what's coming up in the next few months and offer my thoughts on the TV series Mr Robot and Westworld.  This podcast is only available to supporters of my patreon campaign.  Click the link below to ...
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Did the Dept. of Energy invent the 'Making Of' video?

Did the Dept. of Energy invent the ‘Making Of’ video?

The Department of Energy has a minor but interesting role in the history of Hollywood, providing shooting locations for Tron (1982) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  I am still awaiting documents on Star Trek but the DoE have provided me with another of ...
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Dept of Energy records on the filming of Tron (and Star Trek)

Dept of Energy records on the filming of Tron (and Star Trek)

Tron is a classic piece of transhumanist cinema and the first of a string of films where someone is sucked into a digital realm and has to battle it out with computer programs in order to save the day (the Matrix trilogy being the most popular examples).  It was also ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 11 - The Men Who Stare at Goats

The CIA and Hollywood 11 – The Men Who Stare at Goats

Jay Dyer joins us for this episode where we analyse the 2009 comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, loosely based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name.  It tells the story of a journalist who is inducted into the world of psychic soldiers during the Iraq war.  The ...
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Review: Silver Screen Saucers

Review: Silver Screen Saucers

Have you ever wondered about the relationship between UFOs or aliens in movies and the real-life experiences of people who report contact or abduction or witnessing these things?  Have you ever wondered whether the government is using UFO movies to influence people's perceptions of these fringe but popular and captivating ...
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ClandesTime 077 - Phil Strub: DOD Entertainment Liaison

ClandesTime 077 – Phil Strub: DOD Entertainment Liaison

Phil Strub has been the Pentagon's Hollywood liaison since 1989, in which time the entertainment liaison offices have helped produce over 100 films.  In this episode we take a closer look at Phil Strub, his background, how he came to be the DOD's Hollywood liaison and his curious habit of ...
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The X-Files Finale: Livin' in an Anti-Vaxxer's Paradise

The X-Files Finale: Livin’ in an Anti-Vaxxer’s Paradise

The finale to season 10 of The X-Files - My Struggle II - saw the welcome return of Tad O'Malley and the unwelcome return of all the baggage that goes with that.  For anti-vaccination conspiracy theorists it is a huge affirmation of their worst nightmares and for most other people ...
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The New X-Files: Conspiracy Culture Going Mainstream or Going Batshit?

The New X-Files: Conspiracy Culture Going Mainstream or Going Batshit?

The internet is awash with talk of the new mini-season of The X-Files.  As predicted, conspiracy theorists have been particular susceptible to the charms of the reborn UFO extravanganza, searching for clues and meaning in every line and frame of the show.  Having now watched the opening two episodes (My ...
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The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

Comic-Con has been a useful (and fun) hunting ground for the Pentagon's entertainment liaison offices for several years, but NASA have recently jumped on the bandwagon.  The combination of nerds and sci-fi fanatics has proven too alluring to ignore and so one of the world's biggest scientific institutions has joined ...
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ClandesTime 046 - Tron

ClandesTime 046 – Tron

Aaron Franz joined me to talk about the 1982 film Tron, as well as its recent sequel Tron: Legacy.  In this in-depth conversation we talked about comparisons with other films including The Wizard of Oz and the Matrix trilogy, the long standing relationship between Disney, who produced Tron, and the ...
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