A character needs an alias. They only have a few seconds to think of one and simply saying “John Smith” is out of the question. The camera follows their eyes as they look around the room. They see one common object, and then another, and then another…
“When I think about the rise of commercial human spaceflight, part of me is like ‘I don’t just want to shoot into space like a soda can and do one lousy orbit!’ — as if that wouldn’t be the most magical experience of my life. It doesn’t matter. What I really want is to do a semester abroad.”—How many people are in space right now?
“If you’ve gone to the movies recently, you may have felt a strangely familiar feeling: You’ve seen this movie before. Not this exact movie, but some of these exact story beats: the hero dressed down by his mentor in the first 15 minutes (Star Trek Into Darkness, Battleship); the villain who gets caught on purpose (The Dark Knight, The Avengers, Skyfall, Star Trek Into Darkness); the moment of hopelessness and disarray a half-hour before the movie ends (Olympus Has Fallen, Oblivion, 21 Jump Street, Fast & Furious 6). It’s not déjà vu. Summer movies are often described as formulaic. But what few people know is that there is actually a formula – one that lays out, on a page-by-page basis, exactly what should happen when in a screenplay.”—Slate: Save the Movie!
“I have never, in fifteen years of reporting, seen a non-governmental party argue for the right to interfere in a Freedom of Information Act release of government documents. My lawyer has been litigating FOIA for decades, and he’s never encountered it either. It’s saddening to see an academic institution set this precedent.”—Wired: MIT Moves to Intervene in Release of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File