Dad Thrillers share certain thematic and narrative concerns. They are generally stories of men, often with families, professional degrees, and successful careers, who find themselves unexpectedly battling bureaucracy, conspiracy, irrational violence, imminent natural disaster, or some combination of the above as they confront an existential threat to their, their family, their country, or their planet’s safety.’90s Dad Thrillers: a List
Notes toward a theory of the Dad Thriller
I have to admit that I do carry a secret torch what the above author terms as ’90s Dad Thrillers and, in some ways, mourn their passing. I’ve have, over the past few years or so, had the chance to dip back into some of the movies he references – films like The Hunt for Red October, Enemy of the State and Dante’s Peak, films that have just enough ersatz smarts to make you feel like your not watching mind-rotting trash, but dumb and kinetic enough that the eternal twin distractions of a beer and a laptop don’t feel like they’d overwhelm the entire story.
Perhaps – once Covid and the MCU and influence of China have all faded – one glorious day they’ll see a resurgence and a renewal. I think I’m probably already ready for that day.
The Sun’s gradual brightening will seriously compromise the Earth’s biosphere within ~ 1E9 years. If Earth’s orbit migrates outward, however, the biosphere could remain intact over the entire main-sequence lifetime of the Sun.D. G. Korycansky, Gregory Laughlin, Fred C. Adams
Apparently the solution to everything getting warmer is to just move the planet.
How the Internet Gave Us Access to Obscure Television
Up until the late-1990s, if you missed something on television then it was unlikely you were going to see it again any time soon. Even if you had – and I understand younger readers’ horror at this proposition – managed to position yourself in front of your television at a set time, you would need a hardy memory to remember it over the years.curious british telly
‘How the Internet Gave Us Access to Obscure Television‘ is a nice short history of of British media trading as it transitioned from tape trading to BitTorrent and then onto modern Youtube.
This is neat – it’s a selection of message-in-a-bottle messages that a modern Thames mudlark has found and recorded. Some are neat and some – the cut-out picture of the couple – just strike me as terribly sad.
A short but sweet link on why someone has gone back to running a personal website – rather than rely on the mess that is social media and external hosting.
The web was better in 2004 than today; it was more personal and more compact yet, somehow, oddly bigger too. Today I see the same layouts, the same themes the same themes, the same algorithmically curated content on so many pages.
And it’s not like the algorithmically curated content is any good; if I’ve just bought a toaster or a USB cable or a hoodie then it’s unlikely that I’m going to want another one tomorrow. Yet, again and again, the same thing appears in my feed and follows me around the internet.
Of course the internet has far more users today than it did back then (from hundreds of millions to 3-4 billion today), but most people end up in a corner that reflect’s them and theirs and there is no reason that these small corners cannot multiply and thrive away from the big content providers.