Movie Review: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is a lot like some of the other mathematician / scientist stories we’ve seen in the past few years, like The Imitation Game or the NASA parts of The Martian: it follows the story of a mathematician, an engineer, and a technical supervisor at NASA. We get to see their personal and professional lives as the US tries to catch up to Russia in the Space Race of the 1960s, all three of them ultimately playing pivotal roles.

Of course, Johnson, Jackson, and Vaughn are also all black women, and so we get to see how again and again they are passed over for promotion, condescended to, dismissed—and that they succeed despite this. Representation matters, and doubly so when it’s a true story.

"Colorless Sneer": Behind the Lyrics

Back in September I posted “Colorless Sneer”, an original rap song over a sampled backtrack. I’ve written raps or rap segments before, so I can’t claim it’s my first rap song, but nevertheless there was something different about it.

Movie Review: Arrival

I wanted to like Arrival. I really did. I knew the actual linguistics aspect of it was going to be minimal, but even so I want more of these movies, the science fiction that isn’t just “war in space” given proper treatment on the big screen.

But as you can infer from that first paragraph, I just didn’t find it very good.

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