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2004-06-10

Hello, Kitty

I don't think a lot of Mac people appreciate the weight of the impending release of a Mac OS X-compatible v6.0 of the Parasolid kernel. Basically this is the equivalent to "WebKit" being available on the Mac platform (although without the very high-level API and built-in functionality of WebKit).

Maybe more akin to WebCore, I guess.

The Parasolid kernel powers a lot of high-end CAD/CAM/CAE software on Windoze. With this big chunk of the work done, the rest is basic UI-building and file format support. And hey hey we have that fancy does damn near everything Cocoa framework on OS X.

Might we finally see SurfCAM on the Mac? Or heaven forbid, Solidworks (does it still use Parasolid for the kernel?)???? *faints*

If that is utterly meaningless to you, well you suck. Get off my blog if you cant grok awk.

Anyway...

I watched Lifeforce last night on Encore-Action. And by watch it I mean I laid on the couch trying to remain conscious long enough to realize that the Doctor guy at the sanitarium is Capt. Piccard! Wow. Lifeforce came out in 1985, a few years before Star Trek TNG came on the air.

And no, the reason I was watching is not Mathilda May and her interesting costume (or lack thereof) in the movie. Horndogs. Sheesh.

Interestingly in the middle of the movie we find out the space vampires, who create energy-draining zombies (vampires, space vampires and zombies in one movie!), changed their appearance to be appealing to the British Space Shuttle (Skuttle?) crew. Okay so there was only one female astronaught inside the space vampire ship and we end up with two guy vampires and one female vampire. Exactly whose brain did the two male-likenesses come from? Wait, I don't want to know!

You know, the whole movie has a homosexual vibe running through it, not that there's anything wrong with that. Even Capt. Piccard acts somewhat faggish - before having his blood drained inside a helicopter to become a pseudo-vampire in one of the most intense gore scenes ever. Must be a European thing.

I really like the animatronic zombies in this movie. They move around a lot and look pretty good for the time period. They are not "wet" zombies like Dawn of the Dead, more like severely emaciated fully intact zombies. They obviously had a pretty large budget on this movie considering all of the special effects used and the quality of those effects.

In any event the ending is kinda predictable thanks to the implacable occultist doctor (I believe Dr. Hans Fallada) who just happens to work for the British space agency and somehow gets clued in on not only exactly how to kill the space vampires (the energy center exactly 3 inches below the heart), but has the exact weapon to do so (leaded iron, whatever that is).

An interesting movie for the period and genre, to be sure. Lots of overacting and suspension of belief (British Space Shuttle more advanced than the USA's?). And hey it has a very attractive young women in it who gets plenty of screen time. Honk honk.