Thor: The Dark World (liveblog) [x]
This is honestly one of my favorite moments in the movie because, as a viewer, you have no idea what’s coming up, you’re right there with Loki and think that this is a really shitty plan, that they’re way too obvious, that this is never going to work, that they’re fucking it up, that something is going to have to save their asses in a big way to be able to pull this off.
And Loki’s tantrum is beautiful, he’s so incensed about this, that Thor broke him out of jail and he has this chance, but it’s getting completely fucked up, and if they had just listened to him, just spent five goddamned minutes thinking this shit through, they wouldn’t be in this mess and—
Then, WHAM, Thor tosses Loki out of the ship and my immediate thought was, WAIT, WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT DID— and when you get to the next scene, you realize, oh, there’s no sudden stroke of luck that’s going to save them, because this was the plan all along. That Thor deliberately played on people’s expectations of him, that he wouldn’t be able to come up with a decent plan, that he would be big and loud and try to bully his way through, that he would make a huge mess and smash through everything, that that’s all there is to him.
But, truthfully, it was a plan that actually worked for what it was intended for, and it flew right in the face of how Thor’s supposedly not very smart, it flew right in the face of how Loki’s supposed to know Thor so very well, supposed to be so very insightful and the chessmaster, because, nope, Loki totally fucking fell for it.
I walked away from this movie thinking that this was significant, even beyond that Thor was smart and thoughtful enough to pull this off, but that it still contrasted against what I felt were the core characteristics of him, that he’s so much more direct and honest than this. Until it dawned on me that Thor used a trick here, one that fooled Asgard and Loki alike, one that is a lot like what Loki would have done.
And I love it for Thor being smart, but I love it even more because I think this isn’t really his preferred style, but I kept imagining his thoughts turning to Loki again and again, trying to understand him, trying to figure out why his brother had gone so mad, why Loki was so angry, trying to understand why he felt so slighted, and that thought may not have led him to the answer of how to bring Loki back to reason, but it led him to better understanding of how Loki’s tricks were useful.
I don’t see Thor as someone who dismissed Loki’s tactics nearly as much as fandom does, that it was far more subtle than that, but I do see him as someone that didn’t really understand those methods. But in TDW? Thor’s using those methods and it seems entirely clear to me that it’s because he’s spent so much time thinking about Loki, that he gained at least this much understanding.
Also, I would watch two entire hours of Loki being thrown out of a moving ship, because that little turd fucking deserved that. That is such an obnoxious big brother thing to do to your obnoxious as shit little brother and it makes me love that little shit just all the more for it.
Local Lens: Reflections of Singapore’s Changing Cityscape
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“The places I can go are limited,” says Instagrammer Yafiq Yusman (@_yafiqyusman_) of his tiny island-nation home of Singapore, “but the photo possibilities are limitless.”
Yafiq, who studied architecture in college, enjoys capturing Singapore’s rapidly evolving urban landscape through puddles left by the city’s tropical climate. “Singapore is a modernized country, but there are still places where you can see the olden days,” says Yafiq. “The alleys in Little India, China Town and Boat Quay are few of my favorite spots and great for puddle shots.”
For more modern photo opportunities, Yafiq favors Raffles Place, a square surrounded by the city’s tallest buildings. And for those seeking respite from Singapore’s fast-paced metropolis, he suggests tracking down a hidden reserve called Punggol Beach. “The best time to visit is during the sunset. It’s beautiful.”
The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.
this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place
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