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  1. Avatar rexknobus says:

    For me, the best engineer scene in “The Martian” ( a film that certainly can be termed “all engineer all the time”) was when they walked into the hanger and there were all these engineer guys standing around not being actors and wearing ugly shirts with the sleeves rolled up. It only lasted a few seconds, and I don’t know if the guys playing the engineers were guys playing engineers or engineers they got to stand around looking “engineer-y”, but I actually nudged Femrex and whispered: “The engineers!”Report

  2. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    Speaking of space stories, I’m about 2/3 the way through Saturn Run and holy crap is it good. Like, I’m going to be really sad when I finish it, good. It has all the engineering stuff too, but the characters actually have some real depth and backstories. It’s also amazingly realistic in the way it looks at the way human culture would respond to these scenarios. Highly, highly recommend it.Report

  3. Avatar Fish says:

    Haven’t seen the movie yet, but I enjoyed the book.Report

  4. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    I had a couple of engineering/science quibbles with the movie, but nothing big enough to ruin it for me.Report

  5. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    I love that scene from Apollo 13. The best detail for me, (and I’m an engineer!) is that when they dump all the stuff out on the table, out tumbles a roll of duct tape. Which pretty much means, “Duct tape??! We’re saved!”

    Yes, The Martian is like that. It recreates the joy of dreaming something up and making it work, which is what motivates us. It also recreates the other feelings one gets when something doesn’t quite work, or gets trashed for some reason.Report

  6. Avatar Maribou says:

    The point in The Martian where I was like, yeah, OK, this movie will do nicely, was when he grabbed the roll of duct tape at his hip. YESSSS! I yelled.

    Other than The Martian, I finished watching Dark Matter, which was splendid – I’m looking forward to Season 2 – and I’ve taken up with The Good Wife again. I’m also watching some macaque show on Netflix, I think it’s called Monkey Thieves or something, which makes really good stuff-to-watch-while-mostly-doing-something-else. And I’m watching Indian Summers on Blu-Ray: it has some good parts so far but also some bloody annoying parts (one episode in).

    Reading-wise, I was in the middle of a bunch of things but have been swept away by Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On. Once I’m done with it will probably get back to reading Elephant Don, which is super-interesting but curiously poorly proof-read for something from U of Chicago Press.Report

  7. Avatar North says:

    I’m not an engineer, but I really enjoyed it. The Tolkien call out struck me as really fun.Report

  8. Avatar Glyph says:

    Second ep of X-Files was much better than first.

    I finished S1 of In the Flesh; some of the finale was a little stagey (the creator is a playwright) but it was still a very well-done show, and I will check out S2 when I get a chance.

    I finally broke the seal on Sandman: Overture. Maybe do some reading of that tonight.Report

  9. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Grease Live is exceeding expectations.Report

  10. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Reading the new Tim Powers, Medusas Web. Really enjoying it. It has the feel of his Fault Lines books with old Hollywood intersecting with odd magic in a secret history. Great fun.Report

  11. Avatar Damon says:

    Sunday I checked out an exhibit of Islamic art: illuminated manuscripts, stone carvings, etc. from the court of a variety of dudes, including one stunning ceremonial flintlock so encrusted with gold/jewels/swag, from Malamud’s court IIRC, that I only wondered later if the damn thing actually would fire.

    Also had some tasty elk for dinner. Something not had for a long time.Report

  12. Avatar Kim says:

    Last day to bet before Iowa. Wonder if I ought to look at how the betting’s going?Report