ellestra: (lightning)
I know I left for a while. I came back tired from San Diego and then my parents gave me "wonderful" news about my brother (losing his job) and his wife (broken leg - can't move so also loosing her job) and I didn't feel like talking to the internet. An the weather didn't help. I go between being tired to being sleepy to being sick and back again. I barely manage to leave because of snowstorm and came back just as weather was changing back so it got very warm for a little while (just like San Diego 18-20oC which, as I was told was a very cold winter in San Diego). Then it got cold again so last week we had ice storm. The kind of that covers everything in a sheet of ice. It was slippery even in my winter boots and then it started raining on top of that. Then it got very warm last weekend again and then rainy so yesterday we had summer rainstorm - the kind with rain that's obscures the word and thunder and tornado warnings. But at least I saw a rainbow. And my brother has a new job that pays better and has some nice extras (including kid care). I feel positive about the world.

I just wish weather stop going between these on a weekly basis.

ellestra: (tiger)
So the real winter storm is here. The temperature today is not going to go above freezing (and feel even colder) and the precipitation started with snow but is to become snow with rain. Freezing rain. Which means that once again it's time for me to attempt flying out of this place. I feel like every time I'm going on any meeting in winter the weather decides to just got to crap. Two years ago I didn't fly to San Francisco because of snowstorm that grounded all the planes and made people leave their cars everywhere including middle of the road (or the ditch if that's where they stopped). Last year I managed to slip by in between two bout of winter. The planes were grounded before and after. I risked braking my legs to walk up and down the hill to get to the taxi (first one got stuck in that valley) but I got to the airport. I flew leaving the coldest weather that happened that year behind me and spent the 3 days in SF safe from the cold. This time the hardest part might be getting to airport through that freezing rain but if I manage to fly out I should be good. Of course if my plane manges to get here in the first place - it might be flying from somewhere worse affected and get stuck in there. That's how I spent few hours extra in Toronto last year.

Here it eventually should turn into snow and this whole thing is supposed to last all the way through Saturday. It should look very pretty so I'm a little sad I'm going to miss it - who knows if there is going to be another snow - but it also can shut off the electricity and that'd be no fun. I'd be happy to miss that.
ellestra: (lightning)
All this shopping craze past week made me find a sale that I really cared about. I got myself a new set of prime lenses for my camera - 35mm for portrait and 85mm macro lens. I was thinking about getting something like this for a long time but these lenses are expensive. This set costed less than the 85mm alone. And this is what I got on the first try:

ellestra: (lightning)
Today we had parliamentary elections in Poland. This isn't the first time I voted in US - that was the last parliamentary election but I was in Washington to get new passport anyway so I voted at the embassy. I also voted in the second turn of this presidential elections when I was back in Poland in May. But this is the first time I voted by mail. You can only do it abroad and you have to sign up early and it's a very short period when you can do it but I managed to do it on the very last day. I got my voting package week and a half ago and sent it back few days ago.

By now the results are out. They are not surprising - all the polls has predicted PiS win and the only question was how many of the lesser parties are going to get in and whether PiS will be able to form a new cabinet by itself. It looks like it will be and all the parties that have programs I agree most with are not even going to get in. This is a disappointment even from an ocean away because I despise PiS. They are the exact opposite of everything I believe in.

They are called conservatives and right but they are so only on social issues. All they are for is exactly what you would expect from religious, nationalistic right party. They are xenophobic, homophobic and against abortion (even in the very limited, only due to mother health issues or genetic diseases, one that is allowed in Poland right now). They are anti-European and so afraid about our neighbouring countries scheming against us that they are willing to sabotage all the international relations in the pursue of some messed up the vision of Great Poland that can stand by itself.

But they are much more dangerous on the economic issues. Because there is where their right wing definition falls apart. And this is really what made them win (being super xenophobic when there are refugees coming helped too, of course) because they went all populist and promised ridiculous thing (giving over a trillion złotys back to people for example). They plan to do this by upping the deficit and that means living on credit (they also previously mentioned nationalising some of the industries so Venezuela?). This is never a good idea but even more for a country like ours - small and easily abandoned by creditors (and Greece shows how badly it can end). It's also not a good idea when the other big part of your policy is being anti-EU and we've been renovating on their money for years now.

I get why people voted for them. We've been leaving economic recession since the beginning of the century and even though economy growth has been steady people never saw it in the raise of the salaries. Way too many are stuck in so called "garbage" jobs that don't come with any benefits and are temporary. They also mean less taxes so the country itself doesn't do well with the basic services - health, eduction, pensions, kids. This is why so many young people left for other countries in Europe (or like me even further away) and why so many feel like there is nothing to go back. The previously ruling party kept asking people for more and more sacrifices (like rising retirement age to 67 from 65 for men and 60 for women) without ever fulfilling any promises about making finding or creating jobs any easier. Everyone needed the change and they flocked to the largest party that offered something different. Just the thing they offer is false gold.

Like it has been 8 years ago when their previous try at ruling crashed and burned and resulted in early elections after just 2 years in power. Of course they blamed their tiny coalition parties for sabotaging their great ideas. They say that ruling alone (and with president from their party) they will make Poland great. But they had president back then too and all they managed to do is build a museum (a very nice museum but country had, and still has, much bigger needs) and it ended with people hating them so much they kept PO in power for 8 years just because everyone hated the thought of PiS in power so much. Now, after almost a decade, bad present became more important than the bad past. But I have too good memory to forget how they were and their - one true - leader speeches clearly indicate not much has changed (e.g. he said that the refugees will bring diseases and parasites so they have to be screened). So how can I believe this is going to be any better this time?

Of course I don't think this will destroy the country or any other disaster scenario like that. It will just be very annoying to live through to anyone not Polish Catholic enough. At worse we get something like Orban in Hungary. At best it will just rack the debt and be completely ineffective. Or I'm completely wrong and they actually make it work but looking at the program and their previous record I'm not very optimistic.

My only hope is that when it goes bad this time there will be no one to blame other than them and this will open the route for a real left party as an alternative. I also hope that the way left was eliminated from Parliament completely this time around means all the old guy clinging to power there will get kicked out finally. Am I too optimistic?
ellestra: (big gun)
I hate some foods - like mushrooms and tongues for their spongy texture. I avoid others - like (yellow) cheese because they just seem to bland to me. But there is a group that I just simply can't stand the taste. They just destroy the taste of any food they are in - cilantro, cinnamon, coffee, alcohol. I know all the things you love and everything I will try to avoid.

There was a lot of talk recently about why some people hate the taste of cilantro. One of the things that seems to be important is the cluster of smell receptor genes including OR6A2, which encodes a receptor that makes people sensitive to the aldehydes and the bitter taste gene TAS2R50, as well as the genes TRPA1 (this might be also be involved in caffeine detection - see my problem with coffee) and basic taste gene GNAT3. Aldehydes are chemicals responsible for the smell/taste of a lot of food - including cinnamon and coffee - so that could be an explanation why I hate all of those. Of course they are in a lot of other food - including the stuff I like (I like vanilla for example) - but there might be a specific group of aldehydes that is just not acceptable to me or their combination with a bitter taste (although the bitter taste alone is OK - I like grapefruits and non-boiled Brussels sprouts - bitterness makes them just taste more spicy). And if you are wondering about alcohol - well, that's just aldeyde before dehydrogenation. In fact the first step in alcohol metabolism is alcohol dehydrogenase turning it into aldehyde.



So here is my aldehyde problem. I dislike the smell. And I hate the taste experience.
ellestra: (tiger)
Two years ago a group of students sent a camera and a phone to stratosphere to film Grand Canyon. Due to the fact that large portions of this wild land are still missing the connection to civilisation (like cell phone coverage) it got lost. Luckily it has just been recovered and now we can all see it. It also proves the superiority of memory cards over film - just as good after two years in the desert.


If you watch a time travel TV pilot in the future when you know it didn't happen is it proof the time travel is real. This is OK but very, very predictable and feels like a rehash of many past shows so I can see why Syfy gave it a pass but it proves you can never trust a cyclon - especially Four (Matthew Bennett the Canadian sci-fi go to bad guy).


Google wanted me to watch it and it's interesting but I haven't managed to get through all 3 parts yet. The interludes between the stories are so very pretty.
ellestra: (sunrise)
After couple of cooler summers this one was pretty hot. But it never got as hot as the first few summers I spent here - it never reached 40C (104F - I think it never even officially got above 100) for example - and the hottest part was end of June (right after I came back from Poland). In all it wasn't even that much hotter than Polish summer as the temperatures reached 36-37C both there and here. Only here it was mostly the beginning and then we went through couple of months of steady 30-33C and back in Poland they had one week of cold and rainy weather (exactly when my brother took his kids to the sea coast because how could they first Baltic experience be warm). I'm pretty sure that that 30-something heat wave had exacerbated my dad's health problems as both times he landed in hospital happened after couple of days of that heat and he got better when it got cooler. Unlike me, here in a place when constant temperatures above 30C are norm, neither my parents not the hospital has AC. In fact very few places in Poland do have it and in the last heat wave, when it got up to 37C again at the very end of August, my parents went to hide in one that does - shopping mall.

And then, almost exactly as school year started, it got cooler, cold even, in Poland. Now my aunts are complaining about the cold. And I was stuck in the storm season with wet, humid and still pretty hot weather for the last week. But it's all suppose to cleared for beautifully warm (24C hight - 75F) and sunny day and pretty cool nights (it's only supposed to be 11C - 50F tomorrow night). Coincidently - almost the same as in Poland. The summer should be back for one last round - both here and there - but I'm ready for warmer clothes. My sandals are just about to fall apart anyway.
ellestra: (telamon)
I was gone for the long while. My dad got really sick and I was too stressed and sad to care to write my thoughts down - even about things I was really excited about. But now he's better. He's been getting steadily better in past few weeks but this last week it finally felt like normally talking to him - no problems, no memory gaps. He has new meds and is still on leave and still needs to do some more tests (some things that got buried by the big problem need to be dealt with too) but it's no longer emergency level - 'might need to fly back to Poland at any moment' kind of thing. It feels like I can breathe a little easier.

So hi again. I have some things I need to talk about - Pluto, Mr. Robot, Syfy's Fridays and some movies - all coming soon.
ellestra: (tiger)
For some reason this time zone switch really messed up my sleeping. Maybe because my final flight was so late. Maybe it's because of the weather heat makes me extra tired and before storms I get extra sleepy. Anyway, I'm unable to stay awake. I sleep for 10 hours. I spend 8-9 in work and travelling to and from it. I have no time to left to live.

I come back to work after 6 pm and after an hour I just lie down for a little while (or so I tell myself) and then wake up sometime between 2 and 4 am. Pee and go back to sleep because what else you can do when it'd all dark outside (back in Poland 4 am is already light so I would have issues falling asleep again but I can do it in the dark). And I sleep till 6 or 7.

I was planning to wait it over yesterday but there was a big storm and the power went down so I went down too (but laptop make a nice lamp when you need to find stuff around bathroom). Today I finally made it. Watching Syfy was a nice motivation. They new Friday line up is pretty good motivation. Finally some sci-fi to watch. And I'm actually one of the very few people who watches The Messengers. Even though I know it's doomed.
ellestra: (sunrise)
So I'm back in US after two extra hours spent in Toronto due to storm delays. Poland was beautiful as this is the time of year when everything is blooming (I went from lilacs and lily of the valley through the whole azalea and rhododendron blooming season all the way to pseudoacacia) and the weather was behaving perfectly. I got new visa. I met family. I replanted plants. And I (traditionally) got sick. I was too busy to write. Now I'm hiding from the heat as I came back straight into 35C (95F) and above weather (it's supposed to be 37 (99F) for the next 4 days straight). I resent the thought of going outside. I thought the 29-31C (84-89F) weather I was leaving in Poland was bad enough.

Also back - Philae lander. It just contacted Rosetta and the mission control. After 7 months of hibernation due to cold and lack of sunlight it's awake again. Just in time for the summer. It's just like a bear. Everyone's excited. It's been trending on twitter and xkcd has updated the Landing strip.
ellestra: (sunrise)
I've just spent two days in San Francisco. Actually I spent there a little over 24 hours and the rest was flying there in back. Not fun. Especially since we flew in early in the morning and then had to spent the whole day in training trying to pretend we are thinking. But at least I got this:
ellestra: (telamon)
I've been working on my photos from all the trips. I'm still not done because I keep stopping and just scroll through them remembering how awesome it was. But I also am plagued by that feeling that I could've taken a much better photo now. I keep learning more and more bout what works and what doesn't and one day I may even take photos I don't want to post-process.

There are of course some tools that help to learn - like this handy cheat chart about the effect of ISO, aperture and shutter speed on the photo. You can download large version from the original website - Fotoblog Hamburg - both in original German and in English.

And here's an camera simulator where you can play with different settings and can see how the photo turns out. For all those trying out manual option.

And since this has been invisible for so long - it's been tough week so I wasn't paying attention - here is one of those pics I stitched together. Canyonlands:
ellestra: (tiger)
I recently saw another discussion about the Fahrenheit vs. Celsius. It was of course on American site (since no one else even thinks about Fahrenheit) and was all about the superiority of Fahrenheit over Celsius. The whole discussion was as always inane and went back to the only argument that really matters - I grew up with it so it's more intuitive to use. It's the only one that can reasonably let us "determine comfort when we go outside", you know. It however helped me understand a fundamental difference in thinking that eluded me so far (it's been 5 years already - don't even know how that happened).

Look at pictures below. First is used by people defending Fahrenheit as superior. The hundred degree scale contains the temperatures that most people would encounter in their daily life with very cold and very hot outside of it so you'll know you are in special circumstance level. The liveable temperatures are inside it. Celsius - uselessly goes between mildly cold to dead (not really weather on Earth type of temperature). Logical, isn't it?


The thing is - no one thinks of weather or any everyday temperatures this way in Celsius. This closed between 0-100 system doesn't make any sense to anyone raised in Celsius. Sure we care about boiling water but not in weather sense. Instead Celsius is centred around 0oC - the temperature of freezing water. This has a lot of everyday repercussions as that is a difference between rain and snow and between ice and clear roads (but of course humidity, wind and air vs. ground temperature also plays a role) so you want to know if the temperatures will be in the plus or minus.


This is why most of us think of thermometers like this. I picked the one perfectly symmetrical and ending at 50oC but it can be -40 - +40 or -30 - +60 or -100 - +30 depending where you live on Earth. The point is the 0 is our switch point and then the scale is opened on both plus and minus side to go as far as you need in your corner of the world (despite humans having bias towards plus temp the record low is -94 and record high only 56). It is in a way symmetrical which is why I, raised in it, like to say to people that when I was living Poland to come to US it was -18C and when I arrived it was +18. Big temperature shock! Or that near Chicago you can have both -40 and +40 temperatures in one year because continental climate (cold winters, hot summers) while Europe has milder ones because ocean (warmer winter and colder summers).

Fahrenheit is closed of by 0oF and 100oF so, as I mentioned, it relates to unusual by going outside it's borders (or even how close to them you are). I went from 0oF to upper 60s - that's over half the scale. It was way below 0oF - that's how horribly cold it was! And then we went into triple digits and were dying from heatwave!

It's a completely different way of thinking that's not easily translatable no matter how well you learn the corresponding temperatures.

And, of course, very cold and very hot is often a personal thing. I know people who think +30oC is when it starts being nice while I find it very hot. And +20oC is nice but in Hong Kong that's cold weather while people in Siberia treat -20oC as a nice warm winter day.

I have similar thought about other measurements but maybe some other time - it's getting late.
ellestra: (tiger)
So it has started. The spring is truly here and I'm hanging by a thread. The first hit is always the hardest. This sudden switch from being normal person who can go for long walks and even run to someone who gets sore muscles after walking up few flights of stairs too fast (or at least without panting). I knew it's getting really bad. At first the spring comes gradually and I almost imperceptibly get worse but then comes a tipping point and I crash. And by crash I mean I wasn't present for most of Monday. I woke up at 9:30 only because a phone call (I usually wake up by myself - no alarms needed). I tried to get up and go to work but I could barely keep my head up to write an email that I won't make it. And then I went back to bed and when I woke up again it was late afternoon. And normally I can't even fall asleep during the day.

I have 1-2 days like that every spring. They mean that my symptoms are about to get worse. I wake up in a world where it's harder to breathe and I remember why asthma sucks. And why the spring, especially here, is so awful, especially on beautiful days like today. It's easy to forget in good seasons. So I hope you enjoy your warm, sunny days while I dream of rain. And autumn.
ellestra: (sunrise)
So the spring finally came - it's over 20 and is to be above 25 for the next two days. Nature is catching up on all that delayed blooming so now that the snow and cold is gone it seems like everyday something new is flowering. Even the broken branches are blooming. So while I'll go looking for capris and t-shirt to wear tomorrow you can watch this







And this was the sunset today:
ellestra: (lightning)
My weather just went from warm on Monday to cold on Tuesday to almost hot on Wednesday to even colder today. It's been crazy and it hit the whole eastern part of North America (here's pretty nice description of what is happening). It was nice and warm on Monday until the evening when the temperature suddenly dropped. Then Tuesday was barley above freezing but then the temperature suddenly rose and it was 24oC on Wednesday and sunny and we all wore t-shirts and some even shorts and sandals. Today the day started warm but with heavy rain and then the temperature was dropping the whole day and now it's below freezing. Good thing that snow didn't materialise but the rain leftovers are still supposed to cover everything in ice. Tomorrow morning is once again cancelled but at least the buses should work normally so I can finish my experiment. This was supposed to be my first full week at work in half a month.

But starting the weekend the spring is to come. And after that the day temperatures are going back to more normal levels (15-20oC). At least I won't be forced to explain to my parents why I have more winter than they had this whole year. Finally, here going to be warmer than Warsaw. Just a tiny bit (2-3 degrees).

Grey world

Mar. 1st, 2015 11:20 pm
ellestra: (tiger)
Today was the time for freezing rain and then just rain in the afternoon when the temperature finally reached the increadible high of 2oC. So I spent the day inside. I finally used the fireplace - I used some of the branches that were broken by the storm and burn some papers that shouldn't be just thrown away. It was fun but now I need to figure out how to get rid of ash without spreading it all over. This is so much easier when you have hard floors and not the carpet.

I also watch Ida on Amazon. It's free on Prime. It felt so weird to watch a movie in Polish on Amazon but I learned there are few more there. For example Korczak is also available for free on Prime. It reminded me of watching TV Polonia. I tried not to read the English subtitles because the need to correct the translation was taking me out of the story.

People much better at analysing films already did that. Since I was watching this in US on Amazon Prime I kept thinking how much of the background foreigners understand. Like there was one scene when I almost laughed. Not because there was anything funny but because it spent a lot of time focusing on the "nieśmiertelny fikus" ("immortal rubber plant"). That plant used to be a staple of every public building (survives really well inside in low light and little watering) so it was such a perfect detail. Just an indispensable part of times. As a detail even more impressing than the cars.


I also wondered how much of the cultural nuances people outside Poland notice. Like the way Wanda talks to the son - Feliks - and how the policeman talks to Wanda after bringing her to the station. They both use "you" and that's very impolite when talking to an adult you don't know. Kids can do it between them and so do adults when talking to kids and now when people tried to show how more relaxed and cool they are but then and in this situations - no way)\. You basically treat the other person as a much lower in social standing. Contrast this with policeman releasing Wanda next day and using "comrade" to address her (just like she requested before). Outside of party talk you are supposed to use "pan/pani" (which doesn't really translate to English but means something like "Mr/Ms" and "sir/ma'am" at the same time and it's polite and neutral) In Wanda's case - the way she talks to Feliks it's like she's interrogating him - the use of "you" and threats - it all makes perfect sense when you learn she used to be a prosecutor.

This was the biggest surprise for me. I knew what was the subject of the film so I expected that what happened to Anna/Ida's parents was awful so I fully expected the Polish neighbours to be responsible. But I didn't expect that they would use "żydokomuna" ("Jewish communist" - I don't even know how to properly explain how loaded the term is in Polish) stereotype for Wanda. Not that this didn't happened - there were Jews among the communist and Stalinist ranks (she was based on Helena Wolińska-Brus who Pawlikowski knew). After all Stalin was preferable to Hitler and that was true for many people in Poland. People cried when he died even though there were many arrested and executed or just died from beating and malnutrition in prisons. And most of the Stalinist were Polish but the the Jewish ones were used to blame the Stalinist oppression on Jews by subsequent communist regimes and it's the rallying cry of all the anti-Semitic crap that the right-wing ideologues spit out (and one of the biggest insults they can throw at people). For me making "bloody" Wanda embodiment of that was way more shocking than who the killer was.

Probably because I expected this film to be from the Neighbours line of facing the past (there were more Poles helping Jews than any other occupied nation but there were also the ones who didn't and Neighbours was a book that started the discussion about that - still not very popular topic in Poland but at least people started talking about this). I knew that the right wing has deemed the film anti-Polish so I didn't expect into also use anti-Semitic stereotypes even though in both cases it's historically accurate portrayal.

This has also made Wanda the most fascinating character - she is the one who benefited in the system. She has power, influence, respect and money (owning a car was very rare at that time so and usually meant you are someone in the party and earn well so was having such a big flat all for yourself) but she is also completely broken. She resents her niece for being a nun (and Catholic in general which is opposite to both being Jewish and communist) but she's the one who left her in the convent orphanage and never even tried to contact her. And she hates herself.
ellestra: (root and shaw)
It was another snowpocalypse up north but here it just rained all night. I know because I got the stomach bug that fell half of the lab Sunday afternoon and I spent the night between waking up to go to the bathroom. I only puked once and that was the best part (I felt better for a little bit but vomiting doesn't come easy to me). I also slept through most of the Monday while the wind howled and the weather rapidly switched between sun and rain. Or maybe that was just that my moments of conciousness were so far apart. But it rapidly got better today and I'm almost got to normal just in time to go to party to say farewell to half my lab friends who either change jobs or move back to their countries. The party was great but I'm already missing them. Especially the Swede as so many of our experiences were similar so we got the whole America experience together. And since HR is slower than glaciers we still don't have replacements for people who are leaving so we are going to be seriously understaffed for few next weeks.

So at least Person of Interest delivered some distraction. SHAW IS ALIVE!!1!! I never actually expected them to admit to that. At least not this year. After all Sarah Shahi is pregnant with twins and noone knows when she'll be able to come back. I was resigned to them just stringing this on until they know if she wants to come back. But they didn't. She's alive. I also loved the Machine breaking Root's heart. Her faith was to blind. She needed to have her goals crash against those of Machine to see who she really is. Now I can worry what Samaritan is going to do to Sameen. With it's brain implants and human experimentation.

Agent Carter however made a very little sense today. I hope that that Russian they brought back is a plant otherwise this whole thing with Leviathan inviting them to their lair only to have it empty and almost unsecured and letting their most important assets escape makes absolutely no sense. Also making sure we got Dottie was a Leviathan spy was a little heavy handed. We got it even without the handcuffs.
ellestra: (cosima)
The forecast yesterday promised snow or freezing rain and as expected we got the worse option. This morning all cars were encased in ice and it also covered all the over the air walkways. It's hilly here so they often connect the buildings to streets. I was sliding on mine to the pavement and then pulled myself by the railing to the building I work in. Later they put a cone with a note - very slippery on it. Good thing it melted by noon because there'd be a full blown disaster here. Although it is supposed to drop below zero again tonight so we can repeat all this tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile I replaced one of the hard drives on my laptop - the non SSD one - as the old one fell victim to my Christmas clumsiness. The new one is bigger so I did what I always promised myself to do and installed Linux on part of it. I also finally got a printer and installed it. I don't need it much so it's a cheap, monochrome one but it has NFC so I can print directly from my phone. I realised I need it because I had a lot of documents to process in a past month and sometimes wished I didn't have to go to work to get something reprinted. It's all done now - I have new visa and I'm staying for a while longer (no thanks to the incredibly slow HR department - the process started almost a year ago and it ended up being last minute due to their mistakes and incredible slowness) but there will be other things I'd like to be able to print instantly.
ellestra: (lightning)
It's cold. Not as cold as some other places but the problem with a place that doesn't often gets cold is that it's not well prepared for cold. It was -13 oC this morning when I woke up the temperature today never climbed up to plus temperatures (I think it was -3 at the warmest) and now it's rapidly dropping again. This means the temperature in my apartment is some between 18-19 degrees and I'm sitting here with my Uggs on and few layers of clothing. And tea gets cold so fast.

Part of the problem is that the heating system is not really up to it but it's the crooked doors and windows that are probably the biggest problem. One of the windows was rimmed with ice on the inside this morning (no frost outside - it's too dry) and I was barely able to turn the key in the door (not a problem when it's warm). I made a complaint but it will take a while for it to get fixed so right now I'm waiting for warm-up. It's supposed to come on Sunday. But another, lesser cold with possible freezing rain or snow is coming next week.

Meanwhile everyone made their lists of the most interesting sci-fi and fantasy movies coming out this year. I'm waiting most for Avengers and Jupiter Ascending (I like it more and more with every trailer). I will also see Star Wars and last The Hunger Games. I'm still not convinced by Ant-Man (the trailer didn't do much for me) but I'm starting to consider Terminator as the trailer was actually pretty good. Also new version of Mad Max looks good. But those are all franchises and one of the most exciting thing about Jupiter Ascending is not any kind of -quel nor reimaging or adaptation of anything. This is also why I'm excited about the AI films - Ex-Machina and Chappie. That and of course my continuous obsession with AIs. Tomorrowland looks good too. Anything else will probably be spur of the moment decision and will probably depend more on how much time I have than anything else.

Right now I'm considering Predestination because I love All You Zombies. Project Almanac seems interesting but little too like a repeat of Butterfly Effect idea. Paddington got very good reviews and Kingsmen some very fun trailers. And some animated ones - Home and Inside Out mostly.

Here's also list of the SF&F TV series coming this year (at least the ones they know of so far) and the new ones I'm excited about are: 12 Monkeys, iZombie, Daredevil, Westworld and all the SyFy adaptations - Childhood's End, Shannara, Dark Matter, The Magicians. But most of all I'm exited about Humans and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell adaptations. The thing that already makes me cringe - CSI: Cyber - it's going to be as bad as Scorpion and probably as popular.

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