Day 043 – On Site, and the End of an Odyssey

_Captain’s Log, StarDate 2007.08.18-01.38_

I didn’t go out anywhere today. I woke up late, had brunch, finished watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, and got down to some serious work on this site. I have mixed opinions about the movie, although the book is one of my all-time favourites. I guess that considering the fact that it came out in 1968, the movie is pretty good for its time. One of the glaring characteristics is the lack of a continuous soundtrack, so much the standard these days. Where present, the background soundtrack is either western classical (The Blue Danube and Zarathustra recur often), which IMHO doesn’t go very well with the futuristic nature of the movie, or some insane, spooky, high-pitched, almost alien, latin chanting.

For that matter, very little of the movie actually has any spoken dialogue. Having grown up on a diet of contemporary Sci-Fi, NASA, Electronic Dance Music and Winamp Visualization Plugins like Geiss, and because of the fact that the book is much more vivid in description, I’m glad my imagination had conjured up much better images than what the movie crew could put together with their 1960’s technology. Nevertheless, it was ground-breaking for its time and incidentally, the last movie made about man landing on the moon before man actually landed on the moon (or did he? ;-)).

I don’t think I’ll ever have the patience to watch it again, though. I’ve read the book (infact the entire series) several times and wouldn’t mind doing it a couple of times more. Sir Arthur C. Clarke has a way with words is unparalleled and an imagination that was boundless.


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