10/09/17 Joyce’s Children


It was interesting trying to figure out what Joyce would be doing in these final scenes of this first part, where she kinda’ feels (on a very realistic practical way) like there is nothing left that she can do. Calling her children seemed top jobber.


  1. andreas

    Nice set of angles and camera-work.

    Since presumably you didn’t have the budget to put the camera on curved tracks for the 360° shot, the camera-person must have done a remarkable job moving around smoothly in close quarters. 😉

    1. Finn

      they could have simply hung the camera from a tiny crane, and in fact that seems more likely because the setup for the camera would probably be visible if they used a track. Though they probably have the budget for either method. In fact since they have done a few zooms on physical models of planets, they probably have used tracks for the camera several dozen times. I really appreciate all the physical effects work they do in general, like have you seen the process for applying the Jabby prosthetic, insanity.

      1. andreas

        @ Christopher

        Well, those 3D models would come in handy for Spacetrawler: The Video Game…

        @ Finn

        I know, right? I’ve heard that the actor who plays Mauricio goes into the make-up trailer clean-shaven – that’s how long the process takes. 😉

  2. Muzhik

    That puts the interstellar link node somewhere about a third of the way between the orbits of Earth and Mars.

    BTW, did you know there is a protocol ready and waiting for using IP over long (although not interstellar) distances? Yes, you CAN Skype your Martian relatives!

    1. Peter Rogan

      In fact I do know this. I also know that a specification exists for IPoAC (IP over Avian Carriers), a protocol that relies on data being sent by carrier pigeon between nodes. Last I looked, it was a trifle on the slow side, with approximately 0.00000007 bits per second received. The IEEE has yet to schedule a meeting on approving the protocol, which was developed in 1998. In case you doubt, look up the specifications in RFC 1149, and its subsequent improvements in RFC 2549 and RFC 6214, which discusses the transmission of IPv6 over IPoAC.

      1. Peter Rogan

        The only one I know of is for the ISS, but it’s isolated (air-gapped) from the public internet to prevent infection by malware and, of course, hacking. I would expect all other extraterrestrial IP addresses to be similarly isolated. Probably for the best. Really, what would you send to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter anyway? A selfie request?

        1. Muzhik

          @Peter Rogan, no, I’d send a request for some photos of the secret alien bases the government doesn’t want to show us. You know, the ones with the pyramids and the human faces and such.

          And while we’re at it, let’s see if we can’t direct Hubble to do something like take pictures of the Nazi moon bases on the far side of the moon.

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