June 26, 2006

A Few Related Things

First, it looks like the horribly underrated Futurama is making a comeback, with 13 new episodes to air on Comedy Central in 2008. Evidently they have the whole cast back too, which is awesome. Really, I didn't appreciate Futurama until I started watching a lot of reruns on Adult Swim. If you too weren't pulled in by the show the first time around, do yourself a favor and tune in to Adult Swim and catch up a bit. The show rocks.

Here's a teaser for Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Evidently Al's daughter is the only female writer on Futurama, which makes him even cooler. Much like the movie itself, this video makes Al Gore look super cool

I've seen An Inconvenient Truth twice now, and I'll probably see it a third time before it leaves theaters. Yeah, that's a lot. It's hard to argue that any movie is *that good*. With this one it's that I know that if I don't go with people they probably won't go at all, and I think it's important for people to see it.

I won't go into the science of the movie, partly because you all probably know it and partly because the movie itself doesn't focus heavily on the science. This movie is about repackaging the arguments you've heard before into something both more entertaining and more relatable. People that have been following Al Gore since 2000 already know that he's reinvented himself, but non-politics nerds will probably be surprised at how *not* Al The Robot he is these days. Truthfully, he probably never was as wooden as he seemed, but just had some really bad people managing his image.

Like I say though, this movie isn't going to shock most (especially young) people with the realization that global warming happens. We've heard that all before. What will shock you is the evidence that you might not have seen before. A lake that used to be among the largest in the world, almost completely disappeared. Glaciers that have been around for tens of thousands of years almost completely gone. Softening this up are several personal anecdotes from Al that drive home that this is a moral issue, not merely one of science.

All I really want to impress on you is that this is not just an informative documentary, it's an entertaining movie. It's funny, it's touching, it's shocking. Global Warming happens and is happening and everyone should go see this movie.

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