973 – Prospect (2018)

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Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell: “PROSPECT originated from a desire to make the kind of sci-fi we wanted to see. We wanted to create a rich and detailed original universe and explore it from the perspective of relative nobodies on the fringe of civilization. It’s not a projection of earth’s near future or a new technological paradigm, nor does the fate of the universe hang in the balance. Rather, the focus is on the people no one cares about who struggle just to forge a palatable existence. People who push into the treacherous frontiers of space, driven by economic desperation to put their lives on the line for a shot at changing the status quo. This kind of expansive, fantastic world becomes the platform to tell a more intimate story, tethered to the experiences of one girl as we follow her strange, survival-induced coming of age. And we hope we’ve created a universe that feels deep and alive; a backdrop that feels incidental to the story, rather than purpose-built for it. Though the perspective is focused, we want the world to feel like it extends well beyond the edges of the film.” (PROSPECT Wiki)

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Discard Studies

Social studies of waste, pollution & externalities


Discard Studies 2.0

Discard Studies has been operating since 2007, mainly under the stewardship of one or two people. In the spirit of reflecting on what we, as editors, writers, and researchers in discard studies are including or not including in our posts, we’re looking to expand what the blog covers. We’re interested in posts on the waste the flows from virtual systems, collecting and discarding in archives and museums (including issues of repatriation and colonialism), heritage and building waste, noise (701) and light (713) pollution, but also in wider systems that order waste and wasting, such as the state, economies, legal orders, gender constructs, white supremacy, and models of resurgence, revival, and liberation. All have their discards.

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621 – The Book of Eli (2010)

spacetime coordinates: 2043 Pacific Coast / San Francisco Bay AreaThe-Book-of-Eli-movie-poster

The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western action film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel WashingtonGary OldmanMila KunisRay StevensonJennifer Beals and  Tom Waits. The story revolves around Eli, a nomad in a post-apocalyptic world, who is told by a voice to deliver his copy of a mysterious book to a safe location on the West Coast of the United States. The history of the post-war world is explained along the way, as is the importance of Eli’s task.

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526 – Unravel (2016 video game)

spacetime coordinates: 20th century Northern Scandinavia

Unravel is a puzzle platform video game developed by the Swedish company Coldwood Interactive and published by Electronic Arts. It was announced on 15 June 2015 and released in February 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. The game centres on Yarny, a small anthropomorphic creature made of yarn whom the player navigates through the environment, utilizing the unraveling yarn which makes up Yarny to solve puzzles, avoid dangerous creatures, and traverse obstacles.

MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon Phenom X2 @ 2.8Ghz AMD //  RAM: 4 GB // OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 – all 64-bit // VIDEO CARD: Requires DX11 class hardware and feature setGeForce GT 450 or Radeon HD 5750 or better, with 512 MB or greater (Laptop GeForce GTX 745M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G or Intel 4400 or better)

https://www.ea.com/games/unravel