We spent way more time than anybody thinks getting ready to fly in space. It is a huge, complex process. I had to learn to do surgery, learn how to do dental work, learn to deal with burns… I worked in the emergency ward in the hospital in Houston sewing people up, coming in, just in case we ran into that on board. Photography, all the different cameras. Geology and geography of the world. Orbital mechanics. How to reprogramme computers on board. Everything, you’ve got to learn it all. And plumbing, fixing the toilet, which I did three times (I think) while I was up there. And all the technical stuff. So it’s a lot of training and preparation.
But when it comes right down to it, people just wanna know what does it mean and what is it like. So I spent every evening and weekends, putting together little videos of how I cut my fingernails, how you get a haircut, how you throw up or whatever you gonna do in space. How is it different. — Nerdist Podcast: Chris Hadfield
Things changed with the Shuttle, we built the arm on the Shuttle, got an invitation for Canadians to be astronauts, hired a class in 83 - I still wasn’t ready.
But in 92, they stuck an ad in the newspapers across Canada that said “Wanted: Astronauts”. So, I applied. — Nerdist Podcast: Chris Hadfield
People are saying I don’t need anything but my own ability to earn a profit. I’m not connected to society. I don’t care how the road got built, I don’t care where the firefighter comes from, I don’t care who educates the kids other than my kids. I am me. It’s the triumph of the self. I am me, hear me roar.
Societies are exactly what they sound like. If everybody is invested and if everyone just believes that they have “some”, it doesn’t mean that everybody’s going to get the same amount. It doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be people who are the venture capitalists who stand to make the most. It’s not each according to their needs or anything that is purely Marxist, but it is that everybody feels as if, if the society succeeds, I succeed, I don’t get left behind. And there isn’t a society in the west now, right now, that is able to sustain that for all of its population. — David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’
There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization. — Werner Herzog’s Minnesota Declaration: Defining ‘ecstatic truth’ | Roger Ebert’s Journal | Roger Ebert
In February of 1979, late in the production of The Shining, as the crew filmed on the Lobby set, a small fire broke out on an adjacent sound stage. The fire quickly grew into an eleven-alarm inferno, and by morning, the sound stages containing some of The Shining’s most massive sets: The Colorado Lounge, the Lobby, and the hotel’s iconic hallways, were all but destroyed.
The next morning Stanley Kubrick surveyed the damage, and photographer Murray Close captured this image of Kubrick laughing in the face of disaster – surrounded by twisted girders and the smoldering wreckage of his sets.
"I’m gonna give you a little something you can’t take off."