Scanner Darkly was a good film. It was as thought-provoking as Waking Life, and had the same general look, albeit somewhat more realistic. The plot reminded me a bit of Fear and Loathing... a bit. It was depressing, and very thought-provoking, inspiring conversation between the couples who went that reminded me a bit of content from Linklater's Waking Life. Earlier today in the Southside I bumped into a SqHill long-term acquaintence I don't see often, and we went to Bruchetta's for lunch. He described some exciting-sounding software that aims to replace 90% of the filming involved in making movies. Although I intuitively (sans data) doubt such software exists today, I suspect he's right in that in the future, everything will be done in CG that's so powerful that nobody can tell the difference between it and real film. I don't know if this will mean we'll see more car chase scenes with big explosions, or fewer. If it ends up being anything like what 3D has done to video games, it'll be a very bad thing, but if it makes filming a lot cheaper and we get balliwood-esque films made by people on their computer, killing Hollywood, that wouldn't be such a bad thing, I don't think. Better yet would be if indie films caught on in a major way, but I don't see that happening, sadly. The main appeal of Hollywood nowadays, I think, is that it controls "branded", "owned" characters, with the ability for big special effects coming as a close second. The best culture, as is often the case, lies outside the public spotlight, perhaps because our culture embraces rather crummy artistic values.
This reminds me a bit of an important stance Kemal Ataturk took not long after he established modern Turkey from Ottoman ruin -- the goal of reworking a nation and destroying existing power is not to lower the entire nation to the state of an uneducated peasant, but rather to lift all of the people up to higher heights. It may be impossible for everyone to live as well as nobility and the very wealthy live now, materially, but providing cultural opportunities that far surpass those available to *anyone* today should not be similarly difficult.
I also have a new troll, courtesy (again) of dealing with marginal users on Wikipedia. It's interesting how habits in broken people tend to repeat -- the universe only shows so much creativity in how people can be unhinged. We are fortunate that on Wikipedia, unlike on Usenet and definitely unlike in real life, people can be blocked indefinitely. I don't know, if I were running a state or the head of a tribe or similar, what I'd do with someone like him.