Friday, April 17, 2009
44th Academia Film Olomouc 2009
If this trailer has just automatically appeared, that's because it was pre-programmed and I am probably on my way to Olomouc, the spiritual center of Moravia, to supplement one of the TV programs - that you probably know very well, that you may see in the trailer above, and that is going to be aired on AFO 2009 - with a spoken (and PowerPoint) presentation. ;-)
If you think that some of the programs are not quite new, it's because not every annual festival in Olomouc is devoted to fundamental physics.
Sorry for the absence...
I can't review everything that has taken place - because it was a lot of stuff. By the way, Olomouc is a beautiful historical city with lots of churches and an anomalously low number of tourists. I took about 200 pictures, too.
There have been documentaries such as Most of the Universe is Missing (BBC) which was followed by a talk by Prof Kulhánek about dark (and visible) matter and dark energy, and The Elegant Universe (PBS) that was followed by my talk on similar topics.
All the movies were introduced by the official intro, explaining that crop circles can't be caused by the U.F.O. (and showing the U.F.O.'s along the way), and usually also by a short movie shot from the reference frame of a monkey (or at least a student of a film academy pretending to be a monkey).
The following private discussion with many participants was mostly dominated by an ingenious woman who was inspired by my talk to realize that the sound results from the world sheet of strings, using modern language. She couldn't believe anyone that the sound could have had anything to do with the air.
Other discussions about the infinite hierarchization of matter (vs the Planck scale) and lots of other topics came after my talk.
On Saturday night, I saw Jesus Is Normal (Take It Jeasy, in English), a documentary about a Christian sect that is very similar to one that I became familiar with 12 years ago (through an ex-GF of mine).
I was impressed by the movie - and by the sensible answers of the film director, 20-year-old Ms Tereza Nvotová (greetings!) in the question period. Let me keep other things linked to TN private. ;-)
There have been many stories linked to the trip. For example, in the train, when I was returning to Pilsen a few hours ago, a freshman next to me studied mechanics of the continuum and he or she was confused why one coefficient of thermal expansion was three times another one. After observing one minute of his or her suffering, I couldn't resist and explained him or her that one of them referred to the linear expansion while the other was about the expansion of the volume etc. He or she was excited how much sense it made. Someone is lucky. ;-)
TBBT: Czech dubbing
Check 1x01 Pilot and 1x02 Hypotéza otrubové vlákniny to compare the Prima Cool dubbing of "Teorie velkého třesku" with the original.
I think that the translation and synchronization are OK (and the translation is sometimes creative) but the style of the Czech characters looks weak to me.
For example, Sheldon's voice is too ordinary and the Czech actor simply doesn't seem to be a high-IQ person at all. This is amplified by his frequent colloquial Czech: a huge problem. The Czech director seems to have lost the whole point here (and maybe they simply haven't found a good Parsons counterpart). Czech Leonard's voice is too self-confident (very different from Leonard's frustrated discourse) - and indistinguishable from Sheldon, anyway. The Czech creators seem to have misunderstood all the specific features of the individual characters.
Well, I don't like Czech Penny's voice too much, either. It sounds just like all the other dubbed sitcoms. Rajesh has no Indian accent and sounds insufficiently shy. And Wolowitz is bad at basic things like imitating Hawking's computer voice.
There are some errors in the translation, too. For example, Penny talks about her work about a girl who moves from Lincoln - but she is from Omaha so it's not about her, she says. Lincoln is translated as "Nebraska" (because no one knows "Lincoln" the city here) which completely screws the joke because Omaha is in Nebraska, too. It doesn't sound manifest that Penny is more ordinary than the boys.
Well, let me stick with the English original.