February 14, 2014 |
The routes American railroads follow were laid out almost exclusively in the 19th and 20th centuries, when trains were symbols of modernity and industrial power. And today, riding a train - especially in the United States - can feel like stepping into a time machine. Tom Zoellner enters this time machine again and again in his highly entertaining, lucid and perceptive travelogue "Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World - From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief.
March 16, 2002 |
Guy Pearce is struggling with the whole Hollywood thing. First noticed as a transvestite in the 1994 "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," then cast in the Oscar-winning "L.A. Confidential" and the critically lauded "Memento," Pearce is reeling from his experiences in string of commercial studio movies. Here's what he's learned: Directors get replaced midstream. Scripts get changed, radically, between takes.
August 18, 1999 |
Time Warp Bureau: Some of you are beginning to question whether Off-Kilter really has access to an experimental time machine built by Caltech. We learned of these doubts through a letter we're going to receive three weeks from now asking why we sometimes run corrections. "If your time machine truly exists," says Noah Whitley of Costa Mesa, "couldn't you just travel into the past and correct your mistakes before you make them?" We wish.
March 4, 1999 |
Do you know what song is sung to the same tune as the ABCs? Or what makes a yo-yo go up and down and round and round? Well, if you don't know that "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is the song and that centripetal force is what makes the yo-yo work, then a trip to the Children's Time Machine Edutainment Center might be in order.
November 21, 1990 |
What if you could go back in time and assassinate Hitler before he came to power? What if you could go back and kill Oswald before he assassinated Kennedy? What if you could go back and eliminate the CBS executives who canceled "The Twilight Zone"? These are the sorts of perennial questions that intrigue new generations of time-travel tale spinners.
August 9, 1997
The Richard Tufeld-voiced robot in "Lost in Space," while referred to as Robot in the series, did have a real name (" 'Lost in' Robot Names," Calendar Letters, Aug. 2). Its designated call letters were B9. Robby the Robot, who figured prominently in the MGM feature film "Forbidden Planet," was seen for years off and on in different television series, including "Lost in Space," in a first-season black-and-white episode called "War of the Robots." Robby played a malevolent robot who had dire designs on the Robinsons, but our robot buddy, B9, saved the day for the humans, though doing so might have meant its own demise.
November 19, 2001 |
With the series scoring its best ratings ever in this, its sixth season, it sometimes seems as if yes, "Everybody Loves Raymond." But even with the slam-dunk Top 10 finishes and the Emmys earlier this month for Patricia Heaton and Doris Roberts, some quibbles by avowed longtime viewers have begun surfacing on various Web sites.
December 7, 2008 |
Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo describes his feature debut, "Timecrimes," as a toy -- "something the audience can play with." The award-winning film, which opens Friday, is a sci-fi thriller and a time-traveling film noir, with a dash of dark humor added for good measure. To wit: the movie's time machine, which resembles a giant egg. "We didn't want to make this beautiful time machine," says the 31-year-old Vigalondo, who also wrote and costars in the film.
August 11, 2002 |
Is it just me or did you, too, have the sense back then, climbing into the photo booth, that you were clambering aboard H.G. Wells' time machine? In fact, I used to think that's where Wells had gotten the idea for his contraption in the first place. Shows you what I knew about history and chronology in those days.
January 23, 2006 |
THE fitness industry is littered with too-good-to-be-true claims of quick results, but one begs to be at the top of the list: an exercise machine that delivers a full-body workout, incorporating cardio, strength and flexibility, in eight -- eight -- minutes. Similarities aside, this is no late-night infomercial gadget with a $19.95 price tag and a B-list celebrity endorsement. This is a machine that's been around for 16 years, weighs 405 pounds and costs $14,615.