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(io9)   "Attentional Blink" causes you to forget what's right in front of you, especially if it's a large stone angel statue that seems to be moving closer   (io9.com) divider line 38
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2014-03-17 11:45:07 AM  
SILENCE!
 
2014-03-17 12:51:24 PM  
Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?
 
2014-03-17 12:56:07 PM  
Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?
 
2014-03-17 12:59:01 PM  
Did it look like this?

photos1.blogger.com
 
2014-03-17 01:03:49 PM  

verbaltoxin: Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?


They're made of time stone or something.
 
2014-03-17 01:16:08 PM  
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Frowns at your shenanigans subby.
 
2014-03-17 01:16:19 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: verbaltoxin: Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?

They're made of time stone or something.


They grow back.
 
2014-03-17 01:18:28 PM  

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Frowns at your shenanigans subby.


Why are you frowning?
 
2014-03-17 01:20:07 PM  
sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
 
2014-03-17 01:29:51 PM  
This whole thing has a perfectly logical and rational expl.... SQUIRREL!! .... uh.... never mind.
 
2014-03-17 01:54:38 PM  
I prefer the original.
 
2014-03-17 01:58:24 PM  

No Such Agency: Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?


THIS. Holy shiat this. Add in the rabid nuWho fanboys who have been fans "forever!" (Read 3 years or less), and it's getting hard to be a Who fans.
 
2014-03-17 02:12:58 PM  
I always blamed it on the weed.
 
2014-03-17 02:14:02 PM  

Hebalo: it's getting hard to be a Who fans.


upload.wikimedia.org

Agree.
 
2014-03-17 04:03:17 PM  

No Such Agency: Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?


Compared to what, exactly? The show has never been what anybody would call hard sci-fi.
 
2014-03-17 04:04:12 PM  

Hebalo: No Such Agency: Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?

THIS. Holy shiat this. Add in the rabid nuWho fanboys who have been fans "forever!" (Read 3 years or less), and it's getting hard to be a Who fans.


Awww, how cute. You loved Doctor Who before it was cool.
 
2014-03-17 04:13:47 PM  
i61.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-17 04:26:57 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: verbaltoxin: Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?

They're made of time stone or something.


Oh of course. Super magic stone. So find a time sledgehammer. Done. And don't tell me such a thing doesn't exist in the Who-niverse when everything exists in it.

Nurglitch: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: verbaltoxin: Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?

They're made of time stone or something.

They grow back.


Throw them into the TARDIS, take them to the end of the universe, and leave them there.
 
2014-03-17 04:30:17 PM  

blazemongr: No Such Agency: Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?

Compared to what, exactly? The show has never been what anybody would call hard sci-fi.


This is a valid point for the show that brought us Sutekh and Autons and the Beast of Peladon, but I feel there's a lot of extra hand waviness during this creative era. Also emo melodrama, so much emo melodrama...

... And I'm not even nearly old enough to have loved DW "before it was cool". It was always a popular show, right from the get go.
 
2014-03-17 04:31:56 PM  

verbaltoxin: Throw them into the TARDIS, take them to the end of the universe, and leave them there.


What, right in the restaurant?
 
2014-03-17 04:32:09 PM  
Wikipedia link, for those who can't Google but don't want to click a Gawker link: link.
 
2014-03-17 04:40:23 PM  

No Such Agency: Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?


The TARDIS is 40% Handwavium.
 
2014-03-17 04:46:06 PM  
i58.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-17 04:49:24 PM  
media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-17 04:52:56 PM  
So you really can "un-see"?
 
2014-03-17 05:33:14 PM  

Nurglitch: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: verbaltoxin: Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?

They're made of time stone or something.

They grow back.


IIRC it takes a leaking power plant to get them to grow back at any appreciable rate. Just smash them and walk away, time enough to GTFO.
 
2014-03-17 05:55:20 PM  

Cletus from Canuckistan: I prefer the original.



Oh you bastard. I can't go to that site without creeping myself out for hours with a bunch of random articles.

It's a great site.
 
2014-03-17 06:40:35 PM  
i57.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-17 07:00:56 PM  

blazemongr: Hebalo: No Such Agency: Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?

THIS. Holy shiat this. Add in the rabid nuWho fanboys who have been fans "forever!" (Read 3 years or less), and it's getting hard to be a Who fans.

Awww, how cute. You loved Doctor Who before it was cool.


Doctor Who has always been cool. But when it became popular the show changed in a huge way. The new set and obvious budget increases have taken away from the cool stories we were used to.

/for me anyway.
//been hanging on loosely since season 6...
 
2014-03-17 08:35:42 PM  

blazemongr: Hebalo: No Such Agency: Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?

THIS. Holy shiat this. Add in the rabid nuWho fanboys who have been fans "forever!" (Read 3 years or less), and it's getting hard to be a Who fans.

Awww, how cute. You loved Doctor Who before it was cool.


Yes, and still do, but reserve the right not to love every little detail. Tired of the "squeeing masses" losing their shiat over every little thing/
 
2014-03-17 08:43:21 PM  

verbaltoxin: Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?


Might work, but consider that the typical WA offensive weapon is consuming your timeline by touching you. Even just touching your clothes or whatever is connected to you somehow seems to work. They can grab your wrist without sending you away or tear out your spine or snap your neck or any other physical thing, and apparently can absorb your mental pattern if they need to talk to you, but displacement via physical contact is going to be their primary way to dispatch you. One might think that if they've got a hankerin' and they're not impaired in some way that effect might work even if they're already stone. (Who knows how many homeless people go missing because of that. Or for that matter, how many homeless people are previous victims of peckish WA's.)

Also, their method of reproduction says that they can send themselves into whatever captures their image, meaning you have a buddy stare at one long enough for you to smash it to bits, then turn around and your buddy is one and he nabs you. Or worse, we don't know if their substance might itself turn to dust which sticks to your skin or gets in your nose, eyes and lungs and then turns you or displaces you in order to restore the WA.

/Don't get me wrong.I'm not at all averse to finding holes in the strategies used in entertainments which seem less than fully considered, but where Science Fiction is concerned, I usually try to see if there's an in-continuity possible answer just because I think of it like science; if you observe something which seems to defy what is known, and there is no denying what was observed, then the onus is on you to figure out why. Especially on a fantastical, timey-wimey show, "The writer/director/producer/entire cast and crew is a hack/moron/crackhead/pack of show-killing saboteurs" is the last option after all others have been exhausted.
 
2014-03-17 08:50:29 PM  
Thanks to Cognitive Psychology 101, i now can't watch basketball without looking for a guy in an ape suit...
 
2014-03-17 10:29:50 PM  

DerAppie: Nurglitch: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: verbaltoxin: Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?

They're made of time stone or something.

They grow back.

IIRC it takes a leaking power plant to get them to grow back at any appreciable rate. Just smash them and walk away, time enough to GTFO.


Are you purposely conflating them with the Hand of El-Drad to smoke out nerds like me?
 
2014-03-18 12:21:51 AM  
i60.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-18 12:49:42 AM  
Nice work, Antron.
 
2014-03-18 02:43:17 AM  

No Such Agency: Because as much as I love Doctor Who, a lot of the recent stuff is total hand wavey bullshiat?


You mean "handy wavey bully shiatty".
 
2014-03-18 03:51:33 AM  

lake_huron: DerAppie: Nurglitch: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: verbaltoxin: Why doesn't anyone position one dude to stare at the angel, while the other dude smashes it with a sledgehammer?

They're made of time stone or something.

They grow back.

IIRC it takes a leaking power plant to get them to grow back at any appreciable rate. Just smash them and walk away, time enough to GTFO.

Are you purposely conflating them with the Hand of El-Drad to smoke out nerds like me?


Nope, it actually happened. The episode that the Doctor, River and the Church go and investigate that crashed ship. The leaking reactor caused them to grow back faster. At the end of the episode the Doctor uses them to close the local rift in reality.
 
2014-03-18 09:22:51 AM  

Cletus from Canuckistan: I prefer the original.


Blink premiered in 2007. Your 'original' was added in 2008. It looks like someone added feces and blood to a Weeping Angel to mess with the janitor.
 
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