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  1. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    What exactly would be a sequel to Oppenheimer? Edward Teller or Stan Ulam and the Hydrogen Bomb? The big mistake in calculating the yield in Castle Bravo? "Gee it was only three times bigger than expected."
  2. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I suppose a bar could re-label a White Russian as a "Barbenheimer".
  3. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    One news source had man-on-the-street interviews in Japan about what's posted above. It intercut with advertisements for Mazda. The irony was completely lost on the journalists. Almost all Mazdas are made in their Hiroshima main factory, including all four of my Miatas.
  4. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I read that when Hirohito addressed the country, the average person couldn't understand him because he spoke "Imperial Court Japanese" dialect.
  5. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I went to grad school at UCSD, so I was often over at their Scripps Institution of Oceanography for seminars. On one occasion I actually got to see Hirohito in the flesh. He walked past me about 20 feet away led by a party of his academic hosts. Hirohito majored in oceanography in college so...
  6. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Ticket scalpers are raising hell in SF for IMAX tickets to see Oppenheimer. https://www.sfgate.com/sf-culture/article/oppenheimer-craigslist-imax-movie-tickets-18274590.php I'll wait for the inevitable Blu-ray release. The last film I saw in a public theater was The Fellowship Of The Ring...
  7. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Richard Rhodes' book you cited is the classic. Also today is the last day to watch The Day After Trinity (PBS documentary) for free on Criterion. Quoting a Tino post way above for the links...
  8. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    One of the subtle ironies is that trinitite is green glass from the melted sand at the site. One of the Soviet spies was named Greenglass. I have a chunk of concrete from the former Berlin Wall. I need to attach a label to it someday before I die.
  9. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I talked about this documentary at posts 305 and 338 above. Originally posted on YouTube but it got taken down a few days ago. Odd how Criterion has rights to it as it was a PBS show, made by San Jose station KTEH, originally released on DVD by Image.
  10. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    History can be somber. When asked for a title for WWII, Churchill answered immediately "The Unnecessary War". Consider the technology upgrades over the war. It began with bolt action rifles, horse drawn artillery, and propeller driven biplanes. It ended with automatic rifles, jet aircraft...
  11. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Rats. YouTube took it down. It's interesting to see all the footage of Stan Ulam in the film The Day After Trinity, when you realize he is the guy who had the breakthrough idea that made the Hydrogen Bomb work (Teller always says he had it first). The H-bomb is now known as the Teller-Ulam...
  12. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I always laugh when I buy another can of Barbasol shave cream after its use in Jurassic Park. A year ago Barbasol even sold a few cans with lots of graphics of dinosaurs on them. Trivia point: QANTAS stands for Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service.
  13. Dennis Nicholls

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I searched this long thread and didn't find any comments about The Day After Trinity from 1981. It's a documentary with lots of sections of interviews with the scientists and others who participated in the Manhattan Project. Amazingly enough it was put together by the San Jose PBS station KTEH...
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