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February 26, 2007

DVD Review– Solaris

4 out of 5 stars

Starring George Clooney, this film went a long way (in my eyes) to repair the damage he did to his reputation with the farce, Batman & Robin. Clooney’s soulful representation of a psychiatrist whose harsh actions lead to his wife’s suicide is excellently played without too much drama and sentimentality being forced down the viewers throat. (As, sadly, is the case in many modern US films)

The director, Steven Soderbergh, produces a superb set with a tremendous attention to detail whilst the soundtrack by Cliff Martinez is truly inspired.

The story is an interesting one although it does leave a lot of questions open. When I first watched it I thought ‘What crap! I have no idea what happened!’ but the more I’ve watched it, the more it grows on me and I can start to see more behind the story. I’ve since bought the original book by Stanislaw Lem but have yet to get round to reading it (The other half has got me hooked on Terry Pratchett!)

All in all, watch this film; it will give you something to think about!

CD Review– Solaris (Soundtrack)

5 out of 5 stars

Martinez blends electronica with percusive vibraphones seamlessly and produces a very eerie but emotive sound. The chord progression throughout (4-5-6) is very persistent and seems to represent the constant pain that Kelvin feels at the loss of his wife.

The music has an excellent way of keeping the viewer on edge with the strangeness but there is also enough of the familiar to prevent it being too out of the ordinary.

In my opinion, one of the best soundtracks ever.

PhD Work– 26/02/07


  • MT03-01: Turbulent Inflow Rescaling

D’oh! I have set them all running with ncond=0 which means the default method is activated. This is a hybrid method but because the Reynolds number (and hence the Peclet number) is so high, this equates to upwinding. No wonder there was so much dissipation!

Will set running the following in response:

mt03-01-10: 05 but with ncond=3
mt03-01-11: 06 but with ncond=3
mt03-01-12: 07 but with ncond=3
mt03-01-13: 08 but with ncond=3
mt03-01-14: 09 but with ncond=3

Correction: ncond=0 is upwinding directly

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