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A trick of the lighting?

Playwright Barbara Lhota has come up with one of the less likely ideas for a stage play: a live-action version of Russell Stamm’s classic comic Invisible Scarlet O’Neil.

How in the world is this even possible? It takes some doing:

Chloe Baldwin serves as the backbone of the show in the title role, a plucky young woman determined to help people as a newspaper reporter. The exact nature of Scarlet’s power and how she ends up using it are a mix of clever action by Libby Beyreis, assisted by Chloe Baldwin; lighting by Meghan Erxleben; set design by Milo Bue; and direction by Leigh Barrett. Ironically, one would be best to see her “invisibility” to fully appreciate it!

Babes With Blades Theatre Company, which presented this production, has lots of reviews and a brief video for your perusal.

(Hat tip: Paul Cwick.)

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An evocative cover

This was suggested to me at Amazon.com yesterday:

If Only It Were True is a pretty spiffy novel by Marc Levy which I bought several years ago. It was subsequently made into a Hollywood movie (Just Like Heaven, with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo), and a Bollywood movie (I See You, with Vipasha Agarwal and Arjun Rampal).

I’ve mentioned I See You before, and I’ve put out a full-fledged review elsewhere. But this cover does capture one basic fact: no one can see the spirit of the young lady who’s been left for dead.

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Something worth remembering

Rodd Thunderheart, author of the novel See Through Love, has prepared a meme which we might want to take to, um, heart:

It's no reflection on you

Then again, that’s an awfully tiny waist.

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We’ll see about that

Coach Daddy asked: “If you could be invisible for a week, what would you do?” Difficulty: you have to describe it in six words.

Fifty-one answers were singled out for the article, and I think this was my favorite:

32. Enjoy not being asked for anything.

Passive rather than active, but attractive just the same.

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Ignore the name for a moment

This has potential as a story:

What happens when you don’t even show up in your selfies?

“IPF” is the Independent Production Fund, which forks out the cash for a few Canadian web series; this was evidently submitted to IPF in the hopes of getting a grant. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I hope they get it.

Update, 30 December: Apparently they got it, because it’s going into production.

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SPF infinite?

This seems like an awful lot to ask of a sunscreen:

But hey, if it works…

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And who knew?

Claire Danes shows up at the Met Gala, kinda sorta:

Claire Danes' glow-in-the-dark dress at the 2016 Met Gala

  

Love the dress, but you probably figured that.

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How depressing

Hopes are not yet dashed, but they clearly have taken a body blow:

A pair of researchers from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and the University of Otago have carried out theoretical modelling in an attempt to understand how an invisibility cloak might actually work in real life. There are different ways to make invisibility cloaks, all of which have to contend with the fact that diverting light around something introduces time delay problems — because the light can’t pass straight through the object that’s being cloaked.

The most realistic way to do it using an “amplitude cloak.” This approach discards information about the phase of light, instead recreating its color and attempting to introduce a time delay to make up for the differences in path length along which the light travels. The good news is that the cloaks create a compelling representation of reality. In fact, labs have already been able to show off amplitude cloaks that kind of work.

But the new research brings some bad news, too. Sadly, it seems this kind of cloak would only work when the hidden object and its observer are stationary. The reason is to do with something known as Fresnel-Fizeau drag. When light propagates through a moving medium — like, say, a raindrop — it is dragged along with the medium. So a moving invisibility cloak — or a moving observer — would drag light with it.

Potions, anyone?

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Extended play

If you liked Disney’s Invisible Sister but wanted more of the early scenes with Paris Berelc as an empty space, Disney Channel UK has something for you:

Who knows what other scenes might still be in the Mouse’s vault?

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Breaking in the youngsters

The Nick Jr. series Little Charmers has had one episode that addresses invisibility: “Invisible Smiles” hinges on Hazel’s attempt to improve her appearance before a fashion show, and how she solves the problem with a lot of sparkly glitter, or maybe it’s glittery sparkle. It’s only a couple of minutes long, and it’s a fair amount of fun for the youngsters at whom it’s aimed.

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She never asked for this

Now here’s a description:

I could feel everything, including my own face when I touched it. Meaning I wasn’t dead, exactly; the explosion of antimatter or whatever had happened at the LHC had somehow reassembled my poor annihilated atoms into a form invisible to the naked eye. And then apparently shot me up onto the nearest mountaintop. So, technically I wasn’t actually in Heaven, I was still somewhere in Switzerland.

It was like God had cursed me by making all my childhood wishes come true. I was wearing the Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak — and I was stuck on the freakin’ set of The Sound of Music!

Dr. Mira Verbogen, having survived a catastrophe at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, discovers she’s not quite what she used to be, in The Accidental Superheroine by J. R. Rain and Kris Carey. Wild and crazy stuff.

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Greatest hits, sort of

This is kind of neat. Brian Cronin at CBR has assembled, with appropriate artwork, the Top Five Greatest Invisible Woman Moments, from many years of Fantastic Four. His criteria, I think, are admirable:

In determining these rankings, I am leaning heavily on “historic” over just plain “cool.” In recent years, writers have been giving Invisible Woman more and more impressive displays of her powers. Heck, during Infinity War, Sue contained a nuclear explosion! During James Robinson’s recent run, she fought the Avengers to a standstill and almost killed Doctor Doom. So for the past twenty years or so, she has routinely done notable feats of strength. While they’re all cool, they sort of take away from the significance of each one. So I’m giving more weight to moments Sue did during periods where she was NOT as well established as a bad ass.

Sensible, given the oft-proclaimed belief that Sue Storm, early on, was primarily eye candy.

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Seeing the sibling that wasn’t there

So I sat through the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister, as mentioned previously. As suspected, it was not related to the book with the similar title, which got an “Inspired by” credit.

That said, it was actually a pretty good story in this vein, and while you expect a DCOM to have a certain quantity of “heartwarming” stuff, it never actually detracted from the plot, and the special effects were more than acceptable — though I don’t think it’s going to make a lacrosse fan of me.

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Somewhat out of sight

A member of the Invisiphiles group (thank you, Tex) spotted an Invisible Woman graphic at memegenerator.net, and hey, how could I resist?

From memegenerator.net

Oh, what fun.

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Are we almost there?

The trouble with your standard present-day “invisibility cloaks” is that they’re not all that cloaky: kinda thick and inflexible, in fact. But wait:

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, designed a carpet cloak, a device that covers an object and scatters light as if it’s hitting a flat surface instead of something three-dimensional.

The cloak is very thin — only about a tenth the size of the wavelength of the photons it’s scattering — and lossless, so there’s no dimming to give away the presence of the cloak. The scientists achieved this by using a new design and different materials. Instead of a periodic structure of metal, which absorbs light, they use two dielectric materials, a Teflon substrate studded with cylinders made of a ceramic. The ceramic has a high refractive index, and the Teflon has a low refractive index. When combined, they create a metamaterial, capable of bending light in unusual ways.

The finished product will of necessity be extremely thin:

It was designed for the microwave range, with a 0.6 cm thickness to handle 6 cm wavelengths, simply because those larger dimensions made it easier to work with. A cloak could be made for visible light but would have to be much thinner. Because the shortest wavelength the human eye perceives is slightly less than 400 nm, a cloak would have to be less than 40 nm thick, a dimension easily achievable by the photolithography processes used for making computer chips.

Still: WANT.

(Via Instapundit.)

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See-through socks

For some reason, this image put some ideas into my head:

Mere sheers somehow don’t have the same effect.

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