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Old 01-22-2010, 03:36 AM
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All our land vertebrates are tetrapods, right.
But now look at the difference between crustaceans, insects and chelicerates. Removing some limbs doesn't seem to be that big a deal.
In the activists' handbook they explain that an ape-like lifeform with 4 limbs (yet the upper limbs seperate to form 4 hands) is considered to be an evoultionary link between the 6-limbed animals and the na'vi.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:38 AM
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You know you're the first to bring up the flying mountains thing.
It was silly. There is no force that could suspend Rock of that mass that high up with no moment at all.

But that's how good of a job Cameron does at telling the story.
It was utterly incredible but not to many of us blinked for long
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:23 AM
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You know you're the first to bring up the flying mountains thing.
It was silly. There is no force that could suspend Rock of that mass that high up with no moment at all.

But that's how good of a job Cameron does at telling the story.
It was utterly incredible but not to many of us blinked for long
Yeah, I didn't care about the floating mountains...or how many limbs everything had.
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:27 AM
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I thought there might have been some kind of 'something' in the rocks that operated like two opposing magnets continously keeping the mountains apart from the ground.

Didn't the film say that scanners/targeting systems etc were all useless because of huge interference from something that wasn't entirely defined?

Probably not very scientific - but just a thought.
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:21 AM
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Yeah Cameron barely alluded to it but he certainly made sure we all knew it was meant to be amazing...and it was.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:18 AM
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It's the unobtainium. Everything is explained in the technical book
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It's the unobtainium. Everything is explained in the technical book
I've not read the technical book but it was my assumption that the unobtainium was responsible for the floating mountains and whatever phenomena caused the navigation equipment to work improperly. One presumes it was electromagnetic in nature. I've got to pick up that book.

What's interesting to me is how that lack of detailed explaination of such things in Avatar (which doesn't bother me) can be so easily overlooked by the same type of person that found something like, say, Spock having a phaser in one scene when he was never shown picking one up, a flaw in Star Trek '09!?!
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:29 PM
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Or perhaps protomatter??
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Or perhaps protomatter??
Gotta love that protomatter. Tricky stuff though...tends to be a bit unstable.
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