I have chosen quantum mechanics as my first post because there is some big news in the field. They may have uncovered the elusive Higgs boson. So what does that have to do with George Clooney? I am not sure, but Wikipedia seems to think that the Higgs boson is the basis for Solaris. A boson is a type of particle and the Higgs is the only one left in the Standard Model that has not been proven. I have been trying to unbderstand it, and the best I can come up with is that it is essentially the difference between mass and energy. And that is why I love quantum physics - everything is a total mind-fuck! You have to deconstruct everything you know about how shit works to even begin to understand it.
Example: there are particles existing in two places at the same time. You can never see them because as soon as you look they revert to a single state. So it is like a bad cartoon joke. Every time you turn your head, they unsettle back into multiple states of existence. You turn to look - one stable particle. Here is the kicker - this is all on paper. You cannot "look" at these things because they are smaller than light waves. So quantum mechanics requires a cosmic "observer." And it isn't us, we don't count -not even George Clooney. So this hard, dry science kinda-sorta proves that there is a God. Again, some great mind-fuckery.
The other great thing is if they prove that they have found this particle, the Europeans are screwed. The EU spent billions of dollars building a huge supercollider strictly for the purpose of uncovering the Higgs. Remember, this is the last particle that needs to be found. They can't use the collider for anything else. Just a monumental waste of Euros. (WILATU #17 - schadenfreude.)
By the way, if you decide you want to watch Solaris, I recommend also seeing the original Russian version. Though Clooneyless, it is a far superior film. It is also a little easier to understand what is supposed to be going on. In researching this post I found there is a book on which both movies are based and I will now have to track down. But again, no Clooney.
However, we here at WILATU know what Steven Soderburg and every woman in America knows: people want more Clooney. So here is one more pic.