Saturday, November 30, 2002
( 11:30 AM ) by David Barker
Not Another Entry About This Particular Family!
Today is my friend Luisa's murndle-zenth birthday.
While I could wish that this is the happiest birthday she will ever have, I wouldn't want to restrict God or Fortune if there's plans for something even more wonderful on perhaps one, if not more, of her many birthdays to come.
Michael, Reid, Ronnie, you lucky dogs.
Friday, November 22, 2002
( 2:07 PM ) by David Barker
I totally forgot to blog this and what a dummy. Sunday was my friend Ronnie's 8th birthday party. He's a fine young fellow - fine parents, you know - and he's growing up fast. I've known him since he was this big.
His parents, Reid and Luisa, invited me along with a parent's dozen kids to go see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (or Harry Potter and the Room of Things You Know But Shouldn't Tell Other People In Case You Get in Trouble From the Person Who Told You in the First Place as it's known in the USA). What a lot of fun!
The kids are growing up, the atmosphere is darker, there are new people at Hogwarts, and the wizarding world is getting wider, deeper, and richer for Harry and his friends. Lucius Malfoy is all pompous, sneering evil-waiting-to-happen and you just know why Lord Voldemort recruited him in the first place all those years ago.
Hooray for JK! Sorry about Richard Harris, but I think Christopher Plummer should take over Dumbledore.
Thursday, November 21, 2002
( 3:16 PM ) by David Barker
We Can't Show What In Movies???
This is the Hays Code, the rules by which films were made from the 1930s well into our own age of enlightenment.
The "Hays Code" (from Katz's Film Encyclopedia)
A self-regulatory code of ethics created in 1930 by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (M.P.P.D.A.), under Will H. Hays, and put into strict effect on July 1, 1934, with Joseph I. Breen as director of the Code Administration.
The code set forth general standards of "good taste" and specific do's and don't's concerning what could and could not be shown in American movies. Among the general principles of the code was the requirement that "no picture shall be produced which will lower the standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin."
Saturday, November 16, 2002
( 10:41 AM ) by David Barker
!!! kissthisguy.com, the archive of misheard lyrics is back /!!!
Song: Bad Moon Rising
Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
The real lyrics were: There's a bad moon on the rise
But (subject) misheard them as: There's a bathroom on the right
Yeah, you never did. Fwoar.
Saturday, November 09, 2002
( 1:42 PM ) by David Barker
This is the New York Times obituary of Charles Sheffield (login required, but free registration and no spam), one of my favourite science fiction writers. His 'Heritage Universe' trilogy is probably my favourite space opera.
The obituary is where I find out his widow is Nancy Kress, yet another of my favourite science fiction storytellers. Ah, Fate!
Monday, November 04, 2002
( 10:33 AM ) by David Barker
The excerpt from Neal Stephenson's next novel, Quicksilver, a sequel to Cryptonomicon (and second of a quartet?), printed as a teaser in the back of the current mass market edition of Cryptonomicon (which totally rocks!!!!!), mentions Barkers repeatedly, as apparently, a movement of some sort within Puritanism. I'm going to check this out some more, because, it being such an interesting family name, and I oughta know, there might be something cool going on there.
b) I entered NaNoWriMo. I will post the URL for my entry here soon, once I'm more confident about it.
Saturday, November 02, 2002
( 12:58 PM ) by David Barker
According to a CNN story about Laika, the Russian dog who went into space a few months after Sputnik in 1957, the year I was born, her name was Russian for 'Barker'.
"Laika, a mixed-breed pooch whose name means Barker, rode in a cramped, padded pressurized compartment, with enough room to stand or lie down and with water and food dispensed in a gel form."