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Monday, March 31, 2003
      ( 2:20 PM )   by David Barker  

Childhood Is Very Far Away But Fortunately, Not Too Far!

Bear with me.

I was mentioning to friends at a discussion salon I attend weekly that I remember seeing as a child, a few romantic/heroic fantasies for children produced behind the Iron Curtain when the producers couldn't do anything overtly political, especially critical of the regimes. I vaguely remember one with a scene in it that had the hero on a white horse at the bottom of a hill that was ringed with Stonehenge-like standing stones and, I think, a palace or something at the summit. Now, that is the only one I remember even a bit of, although I'm pretty sure I saw others; foreign, dubbed (badly), cyrillic lettering (although I didn't know that's what it was), et cetera.

Here's my question. Does anybody remember any of these, titles, directors, production information? I did a cursory google (and did I ever look funny!) and found nothing.

Let me know.

Thanks.

Peace.
 




Saturday, March 29, 2003
      ( 4:05 PM )   by David Barker  

Where Is Salam Pax?

He hasn't updated since Monday evening.

Let me know if you hear anything.
 




Thursday, March 27, 2003
      ( 12:07 PM )   by David Barker  

Insert Catchy And Memorable Golden Age Of Science Fiction Quotation About Outer Space Here. My God, That Was Catchy and Memorable!

If you haven't already, immediately visit the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Stunning, glorious, extravagant (for an idiot uncreated universe, that is) images of various celestial objects from various terrestrial - and orbital - sources.

Why are you still reading this?
 




Wednesday, March 26, 2003
      ( 10:42 AM )   by David Barker  

The Second Gulf War Peripheral II I Wonder What The (Inevitable) Country Song About This War Will Be Called

William Gibson's comments on Salam Pax and his 'Dear Raed' blog on Blogger. Salam Pax's blog entries are vivid, mundane and ordinary - except for the fact that his hometown and place of residence, Baghdad, is under siege and he has friends and family missing or dead.

And FY yer I, Salam Pax is an obvious pseudonym; both parts mean 'peace', in Arabic and Latin, east and west, ya see?

Gibson's reference to a BBC online story about 'Dear Raed'.
 




Monday, March 24, 2003
      ( 10:47 AM )   by David Barker  

Not Real Pleased Today But I Had A Good Weekend So I Don't Hate You (In Spite Of The Academy Awards. And The War)

Ad Astra was on in Toronto this past weekend. A friend of mine, Miguel Sternberg, (q.v.) gave me a pass. I was <air_quotes>house-sitting</air_quotes> for some friends on Saturday but I went to the con on Sunday, several sessions. I got to talk briefly to Karl Schroeder who wrote "Ventus", which I really enjoyed, and I looked around for Robert Charles Wilson, who wrote "Darwinia" and "The Chronoliths" but I kept missing him.

At a session on the Moon-landing hoax (anti) one of the panellists said something I'm going to appropriate; "If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put a man on the moon?"

We should have been on Mars by now, for Christ's sake!
 




Thursday, March 20, 2003
      ( 3:33 PM )   by David Barker  

The Second Gulf War Peripheral "Gulf W. War"

Here is a blog that Blogger has added to their Blogs of Note column. It's a fellow in Baghdad. Just some guy. Unnerving at the very least, and disturbing. Check it out.
 




Wednesday, March 19, 2003
      ( 10:30 AM )   by David Barker  

I Hate Everybody And Everything Today. Rrrrr.

But to quote Matt Damon's character Loki, in Dogma, "Oh, not you!"

He says this at the end of the airport scene at the beginning of the movie to a woman in the elevator. She has just heard him say to Bartleby (Ben Affleck) something like "Great, now we can start killing people again."

He and Bartleby are about to embark on a new Angel of Death mission on the way to New Jersey where they hope to take advantage of the loophole recently made available by the Catholic Church so that they can return to Heaven. All is forgiven.

("Quiet loner, keeps to himself" come to mind?)

=;]


 




Monday, March 17, 2003
      ( 10:17 AM )   by David Barker  

It Ain't Rocket Surgery But It Sure Feels Like It Sometimes.

Tosca and Vesta are cats who live with friends of mine. One is Siamese. I couldn't tell them apart for the first little while. They certainly don't resemble one another, but the names are very similar, like Ernie and Bert or Sacco and Vanzetti (or is it Leopold and Loeb? See what I mean?).

Here are my two mnemonics for remembering which cat is which. And vice versa.

1) i) Vesta is Siamese.
      ii) Vesta ≈ Ves-Thai as in Thailand.
     iii) Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia that used to be called Siam.
      iv) "Are you Vesta?"
      v) "Yes, I am."

2) i) Tosca is not Siamese.
      ii) Tosca ≈ Tos-Cambodia.
     iii) Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia that used to be called Kampuchea.
      iv) "Are you Kampuchean?"
      v) "No, you must be thinking of Vesta. She's Siamese."

 




Wednesday, March 12, 2003
      ( 12:16 PM )   by David Barker  

Primitive Counting Anna One, Anna Two...

One
A Couple
A Few
Some
Many
A Lot
All

Also how dogs and monkeys count.

(O Lord, Mildred, the boy's gone mental agin. Wheck'im. And click on somethin' else. I swear this is as bad as the TV! Never anything good on.)
 




Tuesday, March 11, 2003
      ( 3:41 PM )   by David Barker  

Lucifer, You Got Some 'Splainin' To Do! Here, Lucy, Lucy, Lucy.

I mean it. Christ on a crutch. Nuckin' Futs (q.v.) doesn't begin to cover it.
 


      ( 12:21 PM )   by David Barker  

When Life Sucks, Go Fishing. And Stay There.

This I got from Refdesk; it's called Search Engine Showdown. It is a review, comparison and news source on all the major search engines.
 




Monday, March 03, 2003
      ( 11:58 AM )   by David Barker  

When's The Next IntraDimensional Apportation Manifestation Outa Here, Anyway? I Already Got My Ticket.

I guess this is it, my friends.

Comet NEAT (officially C/2002 V1) is going to hit the earth. Or should it be the Earth? Or just Earth?

There should be a standard for that. But I really don't have time to look it up if the comet is going to hit the Earth. Earth. Planet Earth.

Science fiction writers say Terra a lot. Latin for earth. And dirt. Like in Terra Cotta, which has a couple of really nice family recreation areas. I think it's on the Niagara Escarpment. Once I read that this planet should really be called Oceanus because it's more water than dirt. Tellus is Latin for the same thing. Dirt I mean, like earth. Soil.

They're all kind of banal, though. "Hello, Aliens From Tau Ceti, Welcome To The Planet We Natives Call Dirt!" They probably call their planet something exotic like "Klee(click)(hiccup)throom-vlloo!wazee." That could mean 'Golden World of the Wise and Gentle Travellers' if it was a real word in a real space alien language. Which it probably isn't.

But if there are as many galaxies out there as they say there are, then there could be a real language out there that this meant something in. You could make almost any noise with anything, and that could be the speaking parts of a distant alien race that made that noise in some galaxy off in the ass end of nowhere. Pardon my French.

Aliens could probably speak with any part of their body. And even if it was rude if we spoke with that part of our body, it wouldn't be rude to them because they do it all the time.

Aliens might even have to telepath to talk to somebody, especially other aliens. I mean alien to them, like they're alien to us, whoever they are. It must be hard to keep them all straight.

All the alien visits to Earth (the earth, Terra) really happened a long time ago. If your grandmother says she saw aliens, she probably meant Czechoslovakian gypsies or Mexicans. The aliens people say they see nowadays sure aren't like the ones who built the pyramids or Easter Island. Unless it was really aliens who built the Statue of Liberty or the CN Tower, which I guess is possible, only why would they?


It's all going to get destroyed by the stupid comet soon anyway.
 





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