DENNIS C: I've never even watched the show, but apparently I'm the Eighth Doctor.
ALL: As for confessions regarding things I missed -- purposely, in this case -- I never (shame on me!) read any of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" comics. My only excuse was that after growing up during a time when comic writing was only so-so (but the art, which I always appreciated more, could be magnificent), I hesitated about picking up anything in comic book in my adult years unless I'd seen a recommendation by a writer I trusted, or just a bunch of rave reviews ("Watchmen", "The Dark Knight", etc.). Currently, my daughter and I are sharing THE SANDMAN Volume II (I just tricked her into taking my buddy out in the yard, to pee, so I could say she left the volume sitting around, and therefore it was fair game for me -- what the hell, she reads twice as fast I do).
If there is ANY one out there who hasn't ever read these works by Gaiman, you'll do yourself a favor by picking up THE SANDMAN Vol. I and THE SANDMAN Vol. II. The writing is some of the best -- right up with there with the best short stories and novels -- that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. And the art (by many different illustrators) ranges from quirkily perfect to nothing short of magnificent (just saw some illustrations, for one issue piece, by John Bolton that were breathtaking).
Cheers from oz,
DTS (AKA, the 8th Doctor)
wrongwrongWRONG and yet again WRONG!!
That hamster was a TEXAN.
Good damn day, sir,
Harlan Ellison in full
TO FRANK CHURCH
By now you know I pass no judgments or comments on YOUR comments or judgments. And yet...
You DO NOT NOT NOT MEAN
"I could care less..."
Because "I could care less MEANS
in the English fucking language: "I COULD care less..." that is to say, you are capable of caring MORE. The phrase "I COULDN'T care less," is not interchangeable with that squamous grammatical horror "I could care less," which is akin to scmuckspeak that modifies the word UNIQUE! Don't ever again use that bit of rotten throttled street-idiom here...or anywhere else! You are too bright to be so careless. Let the rest of the world confuse "flout" and "flaunt," but don't YOU...here!
Yr. Pal, the grammarian doryphore, Harlan
A TIMOROUS CALL-OUT
I have long been an admirer of the group Steely Dan.
Its matrix is a writer named Donald Fagen
I have enjoyed his music with the group, and his solo albums including the new one, SUNKEN CONDOS.
I never suspected Donald Fagen even knew I existed, till someone popped in here a day or so ago, and idly commented that Donald Fagen had published a new book titled EMINENT HIPSTERS, and that I was "noted" therein.
So I bought the book. Thereis such a note. No big deal. But:
If anyone out there is part of a karass that somewhichway touches the karass that is owned by Donald Fagen (let us not get into granfalloons here), I would take it as a great favor that Mr. Fagen be apprised that Harlan Ellison would be pleased to clutch his claw...casually, in no way intrusively.
Thank you. Whomever. If anyone.
Yr. Pal, Harlan
Dennis C: Apparently I'm the First Doctor. Which explains the lower back pain--it's from age.
Tomorrow, November 23rd, is not only the 50th Anniversary but also my 43rd birthday. I shall be spending it in the company of teenagers (wow, that sounds wrong) and early twentysomethings, as our on-campus group watches "The Day of The Doctor," and then I'll settle in for the Graham Norton Show later on with Matt Smith and David Tennant. Tonight, it's "An Adventure in Space and Time." And for the past few days, it's been a wonderful BBC treat to tune in to nothing but "Doctor Who" episodes. Damn it, I was born in the wrong country.
Speaking of the good Doctor
Google UK has created a Doctor Who doodle and (very tough) game to go along with it:
Which Doctor Are You?
So I took this quiz in which you find out which Doctor Who you are:
Even though I felt sure I'd be Doctor Number Three (Jon Pertwee), he of the ruffled shirt, jaunty jalopy and Venusian Aikido... I learned I was the Tenth Doctor. Which is good, I guess. He's one of the best. I just don't see the similarity. And I was practicing my Venusian Aikido.
To Ezra, Re: GUNSMOKE
Yes, William Conrad was a better Matt Dillon than James Arness. Conrad was a better actor, period. If he'd been careful about his physique, he might have been Matt Dillon on TV as well. He made a test for the TV version. The network executives were not impressed.
I hate to inform the conspiracy mongers but it is pretty obvious by now that Oswald acted alone. I know it is boring that it was one loser who felled our lone king but that's how it went down.
He had a shitty gun but got lucky, killed Kennedy and winged Connolly. Vincent Bugliosi studied this stuff for about 20 years. It is cool to think that there are some cabals out there that can manufacture anything but we are free enough to know that the system would not risk killing their President.
Noam Chomsky reports that the government puts out small amounts of Kennedy material to get the left to avoid doing real work on other issues.
I could care less about the Kennedy killing, 50 years out. We should never overrate leaders. They serve us we don't serve them.
All I know is that, no guarantee, of course, but it's possible my wife could still be alive if Obamacare had been passed sooner. She had to fill out multiple pages of forms four separate times before she finally received any help. I see stories all the time about people who have had desperately ill children and the limits of their health insurance reached, only to be thankfully extended by the passage of the Affordable Care Act. A woman in a news story the other day told how her daughter died a few years ago because their insurance refused to pay for the treatment their doctor prescribed. Now her son has developed the same illness and he is getting just what he needs. It's untrue that every person unable to afford quality healthcare is a bum. My wife and I worked hard for over forty years and accomplished quite a lot, but not so much in monetary gains. I don't believe it is something to be proud of that we have been the only modern industrialized country without provision of adequate healthcare for all our citizens. I read how our allies are astounded that this is such a bone of contention here.
People now come up to me and say things like, "I've gotten other people to tailor my clothes, but the finished product doesn't look it just came from the factory like your wife's work did." And I say, "Well, that doesn't surprise me. But you didn't know her as a friend, and you didn't know her as a writer." I still maintain the legend she taped to the top of the computer monitor. "I'm here to be my best self- a prolific, persuasive writer who helps create the vision and reality of a world that's safe for women and children to live in."
Jason Davis, both books arrived yesterday and they look great. Very much looking forward to reading them and thank you for all the hard work that went into bringing these stories back in print
Vox, Harlan had asked that the political diatribes be kept to a minimum. However, if you are going to make inane statements, at least have the good sense to use logical arguments and explain why the Affordable Care Act was illegal (even though all courts including SCOTUS said it was not). It also might lend credence to your argument to acknowledge that the Republicans have used the fillibuster in ways it was never designed, such as blocking the appointment to various agencies in order to cripple the government.
All the best,
Old Time Radio
Check out THE BIG BROADCAST at http://wamu.org/ from 7PM to 11PM Eastern Coast Time, Sunday evenings, originating from American University Radio here in DC. Hosted by Ed Walker.
Not totally irrelevant aside: I grew up when the TV show GUNSMOKE was in its interminable run but had no idea there was a radio version until I moved up here and found TBB. After having listened to dozens of these shows on radio I have to say the radio version was superior to the TV show in every way. Better actors, better more mature scripts, etc.
It was fifty years ago today,
Lee taught the band to play
Paranoia never goes out of style
Right, Left, clever, vile
So may I introduce to you
The act you've known for all these years
JFK’s s Lonely Hearts Club Band
I tried to read the Great Novel again until the Old Man of the Sea drowned me; must get the annotated notes.
Thank you, Harry. You just showed the Senate Republicans how to repeal Obamacare. If they take the Senate in 2014, they should suspend the filibuster rule just long enough to allow their majority to repeal Obamacare by 51 votes as well as Dodd-Frank. And they can do it again in 2017 if they hold their majority.
The Democrats have violated longstanding rules and the Constitution to impose Obamacare on the nation. They've done the same now to flood the courts with radicals who'll receive lifetime appointments. Obama is ruling by executive fiat and bureaucratic regulations. We must recognize that we live in a post-constitutional period. The GOP must take steps to begin to blunt this lawlessness.
This is what F. Scott Fitzgerald said...
...in response to some hate mail. Trenchant stuff.
- Brian Phillips
JFK/Dallas at 50
At the risk of irking our beloved Oscar-hating host, I gotta go political just this once and ask if there is any rational reason why over 1000 pages of assassination-related CIA files are still under lock and key?
Of course there's no "Plot to Kill JFK" master plan, but on the other hand, if any of the files (largely concerning Oswald's trip to Mexico City six weeks before Dallas, all observed/photographed/recorded by our intrepid CIA "watchers on the wall") supported the "lone nut commie" portrait of Oswald trumpeted by the Warren Commission (and 95% of major media in their largely content free observations of the anniversary), we would have heard all about it by Monday, Nov 25th, 1963.
Here's a petition to release the files:
Re; JFK: The Final Hours (OFF TOPIC)
Thank you,jason Davis, for recommending this documentary, and thank you to Erik Nelson for forwarding the YouTube link to same. I watched it earlier tonight, and I I thought it was amazing. Landmark!
There was that really creepy moment when JFK attends that function, and that boys choir sing "The Eyes of Texas" in his honor. The words seem to foreshadow the great tragedy to come:
The eyes of Texas are upon you
All the live long days
The eyes of Texas are upon you
And you cannot get away
Speaking of documentaries, I really looking forward to seeing THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE. I greatly admire the work Jo-Anne McArthur, the photojournalist featured in the film, is doing. It's amazing that she hasn't been arrested in the US under the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act (ALEC). I went ahead and pre-ordered her book of photographs.
Here is a trailer to the film:
Overheard at the cafe:
"There is NO WAY I am eating a potato sandwich!"
"I'll have to touch base with him; I'm not sure how much forehead space he has for us to write on."
Of *course* evolution is real. Radiation from the Crab Nebula supernova of AD 1054 mutated the genes of a Syrian hamster that some say was the sole companion of Abdul Alhazred, the Mad Arab, imbuing it with a supernal sense of rhythm that has been passed on to its descendants. That's how come the hamsters at the top of this page can dance. Hemingway had six-toed cats, but Harlan’s got dancing hamsters.
HE: Knowing that you appreciate Dancing Hamsters and DOCTOR WHO...check out the below:
I can't tell from the writeup whether Dancing Doctors is part of the real thing...but it's a kick.
Unfortunately, Darwin’s razor would remove the best of human thought from all the libraries, as being superstitious nonsense, leaving only politically correct TV sitcoms
Recombination in sexual species appears to be primarily between genes rather than between nucleotides. So within any limited gene sequence there is essentially no recombination. Since deleterious mutations overwhelmingly outnumber the beneficial, we can be certain that any such sequence of DNA must degenerate.
Mutations accumulate both within our reproductive cell lines and our body cell lines. If we combine near-neutral (i.e., unselectable) mutations with mutational advance we see that no selection system can stop Muller's ratchet, even in sexual species. It is a unidirectional (ratcheted) process. Each new generation will have to have more mutations than the last and so will be inferior to the last.
This is the actual case. For example, in the hairless Chihuahua dog. In extreme heat, reduction of size and loss of hair may be useful adaptations, but this involves degeneration, not creation of new information. In such situations, although local adaptation is occurring, information is being lost, not added.
Can we say mutations are good? Nearly all health policies are aimed at reducing or minimizing mutations, to reduce risk of cancer and other degenerative diseases. How can anyone see mutation as good? Yet, this is the fundamental mechanism of evolutionism.
Like all machines, the bio-machinery affecting DNA replication, DNA repair, and selective elimination, all operate at less than 100% efficiency. Therefore entropy, as this term is formally used by engineers and physicists, lies at the root of both "mutational entropy" and "selection inefficiency", and together these lie at the root of Genetic Entropy.
Dr. John C. Sanford, 2008
Speaking of old-time radio...
www.yesterdayusa.com is worth a visit.
It's times like this that a 'like' button does not adequately convey the happiness of such a post.
Hoping you and yours are very well, indeed,
Paul and Kat
Aw shucks!! Thanks for the kind words. Your check is in the mail.
Folks around here should also know that the great Richard Thompson, who also scored GRIZZLY MAN and DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH composed and performed the JFK soundtrack!
Craven bootleggers have posted the film on You Tube. Before I complain that JFK doesn't really exist, and they are forced to take it down, you can check it out.
Don't say I told you.
Back to the shadows....
Harry Reid finally did the right thing. The nuclear option is risky, but I like risky.
The Repukes wanted to stop judges from getting in because they knew they would overturn dumb judgements from the right wing judges. lol
We might have our first coffee drinking Mormon.
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