Down to the sea in ships

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psalms, 107:23-27, KJV

One of my greatest addictions is historical fiction, and one of the finest authors I’ve found for the British Naval experience during the Napoleonic period is Patrick O’Brian. I’ve read his entire Aubrey/Maturin series three times now, and the series has grown in popularity immensely since the movie “Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World” was released. The movie and the books succeed so well because they are highly authentic in their portrayal of the period.

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Sean Penn to weep before Congress

Get ready for another liberal mythology movie just prior to elections in ’08. Sean Penn is signed to play Richard Clarke, as Drudge forwards this report. This looks to be a block-DUDster.

Christopher Isham Reports:

Former White House counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke, now an ABC News consultant, will be portrayed by Sean Penn in the Sony film of Clarke’s “Against All Enemies.”   The book chronicles what happened inside the White House leading up to and through the 9/ll attacks. The film will be directed by Paul Haggis.

I am taking the night off

After a long day at work, and some indulgence in my guilty pleasure, 24, I am going to take the night off from the blogosphere. Just a few musings before I locate that bottle of Hennessy that’s my other guilty pleasure… Why the guilt? Hennessey is from the country that gave us Jaques Chirac, and in 24 why does it have to be people in our government who are the bad guys half the time? Anyway, don’t expect any deep thinking or substance here tonight. Continue reading “I am taking the night off”

Pseudo-Hillary gets Recalled…


Commander in Chef………. canceled.

And in more interesting news, try to picture how they got this guy out of the stall…

 And in the things get weirder everyday category…. I will cop to the fact that I have paid real, hard currency dollars for virtual things in an imaginary world…. what’s strange is the turn this has taken….. See the articles in Wired, AP, and Business Week…. Continue reading “Pseudo-Hillary gets Recalled…”

I’m a sucker for a good turn of phrase

I am really a sucker for a good turn of phrase, great poetry, or good lyricism in a song. Growing up I read “Look Homeward Angel” to rags simply because Thomas Wolf’s prose is so good. I completely disagreed with his manic depressive angst, sturm and drang, but I kept coming back for lines like “Oh most weary unbright cinder.” etc.

Yeat’s Second Coming also really sang to me, even though it’s very apocalyptic. However nowadays I look for things a bit more inspirational, and less depressing.

For my previous post I was poking around the net for inspirational poetry / prose when I remembered the great soliloquoy from Savannah at the end of “Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome”. Continue reading “I’m a sucker for a good turn of phrase”

The Tell

“This you knows: the years travel fast and time after time I done the tell. But this ain’t one body’s tell; it’s the tell of us all, and you’ve got to listen it and [re]member, ’cause what you hears today you gotta tell the newborn tomorrow.

I’s lookin behind us now, into history back. I sees those of us that got the luck and started the haul for home and I ‘members how it led us here and how we was heartbroke cause we seen what they once was. One look and we knew’d we’d got it straight. Those what had gone before had the knowin’ and the doin’ of things beyond our reckonin’, even beyond our dreamin’.

Time counts and keeps countin’ and we knows now, findin’ the trick of what’s been and lost ain’t no easy ride. But that’s our track. We gotta travel it and there ain’t nobody knows where it’s gonna lead.
“Still, in all, every night we does the tell so that we member who we was and where we came from. But most of all we ‘members the man who finded us, him that came the salvage, and we lights the city not just for him but for all of ’em that are still out there, cause we knows there’ll come a night when they sees the distant light and they’ll be comin’ home.”

Savannah from “Beyond Thunderdome”

Sunday hodgepodge II

While the West is debating building nuclear power plants, China is building, Turkey is building, Iran is building, Russia is building, India is building, and both Australia and Finland are ramping up Uranium mining.

Meanwhile, other countries like Brazil are depending on Nuclear plants to help meet greenhouse gas goals, and the same opposition that has kept nuclear plants from being built in the west for thirty years still maintains their superstitious and uninformed anti-nuclear stance. It’s time for you to give Greenpeace a piece of your mind if you honestly care about the environment. One of Greenpeace’s founders, Patrick Moore certainly has….

All deaths to-date from nuclear power do not come close to equaling any single year of deaths from either coal or petrochemical power in the past thirty years. If you want a world of strife and warfare then keep energy sparse, expensive, and concentrated in a few countries. Maybe then we will see another year like the single one where deaths from nuclear did outweigh the deaths from all other power sources.

The Stars My Destination

Someone is finally going to make a movie from Alfred Bester’s “The Stars My Destination“. Constantin Film Development inc. and Impact Pictures appear to be putting together the film at present, and it’s about time.

TSMD is one of SF’s genre-defining classic works and it’s as current today as when it was written. It’s a Promethean tale of revenge ala The Count of Monte Cristo, with a back theme of the responsibility we all have in modern times with the powers granted through Science.

E.G. — if you have an explosive that can split the planet which is ignited by a thought then you must be responsible.

My only fear is that they will mess this up and make a special-effects dog’s lunch out of it instead of concentrating on the two major themes and three minor so artfully woven by Alfred Bester.

Gully Foyle is my name

and Terra is my nation

Deep space is my dwelling-place

and death’s my destination.

Alfred Bester, “The Stars My Destination”


Welcome to my new online journal, I had to blow the old one out the pipes during upgrade to 2.0. Now that the frustration of upgrading to 2.0.2 is over I can take some time and put some content here. While you are waiting, here’s a pic I took the other day to rest your eyes on.  For the record I have been blogging about 8 months prior to the start of this one, and yes, during the upgrade I lost quite a few posts with DB corruption. 🙁

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