Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
This isn't photoshopped. Eric Idle did really shake hands with Prince Charles while in a dress and with a swan on his head.
It came at the end of the farewell Monty Python show, immediately after the curtain came down. Eric, still in costume, hadn't realized that he would have no time to change before greeting the special guests at the show.
Friday, April 26, 2019
I recognized Saswanna’s father and remember his words.
“The Spanish took our gifts and left us with war and Black Sleep,” Azaha shouted at the crowd. “They took our pride, dignity and honor, and in return, gave us a cross.”
He pointed up at it. “It may be holy and honorable to the Spanish, but for the people of Casqui, it is the sign of sickness and deceit.”
The crowd chanted. “Death to the Spanish. Death to the Spanish.”
“Burn it before it destroys us all!” Azaha shouted back.
(from Storykeeper, by Daniel A. Smith)
5*/10. The full review is here.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
“It’s wonderful to be back at the Bollywood Hole after all these years.
I am proud to be here on behalf of Monty Python to accept this honor.
I bring messages and thanks from the others. Terry Gilliam sadly can’t be with us tonight as they won’t let him show his ass, which has been favorably compared with Spielberg’s ass.
Graham Chapman can’t be with us tonight, as sadly he is still dead. And John Cleese is finishing a movie.
He has to get it back to Blockbuster by tomorrow.
So that just leaves me here tonight.
And so, I’d like to thank me, without whom I too wouldn’t be here this evening.”
(from Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle)
9½*/10. The complete review is here.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
“Percival Lake… The name is familiar. Constance, would you be so good as to look that up on… What is that website? It was named after a large mathematical number.”
“Ah, yes. Google him for me, if you please.”
(from Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)
8*/10. The complete review is here.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019
“Do you know who I would watch out for if I were you?”
“Yes, him, too. But the one who should really worry you is Antonius Hybrida.”
“But the man is a half-wit!”
“Cicero, you disappoint me. Since when has idiocy been a bar to advancement in politics?”
(from Imperium by Robert Harris)
7*/10. The full review is here.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
This is today's Zits comic strip. I am familiar with Ulver, but the other two band names were new to me, and I wondered if they were made-up by the cartoonist. So off to Google I went.
It turns out they are real, and even have their own pages on Wikipedia. They are indeed Industrial Death/Black Metal bands, but here's the curious part:
All three bands are non-stereotypical for that genre, where the "norm" is pretending to be into satanism and ritual killing. I need to camp out on YouTube and investigate them more deeply.
Monday, April 08, 2019
Sunday, April 07, 2019
Contact popularized the idea of aliens listening in on our broadcast media. Sadly, the odds are against it.
Here’s the problem: Space is really big.
You can work through the physics of interstellar radio attenuation, but the problem is captured pretty well by considering the economics of the situation: If your TV signals are getting to another star, you’re wasting money. Powering a transmitter is expensive, and creatures on other stars aren’t buying the products in the TV commercials that pay your power bill.
The full picture is more complicated, but the bottom line is that as our technology has gotten better, less of our radio traffic has been leaking out into space. We’re closing down the giant transmitting antennas and switching to cable, fiber, and tightly focused cell-tower networks.
(from What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe)
10*/10. The complete review is here.
Saturday, April 06, 2019
Friday, April 05, 2019
Thursday, April 04, 2019
“Call the bank and relay the message that I can’t make it.”
“What reason should I give them?”
“It doesn’t matter, Sterling. Make something up, if you have to.”
“But, sir, that would be an untruth. I – I don’t think I could do that. A gentleman should always be impeccable with his word. If I may be so bold to say.”
“Well, explain that an emergency came up.”
“Yes, sir.” The puzzled look came back. “What type of emergency?”
“Tell them I have to go see an ailing friend. And that’s the truth.” Inspector Horatio Stagg always got a sick look on his face when he saw Ravenwood come through his office door.
(from Trumpet of Triton by Marlin Williams)
9*/10. The full review is here.