Friday, August 31, 2007
It's online at youtube in 10 parts. Part 1:
part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10
Roger Ebert considers it a "great film". The New York Times advises, "Don't miss "The Maltese Falcon" if your taste is for mystery fare." Variety calls it "one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form."
9/9/2007: Noir of the Week has a blog post on this film.
8/1/2008: MovieZeal makes it first in their month-long noir fest.
Microwave popcorn can apparently kill you, but I had no idea how easy it was to do-it-myself.
HT: Tree Hugger
As I think about it, wouldn't it be much easier to just make popcorn in a skillet on the stove the way Mother taught me? That way I can put a bit of oil in the skillet, but I don't have to smear oil all over the inside of a paper bag. Much less messy, I think.
I might could get rid of the microwave oven entirely at this rate.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
You can watch the beginning of the film here at Mitchum's Facebook page.
Bright Lights Film Journal calls it "riveting" and says it is "usually ranked as one of the best of the genre". Images Journal says it is "An essential noir and one of the great archetypal noirs." FilmReference.com has an article. It's one of Time's 100 Best Films.
1/13/2008: 1001Flicks has a review.
8/11/2008: Movie Zeal has a review as part of a month of noir.
5/16/2009: Noir of the Week has a review.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tender Mercies stars Robert Duvall as a recovering alcoholic trying to find a new life for himself. He won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Actor for this role.
Most of the movies we watch are more plot-driven. This one is less linear and more character-driven.
Roger Ebert includes it on his list of great movies.
New York Times
Spirituality & Practice
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Tree Hugger reports that the European hedgehog is threatened. The BBC blames it in part on "tidier gardens". We should campaign for less tidiness in gardens where hedgehogs live!
There's an endearing hedgehog in Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, which is free online here, but I like those little individual hardbacks with the color illustrations. Here's a sample:
There is a hedgehog in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the croquet chapter, where hedgehogs serve as the balls. Here's what those little ones look like:
Jan Brett includes hedgehogs in some of her books and has a video at her site that teaches how to draw one.
The photo at the top of the post is from the Wikipedia article on this little animal.
Movie Zeal is covering this film as part of its month on Noir.
Here's a cloud of flying puffins they don't have a link to:
LiveScience has a post on the return of the puffins to Maine. There's a photo of a puffin keeping company with a decoy and a description of the efforts required to safeguard the puffin presence.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Chronopolis made in 1982 by Piotr Kamler is a fabulous city lost in space where strange pharaoh-like immortals kill the monotony of their deathless state by fabricating time, represented by enigmatic, morphing white balls.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
This is the text of the Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971:
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.
I am woman. Hear me roar.
Tennessee was the deciding vote for the 19th Amendment, which states
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
When my mother was born women had no right to vote. When my daughter was born women had had the right to vote for almost 70 years. We should not forget the battles that have been fought on our behalf, and we should show our appreciation by educating ourselves about the issues and exercising our rights. Before they take that right away from us, too.
1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
What serious traveler doesn’t want to explore strange new worlds? To seek out new civilizations? To boldly go?
But I can't quite get past being 5th when #1 was Sal Paradise from Kerouac's “On the Road”.
In the comments are suggestions to include the kids from Ransome's wonderful Swallows and Amazons books, the time traveler from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, Tolkien's Frodo, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Ford Prefect from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Alice from Through the Looking Glass and the children from the Narnia books.
Travelers, indeed. And I think of a 2-week vacation as a long trip.
Friday, August 24, 2007
“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.”
The scenes with McCarthy in them use actual footage of the man himself rather than an actor. The film is in black and white.
from the back of the book:
Kylara Vatta is the only daughter in a family full of sons, a young woman who has chosen a military career instead of joining the family's shipping business. It's adventure, not commerce, that stirs her soul. But after a single error in judgment, she is expelled from the Academy in disgrace. The chance to captain a Vatta Transport ship gives her a face-saving shot at redemption.
It's a simple assignment: escort one of the Vatta fleet's oldest ships on its final voyage to the scrapyard. But keeping it simple has never been Ky's style. And even though her father has provided a crew of seasoned veterans to babysit the fledgling captain, they can't stop Ky from turning the routine mission into a risky venture. Business soon takes a backseat to bravery, when Ky's change of plans sails her and the crew straight into the middle of a colonial war. For all her commercial savvy, it's her military training and born-soldier's instincts that Ky will need to call on in the face of deadly combat, dangerous mercenaries, and violent mutiny...
I liked Remnant Population much better, perhaps because it's a stand-alone and this first in a series seems to be preparing for the next book. I'm sure this series will improve once they get over convincing us that Ky is a big girl now.... The main character did seem to have a lot of focus on how young she was for her to turn out to be such a capable warrior/businesswoman/supervisor/etc. Now that the character is formed the next book will be able to focus more on steady plot development, I would think. Not to say I didn't like it -it was enjoyable, a fun read.
And there must be more to that whole model thing.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The challenge is to read 3 books between 9/1 and 12/1 that have been made into movies. I'll also be watching the movies. I picked the first 3 from the list they linked to that I was interested in but had never read or seen. I saw the P.D. James book at the store tonight and I already have City of Joy, so these will be easy.
My preliminary list:
movie: At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
book: At Play in the Fields of the Lord -Peter Matthiessen
movie: Children of Men (2006)
book: Children of Men, The -P. D. James
movie: City of Joy (1992)
book: City of Joy, The -Dominique LaPierre
SMS Book Reviews created and is sponsoring this challenge. I'll participate by reading the entries over there but will just post my own here.
The film is available online here at the Internet Archive:
The New York Times has a positive review. Salon.com focuses its review on the Criterion release. FilmReference.com says,
Many critics and viewers alike feel the The 39 Steps is one of Hitchcock's finest films; in fact, viewer response to the film today is often as enthusiastic as during the time of its release.
Images Journal says,
The 39 Steps is arguably Hitchcock's best British film. It's full of fascinating compositions as Hitchcock uses his camera with expressionistic gusto. More so than in his other British films, Hitchcock's work in The 39 Steps is influenced by the great German and Russian filmmakers.
9/12/2007: The Criterion Collection blog has a review.
12/31/2008: Only the Cinema has a review.
6/29/2009: Film Fanatic has a review.
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback? Depends on the price, but I prefer hardbacks when I can get them. I like trade paperbacks better than mass markets because it seems to me the spines hold up better. Most of my books are mass market paperbacks, though, because that is what I find more of in the used book stores.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar? Brick and Mortar. If we don't give our business to the local stores they won't be here for us in the future. I have bought online when the book I wanted wasn't available locally and couldn't be ordered by a local store.
Barnes & Noble or Borders? Borders
Hitchhiker or Discworld? Hitchhiker
Bookmark or Dog ear? Bookmark. Only pagans dog-ear their books. ;)
Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction? Neither. I don't read short stories anymore, though I used to when I was younger.
Alphabetize by author, Alphabetize by title, or random? By author, but separated by fiction/non-fiction and by certain categories.
Keep, Throw Away or Sell? Keep
Keep dust-jacket or toss it? Keep
Short story or novel? Novel
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Harry Potter. I didn't like the first Lemony Snicket book enough to read the others.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? At chapter breaks
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"? "Once upon a time"
Buy or Borrow? Buy
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse? Recommendation, especially book awards
Lewis or Tolkien? Both, but I suppose in the long run I prefer Tolkien.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)? Neither, I don't read short stories anymore.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger? Tidy ending, although I don't mind cliff-hangers in series books.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading? Anytime, but mostly night.
Standalone or Series? Both. I enjoy stand-alones, but series novels are fun, too.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? the Moomintroll books
Top 5 favorite genre books of all time? Just 5? Sheesh.... Well, in no particular order, then, maybe these: Canticle for Leibowitz, by Miller (though not the dreadful sequel); Martian Chronicles, by Bradbury; Earth Abides, by Stewart; Way Station, by Simak; Hyperion, by Simmons.
Favorite genre series? Tolkien, probably, but it's hard to decide. I also might pick Donaldson's first Thomas Covenant trilogy.
Currently Reading? Trading in Danger, the first book in the Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon (science fiction), author of Remnant Population
HT: SMS Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
We enjoyed Zeffirelli's Brother Sun Sister Moon and have his Romeo and Juliet waiting in the stack to be watched.
Here's the scene where he first sees his father's ghost:
a scene with Ian Holm:
Monday, August 20, 2007
A new concept for a time machine could possibly enable distant future generations to travel into the past, research now suggests.
Unlike past ideas for time machines, this new concept does not require exotic, theoretical forms of matter.
There are links to related videos, too, here and here.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Lydia the Tattooed Lady:
Hello, I Must Be Going:
Captain Spaulding's Adventures in Africa:
Marx Brothers - Sanity Clause
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And last but not least, the Stateroom Scene:
1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Seeker is the 3rd in Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict series. It won the Nebula Award for best novel in 2006. The 2nd book was definitely the weak link in this trilogy. I liked this one much better.
from the back of the book:
Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Investigating the provenance of the cup, Alex and his assistant Chase follow a deadly trail to the Seeker-strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.
I bought the paperback new, because I didn't want to wait the interminable length of time before I would come across it at one of the local used book stores. If there are further books in this series I'll buy the hardbacks new. I am thoroughly enjoying this author. There is a review here that fairly well sums up my own opinion. Here's an excerpt from the end of the review:
In many ways, Seeker is a curiously old-fashioned book. Ten thousand years in the future, mankind has -- in contrast to the futures of more flamboyant writers such as Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow -- hardly changed at all. Colonies settled are thoroughly Earth-like, people by and large look and behave exactly as they do today (there are no implants, uploads or downloads) and there AIs are basically WASP holograms.
But that very element of familiarity goes a long way toward explaining McDevitt's popularity. He is regularly compared to Arthur C. Clarke, and his love of exploration and rationality are indeed reminiscent of Clarke, but in his solid championing of decency and the ordinary man prevailing, the author he is most like is Clifford D. Simak. In a world that is often -- especially to Americans -- unstable and threatening, that innate decency is more appealing than ever, and explains some of Seeker's success.
Friday, August 17, 2007
1001 Flicks has a review.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Here's a clip from the beginning of the film:
Bright Lights Film Journal doesn't like it. Variety doesn't like it either. The New York Times says it "lacks wit and grace."
No picture of Elvis is complete without faith, as well as failure. He was not the first or the last devout country boy to stray in the big city.
Here's Elvis singing How Great Thou Art:
The Film Experience has a review.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Watch the shortened version (from before the recent restoration) here:
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Roger Ebert says it's "one of those seminal films without which the others cannot be fully appreciated." The 1927 New York Times review says, "It is a technical marvel with feet of clay, a picture as soulless as the manufactured woman of its story." Moria has a mixed review, calling it "confused in terms of its motives and messages" but giving it 4 stars and saying, "For all its muddiness of thinking, Metropolis is an astonishing film." FilmReference.com has a lot of resources listed and calls it "the most significant utopian film of the silent era". Bright Lights Film Journal has an article. Senses of Cinema says,
The influence of this monument of the silent era cannot be overstated; from mad scientist scenes in Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931) to the look of Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) it echoes down through the cinematic ages.1000 Misspent Hours closes by saying,
the restored Metropolis is definitely worth a look, especially if you, like me, have ever sat down to watch one of the previously available versions and ended up wondering just what in the hell all the fuss was about.
9/20/2007: 1001Flicks has a review.
7/2/2008: GreenCine reports the original version of Metropolis has been rediscovered. Kino has more information.
9/24/2008: Out of the Past has a review.
Perhaps his most-read book is The Time Machine. This book, which can be read online here, was adapted for film in 1960. This movie was my first introduction to the story.
Here's the trailer:
Another of Wells' better known works is The War of the Worlds, which can be read online here. The 1953 film version was my first exposure to the story.
Wells' story The Invisible Man always affected me more as horror than as strictly science fiction. I saw the 1933 Claude Rains film long before I read the book. It can be read online here.
Here's a clip from the film:
The Island of Dr. Moreau has also been made into movies, beginning with the 1933 movie starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi. The book is available here.
Here's a clip from the end of the 1933 movie:
Sunday, August 12, 2007
1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Louise Arner Boyd
I think it's a little heavy on space exploration not to include anybody who walked on the Moon. Where's Richard Halliburton, you might well ask. How about Thor Heyerdahl? The Arctic explorers get short shrift. I guess everybody would have a different top 10 list.
1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)
2. Orthodox Quaker (99%)
3. Seventh Day Adventist (97%)
4. Eastern Orthodox (95%)
5. Roman Catholic (95%)
HT: Faith Central
Friday, August 10, 2007
from the back of the book:
60 yrs ago the space yacht Polaris was found deserted, the fate of it's pilot and passengers a mystery. Now to mark the anniversary of the disappearance there is to be an auction of what was left behind on the ship. Using his insider knowledge, Alex Benedict, one of the preeminent antiquities dealers in the Galaxy, secures some of the artifacts. But then an explosion destroys most of the collection, convincing Alex that drastic measures are being taken to hide what happened aboard the Polaris. Which is why that's exactly what he has to find out -especially if it means risking his life...
I didn't like this book nearly as much as others I've read by this author. There was just entirely too much of them getting into dire and dangerous disasters the reader could see coming a mile off. I'm hoping the 3rd in the series, which won an award, is better reading. This book was ok for a 2nd book in a series -a series by an author I've liked before now, but I found several sections downright irritating.
It is #42 on the list of top 100 spiritually significant films published by artsandfaith.com.
The film has a web site here.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
The Silly Song with Larry was Larry as an Elvish impersonator. Priceless, I'm telling you, complete with guitar, white jumpsuit and Elvis lip.
Here's the Silly Song:
I think I liked it better this time around, and #2 Son thought it was... what did he call it? "Strange"? I'm glad I have this one.
Watch it online:
Moria says, "The visuals are like nothing ever seen on film before – or, for that matter, since." 1000 Misspent Hours says, "Today, Tron’s main claim to significance is that it featured the first large-scale use of CGI in a feature film," but that "its creators were so impressed by the effects that they scarcely concerned themselves with anything else." The New York Times calls it "beautiful -spectacularly so, at times - but dumb". Roger Ebert says,
This is an almost wholly technological movie. Although it’s populated by actors who are engaging (Bridges, Cindy Morgan) or sinister (Warner), it is not really a movie about human nature. Like STAR WARS or THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, but much more so, this movie is a machine to dazzle and delight us. It is not a human-interest adventure in any generally accepted way.
Here's a wonderful video (via io9) that combines Tron and Depeche Mode's Suffer Well:
The Unicorn Museum is a lovely companion for the Creation Museum.
from their site:
The Unicorn Museum presents a walk through history. Designed by a noted fantasy author, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum brings the fantastical and highly implausible to life.
A fully engaging, sensory experience for intellectually undiscerning guests. Murals and realistic scenery, computer-generated visual effects, over fifty exotic animal-like replicas, life-sized giant and hill troll animatronics, and a special-effects theater complete with elven air conditioning and dwarven hand-crafted drink holders. These are just some of the impressive exhibits that everyone in your family will enjoy.
The photo above is Virgin and Unicorn by Domenichino from Wikipedia's unicorn article.
As we get ready for Death Week, we might want to consider watching an Elvis movie. He made 31 films, some more watchable than others. I've been looking for King Creole, my personal favorite, at the local stores and can't find it on the shelf anywhere.
Here's a list of his movies (in reverse chronological order):
Change of Habit
The Trouble with Girls
Live a Little, Love a Little
Stay Away, Joe
Easy Come, Easy Go
Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Frankie and Johnny
Tickle Me Girl Happy
Viva Las Vegas
Fun in Acapulco
It Happened at the World's Fair
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Follow That Dream
Wild in the Country
Love Me Tender
The photo above is from wikipedia.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
|You Are 100% Feminist|
You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man). You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It's a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
In that same post SFSignal has a link where you can watch Killers From Space online. That movie is also at the Internet Archive, moviesfoundonline and at googlevideo:
Sunday, August 05, 2007
1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
from the back of the book:
Everyone knew the legend of Christopher Sim. Fighter. Leader. An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a ragtag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the back of the alien Ashiyyur.
But now, Alex Benedict has found a startling bit of information, long buried in an ancient computer file. If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.
For his own sake, for the sake of history, Alex Benedict must follow the dark track of a legend, into the very heart of the alien galaxy -where he will confront a truth far stranger than any fiction imaginable...
I'm enjoying McDevitt's work and looking forward to more. He's my new favorite science fiction author.
I know I've posted this video before, but I can't find it now, so here's the video in question:
Here's the video debunked:
Ray Comfort admits defeat: Bananas are not an atheists nightmare but were intelligently designed by people. HT: The Bad Idea Blog
The War of the Worlds
The Invisible Man
The Food of the God
The Time Machine
The Island of Doctor Moreau
The War in the Air
From the Earth to the Moon
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Robur the Conqueror
Master of the World
The Iron Heel
The Star Rover
The Lost World
The Poison Belt and other Stories
The Sherlock Holmes Canon
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Jewel of Seven Stars
The Lair of the White Worm
The Undying Monster
The Man Who Would Be King
With the Night Mail
Easy as ABC
Haggard, H. Rider:
King Solomon’s Mines
His complete works
More recent books are also listed, including books by Stephen Baxter and China Miéville. Related books are also listed.
The basic steampunk movies listed:
The Lost World (1925)
King Solomon’s mines (1937)
Bride of Frankenstein
The Invisible Man (1933)
A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Other films (and some tv) are also listed.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
"it's just a theory" is not a valid argument
by explaining exactly was a theory is. The author provides a short and sweet explanation of the place the concept of "theory" holds in science and provides a few supporting links.
This video addresses the same issue: