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Lord Snow wrote:
Albatoonoe wrote:
Well, a Solar Flare has to hit our exact, tiny point in space across all of that distance, which is quite a ways away. I wouldn't be too worried. It doesn't seem very likely.
The site claims that a chance of a hit happening in the next decade is 12%... that makes me doubt it's credibility.

I found the same scientist making the same claim on the NASA website. It doesn't make the claim any more credible, but I don't think it has anything to do with the website.

Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012

GeraintElberion wrote:

Trying to watch coverage of Glastonbury but, by Desna, this is bland.

If Blandy McBland, Prince of Blandia were to make mild cheddar sandwiches they would still be more flavoursome than this splosh of blech.

So banal. Shopping muzak on a massive stage.

I was poking around last night, looking for videos of my new favorite crushes, and I found this page:

Jack White, Lana Del Rey, MGMT, Little Dragon, Warpaint Do Glastonbury: Watch

Dr. Feelgood
Eddie and the Hot Rods
The Motors
The Count Bishops

And, particularly for Citizen K(e)rensky: Up Against the Wall!!!!!

Kajehase wrote:

Well, going by the background mural's references to the labour movement, how about Manic Street Preacher's A Design For Life

(Although if you were Swedish, you'd have had to go with Orup's Magaluf

Instead of going all Red Wedge, I decided there aren't enough Smiths links in this thread.

Aaargh! I finally sat down to listen to Organisation again and it's been removed! Curses! Hmmm, what's this, Mogwai...

drunken_nomad wrote:
Back from the Amazon jungle and Machu Picchu and Lima. It was awesome and inspiring and scary and dangerous and fun and amazing!


Kajehase wrote:
Modern classics without modernism.

Speaking of nineties costume dramas, I was consoling myself that I've read at least two of those books, but then I realized I've never read the Wharton, just seen the movie with Agent Scully.

TarSpartan wrote:

I confess I have only read the book and not seen the movie, but after reading your comments above, I have to ask: ** spoiler omitted **

Maybe I should be happy I have only read the book and not yet seen the movie?

[Puts on snob hat]

Yes, I think that's safe to say. As I said, I liked the movie because it still had a John Irving feel (he did write the screenplay, I read) but, to be honest, it was pretty much your typical nineties Miramax middlebrow costume drama fare. Charlize Theron's pretty hawt, though.

As for your spoilered question:

I only re-watched the beginning with my mother, so I'm relying on memories a decade old now, but I think Wally comes back, Homer and Candy break up, Homer goes and hangs out with the migrant workers in the cider house, discovers, as Samnell put it, the incest jackpot, performs an abortion on Erykah Badu who kills Delroy Lindo, Michael Caine dies, I start crying again, Homer goes back to St. Cloud's.

At least, that's what I remember.

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Tone Float Organisation, who turned into Kraftwerk. Sounds nothing like the Kraftwerk we all know and (possibly) love, though.
Organisation is the new Golem.

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Kajehase wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
That's the look/That's the look
Shout to the Top

I'm not really sure where to take this next, but I went with the Fun Boy Three.

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I've been neglecting my reading, alas, but in my defense, we've recruited two more people to the Commonwealth Party of Galt (M-L) in the past couple of weeks, and are set to recruit two or three more.

Vive le Galt!

But I did get to the death of

Dr. Wilbur Larch
and I wept like a baby.

The differences between the book and the movie continue to blow my mind. Did you know Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron

have a child? And live with Paul Rudd for the next fifteen years? That wasn't in the movie!
Also, I was tickled pink by the way Melony ended up,
a butch master electrician in the Bath shipyards.
Irving doesn't say, but I like to imagine she ended up a steward in the IBEW.

I'm not quite done, as I said, but: I don't think I've laughed as much as I did reading other Irving novels, marsupial genitalia aside, but I sure have cried a lot. Also, since I've learned that Irving studied under Vonnegut in the seventies, I keep thinking about an essay the latter wrote about a fan letter that observed that none of his novels have ever had a straight-up villain. Irving doesn't go quite that far, I don't think, but even his not-so-nice characters are usually wrapped in layers of compassion and understanding.

Good night you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England!

[Grabs the ether can and cries some more]

[Resists urge to send out negative vibrations]

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I love everybody at!...

...Except for Dicey the House Goblin who is a disgrace and a race traitor.

That's the look/That's the look

Aaron Bitman wrote:
Since Doodlebug seemed to want to start a discussion about Judy Blume

I don't really have anything to say about her, it was just an article I saw while flipping about the internet. 25ish years later, I still occasionally shout out "Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!" for no apparent reason.

Lord Snow, I was idly curious, what language(s) is(are) your mother tongue(s)?

Classic album covers minus deceased band members

Although, I'm pretty sure there are more dead Doors.

Hadn't been on here in a long while; first article is some piece about the eccentric Britishiznoid aristo who funded the Surrealists! Man, I gotta catch up...

Also, I never realized there was a video promo for "Garbage Man", but there is.

drunken_nomad wrote: hipster retro goodness for WPZO Temples - Shelter Song

Oooh! I quite liked that.

Before I go off on a youtube search for more, I went out and spent some hard-earned summer overtime money (it turns out that union workers often call out when it is very hot or very nice out, funny, huh?) on cds, huzzah!

Nothing terribly exciting, alas, just plugging some holes I noticed in my collection, things that have gone missing over the years:

Kind of Blue
St. Elsewhere

and then I splurged and bought the newish (I think) Warpaint album. I haven't listened to it yet, but I keep watching the video over and over in a kind of narcotized, eroticized haze.

Which is funny, 'cuz not only do they kinda sound like M.I.A. on this track, they also dance poorly like her, too.

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I realized one day, deep in self-analysis, that I am a bibliophile because I received so much praise for reading when I was a child and I spent so many summers with my mother in the school library alphabetizing and shelving books.

I also realized why I like having a [redacted] jammed up my [redacted], but that's probably a story for another time.

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Also, Tommy Ramone, R.I.P.

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Charlie Haden, R.I.P.

The Shape of Jazz to Come


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Hitdice wrote:
Samnell wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

And the screenplay was written by John Irving, which makes it all the more disappointing.


I enjoyed the movie...and not entirely because of my unending lust for Tobey Maguire. Michael Caine was also great, if not sexually appealing. I clapped my hands in delight at what I immediately dubbed ** spoiler omitted **.

As soon as we met those characters I got the vibe, but kept telling myself that they wouldn't go that way. Then they did!

Also really appreciated the positive portrayal of abortion.

Samnell: Dude, you want The Hotel New Hampshire; That's the Irving book (or movie for that matter; it's no wonder Rob Lowe's life was ruined by a sex tape!) you want to read.

As I said in the Author is Dead thread, reading John Irving is like reading Charles Dickens, but with a bunch of perverts (he prefers the term "sexual outsiders") thrown in for good measure.

Anyway, Sam, if you liked the movie, just imagine there being a sullen, overweight female orphan who is searching Maine for Homer, gets attacked by two orchard workers intent on

raping her whom she beats the shiznit out of, gives one a concussion, uses his belt to whip the other one in submission, and then parleys with the foreman to get a job for the season.

Vive le Melony!

Pretty good loveletter to two films I'd never heard of:

I found it at the movies

Also, Egypt

Limeylongears wrote:

Sun Ra's Arkestra in session (available until 11pm GMT tomorrow

Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet is with them too. Huzzah!

In time!

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Tone Float Organisation, who turned into Kraftwerk. Sounds nothing like the Kraftwerk we all know and (possibly) love, though.
Organisation is the new Golem.

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I am going to take this rare opportunity to fistbump Citizen R. and favorite his post.

I might be feeling warm and fuzzy because I am stoned.

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My local comrade buddy is entering a contest on Michael Moorcock's website to write Eternal Champion fan fiction. I think. Apparently, you can compose your story on the website and then others (Michael Moorcock?) can comment on them as you write, but he isn't brave enough to try that.

At one point, my local comrade was planning a series of fan fiction about Stormbringer's sibling, Mournblade (right?), but that has been set aside for the moment so that he can write a story about Pax Tetchup, a transgendered communist Eternal Champion in a world ruled by techno-arcanists.

He has written seven pages thus far in which Pax has sex with a farmgirl, gets chased away by transophobes, and gets caught in the throbbing purple vines of the Tangled Mistress, Elemental Queen of Plants. In the first seven pages.

This thread is better when it is about Masons than when it is about math.

The Tin Drum is about a German-Polish boy in pre-WWII Danzig who, among other things, refuses to grow after the age of three and can use his high-pitched shriek as a sonic weapon that does more and more d6s worth of damage as he levels. Bunch of other weird stuff, too. I only realized the similarities when Irving discusses Grass in The Paris Review interview.

I'm halfway through The Cider House Rules. I haven't read all of The Paris Review article, but I did skim a bunch.

I have always known about Irving's affinity for Dickens. I remeber some essay he wrote for some intro to Chuck's. I think I have subconsciously avoided Dickens because I figured I could just read Irving, which would be like Dickens, but have a bunch of perverts ("sexual outsiders," I believe he calls them) thrown in, which, I, of course, highly appreciate.

I remember highly enjoying The Tale of Two Cities, rooting for Madame Debarge and cheering when Sydney was led away in the tumbril. Other than that, I have a hard time remembering whether I've read a particular Dickens book or seen the David Lean film adaptation. (Have I ever read Great Expectations? Yeah, Obi-wan Kenobi was in it!) The challenge thrown down by Irving to read Little Dorrit (nobody in The Cider House can get past the first couple of chapters--most give up by the end of the first page) is pretty irresistible.

I was pretty disappointed to discover, however, that Irving's books are pretty much Dickens + Vonnegut (minus the sci-fi) + Gunter Grass.* Probably explains why his standing in the academy isn't very high, but I still think he's the shiznit.

I believe Friend Gruumash. used to have him as a wrestling coach? Or wrestled against his team? Or something?

*I was most embarrassed to realize that I had never made the (obvious) connection between A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Tin Drum. In my defense, I read Owen back when I was in eighth grade, I think.



Sunday Songs of Praise!

Blind Willie Johnson--Dark Was the Night

Grooveshark only give you three of the tracks, but you'll probably get the idea.

The Rover

My hetero life partner has a weakness for post-apocalyptic films. "It's like The Road meets The Road Warrior!"

It was alright. I'm glad I saw it as a matinee.



Black Caesar

The stuff on page 127,

Black Flag,


and, to kick off Funk for Friday! a bit early, the official trailer to a new Fela documentary!

Article from The Paris Review which I had to stop reading because of Cider House spoilers.

Been reading The Cider House Rules in which both Dickens and Jane Eyre feature prominently.

Looked Irving up on-line to see if there was anything about him I had missed, and discovered he studied under Vonnegut back in the seventies.

What standing Irving holds in the academy, I couldn't say...

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Ennio, again

This time for Eli. R.I.P.

Celestial Healer wrote:
Currently, I am relatively entertained by reading Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote.

Little bit of synergistic weirdiosity, I finally got around to watching Capote. Felt the tug to re-read In Cold Blood, but resisted. Noted with "when am I ever gonna get back to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser?" horror that next in the Netflix queue is Our Man In Havana.

[Comrade Anklebiter hat?]

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--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" as published in The Illustrated Sherlock Holmes Treasury: Revised & Expanded

More Literary Musical Interludes

I like to rawk. It's in my blood. No, really. My mommy was a war-chanter.

Well, as I figured, The Cider House Rules: The Novel is a lot better than The Cider House Rules: The Film. Only two chapters in and I'm already enthralled. Can't get Michael Caine outta my head, but that's not a bad thing, really. Tobey Maguire, otoh...

"Her abdomen was full of blood; he sponged away, looking for the source, and saw that the hemorrhage issued from a six-inch rupture in the back of the uterus."

--John Irving, The Cider House Rules

About time for a Literary Musical Interlude, methinks:

Swinburne Stomp

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Monday Morning Jazz Brunch

Horace Silver, R.I.P.

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My own experiences in the academy (well, state university) were pretty boring. No postmodernists, no idiot professors, nobody who wanted to junk Shakespeare, nobody who wanted to replace the canon with feminist slave narratives by transgendered people with mobility impediments. Although, come to think of it, I never was assigned any Dickens. But I did have one guy make us read The Canterbury Tales and The Time Machine in the same class, so that's gotta be worth something.

Limeylongears wrote:
Tone Float Organisation, who turned into Kraftwerk. Sounds nothing like the Kraftwerk we all know and (possibly) love, though.

Organisation is the new Golem.

Biggie and Tupac


Shakes the Clown

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