March 2006

In the beginning… God created the heavens and the earth (The Bible) A long time ago… Luke Skywalker and Han Solo lead a rebellion against the evil empire(Star Wars)4,000,000BC Aliens leave monolith on Earth (2001: A Space Odyssey)1,000,000BC Loana faces dinosaurs to be with Tumak, a caveman banished from his savage tribe, and then from …

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The Wisdom of Terry Pratchett. Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind. People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad …

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Doubt it. Regarding “modernistic” architecture: “But modernism of the heroic period, from 1920 to 1939, is dead, and it died first in the blockhouses of Utah beach and the Siegfried line. Yet in its heyday between the wars, modernism was a vast utopian project, and perhaps the last utopian project we will ever see, now …

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Borg. Postmodernism Lesson Plans: Star Trek. A sample lesson plan for a Purdue U. class about examples of postmodernism in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Basically, explains the “We are You” statement the captured borg that gets the human name (Hugh).

Kitsch. You just don’t see the word kitsch flying around. I don’t think it’s because there’s any lack of kitsch — art that’s considered overly sentimental, pretentious, or mass-produced into clichedom. I think it’s because kitsch has taken over. Anymore, if it isn’t kitsch, art is considered “weird.” KITSCH: The reduction of aesthetic objects or …

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Batman. Quentin Tarantino needs to do “The Dark Knight Returns.” Not the directing, just the role of the Joker.

Another Silly Song. Old Country-Western song by Little Jimmy Dickens.If I remember this right, we used to sing the chorus over and over. Enough to drive a couple of parents mad. Oh, well. They seem fine now. May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your NoseOne fine day as I was a-walkin’ down the streetSpied …

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Sha Na Na. I was talking about silly songs I have known at work…and about half of the people on my team didn’t know who or what “Sha Na Na” is. Well, let me tell you…no, wait. There’s a website: Sha Na Na’s official home page. My brother and I listened to their Silly Songs …

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