Die-hard Tolkien fan that I am, I was struck at how breath-takingly stupid an analogy this was, even for Rick Santorum. For one thing, as Lance Manion points out, the forces of good didn’t start the war. For another thing, Frodo in essence failed. He succumbed to the temptation of the One Ring at the last minute and claimed it for himself. Only the greedy intervention of Gollum, still lusting for the Ring, saved the day. (Of course, if Frodo hadn’t shown mercy to Gollum earlier in the story, Gollum wouldn’t have been alive to unwittingly save the day, but …
Why? Five words: Battlestar Galactica season premiere. Baby. I may have to call the answering service and sign out to the on call surgeon for the show. Yes, I know it’s highly unlikely that any of my patients would choose to call me about something during those two hours, but why take the chance? That’s what our on call person is for, even though I usually take my own calls even when I’m not technically “on call.”
Oooh, I have to get me one of these! Of course, the specs would have to be more up to snuff with what one can purchase these days. Even so, I wonder if anyone could put one together with a Mac.
Continuing on the nerd/geek theme, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is the 40th anniversary of the debut of the original Star Trek series. Forty years, hundreds of TV episodes and books, and several movies later, the franchise is completely ingrained in American culture, so much so that catch phrases like “Beam me up!” are recognized by pretty much everyone. One thing I’m not so sure I’m all that enthusiastic about is the CBS Paramount project to remaster all of the original 79 episodes, replacing many of the special effects with state-of-the art digital recreations of …
Four words: Star Trek inspirational posters. These are just freakin’ hilarious, especially if you love the old series as much as I do. An example: Via Bad Astronomy Blog.
This one’s been making the rounds over the last few days, but, Star Wars geek that I am, I found it hilarious enough to post, even though it’s shown up in a lot of other places. Enjoy!
When you don’t have time to write something substantive, what do you do? Post YouTubes videos, of course! Sadly, I can almost relate to this one (after all, thanks to BitTorrent, I have now seen all of the episodes from season two of the resurrected series, with David Tennant playing The Doctor): (Hat tip: Stupid Evil Bastard.)
No further explanation needed about this clip from 1978. Bow down and worship at the feet of the Shat! He even forms his own trinity!
Hilarious. It incorporates what we know now from the prequels into what might have happened when Darth Vader had to tell the Emperor what happened at the end of the first Star Wars movie:
First bad science fiction leads to a cult (Scientology), and now bad epic fantasy follows suit. Back when I was high school and college, like many that age, I was very fond of epic fantasy. But even I didn’t like the Gor novels. How anyone could emulate them so seriously is beyond me.