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August 06, 2003

The 36th Amendment

Another reminder of the brilliance that is Lileks (via InstaPundit):

But times have changed. Times are always changing. Things like gay marriage would have made your average 18th century political theorist swoon with vapors, but so would female voting rights and the wide-eyed notion that people really ought not own other humans and make them harvest cotton in leg irons. Who knows what amendments will be on the table in 2103?

The 34th Amendment: Grants citizenship to robots.

35th Amendment: Extends the Second Amendment to robots.

36th Amendment: Repeals the 34th and 35th Amendments AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE and bans robots entirely.

Oh, and he has some things to say about gay marriage as well. But back to those robots. In the Flea's unceasing pursuit of outstanding achievement in the field of excellence I noticed a recurring theme in James Cameron's somewhat dismissive recent remarks on why he did not write or direct T3. He had run out of ideas, he claimed, due to having already done three Terminator movies. The Flea's quick count of Terminator and Terminator II: Judgment Day meant I did not have to run out of spectral antennae before becoming confused.

Cameron was referring to a Universal Studios theme-park movie experience: Terminator 2: 3D - Battle Across Time.

Join forces with the TERMINATOR® in a battle to prevent mankind’s extinction at the cold, steel hands of futuristic cyborgs. Live action stunts, special effects and amazing 3-D film come together in an adventure that says “Hasta la vista, baby” to entertainment as you know it.

This monster cost sixty-million bucks for twelve minutes making it arguably the most expensive film ever made on a per minute basis at five-million a minute. It features the T-200 proto-Terminator, the T-1,000,000 super Terminator and a cameo by Skynet itself. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick all reprise their roles thereby accounting for at least some of the cost and for some of my sense that T3 was not the true sequel to T2.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 6, 2003 11:10 AM