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August 31, 2008

Kansas: Carry On Wayward Son

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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August 30, 2008

Grace Jones: Pull Up To The Bumper

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 08:54 AM

Wind up

Will's politics are unsound. Details to follow. And that.*

* Not linking anything in particular there. Just saying.

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August 29, 2008

Adventures in publishing

Now my sidebar has disappeared and I do not have time this morning to look under the hood. Yay, internet!

Update: All working now. Sweet.

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The Bangles: Going Down To Liverpool

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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August 28, 2008

Pretty machine

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The Summer Glau Chronicles season 2 starts September 8; Agent Bedhead has details. Also, pictures.

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The Police: King of Pain

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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August 27, 2008

The Fixx: Secret Separation

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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August 26, 2008

The English Beat: Mirror in the Bathroom

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 06:23 AM

Hewlett Packard and Staples

Still suck. It takes seven to ten business days for parts to arrive once they have got round to ordering them. That was on August 18.

Tick tick tick.

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August 25, 2008

The Smiths: Stop Me

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 06:33 AM

ISS Training Ltd.

Wealthy benefactors of the Flea might consider sponsoring me in a foot surveillance course in London. As vacations go, it sounds much more interesting to me than lying around on a beach.

Posted by the Flea at 06:31 AM

August 23, 2008

Let me answer that question with a head-butt

Dr Kristin Aune, a sociologist at the University of Derby, has authored a report claiming Buffy the Vampire Slayer is "slaying" (lols) church attendance among women. Nothing the Church of England has done -- or has failed to do -- enters into it, apparently.

The report claims more than 50,000 women a year have deserted their congregations over the past two decades because they feel the church is not relevant to their lives. It says that instead young women are becoming attracted to the pagan religion Wicca, where females play a central role, which has grown in popularity after being featured positively in films, TV shows and books.

Also, chicks dig vampires.

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XS vs. Potap: Ti pomnish

The words "Ukrainian" and "RnB" have been made to rhyme. Ish. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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August 22, 2008

Report from Tbilisi

Michael J. Totten doing the reporting American deciders won't do. This is the first time the word "Cossack" has been dusted off for the contingency. If the hat fits.

On Monday, I visited one of the schools transformed into refugee housing in the center of Tbilisi and spoke to four women—Lia, Nana, Diana, and Maya—who had fled with their children from a cluster of small villages just outside the city of Gori. “We left the cattle,” Lia said. “We left the house. We left everything and came on foot because to stay there was impossible.” Diana’s account: “They are burning the houses. From most of the houses they are taking everything. They are stealing everything, even such things as toothbrushes and toilets. They are taking the toilets. Imagine. They are taking broken refrigerators.”

Toronto Star readers approve. Remember: Canada is "looked up to" as a "peacekeeper" and an "honest broker". Isn't that nice? It's nice to be nice.

* Nuclear assassination and steppe banditry have an effect on the tenor of the times. Or the Telegraph, as the case may be. "Ivan from Moscow, the hotel guest from hell."

* Charles Krauthammer.

Read the first five paragraphs of the NATO statement on the Russian invasion of Georgia and you will find not a hint of who invaded whom. The statement is almost comically evenhanded. "We deplore all loss of life," it declared, as if deploring a bus accident. And, it "expressed its grave concern over the situation in Georgia." Situation, mind you.

It's not until paragraph six that NATO, a 26-nation alliance with 900 million people and nearly half of world GDP, unsheathes its mighty sword, boldly declaring "Russian military action" -- not aggression, not invasion, not even incursion, but "action" -- to be "inconsistent with its peacekeeping role."

* Writing for the Guardian (WTF?), Martin Kettle argues Russia's invasion to crush the Prague Spring began the slow death of Labour as a party.

Forty years on from the Russian tanks, the eclipse of socialism is now as general in the west as it is in the former Soviet lands further east - perhaps even more so. Most people who consider themselves to be on the left - whatever that really means in the post-1989 world - are aware at some level of this reality.
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Women of CVN 76 USS Ronald Reagan

With a tip of the hat to the music of Shania Twain. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Related: Where there is a sea there are pirates. May God help us if the United States is no longer willing or capable of upholding the law; Canadians have no clue how the global trade so many of sneer at is made possible. Closer to the problems at hand -- and to the harsher realities of life -- Indians, Koreans and Japanese do not take our current world historical situation for granted. The following suggests eastern democracies no longer feel confident in the ability of the United States Navy to patrol the high seas (and, happily, has introduced me to the useful term "monthend").

Aiming to boost India's 'Look East' policy, Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta will hold talks with Japanese and South Korean Defence officials during his visit to the two countries beginning tomorrow, while Indian naval ships will engage in wargaming with Japanese ships off Mumbai coast this monthend.

The last, best hope for mankind may be India. If Starfleet turns out to be fueled by curry and Bollywood musicals I am going to call it a result.

Posted by the Flea at 06:43 AM

Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon

McSweeney's presents selections from H.P. Lovecraft's brief tenure as a Whitman's Sampler Copywriter. As the title of this post suggests, Lovecraft is difficult to parody adequately. I have no doubt that to watch him choose from a box of chocolates would have been terrifying opened a yawning dreamscape of abyssal dimension made tolerable only by the inadequacy of a simian nervous system to correlate that which it cannot apprehend.

Chocolate Cherry Cordial

You must not think me mad when I tell you what I found below the thin shell of chocolate used to disguise this bonbon's true face. Yes! Hidden beneath its rich exterior is a hideously moist cherry cordial! What deranged architect could have engineered this non-Euclidean aberration? I dare not speculate.

Directly related: Dark Republican magic (via Five Feet of Fury).

John McCain sat within the center of the cone of silence staring at its bare, white walls. There was no sound. He was truly isolated. "Rick Warren may think his cone of silence is impenetrable," McCain said to himself, "but he underestimates the power of DARK REPUBLICAN MAGIC!" McCain began to summon forth the Dark Powers. "Satan, Cthulhu, Skeletor... hear my call! Show me what lies beyond!"

More geography: The New York Post reports on H.P. Lovecraft's Brooklyn apartment, the soul of which he described as being "something unwholesome, something furtive, something vast lying subterraneanly in obnoxious slumber." The current tenant? A children's books marketer; she has been having vivid dreams.

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August 21, 2008

Tuned to a dead channel

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Zoe Ebb considers a Neuromancer teaser poster.

The image above could be the first poster for Joseph Kahn’s film adaptation of William Gibson’s landmark cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer. Word of a Neuromancer movie has been buzzing around for nearly a decade, but seeing a visual representation does make it a all bit more real.

Indeed. Sadly so too does the threat of craptastic casting: Hayden Christensen as “Cage”... no thanks.

By non-sucking contrast is the trailer for Book of Lies starring as it does Joss Whedon and Christopher Hitchens. Cainites of the world, take note.

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Hewlett Packard customer service sucks (possibly, blows)

Canadian Flea-readers considering an HP laptop - or a gold-plated warranty from Staples - should be advised the floor room sales pitch about repair times in the event of a problem is gold-plated bullshit. When I bought the computer I was told HP's service time was excellent and that repairs averaged three days; this was an important factor in my decision not only to buy the computer but to shell out for a three-year warranty.

I dropped off my laptop for repair August 5; two full days after it broke down... Staples would not take the machine without a case number and their customer service could not assign a case number due to being closed Sundays and holiday Mondays. Two trips to Staples and three very polite phone calls later and all the customer service people can tell me is HP now has the laptop and as of August 18 has ordered parts for repair.

No expression of regret and no apology, not even an expression of chagrin for being employed by tossers. And certainly no offer of compensation for my weeks of lost work on my music production machine. Hewlett Packard: You suck. You too Staples.

Posted by the Flea at 06:21 AM | Comments (2)

August 20, 2008

Zhanna Friske: Ya Bila

Nothing against Russians per se, you understand. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Update: Oops! Had the wrong video linked. Here is Viagra's Popytka. After a second listen it becomes very catchy.

Posted by the Flea at 07:03 AM

Bondmobile

The Ford Ka is to feature in the next Bond film.

In his 2006 debut as 007, British actor Daniel Craig appeared behind the wheel of a Ford Mondeo sedan and was flipped at high-speed in an Aston Martin, a legendary Bond ride and a luxury brand then owned by Ford. Pictures from the "Quantum Solace" set show actress Olga Kurylenk, the latest Bond girl, behind the wheel of a golden Ford Ka.

I agree this is not a supercar but Olga surely puts a positive spin on the vehicle. Then there is my favourite Ford Ka advertisement.

Unrelated but self-explanatory: Kate Beckinsale in a bikini.

Posted by the Flea at 07:01 AM

August 19, 2008

AnasteZia: Volchitsa

File this one under bread and circuses. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Vaguely on topic: Another reason to support Olympians if not the Peking Olympiad... WWTDD? helpfully posts - so not safe for work - nude images of Sweden's Sara Boberg. While I generally avoid profanity here, I make no pretensions to the Flea being a family publication. Even so, I recognize this is an entirely gratuitous link.* The fact Boberg is a member of the Swedish crossbow team means I could not quite forgive myself for not posting it.

Compare and contrast with Football Under Cover. I realize Scandinavian libertinism and Iran's improv version of The Handmaid's Tale are not the only two moral orders on offer. But of the two it is obvious which is more respectful of the liberty and dignity of women.

* (cough)How to game your "Alexa traffic rank"(/cough) (cough)site analytics(/cough) Oh hell, "Google PageRank". "Increase your traffic". "Sara Boberg nude" "nude Olympians" Etc. Etc.

Update on a closely related topic: Viz the search key phrase, "womens beach volleyball".

Posted by the Flea at 06:54 AM

The self-interest of the state-employee class

The ever cheerful Theodore Dalrymple considers British childhood, the murder of Scarlett Keeling and the abduction of Shannon Matthews.

The reasons for Shannon’s abduction have not yet emerged, but again the Guardian managed to distract the reader’s attention from less than optimal family arrangements. Instead, it ran an upbeat story on the housing project where the Matthews family lived; that way, the obvious could be ignored rather than denied. The Sun, a tabloid newspaper whose readership is virtually entirely working-class, had described the project as “like Beirut—only worse.” But the Guardian, whose readership is largely middle-class and employed in the public sector, drew attention to the improvements that had taken place in the project, thanks to the local council’s having spent $8 million on it over the last three years—supplying traffic bollards shaped like penguins, for example.
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The implication is clear: with more public spending of this kind everywhere in the country, administered by Guardian readers and their peers, everything will be all right. It won’t matter in the slightest if children either have no fathers, or different fathers every few years.

There were celebrations in Dewsbury at the news of Shannon's rescue and a "feral element was out in force" at the Moorside estate. This is England.

Yusuf Haladh, a member of Dewsbury's large Asian community, lives with his family near to the flat in which Shannon was found.

"We were obviously really glad that the little girl was found safe and well, but to see people up there drinking and jumping around, and hearing about all the different dads... it was embarrassing - embarrassing for Dewsbury. It's not about one group of people being superior to another in behaviour - obviously, most of the white population just lead normal family lives - but you wouldn't get that behaviour in the Asian community."

Careful, Yusuf. In Canada you would be up on thought crimes charges for bringing the English Gamma class and their Alpha administrators into the hatred and contempt they have so richly earned.

Posted by the Flea at 06:53 AM

August 18, 2008

Imperial fleet invades San Francisco

That's no moon. From the comments:

where can i sign up to join the empire ??????

Also, the case for the Empire.

Related: It is a known fact that most English people are on the side of the Empire. Come to think of it, some of the American pilots have been giving me the evil eye around the hanger, like.

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August 16, 2008

Technical difficulties

My August 16 posts seem to have become entangled with my August 15 posts. Will update as I figure out what is going on...

Update: This is going to take some thinking... In the meantime, please enjoy my entangled posts and my currently non-entangled Anonymous post from today.

Posted by the Flea at 09:15 AM

CRTC approves Canadian porn channel

Must have 50% domestic porn. YJCMTSU.

Posted by the Flea at 07:43 AM

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable

Ace hosts a great moment in public debate; worth your time if only to watch a grown "man" crying toward the end.

The destruction of the universities will only come to an end once employers realize exactly how low the bar has been set for advanced qualifications. It might also help if parents realized just what their money is buying. My only hope for the future is the inventiveness with which university undergraduates selectively disregard the expertise of their professors.

Posted by the Flea at 07:17 AM

August 15, 2008

Official 2008 Olympics Song: Please Ignore The Communism

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:03 AM

Michael Coren

I want to thank the Michael Coren Show for the opportunity to participate in yesterday's blogger's round-table featuring Kathy Shaidle, Bob Tarantino and Jason Cherniak. Mr. Coren and his production team were all extraordinarily gracious and welcoming. I was delighted to learn of common interests in chocolate and lively conversation.

Update: Enquiring minds want to know about the ring I was wearing; that being the Pagan Burial Signet Ring by Alchemy Gothic. Mine has much finer detail than is suggested by the early '90s vintage catalogue photo.

Posted by the Flea at 07:02 AM | Comments (3)

Gene genie

A study published in the journal Behavioural Neuroscience suggests variations in the COMT gene may account for different reactions to horror films. Some people scream while others - for example, me - laugh (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

A particular variant of the 'COMT' gene affects a chemical in the brain that is linked to anxiety, they have found. People who have two copies of one version of the gene are more easily disturbed when viewing unpleasant pictures, the scientists discovered. That version of the gene weakens the effect of a signalling chemical in the brain that helps control certain emotions.

The scientists found that those carrying two copies of it were significantly more startled by frightening images than others. By contrast, those who had one copy of the gene and one copy of another version were able to keep their emotions in check far more readily.

I am going to go out on a limb here. Many people react to disturbing images by blaming themselves or those nearest to them for the horror; by attempting to make the images stop by denial, conspiracy theory or surrender.

And some of us develop a cold rage and a determination to make certain nothing like it ever happens again. People with our genetic variant are called "sane".

Posted by the Flea at 07:01 AM

August 14, 2008

Bee Gees: Nights on Broadway

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:47 AM

You know you need time off when...

... you almost go to sleep in the dentist's chair waiting for a cavity to be filled. It is the only moment I have had to myself - and finding myself with no other pressing responsibilities - for some weeks. Still, better than the alternative.

Related: If you're here, who's home disappointing your parents?

Unrelated, and one of the advantages of keeping busy: Kathy Shaidle, Bob Tarantino, Jason Cherniak and I are guests on the Michael Coren Show tonight, August 14.

Update: We are taping this afternoon, I believe the show airs this evening.

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August 13, 2008

Mary Margaret O'Hara: I Don't Care

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 05:44 AM

AFSCME

I am going to miss being a union man.

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August 12, 2008

Melodies bring memories that linger in my heart

A BBC news team reporting from Georgia came under (a not terribly effective) attack by a Russian warplane. Ricky bin Ricardo offered the following comment at Rantburg:*

Can you say "red on red", boys and girls? I knew you could!

Not to worry. George Brown has issued a strongly worded statement as the Russians overrun Georgia.

... the escalation of violence has led to concerns that Russia could try to annex the entire country. 'They want the whole of Georgia,' claimed President Saakashvili. 'The Russians need control over energy routes from central Asia and the Caspian Sea. 'In addition, they want to get rid of us, they want regime change. Every democratic movement in this neighbouring region must be got rid of.'

* Thanks to Angelweb for pointing out my garbled code, now repaired.

Update: "Meanwhile, the anti-war left take to the streets in the thousands to condemn the imperialist aggressors. Any moment now."

Posted by the Flea at 07:23 AM

Combichrist: Without Emotions

Lest anyone imagine there is never any actual dancing involved: Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Related: Exterminate!

Posted by the Flea at 06:53 AM

We ain't heavy

Writing for The Torch, Babbling Brooks cites Lew MacKenzie on Canada's ersatz heavy lift role in Afghanistan, another $300m for the Russians (what extraordinary timing we have) and what is most probably the last word on NATO.

There are more than 3,000 medium-lift helicopters sitting safely on the ground far, far away from Afghanistan, at airbases located in NATO's 26 member countries. Three thousand, and Canada is stuck with providing helicopter support, not just for its own troops, but for all the other national contingents in Region South.

Bin Laden though the West was a paper tiger; he was not far wrong. Perhaps he was mistaken to think there is something remaining we might identify as "the West".

Posted by the Flea at 06:51 AM

August 11, 2008

Faithless: We Come 1

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

August 09, 2008

America is not a place

It is difficult to kill an American because America is a dream. An idea.

With a grateful tip of the hat Mr. Bowers from an American born in the wrong place.

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VNV Nation: Kingdom

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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August 08, 2008

The Cars: Moving in Stereo

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.*

* You can actually dance to this one. Or swim.

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August 07, 2008

Grimethorpe Colliery Band: Knight Templar

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Bigger bewbs

Katers17 considers fat knees.

Posted by the Flea at 06:41 AM

August 06, 2008

Posh's proletarian past

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Sweet as she is, I never imagined Victoria Beckham to be frightfully frightfully; that accent will not cut glass. But it is important to post this news of Posh genealogy if only to irritate Will (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

A leading German historian claims the Spice Girl is related to a 19th century Communist who was a close comrade of revolutionary Karl Marx. Hans Mueller says the 34-year-old pop star is the great-great-great-granddaughter of revolutionary and artist Carl Heinrich Pfaender.

Pfaender, you say? Pfascinating.

Posted by the Flea at 06:54 AM | Comments (1)

The Best Heavy Metal Songs Based on Fantasy Novels

Best top ten list ever.

I’ve always been both a metalhead and a total fantasy geek—possibly the two most powerful formative influences on my teen years were Metallica and J.R.R. Tolkien. There exists a deep and occult connection between heavy metal and fantasy fiction, one that surfaces both obliquely—Spiked wristbands! Album covers that could double as Wheel of Time book jackets! Fire!—and overtly, as in the legacy of metal songs explicitly inspired by fantastical literary sources.

After the jump, check out a few of my favorite heavy metal songs inspired by fantasy novels.

Potentially more contentious is the Top 50 Hottest Sci-Fi Girls of All-Time. Chacun à son goût and that. For example, the image used for No. 49 could be found in a book available to Grade 7 students at J.H. Putman junior high; I remember it vividly and would have rated Ripley much more highly.

Casting Virginia Hey as as the first true James Bond villainess is an intriguing idea. And it is difficult to argue with their choice for No. 1. Missing from the list: Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6.

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Linda: Otpusti Menya

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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August 05, 2008

The Who: Baba O'Riley

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 03:43 AM

Horizonally enabled

Far be it from me to take issue with the guys at Ace becoming metros concerned about their waistlines; it is a function of age. Also, as Gabriel Malor points out, physics.

Blaming our food rather than the real problem, which is that we eat too much of it, is de rigueur for fad diets. It's the preservatives, they say. Or that evil high fructose corn syrup. Or (for the truly far-out) the dreaded "toxins." If you think corn syrup is part of the problem, here's an idea: eat less of it.

Ace is an Atkins enthusiast, apparently. For me, it is has just been a question of moving the body a bit more while putting a little less food in the body over time.

Just as well as I have a television appearance to contend with presently. Kathy Shaidle, Bob Tarantino, Jason Cherniak and I are guests on the Michael Coren Show, August 14. I have enough to worry about avoiding a human rights complaint without inflicting too much Flea upon Canadian viewers.

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August 04, 2008

It is always the quiet ones

It turns out I was too quick to blame Methodism for a recent stabbing and beheading incident on the TransCanada Highway; it is, after all, only a tiny minority of Methodists - and the writings of their most sacred scrolls - that consecrate such behaviour.

Judging by the reported mutilation and flesh-eating, Badger practiced the old religion. They used to call it "going Wendigo".

A police officer at the scene of a grisly beheading on a Canadian bus reported seeing the attacker hacking off pieces of the victim's body and eating them, according to a police tape leaked on the Internet Saturday. In the tape of radio transmissions, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer refers to the attacker as "Badger" and says he is armed with a knife and scissors and is "defiling the body at the front of the bus as we speak." On the tape, which lasts about 80 seconds, officers continue to detail the attacker's movements until one reports, "Badger's at the back of the bus, hacking off pieces and eating it."

Flea-readers are urged to use caution in reading the linked AP piece. The above details are far less gruesome than reportage on Canada's Facebook response to this atrocity. Though 2000 does sound like a whole lot of wall posts.

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Take both pills; see what happens


Find out Which Movie Hero Are You at LiquidGeneration.com!

Via Agent Bedhead who is Xena or something.

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Literary tattoos

Inspired by the Telegraph, John Stoehr believes a trend for literary tattoos is underway.

Some of them, like this one, a long passage from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club, are very impressive — and they suggest a kind of depth of character, a kind of cultural sensibility, that one doesn’t normally associate with those who want to adorn their bodies with indelible ink.

Which says more about his preconceptions than it does about ink enthusiasts. As for me, the letters "John" and "3:16" tattooed across the knuckles are sufficient literary allusion to get the point across.

Posted by the Flea at 03:23 AM | Comments (1)

Zombie Girl: The Darkness

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Top 13 Vampire Babes

Heckler Spray's attempt to list the top thirteen vampire babes is an admirable if ultimately misguided exercise. My ardour for Kate Beckinsale is unswerving and second place is most probably hers to keep. But Anne Parillaud should have taken the top spot; no contest (via Agent Bedhead).

Tangentially related: The more convincingly argued seven biggest *sshole computers in science fiction.

Posted by the Flea at 03:19 AM | Comments (1)

August 02, 2008

The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper, however secretly, he is in a sense writing for publication

"Only one recording of Raymond Chandler's speaking voice survives, a BBC interview conducted with Chandler in 1958 by none other than Ian Fleming." Miskatonic.org hosts it here. This via Ace, who observes.

Interesting if you're a fan of either man, and especially if you're a fan of both. Be aware that Raymond Chandler was a genuine hard-case full-blown alcoholic,* and he decided to show up for the interview in his normal state, three sheets to the wind. He slurs and doesn't have much to say. Fleming is pretty clearly straining to carry both ends of the interview here.
Posted by the Flea at 06:42 PM

Especially Katee Sackhoff

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Kevin Smith moderated an hour long panel for SCI FI Channel's original series Battlestar Galactica on July 26 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The panel featured stars Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Michael Trucco and Katee Sackhoff and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.

Katee Sackhoff likes it when the Galactica fires its guns. She thinks it's neat. Just saying.

Related: Hot chicks with guns on tv.

Posted by the Flea at 02:54 PM

Combichrist: This Sh*t Will F*ck You Up

"Some industrial dance styles are similar to psy-trance dance styles. Both look as though they're in a forest with many wondrous animals. The rivet-head just happens to be stomping on them."

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance (nsfw lyrics).

Posted by the Flea at 02:47 PM | Comments (1)

自由万歳

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's destroyer Kongô, equipped with the state-of-the-art Aegis missile defense system, launched the Standard Missile 3 (SM3) interceptor missile that hit the target (ballistic missile),12/17/2007; with soundtrack.

Also, note to China: This is not the Royal Navy. Think very carefully before waking these people up.

Related: Making Russian commercial shipping a hard target for latter day Barbary pirates. Note to the pirates: These are Russians, not the United States Supreme Court. They do not care about your "rights".

Vladimir Korenkov, from arms manufacturer Bazalt, said it‘s equipping vessels with it’s multi-barrel grenade launching systems to help curb pirate aggression.
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August 01, 2008

A major incident

No word on the identity of the suspected maniac person of mania. If I guess he is a Methodist do I win a prize?

A man was stabbed to death then beheaded on a Greyhound bus in an apparent random act of violence, according to an eyewitness. ...

"He calmly walked up to the front (of the bus) with (the victim's) head in his hand and the knife and then dropped the head in front of us," Caton said, adding he believes the suspect later returned to the back of the bus and was seen later "taunting police with the head in his hand out the window."
Caton said the suspect appeared calm.

"What struck me, it was like he was at the beach or something," he said.

Comments closed due to the obvious.

Kate has video. Warning: Repeated use of the word "buddy". Not so much of the words "I tried to stop it."

Posted by the Flea at 07:23 AM

Revamped

Lost Boys: The Tribe: Quite possibly the worst film ever made. And not in a good way. I admit to some hyperbole - I have seen worse - but nothing that quite so thoroughly violated my teen years. In short, it sucked.

Lost Boys: The Tribe carries forth none of the strengths of the original. Sh*tty sequels are nothing unexpected, of course, especially where a straight-to-DVD effort is concerned. However, Lost Boys: The Tribe is that rare sequel that manages to bear no substantial resemblance to the original film yet still manages to gangbang it into oblivion.

I will concede Autumn Reeser is quite fetching so silver lining and that.

Totally and completely unrelated result of researching this post: Jennifer Love Hewitt is really hot when wearing transparent dress.

Posted by the Flea at 05:33 AM | Comments (2)

The value of science fiction

Nine legendary authors present their ideas on why SF is important to readers and what it teaches them. Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, John Brunner, Harlan Ellison, Clifford Simak, Frederik Pohl, Gordon Dickson, Damon Knight and Isaac Asimov are fascinating to me more for their self-presentation than they are for their (arguably banal) opinions.

Related: The teaser poster for Terminator: Salvation.

Posted by the Flea at 05:31 AM

Tracy Chapman & BB King: The Thrill Has Gone

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 05:27 AM