FleaInNYCbanner.jpg

October 31, 2008

Tim Curry: Anything can happen on Hallowe'en

This is goth Christmas, btw. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance (via Coilhouse).

Posted by the Flea at 03:04 AM | Comments (1)

Goth make-up tutorial No. 1

Adora BatBrat demonstrates (silly, nsfw lyrics in accompanying music).

Posted by the Flea at 03:03 AM

Best. Vampire. Evar.

Which vampire kills the competition?

(via Agent Bedhead)

Posted by the Flea at 03:02 AM

October 30, 2008

Dark times demand dark music

LenaHeadeyinLatexisFetching.jpg

Attentive Flea-readers will have noticed The Summer Glau Chronicles was nowhere to be found this week. Not to worry, it returns November 3. What even the most attentive Flea-readers may not have noticed are the discreet star tattoos Lena Headey - Sarah Connor of the show's lay title - sports on each forearm. They are quite fetching.

Pic related. Is Lena Headey.

Now that I have your attention: I am playing a darkwave/industrial set at Savage Garden as part of tonight's Devil's Night festivities. M00nBass, DIFF_CULT and Witchmaker make up the rest of tonight's line up; I will be on at 10 (allowing my suburban friends to get home before the TTC turns into a pumpkin).

flyer_oct30_2008_hellsnight_myspace.jpg

Posted by the Flea at 05:33 AM | Comments (3)

New Order: Touched By The Hand Of God

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 05:24 AM

October 29, 2008

Nick Drake: Riverman

Wish I made this. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 05:21 AM

Legend of the Seeker

Sam Raimi and Rob Tappert have a new television series based on The Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind.

The series follows the epic journey of a young woods guide named Richard Cypher (played by Craig Horner) and a mysterious woman named Kahlan Amnell (played by Bridget Regan) to stop a vengeful wizard from unleashing an ancient and terrifying power.

One can only assume Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi have cameos. Some aspects of the world must still exhibit perfect symmetry.

Posted by the Flea at 05:17 AM

October 28, 2008

Wear plenty of sunscreen

FalloutFeatDogmeat.jpg

Fallout 3 launches today. To those of us without the right cultural capital, this Fallout Retrospective is an invaluable introduction to the before of the game. A five part gameplay demo introduces the new arrival.

Related: Killer ants. Also, girls, guns and garden gnomes.

Posted by the Flea at 10:07 AM | Comments (1)

Odds and ends

HiTekmask.jpg

A number of Flea readers kindly keep me up to date with steampunk products on the internet; much appreciated though not always linked. One advantage of the (admittedly limited) popularity of the style is the increasing cottage industry of kit bashers large and small making their wares available for purchase. Take this Nerf rocket blaster modded as a cosplay steampunk ray gun. Sweeter yet, this Nerf Maverick steampunk mod. These auctions will soon be done but future retro-future eBay Victoriana may be found at Steampunk Attire, a specialized link filter dedicated to the subject.

Closer to the cyber end of the spectrum of post-industrial fashion is my new favourite design house, Alexander Hi Tek, a kind of style successor to Storm London. Sunglasses and watches are central to the current line but I am particularly impressed by this mask and - for the ladies - this extraordinary hat.

Flea Towers is undergoing redecoration and, were I to prioritize knick-knacks over ceiling fans, this Hunley Civil War submarine replica would be close to the top of the list. Given a larger budget, I would spring for this light up special edition Tokyo Disneyland opening 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea submarine Nautilus. With yet more mad money, Flea readers can say damn the torpedoes and mod their own Nautilus minisub and working Nemo suit.

Finally, my hat collection. Now wondering what a French military police M1912 goes for when such a beast is made available at auction. This is perhaps the ultimate in martial industrial stagewear.

Posted by the Flea at 07:47 AM

Uniting Nations: Ai No Corrida (as interpreted by the Tokyo Dance Trooper)

Don't give up! Stand your ground! Fight! Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Bonus and extra: Tokyo Rock Trooper.

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

October 27, 2008

Morbidly Obese Cat

This made me feel better.

Posted by the Flea at 09:49 PM | Comments (1)

Dean Barnett, rest in peace

I am very sorry to pass on the news Dean Barnett has died, aged 41. I would like to offer my prayers to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by those of us who were just his fans.

His appearances as guest host on the Hugh Hewitt Show were always welcome. He was gracious with people from across the political spectrum, had an engaging temperament and subtle wit that will not be replaced; in short, the model of a gentleman in an ungentlemanly age.

Hugh Hewitt remembers.

My friend and colleague Dean Barnett died today, and the world is a much poorer place for it. As anyone who listened to him on my radio show or read his work at Soxblog, here or at the Weekly Standard knows, and as everyone who had the great, great pleasure of knowing Dean will attest, Dean's combination of sparking intelligence and enormous good humor made him one fo the most memorable of friends. What too few people know, though, is what a kind, extraordinarily giving and compassionate man he was. Dean loved people and he loved this country and threw himself into every cause. ...

Had he had more time, he would have been one of the great influences on the GOP for as long as he lived, probably because he valued and used every minute he had.

Chowda. Rest in peace.

Update: Kathy Shaidle is linking remembrances and updates.

Posted by the Flea at 07:14 PM

Peter Fox: Alles Neu

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 03:31 AM

Where will China get the weapons and ammunition to wage a war of liberation?

We will get them from you!

Individuals who belong to the masses seem to be powerless against the powerful ruling body that some call the state, others the establishment, while I prefer to use the word elite. Many activists do not realise that they are like fleas, minute entities that are only a nuisance. But thousands of fleabites are worse then one bite from a tiger. A myriad of individual intrusions in the private living sphere of leaders makes more impression than many thousands of people who once demonstrate in front of the office of leaders. To bite another flea is of course a waste of time.
Posted by the Flea at 03:27 AM

October 26, 2008

Black Thong Stretching Trio

Knew I forgot something today. Basically I spend most of my time lately in a blood red rage. Fortunately, I have the internet. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance (nsfw but I take it you don't work on Sunday).

Update: Belatedly decided I should expand on the blood red rage issue having avoided it due to blood pressure issues. This business with the cigarette almost sent me off the deep end.

Posted by the Flea at 01:54 PM

October 25, 2008

Rachel Stevens: Knock On Wood

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:54 AM

October 24, 2008

Here are some pictures of Eva Green

EvaGreenisBeautiful.jpg

I am having an honesty in materials moment. The article is interesting too, actually (via Agent Bedhead)

Related: Eva Green for Dior Midnight Poison, Breil and Heineken. She has a lovely laugh in that last one, all the more so for being unexpected.

In case I forgot to mention it earlier: Tom Ford is the new tailor to James Bond.

Posted by the Flea at 07:57 AM | Comments (1)

Gary Numan: Me I Disconnect From You

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

* Yes, it's a Scientology reference. Numan had been reading William Burroughs who, in turn, had a fling with Scientology in the late '60s before getting turned off.

Posted by the Flea at 07:54 AM

October 23, 2008

Damn you, Alexis Denisof

Alyson Hannigan 23.jpg

Damn you to heck.

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan is pregnant. Hannigan, 34, and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, 42, will welcome their first child this spring. The couple met on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the 1999-2000 season and wed on October 11, 2003.

10/11: A day that lives in infamy (this disaster via Agent Bedhead, who is famous, btw). Console yourself with images from before the naqba.

Posted by the Flea at 07:54 AM | Comments (6)

Real Life: Send Me An Angel

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:53 AM | Comments (1)

October 22, 2008

The Green Fairy

KylieGreenFairyAgain.jpg

Perhaps the ultimate gothic tipple, Pernod Absinthe returns after a 93 year absence.

Pernod Absinthe (right) is a revival of Pernod Fils, arguably the most authentic absinthe ever produced with a recipe that's over 200 years old. The company stopped making it in 1915 when the French government banned absinthe, later coming out with a wormwood-free version. The original is a high-proof sprit distilled from Grand Wormwood, fennel and anise - exactly the same as consumed by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and now, us.

I am also on the market for a Danger Bomb Clock. I think these are a very good idea.

Unrelated: Some people liked my "big butts" post the other day but this is the best blog post headline of the year.

Posted by the Flea at 07:04 AM | Comments (1)

Adamski feat. Nina Hagen: Get Your Body

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Related: Time for me to learn German.

Posted by the Flea at 07:03 AM

Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work

If my financial situation was slightly better organized - and I had less work to do in the next few days - I would make my way to Chicago's Packer Schopf Gallery this weekend to take in Clive Barker's concept paintings for Midnight Meat Train.

Related: The trailer.

Posted by the Flea at 07:02 AM

October 21, 2008

Mario Basanov & Vidis feat. Jazzu: I'll Be Gone

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 09:44 AM

Float like a butterly, sting like a Flea

I AM THE GREATEST!

Your result for The Personality Defect Test... Braggart

You are the Braggart! Like Muhammad Ali, you would surely tell everyone that you are "The Greatest" whilst bragging incessantly about your intelligence, your skills, and your abilities. You tend to be a thinker rather than a feeler, and combined with your extroversion and arrogance, this makes you someone who probably just LOVES to brag about his accomplishments. Despite this, however, you are a very gentle, tender person and truly care about others' feelings. You just happen to care more about yourself. Unlike Ali, of course, you are rather rational as opposed to emotional, and you are also much more gentle. But his arrogance and extroversion best reflect the most visible aspects of your personality. But his afro and his penchant for rhyming...not so much. There is not really much to dislike about you, aside from the fact that you can be incredibly annoying, and you probably never shut up about yourself. You may be one of these people who refer to themselves in the third person. If you have a nickname, it is probably one you gave to yourself, because you are too cool for the nickname others have given you--like "doofus" and "shitface". (Emphasis added as I quite like this bit. - Ed.) Your personality defect, in summary, is the fact that you are extremely overconfident, extroverted, and perhaps rather lacking in emotions. YOU ARE THE GREATEST! Or so you keep telling yourself every night as you stare at yourself in the mirror and practically make out with your reflection. Maybe one day everyone else on the planet will agree with your assessment of yourself. Nah, I'm just kidding. We think you're an arrogant dickhole. But a NICE arrogant dickhole, so no worries.

To put it less negatively:
1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.
2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.
3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.
4. You are more ARROGANT than humble.

Compatibility:
Your exact opposite is the Bitch-Slap.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Haughty Intellectual, and the Capitalist Pig.
Take The Personality Defect Test at HelloQuizzy

Posted by the Flea at 09:41 AM | Comments (1)

October 20, 2008

But that is another story

SummerGlauAweInspiring.jpg

The Summer Glau Chronicles is now confirmed for the remainder of its second season including not only the two new episode orders but the full back nine. Which for some reason sounds like a double entendre in this context now I come to think of it (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

The network recently ordered two scripts of the show, so perhaps the stories came in strong. Midseason sci-fi drama "Dollhouse" might be another factor -- Fox's previously announced winter schedule pairs "Dollhouse" and "24" on Mondays and "American Idol" and "Fringe" on Tuesdays, without "Terminator" listed. So perhaps the network has a new scheduling configuration in mind to support its sci-fi efforts.

Related: Girls with guns.

Also related: Cat that looks like Summer Glau (according to Kathy).

Totally unrelated expect for the River/Riverbank pun that is not coming to me and, let's face it, would have been a stretch anyway: Tales of the Riverbank - The Riverbank Clock.

Reason nobody is watching television: Girls burping, dancing and smoking cloves on YouTube is miles better. This last one makes me yearn for the days when eating a piece of cake could take an afternoon. Young people have a lot more time to waste. This blog keeps me too busy in the pixel mines for that sort of frivolity.

Posted by the Flea at 08:21 AM | Comments (2)

Martha And The Muffins: Echo Beach

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 08:18 AM | Comments (1)

< girlfriend =

> awesome!

Built with stainless steel, this MGS Silver Wolf replica is equipt with a laser sight, flashlight, foregrip, and safety to name a few major features. A comprehensive video reviews the features and shows brief segments on construction and development.

Now all he needs is beer and pizza and life is complete.

Posted by the Flea at 08:17 AM

October 18, 2008

I do indeed like big butts; I refuse to pretend otherwise

FrankFrazettaSpaceAttackDetail.jpg

io9 tracks down Frank Frazetta's Battlestar Galactica on-line masterpieces (my headline stolen from an io9 commenter).

Frazetta famously turned down the offer to do a Star Wars painting, but did several BSG paintings because they let him paint what he wanted — including a raygun-wielding barbarian in an ancient tomb. That barbarian painting sold for $57,000 at auction a few years ago.

Worth every penny. And yet another reason George Lucas is doing it wrong.

That said, I got round to watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and I have to say I am with Butters, I thought it was pretty good.

Tangentially related: Stills from the forthcoming Star Trek reboot. I am sceptical about the entire project but Sylar is rocking the Spock ears.

Posted by the Flea at 08:33 AM | Comments (4)

MGMT: Kids

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance (hat tip to SondraK).

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Vet the media

An excellent idea.

The media's position that Joe the Plumber who merely asked a question must be "vetted" out of existence certainly supports the full-blown "vetting" of them.

After all, far more turns on the questions they ask and... refuse to ask, more importantly.
Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

October 17, 2008

Tangerine Dream: Deadly Silver Crosses

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:21 AM

October 16, 2008

Robyn: Cobrastyle

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM | Comments (1)

October 15, 2008

Please put me back in the water

paddle1.jpg

All Canadians stop whatever it is you are doing.

Here at last: Paddle To the Sea.

Here, finally, is the classic live action film version of "Paddle To The Sea" - shown on Youtube in 3 parts. Paddle To The Sea was filmed by Bill Mason in 1966, and was inspired by the brilliant Children's Book of the same title, written in 1941 by H. C. Holling.

The 1966 film version seen here was eventually nominated for an Academy Award two years later in 1968, for Best Short Film, because it was so beautifully done by the director - Canadian naturalist, master canoeist, artist and filmmaker Bill Mason.

Bill personally hand-carved from wood, in meticulous detail very faithful to the book illustrations, the beautiful wooden "Paddle" models seen in the film.

This story (both book and film version) has been loved by generations of school children for decades as they learn about the history of the Great Lakes region of North America while they follow the exciting adventures of a brave toy Wooden Indian in his tiny but sturdy Canoe (hand carved by a Native Canadian boy from Nipigon Country).

Relate: Wayne Omaha explain the emotional resonance of the film. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM | Comments (2)

This is your future

My American cousins, protect your republic from cultists. Watch this Los Angeles City Council public hearing on September 17, 2008 regarding L Ron Hubbard Way street closures and do something about it. This just leaves my blood boiling. Watch it and imagine a town, a state or the country were it to fall into the hands of Scientology.

Residents of L Ron Hubbard Way: This sounds like a class action suit. Do not bother suing Scientology, sue the City of Los Angeles. Embarrass them. Make it their problem.

Posted by the Flea at 08:43 AM

October 14, 2008

Shania Twain: That don't impress me much

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:19 AM

October 13, 2008

Yoav: Club Thing

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:54 AM

October 12, 2008

Gregorian Mode: Blasphemous Rumours

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 10:18 AM

October 11, 2008

Talks to free Ukrainian arms ship collapse: pirate spokesman

So reads the headline of an AFP article. Flea-readers will be as shocked as I am too see their insensitivity repeated in the lede.

Talks aimed at freeing a Ukrainian arms ship being held by Somali pirates collapsed on Friday, a spokesman for the pirates told AFP, deepening the two-week stand-off.

I see, so pirates have "spokesmen" now do they?

Note to AFP: This is 2008. Your pirate "spokesman" is more properly referred to as a "spokesperson" or simply "spoke"; an editorial change is in order. Your adoption of gender neutral/gender fair language could avoid perpetuating stereotypes of pirates as men engaged in hijacking, kidnapping, murder and rapine. A gender neutral diction would more properly reflect the possibility of female pirates engaged in hijacking, kidnapping, murder or rapine or, indeed, transgendered pirates. This discursive shift would open doors/portholes/hatchways for young people of any gender or of indefinite gender orientation previously discouraged from a career in pirate representation by the patriarchal language of domination sadly characteristic of French press reportage.

Shame on you, AFP.

Related: The IMB live piracy map for 2008. If only we could use this map to infer a shared culture or worldview serving to justify acts of piracy to the men who engage in them; some motivating ideology which leads the pirates to believe their victims are less than human and deserving of their fate. Oh well, some things will probably always be a mystery.

Posted by the Flea at 09:23 AM | Comments (4)

October 10, 2008

The Birthday Massacre: Remember Me (City of the Dead Mix)

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:03 AM

Stephen Hawking: We must learn to live in space or we will not survive

Correct.

"I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space," said Hawking, who is almost completely paralyzed by the illness ALS.

"It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next 100 years, let alone next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load."

I want humanity to survive and, with it, a flotilla of arks carrying Earth's miracle some distance out of harm's way. If that means a future history written in Russian or Mandarin, so be it.

Directly related: The Starlost is available on dvd (hat tip to Mike Campbell).

Posted by the Flea at 07:02 AM | Comments (1)

Manatee squash

The internet is the best. Evidence.

Also: Panda babies!

Posted by the Flea at 07:01 AM

October 09, 2008

Schiller: Sehnsucht

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

October 08, 2008

Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge

BeatTheWhitesWithTheThinRedWedge.jpg

I have learned something new both fannish and art historical thanks to the etherwebs: E.M. Lissitzky's Soviet propaganda poster may look eerily familiar to Flea-readers still missing the Uncharted Territories.

In the poster, the intrusive red wedge symbolises the Bolsheviks, who are penetrating and defeating their opponents, the Whites, during the Russian Civil War.

On a related note, I am planning to go out as a Peacekeeper Commando this Hallowe'en. Whether my outfit is going to be as elaborate as a hardcore Farscape fan's is down to scheduling...

Posted by the Flea at 08:08 AM

Dobenbeck Feat. Joanna: Please Don't Go

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 08:04 AM

Rewarding greed and stupidity

John Bird and John Fortune explain how markets really work (via Ace). Canadian Flea-readers should be advised several groups might risk being brought into hatred and contempt in the course of their analysis.

On an equally serious, if less satirical, note; some questions and answers on the Canadian economy. David Akin assures us Canadian banks were either too small to have participated in the sub-prime farce or were prevented from doing so by regulation. Consequently, Canada's direct exposure to the mess is not what it is for our cousins south of the border. In the medium term, our resource and manufacturing sectors may suffer but in the short term events may work out well for the aforementioned Canadian banks; the US Federal Reserve may be enlisting them as investors.

Posted by the Flea at 08:01 AM

October 07, 2008

Death Cab for Cutie: Soul Meets Body

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Obviously

Your result for The Your Type of Girl Test... The Goth Girl

43% Sexy-Cute, 21% Dark-Light, 16% Artsy-Stylish

Sexy, Dark and Artsy, the Goth Girl definitely catches your eye. And who can blame you, with her black eyeshadow, black clothes, and black expression? The Goth Girl tempts with the promise of sinful satisfaction.

Take The Your Type of Girl Test at HelloQuizzy

Posted by the Flea at 08:38 AM

Fascinating

Your result for The Beautiful Faces Test... Mischa Barton

75% Eyes, 52% Nose, 61% Mouth, 65% SexyCute

You seem to like prominence in all of the features, and a cute demeanor. Mischa Barton has come to prominence on the hit show (and spiritual successor to 90210), 'The OC'. She's definitely full-featured, and more cute than sexy. She's also in no way the 18-year-old she plays on the show, but that's okay. We love her anyway.

Similar: Alyssa Milano (sexier), Hillary Duff (smaller lips)

If you liked my test, please remember to give it a decent score, and of course I'm always happy to hear feedback. Thanks!

Also, you could check out my Your Type of Girl Test.

Take The Beautiful Faces Test at HelloQuizzy

Posted by the Flea at 08:34 AM

More like it

...I scored 13 on Hatred, higher than 90% of my peers, apparently. Also, 9 on Insanity, higher than 84% of my peers!

Your result for The Supervillain Archetype Test... The Megalomaniac

The Megalomaniac is the most prestigious of super-villain classes. If anyone is ever going to rule the world, it will probably be you.

Your main goal in life is power and domination, you have the tools to do it, and you know it. Megalomaniacs are intelligent and forceful, and they tend not to let their emotions cloud their judgment. Most of the time. They are usually found, or not found, working at the top of a huge structured organization, though many prefer to work by themselves.

The Megalomaniac has but one flaw, but its an invariably fatal one; arrogance. He knows that he can take over the world, and he isn't afraid to let you know, often elaborately and in great detail. They often do not foresee the fly in their ointment, because they do not want to admit that such a fly could exist.

Sample Megalomaniacs: Dr. Doom, Lex Luthor, Ras al'Ghul, Kang the Conqueror, Emperor Palpatine, Brain

Take The Supervillain Archetype Test at HelloQuizzy

Posted by the Flea at 08:33 AM

October 06, 2008

Snow Patrol: Run

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:17 AM

October 05, 2008

Let us go forward together

FoylesWar.jpg

It may seem strange to think of May 1940 as a better time but I believe something like that sentiment explains the enduring popularity of Foyle's War. The writing, the acting and the production were superb, the latter taking extraordinary care with period detail. But beyond that was an evocation of the spirit of the time, a sense of how Britain pulled together in the face of adversity and a representation of decent people upholding the law in the face of cynicism, opportunism and despair.

If only this were the spirit of our age.

It was was great disappointment I learned the show was to be cancelled and to find Season 6 skipping lightly through two years of the struggle to make it to VE Day for the finale. But there has been a greater disappointment still. I think I can speak for almost every man who watched Foyle's War in saying I am a little in love with Samantha Stewart. Sadly, Honeysuckle Weeks is not quite the woman she played on tv.

Honeysuckle had a wonderful Foyle's War but she wishes Sam - and her knickers - had been sexier

Flea-readers are advised to consider carefully before following that last link; the image is indelible. Safer by far to click the following for a post-Foyle Honeysuckle interview. And some good news: ITV may revive Foyle's War.

Related: It is almost impossible to credit, but the BBC used to represent British interests. Take this response to Adolph Hitler's "Last Appeal to Reason", for example.

During a speech to the German Reichstag on 19 July 1940, Hitler gave Britain one last chance to make peace. Sefton Delmer, the future head and mastermind of British black propaganda, was just about to make his debut broadcast to Germany on the BBC when he heard the Führer's "last appeal to reason". Spontaneously, without governmental approval, Delmer tersely rejected any notion of a compromise peace. "Herr Hitler," Delmer announced, "you have on occasion in the past consulted me as to the mood of the British public. So permit me to render your Excellency this little service once again tonight. Let me tell you what we here in Britain think of this appeal of yours to what you are pleased to call our reason and common sense. Herr Führer and Reichskanzler, we hurl it right back at you, right in your evil smelling teeth . . ." The unofficial rejection upset a few Members of Parliament but Delmer's attitude was indicative of the new mindset in the country.

I believe the British people still believe much the same in our current circumstances. They have almost no voice in their Parliament and none at all in their press. God bless the memory of Sefton Delmer and God bless the internet.

"We English, as you know, are notoriously bad at languages," said I, talking my most impeccable German, "and so it will be best, meine Herren Engellandfahrer, if you learn a few useful English phrases before visiting us.
"For your first lesson we will take:
"Die Kanalüberfahrt… the Channel crossing, the Chan-nel cros-sing."
"Now just repeat after me:
"Das Boot sinkt... the boat is sinking, the boat is sin-king;
"Das Wasser ist kalt… the water is cold. Sehr kalt… very cold."
"Now, I will give you a verb that should come in useful. Again please repeat after me:
"Ich brenne… I burn;
"Du brennst… you burn;
"Er brennt… he burns;
"Wir brennen… we burn;
"Ihr brennt… you are burning."
"Yes, meine Herren, in English, a rather practical language, we use the same word ‘you' for both the singular and the plural:
"Ihr brennt... you are burning;
"Sie brennen… they burn."
"And if I may be allowed to suggest a phrase:
Der SS-Sturmführer brennt auch ganz schön… The SS Captain is also burning quite nicely, the SS Captain is al-so bur-ning quite nice-ly!"
Posted by the Flea at 11:14 AM

October 03, 2008

HPLHS: If I Were A Deep One

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

A rare treasure: An essay by H.P. Lovecraft I have not read. Now I fear to turn the page -- or click the link -- lest I behold cyclopean vistas too terrible to contemplate. Or parse.

Being told of the cat-and-dog fight about to occur in your literary club, I cannot resist contributing a few Thomastic yowls and sibilants upon my side of the dispute, though conscious that the word of a venerable ex-member can scarcely have much weight against the brilliancy of such still active adherents as may bark upon the other side.

Now that is an opening sentence; the rest I shall pass over in silence.

Speaking of cyclopean: I must somehow restrain myself from buying the following... while I am sore tempted by A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by HP Lovecraft, I have quite enough monstrous tomes to contend with as it is.

Posted by the Flea at 07:03 AM | Comments (1)

Arm yourself because no one else here will save you

Qos-teaser.jpg

From a last redoubt of the culture that still remembers what Britain means... James Bond news. The Quantum of Solace theme is the bomb; tuck a little parallel compression under Alicia Keys' vocals and we are good to go. But seriously, who mixed this? The linked commentary is catty but it is not wrong.

Jack White's favourite Bond music is the title to OHMSS, btw. Good choice. John Barry is God.

Related: A compilation of James Bond title themes.

And for anyone who missed the Quantum of Solace teaser trailers.

Posted by the Flea at 07:01 AM

October 02, 2008

I blame society

SummerGlauBFG.jpg

Why We Fight Week @ The Flea Chronicles... Episode IV:

Every time I run a picture of Summer Glau I get a traffic spike. Somehow the process does not seem to be working the same way for Fox and The Summer Glau Chronicles.

With ratings far below even the network's worst predictions, Fox could pull the plug on production for "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" as early as this week.
Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM | Comments (6)

Burial: Distant Lights

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 07:47 AM

October 01, 2008

It is only a passing thing, this shadow

KylieTheMusical.jpg

Why We Fight Week @ The Flea... Episode III: The Return of the Flea:

Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. It's Kylie: The Musical. A bit obvious conceptually once the idea is pointed out (hat tip to the Sister of the Flea).

No doubt spurred on by the huge worldwide success of Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, Kylie’s new musical is aiming for a premiere in London’s West End. “We’ll weave all her hits together into a great storyline,” Lette said. “Kylie never does anything naff. She’s got a finely tuned crap antenna and we don’t suffer from an irony deficiency.” Boom tish.

An even better idea: Kylie bedding. Dream the impossible dream.

Posted by the Flea at 04:54 AM | Comments (2)

Armin van Buuren & DJ Shah feat. Chris Jones: Going Wrong

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 04:48 AM