Pixel Scroll 7/24/17 Look Upon My Scrolls, Ye Mighty, And Despair

(1) BANNED IN SAN DIEGO. United Airlines told people leaving San Diego after Comic-Con that TSA had banned comic books from checked luggage, but was permitting them in carry-ons.

Le Chic Geek’s Jeanne Marie Hoffman spread the story: “TSA Bans Comic Books in Checked Luggage for Comic-Con”.

The TSA banned comic books from checked luggage for flights leaving San Diego after Comic-Con.

This is problematic in a few ways.  First, attendees tend to purchase rare comic books that they are trying to keep in pristine shape.  Yes, you can do with when you have a few comic books in your carry on–but remember, this is a convention.

People aren’t flying out to San Diego to purchase *one* comic book.

Second, while large vendors enter into freight shipping contracts, small vendors rely on their checked bags to get their wares to and from the convention.

TSA tweeted a denial saying no, they’re not banning comic books (so why did United?)

TSA also addressed it in a blog post, “Let’s Close the Book on Book Screening Rumors”, which confusing gives an “answer” talks about carry-ons, not checked bags. So the whole thing remains as clear as mud.

Do you have to remove books from your carry-on bags prior to sending your bag through the X-ray?

Short answer: No

Longer answer (but still pretty short): You know us… We’re always testing procedures to help stay ahead of our adversaries. We were testing the removal of books at two airport locations and the testing ran its course. We’re no longer testing and have no intentions of instituting those procedures.

So, with that out of the way, you might be wondering why we were interested in books. Well, our adversaries seem to know every trick in the book when it comes to concealing dangerous items, and books have been used in the past to conceal prohibited items. We weren’t judging your books by their covers, just making sure nothing dangerous was inside.

Occasionally, our officers may recommend passengers remove items such as heavy, glossy programs during a special event with a lot of travelers such as Super Bowl programs.

(2) ROOM FOR MORE. GoFundMe for Dwain Kaiser’s widow, Joanne, is now up to $17,979, far above $10,000 goal. You can still contribute.

(3) BEGINNING WHO. Nicholas Whyte suggests there are as many doors into the series as there are Doctors: “Doctor Who: advice for someone who hasn’t seen it yet”.

Dear Chris, You asked me:

Friend in US wants to start watching Dr Who now there is a female doctor. Which are the seminal episodes she should watch in advance? Is there one episode per season she should watch?

Unless your friend is already a big fan of sf shows from the last century, she should probably start with New Who, meaning the 2005 reboot with Christopher Eccleston. One sometimes needs to be forgiving of the production values of Old Who, and it may not be right to demand that tolerance of a newbie. For what it’s worth, I answered a similar question about the first eight Doctors here many years ago; and a couple of years later I polled my blog readers on their favourite stories from the first ten Doctors here (and also on their least favourite stories here). But for now, we’re looking at New Who.

(4) DESTROYING SF AGAIN. Thirty-one days remain in the Kickstarter “Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Uncanny Magazine” — seeking funding for an Uncanny Magazine special double issue: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and Uncanny Magazine Year Four. At this writing it’s achieved $8,402 of its $20,000 goal.

(5) BY COINCIDENCE. New York’s Museum of Modern Art is running an exhibit “Future Imperfect: The Uncanny in Science Fiction” from July 17–August 31.

Imagine a science-fiction film series with no space travel, no alien invasions or monsters, and no visions of the distant future. Imagine instead a dazzling array of science-fiction films that focus on alternate visions of Earth in the present or very near future. Science fiction, at least in the movies, essentially boils down to two questions: Are “they” coming to kill us or to save us? And, what does it mean to be human? Presented in association with the Berlinale and the Deutsche Kinemathek-Museum für Film und Fernsehen, this exhibition of more than 40 science-fiction films from all over the world — the United States, the Soviet Union, China, India, Cameroon, Mexico and beyond — explores the second question: our humanity in all its miraculous, uncanny, and perhaps ultimately unknowable aspects. Since the dawn of cinema, filmmakers as diverse as Kathryn Bigelow, Kinji Fukasaku, Rikwit Ghatak, Jean-Luc Godard, Georges Méliès, Michael Snow, Alexander Sokurov, and Steven Spielberg have explored ideas of memory and consciousness; thought, sensation, and desire; self and other; nature and nurture; time and space; and love and death. Their films, lying at the nexus of art, philosophy, and science, occupy a twilight zone bounded only by the imagination, where “humanness” remains an enchanting enigma. Guest presenters include John Sayles, Michael Almereyda, Larry Fessenden, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and more.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

(6) TWEET BRAWL. Looks like Wilson Cruz is getting some pushback on his Star Trek: Discovery character, but he’s giving as good as he gets. Use this tweet to beam up to where the discussion is happening:

(7) TRIVIAL TRIVIA

Could you have named them? The founding members of Marvel Comics’ super-hero team the Avengers were: Iron Man, the Hulk, Ant-Man, The Wasp and Thor.

(8) STEINBERG OBIT. Marvel legend Florence Steinberg (1939-2017) died July 23. Heidi MacDonald paid tribute at ComicsBeat.

Florence “Fabulous Flo” Steinberg, an iconic member of the original Marvel Bullpen, has passed away, age unknown but truly ageless.

Flo was the sole Marvel staffer besides Stan Lee himself in the early Marvel Comics of the 60s. She can be heard on this immortal Merry Marvel Marching Society record starring Stan, Jack Kirby and Flo in her inimitable Boston/Queens accent.

 

At Marvel, Flo was the true Gal Friday, helping with every aspect of getting books out the door. She left in 1968 but didn’t leave publishing: in 1975 she published Big Apple Comix, an early indie comic that included “mainstream” comics creators doing more personal stories.  As great as Stan and Jack were, they never launched out entirely on their own as publishers, as Flo did.

(9) BENNETT OBIT. Tolkien fan Joanne Bennett died July 14. She started the Crickhollow branch of the Mythopoeic Society some 40 years ago, covering the Reno-Sparks- Carson City area. Here is an excerpt from the family obituary.

Many of the students who most enjoyed her classes and teaching also were members of Wooster’s Tolkien Society, which she founded in the late 1960s upon discovering and becoming captivated by the Middle Earth fantasy world that J.R.R. Tolkien created in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Many of those students became her lifelong dear friends as she and they continued their relationships and discussions even up until the last days of her life in a group called Crickhollow and through ongoing individual relationships with other former students.

(10) TODAY IN HISTORY

  • July 24, 1948 — Debut of Marvin the Martian in Bugs Bunny’s Haredevil Hare

(11) TODAY’S BIRTHDAY SUPERHERO

  • July 24, 1951 — Lynda Carter

(12) COMIC SECTION. Not recommended for the theologically sensitive, the webcomic Meanwhile In Heaven purports to show the Big Guy in all of his infinite wisdom.  There’s a recent arc where God has decided to redecorate using a Star Trek theme. We find out there are some things that Leonard Nimoy won’t do. And the story continues in “Captain’s Log”.

(13) PREDICTING MAGIC. Lois McMaster Bujold tells folks on Goodreads another Penric novella is on the way.

I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of “finished” that means, “still dinking till it’s pulled from the writer’s twitchy hands.”) Title will be “Penric’s Fox” Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to “Penric and the Shaman”, taking place about eight or nine months after that story. Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

(14) RECOMMENDED BADNESS. Marshall Ryan Maresca tells about his love for “KRULL: A Bad Movie I’ve Watched Many, Many, MANY Times”

As I’ve said before, there’s something to admire about a movie that points to the fences and swings with everything that it has.  Because Krull is just that movie.  It really wants to be the epic fantasy movie– it wanted to be the movie that did for epic fantasy what Star Wars was for space opera.   And by god, it throws everything it can think of up on the screen to become that, and more.  I mean, it’s not just an epic fantasy movie.  It’s an epic fantasy movie that’s hiding inside a full-on sci-fi space-opera, like a Russian nesting doll.  On top of that, it’s got prologue and epilogue voice-over to let you know that this is just the tip of the iceberg of the total amount of story here.  Yes, it was laying the groundwork for sequels and prequels and all sorts of things that were never meant to be.

(15) NINE WORLDS. London’s Nine Worlds con (August 4-6) has posted its program schedule. There are a lot of good, thoughtful items, and at least three I can say I haven’t seen at any con I’ve attended:

(16) ART LESSON. Nikola at Thoughts on Fantasy teaches us “How to Make a Clichéd High Fantasy Cover”.

I’ve encountered a few covers that take it a bit far, but I thought it’d be amusing to go even further, and have a bit of fun with the tropes of my favourite genre… so here is my recipe for a no-holds-barred, all-boxes-ticked, epic high fantasy book cover (accompanied by examples from the most clichéd design I can muster). I’m no graphic designer, but I imagine that will add a nice level of unprofessional shine to my examples.

  1. Fantasy Landscape

It’s a good idea to start your cover with a moody fantasy setting. This can be any of the following:

  • medieval cityscape
  • castle or tower
  • craggy mountains
  • dark forest + looming trees
  • rough sea + sailing ship

If you want to go full-fantasy cliché, try to include as many of the above as possible, just to be sure you cover all your bases.

Her recipe has 12 ingredients altogether.

(17) SFF TREND ON JEOPARDY! Tom Galloway keeps a close eye on these things:

OK, some current Jeopardy! writer is definitely an sf fan and is having fun with categories. A few weeks ago we had the adjacent “Shaka” and “When the Walls Fell” categories in Double J!.

Last Tuesday, July 18th, the last two Double J! categories were “The Name of the Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fear”, the titles of Patrick Rothfuss’ first two books in his trilogy. As with the Trek named categories, no clues related to Rothfuss, although the $2000 in Fear was about Dune.

(18) NO RELATION. We know some fans’ names are not so uncommon that there couldn’t be others running around with the same name. That doesn’t seem to make it any less surprising.

Steven H Silver writes:

On my recent trip to Europe, Elaine and I stopped in Bath.  While there, I spotted this ice cream shop, which, despite its name, is not owned by a Hugo Award winning fan artist.

And Paul DiFilippo recently posted a picture of a product called Malcolm Edwards Beer Shampoo.

(19) WHEN THE ‘W’ IN WTF STANDS FOR WHO. Here is a bit of a whoot about last week’s announcement of the new Doctor Who, which came at the end of the Wimbledon men’s singles finals.

Legions of Doctor Who fans caught several minutes of televised sport, many for the first time, this evening.

In their haste to learn who the new Doctor will be, tens of thousands of fans were confused by the spectacle of a man running when he wasn’t being chased by an Ice Warrior.

The BBC was inundated with complaints from viewers who saw David Tennant in the Wimbledon crowd and believed it to be some sort of spoiler, or who thought that shots of someone chasing a ball were footage of some kind of ground level Quidditch match and started cheering before they realised their error.

“The people dressed in white chasing about weren’t even the robots from Krikket, which was an unused Douglas Adams script,” avid Whovian Simon Williams told us.

(20) EYE OF THE STORM. Marcus Errico of Yahoo! Movies, in “First CAPTAIN MARVEL Concept Art Shows Brie Larson in Her Supersuit”, says at Comic-Con Brie Larson was busily promoting the Captain Marvel movie coming from Marvel Studios next year.  It’s set in the 1990s, has the Skrulls in it, and has Nick Fury with two eyes with a possible explanation as to how he ended up losing one eye.

(21) FROM THE ARCHIVES. Paul DiFilippo thinks he has found a never-reprinted Arthur C. Clarke short story, and Bonestell illustration in a 1962 issue of The Elks Magazine. He has scanned the pages and posted them at The Inferior 4 blog.

(22) COMMEMORATIVE DRINKS. Andrew Porter learned that the building where Gollancz published is now a trendy hotel.

Gollancz was located in London’s Covent Garden, at 14 Henrietta Street, from 1928 until the early 1990s. The new hotel, with only 18 bedrooms, is at 14 and 15. The drinks menu references Gollancz’s past, as publisher of Arthur C. Clarke, Kingsley Amis, George Orwell and others, with drinks named “Down and Out,” “Lucky Jim,” “Fall of Moondust,” “Sirens of Titan,” and “Cat’s Cradle.”

For a history of the company, see the Science Fiction Encyclopedia’s ”Gollancz” entry.

(23) DRINK UP. The Verge tells you where to find it — “The Moon has more water than we thought”.

The Moon has more water than previously thought, and it’s deep below the lunar surface. A new study suggests that water is widespread beyond the poles, where it was already known to exist, although scientists don’t know exactly how much water is there. The discovery has consequences for future missions to the Moon.

Scientists analyzed lunar rock samples that contain tiny, water-trapping beads of glass; these beads formed when magma erupted from the Moon’s interior billions of years ago, trapping water inside them. The scientists then looked at satellite data collected by an Indian lunar orbiter to check where these water-trapping glass beads are. The results, published today in Nature Geoscience, show that there are widespread “hot spots” of water-rich volcanic material beyond the Moon’s poles.

(24) WESTEROS IS COMING. George R.R. Martin updated fans through his Livejournal on the status of the unfinished Winds of Winter:

I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say.

Another project, the first of a two-volume collection of fake histories of the Targaryen kings called Fire and Blood, is “likely” for publication in late 2018 or 2019.

Whether WINDS or the first volume of Fire and Blood will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018… and who knows, maybe two.

Meantime Gardner Dozois’ new anthology, The Book of Swords, has been scheduled for release on October 10, and is now available for pre-order from Amazon. As Martin notes —

And of course it also includes “Sons of the Dragon,” a chronicle of the reigns of Aegon the Conquerer’s two sons, Aenys I Targaryen and Maegor the Cruel, for those who cannot get enough of my entirely fake histories of Westeros. That one has never been published before in any form, though I did read it at a couple of cons.

(25) FIFTH FIFTH. Not to be missed — these comments in File 770 today:

[Thanks to JJ, ULTRAGOTHA, John King Tarpinian, Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge, Dann Todd, Harold Osler, Alan Baumler, Tom Galloway, Moshe Feder, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Xtifr.]

79 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 7/24/17 Look Upon My Scrolls, Ye Mighty, And Despair

  1. @Johan P: that sounds like the device replacing the previous generation of scanner, which was reported to be both too personal (i.e., it returned what looked like unclothed images) and possibly hazardous (due to radiation that scattered in the flesh instead of passing through). You have a more optimistic view of those cages — the first thing I thought of was the execution-in-place-of-war-casualties booths in an OST episode.

    I’ve never gotten a note from TSA for a book-loaded suitcase — but I make very few trips (2-3 per decade) long enough for such a load. OTOH, the fiber supplement I have in my carryon apparently reads as a liquid to some scanners; I’ve had to tell TSA people to open the container very carefully if they don’t want fine sticky powder over everything. Maybe I should try packing a shot of the stuff in a legal (3-ounce?) bottle (as if I could get it in) and the rest in my checked bag?

    @14: sounds like a classic demonstration that ambition alone is useless. And I wonder (per Joe H) whether a decent reboot could even be done without throwing out too much of the superfluous world for fans of the original to accept, in order to make room for a plot that works instead being built to justify the built world.

  2. The drinks menu references Gollancz’s past, as publisher of Arthur C. Clarke, Kingsley Amis, George Orwell and others, with drinks named “Down and Out,” “Lucky Jim,” “Fall of Moondust,” “Sirens of Titan,” and “Cat’s Cradle.”

    I must protest the relegation of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. to the “and others” portion of that list. Two of the novels mentioned are his!

    But this place sounds great.

  3. (14) What it needs is an RPG worldbook generated. I know quite a few groups that would love to game in the world of Krull.

  4. (1) The last few times we’ve flown back from the US to the UK, our book bag (full of second-hand store gleanings) has been searched. In other news, the TSA’s “We searched your bag” slips make excellent bookmarks.

  5. @GSLamb: Oh, man, if it were announced that there was going to be a Krull RPG, the pile of authors (and editors, artists, etc.) begging to work on it would be high and wide.

  6. 14) The most amazing thing about Krull to me is the quality of the people involved with it. Peter Yates–the man behind Bullitt, Breaking Away and Mother, Jugs and Speed–directs it and he’s clearly not phoning it in. It’s got James Horner on the score, in the days when he was young and hungry, and the freaking London Symphony Orchestra playing it, because why not. Throw in a lot of British character actors and you’re just left wondering how did this film attract all this talent? After all, on one level, it doesn’t deserve it–even if on another, deeper level, it clearly does…

  7. 1) On my most recent flight, I used an airport where TSA was trying two pilot programs. I had to take out my books, take out and detach my Kindle from its cover (first time that’s happened since I put it on years ago), and get my hands swabbed for bomb residue. And I was a TSA precheck, so a known non-risk. The regular line was nearly a hundred people long.

    18) Until I returned to my birth name, I shared a name with a convicted felon who specialized in financial crimes. It caused some difficulty with bill collectors, banks, and getting a mortgage.

  8. My husband’s first and last names are both fairly common, so he has plenty of namesakes out there. Which caused us some issues when we applied for our mortgage, because one of those namesakes had apparently filed for bankruptcy….

  9. @Russell Letson

    Are these the same kind of newbies as the ones who won’t watch black and white movies or listen to pre-high-fidelity recordings?

    I am once again attempting to get into Doctor Who. I watched some of the new Who shortly after I noticed it started up, and thought I’d probably be more into it if I watched the original Who. I started out trying to watch everything I could find and listen to what I couldn’t watch. I quickly discovered that early Doctor Who moves far too slowly for my taste, given the children’s adventure vibe to it. I think I got through all of series one that was available, then basically gave up. Having read some “where to start” guides to Doctor Who, I recently watched “Tomb of the Cybermen.” I liked it much more than the very early episodes (though they also had their moments). I found the Cybermen very creepy. The F/X on the show demand one use one’s imagination, but I get a very nice pulp SF feel from what I’ve seen so far on my latest attempt. I’m looking forward to the later early material, which seems to be the stuff people love the most.

  10. kathodus on July 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm said:

    I am once again attempting to get into Doctor Who.

    Have you watched the cheesy 1960s Dalek movies with Peter Cushing? I’ve always loved them. While they are in many ways deeply unlike the original TV despite the stories being lifted from them, I think they capture a sense of the anarchic absurdity.

  11. I’ve watched almost no Doctor Who. In fact, my only exposure to it until new Who was a novelization of an episode that I read when I was maybe 10 years old, and Johnny Rotten saying “exterminate! exterminate!” in Sid & Nancy.

    I’ll check those out. Sounds fun.

  12. I admit that I’m one who was so turned off by old Who that I find it very hard to watch new Who. And no, it’s not about it being old-fashioned, or black-and-white or anything like that. I have a similar bad reaction to many contemporary TV/Film versions of SF. So much of it fits what we used to call the pejorative sense of the term “sci-fi”. Honestly, I’m sorry if it hurts you to hear, but old Who was just bad! (In my not-at-all-humble opinion.) 🙂

    However, I also admit that the new Doctor has me more intrigued than ever before.

  13. 1) So this was just one more instance of United trying to screw over its customers. Why am I not surprised?

    15) What’s so bad about being a fanfic writer that people would worry about being “outed”? Are they going to lose their job? Be evicted from their home? Lose custody of their children? Be accused of child abuse or pedophilia? Because that’s the sort of thing I usually think of when I hear that someone is worried about being outed.

    18) I share my current name with a lot of other people, including one very prolific popular-science writer, but I haven’t yet encountered it within fandom. My birth name, however, is sufficiently unusual that it appears to be unique.

    @ JJ: It’s because you look so perfectly unobjectionable. They need you for their quota, so that they can have plausible deniability. “No, see, we picked HER, so we can’t be doing racial profiling!”

    @ Nancy S: I’ll second that!

    @ Cora: In the US, it’s illegal to put any kind of lock on your suitcase that TSA can’t open. This, of course, means that in addition to TSA, any J. Random Employee down in the bowels of the airport can decide your bag looks interesting and have a peek. And they don’t put nice polite cards on top afterwards.

    @ Russell: I’ve tried watching Old Who. It sends me fleeing from the room inside of 10 minutes — not because of the effects, but because of the “plot” and dialogue. New Who has actually managed to hold my interest long enough to watch a couple of episodes start-to-finish, but it’s never really grabbed me.

  14. My brother’s name is not super common, but not really rare or odd either. Which turned out to be a disadvantage when he was the first one to claim that name at gmail. Now, all the others seem to constantly forget that they’re not the only Aaron Waters in the world, and, more specifically, that they’re not the one who got that as a gmail address! He’s constantly getting “please confirm your address” messages and the like from random companies all over the world. Just last week, he got a notification from the Irish Revenue–and just a couple of days later, a “your new password is” mail from New Zealand Revenue!…

  15. @Lee, @JJ
    I won’t be travelling to the US anyway, while the current administration is in office, but thanks for the tip.

    The one time I witnessed the TSA taking interest in someone’s luggage in the US, they pulled the person in question out of line and asked if that was their suitcase (the suitcase owner was standing in front of me, that how I noticed) and then took him and the suitcase away for searching it in the owner’s presence. I suspect the reason was illegally imported food products, since they had those food sniffing beagles with them.

    Regarding name confusion, at the university where I studied, there were two different professors, one of English and one of mathematics, with the same name. The mathematics professor always got the mails intended for the English professor and no one noticed, until the English professor complained that he was never invited to faculty meetings and the like.

  16. @Space Oddity: you’re just left wondering how did this film attract all this talent? The usual answer is money — which leaves the question of what super-salesman sold the money people on such a crappy script and/or whether the money people were identified as having no judgment for SF.

  17. @Nancy Sauer: Oh golly! I would so buy that. Becky Chambers, Naomi Kritzer (Cat Pictures, Please), all the stories having people/AIs who have friends and work together and tell funny stories that aren’t dark comedy. Nothing grimdark and nihilistic.

    I wonder if someone could remake Krull, but good this time? Get a decent script and actors.

    I like the Tarot app, but someone really needs to draw all those cards too.

    Coming back from the UK, I mailed my clothes and other lightweight stuff home at the cheapest rate and put the books in my suitcase. Except for the books I had in my carry-on. And the one in my purse.

    @Chip: Try fiber gummies or tablets. They might read weird on the scanner, but neither you nor the TSA agents will get powdered.

    Chocolate bars apparently look exactly like plastic explosive to all the scanners in the world; chocolate stores that do a lot of tourist business warn their customers to pack accordingly. Never had problems with chocolate chips, though; I used to have to carry Ghirardelli chips on flights elsewhere. And round loaves of sourdough bread, because the traditional baguette shape doesn’t work in checked or especially carry-on. I tried it once. It doesn’t fit anywhere and I got smacked by it through three airports and two planes.

    Protip if you’re coming to San Jose Worldcon! Don’t try taking the long loaves home! Deal with the different ratio of crunchy outside to fluffychewy inside.

  18. I’ve flown with chocolate in my baggage more than once and never had any issues. I will be bringing some to Helsinki for WorldCon, so let’s hope my luck will hold.

    Bread, I suspect, would fall afoul of regulations against agricultural products anyway, so I wouldn’t take it on a flight. Besides, I’ve heard plenty of stories of German expats getting in trouble for trying to bring bread into the US (cause the one thing Germans abroad miss most is decent bread).

  19. @Cora:

    Regarding name confusion, at the university where I studied, there were two different professors, one of English and one of mathematics, with the same name.

    When I was an undergrad, back in the last millennium, I was the president of a student organization, and a guy with the same first name, middle initial, last name as me was the president of a competing student organization. It was friendly competition, so we forwarded each other’s mail and referred each other’s phone calls.

  20. My husband and I both have fairly common names. We’ve gotten other people’s email. And there used to be a local sportsball player with the same name; irate people would insist we were lying about our phone number belonging to a medium-sized middle-aged white geek rather than a large young black athlete. We were kind to the children who called, knowing they’d had to screw up their courage; explained that famous people had unlisted phone numbers so you couldn’t look them up. We were glad when he was traded to another area. Where presumably a different guy with that name got the angry phone calls.

    At my workplace, there were two guys with the same first, middle, and last names. Call ’em “Robert Q. Jones”. As our logins were standardized to first initial, last name, middle initial if needed, they had to be given special distinguishing ones, RQ1Jones and RQ2Jones. They still had to forward mail and email b/c they were in the same smallish department. We called them RQ1 and RQ2 or The RQ’s around the water cooler. And one day early on, I couldn’t figure out which one of them I needed info from and sent to both with an apology.

  21. @lurkertype — tablets would also be less trouble to administer, but I haven’t found them useful. Thanks anyway.

  22. Have you watched the cheesy 1960s Dalek movies with Peter Cushing? I’ve always loved them.

    Those were show last weekend on Comet (one of those channels shown on digital subchannels on broadcast TV–here, it is channel 40.2.) I watched bits and pieces of them–they seemed somewhere between Star Wars Holiday Special and ewok movies level of quality.

  23. Cora on July 25, 2017 at 9:45 pm said:
    Bread, probably not a problem – I asked once, a long time ago, as I had some bread with me, going into the US from the UK.
    Fruits and vegetables, as well as seeds – not allowed.

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