Pixel Scroll 4/23/19 Le Pixel Sur Le Faire Défiler

(1) SIGN UP AND LINE UP. LAist says “You Can Reserve Star Wars Land Tickets At Disneyland Starting Next Week”.

Crowds are expected to be intense for Disneyland’s new section of the park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The company announced that you’ll need reservations (at least at first) to take this particular intergalactic journey. Now they’ve released details on just how and when you can score those reservations.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, aka Batuu, aka Black Spire Outpost, aka Star Wars Land opens Friday, May 31, and reservations open on May 2 — a week from Thursday. The reservations are free and are currently required to get into Galaxy’s Edge between opening day and Sunday, June 23.

Those reservations open May 2 at 10 a.m., and the park promises that full details on how to make those reservations will be released that morning at 8 a.m. You’ll be able to get those specifics via the Disney Parks Blog and Disneyland.com.

But “First visitors to Disney’s Star Wars land will get just four hours to see it all” warns the Los Angeles Times.

The opening of the 14-acre land is expected to create such a crush of fans that Disneyland engineers and landscapers have been working for several months to come up with ways to widen walkways and improve queueing systems to accommodate more visitors.

Disneyland managers announced last month that the efforts to ease congestion included removing several smoking areas from the resort and banning extra wide strollers by May 1.

The new land, which will resemble an out-of-the-way outpost on the planet Batuu, will feature two rides, four eateries, one space-themed cantina and five retail shops.

Only one of the two rides in the land — the interactive Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run — will operate when the land opens. The second attraction in the new land — Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — will open later in the year.

(2) THEY DO NOT LIKE IT. The Guardian reports: “Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult”.

On Tuesday morning, the estate and family of Tolkien issued a terse statement in which they announced their “wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film”, and that “they do not endorse it or its content in any way”.

A spokesperson for the estate told the Guardian that the statement was intended to make its position clear, rather than heralding future legal action.

John Garth, author of the biography Tolkien and the Great War, said he felt the estate’s response to the film was “sensible”.

“Biopics typically take considerable licence with the facts, and this one is no exception. Endorsement by the Tolkien family would lend credibility to any divergences and distortions. That would be a disservice to history,” he said. “As a biographer, I expect I’ll be busy correcting new misconceptions arising from the movie. I hope that anyone who enjoys the film and is interested in Tolkien’s formative years will pick up a reliable biography.”

(3) STOKERCON. StokerCon 2019 chair Brian W. Matthews wrote a stronger-than-average post about the convention’s antiharassment policy: “A Fellowship of Respect”.

…Reports of harassment at StokerCon™ 2019 will be followed up by the convention chairs, Lisa Morton and Brian Matthews. Anyone found to have violated these rules may be sanctioned, up to and including expulsion from the convention without refund, and if warranted, involvement of the Grand Rapids Police.

It pains me to have to state the obvious, let alone make it the subject of a blog post, but harassment exists, and it will not be tolerated. No one should be subjected to uncomfortable or unwanted attention. Ever. As a community, we understand horror. We write about it all the time. Protagonists. Antagonists. Good people put into terrible situations. Bad people out to cause harm. We live inside the heads of these characters. Frightened? Threatened? The feeling that you want to throw up? We get it.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but when it comes to StokerCon™ 2019, don’t be the villain. 

Be the hero.

(4) RETURN TO THE HAGUE. Reunicon 2020, the 30th anniversary celebration of ConFiction 1990, is building increasingly detailed memory webpages to attract prospective attendees.

It all started with a phone call from a fan in New York way back in 1984. Then it took three years of bidding to win the race in Brighton in 1987. Another three long years to make ConFiction1990 a fact in The Hague, the second World Science Fiction Convention on the continent of Europe.

We have created this website and social media avenues to preserve the past for the future and… to promote our intended Reunicon 2020 to commemorate 30 years after ConFiction 1990.

We look forward hearing from you or seeing you in 2020 in The Hague and till then, enjoy the memories we wish to like and follow or share with you all ConFiction1990.

(5) LEGO CATHEDRAL. In the Washington Post, Marylou Tousignant says the Washington National Cathedral, as a fundraiser, is building a Lego version of itself that will ultimately be 500,00 bricks in total.  Visitors can buy bricks for $2 and put them on the cathedral.  The project is patterned after a similar project at the Durham Cathedral in England. “At Washington National Cathedral, another church is rising — out of 500,000 Legos”.  

The website is cathedral.org/lego.

(6) LEARNING FROM TINGLE. Professor Sarah Uckelman (Durham University) tweeted the following from a seminar on “Computational Creativity Meets Digital Literary Studies.”

Access “DeepTingle” [PDF] here.

(7) ELLISON CALLBACK. Dwight Garner’s review in the New York Times “In Ian McEwan’s Latest, a Ménage à Trois — Software Included” – touches on some authors’ genre/not genre antagonism:

This touchiness runs in both directions. Who can forget Harlan Ellison’s obituary last year in this newspaper, in which he was quoted as saying: “Call me a science fiction writer. I’ll come to your house and I’ll nail your pet’s head to a coffee table. I’ll hit you so hard your ancestors will die.”

(8) AVENUE 5. Slate praises the casting of a forthcoming HBO sff series: “HBO Orders Armando Iannucci’s New Hugh Laurie Outer Space Tourism Comedy Avenue 5 to Series”

Iannucci’s verbally dazzling style of comedy often revolves around forcing characters who hate each other to be stuck in the same room, No Exit-style—meetings, plane flights, more meetings—and then letting them insult each other as elaborately and obscenely as possible. And “on a cruise ship surrounded by the deadly vacuum of outer space” is the most “stuck in the same room with people I loathe” that it’s theoretically possible for a character to achieve, so expect fireworks.

The cast also sounds exceptional: Hugh Laurie, who’s been killing it on Veep, will star as the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5. The Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad will play an egocentric billionaire who runs hotels and health clubs and the cruise ship Avenue 5; Suzy Nakamura from Dr. Ken will play his right hand woman. Gad’s other employees include Zach Woods from Silicon Valley as the ship’s head of customer service, Nikki Amuka-Bird as the head of mission control on Earth, and Lenora Crichlow as the ship’s second engineer. The Thick of It’s Rebecca Front will play one of the passengers. Best of all, judging from character description alone, is that Star Trek: Voyager  alum Ethan Phillips will play Spike Martin, a hard-drinking former astronaut who falsely claims to have been “the first Canadian to land on Mars.”

(9) MCINTYRE MEMORIAL. Announced on CaringBridge: Vonda N. McIntyre’s memorial will be held Sunday afternoon on June 9 at The Mountaineers Goodman Auditorium at 7700 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle, Washington. Doors will open at 1:45, an event will start at 2:30, and the memorial will end at 4:30pm.

(10) MCGOVERN OBIT. Guy H. Lillian III reports:“Tom McGovern, a long-term member of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance, whose article on leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses made a strong article for my genzine Challenger, apparently died of cancer April 21 or 22.”

(11) TRIVIAL TRIVIA.

Several theories exist about the question mark’s origins but the most widely accepted version is that Alcuin of York, an English scholar and poet born in 735 and a member of Charlemagne’s court, created it. Originally named the “punctus interrogativus” or “point of interrogation,” this mark was a dot with a symbol resembling a tilde or lightning bolt above it, to represent the rise in pitch when a person asks a question. But it wasn’t until the mid-19th Century that it was first referred to as a “question mark.”

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

(12) TODAY’S DAY

April 23: World Book and Copyright Day. Pays tribute to authors and books and their social and cultural contribution to the world

(13) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born April 23, 1879 Talbot Mundy. English-born, but based for most of his life in the United States, he also wrote under the pseudonym of Walter Galt. Best known as the author of King of the Khyber Rifles which is not really genre and the Jimgrim series which is genre, much of his work was published in pulp magazines. (Died 1940.)
  • Born April 23, 1923 Avram Davidson. Equally at home writing mystery, fantasy or science fiction, he wrote two splendid Ellery Queen mysteries, And on the Eighth Day and The Fourth Side of the Triangle. I’m fond of his Vergil Magus series if only for the names of the novels were the like as The Phoenix and the Mirror or, The Enigmatic Speculum. (Died 1993.)
  • Born April 23, 1935 Tom Doherty, 84. Once publisher of Ace Books who left that in 1980 to found Tor Books. Tor became a subsidiary of St. Martin’s Press in 1987; it became part of the Holtzbrinck group, now part of Macmillan in the U.S. Doherty was awarded a World Fantasy Award in the Lifetime Achievement category at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention for his contributions to the fantasy field.
  • Born April 23, 1946 Blair Brown, 73. Emily Jessup In Altered States (based on the Paddy Chayefsky novel) was her first genre role. Later roles include Nina Sharp, the executive director of Massive Dynamic, on Fringe, an amazing role indeed, and Elizabeth Collins Stoddard in the 2004 television remake of Dark Shadows. Her last genre was Kate Durning on Elementary.
  • Born April 23, 1956 Caroline Thompson, 63. She wrote the screenplays for Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride. A stage version of the latter with director and choreographer Matthew Bourne was co-adapted with her this year. She also wrote the screenplay for The Addams Family
  • Born April 23, 1973 Naomi Kritzer, 46. Her 2015 short story “Cat Pictures Please” was a Locus Award and Hugo Award winner and was nominated for a Nebula Award. Ok, I’m impressed. Indeed, I just went and purchased Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories on iBooks so I could read it. So what else by her should I read? 
  • Born April 23, 1976 Gabriel Damon, 43. Remember Hob, the smart wise assed villain in Robocop 2? Well this is the actor who played him at the age of thirteen years old! I see he also was on Star Trek: Next Generation inThe Bonding” episode as Jeremy Aster, and on Amazing Stories in their “Santa ’85” episode as Bobby Mynes. 

(14) COMICS SECTION.

(15) BODILY EXPERIENCES. Ursula Vernon, suffering from some typical traveler’s ailments, has been receiving unsolicited medical advice. One friend suggested leeches. Another said —

(16) THROUGH THE YEARS. Standback recommends a project to Filers —

In Jewish tradition, we count each day of the seven weeks between Passover and Pentecost; 49 days. Sefer Ha’omer is posting a historical SF/F book review every day of the counting — reviewing a 1901 book on Day 1, a 1902 book on Day 2, and so on.

I’ve read some of the essays and really enjoyed them — and I like the historical literature tour, and the selection of lesser-known works by classic authors

Today is Day 4 of the Omer, and here’s the essay for H.G. Wells’ “The Food of the Gods and How It Came To Earth”.

Here’s the project’s Facebook page (2 daily posts, English and Hebrew).

(17) SF MILESTONES. James Davis Nicoll delivers “A Brief History of Pamela Sargent’s Women of Wonder Anthologies” at Tor.com.

…Sargent had been shopping the initial anthology around for several years without luck. Publishers generally felt the market for such an anthology would be small. She got a lucky break when Vonda N. McIntyre asked Vintage Books how it was that despite having done all-male anthologies, they’d never published an all-women one. Vintage was interested in the idea, provided that someone not on their staff did the editing. McIntyre introduced Sargent to the folks at Vintage and the rest is SF history.

(18) SIGNAL BOOST. “Parkinson’s results beyond researchers’ wildest dreams” – BBC has the story.

A treatment that has restored the movement of patients with chronic Parkinson’s disease has been developed by Canadian researchers.

Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of electrical stimulation to their spines.

A quarter of patients have difficulty walking as the disease wears on, often freezing on the spot and falling.

…Normal walking involves the brain sending instructions to the legs to move. It then receives signals back when the movement has been completed before sending instructions for the next step.

Prof Jog believes Parkinson’s disease reduces the signals coming back to the brain – breaking the loop and causing the patient to freeze.

The implant his team has developed boosts that signal, enabling the patient to walk normally.

However, Prof Jog was surprised that the treatment was long-lasting and worked even when the implant was turned off.

(19) NEW WAY TO LAUNCH SATELLITES. BBC video shows “New aircraft rises ‘like a balloon'”.

Researchers from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) have helped create a revolutionary new type of aircraft.

Phoenix is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to stay in the air indefinitely using a new type of propulsion.

Despite being 15m (50ft) long with a mass of 120kg (19 stone) she rises gracefully into the air.

…As the project’s chief engineer, he has overseen the integration of Phoenix’s systems.

“It flies under its own propulsion although it has no engines,” he says.

“The central fuselage is filled with helium, which makes it buoyant so it can ascend like a balloon.

“And inside that there’s another bag with compressors on it that brings air from outside, compresses the air, which makes the aeroplane heavier and then it descends like a glider.”

…The point? To create a cheaper alternative to launching satellites.

…The oft-quoted rule of thumb in the space business is that putting a satellite into orbit costs its weight in gold.

(20) ELVES. BBC peeks “Inside the magical world of elves” .

Many people in Iceland believe in little hidden people – huldufólk – or elves. Or so surveys suggest. But do they really?

(21) THE YEAR AT THE UK BOX OFFICE. SF Concatenation has posted its “Science Fiction Films Top Ten Chart – 2018/19” – based on UK box office performance.

Remember, this is the UK public’s cinema theatre box office we are talking about, and not fantastic film buffs’ views. Consequently below this top ten we have included at the end a few other worthies well worth checking out as well as (in some years) some warnings-to-avoid. Also note that this chart compilation calculation did not include DVD sales or spin-off product earnings, and our chart is also subject to weekly vagaries.

(22) DC. Daniel Dern brings word that DC Universe upped its streaming library — now ~20,000 comics. (Marvel says they have 25,000 on theirs.) “Set eye balls to ‘glaze over’!” says Dern.

(23) INFINITY ROCKS. Avengers: Endgame Cast Sings “We Didn’t Start the Fire” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The cast of Avengers: Endgame recaps the entire Marvel franchise by singing their own superhero version of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Heather Rose Jones, Alan Baumler, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Mike Kennedy, Cat Eldridge, Guy H. Lillian III, SF Concatenation’s Jonathan Cowie, Daniel Dern, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Soon Lee.]

44 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 4/23/19 Le Pixel Sur Le Faire Défiler

  1. An unplanned time travel experiment? Appertain yourself a swig of your favorite beverage!

  2. 7) Would Garner even review McEwen’s book if someone slapped a pseudonym on it and shelved in in SF/F?

  3. (13) Um, did you forget a guy named Shakespeare? Wrote plays with wizards, ghosts, witches, fairies? Or are you one of those who claims he didn’t?

  4. 7) How about I just stick to categorizing writers as good writers and bad writers. That shouldn’t cause any controversy!

  5. (13) Davidson’s And On the Eighth Day is weird and terrific; it’s the first Queen novel I read (I found it on my aunt’s bookshelf on an otherwise boring visit).

  6. @Brian Lowe: well to be fair we don’t actually know what date old Shakey was born on, just that it was in April. We do know he was baptised on April 26. Far be it from me to pre-empt Cat on her birthday lists but perhaps she was going to include him on that date (a date we know, as opposed to one we do not.)

  7. (1) I’m planning to spend my birthday at Disneyland as a reward for not being too horrible this year. Staying in a Disney hotel so I can get into the park an hour early.

    (7) I have been in two separate lively discussions about Ian McEwan today. He’s rivaling that lobster guy in terms of antipopularity. He could probably learn a few things about writing characters who are inanimate objects from Tingle.

  8. 13) Talbot Mundy also wrote about a character named Tros of Samothrace, an ancient warrior. I read at least one of these books as a kid but I don’t remember whether there were any fantasy elements that might have made it sword & sorcery rather than straight (loosely) historical action/adventure.

  9. @5: I understand there’s a program to break large objects into Lego units, that was used at LSC 3 — there was a build-a-rocket project that took most of the convention. Even a crude duplicate of the cathedral should provide a real workout for such a program. I did a show there >50 years ago when they were fundraising to finish, and visited some time later when they said they were done; it is really an impressive building (unless you hate Perpendicular/Gothic architecture), not the least because they kept the grounds clear around it where many European cathedrals were built up to.

    @13: @StephenfromOttawa: when I see “Talbot Mundy”, the only thing I come up with is the Tros of Samothrace books; I hadn’t heard KotKR was his. Shows you what I know. I’ve never read them, but Wikipedia describes them as fantasy historical.

    @13 ctd: and a grateful HB to Doherty, whose label I’ll always give a second look because I know he lets the editors follow their passions rather than driving them after dollars. Long may he live.

    @16: This seems to be some new meaning of “Pentecost” that I haven’t previously been acquainted with; the one I know will almost always be not-exactly-49 days from Pesach, since Pentecost is always a Sunday while Pesach can be any day of the week. (I thought the difference could vary much more because the two days are pegged to different moons, but Wikipedia says they’re close for 2000-2025.)

    @23: ooh, that’s good. Wonder how long it took to put all those pieces together….

    @Brian Lowe: us splitters argue that Shakespeare and his audiences considered his works mimetic rather than fantastika — e.g., Macbeth is said to have been written to play to Scottish Jimmie’s belief in witches.

  10. (23) I love it!

    (So one way to get Title Credit is to take inspiration/riff off/ rip off a current Pixel Scroll Title? #woohoo)

  11. @Charon: Oh dear… well, if it turns out McEwan is a complete nitwit in some way, I’ll be sad, but I’m pretty sure I’ll still like The Child in Time, The Innocent, and Enduring Love just as much.

  12. (7) ELLISON CALLBACK.

    I’m looking forward to a review of this book by a critic who is actually knowledgeable about science fiction. The gee-whiz, isn’t this book something new and wonderful ignorance of the reviewers thus far has just been embarrassing for all of them.

  13. 13) I’m very fond of The Phoenix and the Mirror for its eccentric scholarship and dreamlike atmosphere. (Not that those are unusual for Davidson, of course, but Virgil Magus is the perfect setting to show them off.) I’d also recommend Masters of the Maze, which manages to fit the contents of a modern doorstep novel – complete with multiple plot strands and viewpoint characters – into the page count of a novella.

  14. 13) As I recall (it’s been a few years), neither Tros of Samothrace nor King of the Khyber Rifles has any overtly fantastical elements, but there’s a certain amount of turn-of-the-20th-Century spiritualism/occultism/mysticism kind of floating in the ether around them.

    The first (only, I think) time I read Tros of Samothrace, it was the 1970s Zebra edition of the series which misnumbered and reversed the order of the final two books.

  15. @Chip:

    us splitters argue that Shakespeare and his audiences considered his works mimetic rather than fantastika — e.g., Macbeth is said to have been written to play to Scottish Jimmie’s belief in witches.

    That’s an interesting observation. For a modern audience, witches are not necessarily evil and information obtained from them is not necessarily poisonous, but given the audience (James) that Shakespeare was aiming at, it seems safe to say that Will intended it to be clear that the three were evil and their information (King hereafter!) was a foul temptation from the get-go.

  16. KasaObake says well to be fair we don’t actually know what date old Shakey was born on, just that it was in April. We do know he was baptised on April 26. Far be it from me to pre-empt Cat on her birthday lists but perhaps she was going to include him on that date (a date we know, as opposed to one we do not.)

    Which is why I’m going with the 26th of the month. His birthdate is at best a conjecture but his baptismal date is known so I’m going to use that.

  17. (16) @Goobergunch has the right of it 🙂
    I very rarely find myself discussing Judaism using the English terms; for a moment there I was afraid I’d gotten it wrong… I hadn’t known about the Christian Pentecost celebration, although the “seventh Sunday” compared to the Jewish counting of seven weeks is certainly a clear similarity.

    Part of the Jewish tradition is that every night, you recite the current count of days. It’s often a challenge not to miss any days! –so our family tradition includes pizza and ice cream to anybody who didn’t miss any 😛 Having a daily review to remind me will probably do wonders for my memory…

  18. 15) In happier news, Ursula has now been to the highest monastery on Earth, which is very very cool.

  19. @Cat Eldridge:

    So what else by her [Naomi Kritzer] should I read?

    I enjoyed her Dead Rivers trilogy, starting with Freedom’s Gate. It does a decent job of a less known historical setting plus magic (I THINK I recall she studied the historic area around Uzbekistan?), and letting the main character get to have both female friend/sisterly bonds AND a lesbian romance without undermining the importance of either. Her biggest weakness tends to be that her characters grow and change FAST – learning in months or weeks what would really take years, for example – but often this is mostly narrative compression taken a bit further than usual. She’s a bit shaky in convincingly describing bipolar effects, but the intention is there and IMO she doesn’t fall into clichés or ablism.

    I would leave a content note for a (non-gratuitous but still explicit) rape, and part of the plot involves slavery and the mindset of slaves.

  20. April 23rd is also the birthday of two mainstays of 70s genre television: Lee Majors and Hervé Villechaize.

    Along with The Six Million Dollar Man, Majors was in Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land and The Norseman two films that seem made for MST3K.

    Before Fantasy Island, Villechaize was in The Man with the Golden Gun and Seizure which starred the recently discussed Jonathan Frid.

    In the Scroll of the File King from Pixel Gynt

  21. Still alive!

    Actually, there are ups and downs, and the downs are unpleasant, but the overall trend is up.

    Although I may be lacking in patience with what I see as nonsense.

    McEwan is a fine writer. He just doesn’t know anything about science fiction, doesn’t think he has to in order to write it or opine about it, and chooses to be offensive about it. He’s getting blowback for that.

  22. @Cat: I really enjoyed Kritzer’s “Seastead” stories in F&SF — economic science-fiction, about a kid living in what’s meant to be a Utopia for libertarians. (Unfortunately I have no idea where to find them now.)

    And her current Hugo finalist, “The Thing About Ghost Stories,” is a fantastic piece (and was on my Hugo ballot).

  23. @Jack Lint; Majors did star in two films riffed by MST3k. The Last Race (definitely genre) in the initial KTMA iteration of the show and Killer Fish (not genre, just bad) in the most recent Netflix hosted season.

    Villechaize was also in the utterly bizarre Forbidden Zone as King Fausto.

  24. I got out yesterday after forty three days in-hospital with a provisional clean slate (staphylococcus hides in the bone so I’ll need to be tested every week for the next few months). Went home, SJW creds took hours to admits they knew me and of course now won’t leave my side, slept twelve hours in my own bed — BLISS!

    Ate breakfast at Hifi Donuts, coffee and a sausage breakfast sandwich. Food that actually had TASTE!

    Spent today out catching up with folks, doing needed errands and such. Exhibited some unpleasant symptoms (dizziness, too rapid a heart rate) so I’m in now as I called my PCP office who connected me to a screening RN who said to take it cautiously and scheduled me with my PCP on Monday afternoon, her first avail.

    Weird thing happened Friday while in-hospital. My twenty month headache went way bad and my hearing got muted which is to say everything seems to be at quarter volume. Usually that goes back to normal in less several hours but I’m still afflicted with it. Headache mercifully is back to normal, just bad, but I really can’t hear anyone speaking beyond three to five away. And everything else simply is, well, almost not there. My TBI obviously deteriorated again.

  25. Jack Lint says Wikipedia says that Villechaize was to have a role in Jodorowsky’s Dune before it got scrapped.

    H’h?!? I don’t remember any dwarfs in Dune. What role was he going to play?

  26. Standback says @Cat: Oh wow.

    Glad you’re home. Full and speedy recovery, and NO GODDAMN SCARY STUFF, y’hear?

    Can’t quite promise that given the TBI and its erratic nature but let’s hope so. I need to see my neurologist ASAP as the in-hospital medical team is concerned about the loss of hearing as they should be. Jenner will schedule that on Monday when I see her.

    Oh and I just got MaineCare, so I’m covered for insurance for the first time in decades!

    A note: Maine Medical charges full rate seventeen hundred dollars a night for a semi-private bed in the Unit I was in. That’s seventy three thousand dollars just for my bed while I was there. All of my bills get paid by the State now which is going to get a very large bill from Maine Medical.

  27. Cat Eldridge: Jodorowsky’s Dune was intended as, shall we say, not a faithful adaptation. No. Even more unfaithful than that. No. More than that. I have no doubt he’d have found room for a dwarf…

  28. And obviously continued good wishes for no more unpleasant health surprises, just the slow good work of recovery.

  29. Doctor Science says Holy cow, I’m so glad you’re well enough to go home! I hope it stays that way

    I’m feeling somewhat under the weather tonight but that may be just adjusting to being outside of the bubble environment I was in for too long. I’m in bed right now with four or five comforters over me as I’m feeling cold and that I’m not used to that as obviously the hospital keeps everything warm. If this persists ‘til Monday when I see Jenner, it prolly means means one or more of my meds needs adjusting again.

  30. @Cat Eldridge: hooray for home, and for SJWCs that admit to knowing you — and for food with taste. It has been so long since I had to deal with institutional food that I’m not sure whether I’d grumble through it or go catatonic. Here’s hoping all the future tests come up clean and your meds get sorted out — misbehaving internal thermostats are a bear.

  31. @Cat: Glad you’re home.

    “When other Pixels have been Fifthgot, ours will still Scroll hot”

  32. Chip Hitchcock says hooray for home, and for SJWCs that admit to knowing you — and for food with taste. It has been so long since I had to deal with institutional food that I’m not sure whether I’d grumble through it or go catatonic. Here’s hoping all the future tests come up clean and your meds get sorted out — misbehaving internal thermostats are a bear.

    That they are. And yes institutional food is bad. Devoid of spicing and just plain bland.

    I’m at Forage this morning, my fav breakfast place where I had an egg and ham breakfast sandwich with coffee. I discovered the hearing loss has a positive note as they play the music here far too loud except now it’s pleasantly soft as if playing way in the distance.

  33. More recently, Lee Majors appeared in the tv series Ash Va Evil Dead as Bruce Campbell’s dad.

  34. Hervé Villechaize was also in FORBIDDEN ZONE, playing King Fausto of the Fifth Dimension (which was next door to Hell). It was also the first movie for which Danny Elfman handled the music.

    ps: I have a new computer now, and it sucks. Everything is too much work, which I mention only in case anyone wonders why I’m not visible more.

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