Pixel Scroll 6/8/22 Goodness, Gracious, Great Scrolls Of Fur

(1) BIG RESPONSE. The “Send Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki to Worldcon” GoFundMe appeal passed its $7,000 goal in just over a day. A total of $7,460 has been raised from 156 donors at this writing.

(2) WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR EYE. [By Mike Kennedy.] OK, so it wasn’t as big as the Moon (or even a pizza pie) but the “love tap” that the James Webb Space Telescope received was from an object bigger than expected. “NASA’s new powerful space telescope gets hit by larger than expected micrometeoroid” at The Verge.

NASA expected the JWST to be hit by quite a few micrometeoroids over its lifetime, but also expected them to be typically smaller than a grain of sand. One of the impacts received so far, though, was from an object bigger than that (though NASA hasn’t said just how big). It damaged one of the mirrors enough to cause a “marginally detectable effect in the data.“ Controllers are still working on it, but they feel they can make sufficient adjustments to the mirror to partially cancel the data distortion.

…Since its launch, JWST has already been hit by at least four different micrometeoroids, according to a NASA blog post, but all of those were small and about the size of what NASA expected the observatory to encounter. A micrometeoroid is typically a small fragment of an asteroid, usually smaller than a grain of sand. The one that hit JWST in May, however, was larger than what the agency had prepared for, though the agency didn’t specify its exact size. NASA admits that the strike, which occurred between May 23rd and May 25th, has caused a “marginally detectable effect in the data” and that engineers are continuing to analyze the effects of the impact….

(3) THE DECLARATION OF SWEETWEIRD. Charlie Jane Anders promulgated “The Sweetweird Manifesto” this week. The post names plenty of works she regards as examples and creates a retroactive history of the form.

…And here’s where I should admit that sweetweird isn’t actually a formal movement, and nobody except for me has been using that term. I wrote in my recent writing advice book Never Say You Can’t Survive that I’m burned out on “grimdark” storytelling that revels in nastiness and extreme violence, and instead I’m ready for “sweetweird.”… 

What is Sweetweird?

The core idea of sweetweird is: the world makes no sense, but we can be nurturing, frivolous and kind. We don’t have to respond to the ludicrous illogic of the world around us by turning mean and nasty, or by expecting everyone else to be horrible. At the very least, we can carve out friendly, supportive spaces in the midst of chaotic nonsense, and maybe help each other survive.

Instead of demanding that the universe stop being a farrago, we embrace the strangeness and make it our own. The unrealness of our consensus reality liberates us, because it undermines the fiction of “normality” and creates a space for us to be our authentic eccentric selves. Decency without conformity, joy that doesn’t depend on a false sense of stability. Affectionate silliness….. 

(4) FREE READS. Aliette de Bodard alerted fans that two of her short stories are available to read for free:

“Sword of Bone, Halls of Thorns” at The Sunday Morning Transport is a story about an exorcist, a talking sword, creepy vegetation and how the choices we make haunt us beyond death and rebirth. 

“The Scholar of the Bamboo Flute” is a reprint available in Uncanny Magazine. Basically it’s Utena-inspired sapphic shenanigans set in a 19th Century Vietnamese-esque academy. (if you don’t know the anime Utena, let’s just say it involves magical duelling, a princess and a whole hell of a lot of queerness, and it’s one of my absolute favourites–a formative watch for me). 

(5) ARTIST Q&A. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s SPECPO blog posted “An Interview with Austin Hart, Star*Line 44.3 Cover Artist, by Jean-Paul Garnier (editor)”.

What led you into the visual arts, and what inspires you to create?

I just admired people that could draw from an early age. I had a couple of uncles that were good artists, and my dad is an architect and my mom is good at drawing even though she doesn’t do it much. I remember some kids in my classes in elementary school that were good artists early on and just trying to keep up with them. Marvel and Image comics and trading cards were very popular and I liked drawing characters and weapons from RPGs. I remember finding out about Robert Crumb, and later Frank Frazetta, early on and that raised the bar in my head for what was possible, but I could never be as good as they are. I am more impressed by pros who can do quick lose expressive sketches with very few lines than people who can make a fully rendered drawing or painting. I am very envious of those types of pros.

(6) SFF’S OWN LOST CAUSE MYTH. Camestros Felapton took notes on a 95-minute YouTube chat between host Ethan Van Sciver and guest Larry Correia: “Watching You Tube so you don’t have to: Larry & Ethan edition”.

…What sustained me through what was an extraordinarily dull experience was the question on whether the elephants in the room would get mentioned. Put these guys together and there are two elephants: one quite significant and based in Switzerland and one less so and based in California.

… In short, EVS and LC had a lot in common to talk about! You won’t be surprised to discover that they didn’t talk about it either…

…After that, we get a garbled history of the Puppy campaigns. Events get shoehorned together and the absence of Vox Day from the story looms ever larger. It becomes this big mysterious thing as to why people might think of the Sad Puppy 2 campaign as being racist and misogynistic (hint: Vox Day aside from anything else). The absence of Day from the narrative enables this spin that the pushback against the Sad Puppy campaign from a diversity perspective was wholly irrational…

(7) THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO. DC dropped this trailer for Black Adam today. Only in theaters October 21.

(8) MEDIA BIRTHDAY.

1984 [By Cat Eldridge.] Thirty-eight years ago on this day, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, the sequel to the Hugo-winning Raiders of the Lost Ark, premiered. It’s actually a prequel to that film. Once again it’s directed by Steven Spielberg from a story by George Lucas. The screenplay was by the husband and wife team of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, best known for American Graffiti which yes involved both George Lucas and Harrison Ford. 

Harrison Ford was of course back along with Kate Capshaw, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone and Ke Huy Quan. Capshaw would marry Spielberg seven years later and yes they are still married, bless them! 

I’ll admit that Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom was nearly not as fun for me as Raiders of the Lost Ark but critics loved it, with Roger Ebert in his Chicago Sun-Times review saying it was “the most cheerfully exciting, bizarre, goofy, romantic adventure movie since Raiders, and it is high praise to say that it’s not so much a sequel as an equal. It’s quite an experience.”  

And Kathleen Carroll of the New York Daily Postwas equally exuberant: “Indie, you will be happy to learn, hasn’t changed a bit. Played with gruff determination by the appealingly rugged Harrison Ford, he continues to set quite a pace for himself in Spielberg’s rip-roaring, boldly imaginative sequel to his blockbuster hit.” 

It’s worth noting that It did get banned in India which as one who spent considerable time in Sri Lanka is something I fully understand as there are truly disgusting Indian stereotypes in that film.

It was fantastically profitable as it cost just under thirty million in production and publicity costs and made ten times that at the box office in its initial run! 

Audience reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes are very fond of it, giving it an eighty-four percent rating. 

(9) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born June 8, 1910 – John W. Campbell, Jr.  Author of half a dozen novels, a score of shorter stories like “Who Goes There?” and “Forgetfulness.” For 34 years he edited Astounding, renamed Analog, and a short-lived fantasy companion, Unknown (see Fred Smith’s Once There Was a Magazine). Ushered in the Golden Age of SF. Won 17 Hugos, of which nine were Retrospective, all but one for editing (the exception: Retro-Hugo for “Who Goes There?”). On the other hand, in his ASF editorials he supported many forms of crank medicine, and promoted Dianetics, and specious views about slavery, race, and segregation, all of which was well-known in sf fandom. In the Sixties he rejected Samuel R. Delany‘s Nova for serialization saying that he did not feel his readership “would be able to relate to a black main character.” Focusing on his foundational contributions, his name was put on the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, but after 46 years it was renamed the Astounding Award when a winner called him out for “setting a tone of science fiction that still haunts the genre to this day.” (Died 1971) [OGH]
  • Born June 8, 1915 Frank Riley. He’s best known for They’d Rather Be Right (co-written with Mark Clifton) which won a Hugo Award for Best Novel at Clevention (1955). Originally published in serialized form in Astounding unlike his eight short SF stories that were all published in If. Sadly he’s not made it into the digital realm yet except for scattered stories. (Died 1996.)
  • Born June 8, 1917 George D. Wallace. He’s here for playing Commando Cody in the early Fifties Radar Men from the Moon movie serial. He would later show up as the Bosun on Forbidden Planet, and had minor roles late in his career in MultiplicityBicentennial Man and Minority Report. He also played a Star Fleet Admiral in “The Man of the People” episode of The Next Generation. (Died 2005.)
  • Born June 8, 1926 Philip Levene. He wrote nineteen episodes of The Avengers including creating the Cybernauts which won him a Writer’s Guild Award, and served as script consultant for the series in 1968–69. He also has three genre acting credits, one as a Supervisor in “The Food” episode of Quatermass II; the second as a Security Guard in the X the Unknown film, and finally as Daffodil in Avenger’s “Who’s Who” episode. (Died 1973.)
  • Born June 8, 1928 Kate Wilhelm. Author of the Hugo–winning Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. She also won a Hugo for Best Related Book and a Locus Award for Best Nonfiction for Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. SFWA renamed their Solstice Award the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. She established the Clarion Workshop with her husband Damon Knight and writer Robin Scott Wilson. (Died 2018.)
  • Born June 8, 1946 Elizabeth A. Lynn, 76. She is well known for being one of the first genre writers to introduce gay and lesbian characters as an aspect of her stories. So in honor of her, the widely known A Different Light chain of LGBT bookstores took its name from her novel of that name. Her best known work is The Chronicles of Tornor series. Her Watchtower novel won a World Fantasy Award as did “The Woman Who Loved the Moon” story. 
  • Born June 8, 1947 Sara Paretsky, 75. Best best known for her private detective novels focused on V.I. Warshawski, she has one genre novel in Ghost Country. It too involves V.I. Warshawski and may or may not involve things of supernatural nature. I haven’t encountered it, so I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has. 
  • Born June 8, 1973 Lexa Doig, 49. Cowgirl the hacker on TekWar,the post-Trek Shatner series that he actually made sense in as opposed to Barbary Coast. She was also Andromeda Ascendant/Rommie on Andromeda and Sonya Valentine on Continuum, and the voice of Dale Arden in the animated Flash Gordon series. One-offs in Earth: Final ConflictThe 4400Stargate SG-1, Eureka, V, Smallville, Supernatural and Primeval: New World

(10) COMICS SECTION.

  • Mannequin on the Moon has a wonderful word processing gag.
  • Crankshaft is about someone who hasn’t kept up with the times. (Which it usually is, come to think of it.)

(11) HEAD OUT ON THE HIGHWAY. This bookseller delivers – the entire store! “Rita Collins Drives a Traveling Bookstore Around the United States” at Today.

From May to October, you can find Rita Collins, 70, in the front seat of a white Sprinter van, driving across America. In this era of RVs and #vanlife Instagram photos, Collins’ ride is set apart. Rattling around, in the back of her van, is a fully functional used bookstore.

While stopping in small towns and cities around the U.S., Collins relishes in the wonder that comes across people’s faces when they realize this van is not like any other. Whether she’s parked outside of a book festival, coffee shop or farmer’s market, Collins finds herself having the same conversation, encouraging people to climb the wooden steps and take a peek inside….

Like most traditional bookstores, St. Rita’s Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary has floor-to-ceiling shelves organized by genre, overhead lighting and a carpet on the floor. The main difference, of course, is that it’s on wheels. The bookstores’ 600 volumes are set at a 15 degree angle to keep them from falling as Collins drives from state to state — so far, she’s been to 30, and has traveled cross-country three times. 

(12) HERE COMES THE PITCH. “’Ms. Marvel’ directors presented a PowerPoint to Kevin Feige to convince him to include animation, inspired by ‘Into the Spider-Verse’” at MSN.com.

…With past shows like “Moon Knight,” “Hawkeye,” “Loki,” and “WandaVision” taking on a more serious tone, here comes a standout show that’s refreshingly light.

You can give some of that credit to filmmaking duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.

The Moroccan-Belgian filmmakers (known collectively as Adil and Bilall) instantly saw “Ms. Marvel” as a show that should be filled with color, life, and celebration of culture….

Adil and Billal felt animation would make the show pop. So they compiled a presentation with things that inspired them and headed to the Marvel Studios offices to pitch how they would direct the series to studio head Kevin Feige and his team.

“Kevin walked in and I have to admit, I was a little starstruck,” Bilall said. “We did this whole PowerPoint presentation and we told them that this is our influences for the show. ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ was a big one because of the animation.”

“For us, the animation was something we always wanted to put into it,” Adil added. “We wanted to portray that dream world of Kamala Khan and the comic book aspect to it. We were afraid that Kevin would say no because it’s different from the other shows of the MCU.”

(13) THEY ROCK TO THE TREES. A 2015 article at Hollywood.com involving Andy Serkis, The Imaginarium, motion capture, and animation — with a nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey — tells how an “Andy Serkis meeting inspired Coldplay’s chimp video”.

A chance meeting between British rocker Chris Martin and actor Andy Serkis inspired the band to embrace motion-capture technology for a new music video.

The musicians were transformed into chimps in the promo for their new single Adventure Of A Lifetime using techniques pioneered in Hollywood movies such as Avatar and The Lord of The Rings.

It has now been revealed the idea came about after frontman Chris bumped into Andy on a plane, and the pair discussed the actor’s experiences with motion-capture on films such as King Kong and the Planet of the Apes series.

The rockers spent six months making the short clip, and used “full motion performance capture rigs” to transform themselves….

Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (Making Of Video)

Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (Official Video) – YouTube

(14) HERMAN, LILY, & GRANDPA, OH MY. ScreenRant invites us to watch “’The Munsters’ Return in First Trailer for Rob Zombie Movie”. The Munsters will premiere this fall on Universal All Access.

…Today, Universal released the first teaser for the film, which is practically a shot-for-shot remake of the original Munsters opening credits, complete with the classic Munsters theme song. It makes it pretty clear that if you were expecting Zombie to turn The Munsters into a stereotypical Rob Zombie movie full of blood and guts, you were mistaken. (Zombie has already said, this is not an R-rated reimagining; it’s a PG-rated tribute.)…

(15) X MINUS TWO. Paramount Plus promises this is “the dumbest science fiction movie ever made!” Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, streaming on June 23,

In perhaps the dumbest space movie ever made, Beavis and Butt-head are sentenced to Space Camp by a “creative” judge in 1998, leading to a trip on the Space Shuttle, with predictably disastrous results. After going through a black hole, they reemerge in our time, where they look for love, misuse iPhones, and are hunted by the Deep State. Spoiler: They don’t score.

(16) VIDEO OF THE DAY. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] Alasdair Beckett-King asks, “What happens if you merged King of the Hill and Lord of the Rings?” in “Return of the King of the Hill of the Rings”.

[Thanks to Michael Toman, Cora Buhlert, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Chris Barkley, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

44 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 6/8/22 Goodness, Gracious, Great Scrolls Of Fur

  1. And an early First to all of you!

    I’ve been reading Poul Anderson’s A Midsummer Tempest which is most appropriate for this time of year. I’m certainly not surprised that it won a Mythopoetic Fantasy Award.

  2. Got the email notification for this one!

    I’m going to do a “Six Degrees of Pixel Scroll” and link (3) THE DECLARATION OF SWEETWEIRD with (8) MEDIA BIRTHDAY. Ke Huy Quan who was Short Round in “Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom” stars in “Everything Everywhere All at Once” which Charlie Jane Anders gave as an example of a SweetWeird movie.

  3. Temple of Doom. No, it was terrible. IMO, if Raiders was all the things that made the old serials great, this was all the things that made the old serials awful.

    There were exactly two scenes in it that really, really were important, and all the rest we could have done without. The two scenes were the beginning, (no, ignore the stupid ice and diamonds bit), where yes, he really is the scum that everyone looks at him as in Raiders, and the second… when nothing happens. It’s when he sits on a boulder, outside of town, all afternoon and into the evening, and this is when Indy CHANGES, from the despoiler of history into Indy the hero.

    On another note, Commando Cody, my hero. Why, yes, I do have the two VCR-tape version of Radar Men From the Moon.

  4. Soon Lee: “Six Degrees of Pixel Scroll” — that’s brilliant! That should be a regular thing in comments.

  5. 9) Kate Wilhelm’s novel Welcome, Chaos has much breathtaking prose and is one of my all-time favorites.

    (fifth)

  6. One of the biggest problems with Temple is that Speilberg fell prey to his weird compulsion to insert amusement park rides into his genre movies. Not once but TWICE.

  7. rochrist: When I saw it in theaters I thought it was a setup for a video game. Either way, cartoony and not very believable.

  8. I didn’t realise it was a prequel until I was writing this essay. Ok maybe I knew that originally but it sure as Hell didn’t stick with me all these years. It’s one of those weird movie logics that one does not, at least in my case, pay attention to as it doesn’t add to the watching of the film.

    I may have actually seen this film in the same Theater in Seattle that showed midnight RHPS showings.

  9. 8) The racist imagery in Temple angered me at the time the film came out, and is even more shameful nowadays. What does that say about the American view of India?

    11) Having read Parnassus on Wheels, I once went so far as to look at a used bookmobile with the idea of doing something like this. Fortunately, my poverty interfered with this unusually foolish idea. (Did I mention that at that time, I couldn’t drive?)

  10. Re Spielberg and Indiana Jones: I liked some of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but hated a good deal of it. Spielberg’s depiction of the 1930s was surprisingly accurate, with one glaring exception: archaeology. Indiana Jones is a throwback to the “archaeology” of the early- to mid-19th century. He is a tomb robber and a treasure hunter, not an archaeologist.

    This surprised me. With “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Spielberg showed he could be quite respectful of the science (or pseudoscience) of ufology. Then he turned right around and created Indiana Jones–if he’d done “Close Encounters” with the same spirit he did “Lost Ark,” CE3K would have come across as a big-budget remake of “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.”

  11. Michael J. “Orange Mike” Lowrey: Wikipedia says, “The filmmakers were denied permission to film in North India and Amer Fort, due to the government finding the script offensive.” But they obviously didn’t take the hint.

    You know, in the first Indiana Jones movie, there was an intentional effort to recapture the sense of Saturday matinee serials. In Temple of Doom it’s like the scriptwriters confined their research to the Thirties Gunga Din-type movies that still run on Turner Classic Movies. They distilled all those attitudes and misrepresentations into a stronger, more toxic brew.

  12. (6) Thanks to Camestros Felapton for taking one for the team.

    (8) I remember being really annoyed by the sidekick. But I think it was the way he was written and directed. Nice to see that Ke Huy Quan is acting again.

    (14) I actually liked that… Should I be worried that I liked it?!

  13. P J Evans says This racist parts of that one were hard to watch. And so, so obvious!

    They were particularly offensive if you’d been immersed in that culture for any length of time as I was by living in Sri Lanka which was essentially an offshoot of the Indian culture though they’d deny that quite strongly. Well they did leave India a thousand years ago…

  14. @Mike Glyer–A test of my ability to beat down the obstacles to my posting from my phone to File 770. Success!

    Every so often the problem crops up, and I always resist doing what I need to do: clear my history on the phone completelyI. I always give in at last.

  15. @Jeanne Jackson To be fair to Spielberg, I think that was exactly his intention. Indy was always supposed to be on the bad boy side of the profession. Keep in mind it was meant to be grounded firmly in the pulp tradition. I don’t think it really had anything to do one way or another with Spielberg’s attitude toward science.

  16. @rochrist,

    IMO, it was Peter Jackson who took “theme park ride inserted into movie” to its zenith (or nadir) with “The Hobbit” movies.

  17. Mike Lowrey (welcome back to the States!) re 11: I, too, have daydreamed about adding more shelving to my driveway by purchasing a bookmobile. Or two.

    Be aware that the library in the city where I live, Aurora, Illinois, is planning to acquire a new bookmobile soon. Presumably this means that their existing vehicle will be up for sale on the used-bookmobile market. Begin saving your pennies.

    As a useful aid to daydreaming, I recommend Bookmobiles in America: An Illustrated History by Orty Ortwein (2015). It will not surprise you to learn that I first encountered this book aboard my local bookmobile. It will surprise no one to know me that I immediately snatched it up and checked it out.

  18. Hey, if anyone would like to hear what I sound like (and hasn’t gone to hear anything I’ve read on LibriVox, to be sure) you can listen to a trivia quiz podcast on which I am a contestant! It has some SF content, with questions about the Hugo Awards and Italo Calvino, among quite a few other things.

    It’s available on Apple’s Podcasts; search for “Recreational Thinking”. And here’s a non-Apple link for those who’d rather have one of those.

  19. (6) perfect headline!

    (8) gee, took me almost 40 years to find out Temple of Doom was a prequel. I disliked the racism, and the splitting of capable Marion Ravenwood into a capable (male) child sidekick and a blonde scream emitter and rescue object. Mike Glyer’s summary is perfect.

    (9) Happy birthday to Elizabeth Lynn! I still remember everything about reading A Different Light. Great book.

    @Cat Eldridge
    Glad you’re enjoying A Midsummer Tempest, which I loved. It takes a very sunny view of the appalling Charles I, but the Shakespearean elements are so enchanting that I didn’t care (much).

  20. Yeah, I’m right there with other folks. I found Temple of Doom to be a barely passable film, and the racist tropes in it were just abhorrent. Don’t understand the love for it others have. Never liked the character of Willie either, she was decidedly NOT like Indy and far too prissy (unlike Marion in the previous films, who was his equal in many ways). Ke Huy Quan, though, I loved, and then he followed this up with The Goonies, one of the great mid-80’s action adventure films. Glad he’s found his way back to acting with roles that appeal to him.

  21. Yup, Kate Wilhelm was a tremendous storyteller and had a beautiful prose, one of science fiction’s best authors in North America.

  22. 14: I can honestly say that this is absolutely the first time in my life I have watched a trailer and immediately thought “no way am I watching that!”.

    I watched The Munsters in original run. I liked The Munsters in original run. I built the AMT model kit of the Munster Koach.

    I wish I had been a bat on the wall, listening to the direction given the actors for that trailer. I imagine it went something like “Make sure the actors have NEVER acted before and make damned sure they’ve never seen the original series. And will someone please call technical support and find out how we can get this scene phoned in over a telegraph!?!. Who said Yutes?”

    Awful. Simply awful.

    6) surprisingly, runs a close second to the awfulness of 14.

  23. Msg says gee, took me almost 40 years to find out Temple of Doom was a prequel. I disliked the racism, and the splitting of capable Marion Ravenwood into a capable (male) child sidekick and a blonde scream emitter and rescue object. Mike Glyer’s summary is perfect.

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only one that didn’t realise it was a prequel. It is not exactly obvious, is it?

    This is a series where, despite the flaws that have been noted by fellow Filers here, I enjoyed the first film a lot and none of the films that followed.

  24. RE: Indiana Jones:

    “Thirty-eithty years ago” ???

    Gosh, that would mean Harrison Ford is the sq. rt. of 4,900 years old!

    How much is that in dog years?

  25. @Andrew:
    I remember playing the game for Indiana Jones 3 a lot, before watching the movie. May be a reason that I don’t hate the film.
    I also didn’t know the second film was a prequel before reading it somewhere long after seeing it.

  26. Carl Andor: How much is that in dog years?

    Enough to keep the woof from your door. 😉

  27. @Jeff Reynolds Interesting you mention Goonies since that was ANOTHER Spielberg film that he felt compelled to insert an amusement park ride.

  28. @Cat Eldridge
    “I enjoyed the first film a lot and none of the films that followed.”

    Agreed, except for parts of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Didn’t see the Crystal Skull and won’t see the new one.

  29. Apropos:
    I recommend Wilhelm’s Juniper Time. Dated, yet pertinent.

    Apropos of nothing:
    Went to the store today and found KSRs latest book, his collection of Sierra Mountains pieces, and a new Crowley novel I hadn’t heard was on the way. I wondered if we’d get another Crowley novel, and so we have. A great day at the bookstore.

  30. Msb says Agreed, except for parts of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Didn’t see the Crystal Skull and won’t see the new one.

    Ok parts of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were fine but overall it was it was film that I’ll use Gaelic to describe, cac a dhéanamh. Really it was a series that I thought the first one was rather fine and they could’ve stopped right there. Really I wouldn’t have minded at all.

  31. Re: Temple of Doom, in addition to the racism there is just plain geographical ignorance. Early on, a plane leaves Shanghai and flies to somewhere in the Himalayas. To symbolize that it is leaving China, they show the plane flying past the Great Wall.

    This is kind of like having a plane fly from Washington, D.C., to Mexico City, and symbolizing that it is leaving the U.S. by showing it pass the Statue of Liberty.

  32. Thought I’d missed a notification but it looks like there wS no Scroll last night.

  33. Andrew (not Werdna) says Thought I’d missed a notification but it looks like there wS no Scroll last night.

    To quote A Knight’s Tale, “Wot?” Of course there was a Scroll last night. I did an essay and Birthdays for it. I do have a very bad memory at times but I remember doing that.

  34. My mistake – I thought I was looking at the most current version of the front page of the main File770 page – but I was looking at a cached version.

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