Click here to support the Daily Grail for as little as $US1 per month on Patreon

News Briefs 15-11-2007

Thursday again. I think there’s a wormhole through my calendar…

Quote of the Day:

Citizenship? We have none! In place of it we teach patriotism which Samuel Johnson said a hundred and forty or a hundred and fifty years ago was the last refuge of the scoundrel — and I believe that he was right. I remember when I was a boy and I heard repeated time and time again the phrase, ‘My country, right or wrong, my country!’ How absolutely absurd is such an idea. How absolutely absurd to teach this idea to the youth of the country.

Mark Twain

Editor
  1. Terminator
    Hi Greg,
    No need to worry about Skynet and Terminator in the UK. We’re positioning it over the Indian Ocean. But just in case, we ARE having the Warp Drive conference here next week … in case of a speedy getaway.
    Though I think the Terminator is already here, but more subtle. I’ve said elsewhere that the machine used to be an appendage of man. But with tech now causing more rigidity in administrative and security systems, it looks like man is becoming the appendage of the machine.

    Wise people usually begin as stupid ones

    Anthony North

    1. I’ll be baaack
      [quote]They will allow the Army, Royal Navy and RAF to pass much more data, faster between command centres. The bandwidth capacity of Skynet 5 is two-and-a-half times that of the old satellite constellation, Skynet 4.[/quote]

      So I guess that means quicker downloading times of those old Monty Python’s episodes eh? πŸ˜‰

      —–
      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

  2. Warp Drive
    The good folks at the the British Interplanetary Society are wasting their time with Star Trek warp drive. The spice must flow if one is to bend space and time.

    Bill

    ************

    The spice extends life, the spice expands consciousness, the spice is vital to space travel.
    Princess Irulan
    Dune

    1. Muad’Dib
      But there’s the down-side of becoming a mutant fish-man in the process right? πŸ™‚

      Just finishing “Dune Messiah” by the way.

      —–
      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

      1. Mutant fish men
        The Guild Navigators were as ugly as sin, but the metallic blue eyes of the Prince were cool.

        How is Dune Messiah?

        Bill

        ************

        Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.
        Thomas Carlyle

        1. two thumbs up!
          The reason I like Frank Herbert’s books so much, is not because of the cools worlds and characters he imagines, but his prose, and how he uses the story as an excuse to deal with the high subjects of life. Just as any great novelist should.

          There are differences between the book Dune and the movie, obviously. I liked the movie, but it couldn’t possibly do justice to a book that’s like 3 inches thick!

          Another difference between the movie and the book, is that in the movie the guild usedthe melange spice to “fold” space, whereas in the book they use it to select the best route the ship most follow in order to avoid dangers, through the powers of prescience, the same powers that made Paul Atreides the kwizats haderach, the one who could be many places at the same time.

          Next week I’m ordering the next book of the series.

          PS: A guy named Alejandro Jodorowsky wanted to make a movie of Dune in the 70s. He hired french comic artist Moebius for the artistic designs, and guess who he wanted for the role of the Padishah Emperor? None other than surrealist painter Salvador DalΓ­! That’s an interesting story all on itself really.

          —–
          It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
          It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

          Red Pill Junkie

    2. Star Trek?
      Bill, it has nothing to do with Star Trek. It will be powered by dead parrot juice and build by four Yorkshire men – with a little help from Canadian lumberjacks.

      The balanced adult retains an inner child

      Anthony North

    3. Elf Spice
      [quote=Bill]The good folks at the the British Interplanetary Society are wasting their time with Star Trek warp drive. The spice must flow if one is to bend space and time.

      The spice extends life, the spice expands consciousness, the spice is vital to space travel.
      Princess Irulan
      Dune
      [/quote]

      Oh, a Dune reference. For a second I thought you meant Elf Spice
      πŸ˜‰

      Kind regards,
      Greg
      ——————————————-
      You monkeys only think you’re running things

      1. Folding Space
        Come-on man, the mutant fish men were warping space, not spacing-out with elfs (elves?). But I guess they could have been. Everyone was too afraid of the Guild to make them pee in a bottle anyway.

        Bill

        ************

        Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.
        Thomas Carlyle

    4. Warp spice
      Haha, Bill, forget the GW debate, I agree with ya on this one. About time we got a decent Dune movie too. Lynch made an admirable effort, but the studios got their way and watered it down. I never saw the tv mini series.

      Heck, make it a Star Trek/Dune cross-over. Have Data II regain his humanity on the planet of Arrakis (will his yellow eyes turn blue?). Picard strikes me as the kinda man who’d ride giant worms ala Paul Atreides too.

      1. Patrick Stewart
        You realize he worked on BOTH the Dune movie and the Star Trek Series, don’t you? He was Gurney Halleck, the warrior who trained Paul Atreides and played the baliset. A wonderful character.

        He also had a little role in “Excalibur”. For some strange reason, he seems to be in all my favorite movies πŸ˜‰

        Heck, I even suspect that in the near future he will travel through time to become the Kenewick Man!! πŸ™‚

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Kennewickmanstanford.jpg

        —–
        It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
        It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

        Red Pill Junkie

        1. Patrick Stewart
          My fellow Yorkshireman is fast becoming the most famous Yorkshire actor yet.
          Shame he had to ditch the accent to do it πŸ™‚

          The balanced adult retains an inner child

          Anthony North

          1. Yorkshire pudding
            Did you see Patrick Stewart on Parkinson a few years ago? He did his ‘Yorkshire’ accent, and -I’m ashamed to admit- it was very funny. Mostly because we’re so used to hearing his refined Shakespearean stage thespian voice.

            I remember seeing an old British movie on tv, from the late 70s I think, about the IRA. Stewart played a thug and he had hair back then. I barely recognised him.

            And yes, ‘barely’ is a pun. πŸ˜‰

            My mother’s stepfather is from Yorkshire. Heard of a place called Denbydale?

          2. Yorkshire
            Hi Rick,
            Yes, I did see that Parkinson show. It was good. Why do so many famous Yorkshire people hide it? Do they think they won’t get on?
            Don’t know Denbydale, but us Yorkshire people do get everywhere. I think the most famous Yorkshireman who ever went your way is one Captain James Cook.
            I’ll be looking forward to my Yorkshire Puddings tomorrow. I love ’em. πŸ™‚

            If thee ever dis awt for nowt, mak’ sure thee dis it for the’sen.

            ‘Ear nowt, see nowt, and keep thee Gob shut.

            (Old Yorkshire sayings)

          3. Loved it, Anthony!
            I grew up in Yorkshire until I was 9, near the North Yorks moors.

            Here’s a saying for you: “Here’s tiv us, all on us, may us nivver want nowt, nor me nowther.”

            Regards, Kathrinn

          4. Moors
            Hi Kathrinn,
            I spent most of my life away from my place of birth. I never forgot my Yorkshireness, but it seemed such a boring place. I wanted to see – do – more. Thirty years later, I returned. Been back four years now and I can’t imagine I’ll live anywhere else.
            On a clear day I can look out of my window and see those beautiful moors rising towards the sky. It took maturity to appreciate it.

            Wash be’ind thee lug oils. Tha’s got enuff muck in there ta grow ‘taters’

            (Yorkshire mother’s loving admonishment to a son)

          5. Denbydale
            Is about half-way between Huddersfield and Barnsley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It’s east of Manchester and south of Leeds. Not far from any of those places – England’s a fairly small place and if the distances were any greater large chunks of the country would fall off the edge into the sea!

            Best, Kathrinn

          6. Denbydale
            Good morning everyone,
            That’s why I don’t know it, then, Kathrinn. I’m up in North Yorkshire. Mindst you, I have a son at university close to there.
            Like the comment about falling into the sea. Infact, some of the coastline is now so eroded that it is! I remember not many years ago a hotel became half a hotel as some of it fell into the sea. Recently a historic building has been moved half a mile inland to save it.

            I’m fanatical about moderation

            Anthony North

          7. hmmm
            I have a buncha Yorkshire ancestors..

            oh.. and I have Stewart also.. not in Yorkshire tho far as I know

            I do have.. Robt. the Bruce.. and all that bunch..

            my genealogy is getting to be a really really big binder

            hey.. what accent is that?

      2. No Next Gen
        [quote=Rick MG]Haha, Bill, forget the GW debate, I agree with ya on this one. [/quote]

        Hi Rick,

        I’ll forget about GW when I don’t see it in the news anymore. I’m looking forward to auto-replies from Anthony and Kat. But TDG poll doesn’t seem to agree with them. Most of the voters don’t seem to be falling for it.

        [quote=Rick MG]Heck, make it a Star Trek/Dune cross-over. Have Data II regain his humanity on the planet of Arrakis (will his yellow eyes turn blue?). Picard strikes me as the kinda man who’d ride giant worms ala Paul Atreides too. [/quote]

        You’ll have to count me out on any crossovers with Next Generation and other Star Trek spin-offs. I didn’t like the characters, the actors, or the plots in Next Generation. I stopped watching TV for a couple of decades or so. I liked Dune.

        Bill

  3. Stone Age feminism
    I don’t recall any evidence that supports the thesis that Neanderthal women hunted large animals. It could well be true, but I don’t remember seeing it. Anyone?

    Bill

    1. Gotta blame someone!
      I have no idea where they came up with this information – we don’t know enough about the Neanderthals to form that sort of conclusion. However, when in doubt, blame women – that’s a fact that’s been around for a long time.

      Regards, Kathrinn.

      P.S. It wasn’t me – I may be old, but not that old!

      1. suppose it was you
        Suppose it was you Kathrinn. Then the Neanderthals would not be extinct.

        I wish some of these older humans were still around. They could tell us interesting stories.

        —-
        If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.

        (Bill Clinton, and perhaps others)

        1. Maybe they are
          Think Yeti, Saquatch, Bigfoot, Yowie!

          Read a book abut the Neanderthals recently and the more I read the more I found how much I identified with them (and I do have red hair!). Perhaps I’m a mutant descendant!

          Regards, Kathrinn.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Mobile menu - fractal