“Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true. That is the problem.”—Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State.
“Print books are never going to go away; but the current distribution model will. 2012 could be a year of disaster… because of traditional publishing’s inability to deal with the impact of technology, and their arrogant refusal to adapt.”—Michael A. Stackpole - full article here.
"…the cover of my copy of Dune — which, besides winning the Hugo, also took home the first Nebula Award — bears the tagline "Science Fiction’s Supreme Masterpiece," and off the top of my head, I can’t think of another novel worthy of the appellation.
"Yeah, Dune has its minor flaws, but they’re so minor; the book is basically untouchable."
Eight questions. The possibility of free stuff. The joy of being part of something. The chance to help me out. And, you know… the internet is full of quizzes and stuff. This one is not pointless. How bad can it be?
Please pass it around to anyone who might be interested!
"A Cleveland-based UFO cult claims Doomsday is finally coming after years of false alarms. The Church of the Subgenius is a satirical “church” supposedly founded by a man named J.R. “Bob” Dobbs in 1953."
Church of the SubGenius Hour of Slack #1251 - Rerun of #787 (2001 A.D.) — All-Purpose Show.
We’ll probably be back live next week, or at least with a new edited show, but this month we’ve been finishing up Stage One of the huge secret SubGenius project that we so love to hint about… and we’re behind on promoting X-DAY, the annual SubGenius festival to end this planet’s dominance by humans, and to replace it with the dominance of SubGeniuses. This particular episode owes much to the late Prof Chas Smith’s ESO Swamp Radio on WCSB Cleveland, which was practically half of Hour of Slack for about a decade. Starts out raunchy (with Fat Harry White), then goes to somewhat more serious Conspiracy-hating. Music is by Little Fyodor, St. N and Hellena Handbasket, Einstein’s Secret Orchestra, Lamprey Systems, The Morning 40 Federation, Artemia Salina.
Cheap cynical filmmaking, this is neither a remake of Romero’s original, nor - despite the misleading casting of Ving Rhames - a sequel to the Dawn of the Dead remak
What it is is a silly and confused effort, featuring people who go from having a cold, to a nosebleed to then instantly becoming rotting undead, despite this making no applicable sense at all. If that doesn’t exasperate, this dreck also features a placid zombie - because he was previously a vegetarian! - and some of the worst CGI you’ll have seen. Also, a very poor ‘shock ending’ where a zombie jumps into frame at the last second. Yawn…
On the plus side, it’s fast and gory and has an enviable willingness to kill any character at a moment’s notice. But it’s still shit.
"A Chinese man had to undergo surgery to remove nearly 3ft of skipping rope from his bladder. The rope became lodged after 58-year-old migrant worker Zhao Chenglin, from Chongqing, inserted it into his willy as part of a bizarre sex act."
Sadly, this book doesn’t achieve much beyond the blurb on the back cover. And, as the story is told by an obviously unreliable narrator, the inevitable twist is fairly obvious from the outset.
This deficiency isn’t offset by a particularly interesting protagonist - Mr Cave is relentlessly old-fashioned and out of touch (perhaps too much so for these modern times), and his character never really examined in enough depth to draw some sympathy.
The problem with first person narratives is in fleshing out the supporting cast from a distance; Haig doesn’t even attempt this, resulting in a very one-sided perspective, from a rather dull viewpoint.
The writing itself is fresh, though it tends to overemphasise the otherwise plain metaphors and clever touches, leaving the reader less impressed than they might have been if left to notice such flourishes on their own. Even the neat double meaning of the title is explained distinctly within the book, as if Haig doesn’t trust his audience to have any sense at all.
"If you care about the future of books, you need to understand the Google Book Settlement. It’s a complicated legal document, but we’ve talked to some of its architects, detractors, and defenders - and break it all down for you…"