Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Heroes Redux, or 'Life is Killing Us'


One thing I've learned over 43 years of chronic pain (and other unpleasantness) is that for most of us, life sucks. You can drown your sorrows in drugs, sex, religion or television but you can't avoid the fact that you're stuck on a planet that wants nothing more than to kill you. 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Desperate Housewitches: Eastwick on TV


Here's a surprise: I expected the TV adaption of The Witches of Eastwick to be a Point Pleasant-type cringefest, or at best, "Desperate Housewitches." It's actually pretty entertaining, for what it is. 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

TVOD: Warehouse 13


I've yet to really explore this series, but based on this episode the writers seem to know their symbolism, which is refreshing particularly for a SyFy show. It's yet another in the endless string of X-Files knockoffs, but more importantly it's also a big-time knockoff of my beloved Friday the 13th: The Series, now out on DVD.


Monday, September 14, 2009

The True Fringe of 17

Pretty much everyone I hear from seems to agree with me- Fringe started off weak, gathered steam over the season and ended breathtakingly strong. For some reason I thought it was supposed to be on Tuesdays, but Tuesday wasn't the 17th, innit?

Lost in Spacemen in Black

Being a hopeless geek, I watch a lot of old sci-fi stuff. Not only out of nostalgia but also keeping my open for little bits of semiotic insanity or hints of high weirdness and parapolitical mayhem. I'm building a little sub-file of obscure anecdotes from UFO history that have worked their way into old sci-fi shows

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Yahooccultism: The Magick Number 9. Also, 17.

The big event of 9/9/9 was Barack Siskobama's health care speech, which may or may not signal his political resurrection. He let his worst opponents run wild over the summer which severely dampened the morale of his base. But he's been known to use playin' possum as a political technique, so it will be interesting to see if apparent return to form is all part of some ritual cycle. In that light, the photo credit there is certainly interesting. 

 The first numbers we heard from the New Tut were 700,000 and 1943 (=17). 17 is the 7th prime number.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Close Encounters of the Fake Kind

ITEM: The Fourth Kind apparently makes use of Sumerian motifs, bringing a little AAT to the abduction party. Nothing new for hardcore UFOlogists, but as far as I know only The X-Files has fused the two memes. 

Friday, September 04, 2009

Yahooccultism: Subtlety, thy name is Gadhafi

Here's a tip from Reader Miranda:
Dancers perform in front of a replica Sphinx on stage at a lavish outdoor theatrical performance at Green Park in Tripoli, Libya...attended by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as the culmination of celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the 1969 military coup that brought him to power.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

"We Are All Mutants"

Each of us has at least 100 new mutations in our DNA, according to research published in the journal Current Biology. Scientists have been trying to get an accurate estimate of the mutation rate for over 70 years. However, only now has it been possible to get a reliable estimate, thanks to "next generation" technology for genetic sequencing. The findings may lead to new treatments and insights into our evolution. - BBC