Wednesday, December 09, 2009

When Mythworlds Collide: Doctor Who goes 2012

...well, almost. The Fourth Doctor and his companions come across an ark sent into space to avoid an oncoming solar storm set to wipe out all life on Earth. Oddly prophetic- We're hearing some rumblings in the underground that the current space craze is in fact in preparation for the solar apocalypse in 2012, and that the elite will all be whisked off to Mars to sit out the cinderization of the planet. It seems to me that whatever plans were afoot would be a bit more accelerated than what we're seeing now, and I'm not sure that any massive flare strong enough to wipe out the Earth couldn't reach Mars as well. My feeling is that once a meme is made into a Roland Emmerich film it's no longer valid. But what do I know, anyway?

'The Ark in Space' is a great storyline, one of my favorites from the Baker years (it's also ripe with subtext). This really brings me back - I used to watch this show on PBS on a tiny black & white TV, since we were so goddamned poor when I was a kid.

While we're on solar topics, here's a Killing Joke rarity that is still unreleased even though it's easily one of the strongest songs in their 90s catalog. An outtake from the Democracy album which has only seen the light of day in an unrecognizable remix form. Come to think of it, a mashup of this and the Doctor Who theme might be pretty tasty...

Seen from Space Update: Courtesy of Yahoo(ccultimus)

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Air Force on Tuesday confirmed for the first time that it is flying a stealth unmanned aircraft known as the "Beast of Kandahar," a drone spotted in photos and shrouded in secrecy.

The RQ-170 Sentinel is being developed by Lockheed Martin and is designed "to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward deployed combat forces," the air force said in a brief statement.

Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet.