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Forever Dumb

Okay, caught up with Forever Evil a week late, and in what was probably intended as a moment of ultimate cool, Geoff Johns has one of the main villains grab the Moon and place it in position to create a total eclipse of the Earth. At which point, I decide this book and event is not for me, because no. Just no. This is too dumb.

And here is why...Collapse )

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Margaret Atwood vs. Carl Sagan


I haven't actually read Margaret Atwoods In Other Worlds, but I understand from articles and reviews that she takes the position that "if it is realistic or plausible, it isn't science fiction". Well, even if one accepted her pronouncements that aliens and spaceships weren't either of those, there's still plenty of stuff written by science fiction writers, some of them recognized Grand Masters such as Heinlein and Asimov, that was quite realistic and plausible. Beyond that, well, spaceships exist and further development of them is in no way implausible (although FTL may well be), and as to aliens? Ms. Atwood, I'm afraid I'll take Dr. Carl Sagan's opinion as to whether the existence of aliens is plausible or not over yours.

In short, Ms. Atwood seems to have confused her definitions of science fiction and fantasy, although I'll happily concede that much of what people call science fiction is actually science fantasy or space adventure.
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Belated thought on Thor upon watching the DVD

This should be short enough not to need an lj-cut - okay, the prologue is captioned as taking place in 965 AD, with Thor and Loki (or at least Loki, Thor might be a little bit older) as infants at the time. They're shown as little boys shortly thereafter, but a later scene I won't spoil further confirms that Loki was definitely still a baby at the conclusion of the war with the Frost Giants.

Problem: The Norse and other Germanic peoples already worshipped Thor, and at least had stories about Loki, under varying names at that time. So if it was going to be years or decades before they grew up into recognizable figures, with Thor wielding his hammer and Loki known as a trickster, how does that work? How do the Norse anticipate how they'll grow up and base their myths and religion on it? Especially considering that Asgard supposedly withdraws from our world at the conclusion of that conflict...

Were there earlier versions of both, i.e., uncles Thunor and Loge, or something?

Were mortals capable of prophecy about the future, as with the Ragnarok story?

Did they just get the date wrong? After all, there's not much about the village or the humans' clothing that marks it out as definitely 10th century as opposed to a few centuries earlier, or even way back in Roman times.

Inquiring (and nitpicky) minds want to know.
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The Man Who Was (in Falls Church on) Thursday

So, I'm still planning to go see Amanda Palmer at the State Theatre in Falls Church tomorrow night (11/19). Doors open at 7, tickets are still available as of Wednesday afternoon. I'll probably have dinner somewhere in the area, maybe at Four Provinces across the way or something like that.

Anybody in the area interested in joining me tomorrow night?
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Take it as read...

Morning started with confirmation that Xander (18 mos old) must indeed be my son, since he absolutely refused to put down his book in order to be lifted out of crib, have his diaper changed, and be dressed. He ended up keeping said book with him and perusing it 2-3 times more in full while all these operations were completed (actually a blessed distraction during diaper change), maintaining a grip on it with one hand even while arms were being inserted in shirt sleeves.

I haven't seen him run into anything while walking and 'reading' at the same time, not yet, but it's probably only a matter of time... ;-)

In other news, just found out that Amanda Palmer, co-founder of the Dresden Dolls and currently Neil Gaiman's girlfriend, will be at the State Theatre in Falls Church this Thursday. I've got my ticket, anybody interested in meeting me there?