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Time “Lord”

In a strange life-imitates-art twist, a priest in Cardiff is doing a Dr. Who theme night to appeal to a younger audience. He’s quoted as saying, “We will be looking at the idea of Jesus as a Lord of time and showing who Jesus was and the different images of him throughout time.”

There are about a zillion snappy comebacks to this, but the guys at Fark already beat me to it.

you know the Buddhist temple near me tried this, but people just couldn’t get into the Dalek Lama.

Link (via Bad Astronomy)

Posted in Humor, Movies & TV September 20th, 2007 by Chip
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Smile

On September 19, 1982, at 11:44 a.m., the first emoticon was posted to the Internet. The :) is 25 years old today.

Link

Posted in Computers & Internet, News September 19th, 2007 by Chip
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Celebrity Star Wars

Celebrity Star WarsWorth 1000 is a site where Photoshop jockeys vie to create the best image on a given theme. The thing that always blows me away about this particular site is the professionalism of the entries; they’re just seamless.

Anyway, this contest theme is pretty self-explanatory. Fun!

Link (via The Presurfer)





Posted in Ephemera September 19th, 2007 by Chip
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Brass Goggles: “The Lighter Side of Steampunk”

This neat blog tracks all manner of steampunkery, from interesting e-Bay finds to book reviews. I have kind of a soft spot for the genre, even though I’m not a big fan of its cyberpunk progenitor, just because the artifacts it inspires are so pretty. (Part of this, I’m sure, is because it’s retroactively claimed works such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as its own, and what’s not to love about the Nautilus?)

Link

Posted in Ephemera September 18th, 2007 by Chip
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Robert Jordan, RIP

First L’Engle, then Jordan … who’s going to be the 3rd?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6999578.stm

Posted in Books & Authors, News September 17th, 2007 by Gandalara
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Oh, Gah.

There’s a TRON remake in the works.

It’s being developed by Joseph Kosinski, the guy who signed on to remake Logan’s Run.

There’s…nothing left to say.

SF Signal has more.

Posted in Movies & TV September 17th, 2007 by Chip
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Gorey Does “Star Trek”

Lt. UhuraShaenon Garrity read an article about Edward Gorey’s fondness for Star Trek, and has done a most wonderful interpretation of “The Trouble With Tribbles” in the Gorey style.

She has so far not followed up on her implied threat to do a Gorey interpretation of “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.” :::whew:::

Link (via SF Signal)

Posted in Ephemera September 14th, 2007 by Chip
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Google Sponsors Moon Landing

As I said in a previous post, if I had to put money on who’d be running things in 20 years, it’d be Google.

Google Inc. is bankrolling a $30 million out-of-this-world prize to the first private company that can safely land a robotic rover on the moon and beam back a gigabyte of images and video to Earth, the Internet search leader said Thursday.

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Posted in News, Space September 13th, 2007 by Chip
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Well, Is He?

News of the Weird reported this bit about an article in the Wall Street Journal (08/10/07):

Ric Hoogestraat is married to Sue and works at a call center in the Phoenix area but spends 30-plus hours a week inside the online Second Life video game, pretending that he is the digitally drawn Dutch Hoorenbeek, a 6-foot-9, muscular babe magnet who lives on his own island. That unnerves Sue, according to an August Wall Street Journal profile, especially since Dutch recently “married” a digital woman and set up housekeeping with their two digital dogs. (The real-life creator of the new Mrs. Hoorenbeek has never met Ric and says she never will.) Dutch and his wife spend hours shopping and motorcycling together, leaving Ric little time for Sue. “Is this man cheating on his wife (meaning Sue)?” the Journal asked. Lamented Sue: “You try to talk to (Ric) or bring (him) a drink, and (he)’ll be having sex with a cartoon.”

I’ll be interested to see how this plays out in divorce court. It probably isn’t cheating by any standard legal definition, but there’s at least some “alienation of affection” going on.

(Kids, if you’re planning to become lawyers, go into Internet Law; it’s going to see a boom in the next couple of decades as more stuff like this crops up.)

Posted in Computers & Internet September 13th, 2007 by Chip
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The Last Jedi Supper

Jedi Last SupperAs this blogger points out, Jedi is a recognized religion, so this makes sense.

I’d particularly like to see this as a fresco in a church, along with stained-glass windows like this one.

(via Neatorama)

Posted in Ephemera September 12th, 2007 by Chip
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