Thursday, October 26, 2006

A story in six words? Wow!

Wired hired writers for short stories.
The rule is: only six words.
Hemingway was first, SciFi writers now.
OK, I stop. (no seriously now)

A few of my favorites here:

Vacuum collision. Orbits diverge. Farewell, love.
- David Brin
Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
- Joss Whedon
Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
- Margaret Atwood
From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
- Gregory Maguire
With bloody hands, I say good-bye.
- Frank Miller
It’s behind you! Hurry before it
- Rockne S. O’Bannon
The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
- Orson Scott Card
Tick tock tick tock tick tick.
- Neal Stephenson

Not that difficult? Try it yourself!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Jeff Buckley - What Will You Say

A great song, What Will You Say was never released in studio version. Jeff's father, Tim Buckley was a famous folk singer/songwriter at the end of the 60s and early 70s. He died at 28 of a drug overdose. Jeff, who never got to really know him, still clearly had issues with his dead father as evidenced in this song:

"...Father do you hear me?
Do you know me?
Do you even care?..."

Although I prefer Jeff's voice, you should definitely try some of his father's works. There is a great anthology available released a few years ago. UPDATE: here's a link to a Tim Buckley's video. Try also here and here.

This clip was filmed during the Glastonbury Festival in 1995 (rest of the lyrics in the comments).

The log lady diaries 4

Even the ones who laugh are sometimes caught without an answer:
these creatures who introduce themselves but we swear we have met them before.

Yes, look in the mirror. What do you see?
Is it a dream or a nightmare?
Are we introduced against our will? Are they mirrors?

I can see the smoke. I can smell the fire.
The battle is drawing nigh.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Good night, and good luck.

After Bill Clinton impassionate reply to a moronic Fox News journalist last week, Keith Olbermann (journalist at MSNBC) channels Edward R. Murrow. I know the whole journalists-have-to-be-objective thing but this made my day. It's time some people (and that includes journalists) wake up and start talking out loud.

If you haven't seen it, I would really recommend that you watch George Clooney's second movie as a director (which proves that you can actually be good looking AND smart) Good night, and good luck. This movie (shot in black and white and set in the 50s) depicts CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow as he opposes Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House of Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff--headed by his producer Fred Friendly (played by Clooney himself) and Joe Wershba (Robert Downey Jr) in the CBS newsroom--defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist witch-hunts...

After this segment, I think Murrow would have been proud of Olbermann.