A single tooth and some DNA clues appear to have solved the mystery of the lost mummy of Hatshepsut, one of the great queens of ancient Egypt, who reigned in the 15th century B.C.
Have you ever seen Dave,, starring Kevin Kline and Frank Langella, where Kline plays a temp agency manager who is gulled into impersonating a sick president, so that Langella’s chief of staff can run the country behind his back.
All the talk lately about how autonomous and autocratic Dick Cheney has been in this administration’s White House reminds me strongly of that movie. If you have been paying attention to the news lately, it seems that Cheney seems to have done what he wants, when he wants, and has had the president’s ear on every major decision. Really, Bush is much more of a figurehead, it seems, than anyone realizes. A Buffoon in Chief.
Or, perhaps, to riff on Aladdin, Bush is the Sultan and Cheney is the Vizier.
The only problem is, unlike these two movies, Bush doesn’t have the will that Dave does to stand up to Cheney, and we don’t have an Aladdin to make Cheney suffer the consequences of his power grab. We just have a cowed, apathetic American Public which is more interested in Paris Hilton’s visit to the LA Penal System.
Kay Kenyon has been a journeyman(woman?) SF writer for some time, with a number of novels to her credit. She has now decided to up her game with an ambitious start to a SF series known as the “The Entire and the Rose”. Her first novel in this series is Bright of the Sky.
I figure a review of a book we endlessly read and referenced on our Great Canadian Adventure counts as a book “read”.
So, Moon Handbooks, a travel guide company, has a number of travel handbooks. This one is on the Canadian Rockies, and is written by Banff resident Andrew Hempstead.
Have you noticed increased prices for pizza lately? You’re not going crazy.
The culprit is cheese. In January 2006, block cheese cost $1.20 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Now, 18 months later, that price has increased 75 percent, to $2.10.
And why has cheese gone up so much in price? Simple. Grain prices have skyrocketed as lots of grain has been converted to ethanol rather than being sold as feed or as food.
I seem to be doing actors in pairs these days. This is another George Clooney movie, with Steven Soderbergh directing again…his attempt at film noir, The Good German.
The movie also has Tobey McGuire and Cate Blanchett.
Jumping back to cheerier subjects, the next movie up is the Steven Soderbergh remake of Solaris, starring George Clooney and Natasha McElhrone.
Science Museum of Minnesota – A Day in Pompeii
Well, here’s a reason for me to visit the SMM again soon…a special exhibit on Pompeii!
There’s an Omnimax movie on Ancient Greece, too. A two-fer!
The 2007 Locus Awards have been announced
Mostly read while on my vacation was the fifth book of Steven Erikson’s Malazan novels, Midnight Tides.