Vintage Season

Paul Huttner, meteorologist at MPR, talks about what might be the “best Spring ever” here in Minnesota.
The weather has been warm and unbelievably dry. (I’m worried the waterfalls are going to be drier than they should be when I go up there next week!). The weather has been clear, and absolutely beautiful. Ever since I posted those photos of the snowfall we received on April 5th, the weather has turned.
Now, if this turns out to be a Vintage Season, then I hope we don’t wind up with some time travelers, a la Vintage Season by Kuttner and Moore. It would be a shame if this perfect Minnesota weather was ended by the “Blue Death”.

Inside ‘Hollywood’s Attic’: Warner Opens Its Vault

NPR’s Weekend Edition had a story about the old films that Warner Bros is making
available from their extensive archives.
I knew about this for a while, since I’ve somehow wound up on Warner Bros. mailing list and they sent an email to me about it.
The extensiveness of what’s there is amazing.
These are also the sorts of films that showed up on Channel 9 and 11 in NYC: “Million Dollar Movie!” “The 4 O’Clock Movie” and “The Saturday Night Movie” and other such programs. I even remember one or two of this films, fondly, mainly from the more recent ones, like Doc Savage, Man of Bronze!–the last film George Pal did.

XKCD is right; George Will is wrong

George Will, who most recently was promoting his inane and facile denials of climate change, now is lamenting that adults wear denim. I wish I was kidding.
Edmund Burke — what he would have thought of the denimization of America can be inferred from his lament that the French Revolution assaulted “the decent drapery of life”; it is a straight line from the fall of the Bastille to the rise of denim — said: “To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.” Ours would be much more so if supposed grown-ups would heed St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, and St. Barack’s inaugural sermon to the Americans, by putting away childish things, starting with denim.

Denim.
Crap, where can I get a high paying job putting out columns like this? Or, better yet, maybe George Will and I can trade jobs for a week. Maybe the Washington Post would be happy to make the change permanent.
By contrast, I give you this comic from XKCD.

My NPR Name

My NPR name is Pajul Fallis.
What would your name be if you were the kind of person who would be a National Public Radio correspondent? You don’t hear any Mike Wilsons or Heather Browns on that network. If you want to speak in the same rarefied air as Korva Coleman or Renita Jablonski, you need a name that combines exotica and whimsy. Your first name is your real first name with your middle initial inserted into it wherever you choose. Your last name is the smallest town you’ve ever visited in a foreign country.
What’s your NPR Name?

2009 Giants Schedule Announced

The NYG Schedule for 2009:
1 Sun, Sept. 13 vs. Washington Redskins FOX 4:15 p.m.
2 Sun, Sept. 20 at Dallas Cowboys NBC 8:20 p.m.
3 Sun, Sept. 27 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX 1 p.m.
4 Sun, Oct. 4 at Kansas City Chiefs FOX 1 p.m.
5 Sun, Oct. 11 vs. Oakland Raiders CBS 1 p.m.
6 Sun, Oct. 18 at New Orleans Saints FOX 1 p.m.
7 Sun, Oct. 25 vs. Arizona Cardinals NBC 8:20 p.m.
8 Sun, Nov. 1 at Philadelphia Eagles FOX 4:15 p.m.
9 Sun, Nov. 8 vs. San Diego Chargers CBS 4:15 p.m.
10 Bye
11 Sun, Nov. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons FOX 1 p.m.
12 Thu, Nov. 26 at Denver Broncos NFLN 8:20 p.m.
13 Sun, Dec. 6 vs. Dallas Cowboys FOX 4:15 p.m.
14 Sun, Dec. 13 vs. Philadelphia Eagles NBC 8:20 p.m.
15 Mon, Dec. 21 at Washington Redskins ESPN 8:30 p.m.
16 Sun, Dec. 27 vs. Carolina Panthers FOX 1 p.m.
17 Sun, Jan. 3 at Minnesota Vikings FOX 1 p.m.
The Giants do NOT get the last game at Giants Stadium (boo, hiss!). The Jets hosting the Bengals will be the last game hosted at Giants Stadium, barring any home playoff games.
Also, note that the Giants are AGAIN playing the Vikings, in Minnesota. If I can afford it, I think might buy myself a ticket…

Franken wins race. Should Coleman appeal?

After a trial spanning nearly three months, Norm Coleman’s attempt to reverse Al Franken’s lead in the recount of the U.S. Senate election was soundly rejected today by a three-judge panel that dismissed the Republican’s lawsuit. Unanimously.
Coleman has been ordered to pay Franken’s legal costs.
Al Franken has won the election. Should Coleman appeal?
My thoughts below.

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Obscure SF Film Meme

Obscure SF Film meme
Via SF Signal.
Bolded ones are ones that I’ve seen.
A. Alphaville [1965]
B. Brainstorm [1983]
C. Charly [1968]

D. Destination Moon [1950]
E. Enemy Mine [1985]
F. Frau im Mond [1929]
G. Gold [1934]
H. Harrison Bergeron [1995]
I. The Incredible Shrinking Man [1957]

J. Just Imagine [1930]
K. Krakatit [1947]
L. Lifeforce [1985]
M. The Man in the White Suit [1951]
N. Night of the Comet [1984]
O. On Your Mark [1995]
P. Panic in Year Zero! [1962]
Q. Quatermass and the Pit [1968, a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth]
R. Robinson Crusoe on Mars [1964]
S. Soylent Green [1973]
T. Them! [1954]

U. The Ultimate Warrior [1975]
V. Village of the Damned [1960]
W. The War Game [1965]
X. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes [1963]
Y. Yosei Gorasu [1962]
Z. Zardoz [1974]