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Like many other SF geeks, I perked up on hearing that a Discworld City Watch television series is being developed (CSI: Ankh-Morpork, as everyone has it). So here's a delightful related video of a pitch meeting between Sir Terry and various television creative people:
Video under the cut ... )
Share and enjoy!

[Also: Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. One trusts he is being rhetorical, as is his wont.]

[Also also: Diane Duane's advice for ridding oneself of a creeper who declares, "I like you!" and proceeds to follow you on your shopping expedition: "Just stop and draw him a picture of the big-fanged man-eating ghost eggplant you see plastered to his back."]

[Also cubed: "I'm sorry, but we can't send a search-and-rescue team into Plato's cave."]
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[livejournal.com profile] kanja177, who volunteers at a local elementary school, told me that when she showed up to tutor her second-graders on Tuesday, they were all dolled up in suits and party dresses. When she asked what the occasion was, she was informed that they were going to watch the inauguration on television ... and then hold their very own inaugural ball.

To which I can only say, "Awwww!"
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So, like a lot of other people, I'm watching the U.S. inaugural festivities -- in my case, streamed live over the Internet by C-SPAN, whose point-the-camera-at-the-event-and-let-it-run style I enjoy. You get to see and hear more interesting stuff that way. For instance, I'm not sure whose idea it was to include "The Liberty Bell March" among the Sousa tunes being broadcast over the Mall around 8:30 EST when I tuned in, but it amused me greatly to have my inaugural coverage begin with the theme from Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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When I arrived at my polling place at the firehouse about ten minutes before it opened, the line already reached from the door up the steps, past the flags and the memorial garden, and over into the parking lot, snaking down along the line of parked cars on the east side. Read more... )

Further bulletins as events warrant!
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
Dear Candidate for Local Political Office:

      I admire your advocacy of fiscal discipline. I support sensible budgeting and despise pork-barrel projects as much as the next man (as long as the next man isn't, say, John C. Calhoun or Ted Stevens). But I couldn't help but notice that, of your three examples of wasteful government spending, the first two were arts-related and the third cultural. Were I a voter in your district, you would have lost my support then and there. As it is, I would like to suggest that you put your budget-cutting shears down very slowly and step away from the poetry, the art museum, and the harvest festival. I have extensive training in rhetoric as well as a blog and I'm not afraid to use either of them.

      Now, if I could just direct your attention to the public funding for that municipal sports stadium? The one to be used by the well-heeled professional franchise?

Yours very sincerely,
nebroadwe
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
Some four years and two months ago, the institution or establishment, charged with the care of a collection of books, and the duty of rendering the books accessible to those who require to use them (thank you, Mr. Murray) was compelled by events to require my colleagues and I to memorize the phrase:
As a matter of Library policy all requests for patron information must be directed to the Library’s Director or his/her designees who will confer with the Office of General Counsel.
for regurgitation under the appropriate circumstances. Not long thereafter I heard my chosen profession, only half-jokingly, denounced from a local pulpit as part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to prevent religious knowledge from being treated with the same intellectual seriousness as other forms thereof. (I'll tell you, though, over the past month, as I struggled to provide proper cataloging -- and therefore proper public access -- to obscure seventeenth-century Anglican controversial tract after obscure seventeenth-century Anglican controversial tract, there were times when I knew myself ripe for recruitment by such a conspiracy, did it exist. In the meantime, I'd love to have the incumbent of said pulpit drop by and help me out, after I took him upstairs and showed him the half-a-block of floor space devoted to Library of Congress call numbers BL1 through BX9999, not to mention all the related stuff in D and H and P.) Things like this add up after a while, which is why I need me one of these, to go along with my "Don't make me use my Librarian Voice" T-shirt. I'm just sayin' ... or not sayin', as the case may be.

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