April 16th, 2009

alien spotlight

another review of Alien Spotlight: Klingons

Stephen Schleicher at Major Spoilers has written a very nice review of Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Klingons, giving it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Money quote:
This story of the Klingons shows what honor means to them, and thus is passed on to the reader. It wasn’t until the end of the issue, when Kang’s plan is finally revealed that the flashback stories suddenly make sense. It really is a great story and one that had me glued to the page.
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This is an icon meme. Some people do this by having people comment and then I would pick six of their icons and then the person would have to explain them.

I'm not going to do that because I'm lazy, but I will reply to deza's request for an explanation of six of mine.

This is an image of my tomato press (well, okay, not my tomato press, but the same model). A tomato press is a wonderful wonderful thing, as it allows one to easily make tomato sauce straight from plum tomatoes themselves. It results in the best tomato sauce in the world, to wit, mine. (No, I'm not at all modest, why do you ask?) I use this icon whenever I talk about cooking or food.

A picture of me playing bongos with the Boogie Knights, taken (and caption added by) thehey at Shore Leave (or maybe Farpoint, I forget). It's a fun picture of me doing my percussional thang, and I use it sometimes when discussing music and/or the Knights.

The logo for the Kenshikai Karate-Do Association, the discipline of karate that I study. The logo is simply the kanji characters that spell "kenshikai." The term literally translates to "association of wise people" (ken=wise, shi=person or people, kai=association or gathered in a common purpose). I use this when discussing my karate.

The one... the only... Groucho Marx has always been one of my heroes, and one of my favorite comedians. (Duck Soup remains the funniest movie ever, to my mind.) This illustration of him by the equally legendary Al Hirschfeld is what I use for funny stuff.

Beware THE FACE OF BOB! My good friend Bob Greenberger had to miss several conventions he usually attended in 2008 due to his son Robbie's illness -- leukemia, from which he eventually died, tragically at the age of 20. The folks at Conventional Magic -- who do the tech work for many Baltimore-area conventions -- took Bob's bio photo from one of the previous program books, mounted it on foam core, and attached a stick to it. We may not have had Bob, but we had THE FACE OF BOB! Glenn Hauman got good use out of it while substituting for Bob both during movie previews and during Mystery Trekkie Theatre 3000. I have no idea where THE FACE OF BOB! wound up....

Over the years, MANY people have noted my resemblance to a Muppet in general and to Fozzie Bear in particular. ("Wokka wokka!!!") louiseroho, in her infinite silliness, made an animated GIF of me morphing into Fozzie. (She made another one that was even cooler, but it was too big for LJ's britches, sadly.)
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    "St. James Infirmary" by Dave Van Ronk

Schott's Miscellany 15 April 2009

Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, opened his first drive-in restaurant in Illinois (1955)


By law, British MPs and Peers must swear an oath (or make an affirmation) of allegiance before they can take their seat in Parliament, enter the Chamber, participate in proceedings, or table motions or questions. The current Parliamentary Oath is:

I ________ (swear by Almighty God) or (do swear) or (do solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.

The oath must be sworn by MPs and Peers at each new Parliament, and on the accession of a new monarch. Furthermore, the oath must be said in English, though MPs have been allowed to recite Gaelic and Welsh versions in addition.

Tempt not the stars, young man, thou canst not play with the severity of fate.
John Ford (c.1586-c.1640)
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    "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane