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Salt Monster = starTreking

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Bones & Salt Creature

Star Trek came on unceremoniously 40 years ago today with a love story between a doctor and what turned out to be a salt-seeking creature disguised as a former lover.  I was immediately hooked.  I didn’t even realize that Kirk was the main character – Bones had the lead role that episode.  With the remake of TOS with modern special effects, Christie’s auction of ST artifacts (ironically Bones used what in reality was a salt shaker as his diagnostic tool), a Star Trek XI movie in the works, and lots of fan-made productions (like New Voyages), I just want to say where can I get one of those time portals and get my 40 years refunded?  Happy 40th!

Bush in Budapest = 4 months early

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Oly távol, messze van hazám…
Csak még egyszer láthatnám.

Flag over Danube  Bush and President Solyom  October 23, 1956  Bush & troops  letters

President Bush visited Budapest today to commemorate the the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising.  He is 4 months early (history lesson from the book Anarchy, A Graphic Guide). 

It was October 23rd when the revolt began with demonstrations.  It was November 1st when Kádár János betrayed Hungary by “inviting” Soviet troops to assist putting down the revolution.  I remember my parents waking me in the  middle of the night to look out the window of our main street apartment to see a long line of those tanks entering Hungary – each with exactly one soldier seated on top carrying a flaming torch.  It wasn’t until my birthday on December 5th that we stepped outside our apartment for the last time and became refugees.  By mid-December the borders were effectively closed.  Over 200,000 Hungarians had fled their country of birth.

 The “Daily Dish of Cosmopolitan Budapest,” Pesticide said this about Bush’s visit:

Snow’s statement that Bush’s trip “about visiting the Hungarian government and paying homage to what they went through 50 years ago” seems just a little odd, given that the current government is pretty much the same party that fought against the heroic ’56ers. Not that this should really matter, given that it’s all about a “tone poem,” whatever the f*** that might be.

They also said this about protesting (Bush, not Voldemort!):

Go to the main protest against you-know-who, which will be starting at 16:00 on Szabadság tér (Freedom Square), conveniently right in front of the American Embassy. While we can hardly fault anyone for showing up to let off some steam at Uncle Sam, do make sure to note the big, ugly-ass Soviet monument while you are there, and remember that if it wasn’t for the occasionally boorish Yanks, you’d all be speaking Russian. Or, even worse, Hungarian.

Now go see the dokumentumfilm OLY TÁVOL, MESSZE VAN HAZÁM (in Hungarian). Or better, visit Budapest and use Bob Dent’s book Budapest 1956: Locations of Drama as your guide.

SciFi Quiz = Serenity

Thursday, April 20th, 2006
You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don’t enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.        

Serenity (Firefly)
Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)
Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)
Moya (Farscape)
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)
Enterprise D (Star Trek)
Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)
Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)
SG-1 (Stargate)
Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)
Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)
FBI’s X-Files Division (The X-Files)

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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I don’t seem to fit with any crew very highly.  Guess I need my own craft & crew.

Flying Toaster SS Crew