Monday, September 27, 2004
The most depraved type of being is that without purpose
Lots of neat stuff has come out and is coming out this week that I want to take a look at. The new Neal Stephenson book is out, and after being wowed by Cryptonomicon, I have religiously acquired the books in the books in the Baroque Cycle, but have to find a couple of quiet weekends to actually crack the books open. Likewise with Alastair Reynolds' SF Revelation Space trilogy. The first book was one of the best new hard SF books I've read in quite a while, but time being the most precious commodity of all the subsequent books are on hold until some quiet time is available (the Munsters' raven would probably have the best comeback for this one!) Very much looking forward to Smile on Tuesday, although the purist in me cringes at the thought of a redone Good Vibrations, and next week Jan Akkerman comes out with a live DVD. I was quite surprised and pleased to see that Akkerman was still around and up to getting this out, and I must admit to looking forward to seeing how Hocus Pocus is really played. I would imagine that there will unfortunately be precious little closeups of Jan playing the guitar in the same mode of most performance videos (most every filmed performance of Hendrix focuses on his facial expressions at precisely the moments you want to see what's going on the fretboard, but the reality intruding is that most videos and films are made for the profanum vulgus, and not for the Stratocaster wielders).
Once again, Little Green Footballs proves itself indispensable with an interesting pointer to an article that claims that the "De Gaulle option" is our best exit strategy from Iraq. Considering that said strategy resulted in several nearly successful attempts on la grande Zohra's worthless hide, and over the long term resulted in banlieues and voisinages that are no-go zones not only for the petit bourgeousie but the postal, fire and police departments as well, the author of said article must have a horrid sense of history and weltanschung. Needless to say there is considerable incentive for a lot of parties to insure a less-than-smooth sojourn for the coalition, not the least of which being certain European countries who could be considerably embarassed by whatever revelations of dealings with the former regime are being suppressed. These types have some inherent belief in French and German honor, something easily dispelled by a simple perusal of history books. Examining the course of France after a successful OAS operation against la gande Zohra might be an astonishing exercise in alternate history (and likely would have resulted in a France far more cognizant of the threat it created for itself by giving Ben Bella and his ilk their way, leading by example for other more notorious vermin such as Arafat who are pestering the lovers of freedom to this day)