The secret word is Whaaaat?
Saturday, February 28, 2009
The secret word is Whaaaat?
Friday, February 27, 2009
Two days ago, the subject of movie star Sheree Noth came up, (see last Wednesday’s comments) which, in turn, caused me to happen across this very odd still of Elvis slapping Sheree from the movie The Trouble With Girls. I’ve (mercifully) never seen The Trouble With Girls, so I don’t know the context, but when I saw the pic, I knew I was going to post it. It was such a bizarre (and also changed) punkoid artifact, and that’s the way the demon rolls. I also decided that Doc40 readers were big enough and blasé enough to handle it, but, before I pushed the button, I would agonize for a pointless period about that cultural correctness of so doing. Would this do harm? What fall-out would result if I ran and how I’d feel if I censored myself? In the end, the only answer was “fuck it” and click “post.”
The secret word is Conflict
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
“Strange globs seen on the landing strut of the Phoenix Mars lander could be the first proof that modern Mars hosts liquid water, a new paper reports. Images from the robotic craft show what appear to be liquid droplets growing, merging, and dripping on the lander's leg over the course of a Martian month. Phoenix landed near Mars's north pole last May, and several "self portraits" taken to assess the craft's health show material spattered on the legs. This substance is probably saline mud that splashed up as the craft landed, study leader and Phoenix co-investigator Nilton Renno of the University of Michigan told National Geographic News. Salt in the mud then absorbed water vapor from the atmosphere, forming the watery drops, Renno said. The water can stay liquid even in the frigid Martian arctic because it contains a high amount of perchlorates, a salt "with properties like the antifreeze used to melt snow here in Michigan," said Renno, who will present the work next month at the 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.” Click for more.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
In which Marilyn learns that motivating an Ent is easier said that done. The Dionysian High Command had decided in its drunken wisdom that the Ent in question was crucial to the assault on the Apollonian fortresses, but no one so much as knew it’s name, let alone how to enlist its aide, because the Ent in question hadn’t spoken in seventy-three years. Marilyn had been dispatched by her handlers to motivate the tree-creature with her goddess wiles, but she had her doubts. Pressing herself with total abandon against the rough, unyielding outer bark, she felt no response, and was at a loss to know if she and the Ent were in any way bio-compatible, even on the most basic and pedestrian level. Then, very slowly, something moved inside the Ent, and, rumbling low, from somewhere deep in its core, came what sounded like a creaking sigh. “Haaarooommm!”
(THE ADVENTURES OF MARILYN NOW HAS IT’S OWN PAGE SO THE WHOLE THING CAN BE READ WITHOUT SCROLLING. CLICK HERE)
Monday, February 23, 2009
When I saw this poster on “If Charlie Parker…” I had to reproduce it. I must have been about nine years old when I saw Destination Moon, with it’s George Pal special effects and Robert Heinlein story (and a cameo by Woody Woodpecker). It totally convinced me that I had to be an astronaut when I grew up. But did I achieve that goal? That’s a matter of perception. I’m fairly confident I advanced beyond the rank of Space Cadet.
The secret word is Ingnition
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Our pal Roldo sent over this amazing artifact. It’s a comic book created by Chris Welch, Chris Rowley, and me back around 1972. It was a luridly stoned precursor of The Road Warrior, and the premise was that an experimental psychotropic chemical weapon was accidently released which fried the human brain into horridly dysfunctional perma-trip mush. The only survivors were folk/freaks who’d had a previous psychedelic experience. (Yeah, we had fun back in the day.)
And by a weird synchronicity, I came into touch with Chris Welch yesterday while checking out Face Book. But I tell you about my Face Book adventures later. Right now I have much I want to write about and am summoning the energy (or maybe the entities) to do it.
The secret word is Crawling