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Dc Stewart

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since Jun 20, 2019
Retired gubmint scientist, devoting my Golden Years to coaxing 10 acres of forest into a haven for permaculture and Druidic lurking.
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Recent posts by Dc Stewart

"You just have to give guys a chance. Sometimes you meet a guy and think he's a pig, but then later on you realize he actually has a really good body."
-Leela, Futurama
4 hours ago
Tom Lehrer on the people who make you realize how little you've accomplished:

"It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age he had been dead for two years."
1 day ago
A biker tear-jerker, guaranteed to get the eyes watering by the final chorus:

David Wilcox "Eye of the Hurricane"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePsD5t1vg_Y

"She wants to run away, but there's nowhere she can go,
Nowhere the pain won't come again.
But she can hide, hide in the pouring rain,
She rides the eye of the hurricane."
1 day ago
You needn't be well to be wealthy, but you've got to be whole to be holy.
-Emerson, Lake and Palmer
1 day ago
"Crush your enemies! See them driven before you and hear the lamentation of the women!"
Conan The Barbarian, summarizing the greatest joy in life
2 days ago
From the universe song in Monty Python's Meaning of Life:

So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure,
how amazingly unlikely is your birth,
and pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
'cause there's bugger-all down here on earth.
3 days ago
Do not argue the difficulties. The difficulties will argue for themselves.
-Winston Churchill (on the impossibility of constructing a prefabricated artificial harbor for the Normandy invasion)
4 days ago
To a small dog, a human is a wall with nose hairs at the top.
-Terry Pratchett

And with apologies to any residents of the Cornhusker state...

English Bob : Well, actually, what I heard was that you fell off your horse, drunk of course, and that you broke your bloody neck.
Little Bill Daggett : I heard that one myself, Bob. Hell, I even thought I was dead 'til I found out it was just that I was in Nebraska.
-Unforgiven
6 days ago

I saw a miniseries version on Canada's Space: The Imagination Station, long before it was bought out by Corus. It was an early-aughts-era made-for-TV miniseries, but I thought it was fantastic.



This must be the John Harrison "Frank Herbert's Dune" miniseries made in 2000, followed by a "Children of Dune" miniseries in 2003. My wife and I are watching these right now -- no special coincidence, we're just working through our DVD collection in alphabetical order and it was next on the list.

The miniseries is indeed good. Harrison makes an admirable effort to closely follow the story, Ian McNeice pulls off a suitably creepy Baron Harkonnen and the special effects (although outdated by today's standards) are quite good for the time.

If you're a Patrick Stewart fan like we are, you can go back to the great 1970's BBC miniseries of the "I Claudius" novels and see a much younger Picard sporting curly golden locks as the Sejanus character.
1 week ago
Definitely some possibilities there. I hope it's better than the gawdawful 1984 attempt. My brother and I went to see it with high hopes on the day it hit the theaters. Within the first five minutes we looked at each other and said "we've been had".

National Lampoon has a great spoof novel, "Doon". In it, the Litany Against Fear becomes the Litany Against Fun:

"I must not have fun. Fun is the time-killer. Fun is for children, customers and the help. I will forget fun. I will take a pass on it. And while it is going, I will turn a blind eye to it. When fun is gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain -- I and my will to win. Damn, I'm good!"
1 week ago