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by markabaddon
Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 213151

Re: Whatcha reading?

While I love Unca Harlan, sometimes his tastes do not always match mine. Tried Kersh a couple of years ago and was not all that enamored. Liekd The Seven Who Fled by Prokosh but was not blown away by it. Different strokes, I guess
by markabaddon
Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 213151

Re: Whatcha reading?

Red Into Thin Air a long time ago. Into the Wild is a more personal story for him as he clearly identifies with aspects of what McCandless did (as do I)

The mother was a very sympathetic character, but I thought the Dad was a complete a-hole. I will not say more as it might spoil sections of the book
by markabaddon
Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 576980

Re: SCIENCE VS RELIGION

Some echoes at the end of Childhood's End perhaps, but I think teh edning of 2001 is broad enough that any number of philosophies could be applied to

We are in agreement on de Chardin and the Piltdown Man. He wanted to believe in it and ignored evidence to the contrrary.
by markabaddon
Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 576980

Re: SCIENCE VS RELIGION

I think there is room for debate in how much deChardin was actually involved in the Piltdown hoax, but yes that is a bit of a strike against him. His concept of a noosphere and an evolving world mind is one I find fascinating, and worthy of greater exposure. Not sure I necessarily believe in it, but...
by markabaddon
Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 576980

Re: SCIENCE VS RELIGION

Mark, I am just placing a toe into this thread based on an off-line discussion Lori & I had.

Your comments remind me stongly of the works of Teilhard de Chardin, are you familar with this philosopher?
by markabaddon
Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 213151

Re: Whatcha reading?

Just finished Into The Wild by Jack Krakauer. This was a tough read not because it was poorly writte, in fact it was excellent, but the subject matter was difficult. I had to put it down twice while on the bus as I staretd tearing up. The story of this, by all acoounts, really good kid who was just ...
by markabaddon
Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1314432

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Ez, IF Beck is insane? The question should not be is this guy insane, but rather how large of a meltdown will he have publicly? I repeat an earlier assertion, the Tea Party will split from the Republicans by 2014, 2016 at the latest. You cannot tell me that Dick Luger or Olympia Snowe have anything ...
by markabaddon
Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 218996

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

While I have not seen the renmastered versions of the original Star Trek, but have seen both the original and Director's cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and much prefer the latter, as Wise's version just felt like a much more thoughtful film, with far better pacing. Been a long time since I sa...
by markabaddon
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1314432

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Lori has the situation assessed correctly. Again, my friend is not, and has never been anti-semitic towards me. In fact, he has been extremely supportive during times when I really needed him. The problem arises when he defends the use of a phrase that was created to incite violence against my peopl...
by markabaddon
Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1314432

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Mr. Evil, I only go on Facebook maybe once a week, so I have no diea if it was posted there or if Barber deliberately left it off his info (as an aside are we connected on Facebook?) As for my friend, there ain't no easy answers. He has been a great friend to me and to follow up on Steve Perry's poi...
by markabaddon
Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1314432

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Here is some more details on the exchange with my Neo Con friend that I described in the Pav: We danced around the subject at first, then I finally asked what his purpose was in sending that email. He said that I stated that the ADL would be the authority on blood libel and they said it could be use...
by markabaddon
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1314432

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Mr. Evil, I could not agree more about a score helping a film (or TV show). Funny coincidence, when we were watching Galactica last night, I mentioned to Karen how the music, espeically that drum beat , really helped to heighten the tension in critical scenes. I do not think musical directors get ne...
by markabaddon
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 213151

Re: Whatcha reading?

A few months ago Lori and I talked about the first volume of the graphic novel Preacher; I picked up a copy this past weekend and was...underwhelmed. I went in expecting to like it, if not love it, and the story just did not resonate with me. The idea of Genesis itself seemed a bit like a storyline ...
by markabaddon
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Webderlanders
Topic: Peluquero Redux
Replies: 621
Views: 118040

Re: Peluquero Redux

Steve,

You got one helluva Dad (but I suspect you already knew that)

Mark
by markabaddon
Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1314432

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Ez & Michael, A few years ago I had a chance to hang out at a local Con here and Harry Knowles was the Guest of Honor. I spent a lot of time hanging out in Harry's room, and he grew to like me. At that time he was executive producer on a John Carter of Mars film that was in pre-production and he...

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