“Welcome to Barrayar, son. Here you go: have a world of wealth and poverty, wrenching change and rooted history. Have a birth; have two. Have a name. Miles means “soldier,” but don’t let the power of suggestion overwhelm you. Have a twisted form in a society that loathes and fears the mutations that have been its deepest agony. Have a title, wealth, power, and all the hatred and envy they will draw. Have your body ripped apart and re-arranged. Inherit an array of friends and enemies you never made. Have a grandfather from hell. Endure pain, find joy, and make your own meaning, because the universe certainly isn’t going to supply it. Always be a moving target. Live. Live. Live.”—Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold (via an-animal-imagined-by-poe)
Now somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota There lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon And one day his woman ran off with another guy Hit young Rocky in the eye Rocky didn’t like that He said I’m gonna get that boy So one day he walked into town Booked himself a room in the local saloon
Rocky Raccoon checked into his room Only to find Gideon’s Bible
Trivia: The Marvel character Rocket Raccoon was consciously inspired by this song. (wikipedia). In the story untitled “In the black holes of Sirius Major III there lived a young boy name of Rocket Raccoon!” (Incredible Hulk #271, 1976, second apparition of Rocket) a villainous mole stole Rocket’s Gideon’s Bible and kidnapped his girlfriend MagilLylla.
This is a good summer for entertaining sci-fi movies. James Gunn is an interesting director who made dark comedies (Slither, Super). I’m curious to see what he can do as the director of a big budget mainstream film. I’m not entirely convinced by the trailer of Guardians but the reviews are promising. I can’t hardly resist a film with spaceships, a walking tree and a talking raccoon. Not presented in my town this week, so I will have to wait.
And you, are you going to see it, have you seen it?
I went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yesterday. (Thanks for your opinions.) This is very good. More spectacular than Rise, so this is fun to see it on big screen. Nice settings, a lot of apes and they are impressive CGI characters. And this is more thoughtful than the usual blockbusters.
The Russian Foton M4 space capsule carrying a package of biological and materials research specimens, including geckos and plant seeds, has stopped responding to commands from Earth, the Russian space agency announced Thursday (July 24). Researchers planned to monitor the effects of microgravity on the adult geckos, including their sexual behavior and embryonic development