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Gilgamesh the Musical

One of my favorite tales from antiquity is the Epic of Gilgamesh (http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/), not least because it includes part of the saga of the goddess Inanna who became Ishtar who becomes the model for so many goddesses and saints after Her. I’ve long had a fascination for this versatile, powerful, and oft-misunderstood and misrepresented deity.…

Baby Baby Baby

Make the Girl Dance . . . Baby Baby Baby . . . because sometimes you just have to rip your clothes off and walk down the street . . . Yes, it’s a bit on the oldish side now but . . . nekkid ladies walking down the street never really gets too old,…

Chimp Sign Language in the Wild much more Complicated than previously Thought

It’s pretty much always been assumed that chimpanzee sign language in the wild is much less sophisticated than recent research has shown. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9475000/9475408.stm for a fascinating tale of how our perceptions of our closest relatives are being changed. One interesting point from the research is that a number of the signs used by chimpanzees…

Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis

Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis is directed by Skot Bright and written by Damon Lindelof (Lost). The film stars Chris Hemsworth, George Segal, Lainie Kazan, Norman Reedus, Rachel Nichols, Samm Levine, and Zach Mills and is an off-the-wall comedy set around the dinner table. What at first glance seems like an awkward ‘meet the parents’…

Space Pirate Cobra!

Buichi Terasawa is my absolutely favorite manga and anime artist and his Space Pirate Cobra is my second-favorite title (my favorite would have to be Takeru) so color me happy-camper when the international issue of Variety features some preview art for Alexandre Aja‘s upcoming live-action adaptation of what they are titling Space Pirate Cobra! Sure,…

Tornado Trials and Triumphs

Honestly, my first reaction on hearing of the recent spate of massive tornadoes ripping through the United States was a racing heart and sympathetic fear for all the good folks who have lost so very much and sorrow for those who have died. I grew up in Kansas and while I may not be there…

Goodbye, Sarah Jane – Thank You, Elisabeth

Elizabeth Sladen, perhaps best known for her portrayal of longtime Doctor Who companion Sarah Jane Smith, has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 63. See http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2011/04/20/People-in-the-news/UPI-74071303286400/ and other news sources for more. She was my favorite of the various Doctor Who companions and we were delighted whenever she made an appearance…

Western Girls Raped and Murdered in Japan

Every year, thousands of Western girls head for Tokyo, where they’re easy prey for rich Japanese men. Killers like cannibal Issei Sagawa or Joji Obara target mainly foreigners. PART ONE One danger of the video series is the portrayal of someone like Issei Sagawa as typical, he most certainly is not. However, Joji Obara’s serial…

Katie Goodman Didn’t F*ck It Up

Katie Goodman is a musician and a comic and a member of the folks at Broad Comedy and evidently someone who is concerned with fucking things up and fucking remembering and a whole lot more. Her songs are quirky and fun and a bit on the not-safe-for-polite-company-side which makes them all the more delightful. I…

When Children Join the Dark Side

Okay, this video is funny and perhaps a bit beyond funny . . . obviously young Sariah Gellego’s parents have schooled her in the way of the Jedi and more. From the video description on youtube: The Gallego family take a trip to Disneyland and Sariah and Alex are chosen to join Jedi Academy!!!! Sariah…