Saturday, December 11, 2004

Starting off, pt. II

Okay, that was a test. Seeing that it works, we can move on.

Yes, apparently vegan raves exist. This was novel and disturbing to me. Because extasy is fine, but milk, well that shit will kill you!

In any case, this is the blog. The main point of this blog will be so I can stop emailing people every weird tidbit that passes in front of my eyes, while still making myself feel like I'm passing on every weird tidbit that passes in front of my eyes. The funny thing is, despite all the other things that have gone on this year, and in the last months especially, the thing that finally convinced me to start a blog was this story.

In case you don't click through, the article refers to the upcoming movie version of the His Dark Materials books by Phillip Pullman, which are fantastic pieces of writing that everyone with a pulse should read. So of course, the films will be awful. According to the story, the screenwriter has been convinced to remove any and all references to God from the story.

For those of you who haven't read the books, this is like trying to retell Casablanca without Nazis, Star Wars without Darth Vader, or Lethal Weapon 2 without apartheid-era South Africans. (Personality test: Which of those movies is most familiar to you?) As the article says, since the election of Dubya down south, "You have to realize that it is a challenge in the climate of Bush's America." I guess that figures.

As for the name of the blog, I wanted something that would a) be available, and b) SCREAM nerd. Mission Accomplished, I suppose. The word "Dymaxion" was coined by Buckminster Fuller, and I like to reference him whenever I can. On top of that, with all the horrible things going on in the world, I like to remind myself that there is always room for optimism, and Bucky was one of the most hopelessly optimistic people I can think of. He thought that the generation that grew up during the Apollo Program would essentially save the world.

I'm looking at you, mom, dad.

Well, I'm off to bed. This may or may not be a regular activity for me, and it may simply die a short death, depending on how well it works out. But I thought I'd give it a try.