Friday, March 27, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

i Learn iMovie

Last Friday America's most offensive church came to Harvard and had a little demonstration near the law school. I decided to take this opportunity to learn iMovie.

Monday, March 16, 2009

My First HDR Photo

Yes, this is my Photographic interpretation of JC's work area.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday the 13th Squared

Today is the 2nd Friday the 13th of 2009. What does that mean? Are we in for a double whammy of bad luck? That could be, however, once we get to the bottom of the Wheel of Fortune, things can only get better. I think Lady Luck will be delivering some goodies soon.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Invaders (in Color), cont.

OK, last night I watched the episode "Summit Meeting" in which a couple of the aliens had tiny flashing walkie-talkie-like devices. So they weren't entirely dependent on Bell.

Friday, March 06, 2009

At Last I'm on WorldCat!

I know it isn't very sharp. Here's the HOLLIS record. You can read my thesis on my wiki, if you've a taste for Leviticus and Jungian psychology.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Revisitng a Classic

Do you remember The Invaders (in color) from 1967-8? Architect David Vincent witnesses a flying saucer landing and, learning that its occupants plan to rule the world, spends 2 seasons trying to convince other Earthlings that the invasion has begun. I have been watching episodes from the 2nd season, wherein a few people have been convinced, but there is still so much more to be done.

It's great to watch shows you haven't seen for 40 years and realize how many inconsistencies you missed the first time. For instance, how does architect David Vincent support himself while he drives around the country checking out flying saucer reports? He always has nice suits and new cars. Does he do quickie designs between his investigations? Perhaps this is why the narrator always say "Architect David Vincent"; to imply that he does something else between episodes.

The aliens's talents and powers are strangely limited. They travel between galaxies, they can take human form (for 3 days, after which they need regeneration, they have little palm-held devices that kill humans by cerebral hemorrhage, but when they need to get in touch with one another, they have to use the telephone. One poor alien is overheard calling for help from his (its?) superiors on a pay phone.

They also make bad choices: they aim to make the Earth their own, but they can't breath oxygen. What to do? They'll try to alter their own chemistry, and if that doesn't work, they'll suck all the oxygen out of the atmosphere. Wouldn't it be easier to find a planet with a suitable atmosphere? I mean, these people hop from galaxy to galaxy. You can't tell me that there aren't planets better suited. They remind me of some human organizations that insist on doing things in the most wasteful way possible.