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Thursday, June 01, 2006
  Red rain falling on flying cars
For me, the thing that sucks most about the Web is this: You pour forth your creative energies to put together some words, maybe with a few images or links, and then the power goes out and it's FLUSH! This just happened about two seconds ago, of course. The post I was going to put here (about such miscellany as The X-Files and the alleged extraterrestrial red rain in Kerala) was in the clipboard but not in an actual saved file, so that's that.

So now, without all my typical endless rambling, some random junk which may or may not have any connection to what I had hoped to put up. Okay, first there's


Was going with the not-so-original "Where's my flying car?" theme. The Fantasy versus the Reality. And we all know who won that fight. Flying cars - or roadable aircraft - have really been invented, by the way; they're just very expensive, poorly marketed, and only meant for that sliver of the population with plenty of wealth and licenses to fly planes. That's what happened to your flying car. Besides, did you really think Uncle Sam (or any of the world's other Big Brothers, for that matter) wanted the kids getting out of the prom after chugging, snorting and toking whatever's available, and then taking Dad's Skycar M400 for a joyride at 3:30 a.m. which lands them in an office on the 17th floor?

Likewise, whose vision of contact with extraterrestrial life was ever truly likely?

Kubrick's? Or Crichton's?

And I ask that as someone who is a major fan of Kubrick and could generally care less about Crichton. (Crichton really gets huge help in this particular case, however, from awesome director Robert Wise - you know, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Sound Of Music, West Side Story, The Haunting of Hill House (scariest movie I've ever seen); yeah, that Robert Wise. He's the one who made a statement out of Crichton's Andromeda Strain.) Do we get a Disney future...or what we saw in Blade Runner?

You want your flying cars? Okay, but in any future we're likely to see, only the cops will have them...

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