Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas! Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 22, 2006

Blogger Out of Beta

Blogger has emerged from there Beta test.

I'm not sure how this will effect my blog. During beta, Blogger ate a couple of my templates - So, I'm a little apprehensive how the new Blogger will work.

The new features are described in a PC Magazine article, Blogger Leaves Beta.

If my blog disappears, you"ll know why.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hope Posted by Picasa

If we lose our way, remember

The New Colossus
by Emma Lararus
(On a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Great Pacific War Cover Posted by Picasa

The Power of The Novel: Hector Bywater and Pearl Harbor

It amazes me the power and influence of fiction - the novel.

Hector Bywater's 1925 novel The Great Pacific War predicted the sneak attack by Japan that would commence a war between the US and Japan. It also accurately predicted many details of the war that would occur.

Though flawed in some of the details, it was immediately translated into Japanese and reportly had a significant influence on the man who would become the supreme commander of Japanese forces in the Pacific and planner of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Fleet Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto.

An excellent account of the details is reported in an article at www.amercianheritage.com .

It is interesting in a time when truth is becoming hard to find, fiction is becoming more truthful than reported news, memoirs, and media that purports veracity.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Do novels need Bibliographies?

Norman Mailer's new novel "The Castle in the Forest," includes a list of 126 authors and titles that enriched the book.

Michael Crichton's new novel, "Next," contains a seven-page bibliography listing 36 books that Crichton read while researching the book, along with citations for 12 articles published in newspapers or other publications and 12 Internet sources.

As reported in the International Herald Tribune article "Literature: Do novels really need bibliographies?", this seems to be the trend.

In todays litigious society, is this really necessary?

It seems fiction will likely be more true then memoirs, go figure...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Plan per Robin Williams

Robin Williams, wearing a shirt that says "I love New York " in Arabic.

Robin Williams' plan...

"I see a lot of people yelling for peace but I have not heard of a plan for Peace. So, here's one plan."

"The US will apologize to the world for our "interference" in their affairs, Past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Tojo, Noriega, Milosevic, Hussein, and the rest of those "good ole boys", we will never "interfere" again.

"We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany , South Korea , the Middle East, and the Philippines. They don't want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence."

"All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave, we'll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of whom or where they are. They're illegal!!! France will welcome them."

"All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in. If you don't like it there, change it yourself and don't hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone. We don't need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers."

"No foreign "students" over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don't attend classes, they get a "D" and it's back home baby."

"The US will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise. This will include developing nonpolluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while."

"Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don't like it, we'll go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)"

"If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not "interfere." They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of us know that what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if anything."

"Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don't need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens."

"All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us "Ugly Americans" any longer."

"The Language we speak is ENGLISH...learn it...or LEAVE..."

"Now, isn't that a winner of a plan? The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying "Give me your tired, your poor, our huddled masses. She's got a baseball bat and she's yelling, 'you want a piece of me?' "

Monday, December 04, 2006

Iraq study Group Posted by Picasa