Oh man, I have heard of Turkish Star Wars but I haven’t seen it until now. IFILM has a few clips of it and I have to say it doesn’t disappoint. The movie isn’t really a remake of Star Wars but uses a lot of footage from it. It also has music from Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars and for some reason Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Hey at that point why not throw in the music from Jaws too.) How bad is the movie? Think of a less-talented Ed Wood directing it.
A good debate going on at the Starbucks Gossip blog about whether or not you should tip while ordering your drink. For the record, I would place Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts in the same category as fast food. Last time I checked, nobody was tipping the person behind the counter of Burger King so why is Starbucks different?
This was on Slashdot this morning and is quite good. It is a massive review of the new Star Wars dvds that just came out. Well worth a read if you are a Star Wars fan. I especially liked the section labeled Why Darth Vader Is The Hands-Down Most Fearsome Movie Villain of All Time:
He can wear a cape and still inspire fear and dread.
He can alter a deal multiple times on Billy Dee Williams.
He’ll slice off his son’s right arm, throw appliances at him, then watch him plummet down a giant hole, all while undiplomatically breaking some big family news.
The guy will leap into a TIE fighter himself and enter the heat of interstellar battle, flanked by only a couple of pilots, who, as the records show, have an excellent chance of flying into each other.
From 1960 to 2000, this site has video, pictures, headlines and other resources for each televised debate.
If you go to any review on Amazon.com, you almost always find a good mix of people from those who hated a particular novel to those who love it. Do authors take any of these negative reviews from readers to heart? If you are Anne Rice you do. She had a few things (more like an essay) to say about the negative reviews that customers were giving her novel Blood Canticle.(The Vampire Chronicles) Her statement is at the bottom of this page (but I don’t know how long the link will last) labeled Anne Obrien Rice. If you can’t find it there try here.
Is it common for an author, especially one as prolific as Anne Rice, to answer bad reviews on Amazon?
One thing I have to say is this is the most riveting thing I have read from her since Interview With A Vampire. Oh, and she gave her book 5 stars. HA!
This is one of the most original ideas for a blog I have come across. The tagline is Important Events in History That Never Occurred Today. He takes a something historical and adds a small twist.
Here are some of the entries for September 26, 2004:
in 1960, Comrade President Joel Rosenberg and Socialist candidate Lyndon Johnson of Texas engage in the first televised presidential debate. Johnson appeared distinctly uncomfortable with the cameras, where the Comrade President, who had been in front of cameras for years, appeared very relaxed. On substance, they were evenly matched, but on appearance, Comrade Rosenberg scored an easy win, just as when he carried the polls in November.
in 1774, Jonathan Chapman, known by the popular name Johnny Appleseed, was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. Even as a young man, Chapman had a love for growing things, and this served him in good stead when he was made the longest-serving Minister of Agriculture for the North American Confederation. He served from 1811-1836.
This is impressive. Stupid, but impressive.