Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Keyhoe's seminal book now in public domain!

Donald Keyhoe's book "The Flying Saucers are Real" is available from Project Gutenberg!!
(Click title to read book)

Anyone who professes an interest in UFOs either has read or MUST read this book. Keyhoe's deadpan...so much like his later incarnation Fox Mulder...lends his narrative the spare, gravitas-laden air of Joe Friday, while still maintaining a sense of wonder.

This is the book that more than any other encapsulated the themes we still debate today.

It is as relevant today as it was in the 50s.

Go. Look. Read!! :)

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[Photo courtesy of HallRichard.com]

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Katrina...and the waves...!

Hurricane Katrina rocked southern Florida, and prepares to rock Louisiana early Monday.
(Click title for current NOAA IR satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico)

Upgraded to a category 4 storm this morning, it is expected to attain category 5 prior to landfall.

If this storm continues its present course, it could mean a very grave situation for New Orleans. With the storm pushing 20-50 foot waves ahead of it, and with the heavy amounts of rain associated with this storm, New Orleans could be irreparably swamped. Remember that New Orleans is below sea level and has gargantuan pumps which keep the city from flooding. A failure of these pumps...or their being overwhelmed...would produce a huge environmental disaster in addition to destruction of property and potential loss of life.

Say a prayer for those in the path of the storm.

Note my house on the map...[gulp] :)

[via NOAA-GOES web site]

Chekov Checks in...again!!

A fan series...Star Trek: The New Voyages...has secured Walter Koenig to reprise his role as Ensign Pavel Chekov in an upcoming episode.
(Click title to visit site)

In addition to Koenig, the script was penned by none other than worshipped Trek scriptwriter D.C. Fontana!

Koenig's youthful yet no-nonsense portrayal of Chekov tangibly helped to break down ethnic and cultural barriers as "detente" was getting underway. Roddenberry's goal of creating an "integrated" cast was achieved with remarkable vigor, and Walter Koenig deserves a large share of credit.

He also became somewhat of a sex symbol. :)

Ahead warp factor one, Mister Chekov!

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