Misc. Friday Ramblings...

"No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by the force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power governments, and tyrants, and armies can not stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free." - G'Kar
  • The Long, Twilight Struggle is over.

    Just over a year ago, Andreas Katsulas -- who loved smoking with a passion that cannot be described -- was diagnosed with lung cancer, which by then had already spread to other areas. He quit smoking at once and went on a healthy diet and vitamin program, but there was little hope of a good resolution even though the new regimen was very good for him. When we spoke about it, he laughed, and said, "Now that I'm dying I've never felt better!"

    His spirits were always up and positive, putting everyone at ease about his condition, because...well, that's the kind of person he was.

    A couple of months ago, he and his wife convened a dinner with me, Doug, and Peter Jurasik, which was filled with laughter and stories and good food. He wanted to know all the stories we never told him because, as he said, "Who am I going to tell?" So we did. Because we knew we were saying goodbye, and there would not be a second chance.

    Last night, in the company of his wife and family, Andreas closed his eyes and went away.

    He lived an amazing life...full of travel and wonder and good work...was part of the world renowned Peter Brook company...he saw the planet, loved and was loved, ate at great restaurants, smoked too many cigarettes...he lived a life some people would die for.

    And, sadly, due to the last part of that equation...he did.

    Memorial arrangements are still being worked out, but will doubtless be private.

    Andreas is gone...and G'Kar with him, because no one else can ever play that role, or ever will.

    I will miss him terribly.

    J. Michael Straczynski
    So say we all.

  • It's Photoshop Phriday!
    You got your kid's cartoons mixed up in my movies.

  • The Olympics are this week.
    Are you watching? Didn't think so. Except for my wife watching skating. blah.

  • Spoofing 24 Airplane! style.
    "There was one scene where I was scaling the wall of the Chinese embassy and the dart gun in my holster fell out in the dark and went off and shot me in the a** halfway up the wall."
    Surely, you can't be serious. I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.

  • Fair and balanced reporting.


  • RIAA to CD and iPod owners: Eat This!
    Usenet to RIAA: You missed me bitch!

  • No monument for Boyington at UW.
    Col. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington was a disturbed young aeronautical engineering student who gave up a promising career marching the Boeing picket lines to shoot down 26 Japanese sightseeing planes over the Pacific, killing everyone on board and traumatizing a plethora of innocent marine life when the crippled aircraft hit the water. It was a matter of great embarrassment to the University at the time, and remains so to this day. Yet Boyington was not only decorated by the U.S. government for his brutal acts of aggression, his three-year reign of terror was also immortalized in the offensively titled TV series, Baa Baa Black Sheep. Boyington never served a day in prison, nor did he ever write a children’s book redeeming himself for his crimes. Instead, he made millions hawking Eveready batteries and writing recruitment propaganda for the military-industrial complex, inspiring future generations of innocent children to follow in his bloody footsteps.

    “I don’t believe a member of the Marine Corps is an example of the sort of person UW wants to produce,” said student senator Jill Edwards.

    “We don’t need to honor any more rich white males,” Ashley Miller agreed.
    Ah, the future of this country's politics is so bright.

  • Congress gets Hustler magazine.
    While aptly named for Congress, the content only applies to a select few.

  • Sonic teenager repellent.
    Methinks CDs from John Denver or Captain and Taneal would do the same.

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