Sunday, July 20, 2014

R.I.P. James Garner, w/personal trivia & update..

This blog is in mourning over the passing of Jim Garner, whose fans all know was a fellow Okie.  That's not the close-to-home bit for me, though.

I've watched the tributes this evening over national broadcast entities and they all cited his best known works alright. They all overlooked Hallmark's "Decoration Day", though, and that's the one that's special to me.  Why? Because of his co-star, that's why. We went to the same high school and that's the person I knew personally. I still have the yearbook where she did high school theater in the form of "The Admirable Chrichton", co-starring H. E. Baccus.

She bills herself as Judith Ivey, but to those of us of same/similar high school graduating class, she's still Judy.  When I find the yearbook and scan the pics, I'll post 'em.


Beth Gentry and Judy Ivey from a group photo in which H. E. Baccus also appears...

H. E. Baccus. Ivey and Baccus both appeared in...

That's Judy in the top photo aiming that bow.
In the frame on the right, guess who was spoofing Goldie Hawn....

Yeah, not me--I was a whole lot better in the audience, and a whole lot more into Isaac Asimov.

Yup, I was into Isaac Asimov at the time, a nascent time traveler even back then; Doctor Who was on PBS and it was the Tom Baker Doctor at the time. Also into Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Richard Armour, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Bennett Serf, Ogden Nash, Don Marquis,William Saroyan, and, of course, Charlie Loudenboomer. Yeah, you can see an early pattern here, including the beginnings of the intrepid navigation of any given library, not just school, college, public, science, or law library.
Thursday footnote: I've noticed a number of hits here from the UK and I feel compelled to add that an additional early influence was Doug Adams. Even though he's a noted author, that's not how I was introduced to his work. It was via the BBC World Service. People familiar with Charlie Loudenboomer knows that he's from the world of shortwave radio, and so it was: I was heavily into shortwave radio as a DXing hobby, too, sideline of amateur radio and that came as a result of being previously involved in what was then known as Civil Defense.

The Beeb was running the radio series, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at the time and Doctor Who was an incidental interest.  It wasn't until Doctor Who got restarted with "NuWho" that I learned that Doug Adams also wrote for Doctor Who during the Tom Baker years.  Small planet.

And speaking of Isaac Asimov, this is a kewl Cadillac commercial. Those robots have been traditionally called "peanut-pickers".

Tuesday UPDATE:
Speaking of not-quite-famous people, there was a Kyle Dillingham concert last night to benefit a guy who needed a liver transplant, and I've got some videos of that, which I'll post as soon as they're processed. Even if he's not a nation-wide household-known name, he's still a helluva guy to go see.

Here are a couple vids. The venue is the Enid Symphony Orchestra building, which used to be a Masonic temple. Keep in mind that Kyle is a religious Assembly of God type of guy. There's a bit of crowd-watching in this vid, though; the first guy zoomed in on is the guy who benefits from this concert.  The second, a gal, is an Enid Chautauqua regular.  Enjoy...



Blogger errored out when I tried to upload the following vid, so I had to make it iPhone size. Sorry, people. Next, Kyle has explaining to do...


Now I'm thinking that I might be able to go back to large size if I break this vid up into two pieces.  Not tonight, though--that's a Manana Project.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today's deplorable events affect personal relations

...first, in the form of one particular Russian that I know frequents this blog. I haven't spoken to you lately, gri, and today's shooting down of a passenger plane near Ukraine will ensure that won't happen in the duration because I'm also familiar with your ideology, which is definitely on the wrong side of events surrounding the separatists.  Ain't gonna happen.  Nothing justifies what happened today.

I'll say the same about Hamas, and the fact that Sisi in Egypt regards them as Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, and I have Egyptian friends who support Morsi, of the Brotherhood.  Sisi is a dictator, but no moreso than Morsi, and the one thing in Sisi's favor is pragmatism regarding Egypt's neighbors.

I'm totally with my Arab friends on the issue of Zionism, and I know that there's no such thing as a religion gene no matter how many people religiously believe that their religion is a "people".  Nope. Semitic Jews are semitic and so are Arabs, but not European Jews, because Judaism is a religion and there's no such thing as religion being genetic.  Nor should genetics matter in matters of state--that's racism.

But this crap about re-establishing a Sunni califate empire is absurd because the original empire of that genre wasn't just Sunni nor just Shiite either. Inshallah, the original fell to Genghis Khan, and inshallah, Genghis fell to Othman--a Turk, not an Arab.  What Abu Bekr al Baghdadi aspires to in his little megalomaniacal mind is not the will of Allah.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hello again, China.

I'm posting a post dedicated just to you, because not only have you been hitting on this blog hard, you've been sending me crap email about how there are new comments on this blog.

Who do you think you're fooling, exactly?


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hectic July thusfar--more visits announced; international news

Got one visit already from AZ and two more maybes:

Ras is passing thru this area again and he's bringing his wife this time.  And there's a musician I've been arguing with since the days of Air America Radio who tells me that Tulsa might be on his tour schedule.  Nope, not Watermelon Slim this time--I've argued with him since well before Air America Radio was even founded--It's Billy Boom & Crazyhearse, of Vermont.

Slim didn't qualify as an out-of-stater until he moved to Mississippi, so he does now...but...gonna have to wait til Labor Day to take another shot at going to Rentiesville OK...IF he's going this year.

We'll see.

For the information of anyone else wanting to drop by for a visit, the rule is to meet at the Hastings bookstore on Owen K. Garriott Rd, Sunset Plaza.  No exceptions unless you're a performer and we can visit at your venue location.


There's some other stuff in the works but am not at liberty to divulge those things at the moment, although if things work out properly, will post a later blog entry in that regard.

I've noticed a lot of blog traffic originating in China lately, and I have to add that yeah, the world's got multiple hot spots yet again, but everything I could say on those subjects has been said, and that includes the topic of Israel vs Gaza.  While I may point out the multiple cases where religion is at the root of legitimizing atrocity, China might gloat over that but has no reason to--without religion, China is still atrocious because people in power get corrupted, religion or not.  Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so the only thing one can say about religion in that regard is that religion is no guarantee of morality or immunity from corruption.  Either way, there's corruption because both government and religion are man's inventions, and man is corruptible.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Reza Aslan, Sufi Apologist--Malala Day update

I would have slipped this in with the Sunday UPDATE tacked on at the end of the previous blog post, but it's important enough to put in a separate post.

I was watching Book TV's In Depth featuring Reza Aslan and noticed some interesting omissions and mischaracterizations he committed. He was then asked if he was Shiya and he said that he avoided sectarian labels, then proceeded to emphasize the divine.  Sorry, Reza, but that's the definition of a Sufi.  You may dislike the label, but you're a Sufi, and Sufis offer apologetics instead of history of record regarding Islamic history--and you proved to be no different in that interview.

Aslan stated that Mohammed started out being of reviled status as an orphan belonging to a subcatagory tribe of a larger powerful tribe, while omitting that a prominent member of that prominent tribe adopted him and for a while Mohammed was the adopted brother of Ali, the fourth Calif and founder of the Shiites.  Aslan failed to mention the status of Mohammed's first wife as a powerful merchant lady of that same powerful tribe, and failed to mentioned the father of Mohammed's second wife, a prominent general of that same powerful tribe--which Aslan finally, at long last, named in the course of the interview: the Koreish.

Regarding a question about Persian Zoroasterism, Aslan said that there were Zoroasterists today but failed to say that they're the Parsees. FAIL

I've said before in previous posts about Islamic history that Sufis are apologists; behold Book TV's poster boy of that fact: Reza Aslan.

But fact still remains that Sufis are better than either Sunnis or Shiites in terms of providing more accurate Islamic history and so I'll mention Aslan's book, "No god but God", as a fair enough background on Islam compared to others, although comparing that to others still isn't saying much.  Read with several grains of salt.

Speaking of stupid religious strife, here's a cheery Tuesday UPDATE for ya: today is World Kiss Day.  And a cheery image to go with it.

Here's the link

And tomorrow, Wednesday July 9, is Malala Day. Peace on Earth isn't just for Christmas anymore.

Best damn video found on Facebook today, on Malala Day:


Best video on the whole planet, IMHO.  Even in the midst of all the proliferating violent conflicts, it's things like this that will still convince a time traveler that this is the best damn planet in the universe.  Whether you stand with Malala or stand with your next door neighbor, what's important is taking that stand in the first place.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th, Happy Canada Day plus Sunday Update

Had a jam-packed day today and couldn't come up for air long enough for even a perfunctory Independence Day entry on this blog.

Til now, that is.

Let freedom ring!

Sunday UPDATE: a few of my friends have experienced some "life events" in recent days and you betcha I care about all of them.  I've said this before in an update on a February posting, and I'll say it again: when a person reaches a certain age, and is of a certain generation where dear friends were lost too early in the early days of hallucinogenic drug experimentation (and in one case, being beer-drunk on a motorcycle and in another, beer-drunk in a jeep while daring to do some unwise hill-climbing) one appreciates more fully what people remain.  Among those who were actual orphans, or effectively orphaned, it's appropriate to call them family, bloodlines notwithstanding.  Some people just matter a lot, therefore are the people I care a great deal about, and the only accurate thing to call it is love.

 Amen and a  half to that. If there are people you care deeply about, regardless of whether or not they're related to you, make a point of telling them you love them because tomorrow might take that chance away from you.  You never know, and we may never pass this way again.

As a time traveler, I don't rely on books much, although I find them handy for navigational purposes.  There's a book I'd recommend for fellow time travelers, though, in conjunction with a website I heard about for the first time on Meet The Press.  It is:

Here Is Where