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Friday, 27 Feb 2015

On the day that I heard Leonard Nimoy died, I feel it is fitting to record this famous Blade Runner moment, which is worthwhile in any case.

As removed from our regular lives as sci-fi tries to be, and is, the good sci-fi is nevertheless relevant to us, because it deals with the human condition. People are people in the twenty-first century, the eighteenth century or the twenty-fourth century. And people deal with largely the same issues in any of these time frames.

Today was, apparently, Nimoy's time to die. Despite his having given up smoking thirty years ago, the effects caught up with him and he died of a lung problem caused by this habit. You could say that smoking is illogical, as Spock surely would. I understand that Nimoy would have agreed.

Here in the clip below we get a wonderful and poignant treatment of mortality, life experience, regret and - perhaps - respect for life, that we should take in and cherish.

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
[laughs] Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like [coughs] tears in rain.
Time to die..."

Classic moment from The Terminator:-

Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

- Kyle Reese

Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015

Earlier I went looking for this song on my own blog here and failed to find it. Well surprised at meself, since it's a cracking ditty. Actually a lovely song that no-one knows about. So... here it is... a song that seems to wistfully celebrate personal isolation.


High above the push and shove
I float without a sound
Paradise found
I can see a lilac field
A blue and crimson sky
How lucky am I

And sunlight makes it alright
Makes me shine
I watch you watching
Miss you
Doing fine

But even though the view is ours
The pleasure is all mine
Living on cloud nine

High above a crowded street
A little bird of prey
Sings have a nice day
I can hear the falling rain
The crushing ocean wave
And Dagenham Dave

And music makes me lose it
Makes me shine
When he sings
Oh my darling, Clementine

But even though the song is ours
The pleasure is all mine
Living on cloud nine

I own my world
I own my world
And all that's in it
As far as I can see

I own my world
I own my world
And all that's in it
It all belongs to me

I would love to share my love with you
But you don't see this beauty like I do

And even though the world is ours
The pleasure is all mine
Living on cloud
Get off my cloud nine
Get off my cloud nine
Get off my cloud nine

Saturday, 7 Feb 2015

Pay it forward. Pay it afterward. Pay it backward. Just pay it.

Monday, 2 Feb 2015

One of my favourite episodes from Season 4 of The Walking Dead.

A great moment here, supported by music by The Mountain Goats' track, "Up the Wolves".

I will miss Beth's character in the show.

See also:-
Up the Wolves by The Mountain Goats Beacon