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Some of you may have already seen other installments of the "Rare Earth" series of videos, but this one is of particular interest to me. It starts in one sense with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in another with a fishing vessel that met its doom in 1954 despite returning to port intact...

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I was listening to Q the other day whilst doing the work at the day-job, and they had host Tom Power interviewing this big-name opera singer, Michael Fabiano. As they do. I'd strongly recommend listening to the interview, whether you care about opera one way or the other.

One of the things Mr. Fabiano mentioned in passing was how a lot of people in the audience got up to all manner of hijinks back in the 19th century, up to and including "fornicating". Naturally, this got me thinking of opera as being the 19th Century equivalent of the drive-in movie theatres of the 20th. Because some things - like human behaviours - only change venues over the centuries.

Which led to me thinking of some of the stuff [profile] diane_duane included as a sidebar plot in her Star Trek novel Dark Mirror, involving Will Riker and wo'rIv puqloD mogh (AKA Worf, son of Mogh) exploring violence in opera...up to and including riots that occasionally brought down governments.

And then Mr. Fabiano also went on to invoke Hans Zimmer in passing as part of a way of linking certain genres modern cinema to their operatic forbears. Not a bad choice. I'd add John Williams - the composer, not my father - and Bear McCreary...particularly the latter's work on Battlestar Galactica. Orchestrations that threw in everything from taiko drums to bagpipes, sometimes in the same anthem, and made them work together. Both in support of the drama on the screen and as stand-alone music.

And I'm not sure where I'm going with all of this.
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So [livejournal.com profile] rob_sawyer_blog pointed out a debut novel by one Gerald Brandt, The Courier, about to hit the bookstores soon. The Courier is subtitled on the cover as "a San Angeles novel".

So, you know me by now. Alternative geographies, fictional geographies, they get my attention right off. Naturally, I went looking to see if the name had come up in SF&F before.

Some of you will already know what I'm about to say: that the name has a history, inside and outside of the genre. "Prior art" is, I think, the phrase for it. And Wikipedia has some detail on the cultural history of the name. Real-worlds politics, dystopian SF, super-heroic fantasy...it's been making some serious rounds.

Using the name and concept in yet another novel isn't necessarily a bad thing, and everyone who's used it has their own spin on the idea, but to these cultural-historian eyes of mine, I don't belive there's any way to make an exclusive claim on it at this point.
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We have - among other people - Guy Lafleur to thank for Paul Gross making Hyena Road. That, in itself, is indeed surreal. (Here's a further item from back in September, which might add some context.)

(For those who don't know from Lafleur, here's some context on him. And the full Definitely Not the Opera episode.)

In a semi-related vein: If you're wondering, I will be going to the War Memorial services downtown tomorrow morning. Yes, I might actually feel comfortably uncomfortable again going this year, owing in part to the change in federal management. That is indeed an oxymoron...but there's a truth to it. The last couple of years, it's been the Peacekeepers' Monument for me.
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There's this band, the New Pornographers. You might have heard of them. They put out an album in 2007, Challengers. The title song, as you'll figure out from the lyrics, is a nod to the DC characters of the same ilk. No idea which incarnation(s) of the team are favoured by which musicians in the band, mind you.

I'm starting to tie two other songs on that album in my mind to specific series or characters: "Deus Ex Machina" to Doctor Who, "Adventures in Solitude" to Captain America. Something in the lyrics of each song fits each series.

I doubt that mental association was intended by the band at the time, but it works for me.

And you?
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Interesting linkages drawn by friendly acquaintances tonight:

https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/selling-the-big-lies-about-schools-and-teachers-on-sci-fi-fantasy-tv/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/14/netflixs-reed-hastings-has-a-big-idea-kill-elected-school-boards/

Thoughts, anyone?

Can we attribute the early arrival of charter schools as a concept in MCU-America ("early" compared to real-world history, that is) to HYDRA influence at the state level? Should we?
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I'm reminded of something, Douglas Cardinal's comment at the National Gallery a week or so ago about computer tech in particular and how it had freed up his imagination to act and design and build. There is a parallel in those remarks to Col. Hadfield's comments on tech catching up to his ambitions to share his orbital experiences with us here on the ground in as close to real-time as he could.

Any chance of getting those two gentlemen together in one room for a few hours? Any chance at all?

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For those of you as yet unaware:

http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/nominations-renewals-and-works-lists/

I don't believe I qualify for any of those at this time, but I will note that, last year, the fan achievement award went unawarded due to insufficient numbers of nominees. If you know someone whom you believe worthy of it, please go nominate them for it. If you want/need my help with that, let me know and we'll see if we can't figure out a way for me to help.
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Ummm...no. I have to disagree on at least one point in your "statement, not a discussion".

SHIELD works for the UN.

Marvel/Disney gets away with saying it flat out in the comics for reasons unclear to me, but in the movies they have to call the people that SHIELD's Director reports to the "World Security Council". Otherwise, the UN's trademark/copyright-defence lawyers get all cranky. Therefore, not a "shadowy cabal". Putting the Security Council members in shadow in Avengers was a nod to how Fury Sr.'s bosses used to be depicted in the comics, but explaining that further involves a lot of continuity stuff that people don't like to make newcomers get into.

There was a similar fuss over UNIT in Doctor Who a few years back, as Whovians will definitely recall. The UN didn't want their name to be part of the full spelling-out of that fictional organization's acronym anymore after that TV series was revived.

Also, one of the long-haul arcs of Agents of SHIELD on TV appears to be the organization's process of learning how to live and work in the open, as spearheaded by the regular cast. I wonder if Coulson's roving field team has realized that this is what they're doing, but at least one other reviewer's made an interesting case over at tor.com.

Whether or not the organization as depicted across the TV/Movie is a "secret police" regime...well, some of the characters are going to want it to be exactly that. That's part of the point of Winter Soldier next spring: having that argument play out amongst the characters. A battle for the soul of SHIELD...one that's been playing out for decades in the comics themselves.
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One: principal photography began today on the newest TV adaptation of The Saint. Roger Moore is one of the people leading the team on the other side of the cameras this time 'round, with Adam Rayner playing Mr. Templar and Eliza Dushku as Patricia Holm. At least one other role from the original canon has been cast as a certainty. If you've read the Holy Terror's original American adventures, you will have heard of NYPD inspector John Henry Fernack.

The other thing noticed is that Star Trek XII's latest trailer went live today. "Into Darkness" looks like it's going to be...interesting.

We'll see about both projects in due course...
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1. Comment on this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters whose name starts with that letter and post their names and your comments on these characters in your LJ.

[livejournal.com profile] mdg1 gave me the letter "G" in honour of [livejournal.com profile] ruckawriter, whose work we both enjoy reading.

So...

1. G.W. Bridge, Agent of SHIELD. Particularly since Matt Fraction set him upon the Punisher's trail over the last couple of years. I think we've learned more about G.W. as a person since the new Punisher War Journal title started than in all the years since Messrs. Liefeld and Nicieza introduced us to him.

2 and 3. Guardian of Alpha Flight. It should count as two people since Heather and James Hudson, that first couple of Marvel Universe Canadian superheroics, have used the alias over the years. And both still deserve better than they got in New Avengers: the Collective. Here's hoping they get it. Especially since it looks like Michael Pointer's determined to be his own man back in his hometown of North Pole, Alaska, since having been used as the unwilling murder weapon against the two of them in that story arc.

4. Garak, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Yes, I know he's got a first name. He was introduced to us all as simply "Garak", and his first name has been so rarely used even by those closest to him, whether on TV or in the novels that have followed, much to my continuing delight. The man is unpredictable in ways that can be both reassuring and frightening all at once in the right situations.

5. Gotham City - a character in its own right in the Bat-franchise. I've already spoken at length on that.

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