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Sunday, May 20th, 2007

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12:03p
Golden words he will pour in your ear

The evening and morning came and there wasn't any repeat visit or urgent phone call from my sister, so I suppose that whatever the horse shoe identification tag thing left behind was, it wasn't all that critically important. I'm curious about what exactly goes on with these horse shows, but I know from experience that if I asked my sister to explain it she would use many words which make sense in other contexts, but not together. Whereas if I went to actually see things I would see people, sometimes on horses, sometimes just leading them, moving around in circles, and I wouldn't know what was going on. I must admit my sister looks sharp in her riding outfit, though.

I'm not much of a Jonny Quest fan, whether the original, the 1987, or the 1990s series, but I do see the occasional show. Last night they featured one in which the kidnapped scientist had developed a way to synthesize gold by some process so ornate almost no one on Earth -- except, as it turned out, Dr Quest -- could detect it. I don't want to nitpick, but it seems to me there's really not much way to make a forgery of gold, at least not if it's supposed to stand up to a modern chemistry lab. But it turns out that the forged gold was, in fact, made by somehow painting (I guess) a block made of a much rarer, harder to synthesize element of which only a few ounces had ever been created. I know that cost/benefit analyses of plans to take over the world are never going to be done, but it seems like this one shouldn't need careful study to determine it's just dopey.

In other miscellaneous goofy cartoons is the late 70s Superfriends, with footnote characters like Rima popping in to insist they are too superheroes and have every right to be there when other, real superheroes are perfectly capable of handling the problem. I was going to go into more detail, but found while looking Rima up that (a) she was ripped off from a 1904 novel by W H Hudson named Green Mansions, by way of an Audrey Hepburn/Anthony Perkins movie and a Classics Illustrated comic book, and (b) some mad genius at Wikipedia has decided ``The present tense should be used in order to clearly differentiate between fictional events and actual history'' when referring to the history of fictional things like Seven Soldiers of Victory (which is where my trail lead me). I can think of so many things trying to explain the backstory of an average superhero universe in present tense could do to obscure and confuse.

Trivia: In the aftermath of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906 the San Francisco Post Office decided it would temporarily deliver personal letters even if they lacked a stamp. Source: A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester.

Currently Reading: The Last Immortal, J O Jeppson.

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