austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Can't touch this

Well, that stinks. I've got a cold. I thought I was getting woozy last night, but attributed it to not getting enough to drink. I know these aches, though, and headache. Of course it'd come on a weekend day ... not much to do about it, though, except take cold medicine of dubious value and try to not have to go too far for things to eat. It's a chance to watch some Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes I haven't seen in a while anyway.

The James Gomez saga has been officially ended, with Gomez -- after a third questioning -- being let go with a warning. He decided to stick around to the weekend, so he could spend Mother's Day with his mother, and should be returning to Sweden shortly. I'm guessing that they really did run out of election leftover news, since a good part of the 9:30 news tonight was about the actors hired for the commercials for Singapore Idol. Those were based on the amusing notion of people stalking the judges for the show, singing MC Hammer songs at them in a men's room, playing off our universal fears of having strange and unfamiliar men singing MC Hammer songs at us in men's rooms.

A e-mail threw me for a loop with its subject line, ``Re: Production.'' It wasn't spam, and that was an appropriate subject line for it.

Trivia: Chester Gould had Dick Tracy and Diet Smith take Smith's Space Coupe to the Sea of Tranquility to investigate the Ranger 6 probe's camera failure. Source: Lunar Impact: A History of Project Ranger, R Cargill Hall, NASA SP-4210.

Currently Reading: In Quest of Spices, Sonia E Howe. The book's a 1948 British publication, and the front pages mention it's produced in accord with official economy measures. What those measures are I don't know, unless they're related to the book not having an index (how can you do a history book without an index?) and dotting the pages with pictures of spice- and sailing-related instruments, none of which have anything to do with the text near them.

In the back pages is an ad for The Unknown Dominion: Canada and her People, by Bruce Hutchison, which sounds already like a faintly defensive history/cultural guide. The description goes on to call Canada ``perhaps the king-pin of the British Commonwealth'' and ``a country destined to assume the powers and potentialities of a world power,'' which makes it sound like he was trying to get in good with Mackenzie King. I'm as interested as anyone in a Canada-dominated world, but I don't think 1948 was the opening for it.


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