austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

I went to the library today. While skimming through books I found this in something or other:

Ridicule is the enemy of fantasy.

That's a pretty good quote, but I hope the authors don't mind if I remember it the way my eye first caught it:

Ridicule is the envy of fantasy.

In local news, jobhunters are advised that Channel i is seeking people to make ``trailers'' for their programming -- that is, to create the commercials for upcoming movies and TV shows. I have to say, it seems like it could be a fun job for a while, but there'd be no hope for advancement except moving on to making Cartoon Network's house ads. There's a local Cartoon Network ad which almost makes me want to buy a VCR or a digital recorder to grab: it features Johnny Bravo and Dexter as stars of a Bollywood-style blip that includes Mojo Jojo, Yogi Bear, Dick Dastardly and Muttley, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Daphne, and a host of others in a blurringly complicated kidnap/rescue/daring escape/trap door/sudden revelation of family relationships that ends with Samurai Jack and 90s Batman discovering they're brothers and the whole gang dancing.

Trivia: The stencils for the first flour made in Minnesota were painted by future railroad magnate James Jerome Hill, 1838-1916. The stencils proclaimed the flour to be from ``Muskingum Mills, Troy, Ohio, The Genuine.'' Source: The Story of American Railroads, Stewart H. Holbrook.

Currently Reading: Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories Volume 2, Isaac Asimov


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