Daily Archives: 02/26/2003

An Oldie But A Goodie

When you’re climbing up the ladder
And you hear something splatter
Diarrhea
Diarrhea

When you’re walking down the hall
And you feel something fall
Diarrhea
Diarrhea

When you’re sliding into first
and you feel your stomach burst
Diarrhea
Diarrhea

When you’re pants are full of foam
and you’re heading into home
Diarrhea
Diarrhea

Tolkien Revisited

I finished reading The Lord of the Rings last night. It left me a little cold. I expected to experience the story differently; after all two decades passed between my readings. Middle Earth is still an intricate and finely wrought world, but the actual story telling by Tolkien is a little bland. I find it amazing that he could flesh out languages, histories, geographies, different races and a panolply of ancient and puissant artifacts, but still fabricate such one dimensional characters. The stark light of Middle Earth’s manicheistic struggle between the forces of good and darkness drains the characters of depth and motivation. But Tolkien’s primary mode of storytelling is legends and histories, and the trilogy fits squarely into this style. At any rate, the storytelling in The Lord of the Rings is positively verbose compared to The Silmarillion. The Silmarillion is a dense compendium of edited histories and myth, with very little dialogue or character development.

Newsfeed Added

I just popped in the newsfeed from KUAM that I mentioned last week. It looks pretty good – I am pleased with myself. Now if only the PDN would provide a feed I would be totally happy.

In other news, the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier, is on Guam for a couple days. I think I will run down to the port and take some pictures of her today or tomorrow. These aircraft carriers are the largest warships in the world, and I’d like to take a gander at this gigantic projection of US military force. Apparently the Carl Vinson is headed to Okinawa, replacing the USS Kitty Hawk (a frequent visitor to Guam) while it is deployed to the Persian Gulf for young Mr. Bush’s glorious little war. Make no mistake, the Carl Vinson is a newer, bigger, more capable ship than the Kitty Hawk – could Dubya be sending a message to North Korea?