Stuff I’ve Written Recently

In case you didn’t know, I write stories (and other things). Since October I have written the following:

The Rough Potato Fallacy Trilogy

https://www.abctales.com/collection/rough-potato-fallacy-trilogy

Larry and Mick and the Aardvarks

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/larry-and-mick-and-aardvarks

Bruce & Dick Enter the Cave

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/bruce-dick-enter-cave

The Knees the Quacked

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/knees-quacked

The Holy Sock Trilogy

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/holy-sock-trilogy

Waiting Room Quandary

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/waiting-room-quandary

Another World (a true story of railway confusion)

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/another-world-true-story-railway-confusion

The Truth Will Set You Free

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/truth-will-set-you-free

The Elf Who Fell off the Shelf

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/elf-who-fell-shelf

FG2 – parts 1-3 (being my unofficial sequel to the 1980 movie, Flash Gordon)

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/fg2-part-1

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/fg2-part-2

Alicia and the Hole

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/alicia-and-hole

The Lists

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/lists

The Magic Door

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/magic-door

The Demands of the Villain – pt1> Chocolate Limes

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/demands-villain-pt1-chocolate-limes

LXM

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/lxm

Brains & Obelisks

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/brains-obelisks

Larry and Mick and the Conscious Artificial Entity

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/larry-and-mick-and-conscious-artificial-entity

The Story of Yebbut (a trilogy)

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/story-yebbut-trilogy

The Eternal Game of Equine Musical Statues

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/eternal-game-equine-musical-statues

Dr Poo

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/dr-poo

Britney and Shania Find Themselves in Outer Space

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/britney-and-shania-find-themselves-outer-space

Larry in Love

https://www.abctales.com/story/pepsoid/larry-love

Enjoy! Or not, whatever…

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Mutants

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I am enjoying this. But I can’t help thinking it’s somewhat ridiculous that they seem to compare the plight of the mutants to the plight of other downtrodden social groups. People fear what they don’t understand. While it’s true that normal folk don’t fully understand the mutants in The Gifted, what they do understand is that they are potentially dangerous. So their fear is a genuine fear.

Just saying.

Indy 3

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Having just finished watching the first three Indiana Jones movies, for the first time in decades, by way of a box set my partner recently acquired, I currently find it impossible to decide which one is ‘the best.’

Raiders is, no doubt, the most epic – in the proper sense of the word. And the fact that it was the first of the movies gives it a special quality, particularly regarding reliving childhood memories. Also, given that it was the first, it is ironic that it features perhaps the strongest, toughest of female leads (Marion, the owner of a dive-like bar, who can give as good as she gets in a scrap).

Temple of Doom is the darkest, the most sinister, featuring the likes of human sacrifice and child slavery. And it has a satisfyingly smaller, more personal story, less to do with the hunt for treasure, more about saving a small Indian village (although there is the mention of ‘fortune and glory’).

The Last Crusade, which I finished watching yesterday morning, is better that I sort-of-remember. I say ‘sort of,’ as I’m pretty sure I only watched this one previously once or twice, so the minutiae of its plot are not ingrained in my mind, as per the other two. Until it started getting into its stride, on this latest viewing, talking about the Holy Grail and so on, I only really recalled that it had Sean Connery as Indiana’s dad, some horseback action and Nazis. Regarding Dr Henry Jones Senior, I would say that the witty father-son repartee is perhaps the best part of this film. That and the best line/mini-scene in the franchise:

“No ticket!” – after Indiana, dressed as a ticket officer on a zeppelin, threw the Nazi who was after them off the ship.

So… a favourite? Yep, still currently impossible. They’re all pretty formulaic – you know what to expect from an Indiana Jones film, which is as it should be. All have great, memorable action sequences, humour, a sense of magic and mystery, and a rugged self-deprecating hero, who, though old-fashioned in his ways (appropriately so, given the setting), is very root-for-able. Very little to choose between them, but all as much fun as I remember on first and subsequent viewings. So choose I shall not!

I may get around to watching Kingdom of the Crystal Skull again soon. I may, at that point, return herewith for a review…

PS. I have just discovered yet another Indy film is in the offing! He does look good for his age, but not sure if this is pushing the point…

Untitled Indiana Jones Project (2021)

Earth-Born

I do like a bit of sci-fi! But I was just wondering, whilst reading one of the stories in Stephen Baxter’s Xeelee: Endurance, in the context of extraterrestrial colonisation and such things, how Earth-born humans would cope with/adapt to the the changes in the subjective passing of time?

The easy answer re those who find themselves living their lives on a starship is to run the starship systems according to Earth time: 24 hour days, 365 day years and so on. But what of pioneer colonisers of other planets? How would we adapt to a planet who’s days are, for example, a few hours longer or a few hours shorter than Earth days? Would we just sleep longer and have longer working days? Or if that planet’s days are longer still, would we split the days into 2, 3 or more Earth days?

I’ve read quite a bit of sf, but I don’t recall such things being particularly mentioned or discussed (except, thinking about it, for the likes of Star Trek’s ‘star dates’) – because surely, when humans start (inevitably?) spreading to other planets, even other star systems, our current system(s) for measuring time would become obsolete…

Anti-Happening

There’s a new thing on my deodorant. Underneath where it says, ‘anti-perspirant,’ it says, ‘anti-transpirant.’ In my understanding, when something transpires, it happens, so ‘anti-transpirant’ means the deodorant stops something from happening. Which I suppose is kind of true. You know, sweating.

I suppose I could have just googled it…