Yet Another Graphomaniacs Compendium
Monday, February 20, 2006

On Fairy Stories


"The magic of faery is not an end in itself, it's virtue is in its operations: among these are the sastisfaction of certian primodorial human desires. One of these desires is to survey the depths of space and time. Another is ... to hold communication with other living things."


Tolkien.


It's interesting that, by Tolkein's criteria, Neil Gaiman's Sandman is not really a fairy story, being rooted in dream rather than faery..

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Monday, February 20, 2006

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Overheard at Brown


I wish there were more blogs like this: this is the raw snippet experience that makes writers drool. Setting, character, motivation, all evoked by a single whacky line..if anyone knows of any more blogs like this one, can they comment? Ta.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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Myself as a South Park Character


I blame Shrydar. Try it at
South Park Studios

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Free speech



Like everyone else, you like it when it suits you...you just have to put up with it when it doesn't.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

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Monday, February 06, 2006

To the man with the placard.



Yes, you.


Islamic Demonstrator With Inflammatory Placard

The one saying that 3/11 (sic) was on its way to Europe. Lets sit down and talk about all this, shall we? I'm making the generous assumption that you are capable of rational debate on this matter. I can even see your point of view, up to a limit. The decision to re-publish the cartoons *was* provocative and probably offensive. I can also see the editors point of view; an important principle was at stake - their mode of defense may have been unfortunate. However, calling for large scale terrorist attacks killing thousands of innocent people in reprisal is hardly proportionate response.



There was a period in European history when religious authorities did have complete controls of speech and intellectual discourse. We call it the Dark Ages, and, frankly we see a lot of Islamic countries still stuck in them. If that's the way they want to live, fine. If you want to come and live in Europe, please, however, attempt to understand your host society and why it allows you to criticize it so vocally without a visit from the religious Police, Saudi-style.



We don't let the Church, or, to a lesser extent, the State, anywhere near our media for good reasons. One I could mention is that if the Church had had it's way we'd still believe that disease was caused by devils, the Sun went around the Earth, and that Kings had a divine right to rule.



Instead we have an acute awareness of our planets position in space and it's fragility, a modern medical science that saves countless millions of lives, and a society capable of self-scrutiny and removing governments shown to be corrupt or oppressive. This is a direct result of separating Church and State. Only when we gave ourselves the freedom to question did we have the freedom to progress.



Your freedom will only be possible when the last Middle-Eastern Dictator has been strangled in the entrails of the last Islamofacist Imam.



So free speech is not just an abstract, silly, corrupt, godless, western, decadent (whatever adjective you want) idea, but it's central to European identity and it's one of the things that makes human progress possible. If you can show that Islam has made comparable contributions to the human condition on a par with say, antibiotics, the internal combustion engine, or even the good old printing press, we'd like to hear it.



And to close on a less than pleasant note, Europe is also aware of it's own failings - it's part of that self-critical gig I was explaining earlier. We are familiar with masses of angry young men, dispossessed and spouting extremist and racist slogans marching through streets. They used to be ours. We know where *that* leads. If necessary, we are ready, again to deal with this. We hope it won't be. As long as there isn't another 3/11.

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