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by bretonlass
Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: Of the Sith: An Essay
Replies: 9
Views: 45095

Calvin, Just a quick word to tell you I've been thinking a lot about your last post, but that other matters prevent me right now from giving you a satisfying reply. I hope to be able to write down soon a somewhat detailed account of my reflections. This exchange is rich, and I am loath to lay it dow...
by bretonlass
Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: Of the Sith: An Essay
Replies: 9
Views: 45095

Calvin, Your comments do not offend me at all. I knew I was threading upon a very touchy subject, and knew also that my quick comments could not possibly reflect the complexity of the situation. If you feel that I am not quite right in my statements, please do correct me. This is what a reasoned exc...
by bretonlass
Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: Of the Sith: An Essay
Replies: 9
Views: 45095

Athena, Many thanks for your praise. The word "terrific" makes me blush with pleasure. I will look forward to reading your thoughts on the matter once you have the leisure to put them to paper (or in our case, in pixels). Your points are always stimulating to the mind. One word. Caliban ta...
by bretonlass
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: Of the Sith: An Essay
Replies: 9
Views: 45095

You're very much welcome, Caliban! Indeed, it's a pleasure for me to be able to post well thought-out, complex essays in a space where we can have a decent, adult discussion about them, without patronising or pontificating statements. As I am (only!) 25 years old, I feel sometimes rather isolated in...
by bretonlass
Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: Of the Sith: An Essay
Replies: 9
Views: 45095

Of the Sith: An Essay

Here is a wee essay I wrote in my downtime the last weeks. *************** Of the Sith An essay January 6th-14th 2008 *************** When I was in Scotland last summer, from the windows of Blair Castle, you could sometimes (that is, on a clear enough day) see the summit of the mountain Schiehallion...
by bretonlass
Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:00 am
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: The Complex and Terrifying Reality of Star Wars Fandom
Replies: 1
Views: 19786

The Complex and Terrifying Reality of Star Wars Fandom

An interesting article I came across while browsing the forums at TheForce.net. I thought a few ideas exposed could be linked, somewhat, to Athena's essay...

http://www.jivemagazine.com/column.php?pid=3381

Cheers,

Eloise :)
by bretonlass
Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:10 am
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: Light Pollution
Replies: 7
Views: 28414

This reminds me of an experience I had while in Scotland this summer. At Blair Castle, I was smack in the proverbial middle of nowhere, and you could walk a long while without seeing much more than sheep. During the night, there was hardly a light outside, so I should have felt, at the very least, a...
by bretonlass
Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:05 pm
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: Happy 41st Anniversary Star Trek
Replies: 5
Views: 20995

Well, about the new TOS movie... I'm not a hardcore trekkie, far from it. Though I did enjoy seeing ST on the telly whenever I could manage to catch it. Sometimes I couldn't understand anything because of references to other episodes, but who cared? I do not construct my life around telly programmes...
by bretonlass
Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:13 am
Forum: Musings and Chats
Topic: Happy Birthday Athena!
Replies: 12
Views: 31639

In a somewhat belated manner and to celebrate my return to the site, I would like to wish our Captain a very happy birthday. As a sort of celebration, I will include an Irish blessing my best friend sent me once for my own birthday: May you always have work for your hands to do. May your pockets hol...
by bretonlass
Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:41 pm
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: Galactic Orbits and Mass Extinctions
Replies: 4
Views: 20508

Very interesting, that. Considering that it has been a while yet since anything major has happened to the planet, do any of you reckon that the movements of the Solar system might have an impact on global warming? I'm not excusing the stupidity of (some) humans in that regard, far from it, but I tho...
by bretonlass
Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: 300: A Movie Review
Replies: 6
Views: 27551

Marie, I listened closely to the Enya rendition and to Lisa Gerrard. I guess that what makes the difference is that Enya is (to my ears) an alto and that Lisa Gerrard is (to my ears, again) a mezzo-soprano. It means that, while they are actually hitting the same notes (in the lower mezzo range or hi...
by bretonlass
Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: The Poetry and Prose of Science and Science Fiction
Topic: Preserving the Artifacts and History of Our Past for All
Replies: 6
Views: 26469

There is also the fate of those cultures who have been "lost", like the Celts. They knew of writing. After all, their neighbours were the Romans in the south, who had the habit of recording everything and nothing at once. They also had invented the oghamic alphabet, though it was one not v...
by bretonlass
Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:25 am
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: 300: A Movie Review
Replies: 6
Views: 27551

Marie, Great review. I like it that our points of view contrast each other, because we actually get a clearer idea of the movie this way. The world would be a dull place indeed if we all agreed on everything! A little precision, though: Enya did the vocals for The Fellowship of the Ring, whereas Lis...
by bretonlass
Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:22 am
Forum: Literature and Cinema
Topic: 300: A Movie Review
Replies: 6
Views: 27551

300: A Movie Review

OK. So I saw 300 twice (once in IMAX, once on a regular screen). On opening weekend. Madness? Nah… 300 rocks. From start to finish. It is very rare to find “mainstream” movies that well-rounded. First of all, let us be clear. I have been a fan of Gerard Butler since way back when in 2001 when the At...

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