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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

On the road again . . .

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 1:16 AM

Off to Elk City, Oklahoma - yet again! - to deal with Tracy’s mother’s estate. I’ll be blogging sporadically, if at all, in the nest few days. Hopefully I’ll learn how to spell “repeatedly” (see last blog) before I get back . . .

In the meantime, some odds and ends.

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If only Bill Gwatney had been a football coach . . .

It’s been pointed out to me by a few people that if slain Democratic party head Bill Gwatrney had been a football coach, KHOG would have given him the entire newscast.

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It’s not so much who watches the Watchmen, as who owns the Watchmen . . .

We’ve only been waiting for what, 20 years for this movie?

Fox seeks to stop WB's "Watchmen" after court win

By Alex Dobuzinskis
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twentieth Century Fox said on Monday it will seek an injunction to block release of the Warner Bros movie "Watchmen" after a Los Angeles court ruled a copyright lawsuit against Warner can go forward.

The movie about raffish, flawed superheroes -- which has already been shot -- is slated for release on March 6, said Warner Bros spokesman Scott Roe.

The highly anticipated film, with a budget believed to be about $120 million, is based on a 1980s DC Comics graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
In his decision released last week, Judge Gary Feess of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California wrote that Fox could hold some of the rights to the material, even if it did not hold all rights

To read more:

www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN1840756420080819

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Enough of Obama and McCain! Here’s something about a real hero . . .

I’ll take Terry Pratchett’s company any day over vote-seekers, thank you very much . . .

An ailing brain with imagination undimmed
BBC News - August 18

Last year Terry Pratchett, the bestselling author of the Discworld fantasies, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. How does the writer cope with a disease that whittles away at his brain?
When writer Terry Pratchett was told he had Alzheimer's disease, his first thought was "that's a bit of a bugger". That, and "I hope they hurry up and find a cure quick."

In December 2007, at the age of 59, the Discworld author was diagnosed with a rare early-onset form of the disease called Posterior Cortical Atrophy, or PCA.

It was last summer when he first started to suspect all was not well, and went to see his doctor. Given a brain scan and a Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), a brief 30-point questionnaire commonly used by medics to screen for dementia, he was told that all was well. "I passed the test - it's actually quite hard to fail I think."

But as time wore on, he remained convinced that all was not well.

"We had what I called a Clapham Junction day, when you know the phones were ringing. There were lots of things to do and I was just kind of flat-lining almost. I just couldn't deal with it and I thought 'there's more, there's more'."

He was referred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where the diagnosis was finally made

Firing on all cylinders

In the most common form of Alzheimer's, the main symptom is loss of memory, but PCA affects the back of the brain and so it is motor skills and vision which are hardest hit.

It's unusual because people deal with me and they refuse to believe I have Alzheimer's because at the moment I can speak very coherently, I can plot a novel," Pratchett says. "I type badly - if it wasn't for my loss of typing ability, I might doubt the fact that I have Alzheimer's.

"It's now hunt and peck, and there will be a moment sometimes when the letter A just totally vanishes and I don't quite know what happens.

To read more:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7560713.stm

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We cannot escape each other, no matter how wide or how erratic our divagations. All passions, all struggles, all hopes, all despairs, are human in common. - Gamaliel Bradford

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