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Water Horror, etc.

Happy birthday to vonjunzt! May your day be all you could wish.

Stop, Look, and Listen:
Every day this month, the BBC Magazine will be featuring a classic public information film from the past six decades. Today's is a "must see." It has everything, including the Grim Reaper's twin as "the Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water," backed by eerie narration by Donald Pleasence. Mere description cannot do it justice. Go and check it out:
Sensible children! I have no power over them!
(Thanks to altariel for the lead.)

In other news, an intact tomb with five sarcophagi has been discovered in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, the first such find since 1922:
"Intact Tomb Found in Valley of the Kings"


And a quote for the day:

A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb tranquillity. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind. If this rule were always observed; if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquillity of his domestic affections, Greece had not been enslaved; Caesar would have spared his country; America would have been discovered more gradually; and the empires of Mexico and Peru had not been destroyed.

from Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Comments

(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Human beings in perfection are highly overated. ;) If no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquility of his domestic affections....the world would be a very predictable and boring place. If I read that right, lol.

Love that song by Kate Bush, that whole album is good...it's got it's own creepy spots. Speaking of old films and The Whole Story...puts me in mind of "Duck and Cover". The atom bomb was the ultimate boogie man still when I was young.
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 11th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Human beings in perfection are highly overated. ;)

I won't disagree with you there!

If no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquility of his domestic affections....the world would be a very predictable and boring place.

I definitely see what you mean there; I found it an interesting idea, though, that if we live in such a way that we divorce ourselves from feeling the simple connections - love, empathy, sympathy, etc. - that this is when we prove capable of some of the worst of history's tragedies.

I do indeed love Kate Bush. Her new "Joanni" from Aerial is an instant favorite for me. Good point about the bomb being the boogie man, as well. Students today don't appreciate what an ever-present danger it was in our minds.