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mala fide: (Late Latin) With or in bad faith, treacherously.

Friday, November 22, 2002

22 NOV 02

A lot of trees vanished and then this sign appeared across the street.

For me? I don't know what to say...

Funny. I don’t remember ordering a church. It’s a bit late for that sort of thing anyway.

Damn. Demothballing the orbital laser takes forever.

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Thursday, November 21, 2002

21 NOV 02

James Coburn died Monday. He played a lot of memorable characters in a lot of memorable movies. Two movies he appeared in were among my favorites, The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape, both directed by John Sturges. In The Magnificent Seven he played Britt, the mostly silent knifesman. In The Great Escape Coburn played an Australian POW with great aplomb. The aplomb was necessary because his accent was terrible.

The Great Escape is very important to me. When I discovered it was based on the true story of an escape from a German POW camp during WWII I became curious and looked in to the matter. I found The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill. Brickhill was a prisoner at Stalag Luft 3. As I read the book my amazement grew and grew.

While locked up and watched constantly, the prisoners manufactured disguises and papers, and engineered three escape tunnels that were hundreds of yards long. Only a few of them knew the plan entirely, the rest were operating on faith in their fellows. They succeeded in freeing over 70 prisoners, a bit short of the 200 that was planned, but impressive nevertheless. Most were recaptured (only three managed to get to Britain) but while they were free they tied up a large amount of manpower and material at a time when the Third Reich needed them desperately. Hitler was so incensed that he ordered 50 of the recaptured prisoners executed by the Gestapo.

The men who were at Stalag Luft 3 represent the best of what it means to be men, to be heroes, to be human.

And Steve McQueen does that cool motorcycle jump.

posted by latiolais at 0800  

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

20 NOV 02

NASCAR for Dummies

Mark Martin & Juliet Macur

ISBN: 0764552198

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Pub. Date: February 2000

There’s hope for Latiolais’ Field Guide to North American Marsupials.

Drive fast. Turn left.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2002

19 NOV 02

Ben Franklin is my favorite Founder. Too many of the Founders were aristocratic slave owners, but Franklin’s participation in the Revolution makes it palatable.

His "Poor Richard" virtues form a good basis for post-Enlightenment living. Here’s a quiz to see if you’re Franklinesque.

I’d like to thank my small-nosed friend Tom for the link.

Early to bed, early to…what!? Before noon? Puh-leez…

posted by latiolais at 0800  

Monday, November 18, 2002

18 NOV 02

This will be the flag I’ll use after my evil plan to seize control of all of humanity comes to fruition and the Total State is established. The red symbolizes the power of the Total State, the black symbolizes the power of the Total State, and the sword symbolizes the power of the Total State. You might want to practice saluting it.

Our Glorious Banner!

Hail me!

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Saturday, November 16, 2002

16-17 NOV 02

The differences between Evil Overlords and Supervillains (archive) might be too subtle for the uninitiated, but in a nutshell Evil Overlords have long-term plans while Supervillains’ plans are more immediate.

For example, while an Evil Overlord and a Supervillain might both garner billions of dollars in a nuclear blackmail plot, the extortion money would be used in different ways. The Supervillain would spend it all on champagne, cybernetic agumentation, and expanding the hidden lair in the personalized extinct volcano. An Evil Overlord would add some of it to his Swiss accounts and bribe key officials in several countries before purchasing champagne, cybernetic agumentation, and lair improvement.

Of course, Supervillains have deadly Bikini Girls with risqué names, but there’s nothing keeping an Evil Overlord from stocking a lagoon or two.

A live citizen is a happy citizen!

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