Archive | December, 2007

Ice Ice Baby Shoggoth

At the Mountains of Madness I see that H. P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness (about which I’ve blogged previously) is being made into a movie.

Mountains is one of Lovecraft’s best stories, telling of a scientific expedition’s discovery of the ruins of a not-quite-dead extraterrestrial civilisation beneath the ice of Antarctica. (Did this movie play a role in inspiring the 1951 movie Thing From Another World? I’ve always wondered. Officially that movie was based on John Campbell’s short story “Who Goes There?” but then it’s that story I’m wondering about.)

The new film is being written and directed by Guillermo del Toro (of Pan’s Labyrinth), so that’s a promising sign.


Well, speak of the devil: here’s an interview with del Toro in which he discusses Mountains (among other projects).

Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas / Kwanzaa / Dies Natalis Solis Invicti to everyone out there in the Empire!

Ebenezer Scrooge In honour of the season, I link to this old editorial of mine on the libertarian case against Ebenezer Scrooge.

Finally, in the words of John Lennon, channeling Étienne de la Boétie: “Happy Christmas – war is over – if you want it.”


“I’m so proud to receive this honour ….”

“I’m so humbled to receive this honour ….”

So when did “proud” and “humbled” start to mean the same thing?

When Platform Shoes Pinch

[cross-posted at Liberty & Power]

I didn’t catch Tim Russert’s interview with Ron Paul, but check out the transcript. (Caveat: I don’t know how accurate the transcript is as a whole, but I’m willing to bet that Paul didn’t actually say “Randolph Bourne says war is a helpless state.” And what is “the Robert/Taft wing of the party”? Who’d they get to do the transcript, Dana Perino?)

anarchist rEVOLution I think Paul did a pretty good job on the whole, but the transcript does illustrate the perils of a libertarian electoral strategy. If you run as a consistent libertarian, you’ll scare off voters as they now are; if, instead, you water down or soft-pedal some aspects of your philosophy, you’ll get called on the inconsistency – as happens here, where Paul ends up sounding like he’s defending the FBI, the CIA, public schools, and the legitimacy of invading North Korea as long as Congress declares war first.

I don’t think this dilemma is a decisive argument against going the electoral route, but it certainly counts in the minus column.

Pyramid Scheme

Caral, Peruvian city of pyramids – older than Egypt’s pyramids, older than India’s Harappa, and “born in trade and not bloodshed,” its discoverer maintains. (Conical hat tip to LRC.) And see this article for similar claims about Harappa. I’m not qualified to evaluate these claims, but they’re interesting. 

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