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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-02-12 05:43
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Tuesday
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Logorrhea Powell's | Amazon ] reviewed, with body counts!

A review of The New Weird Powell's | Amazon ] — In which I am mention passim.

sarah_prineas on the gentle art of hand-selling one's books — With profuse comment thread.

Tolkien estate sues 'Lord of the Rings' studio over revenue — As I understood it, Tolkien sold all film rights to Saul Zaentz for a mess of pottage back in the day. Or am I completely off base?

Steam on the MississippiThe Edge of the American West talks about the influence of the steamboat. Pay attention, you brass gogglers.

Beatles space broadcast 'risks alien attack'

Time travellers from the future 'could be here in weeks' — What took them so long? Nyuk nyuk nyuk...

Lighting Ballasts That Direct Patients — "An innovative navigation system uses optical signals from hospital lights to guide patients with traumatic brain injuries around hospitals." This is one of those "I'm living in the future" articles. Also a great source for paranoid delusion.

frankwu on Hillary's ability to preside effectively — This is the other side of the electability issue I see with her.

FBI Deputizes Private Contractors With Extraordinary Powers, Including 'Shoot to Kill' — Got civil liberties? Not if the GOP can help it.

Army Buried Study Faulting Iraq Planning — Gosh, no one could possibly have known the Iraq War could have gone the way it did. Except, oh, the Army. Which didn't tell anyone. Not even itself.

Time in saddle: 16 minutes at varying speeds (working my way back to 30 minutes due to knees being NSF last week)
Last night's weigh-out: 273.0
This morning's weigh-in: 270.6
Currently reading: The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, by Leonard Shlain Powell's | Amazon ]
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2008-02-12 14:51 (UTC)
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Surely 'Imagine' would be the best song to beam out! You could go quite wrong.

Greedy Aliens: "Lucy? In the sky with... with diamonds? A sky full of diamonds? Kernoz! Get the ManKiller Ray Gun 5000, and a spare set of batteries!"
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2008-02-12 18:37 (UTC)
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Fun factoid: I got a tour of the labs of Apollo Diamond, one of the companies out there that's found a way to create gem-quality diamonds (and the ones who made the stone in my engagement ring). The owner talked about how they use a vapor-deposition process that basically sets up certain atmospheric conditions inside the machine and lets the diamond "grow" off a seed wafer they provide. Which led to a brief discussion about how you could have a planet with that kind of atmosphere, and wouldn't that make flying a bit of a nightmare.

So yes. A sky full of diamonds: entirely possible. If I were an SF writer, I would have already written that story.
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User: martyn44
Date: 2008-02-12 17:47 (UTC)
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Reminds me of Tim Rice's reaction to an Argentinian audience burning down a cinema showing 'Evita'. 'Seems like a reasonable critical reaction to me', quoth the author.

See, the rich really are different. But not quite as different as Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

Personally, I think Rose Marie would have been a better choice.
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User: shaolingrrl
Date: 2008-02-12 18:03 (UTC)
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Interesting op-ed at the NY Times about Hillary's treatment and one possible basis of Obama support:

Clinton rules
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User: derrylm
Date: 2008-02-13 03:34 (UTC)
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This is the same Saul Zaentz who rooked John Fogerty and then sued him twice, once to take "Zanz Can't Dance" off of Centerfield (or was it to re-title it?), and the other time when he thought "The Old Man Down the Road" sounded too much like one of the CCR songs he owned. So who knows just where he stands with the Tolkien estate.

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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2008-02-13 06:56 (UTC)
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The path of these rights is more torturous (pun intended) than just Zaentz. They've been through almost as many hands as the One Ring.

The Tolkein Trust sold the movie rights to Universal for a bunch of cash and a percentage of any gross receipts once revenues exceeded 2.6 times the final production costs. Every transfer since then has been just that, a transfer. There has been no renegotiation of terms with the Trust.

Zaentz sued New Line over money he believed was owed him; it was settled out of court. It's entirely likely that when Zaentz licensed the rights to Miramax he added in terms of his own, which then were transferred to New Line.

Jackson also sued New Line over compensation due to him, but it's not directly related to the rights issue. He complained that New Line was engaging in shaky accounting so they could undercompensate him; it was settled out of court.

There's more information in The Independent about the meat of the Tolkien Trust's complaint. They're claiming shaky accounting, and that New Line is stonewalling their requests for an independent audit. It sounds very similar to the accusations that Jackson made.

Edited at 2008-02-13 06:57 am (UTC)
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