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just saw paycheck at the megamall. despite ben affleck, unchallenging cops, the walkthrough feeling, the john woo slo-mo with dove trademark touches, and the hollywood ending, i was entertained by the movie. blame it on me soft spot for philip k. dick and a few fascinating concept techy products like the PC interface affleck used for the reverse engineering bit (w/c reminded me of minority report's, and, well, "help me obi-wan kenobi".)

weirdly, outside the theater there seemed to be a "ben and a blonde" poster fest. beside the paycheck poster, there was a standy of jersey girl starring ben affleck. by the ticket-takers, a poser of starsky and hutch with BEN stiller-not affleck- and that wilson blonde brother, and then a poster of a romantic comedy flick -i forget the title- with Ben Stiller again and Jennifer Aniston (Hmmm, the other Bennifer....) Ick.

ok, ok, am really needing some sleep now....

before the i get to the zzzzzz's though, i wanna end this post by going back to the topic of SF (instead of hollywood cheese)

Rudy Rucker's new book (for ages 12 and up!), Frek and the Elixir is out. and his full notes and outline are availble on PDF on his site's frek page where i got the following gist:

Frek and the Elixir is a profound, playful SF epic. The central theme is human individuality vs. the homogeneity of monoculture.

It’s 3003 and the biotech tweaked plants and animals are quite wonderful — but there are only a few dozen of the old species left. Nature has been denatured by the profiteers of NuBioCom. It’s up to Frek Huggins, a lad from dull, sleepy Middleville, to venture out into the galaxy to fetch an elixir to restore Earth’s lost species. At least that’s what a friendly alien cuttlefish tells him the elixir will do. But can you really trust aliens?

another review:
FREK AND THE ELIXIR is a deep, intelligent, often amusing but always impertinent satire ridiculing many of today's “truths”. The story line uses action but ironically provides an outrageous look at a disturbingly closed-fortressed culture in which differences are outlawed as all must support the Gov. Besides Frek being a terrific hero as he grows up rather quickly (aliens and the government will do that), the cast adds depth and the technology is sardonically as off the wall as this wild futuristic tale makes 1984 look freedom loving. - allscifi.com
Frek rules, Shrek drools!

good night, i mean, good mornin' all.

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