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12/5/2005 Pop Culture. Check out the Star Wars Database anyone can edit

"Welcome to the Wookieepedia , a Star Wars database that anyone can edit . In this wiki, started on March 4, 2005, we are currently working on 18406 articles "


Yes, of course, I have the Star Wars two-hour television holiday special (including commercials) which takes place on the planet Kashyyyk, Chewbacca's home world. The commercials are as funny as the special. Some of those gum commercials were hot stuff back in the day, let me tell you.

11/18/2005 Movies. Harry Potter

Photos from the lines last night (I stopped by to check it out, but I'm seeing it tonight):

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10/31/2005 Pop Culture. Harry had hots for Hermione

"DANIEL RADCLIFFE , 16, admitted to Time magazine that although no sparks are flying between him and his “Harry Potter” co-star Emma Watson , he “had a big crush on (Watson, aka Hermione Granger) when I first met her, definitely.” He added that it would seem “incestuous” if there were a love interest between them now, having worked on four films together. Radcliffe was cast as J.K. Rowling 's Harry Potter when he was 11. The latest Potter flick, based on the fourth book in the series, is due in two weeks." - bh

10/29/2005 Pop Culture. Sulu: I'm Gay. Oh really?

"In an interview with U.S. gay and lesbian magazine, Frontiers , George Takei, 68 revealed he is homosexual. The Actor who played Star Trek's helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the first three series of Star Trek from 1966 and six spin-off movies says "The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay," he said." - thebosh


I think "Mr. Sulu" said he has been in a relationship for 18 years. Interesting, because a beautiful dancer ex-girlfriend of mine once said she spent some time with Mr. Sulu in a hotel jacuzzi in Sacramento and he was totally hitting on her. Was that just her imagination, or might the real deal be that Sulu is not as gay as he thinks he is? hehe. Not that any of this matters, of course. I just found it mildly funny. Surprised me.

10/27/2005 Pop Culture. Legal challenge could block Potter film release

WINNIPEG — A little-known Winnipeg folk group will have a chance next week to block the Nov. 18 premiere of the new Harry Potter movie across Canada.

Tpotteryhe Wyrd Sisters, who allege that Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire contains a scene with a musical group bearing their name, have secured a Nov. 4 court date to apply for an injunction barring distribution of the film.

The band's lawyer, Kimberly Townley-Smith, was unavailable for comment Tuesday. In an earlier interview, she said the Wyrd Sisters would suffer from public confusion over the name.

Warner Brothers is fighting the lawsuit, saying the movie contains no reference to a "Wyrd Sisters" group. Although the company first approached the Winnipeg group and offered $5,000 to share the name, it says it eventually made the film with an unnamed musical group.

"There is absolutely no name . . . for the band that is playing," Warner Brothers spokesman Scott Rowe said from Los Angeles.

"They are never identified by name." Rowe said Warner Brothers officials even flew to Canada last week to show the movie in its entirety to Townley-Smith in order to prove that the Wyrd Sisters name does not appear. Photo: Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'

That's one way to see the movie first... can't wait to see that mad eye in action!

10/25/2005 Music News / Pop Culture. David Lee Roth to replace Howard Stern.

As a long time Van Halen fan I found this interesting:

"Infinity Broadcasting Corp., finally revealing its plans to replace the self-proclaimed "King of All Media," announced a new morning drive time lineup Tuesday of assorted hosts for its 27 soon-to-be former Stern stations. Rather than turning to a single replacement, Infinity offered a variety of names for different markets. The biggest belonged to ex-Van Halen front man Roth and comedian Carolla. Roth, who appeared Tuesday morning on Stern's nationally syndicated show to announced the move, will start in January on WXRK-FM in New York, WBCN-FM in Boston, WYSP-FM in Philadelphia, WRKZ-FM in Pittsburgh, WNCX-FM in Cleveland, WPBZ-FM in West Palm Beach, Fla., and KLLI-FM in Dallas." - abc


9/15/2005 Pop Culture / Religion. Sort of Like Online Confessions.

Read people's dirty little secrets and post your own. I did.

9/7/2005 Pop Culture. Good Bye Bob Denver

Some will note that Gilligan left this world directly after the worst storm the US has ever known.


8/24/2005 Pop Culture. Will You Buy A Panhandling Banana?

" I'm the Panhandling Banana. ... I will display your message on my sign, be it an ad, a wedding proposal. or a message about how great Ebay is. I will panhandle on a freeway offramp of my choosing (though your free to make requests) for one hour. Photos of this, plus a link to the site of your choice will live on my site forever (or for a long time) and will spend at least three months on the front page. " - ebay


Disclaimer: This guy is a comedian friend of mine. I like comedians. They make me laugh. Go ahead, bid and make him rich!

8/8/2005 Pop Culture / Conspiracy. Marilyn Monroe 'not suicidal' facinated with Shakespeare.

"Transcripts of apparent conversations between actress Marilyn Monroe and her psychiatrist have shed new light on her state of mind before she died in 1962. ... Miner claims there was "no possible way" the actress could have killed herself, adding she had "very specific plans for her future". ... The transcripts reveal she was fascinated with the idea of Shakespeare, and was determined to effect a career change. "I feel certain I'll win an Oscar for one or more of my Shakespeare women," the transcript reads. ... Conspiracy theorists continue to dispute the circumstances of Monroe's tragic death. ... The transcript also strongly suggests an involvement with Robert Kennedy, brother of her alleged lover President JF Kennedy. " - bbc



7/19/2005 Pop Culture. So Long "Scotty" Star Trek's James Doohan

scotty "Los Angeles, California - James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said."

"Doohan was born in Vancouver in 1920. He joined the Canadian Army at the age of 19 and was among the Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. Doohan was shot 6 times, four in the leg, one in the chest and one in the right hand, which cost him his middle finger." - cfra

... In a 1998 interview, Doohan was asked if he ever got tired of hearing the line "Beam me up, Scotty."

James Doohan, Actor: "I'm not tired of it at all. Good gracious, it's been said to me for just about 31 years. It's been said to me at 70 miles an hour across four lanes on the freeway. I hear it from just about everybody. It's been fun."

7/17/2005 Pop Culture. Harry Potter Mania.

Check out my video from the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Screaming fans for books! This is great!! Okay, so I'm on chapter 3. How do you pronounce "Scrimageour" anyway?


7/8/2005 Pop Culture. Check the Urban Dictionary.

Get hip to slang. Warning: the Urban Dictionary is not appropriate for all audiences... but it is the place to go if you want to know about a word like Wapanese. Also look up: molesterstache, Jackerfoot, Tinfoil Hat, Hoodie, Booty, DDR, Jesusland, hottie, double deuce, fo' shizzle my nizzle, Tramp Stamp, oops, Jelly Bracelets, ghettopoly, fourteen, Gorm, krump, lemon chicken, gillygobber, and bort sampson.


“Wapanese” are decidedly caucasian individuals who, by means of thoroughly warped postmodern acculturation processes, have come to the decision that it is in their best interest to act as if they were denizens of the nation of Japan.

3/1/2005 Technology / Popular Culture / Privacy. ( pcworld ) Paris Hilton's Address Book Published.

"A copy of Paris Hilton's T-Mobile USA cell-phone address book appeared Saturday on the Web site of a group calling itself "illmob." The address book contains information on over 500 of Hilton's hiltonacquaintances, including super celebrities such as Eminem and Christina Aguilera." ... Eminem's phone number was changed. Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst's voice mailbox was full. Tennis star Anna Kournikova's number was busy, despite repeated attempts to get through. Robert Shapiro's answering machine picked up when called and provided a number to page the star attorney in an emergency. There was no answer at Hilton's home, nor did sister Nicky Hilton answer calls to her phone.

"Victoria Gotti, reality television star and daughter of crime boss John Gotti, said she received 100 calls in two hours as word of the hacked address book spread."

"In January, the Bellevue, Washington, mobile carrier (T-Mobile) acknowledged that Nicholas Jacobsen, a California-based hacker, compromised its internal computer systems in 2003 and viewed the Social Security numbers of 400 customers. T-Mobile, which is part of Deutsche Telekom AG, did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Sunday."

The site mentioned above is down, but I found several others with the 500+ contacts, some phone numbers and some with email addresses. Once information gets out on the net, you can't really stop it. I won't post her address book here because celebs are human too and are therefore entitled to privacy. Others items revealed included her mom and dad's numbers, Ashlee Simpson's, and possibly those of Fiona Apple and Steven Segal. ... or just other people named "Fiona" and "Segal". Several entries are cryptic: A phone number for a contact with a New York area code named: "Sh", for example. (Rudolph Giuliani ? One can only wonder.) These people now have to spend time and money getting numbers changed, and we assume most already have.

2/14/2005 Valentine's Day Hotness / Pop Culture Amber Kloss Pin Up! Check out these tasteful photos of our Sacramento area booking agent Amber Kloss on Robert Berry's RetroCrush. Photos by Kristin Cofer at Elektrik Lov!

12/3/2004 Fun / Pop Culture. Check out Monty Python's Spamalot, a new Broadway Musical.

12/1-12/3/2004 Pop Culture/ Odd Happenings. New E.T. head hunting craze. "The grain of cereal looks like the movie alien E.T."

"Chris Doyle from Sydney said he was about to pour milk over his cereal when he noticed the E.T. look alike in his bowl. He remembered hearing about the cheese sandwich with a likeness of the Virgin Mary that sold for $28,000 on eBay. The cereal grain sold for more than $800 this week on eBay. The grain has been lacquered to preserve it."

#1. The original that sold for $1035.

#2. "just as i was about to pour milk on my Nutra Grain the other day i looked down and saw E.T., well his head anyway. This piece of cereal has not been altered or damaged in anyway, it is the exact image of E.T. Truly amazing, one of a kind." -ebay.au


I could go on posting these, but you get the point. There are PLENTY of of E.T. heads to be found. I'm holding out for one with a body ... and eyeballs. There was actually an E.T. cereal in the 80s, but it was not shaped like E.T. heads. "This cereal was very plain indeed. It had little E's and T's that were yellow in color and tasted just like the yellow parts of Captain Crunch minus the berries." Kellogg had no comment on the phenomenon or its effect on sales at the time of this writing.


12/1/2004 Pop Culture (local6) Inflatable SpongeBob Characters Disappearing From Burger Kings.

There is a nationwide rash of thefts of 9-foot-tall and 9-foot-wide SpongeBob SquarePants inflatables propped on the roofs of Burger Kings. More than 50 SpongeBob-nappings have been reported from Florida to Utah since the pop icon started appearing on fast-food restaurant rooftops in a promotional tie-in with his movie Nov. 11. Employees at a Burger King near Palatka are among the latest to report the theft of the $500 balloon last weekend.

11/29/2004 Pop Culture / UFO Daily Hip-Hop News: UFO Cult Names Eminem 'Honorary Priest'

"Besides taking the top chart position this week for his album, Encore, Eminem is getting another top position as an "honorary priest" of the Raelian Movement. The group's founder, Rael, formerly known as Claude Vorilhon, has bestowed the title upon Eminem for his anti-war video, "Mosh," which calls upon American youth to stand up against the Bush administration's war on Iraq.


11/15/2004. 2AM Fun / Pop Culture / Technology Super short cell phone movie: "street jazz". Little bite sized moments of humanity. There should be a cell phone cam film festival. Sure, why not. Okay, I'm starting one!

The 1st Annual Sacramento Cell Phone Cam Movie Awards

Submissions: xeno735@yahoo.com.

Early Deadline: December 15, 2004

Entry Fee: None

Official Rules: Submit as many as you like. Submissions must be original works under 2 MB each.
By submitting, you grant re-broadcast rights to the contest administrators.

Send your little cell phone camera movies to me at xeno735@yahoo.com. The best ones will be selected for viewing ... somewhere. On this web site if nowhere else. Possible categories: Sci Fi, Comedy, Horror, Surrealism, etc. I need advertising. Time to make some calls. Here are some other film festival links for getting ideas.


11/19/2004 Pop Culture / Safety 2004 "10 Worst Toys" List. W.A.T.C.H.'s annual "10 Worst Toys" list nominates representative toys with the potential to cause childhood injuries, or even death.

10/22/04 Space / Pop Culture Shatner among celebs who want to go to space

"Associated Press LONDON - "Star Trek" star William Shatner and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Dave Navarro are among thousands of people who want to fly on Virgin's proposed commercial space flights, company chief Richard Branson said Friday.

Branson said more than 7,000 people had registered their willingness to pay the $210,000 fare for the service, which promises to send passengers 70 miles above the Earth. "

I think this is a great idea. Yes. William Shatner should go to space. He should wear his Starfleet Admiral Kirk outfit when he does.


10/7/04 Pop Culture The third Star Wars prequel is named: Revenge of the Sith. Learn more about the Sith here.

7/13/04 Strange. Britney's subliminal message. The sound sample and photo still are a clip of her song played both forward and backward. When played backwards she seems to say something... After you hear it, you may want to know this: Britney is now over 18 years old according to Earl.

7/1/04 Humor. Here are some of Europe's worst interior designs from the year 1974. A blast from the past. Actually there are a few I'd enjoy. Green grass carpet?

7/1/04 Do Stuff. Build and animate your own snowflake.

7/1/04 Pop Culture (NBC) 'Sex Bracelets' Cause For Parental Concern. Secret signals known only to teens?

These bendable pieces of colorful rubber have a whole new unwholesome meaning: They're a sexual code to many teens. Some colors mean different things, and people wear them for that reason. Here's a common breakdown, from what teens told NBC 10:

Yellow: hugging, Purple: kissing, Red: lap dance, Blue: oral sex, Black: the full monty.

In a game called Snap, if a boy breaks a jelly bracelet off a girls wrist, he basically gets a sexual coupon for that act. It's become such a problem in some middle schools in Florida, districts started banning the bracelets.

Sounds like a fun game for adults too. Time to get my girlfriend some bracelets. They don't say what green and orange are, do they? How about Green: you do the dishes tonight. Orange, you buy dinner. Hehe.

6/13/04 Scary Stuff / Pop Culture This is really spooky. Pick up the latest Victoria's Secret catalog (pictured to the right) and have a look at page 78. This is either proof that photos in this magazine are retouched to remove entire people, or this model really has a man's hand attached to her left shoulder.

In either case, this has to be the most disturbing picture ever printed in Victoria's Secret.

This story is from collegehumor.com (some material not suitable for kids.)

Here is an example from the BBC of how photos are retouched to make people look... less real and more perfect.

This is a visual version of a disturbing lie.

Alert readers will find 'floating hands' in the news (especially in the area of politics ) if they watch and read closely. Example: the 'flawed' report.

5/19/04 Scary Art. Here is some painting by Kimberly Reck. Excellent sci fi art! Check out more here. Click photos to enlarge them to get the full effect. Best viewed at full size.


4/24/04 Pop Culture I don't know what this is, well, it is a face and you click on it. And it ... makes faces. Found this and the link below from MoniQueues who submitted a picture for my Secret Finger Trick page.

4/23/04 Pop Culture This link is great. The hot ladies of the original Star Trek. How many did Capt. James T. Kirk get to kiss or save from evil aliens? I don't know.

3/30/04 Interview Dittos Jeans. (thislondon) Remeber Ditto's Jeans for girls? Here is an interview I did recently with Richard Leff, one of the makers of these hot pants.

Xeno: Hello Richard, It is fun to have found you and thanks for answering some questions. How did you become involved in the design of the Dittos line of pants and how did you start the craze that made them must-haves for girls in the 1970's?

Richard: I was one of the founders of Dittos. Prior to Dittos there really were no jeans for women/girls. The ladies had started to buy men/boys jeans. We were lucky enough to see the need and hence Dittos became the leading female jean.

Xeno: With all the nostalgia such as "that 70's show" do you know why the haven't been re-released?

Richard: Legal Reasons... But we may be back if these issues can be resolved.

Xeno: Do you have a secret cache of Dittos pants?

Richard: Sorry, No cache

Xeno: Do you still have the patterns that someone could buy or do you know where they are now? (Funny, a month or two ago I was asking NASA if they still had the plans to the Saturn V rocket. Answer: yes, they do, despite a major news story that says they are lost.)

Richard: Yes we do.

Xeno: Do you have any photos or sketches of the different styles, you working in the early days, models, etc. that I could use for the article?

Richard: Nothing I would be willing to let out of my sight.

Xeno: Anything else that might be interesting to people who wore or admired Dittos pants?

Richard: The interesting thing is that over twenty years later Dittos still has a significant following!

Xeno: Thanks very much for your time.

A few weeks after I posted this article, I had the following email:

"... I am the current owner to the DITTOS trademark, and yes, we are planning a relaunch. We are shooting for Holiday 2004 season, but it may be Spring 2005 before we actually have them back in the department stores. We are very excited about bringing the sexy curves of DITTOS back to today's youth! I sincerely appreciate your interest in the nostalgia of our brand. I would be happy to answer any further questions for you, or to send you some DITTOS when the first line is launched.
Great website!!

Thank you,
Cynthia Stemrich
Dittos Inc.

Have you ever wanted to have a disco party ... in your mouth?

3/31/04 Pop Culture. Very nice pages of special effects makeup jobs done for TV and movies.

3/30/04 Download 80's commercials. Try "the gum that goes squirt," is pretty funny, for example.

3/29/04 Spam Poetry. (sperare) Girl writes poetry using only subject lines of spam.

3/10/2004 Disco Fashions: (Findarticles) Check out these 1970's disco fashions. Ladies, have you ever worn dittos pants? BACK in 1970, Richard Leff and his partner Alan Kane created Dittos, one of the first lines of jeans designed for women, with the sexy advertising slogan, "Feel the fit."

3/10/2004 Math: (mersenneforum) Imaginary numbers story:

A (non-math) professor commented that mathematics was of little value. "mathematicians claim to work with imaginary numbers! How can anything be more useless?"

A math major student in the audience protested, "Hey! Imaginary numbers are just as useful as any other numbers!"

The professor called her to come down to the front next to the blackboard. "Show me", he smugly commanded, "the square root of minus one pieces of chalk", handing her a fresh stick of chalk.

The student frowned. The professor smiled and reached to take back the chalk. The student said, "I'll do it! I'll do it if you first show me one-half piece of chalk."

The professor's smile changed to a grin as he snapped the chalk in two and handed one of the halves to the student. "There you are. One-half piece of chalk."

As she held up the chalk piece, the student carefully explained, "No, this is one piece of chalk. You have one piece of chalk in your hand, and I have one piece of chalk in my hand. But I asked you for one-half piece of chalk, not one piece."

The professor's grin slowly faded.

The student said, "See? The square root of minus one is just as real as one-half." and turned to resume her seat.

3/9/2004 Mystery Spots: Where on Earth do you suppose this strange photo was taken?

3/8/2004 Fun Sites: Did you know that God hates shrimp? Did you know you can buy dehydrated water? You might visit the Romanian Mint Rubbing Association (RMRA). Read the anti-chain letter. Read the true story of the exploding whale. And finally, see the video of Broccoli Man who met GW Bush.

3/1/2004 Animation Craze: The disgusting animations at this site are quite distasteful, good for a laugh but rated PG. Here's one for you buffy fans. (You really need sound to get the full effect.)

2/4/2004: PopCulture / Politics: CBS gets the boob! ( more pics here?) Accident? Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed during half time at the Super Bowl. Here is a strange angle you might not have considered:

1. CBS, the network on which the celebrity breast in question appeared, recently refused to run an award winning ad challenging Bush's financial policies. The ad met FCC regulations and was paid for and sponsored by US citizens through moveon.org. ( see ad ) The ad was turned down as being "too controversial."

2. CBS, which censored the people's submission, instead ran commercials paid for by beer and tobacco companies and a pro war ad by the Bush administration.

3. ( Son vs. Sun ) The political rift in this country also splits somewhat down lines of Christian fundamentalists values and open minded sex-loving sun worshiping MTV sex-positive values. 50 points for the godless pagans? See the Da Vinci Code, see also: newpagan.com.

4. Seven Major corporations now own the largest media outlets in the USA. CBS has lobbied hard and will benefit from recent changes in Federal Communications Commission restrictions on the ownership of local TV stations. ( see: 1 )

Did Janet Jackson stick it to CBS for censoring? Take that boob right in the face. Go get fined $5.5 million ( $27,500 fine for each of the 200 CBS-owned or affiliated licensees that aired the broadcast. see: 2 )

As one page said, "CBS should not have the right to exclude political ads that adhere to the regulations of the FCC. Questioning the fiscal policies of our government in an election year is too controversial?"

Does CBS know that people are pissed off over the censorship? Is this why
"CBS said Tuesday it would institute a video delay system to avoid any recurrence at Sunday's Grammy Awards." - chron.com.

5. Oh, there is also this item: (ABC) On Nov. 19 CBS pulled her brother Michael Jackson's "music special, saying it would be 'inappropriate' to air given the new charges that the star molested a child. ... Jackson has denied the charges."

Then again, it may have nothing to do with politics, religion or her family. It may have just been an accident. Believe what you like.

( We are sure you could find a copy of the video somewhere if you are curious.)

More video here?

1/20/2004: ( Wired ) Here's a story from a few months ago. I can't believe I missed it. SAN FRANCISCO -- Call it spam rage -- a Silicon Valley computer programmer has been arrested for threatening to torture and kill employees of the company he blames for bombarding his computer with Web ads promising to enlarge his penis. Now that's funny. Will the new CAN SPAM act help this guy at all? C4.net says it may.

1/10/2004: Here's an interesting thing. Naughty oragami Japanese paper folding.

1/6/2004: According to retrocrush webmaster, UK "THE DAILY STAR" plagiarized his story and at least 30 newspapers and web sites reprinted the ms-attributed work. Daily Star News Editor Kieran Saunders is quoted from a phone conversation as saying, "Well, if it's on the internet it's up for grabs.  You can't copyright anything on the internet."  and on the second call,"I told you never to call here again, speak to our legal group".

12/10/03 JenniCam to shut down after 7 years.

10/7/03: Just for Fun: Here are some links to optical illusions.

8/27/03: Harrison Ford Blasts U.S. Iraq Policy. Han Solo, you rebel!

8/18/03: Comparison of cell phone cameras on cockeyed.com including some pics by Xeno.

8/18/03: Do voodoo dolls work? No. If they did, we wouldn't have THIS.

8/14/03: Sacramento flash mob page added to this site now has cell phone instant message feature.

8/6/03: More fun: Check out ihateclowns.com

7/18/03: Little robots in your pants? Uh...

7/18/03: Revrend: deceased is going to hell. Family to sue for remark. "the Lord vomited people like Ben out of his mouth to hell."

7/14/03: FUN: Amy Anne as a Roller Girl Gone Wild? Retrocrush pics of Trash Film O-gee. Warning: some trashy pics here. This is what Sacramentans like to do at the Crest Theatre.

7/2/03: Loud car stereos that can kill you. Decibel drag racing.

7/6/03: I just got a dollar that had a web address on it. I entered the serial no. and found out that my $1 bill came from Napa, CA, 34 miles away and that it took 40 Days, 1 Hr, 23 Mins to get to me. See wheresgeorge.com

6/27/03: World Toe Wrestling Web site

6/25/03: Odd site: Underwater photos of women

6/25/03: Buy land on the moon for $30?

6/25/03: Prostitution Reform Bill has passed decriminalising soliciting, pimping and brothel keeping in New Zealand.

6/18/03: Is Your Dog Laughing at You?

6/20/03: Track Your Dog w/GPS! NOW Who is Laughing?

6/10/03: Xenophilia.org Chris Phoenix's responsible nanotech articles.

5/22/03: Ugly Money: Fun site, nice people. See this collection of defaced bills!

5/20/03: You only need one good idea to rule the world says the naked cowboy.

5/7/03: An asteroid is named after Mr. Rogers.

5/14/03: White man speak with forked tongue. No, REALLY.

11/3/02: Movie Parallels: J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Premiers in London. The magical world of Wizards (as opposed to science and technology) is making a come back in the Harry Potter series and also in Lord of the Rings. The next in the LOTR series is called "The Two Towers" and some have objected to this title in light of the 9-11 attacks. In the Harry Potter stories we see teachers who equip the innocent against the dark arts and there is also a place for the banishment of evildoers called "Azkaban" which triggers thoughts of a similar sounding real world wasteland where much evil has been concentrated. Monsters Inc. is a tale of power obtained through terror where the head of the power corporation is secretly an evil liar with the happy ending of the discovery of alternative energy. Bowling for Columbine makes the startling point that our fears make us aggressive and shows that we are, for the most part, in complete denial about this fact. The South Park movie features Kyle's Jewish mom taking control of the White House as her fear (of the vulgarity of Terrance and Phillip) drags the USA into World War III.

AGENT SMITH MATRIX QUOTE: "I had something of a revelation when I tried to categorize your species and realized that humans aren't really mammals. Mammals, you see, naturally establish an equalibrium with the environment they live in. But not so, with you humans. You move into an area, consume all the natural resources which are there, and then the only way you can sustain yourselves is to move into another area and stripping it until it's dead. There is another creature which exhibits these traits. Do you know what it is? It is a virus! Humanity, is a cancer upon this planet, and we, are the cure."



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