I have watched the HPLHS Call of Cthulhu.

As you may remember, I had a choice between two Cthulhu indy films, and based on reader input I went with The Call of Cthulhu: The Celebrated Story by H.P. Lovecraft. It came in the mail Saturday; I got my mail today; and I have just now watched it.

I suspect that I had ended up choosing… wisely. It’s clever in its format; it works well as a silent, black-and-white short movie – better than it would as a bloated SF extravaganza. The music was well chosen, the plot is surprisingly close to the original, and while it did not scare the devil out of me it would have been hard to, seeing as I know the story so well by now. I do wonder how an impressionable nine year old would approach this movie. Or possibly a twelve year old.

The HPLHS website is here – and, spookily, they have just now decided to explain to the world what the heck is going on with their new project. Well, old project.

Something to look forward to.

An update on the San Francisco Shoeshine Man.

I suppose that I should be happy about the update to Larry Moore’s situation – after all, they’re letting the man work – but, frankly, I’m still missing how life is improved by requiring Mr. Moore to shell out five hundred dollars for the privilege of being allowed to rejoin Western civilization. I think that we should be curing the disease, not the symptom – and while it’s nice that they’re being accommodating about the paperwork, I’d rather that they gave some serious thought to why they have the paperwork in the first place.

I’d also like to note that if Mr. Moore was less pleasant he’d probably be still stuck in this mess. Not to be bone-crushingly naive about the way things work, but just because that does make a difference doesn’t mean that it should, or that it’s right that it does.

Alerted to this from the guy over at Technomancy for Fun and Profit.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Book of the Week: “Death from the Skies!”

And so we say goodbye to Victory of Eagles (Temeraire). With a title like Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . . would already be a shoo-in for Book of the Week – I’m the sort of person who enjoyed Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual For The End Of The World – but this book has… friends.

Dun dun DUN!!!!!

I curse Ace of Spades for linking to the Agony Booth.

For now I am trapped within it.  Curse you, Ace of Spades HQ.  I cannot spend the next three days reading that site.

Moe Lane

PS: AoSHQ linked to the “Spock’s Brain” review: I personally would have gone with “And the Children Shall Lead.”  Either way, I can’t imagine why Agony Booth thought advertising the complete third season of Star Trek DVDs would work. The whole shebang, on the other hand…

EU parliament poised to shift right, if not downright EU-skeptic.

This week’s dose of unintentional irony comes to us via Riehl World View. The context: the way that the EU parliamentary elections seemed poised to give more say to political parties that don’t like concept of the EU parliament all that much.

“It is a paradox, really. It shows how divided the center-left forces are at the moment. Normally sitting governments are punished at European elections,” said Jackie Davis, an analyst at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

Funny: from all the way over here in the USA that’s what it looks like the European electorate is actually doing.

Moe Lane

PS: Go Tim Worstall.

Crossposted to RedState.

Private space companies want less government regulation.

And I want a pony.

[UPDATE] Welcome, Instapundit readers.

Three guesses who gets their wish first?

The future of space could soon belong to private companies—the soon-to-be retired space shuttle is being replaced by private launchers, space tourists are snapping pictures from the International Space Station, global positioning systems are ubiquitous, and entrepreneurs are building suborbital craft destined for use by paying customers. But the mood at the Space Business Forum, an annual gathering of investors and space geeks held in New York City, was impatience to get the feds out of the way so the private sector can attract investments and grow quicker. “I’d say the role of government [in the space industry] is too high,” says Heidi Wood, the senior equity analyst for aerospace for Morgan Stanley. “There are far too many hands on it.”

(Via Instapundit) Not to be overly delicate about it, but people have noticed that the political party for whom ‘regulation’ isn’t a swear term is the political party currently running the US government, right?  So unless your killer space application also happens to have some way to directly profit a couple of Congressional committee chair’s cronies (or, for the most ethical ones, the chair’s Congressional District in general), I wouldn’t count on let-the-market-decide arguments getting any kind of traction any time soon.

Elections have consequences.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Well, SOMEBODY’S getting fired over this global warming ad flap.

To quote Cool Hand Luke, what we have here is a failure to communicate:

‘Global warming is baloney’ signs put the heat on Burger King

A row between the fast food giant Burger King and one of its major franchise owners has erupted over roadside signs proclaiming “global warming is baloney”.

The franchisee, a Memphis-based company called the Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC) that owns more than 40 Burger Kings across Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, has described Burger King as acting “kinda like cockroaches” over the controversy. MIC says it does not believe Burger King has the authority to make it take the signs down.

The Guardian shoved in as many cooking allusions as it could – which they shouldn’t have, but it’s forgivable – but the, ah, meat of the matter is that the Burger King spokesman says that they have the right to shut down this kind of signage on the part of its franchisees, and that the franchisee has agreed to take down the signs; while the franchise spokesman says that Burger King doesn’t have the right to shut down these signs, and that Burger King can… deal with it. The word ‘cockroaches’ was used in the latter’s response, as was an explicitly cheerful willingness to drag it out in court for the next ten years.

[[John]] McNelis added: “The [restaurant] management team can put the message up there if they want to. It is private property and here in the US we do have some rights. Notwithstanding a franchise agreement, I could load a Brinks vehicle with [rights] I’ve got so many of them. By the time the Burger King lawyers work out how to make that stick we’d be in the year 2020.”

Which is why I figure that somebody’s getting fired. You usually don’t have people in marketing making statements that are that direct unless they’re either sure that they won’t get fired, or that they’re sure that they will…

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Labour gets swept away from local governance in UK.

If I understand this correctly, this is kind of a big deal:

Labour left with no county councils in England as Tories seize control of heartlands in local elections

Labour slumped to a record low in yesterday’s local council elections as it was swept from power in its last four counties.

The party faced losing more than 300 seats as its projected share of the vote plummeted to 23 per cent, leaving it trailing in third place in the last big test of public opinion before a General Election.

Gordon Brown admitted the party had suffered a ‘painful defeat’.

As I understand the term, ‘counties’ in the English part of the UK are somewhat more powerful than American counties, but not as powerful as American states: so this is only vaguely like the nearest American equivalent (one party losing control of all fifty state legislatures). Nonetheless, it’s an epic-level shellacking (when your candidates are being beaten by the guy from the Official Monster Raving Loony Party*, you’re in trouble) – and one that suggests that the EU Parliament election results are going to be down right fascinating

Moe Lane

*Who didn’t win.

Crossposted to RedState.