There’s a good chance this photo isn’t genuine, but I couldn’t resist it.
If summer turns your thoughts toward the seashore, it may also turn them toward… well, sharks. I don’t know about you, but I find sharks fascinating.
And here’s one of the most fascinating shark stories of all:
This was in 1935, and a lot of our modern crime-solving technology had yet to be imagined. I wonder how well investigators would do with this case today.
But let’s hope there’s no need to find out.
Suddenly the supermarket’s full of Jurassic World 2 tie-ins to Cheetos and Doritos, which means the movie’s coming out, and here’s the trailer.
I am a total sucker for Jurassic Park movies. I shrug off the cliches. I tolerate the illusion of dinosaurs as big as Liechtenstein. And is that Carcharodon megalodon moving in on all those surfers? You’d think a couple of humans would be only the equivalent of two or three Doritos, to a shark that makes “Jaws” look like a guppy. Sheesh, “You’re gonna need a bigger ocean…”
At the very least, these movies provide escape, take my mind off things. They might even give me an idea or two that I can use in my books. Inspiration, of a kind. So of course I’ll want to see it! And eventually I will. But I just can’t be going to a movie theater, dropping $25 just to see a movie, and sitting through a dozen previews and several commercials before anything good happens.
There’s fake news that’s done on purpose, and then there’s fake news that just happens because people make mistakes.
This weekend, the world almost went to war because of a cock-up by a couple of nooze agencies ( http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-14/chinese-media-almost-sets-world-war-3-erroneous-north-korea-headline ).
North Korea was having its annual “Day of the Sun” parade, honoring the depraved homicidal maniacs who run the place: this after repeatedly declaring they were going to test a nuclear weapon, breaking an international treaty, and threatening to bomb America’s allies and military bases. So that made a lot of people nervous.
Well, they haven’t set off the nuke yet. What they did was to trot out their new improved long-range missile for the parade.
First China’s Xinhua news agency reported–oh, boy!–“North Korea Fires Projectile.” Shoulda been North Korea displays projectile. America’s Bloomberg news agency picked up the Chicoms’ fumble and ran with it, full speed to the wrong goal line. And it seems there was a bit of a military scramble started until someone sorted out the error before anyone could start shooting.
Remember, in Jaws, Roy Scheider sees the giant monster shark and tells Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”? And Shaw doesn’t listen to him, does he–and his boat gets wrecked and sunk and he gets eaten by the shark.
We need a bigger boat than the one designed and built by what passes for human wisdom.
God is the only one who has such a boat. Reminds me of a boat He once lent to Noah and his family…
Don’t think it’s all hurly-burly here, all the time.
One of the things I like to do, to relax, is to sing to my cats, Robbie and Peep. You don’t have to be Pavarotti: these cats don’t care.
From the time she was a kitten, Peep favored that old Frankie Valli standby, “Walk like a Peep.” She also likes the theme from the old Patrick McGoohan TV show, “Secret Agent Peep.”
Robbie goes more for the classics: “Furry tales can come true, it can happen to you…” Or, “We were sailing along on Moonlight Bay; you can here the fishes singin’, they seem to say…”
And from Jaws, another cat favorite. You can plug in your own cat’s name and use this song free of charge.
Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish peepsters,
Farewell and adieu to you Peep-cats of Spain.
For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Peep-town,
And so nevermore shall we peep you again.
Try it with your cat sometime. Or your dog, or your iguana. And feel the love.