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April 26, 2016

I've just invented the 'Containment moment'

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You will, of course, recall Containment, America/The CW's remake of Belgium's Cordon. Episode two was on last night and within the first few seconds I was laughing.

Containment quotes Socrates

Oh dear. Quoting Socrates. Well, to be exact quoting a slightly loose translation of section 42a of Plato's Apology, which is an account of Socrates' trial, in which Plato says Socrates said:

ἀλλὰ γὰρ ἤδη ὥρα ἀπιέναι, ἐμοὶ μὲν ἀποθανουμένῳ, ὑμῖν δὲ βιωσομένοις: ὁπότεροι δὲ ἡμῶν ἔρχονται ἐπὶ ἄμεινον πρᾶγμα, ἄδηλον παντὶ πλὴν ἢ τῷ θεῷ.

θεῷ, there, referring to Zeus, of course, but I guess the all-American Containment wasn't going there.

So why was I laughing? Because it reminds me of Joe Queenan's America (aka Red Lobster, White Trash, & the Blue Lagoon), in which he deliberately decides to read all the worst books, watch the worst movies, eat the worst food, attend the worst events, etc that America and Americana have to offer.

This includes reading Tom Clancy novels. He notes that Clancy and similarly bad authors all have a habit of quoting much better authors at the beginning of books and even chapters of books in order to give their sub-standard works an intellectual veneer that makes them seem better than they are.

I'm going to start calling these quotes 'Containment moments' from now on.

As a brief aside, Queenan suggests it might be an idea to return the favour of the 'Containment moment' and preface classic works of literature with quotes from lesser authors, imagining, for example, what would happen if a play of Shakespeare's was preceded with:

The Hughes 500D is an extremely quiet helicopter due to sound baffles in the Allison 250-C20B engine. 

Tom Clancy

That would be aces.

Batman's problems at Ikea

Posted on April 26, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Now only has his bat cape been recalled for causing marks and scratches on the neck…

Ikea wants its bat capes back

…it also wants its Gothem* lamps back. How will they light the bat signal at an affordable price now?

Gothem lamp recalled

* Yes, I know that it's Gotham city.

April 18, 2016

Weekly Wonder Woman: The Legend of Wonder Woman #23

Posted on April 18, 2016 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Ironically, it's quiet on the Western Front in the world of comics for Wonder Woman, except in The Legend of Wonder Woman where all guns are blazing there. But that's the only comic out last week that featured our heroine - brace for the usual end-of-month deluge this week, though.

Of course, there has been a graphic novel - Wonder Woman: Earth One - Volume One, written by Grant Morrison with art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn. That's been a long time in the making (indeed, rumour has it, the fact that Grant Morrison got the gig is one of the reasons Greg Rucka left DC quite some while back), but it's been so lacking in advertising, I only noticed five minutes ago it had finally been released. Expect a review in a couple of weeks' time, when I might have had a chance to read the rather large tome.

Wonder Woman: Earth One

Also out in the US is Justice League vs Teen Titans, the latest movie from the DC animated universe that features, largely as guest stars most of the time, the Justice League. However, that's not due out until May 21st in the UK, so I won't review it until then. 

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