Friday, May 25, 2012

Star Child and Star Wars at 35 -OR- Shoo the Hoodoo Away

Updated 11:45 May 17, 2015: See below.

Ah, yes, the most iconic scene in the whole Star Wars saga featuring a young Luke Skywalker watching the twin suns of Tatoo I and Tatoo II setting over the endless, pole-to-pole desert wastes of Tatooine.

A planet orbiting such a binary stellar system would be in a circumbinary or "P-type" orbit, which is likely gravitationally unstable and some more stable configuration would be required. In addition, the two stars appear so close to each other that there would be powerful gravitational tidal interactions between them.


"A Long Time Ago In a Galaxy Far, Far Away ..." (Part 1)

**5/17/2015: Content removed.**

I noted that it was the 35th birthday of MH ("Mr. Sirius") and added a bunch of other stuff that at this point, 3 years on, I think is best just flushed down the memory hole (to the extent that is possible).

** 5/17/2015: Additional content removed.**

Yours truly looking south along the Atlantic shore in Deerfield Beach toward Hillsboro beach, Fla., 12:37PM, Aug. 2, 2009.


"A Long Time Ago In a Galaxy Far, Far Away ..." (Part 2)

Today is ALSO the 35th anniversary -- released on the same day as Mr. Sirius was born -- of the release of the original Star Wars movie, and I do remember that.

I was a big fan of the first three movies. The next set years later, well, those should have never been made.

Also, I've come to agree with a certain view about George Lucas concerning the myth-making in which he so shameless engaged as the original triology unfolded.

It was Steven Hart who wrote it so aptly in a 2002 article in Salon: Lucas is a a galactic gasbag, all the more so in the way he pimped out the late Joseph Campbell (a philosophical bullshit artist himself) to create ex-post facto all the purported mythological underpinnings of the Star Wars saga.

More to the point, the Star Wars Universe is basically Nazi Germany and the Catholic Church (in its Spanish Inquisition-incarnation) writ large.

Ask yourself: Would you rather live in a Star Wars Universe or a Star Trek Universe? For any sensible, thoughtful, non-sociopathic person, that's not even a serious question.

I mean, George Lucas and his vapid corporate myth factory or Gene Roddenberry, creative visionary??

The Guardian of Forever in The City on the Edge of Forever, Star Trek: The Original Series


May 25th is also National Missing Children's Day ...

... because it is when Etan Patz went missing on May 25, 1979 in New York City. I was living in Long Branch, New Jersey (at age 9) and I have distinct memory of that whole event and how it dragged on into, if I may say it, "monstrous infinity."

It triggered everything that since followed including milk carton images, recovery memories, panics and hysteria, amber alerts, online lists and registers, and a full-throttled punitive, no, brutual state with its own vocabulary.

But just yesterday -- essentially 33 years to the day later -- there may have been an actual break in the case.


The following is reposted from my March 22, 2012 entry since it is sort of related to one of the themes of this entry.

From the Department of Partial Nuttiness ...

Oceania 1984 Meets American Gay Urbania 2012

With profound apologies to George Orwell (and only because I'm obsessed with the twin but unrelated topics of the social aspects of gay society and America's oligarchical overclass) ...

The Theory and Practice of Gay Oligarchical Collectivism

by Regulus

Chapter One

Gay is Straight

"Throughout the past 4 decades, and probably since World War II when gay discharged soldiers began to gather in large numbers in San Francisco, there have been three kinds of homos in the world, the A-List, the Average, and the Trolls. They have been classified and reclassified in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from bar to bar, but the essential structure of gay society has never altered.

"Even after enormous strides in widespread social acceptance and seemingly irrevocable positive developments, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.

"The styles and attitudes of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable..."

Adapted from the actual text here.


As performed by the Ambrose Mayfair Hotel Orchestra - Shoo the Hoodoo Away (1930)

Shoo the Hoodoo Away
By Ted Snyder and Charles K. Harris
©1930, Pegasus Records
Record release: Happy Days Are Here Again

Come on you darkies, I'm wailin',
There's sure a hoodoo around!
Lordy, Lordy
There's sure a hoodoo around!

We [--] folks, he is wailin',
But we must run him to the ground!
Brothers, sisters
We must run him to the ground!

Don't let your heart grow too heavy
Keep smilin' and maybe
We'll shoo the hoodoo away!
Though devil sure in a' harbour,
The good Lord keeps cover
He'll shoo that hoodoo away!
You’re always sweatin', frettin', hurtin'
Swearin', darin', Satan!

Oh, hear us Lord, Hallelujah!
For we're prayin' to Ya
To shoo that hoodoo away!


Sanford & Son episode "The Surprise Party" on YouTube, Part 2 at 6min 22sec

Fred, upon his return from St. Louis, gets wasted drunk when he overhears Lamont telling Grady that he was just as good at running the junk business and the house as Fred. Here he bumps into Aunt Ester in the middle of the night.

Aunt Ester: "Fred Sanford, you oughta be ashamed a yo'self! Just look at you ... Pants all baggy! Face all dirty! You just a messy fool!"
Fred: "And you just a cessy pool!


The weather continues to suck in that all the rain has, of course, missed D.C. proper, or at least that pure evil rain gauge at National Airport. And now it's just going to get too damn hot (90F-ish for highs) and too sunny.


Memorial Day Weekend 2012: Five-Sided Stop and Jazz Music

So tomorrow, I'm actually supposed to take a tour tomorrow with my friend / co-worker A. of the Pentagon. A mutual friend (in her group) works there. I've never been there in the nearly 20 years I've lived in and around the D.C. area.

Then I think we're supposed to go out thereafter, possibly starting at the Jazz in the (National Gallery of Art Sculpture) Garden. The Summer 2012 season kicks off today with the Tom Principato Band.

Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, 1999
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

OK, I think that's all for now. My next planned update may not be until Monday. It is the Memorial Day weekend and I have off Monday.


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