Sunday, October 29, 2006

Science Fiction in Bastrop?

I couldn't remember the science fiction author that moved to Bastrop, so I looked it up. It was Michael Moorcock, the author of Elric of Melnibone.

Why Bastrop, Texas? I know at some point we talked to him in a Statesman article, because that was when I first heard about it, but I don't recall the reason. I'll look it up when I get a chance.

Recognizing the pattern of YouTube

Another 'Pattern Recognition'-esque deal on YouTube, much like LonelyGirl15 that I wrote about a couple of months ago ... I read in the Oct. 15, 2006 edition of American Way magazine about another YouTube clip dubbed 'Bus Uncle'.

It takes place in Hong Kong ... an older man in his 50s berates a youngster for 10 minutes about talking loudly on his cell phone. It became a sensation after being uploaded onto YouTube, with t-shirts quoting lines from the clip, to parodies and animations and other bits copying it.

Eventually someone tracked down the man, and he had no idea about his celebrity. He was a simple old man.

* A pretty good take by someone else on the similarity of LonelyGirl15 and Pattern Recognition.

It really is a good book.

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