April 20, 2007
It's a Bird!
I don't think that Superman would have as much respect if he had to flap his arms to fly.
April 06, 2007
Where Was the Ship?
What is the real dispute in the Britain-Iran issue? Is it that both agree on where the British ship was, but the British claim that that spot is in Iraqi territory and the Iranians claim that that spot is in Iranian territory? Or is it that neither side agrees where the exact spot of pickup was? I haven't seen this addressed in any reports.
If both sides agree on the pickup spot location, then the dispute only has to do with the fact that they can't agree on where the borders are. In that case, Iran should allow for the possibility that the British thought they were in Iraq. The solution would be to have some talks about re-defining the borders to everyone's satisfaction in order to prevent this from happening again.
If neither side agrees on the exact location of the pickup spot, both sides need to produce evidence to each other demonstrating their position. Who knows -- maybe the Google Map satellite happened to take a picture at that time. It's too bad that this happened in the ocean, out of sight of land probably. It's sort of hard to revisit and find evidence that a ship was there.
April 01, 2007
Joss Whedon is only a few years older than me, so surely he was just as much of a fan of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman as I was. Buffy's last name -- Summers -- must be an homage to Jaime Sommers, the bionic woman. The two TV super-heroines' surnames differ by only one letter and they are actually pronounced the same.
I think that Jaime would have been amused by the Buffy-bot.