September 6th, 2003



Dammit, I'm going to have to re-read Number of the Beast. I didn't like it the first time I read it, and subsequent re-readings have never endeared it to me, but I think that this perspective on it might well make it worth reading again (much like later examination persuaded me that Total Recall was actually a good film, once I spotted the twist).

If you're bemused by the mild porn and physical references being thrust in your face, you never notice what's actually going on ... all the way through the book, you see lecture after lecture about Who's In Charge, Why Is This Happening, These Are Books We Really Liked, and This Is Why ... and every single time there's a boring lecture or tedious character interaction going on in the foreground, there's an example of how to do it RIGHT in the background ... and constant harping and lecturing on the shoddiness of writers who don't generate stories that *flow*, but just jerk characters and events around with no rhyme or reason ... AND EVERY TIME THAT HAPPENS, A 'BLACK HAT' POPS IN AND JERKS THINGS AROUND ... and EVERY SINGLE 'BLACK HAT' HAS A NAME WHICH IS AN ANAGRAM OF HEINLEIN'S OWN. (Or of someone very close to him.)

Dammit, dammit, dammit. I wonder where my copy is.

I bet it's still not good for you

Apparently Ecstacy doesn't give you Parkinsons after all, this story says.

Researchers horrified to find they had used a mislabeled bottle in an experiment retracted their findings on Friday, saying they had failed to show the drug Ecstasy can cause a certain pattern of brain damage.

Their original report, published in September 2002, said they had found Parkinson's disease-like damage in the brains of monkeys injected with Ecstasy. or MDMA.

"The authors recently discovered that the drug used to treat all but one animal in that report came from a bottle that contained methamphetamine instead of the intended drug, MDMA ('Ecstasy')," the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which published the study in its journal Science, said in a statement...

Of course, it still fucks up your seratonin levels, and I'm remarkable attached to mine...