more and monsters of literature

A grumble first: that Ferderation Square website is pretty useless. All Flashed up but basically static. I heard on the radio that they were screening Japanese gangster flims and Spagehetti Westerns there this week. I’d have to buy the paper to find anything more out because there’s nothing on their site.

I’m really getting my kicks out or the phrase ‘Duchess of Pork’ being bandied around in tv ads at the moment. hehe. Now _that’s_ funny. Has a very Lewis Carroll feel to it. It takes a big person to do an ad. like that. (I meant metaphorically big.) Step ladders are also funny, in a general way.

Finally got an internal web server working on Mandrake. Stuck it in the /usr/local. Can’t get PHP to go yet, but do have MYSQL running. This is good as far as working up a new design for spouting and mucking around with their sql version. I’d like to move to a host with database access when the current situation runs out mid-year and migrate to the mysql-backed movable type set up. It’ll probably subside, but have been restless about the domain name too. www.eskimopie.org would be cool, so would esquimauxpie.net. I’m not really doing myself any favours by annnouncing that eh?

A few days back I finished reading Kilgore Trout’s old-schoool science fiction novel, ??Venus on the Half Shell??. It was recommended to me a couple of years back by a former high school teacher who we’ll call sensei harmo …

There’s a shot of the cover of the book here. Most of Kilgore Trout’s novels are in fact wwritten by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., but this one was written by Phillip Hosé Farmer. It’s pretty damn funny. My guess is that Douglas Adams and that Pratchett guy (I haven’t read any of his stuff, but have the vague idea that it’s mostly a mix of science fiction and humour) drew a fair bit of inspiration from Vonnegut (and Farmer when he hammed it up – like this). The main character attempts to find the answer to the question, “why are we created to suffer and die?” while travelling to several planets inhabited by wacky life forms. A lot of attention is paid to the sexual practises of these life forms and hilarity ensues.
It’s not too easy to find. It was on my mental list which pops up whenever I’m in a second hand book store. After a couple of years of checking ‘T’ for Trout in the SF section I found it.
I don’t know if 600 students for a high shcool is big or small in the grander scheme of things — probably small. Regardless, there were always only a few of us electing to do the classes that sensei harmo taught. Social history one year then english literature the next. It was a bit of a ‘wow’ moment when I realised that stories and poems could be pulled apart like that. I remember we did sylvia plath’s ??Bee Box?? and some other poem about a mosquito floating on water. But also ??Slaughter House 5?? and ??Down and Out in Paris and London??.
After high school I bumped into harmo once out at LaTrobe where I was rabble-rousing at the time. He had moved into the Metropolis too and was living with an Indian woman who taught at LaTrobe. Sometime after that I heard that he had been teaching at Box Hill Tech. but ended up punching a kid out, so left the job. Admittedly, it was easier to get him riled easier than most teachers but I daresay that the kid must’ve had it coming.
Then several years after that I’d moved here to geelong and bumped into sensei harmo at the gordon tafe where i was doing professional writing and editing. He’d moved back to the forests south of colac and was partly dairy farming, partly teaching something to adult year 12ers at the Gordon.
I told him I was very much into science fiction. He said I should read Trout. Then again, I bumped into him there another year later. My head must’ve been rattling with aliens and conspiracy theory — probably something I’d read in Nexus Magazine at the time. He asked if I’d read the unabomber manifesto – No I said (but funnily enough did get around to it last year).
“But what about the possibility of there already being aliens on Earth?” I asked him, waving hands around wildly. He said that it may well be true but either way he didn’t really care, which kind of blew me out because I’d not heard that opinion before.

name: Jay
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date: 2003-02-20-12-42
I can’t imagine why step ladders are funny
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date: 2003-02-20-21-30
I can’t imagine why anyone’d think ‘Friends’ was funny.
Funny, that. :^)
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name: Jay
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ahhh.. you are not talking literally about a step ladder?

It’s a TV show is it?
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name: yak sox
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Erm, no – I was talking literally about step ladders. Probably more the concept of them than anything. I’ve a conventionally-challenged sense of humour. People become disappointed with me when I fail to laugh at punchlines.
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..i seem to miss the point a lot these days

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