Letters to the editor, September 2009
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Hey Harter —
Just reading your movie reviews…
You’ve Got Mail
I take it that in the movie the small bookstore specialized in children’s books rather than used books and thus was more in the direct target market of the large bookstore. To the extent that Kathleen dealt in used or small press, harder to find children’s books, she could still have a market, but her clientele need to be drawn from a larger population than her local area to make her profitable and voila! we are back at the internet again, where she has Amazon as both a competitor and another outlet. However, her advantage is still in her knowledge of the field and the tastes of her customers and being able to tell her customers when there is something they are or might be interested in available. It is a service business as much as a retail business and so should command at least some price differential. Subscription fee, for instance.
I doubt that Katherine would have been able to transition to the internet, both for business reasons and for personal reasons. Her entire conception of who she was and what she did was tied to her interaction with her customers and with children. She wasn’t just selling books in a niche market; she was selling the right book to the right person and enriching their lives thereby. It was what her mother had done before her. It was the kind of person she had learned to be. For her, business was personal.Your point about supermarkets vs Mom & Pop groceries is valid as long as we don’t go to the extreme of Walmart with its pressure on suppliers for cheaper goods depressing the quality of what’s available (to say nothing of unfair labor practices). Though it does seem to me that China (!) could have done some push back on the lead and lead paint in childrens toys issue. (Possible long OT digression ommitted.)
Thank you.Dungeons and Dragons
Possible answer to “Where are we going?” wrt Dungeons and Dragons movie & Hamlet on the Holodeck; there was a play performed in Second Life which could be a new direction in several ways (I believe it is available on U-Tube). Similarly, the characters created with digital animation from actors in suits with detection points (Roger Rabbit, Gollum, both enhanced by human animation additions for facial expression & other subtleties). However, these examples only get beyond the need for actors who resemble the characters.
The game space itself as a “stage” for improvisational drama with invented characters and amateur or professional actor-authors, with or without collaborative sessions now and then deciding the direction or theme of the “performance,” pretty much takes off most of the constraints of all current art forms. Is not Second Life itself an example of this? It is certainly an example of the blurring of “real life,” performance, and fantasy role-playing. It rather removes the moral part of most plays and novels by leaving the control to individual characters within the work, but a new analogue to that could also emerge. It’s going to be an interesting future.
One of the problems with Second Life and the like is that the technology is still rather crude. We need a few more cycles of Moore’s law to get more realistic animation. It may be rather low of me, but I chuckle at the concept that one has to buy a penis from the penis shop in order to have sex.Watchmen
I guess I had better both reread the graphic novel and go see the movie. It certainly sounds more interesting in your review than in reviews by others. I think those who didn’t remember the graphic novel were at a loss to understand the movie and those who did remember it, were mostly unhappy by what was left out. That’s what happens when they try to make a movie of a novel. It’s much easer to fit a short sory or novelette into a movie.
Well, I was wondering what to try to go see, and I am answered. Thanks,
I hope you enjoyed it. I mean to do a review of the Popular Culture Philosophy volume on the Watchmen. The really remarkable thing about the movie is how much of the graphic novel they got into the movie. I suspect that the movie might make more sense to the uninitiated if they read an explanation of what the graphic novel was about rather than reading the graphic novel itself.Return to index of contributors
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[This letter began with a reprint of a 1988 usenet posting. I’ve trimmed most of the most and have tried to leave enough to provide some context.]
On 1 Mar 1998, 01:00, c…@tiac.net (Richard Harter) wrote:a myloxian is an entity from the spacial realm mylox.
my invention, my definition.
i’m pretty sure i put this in the free webster dictionary a couple of years ago.
You will note that I used the term, “myloxian”, over twenty years ago. I strongly suspect that I have priority. I had always fancied that a myloxian was someone addicted to the spice drug mylox, but if there is a realm named mylox the entities therein would be myloxians.Return to index of contributors
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