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The first day of my vakashun, is cold and cloudy...which figures. But good things are in store, so I am told. And rest. And travel Outside. And, most importantly, NOT WRITING.

A peculiar thing last night. Not coincidence. Or maybe not so much coincidence. But something. I haven't watched Farscape, to speak of, in years, and last night Spooky and I sort of decided to start at the beginning and work our way through all four seasons. Anyway, we'd just finished "Exodus from Genesis" (1:3), when I saw [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's entry about the death of T.J. Bass, author of the sf novel The Godwhale (1974), at the age of 79. It may be that not many of you've read The Godwhale...or even seen Farcscape. But the former concerns, among many other things, the creature of the title, the Rorqual Maru: (French, from Norwegian rørhval, from Old Norse reydharhvalr: reydhr, rorqual (from raudhr, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots) + hvalr, whale), plus you will recall that it is Hakudo Maru, the Japanese Celestial God of War, who taught men to build ships. The Rorqual Maru is a bioengineered Blue Whale, and...well, in Farscape you have the biomechanoid ship Moya (also, in Japanese architecture, the word for the core of a building). I'm mucking this up, aren't I?

Point is, having just started watching Farcsape again, then reading of Bass' death, something clicked. I read Godwhale in high school, maybe three years after it was released (it's out of print), and doubt I've consciously thought about the book in a quarter of a century or more. But I had to pause and wonder how much Godwhale might have influenced the creators of Farscape (Jim Henson Productions/Hallmark Entertainment) when they conceived of the sentient ship Moya, who is, after all, a member of a species known as leviathans, from leviathan (late 14c., from L.L. leviathan, from Hebrew livyathan [לִוְיָתָ] "dragon, serpent, huge sea animal," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Tiberian liwyah "wreath," from base l-w-h- "to wind, turn, twist"), a word which in Modern Hebrew, and in general, has come to mean, simply, whale. Bomechanoid whales of the sea and of outer space. And it just seemed...curious, our going back to the series the day after Bass' death, which Elizabeth Bear didn't blog about until yesterday, a blog entry we didn't read until after watching Farscape. But my mind does that, same as it plays word games. It plays games – not with cause and effect (though it does that, too) – but with the frivolity of happenstance.

Oh, and Soulcrusher, he crushed the soul of Spooky's computer. Sort of. Turns out, the "People of WalMart" website is infected with a piece of especially pernicious computer malware, "Vista Home Security 2012." Which we spent much of yesterday trying to expunge from her machine. This morning, it seems we were, unexpectedly, successful. So, we don't have to give the guys at the Geek Squad $200. But – DO NOT GO TO THAT WEBSITE. The Soulcrusher will reach out and crush the soul of your computer. Yesterday's entry has been locked (my eyes only; I can never delete an entry – never have, never will).

Work-wise yesterday was sort of choatic, what with the spawn of Soulcrusher and all. We made it through the first 146 manuscript pages of corrections on Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart (by the way, some work has to be done while I'm on vakashun....like this. So, please pre-order a copy, to make it worth my while, the sacrifice of those precious hours of leisure). Also, I spoke with my editor at Dark Horse. Alabaster steams headlong towards an amazing launch.

And Spooky says I have to go now, and pretend I'm not working...

Date: 2011-12-15 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
i like the Lexx better, shipwise.

Date: 2011-12-15 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

i like the Lexx better, shipwise.

You heretic!

I hereby forgive your inferior aesthetic sensibilities.

Date: 2011-12-15 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
it eats planets and that has my heart every time.

Date: 2011-12-15 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Nah. I'm gonna say Farscape. I like Lexx, but Farscape's a lot deeper. And much more twisted and sexy.

Date: 2011-12-15 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I like Lexx, but Farscape's a lot deeper. And much more twisted and sexy.

Agreed. I liked Lexx at the beginning, but then it just went...off the rails...later on.

Date: 2011-12-15 07:29 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (golden orb spider)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
Funny thing, over the weekend I did the same thing, started watching Farscape again. Only in my case I dropped off at some point due to viewing times changing to "I'm not in the house then." Even rewatching the first episode, I said aloud at the end "damn that was good!" I am up through The Flax right now.

And is that malware one of those things which pretends to be an antivirus scanner but instead, if you shut down your computer, you can't boot it up again properly? I got hit with one of those twice last year. Nasty crap. A pox on all makers of malware!

Date: 2011-12-15 07:30 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (It's real on the internet)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
Also, disabling java in your browser is a good way to avoid a lot of that junk.

Date: 2011-12-15 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com
And is that malware one of those things which pretends to be an antivirus scanner but instead, if you shut down your computer, you can't boot it up again properly? I got hit with one of those twice last year. Nasty crap. A pox on all makers of malware!

Pretty much...
I was able to start up, but it was throwing these pop-ups with bogus "your computer is infected! Delete these files! Buy your protection here!" messages. Totally screwed with any and all programs that used .exe to open. Found a fix via my virus protection software and used it, which removed the malware, but rendered the programs using .exe to open either unopenable, or openable via a work-around requiring right clicking and either starting or opening as administrator.

Talked to a geek squad guy this morning who led me to a site they use for repairing .exe file problems, but I was unable to execute the program fully, for whatever reason.

I then did the system update the computer was nagging me to do, and everything was still malfunctioning after restart. However, I shut down the laptop to clean it before taking it to Geek Squad people to fork over money better spent on happy things, and accidentally turned it back on by hitting the "quickplay" button (bane of my existence). After that, all systems are functioning properly.

Date: 2011-12-15 07:47 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Gear watch)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
VERY glad it work itself out like that, and again I repeat, a pox on them! It's made me very cautious with web stuff now, and I am hoping I can afford a mac next year.

Date: 2011-12-15 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"damn that was good!"

I am very impressed at how well the CGI has aged.
Edited Date: 2011-12-15 08:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-15 08:40 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Full moon over water)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
So has the story. I'm also still a big fangirl for Zhaan.

Date: 2011-12-15 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Obviously, I'm all about the Nebari.

Date: 2011-12-15 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
Also, Tilda has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her usual brilliant performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin, a dazzling and difficult film. See it and you will loathe Ezra Miller forever for making Tilda so unhappy.

Date: 2011-12-15 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Ooooooooooh.

Date: 2011-12-15 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unknownbinaries.livejournal.com
But – DO NOT GO TO THAT WEBSITE. The Soulcrusher will reach out and crush the soul of your computer.

Glad I clicked that on the Linux box, then. Too bad, site's funny, in a terrible way. My mother first sent it to me, I think.

Date: 2011-12-16 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Too bad, site's funny, in a terrible way.

It is, and brilliant in its terror. This is America.

Date: 2011-12-15 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
If there is Rift RP tonight and it is the same time, I may be late as I expect to be handling dogs at that time. Don't have anyone wait on me.

Date: 2011-12-16 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If there is Rift RP tonight and it is the same time, I may be late as I expect to be handling dogs at that time. Don't have anyone wait on me.

RIFT RP is same time (assuming anyone shows up). Likely, we'll be waiting. We'll be starting from Lantern Hook.

Date: 2011-12-15 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
Oh, have you seen the new trailer for the upcoming Argento Dracula?

Hoo boy. I was undecided as to whether it was awful or brilliant until THE GIANT PRAYING MANTIS made its appearance, at which point it became brilliant as fuck.

Date: 2011-12-16 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matociquala.livejournal.com
funny, I was just thinking about how Farscape and the Godwhale and Warren Ellis intersect...

You can't win. You can't break even. Entropy wins.

You keep fighting anyway, because that's the way the world winds on.

Date: 2011-12-16 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

funny, I was just thinking about how Farscape and the Godwhale and Warren Ellis intersect...

It gave me a sort of wonderful pause. And now I have to hunt down a copy of the book and read it again.

You keep fighting anyway, because that's the way the world winds on.

Ahmet.

Draculaugh

Date: 2011-12-16 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
Okay, Dario Argento's Dracula looks so bad I might actually watch it, if only to find out what the fuck the Praying Mantis has to do with anything.

Re: Draculaugh

Date: 2011-12-16 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

if only to find out what the fuck the Praying Mantis has to do with anything.

That was my thought.

Date: 2011-12-16 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fusijui.livejournal.com
Wow... Farscape and etymologies; I am glad the internet is getting back to basics: providing me with niche porn on demand!

Date: 2011-12-16 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

providing me with niche porn on demand!

That and I am an etymology whore.

Date: 2011-12-16 03:42 am (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
But the former concerns, among many other things, the creature of the title, the Rorqual Maru:

I know I have never read The Godwhale, but I remember the name Rorqual Maru: I believe I read a short story which later became part of the novel. It was in the same anthology as Frederick Pohl's "The Gold at the Starbow's End" and Tiptree's "The Man Who Walked Home."

The Soulcrusher will reach out and crush the soul of your computer.

I hope that's paid off your bad luck for the rest of your vacation. On which congratulations again!

Date: 2011-12-16 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I know I have never read The Godwhale, but I remember the name Rorqual Maru: I believe I read a short story which later became part of the novel.

Yep. The novel was first a story, yep.

I hope that's paid off your bad luck for the rest of your vacation.

Well, it was technically Spooky's bad luck. BUT! If you think of us as a unit, yeah, and it better be our bad luck for the rest of 2012.

Date: 2011-12-16 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

I finally picked up the last couple of starburst editions of the Farscape DVDs that I was missing, so it might be time for a re-watch.

Not apopros to anything above, but this is a grand tree...
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