You know you’re a real web geek when your mother gives you a hard time for not keeping your web journal up to date. (Message to Mum: Just you wait until all that construction is over and I get you a site. I’ll be expecting daily news, the bird tally, the garden update, the frog log, and a weekly column about world affairs and human nature). Actually, I welcomed the nudge. I had been neglecting this site terribly and have ever so much to tell you about.
Once again Peter Merholz is giving me ideas. He’ll be happy to give you ideas too. Just visit peterme.com. According to Peter, this sort of meandering commentary with links attached is properly pronounced “we-blog” .
OK, yes, I saw it . (Thanks, Nathan!). It was astounding. The best, most seamless effects I’ve ever seen. BUT it’s been 22 years and Lucas still can’t manage more than three female characters (window-dressing and a token silent Jedi don’t count). And how hard would it have been to give a little more depth to that villain? He was a cardboard cutout, albeit gorgeous to watch in motion. My biggest complaint, though, is that escapee from a minstrel show, Jar Jar Binks.
So, great, Mr. Lucas. The future does have beautiful cities that look like Maxfield Parrish fantasies and kind-hearted folk who fight the good fight, but must we also expect that racism will change to species-ism and that any culture which remains in close harmony with nature will be treated as clowns? [I am reminded by the ever-observant Paul FitzPablo McKimoto that, according to that famous crawling text, this all takes place in the past. Oh, well that’s all right then. Never mind.]