Re: META: Memes and War [was: Tomorrow is a new day]

From: Thomas Buckner (
Date: Fri Nov 12 2004 - 18:48:55 MST

--- Keith Henson <> wrote:
> Looking to see if I had ever used the word
> "Krell," I found I had started
> another thread back in May with the subject
> line "Forbidden Planet." I
> don't think anyone made a comment directly on
> the subject line and now
> wonder how large a fraction of the list "got
> it." That's one of the
> problems of a text only interface because you
> can't see the baffled looks
> when you cite something which might not be as
> widely known as you think.
> Keith Henson
I for one certainly got it. Most probably I
didn't respond because I haven't time to spool
off a commment if I 'got it' but had nothing to
add. I can think of at least one response I
wanted to make a few days ago (re: economics) but
didn't get round to it and it's old news now.

For those (if any) who didn't get it: The Krell
are the vanished race on the titular "Forbidden
Planet" Altair 4, who left incredibly powerful
technology which amplifies and reifies thought
(creating dangerous 'monsters from the id' which
wreak destruction because the Krell, like humans,
could not control themselves with such power).
Forbidden Planet is a sci-fi adaptation of
Shakespeare's The Tempest, one of the half-dozen
or so great science fiction films of the '50's
(as opposed to the gazillions of crappy ones).

Seems like we keep coming back to the
patchouli-scented wisdom of long-dead hipsters
like Buddha who say that, if you don't have
control over yourself, you don't control nothin'.

Tom Buckner

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