Sunday, March 30, 2008

Macgyver Rider

This is an idea for a tv series I had. Angus Macgyver is brought in by Knight Industries to help out with some buggy systems in Kitt. The partnership is new for both Michael Knight and Macgyver, but they can't argue with the results. A mutual admiration is formed based on leather jackets, feathered hair and push-button explosions.

Since that is unlikely to happen, I'd like to read some fan art based on the concept depicted here. Any takers?

"Macgyver Rider"
Originally uploaded by Drhaggis.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Nam Nam Nam

Nam Nam Nam
Originally uploaded by Drhaggis.

I have LOL'd this map. Let me show you it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Paris by Arrondissement

Paris is a beautiful and heavily photographed city. No seriously. But you don't have to take my word for it. Here is a great sampling of flickr photo groups delineated by arrondissements of the city.


Image:Paris Old Metro Signboard
Originally uploaded by pedrosimoes7. CC licence: Attribution 2.0 Generic

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Awareness test

How many passes does the team in white make?

Now you know.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Superheroes rock my dreams

For your amusement, I present an unedited description of an awesome dream I had last night:

I had Batman's cape, a wizard's wand and possessed some of Superman's powers. I used the shadow of my cape and a series of concealment spells to infiltrate a mountain controlled by Lex Luthor and an army of dark wizards and Orcs. Once inside I used my heat vision and cold breath to forge purple Kryptonite into some kind of lens that I would use to defeat Luthor.

Any Freudians or comic-book geeks want to take a crack at this one?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

How I spent my trip to Chile

Open Pit MiningI spent my recent trip to Chile at work in a maintenance shop in an open pit mine. My work can send me almost anyplace on the planet. There is the possibility of ending up in Greece, Croatia, or Guinea. There is also equal likelihood of ending up in a very small town in Illinois or Minnesota. Some of our trip itineraries look like the the doted-line-on-a-map montage from an adventure film. However once we end up where we are going, work is work, and a shop is a shop and there is little time to sightsee.

My trip to Chile was typical, with a total of forty-fife minutes of free time in La Serena, a popular beach resort. I ate thisHowever I took a lot of pictures, enough to gain the moniker "paparazzi" from the local guys we were working with. I tried to take pictures of everything I ate, at the request of Mr. Smith, however the formality of working lunches and business meetings made this difficult. I did however eat very well, and got to sample a lot of typical local food. Pastel de choclo, Pisco Sours, and Cazuela de pollo (left) made this trip very comfortable.

My hotel was across the street from Iglesia Santo Domingo, a great looking church and a popular destination. My room overlooked a palm tree and a pool. Very nice indeed. Church Door

I wish I got a picture of the LAN airlines stewardesses. Changing planes in Miami, I watched ten air hostesses go through security together. The LAN airlines outfit has retro red skirts and neckerchiefs. The temporal displacement of travel and timezones made the sight very surreal, as if they were getting ready to board in 1962.

It was a good trip over all, despite the long hours and short-notice inconvenience.

[Chile Trip Photo set on Flickr]

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Be Kind Rewind: Lessons learnt

I recently saw Michel Gondry's latest film "Be Kind Rewind" I thought I share some of the lessons I learnt from the film.
  • Make movies
  • Make other people's movies
  • Make your own movies
  • Involve your friends
  • You can make what ever you want out of what ever you have
  • Tell your local stories, even if you have to make it up
  • Support local businesses
  • Kiss the girl

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Lockhart and the Soup Faerie DragonCon is the best and largest science fiction/fantasy/pop culture/awesome convention known to mortal fans. The end of February marks the longest time between these events, and I have dubbed this long, dark time between conventions "Draco Symstice."

Obviously 'Draco' is Latin for 'dragon', while 'syn–' or 'sym–' is Greek for 'together' or 'united', as in 'symposium'. '-stitium' is Latin for a stoppage. I could have minted the term as "Draco Constice," which would make the phrase completely of Latin origin, but it doest have the same ring to it. When you make up a holiday of your own, you get a certain latitude in naming it.

We mark the winter solstice with Christmas festivities, which are based heavily on the pagan Yuletide festivities. Since DragonCon is such a wonderful event and a decidedly pagan kick-ass party, Draco Symstice needs to have similar observations of fellowship and feasting.