rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,

Winter Fading, and Some Links

Another rainy day. I suppose I ought to enjoy them while I can. Spring this year might be rainy, or it might not, but either way it won't be long before it is here. Even in today's chilly rain, birds were flying about, engaged in their mating rituals. Once the dry season arrives, it won't be long before I'll be missing these moody days and the sound of trickling water which, for some reason, always makes tea taste better. I won't miss having to take the trash can out to the street in a downpour, of course, or having that downpour end almost as soon as my soaked self had finished the task. But I'll miss seeing the stars appear one by one as the clouds break up, and the moonlight playing across those drifting, marbled masses, and I'll miss breathing the sharp, fresh scent of wet pine trees. In any case, this spring might be rainy, and spring rain seldom lasts for days on end, as winter rain often does. I'm looking forward to the new season's variety, though I am not overly delighted at the prospect of warmer days which will leave Sluggo comatose and unusable. It is summer I dread, especially after last year's torrid (and torpid) July.

Perusing random journals, I found a link to an amusing story. Coincidence is such a delight, especially when the superstitious read their own unreasonable expectations into it.

"666" on "Passion" Tickets Causes Stir.

Because it is a local TV channel web site, they will probably take the piece down soon, so I will risk the wrath of the copyright gods.

ROME, Ga. -- Tickets at one movie theater screening Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" are being deemed decidedly unholy.

The number 666, which many Christians recognize as the "mark of the beast," is appearing on movie tickets for Gibson's film at a Georgia theater, drawing complaints from some moviegoers.

The machine that prints tickets assigned the number 666 as a prefix on all the tickets for the film, said Gary Smith, owner of the Movies at Berry Square in northwest Georgia. The 666 begins a series of numbers that are listed below the name of the movie, the date, time and price.

"It's from our computer and it's absolutely a coincidence," Smith said. "It has nothing to do with the film company or any vendor. It's completely in our computer."

In the Bible, the book of Revelation says 666 is the "number of the beast," usually interpreted as Satan or the Antichrist.

Several patrons have made comments about the numbers, and one person who was uncomfortable having 666 on her ticket asked for a pass to be substituted for a ticket.

"A lot of people have asked what the numbers mean, some said it seemed odd, some said it was inappropriate," said theater employee Erica Diaz.

The movie, which opened Wednesday, is a bloody depiction of Christ's final hours and crucifixion.

springheel_jack has posted an interesting entry about the Castle Bravo h-bomb test, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. I had no idea that lithium was ever used in nuclear weapons. There's a nice picture, too, and a link to streaming video of the blast (which I have not seen, since Sluggo hates streaming video.) Duck and Cover!

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