Archive for June, 2006

Indian star makes new supernatural series

From Daily News & Analysis of India:

Actor Sudhanshu Pandey, who was recently seen in the Jackie Chan starrer ‘The Myth’, will soon be seen in the supernatural thriller ‘Akela’ (Sony). Directed by the duo Glenn and Ankush and produced by B P Singh’s Fireworks, ‘Akela’ is a 26-episode series.

Though Sudhanshu has of late been focusing on films, it was the subject of the show that has him being able to see the dead which appealed to him. He explains, “Its been five years since I did ‘Kanyadan’. I liked the script of ‘Akela’. I play Ranbir, an ex-cop. Why I have quit the police force also forms one of the sub-plots.” 


Happily married to Monicka and a doting father to five-year-old Nirvann, Sudhanshu confesses, “I do believe in the supernatural forces that can make life unpredictable and scary at times!” 

That story goes out to my Indian readers, both of you.


‘Vampire’ rapist gets life

From The BBC, a true tale of horror:

A man who raped and bit off parts of a woman’s face after being released early from prison for a previous violent attack, has been jailed for life.

Andrew Wild, 40, acted like a vampire during his victim’s seven-hour ordeal on a barge in Uppermill, Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment, rape, sexual assault and grievous bodily harm on Thursday.

Wild, of Bury, will not be considered for parole for at least 12 years.

Prosecutor Alaric Bassano said Wild appeared “possessed by evil” and laughed as he assaulted his 38-year-old victim on 9 July last year.

A way to deal with Cthulhu’s monsters

Even in the high-tech world, low tech solutions are best (see comments).

Vampire bloggers of the night

I’m really digging the newer vampire bloggers. Dampire’s Night Out has a great vampy vibe. Taliesin meets the vampires has been around since March and if you haven’t checked it out yet what are you waiting for?

For love of art

Danger: sweetness ahead. Death, terror, destruction, mayhem and horror will return momentarily. Do not adjust your screen.

My middle daughter, 5, went to art camp this week. Mom took her the first day, but I took her the rest of the days.

We rode in the car with her in the back seat and me in the front seat. Ms. Carnacki reminded her to hold her lunch bag in her lap so that she wouldn’t forget it in the car.

Then we walked out into the morning together and I opened the door for her and she scooted in and I buckled her up.

On the way in, we talked about different things and listened to the Cure. She told me about the puppet she made using a plastic bottle and she asked me what I was going to do at work that day and I told her.

“You do this every day?” she asked and I told her I did.

She rolled the window down and the wind blew back her long curly hair and she looked like someone who’d be the object of a Bruce Springsteen song in another 15 years.

Suddenly she said out of the blue, “I love you, Daddy.”

I told her I loved her too and reached back and held her hand and we rode that way for the rest of the trip.

“Am I going to be late?” she asked. And I told her she was right on time.

I held the door for her and she jumped out and reached up and took my hand and we walked into the old federal building that is now owned by a local nonprofit. Inside the entrance, she found her name tag on a table inside and I checked her in with one of the young art instructors and my daughter reached up and I bent down and she gave me a kiss on the cheek.

She is one of the three greatest works of art I’ve ever helped create.

Deepest condolences

To dearest Jane at Fire Dog Lake on the loss of her mother.

Blade on Spike

More on the Blade series coming to Spike TV.

Vampires invade New Zealand

More details on the vampire flick 30 Days of Night. Apparently New Zealand is a stand in for Alaska.

A love letter to Karl Rove

The Grit

Karl Rove: “The Internet for the Left of the Democratic Party has served as a way to mobilize hate and anger — hate and anger, first and foremost, at this President and Conservatives, but then also at people within their own party whom they consider to be less than completely loyal to this very narrow, very out-of-the-mainstream, very far Left-wing ideology that they tend to represent.”


Dr. Mathias: [referring to Dr. Simon Tam who has just helped his sister, River Tam, escape] “Gave up a brilliant future in medicine as well. It’s madness.”
The Operative: “Madness?”
[Ambles over to the holographic projection of River and Simon escaping through an air vent]
The Operative: “Have you looked at this scan carefully, Doctor? At his face? It’s love, in point of fact. Something a good deal more dangerous.”

1 Corinthians

13 But now faith, hope, and love remain-these three. The greatest of these is love.

Dear Mr. Rove,

You recently described the blogs on the left as mobilized over “hate and anger.”

I know you didn’t mean it. It is just another of your Orwellian lies. But in case anyone on your side politically believes you, I thought I should explain the difference between love and hate.

Hate is telling someone who they can and cannot love and hold, in sickness and health and for better or worse.

Hate is accusing widows that they were happy when their husbands died in the attacks that your boss failed to take action to prevent despite numerous warnings he had received.

Hate is comparing the murder, rape, torture and degradation of fellow human beings as no different than a fraternity hazing.

Hate is lying to the nation in order to lead the people into an unjust and unnecessary war.

That is hate.

You see, I’m angry because I do love my country. I love her Constitution. I love her people in all their glorious variety.

If I did not love, I would not struggle so hard to stop you. I would simply walk away. I would be apathetic. I would surrender.

But I love.

I love my ability to speak my mind. I love my privacy. I love my daughters so I want them to be treated fairly and equally. I love peace. I love my friends. I love the truth. I love scientific discovery.

We fight for the things we hold dear: our brothers in arms; our families; our nation; our liberty.

You mistake us, sir. We are not motivated by hate. We are motivated by love. And that should frighten you.

Virgins no longer insured for Christ’s return

From The BBC:

Insurers have withdrawn the cover on their virginity taken out by three sisters in the event of the second coming of Christ.

Essex-based confirmed it had provided the £1m policy, but said it was reviewed on Thursday following complaints.


The cover was meant to pay for the cost of bringing up Christ if one of them has a virgin birth. managing director Simon Burgess said it had not been the company’s intention to offend anyone.


Mr Burgess said: “The people were concerned about having sufficient funds if they immaculately conceived. It was for caring and bringing up the Christ.

The insurer dropped their coverage because of protests from the Catholic Church.

The premium would have paid out 1 million pounds if one of the sisters had conceived and born the second coming of Christ, but the burden of proof was upon them. However, wasn’t finding proof one of the problems the first time around?

Hat tip to The Daily Grail.

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