Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Saturday, January 24, 2004

No retirement party? No sardine dip? Precrime makes a mistake? 

Today, I'm not reading any news other than headlines. No digging. Instead, I'm reading Phillip K. Dick short stories. The news from yesterday just depressed me, particularly the fact that nobody held a retirement party for Dr. David Kay. If I had an office on The Hill, I'd have made sure David was given the recognition and appreciation he deserved.

Perhaps I would have served a recipe I tried for dinner tonight:

Mix that stuff up, serve with raw vegetables and hot rice. Serves one.

I forgot to add the sugar and substituted vinegar, black soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce for fish sauce. It was OK. I found the recipe on a message board for Cambodian recipes which is occasionally humorous.

One of the Dick short stories I've read today is Minority Report. I can't say it was better than the movie: the movie is an entirely different story. The only similarities are the way the future is predicted, that crimes are stopped before they're committed, an important guy at "Precrime" is predicted to commit a murder and the prediction ends up being wrong. Come to think of it, both the story and movie have approximately the same set up and resolution as the Iraq WMD fiasco.

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