Cerulean Spork
so was lupin wonse an alan moore expy all along??

bc ive worked out that in the del toro monomyth of multiverse / differing / legs of the trousers of time

which culminates to date in WATCHMEN VS THE WATCH aka PACIFIC RIM

& in which as stated in the DEVILS BACKBONE commentary similar initial letters in names indicates connection / similar ( tho mutable ) alignment

& in which an explicit DR STRANGELOVE fixfic things been goin on since HELLBOY (2004) & the use of vera lynns song

we get the explicit equation of captain vidal w group-captain mandrake in PANS LABYRINTH

no matter how different they seem in personality types on the surface

both loyal soldiers not given to questioning authority OR dominant charismatic leaders

tho lionel mandrake eventually resists - & lacks the barely controlled aggro of a vidal

or a vimes

& vidal is more in himself the clockwork prince such as vetinari - or adrian veidt - in his own realm , in relation to his own men

but in relation to his unseen master franco is definitely a vimes pursuing the kingdoms criminals for a puppet monarchy actually ruled by a false steward

which is coincidentally a temptation canon vimes was offered by fellow commoner secretary to the patrician wonse

& rejected

but is also the ongoing temptation / tension in his service as loyal oppo to the more aristocratic vetinari

to not question

to buy into the patricians pesssimism utterly

to try to “clean up” the city by brute force

& thereby make it genua under lily weatherwax

a false utopia kept outwardly happy by terror

bc the people arent worthy of anything else

& NEED to be kept in line by a secret police

a populace & a civilization made “strong” & purified by dragonfire

or fake alien squid

or a war

bc vidal | evil vimes as well as V & vader | mandrake | dr manhattan

to adrian veidt who is vetinari-as-wonse

& just as i think its hella interesting that both del toro & pratchett did retorts to THE KILLING JOKE w in a year of each other ( a sybil is an oracle no?)

tho not as interesting as the number of passages from discworld books i can illustrate w stills from del toro movies now

or the number of things in the more recent pratchett books that seem to be riffing off things in del toro movies

bc i can see why a series that tackles both theocracy & secular leftist attempts @ makin the perfect society by force wld appeal to gdt

& why video illos of said themes in myffic / fairy tale guise wld appeal to pratchett

but i also think it is hella interesting that GUARDS! GUARDS! was written less than 2 yrs after WATCHMEN finished

& alan moore is the only annointed high elder of the order of the golden fedora

who comes from the same cockbill street , dirty hands but lace curtains , backgrnd as sir terry & guillermo & sir kenneth , too—

"LAMPE AU POISSON"

if i had reread my entire DISCWORLD corpus as soon as i thought i recognized a certain young shepherdess-witch in her sensible boots  instead of relying on my memory & diving for pearls of recollected reference

i wld have understood a great deal much earlier

however i wldnt have known what i was looking AT let alone FOR wo makin the whole damn journey

however it wld have been easier had i done it sooner

when i still had my library unbroken-up

also easier access to a good many films

bc i just finally watched MUMMY 3 & guess what , there are a few missing bits & pcs of PACIFIC RIM that dont come from any other identified source but match up EXTREMELY congruently w M3 : TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR , which i hadnt guessed already ( along w those which i rightly did suspect )

not many but a few & some super important

also i know now that it wasnt SIMPLY chivalry or rather alliance btwn the barricades that team resistance supported rachel weisz by their cryptic bit of kayfabe abt OH YEAH IT WAS RLY GALLING TO HAVE TO PLAY AN OLDER GUY W AN ADULT SON lolol @ rob cohen for lyin abt weisz refusing to play along —& also @ ridley scott for takin cohens side in it w his MUMMY 1 cribs in PROMETHEUS & mocking bellos recasting

any more than it was an unprovoked act of satire to skewer M3 along w IJ4 in HELLBOY 2

bc it turns out that M3 is PACKED TO THE GILLS ( pun intended ) w ripoffs of del toros earlier films

CRONOS , BLADE 2 , PANS LABYRINTH & HELLBOY 1 are all cribbed in ways that are not @ all likely to be accidental or coincidental

& i dont think they were meant as homages or affectionate easter eggs either

this is partly internal stylistic evidence , & partly the meta

& part of the meta is the fact that the M3 screenwriters are SPIDER-MAN 2 & SMALLVILLEs alfred gough & miles millar —not to be confused w mark millar who afaik is no relation— who is a cambridge man

which is important

bc this means they are tied into fandom from way back — fyi & neither aspect of this is irrelevant — they ALSO worked w marti noxon of BUFFY / ANGEL writing on the screenplay for I AM NUMBER FOUR by “pittacus lore” aka james frey the notorious fabricator of a fictionalized “memoir”

but also miles millar bein a highly educated brit

no way he is ignorant of pratchett

so when there are a big pile of discworld ripoffs in a very tactless & thoughtless & missin-the-spirit-of-altogether way , in MUMMY 3 , it does not seem coincident- or accidental to me

& my own personal xp w the porosity of behind-the-scns professional access in fandom leads me to suspect that there was pre-production access by the M3 screenwriters to MAKING MONEY altho i am not 100 per sure of this

but there was hella behind the scns porosity the other way —& it may well have been thru rachel weisz aka mrs daniel craigs good offices— lettin del toro in on what little tricks millar & gough were up to , bc he beat them to it on HELLBOY 2 just like he did w IJ4 & the DARK CRYSTAL / CRYSTAL SKULL metaplay via (undoubtedly ) the aid of john hurt

bc the alliances are becoming more & more obvious now

& i dont pretend to understand them

but i do understand why luc besson accuses team shatterdome / team resistance , of violating omerta in his contribution to the arty-crime-drama trilogy by team wallbuilders aka ridley scott & michael bay

altho its hilarious & an own goal bc NOBODY else outside the film industry has figured it out , I MYSELF wldnt have figured it out if they hadnt gone & been so blatant abt flaunting their mirroring game — increasingly so

& the only critics who have come w/in sighting distance , have done so bc they have noticed weird similarities btwn scotts THE COUNSELOR & bessons THE FAMILY or wondered why scott was so blatantly ripping off the coens or wtf the deal w michael bays egregious weirdness in TF4 or the daddy issues in PROMETHEUS — all of these Clues to those of us w nasty suspicious minds to be sure

which brings me to FINALLY GOT MY COPY OF “FEET OF CLAY” BACK IN MY HANDS

remember this is not the only fish symbolism in PACIFIC RIM bein but 1 out of 7 that i spotted

but its also you may recall not the only fish LAMP in del toros work either

there are a couple in the troll market in HB2 along w the QUO VADIS & minotaur & maxfield parrish-dulac fairy tale illustration homages

lamps “au poisson”



the homages to DISCWORLD in del toros monomyth started at least as far back as his fixes to goyers BLADE 2 script

& make no mistake they ARE homages , bc they say the same thing that pratchett is saying — NO FATE NO DESTINY NO DOOM OF BIRTH & HOW YOU ARE MADE TO DETERMINE WHAT YOU DESERVE IN LIFE

NO KINGS ON THRONES

but

WORDS IN THE HEART CANNOT BE TAKEN

it is all there staring passersby in the face in FEET OF CLAY

which was a ROBOCOP fixfic as well as a FRANKENSTEIN fic aka THE MODERN PROMETHEUS

but which also contained a HOBBES LEVIATHAN reference

& a guy fawkes reference

along w the english civil war & french revolution references

& the expressed hope that there were better less bloody & more lasting ways of securing freedom than the old styles of uprising

FEET OF CLAY is also a vampire novel fwiw , along w bein I ROBOT fic

Vimes looked up at the entrance of the candle-factory. He could dimly see two cressets burning on either side of a shield.

“Look at that, will you?” he said. “Paint not dry and he flaunts the thing for all the world to see!”

“What’s dat, sir?” said Detritus.

“His damn’ coat of arms!” Detritus looked up.

“Why’s it got a lighted fish on it?” he said.

“In heraldry that’s a poisson,” said Vimes bitterly. “And it’s suppose to be a lamp.”

“A lamp made out of a poisson,” said Detritus. “Well, dere’s a fing.”

“At least it’s got the motto in proper language,” said Sergeant Colon. “Instead of all the old-fashioned stuff no one understands. ‘Art Brought Forth the Candle.’ That, Sergeant Detritus, is a pun, or play on words. ’Cos his name is Arthur, see.”

Vimes stood between the two sergeants and felt a hole open up in his head. “Damn!” he said. “Damn, damn, damn! He showed it to me! ‘Dumb plodder Vimes! He won’t notice!’ Oh, yes! And he was right!”

FEET OF CLAY you may also remember is abt the king-shaped hole in humanitys heart & the eagerness of the moneyed few to exploit the populaces desire for ‘strong’ leaders who touch the public sentiments PRINCES MADE TO ORDER , GOLDEN SCIONS W SHINY SWOREDS & SMILES THAT GO ‘TING’ , GUARANTEED NOT TO INTERFERE W THE STATUS QUO ! !

“And then I started thinking: who wants a king?

Well, nearly everyone. It’s built in. Kings make it better. Funny thing, isn’t it? Even those people who owe everything to him don’t like Vetinari. Ten years ago most of the guild leaders were just a bunch of thugs and now…well, they’re still a bunch of thugs, to tell the truth, but Vetinari’s given ’em the time and energy to decide they never needed him.

“And then young Carrot turns up with charisma writ all over him, and he’s got a sword and a birthmark and everyone gets a funny feeling and dozens of buggers start going through the records and say, ‘Hey, looks like the king’s come back.’ And then they watch him for a while and say, ‘Shit, he really is decent and honest and fair and just, just like in all the stories. Whoops! If this lad gets on the throne we could be in serious trouble! He might turn out to be one of them inconvenient kings from long ago who wanders around talking to the common people—’”

“You are in favor of the common people?” said Dragon mildly.

“The common people?” said Vimes. “They’re nothing special. They’re no different from the rich and powerful except they’ve got no money or power. But the law should be there to balance things up a bit. So I suppose I’ve got to be on their side.”

“A man married to the richest woman in the city?” Vimes shrugged.

“The Watchman’s helmet isn’t like a crown. Even when you take it off you’re still wearing it.”

…Vimes flourished the parchment.

“I looked and looked at it last night, and then I wound my sense of humor down ten notches and let it go out of focus and looked at the crest, the fish-shaped lamp. Lampe au poisson, it’s called. A sort of bilingual play on words, perhaps? ‘A lamp of poison?’ You’ve got to have a mind like old Detritus to spot that one. And Fred Colon wondered why you’d left the motto in modern Ankhian instead of putting it into the old language, and that made me wonder so I sat up with the dictionary and worked it out and, you know, it would have read ‘Ars Enixa Est Candelam. Ars Enixa.’ That must have really cheered you up. You’d said who did it and how it was done and gave it to the poor bugger to be proud of. It didn’t matter that no one else would spot it. It made you feel good. Because we ordinary mortals just aren’t as clever as you, are we?”

He shook his head. “Good grief, a coat of arms. Was that the bribe? Was that all it took?” Dragon slumped in his chair.

“And then I wondered what was in it for you,” continued Vimes. “Oh, there’s a lot of people involved, I expect, for the same old reasons. But you? Now, my wife breeds dragons. Out of interest, really. Is that what you do? A little hobby to allow the centuries to fly by? Or does blue blood taste sweeter? Y’know, I hope it was some reason like that. Some decent mad selfish one.”

—Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett, 1996

sir terry has been calling bullshit on it for a very long time

& so has guillermo del toro —esp since there is a whole gang of annointed media princes busily promoting the idea of a strong , manly , & above all DESTINED hero , a CHOSEN ONE whose choices cannot be questioned bc HE IS SAVIN US FROM A WORSE FATE @ every turn of the dial or corner of the cineplex

but they are not alone

& i have all the cards in hand i need to chain SKYFALL in the monomyth as a deliberate act & link the 007 reboot team w team resistance , now , just as ive connected up lots & lots of team wallbuilders dots in the past w comics & textual & screencap mirroring — i just dont have enf hrs or a decent enf computer to let me do it fast or easy

but ive given everyone enf to go on their own by way of Clues , now

oh & heres another before i get more of the george orwell —> terry pratchett —> guillermo del toro words-&-pictures mapping done

WHAT IS THE FORMER VIMES FAMILY COAT-OF-ARMS , EH??

Biology’s cruel joke goes something like this: As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Suddenly, going to bed at nine or ten o’clock at night isn’t just a drag, but close to a biological impossibility. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do not start releasing melatonin until around eleven o’clock at night and keep pumping out the hormone well past sunrise. Adults, meanwhile, have little-to-no melatonin in their bodies when they wake up. With all that melatonin surging through their bloodstream, teenagers who are forced to be awake before eight in the morning are often barely alert and want nothing more than to give in to their body’s demands and fall back asleep. Because of the shift in their circadian rhythm, asking a teenager to perform well in a classroom during the early morning is like asking him or her to fly across the country and instantly adjust to the new time zone — and then do the same thing every night, for four years.

Sleep and the teenage brain (via explore-blog)

This is why you have every right to be tired.  

(via lookrainbows)

And, in defiance of every medical study on the subject that’s been run, they keep pushing the start time of high school earlier and earlier.

#child abuse #systematic child abuse

(via transquesting)

I used to sleep through my first period class every morning. I’m really lucky that the year I had the most trouble staying awake, I was taking creative writing with a teacher I’d made friends with: she knew it was no reflection on her and I did extra projects to make up for it.

Still, shit ain’t right.

(via huggablekaiju)

My last year of school, because I was doing weekend sport, taking morning classes and had a train commute, I was getting up at 5:30 and 6:30 am six days a week. If I was lucky, I managed four or five hours of sleep a night. I have vivid memories - hell, I have diary entries - of getting into bed before 10pm, so tired I could barely function, and then just lying awake until 1, 2, 3am, crying as I counted down the sleep I’d lost and knowing I had to go to school anyway, even if I was exhausted to the point of feeling physically sick, because “I didn’t sleep well” wasn’t considered a valid reason to take a day off.

I was depressed and stressed for other reasons, but the insomnia nearly killed me. I slept on the train, I slept in class, I slept under library desks at lunch - the only day I could ever sleep in was Sunday, and if I spent it at home, then invariably, one or both of my parents would be in my room by 10am, telling me to wake up and use the day. Getting stupidly drunk at weekend parties became something I did on purpose, because blacking out meant deep, restful sleep, and I was so. fucking. tired. Like, I would reach a point in the evening where I knew I was drunk, and think to myself, But if I keep going, I’ll pass out. And so I’d keep going. And not only was that normal, it was a twisted form of self-care, and the only one available to me. 

Because when I told adults how tired I was, how little sleep I was getting, almost universally, their response was that it was my fault for staying up late in the first place. I was lazy for sleeping in; I had bad sleep habits; I just needed to go to bed earlier; I shouldn’t read in bed; I had to stop procrastinating, get my homework done earlier in the evening so I could get to sleep by nine, and it didn’t matter if I said, I’ve tried that, I go to bed early and I just lie awake for hours - it was still my fault for managing my time badly, because if I was really doing it properly, whatever ‘it’ was, then I wouldn’t have had a problem in the first place.

And I just. There is a fucking reason why sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture. You want to know why so many teenagers are depressed and killing themselves, or contemplating suicide? On top of everything else they’re maybe dealing with - hormones, romance, bullying, school, uncertainty, family problems - ask them how much sleep they’re getting, and compare it with how much they should be getting. Because I guarantee, those numbers do not fucking match.        

(via fozmeadows)

(via fozmeadows)

also pretty sure PR not the 1st del tori discfic

upon NIGHT WATCH reread after long closed covers — i now think that captain vidal was deliberately written

as a lawful evil sir samuel vimes

bc there are lines that are almost word for word in LABERINTO

& themes that are echoed

or mirrored

bc in NIGHT WATCH pratchett added another continent to A-M

quickly so you all can work on figuring it out before i spell it out

in 2002 the game changed again on a profound level

bc in NIGHT WATCH sir terry did something — deliberately , consciously , & acknowledged in meta — that whether he intended it @ the time or not , wld have the effect of tying discworld into the CRONOS setting

bc he incorporated something that had the effect of adding yet another city to the gestalt of the ur-city that ankhmorpork stands for

it wasnt just london-plus-birmingham-plus-new-york-plus-washington-dc as it had been ever since well the beginning , what w the Oblong Office & the Big Wahooni overlaid on the thames & dickensian grime plus industrial revolution mills

or london-birmingham-nyc-dc-ROME as it had been since gen tacitus appeared in the setting

or london-birmingham-nyc-dc-rome-PARIS as it had been since MASKERADE

bc he did something that made it now ALSO & as much & deliberately so , now modern-day MEXICO CITY no less than more northern capitols w all their corruption & decency inextricably tangled

so yeah

pratchett went there first

tho either in honest accidental synching or bc he had admired another tale of magic & undeath & common humanity triumphing over golden lures of power

& then sah ridley went there latest in hostility & explicitly welded the three worlds tog onscreen & the rest is history , or possibly jography

i still dont know if PR is official authorized unofficial discworld fanfic

but given the video games & comics meta connections

given all the narrowed degrees of separation

& given the alliance of THEMES & standing up for the ordinary ppl bc somebody needs to & it sure as hell wont be gods & the aristocracy coming down from on high

i know where i bet my shillings

FROM THE RABBIT HOLE TO THE BRASS BRIDGE pt 1 - THE LION THE UNICORN & THE NICE CUP OF TEA

so i said there were 3 orwell references in this diorama that i cld spot

the first & namesake is on the two tins of tea :

pls note that i cannot make out the first name of the tea importers firm & have not yet been able to determine if its a real historic brand or not , google turning up no matches for an “and appleby” line from the 19th c on the steampunk / reenactment / collectibles fronts (x)

however the look of them is very authentic , the art style and colors are exactly in line w actual historic advertising & marketing materials from circa 1890 - 1910

& the symbolism of the adapted heraldry of great britain  is quite in keeping w a brand aspiring to be awarded the honor of a royal appointment — or tryin to make casual shoppers think they already had one , hah !

but while to the vast majority of viewers this will symbolize at first & likely also 2nd glance ALICE IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS bc  tea —> parties (x) + lion & unicorn “were fighting for the crown” (x) = lewis carroll by default

there is something else , an obscure but super important essay by orwell from 1941

ie in the height of the blitz , during the battle of britain , but before the US had been bombed by the axis

after he & his wife had got back from the debacle of the spanish civil war

& it is called THE LION & THE UNICORN (x)

& begins w bombs falling from airplanes

& is a discussion of britain as a society & a culture & a govt as well as a changing one faced w a choice of directions imposed by war ( agn )

& in it , in the course of talking abt british culture , the “the nice cup of tea” - a subject so dear to his heart he wrote a whole other essay after the war on the right way to make tea (x) called just that -

& also the english love of flowers

all of which we see above in the CRIMSON PEAK display along w a chatelaine , a ring of keys - the key bein a symbol that features significantly in guillermo del toros previous films , both DEVILS BACKBONE & PANS LABYRINTH in literal / traditional fashion , & in more arcane modes in the HELLBOY films & CRONOS —& in BLADE 2 as in PACIFIC RIM more futuristic ones , but a key is a key if it be a puzzle-piece of metal or wood or a carefully guarded number sequence , or the DNA sequence of a member of the royal blood

—the key also oc simultaneously a longtime symbol of christianity , used heraldically esp by the church of rome , being associated w st peter the gatekeeper of heaven  & equally of hekate the guardian of the crossroads of life & death , used in one of the most famous rites of that goddess long before christianity—

—one of the keys appears to have a skull finial altho the photo is not as high res as i wld like—

the moss-green doily under the tea service keys & morning paper bein significant @ least for its color as well as its floral symbols

but then there is the paper itself & upon closest examination i see that it does not say that LADY BEATRICE ALEXANDRA SHARPE ( ! ! ! ) was the victim , but that someone connected tp her by an “of” was slain in their bath

so the plot thickens

bc there is a ton of stuffs goin on uncovered via this orwell link

& mainly it hotwires directly to discworld

bc tell me if this does not speak muchly of ankh-morpork as described in those books ??

But here it is worth noting a minor English trait which is extremely well marked though not often commented on, and that is a love of flowers. This is one of the first things that one notices when one reaches England from abroad, especially if one is coming from southern Europe. Does it not contradict the English indifference to the arts? Not really, because it is found in people who have no aesthetic feelings whatever. What it does link up with, however, is another English characteristic which is so much a part of us that we barely notice it, and that is the addiction to hobbies and spare-time occupations, the privateness of English life. We are a nation of flower-lovers, but also a nation of stamp-collectors, pigeon-fanciers, amateur carpenters, coupon-snippers, darts-players, crossword-puzzle fans. All the culture that is most truly native centres round things which even when they are communal are not official - the pub, the football match, the back garden, the fireside and the ‘nice cup of tea’. The liberty of the individual is still believed in, almost as in the nineteenth century. But this has nothing to do with economic liberty, the right to exploit others for profit. It is the liberty to have a home of your own, to do what you like in your spare time, to choose your own amusements instead of having them chosen for you from above. The most hateful of all names in an English ear is Nosey Parker. It is obvious, of course, that even this purely private liberty is a lost cause. Like all other modern people, the English are in process of being numbered, labelled, conscripted, ‘co-ordinated’. But the pull of their impulses is in the other direction, and the kind of regimentation that can be imposed on them will be modified in consequence. No party rallies, no Youth Movements, no coloured shirts, no Jew-baiting or ‘spontaneous’ demonstrations. No Gestapo either, in all probability.

But in all societies the common people must live to some extent against the existing order. The genuinely popular culture of England is something that goes on beneath the surface, unofficially and more or less frowned on by the authorities. One thing one notices if one looks directly at the common people, especially in the big towns, is that they are not puritanical. They are inveterate gamblers, drink as much beer as their wages will permit, are devoted to bawdy jokes, and use probably the foulest language in the world. They have to satisfy these tastes in the face of astonishing, hypocritical laws (licensing laws, lottery acts, etc. etc.) which are designed to interfere with everybody but in practice allow everything to happen. Also, the common people are without definite religious belief, and have been so for centuries. The Anglican Church never had a real hold on them, it was simply a preserve of the landed gentry, and the Nonconformist sects only influenced minorities. And yet they have retained a deep tinge of Christian feeling, while almost forgetting the name of Christ. The power-worship which is the new religion of Europe, and which has infected the English intelligentsia, has never touched the common people.

beyond that but also bc that there is a great deal in this essay which is politically & socially relevant despite the changed times — esp the bit abt bein simultaneously exhorted to save for the war effort WHILE simultaneously exhorted to shop shop shop in the name of patriotism

something anyone who was a conscious adult i n 2002 will remember bein revolted by , or even just an alert teen of which there were many

even if there is a good deal i wld disagree w from my distant & hindsighted perspective , like for one i think orwell —yes , old george orwell himself ! ! is far more sentimental abt england & his countrymen than sir terry , esp when it comes to matters of war & empire & militarism

that ankh-morporkians happily ranting against “johnny klatchian” & “the cheese-eaters of quirm” are more true to the spirit of john bull & that eric blair is FAR too soft on the raj harsh on it tho he was in the light of his own experience in burma (x) & i think george monbiot cld have taught him a few things (x) or put them in better perspective @ least (x)  —& i do wonder if there isnt also some cryptic connection w luc besson makin his last big movie abt a burmese protestor

bc here is the kicker

i have been goin thru all the watch books now w a close reading & a watchful eye for symbols & references that i might have missed or thought just a joke before

& MONSTROUS REGIMENT is not the first SHARPES RIFLES fanfic pratchett did altho it is more obv

& the earlier SHARPE fanfic / fixfic is also his LES MIS fanfic / fixfic

but also a very grim BATMAN fic —grimmer than anything alan moore or frank miller dared dream up — is NIGHT WATCH indeed

bc carcer is an evil vimes doppelganger & thus the joker to vimes noir batman who operates on the very broken jagged edge of the law in this one , seeking out the dangerous answer WHAT IS THE LAW ?? IS ‘ORDER’ FOUND IN OBEYING ORDERS — OR IN FOLLOWING THE ESSENCE OF THAT LAWFULNESS??

but it was also a dark & prescient take on the current reality of the War on Some Nouns WHICH IS STILL GOING ON

& CARCER IS A VERSION OF SGT OBEDIAH HAKESWILL played w vicious aplomb by the late great pete postlethwaite AKA THE NEMESIS OF SHARPE WHO JOINED UP FOR THE LOOTING

& if there is any doubt that sam vimes is richard sharpe HE EVEN MAKES A NAME JOKE ON IT TO LORD RUST ! ! !

however in the course of all this collision of memes pratchett did something else huge

bc he took the timelords , that most english of inventions in entertainment , & turned them into the MI-5 of the bondverse , that other oh so english of entertainments

& made them both as unenglish as cld be TIMEBENDERS AHEAD OF TIME  & also lightly made them part of UNCLE bc entrance thru a clothes shop here in their 3rd outing

its a huge subversion & of both universes , bc the bondverse is all abt “ENGLAND PREVAILS” defending the neoraj of the angloamerican pax thru strength

& the timelords are all abt the status quo in the name of benevolent handsoffery but rly to protect their privilege until it all goes blooey - except for the erratic champion-but-also-tourist the doctor

& in pratchetts hands the order of the history monks is defending reality from exactly the sort of authority figures that orwell criticized in his praise of toads & hares (x)

I think that by retaining one’s childhood love of such things as trees, fishes, butterflies and - to return to my first instance - toads, one makes a peaceful and decent future a little more probable, and that by preaching the doctrine that nothing is to be admired except steel and concrete, one merely makes it a little surer that human beings will have no outlet for their surplus energy except in hatred and leader worship.(…) The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it.

but it was in FIFTH ELEPHANT that del toro found the key for makin the lost daughter & the unsaved child & the unwanted orphan ALL THE SAME SOLAR WOLF-CHAMPION FIGHTING THE ELDER GODS GENERATION AFTER GENERATION

& it is hella grim in its lead for the alchemy

bc there is a girl & a shoe in that tale as well but her story didnt have a happy ending

& also i know how it too is a bondverse fic by retconnection now

not just bc NIGHT WATCH made sam vimes into james that time round

but bc of yes PACIFIC RIM

oh & there are also evil & unredeemed versions of hermann & newt in NIGHT WATCH

even as discworlds hakeswill is defeated in it

bc this is not the SHARPE fanfic w the folksongs in it — no hagman & harris except on the barricades as the multitude ( see how they rise up … )

& as there are good ( or good-ish ) versions of them in UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

but that will have to go in another post bc rl stuff calls

but yes the great game they are playing has a point , the story isnt idle diversion @ least on the side of team resistance

& THE CAKE WAS ALWAYS A LIE — & orwells essay goes into that in quite some detail for its brevity

http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/site/work/essays/cupoftea.html

everyone spotted the george orwell ref in the CRIMSON PEAK comic-con display right?

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hint - its in this diorama

& its repeated @ least 3x that i have spotted I AM DYING HERE @ HIS SNEAKY CLEVERNESS

pic from theaterguy105s comic-con post (x)

FYI ALSO NOBODY SEEMS TO HAVE RECOGNIZED THE MOTTO ON THE SHIELD

its psalm 120 | 121 dependin on which numbering system

AD MONTES OCULUS LEVAVI on the upper scroll means TO THE MOUNTAINS [MY] EYES I LIFT UP

which is a heraldic rearrangement of “levavi oculos meos in montes unde veniet auxilium meum” in the vulgate latin which as translated by the jesuit order who taught ( if not entirely what they mean to ) the young guillermo del toro to elizabethan era english goes “I have lifted up my eyes to the mountains, from whence help shall come to me” (x)

altho the spelling of it as “oculus” rather than “oculos” is curious & may have a significance beyond it bein an artifact of spelling in Olde — oculus is “an eye” singular , in latin but when spelled w two Os is plural in a specific case as in the above verse , but also means a little round window ( that looks like an eye ) so this may be a double entendre w the windows = the eyes of the house

also fyi this latin version of the scriptures was originally done by st jerome

who is the saint associated w , you may recall , a lion patronus

the lower scrolls motto is MORS VINCIT OMNIA which hardly needs translating but = DEATH CONQUERS ALL

this hi res wallpaper of the sculpted gate crest is nice (x) but the silkscreen version (x)  on this official legendary swag notebook is easier to read — i havent deciphered the rest of the imagery beyond the obvious overarching skull symbol bc none of the pics are clear enf yet & this may be starting red herrings but there may be two rampant beasts — ?bears? lions? - opposed w a flying bird —? raven? —in the shield proper , or not 

but one thing is certain ,its the same mask hanging over the gate of the namesake LABERINTO

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which echoed the mouth-of-truth symbol in the repaired menhir earlier

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& the jaws-of-fate symbols in the “three caskets” sequence later

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& which was the mirror of the mask formed by the windows of the arch in DEVILS BACKBONEimage

just as the lion-guarded caskets by the pale mans fireside were the mirror of the safe hidden by the stove in ESPINAZO , & the jaws-of-truth scn in BLADE 2

& which wld be echoed immediately thereafter in HELLBOY 1 ( along w so many other elements )

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& now the gate / boca del inferno theme returns

& with it entire new layers of symbolism on all levels

but what it will be we can only guess

but jessica chastain tweeted a note abt green bein the color of hope ( ! ! ! )

& it sounds like they were LARPin it this time

& charlie h is so tuned in to del toros storytelling now , he wrote his own chara sheet for backstory & got to use almost all of it unchanged

& everyone got input on the editing process

& they filmed in toronto so they cld get as many of the same crew as had worked w them on PR as possible

SO YES THIS IS ANOTHER LINK IN THE MONOMYTH & WILL ILLUMINATE BACKWARDS AS MUCH AS IT IS ILLUMINATED BY THE PAST CHAPTERS

btw CYMBELINE is a wild historical-supernatural-romance fic

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3093522/

which involves lost heirs , wicked stepmothers , princesses disguised as pageboys , doppelgangers , deaths real & faked , ghosts , gods , omens & the political chaos in the roman empire following the death of julius caesar as the setting for an intergenerational family drama that involves a significant critique of the patriarchy for its times AND serves as a fixfic for R&J

& possibly MACBETH also

in a ttly chaotically anachronistic mashup of ancient / medieval / then-modern renaissance military & romantic fiction tropes

& the role that vondie curtis-hall is credited w is no mere random roman general

but the ambassador to a roman client state at first — a diplomat yep but NOT the kind who just hands arnd the cucumber sandwiches & foilcovered choclates — & then the leader of the invasion of britain after the client king announces that augustus is no julius & their old bargain is over

& a man who proves himself more decent & noble than the british nobles time & time again STANDS UP FOR THE IDEALS OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION CENTURIES B4 IT EXISTED

& who in the course of the multithreaded plot complications discovers the disguised princess in a desperate situation

thinks her a mere humble serving boy of no rank or importance

yet ! !

treats her kindly & takes her under his protection

telling her to think of him as a father

not as a boss

YEAH THIS

( oh & praises her work ethic skills & diligence to the skies later )

also HE HELPS SAVE THE DAY & BRING ABT PEACE BTWN THE REALMS AGN BY HAVING A RELIABLE SEER ON STAFF

who sorts out all the remaining mysteries to bring a happy ending

MYSTICAL EAGLES FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN THE TALE

also a highly symbolic RING as token of a faith / not / betrayed after all

its the SAME STORY & the shakespearean community is telling it hand-in-velvet-glove w that part of the fantasy-horror community that belongs to the resistance & not the wall —FYI  there is a lot of grue in CYMBELINE i warn everyone , lots of violence BOTH threatened & accomplished , VERY winterfell in feel

only w less actual rape & way more female empowerment both good & evil , since imogen WHO IS BEING PLAYED BY ANASTASIA STEELE ASDFJKL; ! !  is the one who steps forward out of her fears to SAVE EVERYONE in the end , the catalyst whose choice to reveal herself is the key to unlocking all the mysteries & bringing a joyful peace in place of war

& the wicked stepmother has her own complications beyond being a fairy tale caricature UTTERLY EVIL BUT ALSO CAPABLE OF HONESTY & BETTER CHOICES

& above all else its MUCH ADO ABT NOTHING fixfic

bc shakespeare doesnt just tackle the disappointing fizzle of MACBETHs WICKED QUEEN PLOTTING THE RUIN OF POLITICAL RIVALS FOR HER OWN DYNASTIC AIMS plot , or the spectacularly chaotic disaster of overcomplicated plots & missed connections = lovers dying in R&J — & yes clark-hall was in the 1996 ROMEO + JULIET too —

but the whole DUDE WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE A ROMANTIC HERO DOUBTS HIS GIRLFRIENDS FAITHFULNESS & DUMPS HER BRUTALLY & ITS SUPPOSED TO BE A HAPPY ENDING WHEN HE TAKES HER BACK AFTER HE THINKS SHES DEAD & FEELS BAD which leaves such a bad taste in MUCH ADO bc claudio is just SUCH A JERK that nothing he does can make up for how he treated hero

welp

the untrusting lover in the much later story CYMBELINE has to be put thru the wringer

over & over & over again

humiliation conga before he can be worthy of his princess agn

& we see him agonize & beat himself up & suffer not just outwardly but go thru EVERYTHING HE DID WRONG & WHY HE WAS TTLY OUT OF LINE EVEN IF SHE DID CHEAT ON HIM W HIS EX BEST FRIEND HE WAS STILL THE BAD GUY IN THE SITUATION BC VIOLENCE IS NEVER THE RIGHT RESPONSE TO SEXUAL JEALOUSY which is way more feminist than a shitload of modern romances / action movies & our whole culture even today which shrugs it off as “man driven to anhiliating violence bc his ex is w someone else now”

there was a damn good reason max martini stepped up to be a spear-carrier in FIFTY SHADES OF GOR & it was the same good reason charlie hunnam threw himself on that 1st

tis a very tangled chain & long

but all the links connected

SO HOPING IT WINS A SILVER LION @ THE END OF THIS MONTH — I WANT IT TO GET WIDER RELEASE bc its one of the entries at the venice film festival where it debuts

ah luc besson is on team wall w scott & bay & lindelof & goyer

veddy iiiinteresting

i wonder if there is more to it than him takin umbrage @ a SUPER oblique & encrypted fixfic in the form of a happier endin for LEON | THE PROFESSIONAL ,

or if he also thinks that he is the only one allowed to reinterpret the story of the maid of orleans

& is also pissed off that nobody appreciates his sublime artistic endeavors  eg the horrible reviews that THE MESSENGER got when it came out

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/messenger_the_story_of_joan_of_arc/

& also how his recent attempted biopic of aung san suu kyi THE LADY was panned as a failure as biography DESPITE michelle yeohs acting being praised GOOD ACTING NOT ENF TO SALVAGE BAD DIRECTING is the eternal lesson

but when i see that he — just like ridley scott , just like michael bay — made a weird “arty” low budget little crime flick w a big name cast

, that turned out to be awful & incomprehensible AND like scotts to have a major point of overlap w NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN but also to have so many points of congruence w other films , visually & in terms of degrees-of-separation via casting , & also via name magic symbolism

that all are in some way connected w del toro films

that it is no longer a question to me if the PROMETHEUS “bandage underwear / running down the hall scn” was a deliberate or an accidental resemblance to 5TH ELEMENT also not a question if it was a swipe or an homage

nope

just like scott homaged BAYFORMERS in the yellow sports car scn in COUNSELOR

he homaged besson in PROMETHEUS

bc politics makes strange bedfellows but so i guess does bein scorned by critics & also havin yr own old fanbase wonder wth happened to yr talent & where is the bay / scott / besson who made the rock=&-armageddon / alien-&-blade runner / leon-&-element ??

so hey we can all join in self referential footshootin stupidity

which is also supposed to be a big NYAH BLARGH ARGH WE HATES YOU 4EVA ! ! ! to their rivals , all these upstart crew & actors who think they know how to make movies GRARGHSNARGRHL WE WILL SHOW YOU by makin a movie so terrible that nobody understands how we did it

wait

maybe we didnt think this plan thru

but yeah THE FAMILY has enf bits & pieces that only make sense if seen as slivers fittin into a goblins mirror reflection of PACIFIC RIM as a magic mirror reflection of , in this case esp , scotts ROBIN HOOD which was ripping off BLADE 2 in a huge way along w HELLBOY 2

but also the overall superheroes themes of all del toro movies

& yes THE DEGREES OF SEAN BEAN bc it is def a slam @ RONIN which hah yeah thatll ttly show everyone involved in PR

& yes the nastiness in LUCY is also stuffs that makes sense if yr lookin at it as , like TF4 , a backatcha to PR

& YES THERE BE ALREADY SALVOS FIRED @ BOTH DEL TORO & KENNETH BRANAGH IN SCOTTS EXODUS PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

IF I CAN GET A PICSPAM POST TOG WO MY COMPUTER CRASHING YET AGN I WILL SET IT OUT PLAINLY

but im not sure what that will prove either

otoh IT WILL CERTAINLY PROVIDE RAW MATERIAL FOR THE ALCHEMICAL RETORTS & FURNACES OF “CRIMSON PEAK” & PR2

& who knows what else

bc i just discovered there is a MODERN VERSION OF CYMBELINE (x) COMIN OUT as a small art film by michael almereyda WHICH HAS BESSONS EXWIFE JOVOVICH and & PAIN & GAINs ED HARRIS and 50 SHADES DAKOTA JOHNSON as the princess AND BAYFORMERS 1-3 JOHN LEGUIZAMO and also ETHAN HAWKE WHO WAS RECENTLY STARBUCK TO WILLIAM HURTS AHAB — & WILLIAM HURT HAD A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN SCOTTS ROBIN HOOD , MORE ON THAT LATER — oh & yes , was in ANTOINE FUQUAS TRAINING DAY & IVE TALKED ABT THE UNIVERSAL FIASCO W TAKIN AWAY AMERICAN GANGSTER FROM FUQUA & GIVIN IT TO RIDLEY SCOTT TO MAKE IT A CROWE GARY STU VEHICLE — in which you may be forgiven for forgetting that a certain british actor of increasing renown had a bit part as another gangster but yes THERE IS AN IDRIS ELBA CONNECTION TOO — and finally there is the STAR TREK / REBOOT CONNECTION bc ANTON YELCHIN AKA CHEKOV IN NUTREK is in it

& yes there was ANOTHER jab @ traditional trek fandom in PAIN & GAIN to go along w the travestyin of WRATH OF KHAN in BAYFORMERS 3

bc bay cast TONY SHALOUB AKA FRED KWAN FROM GALAXY QUEST as the real-life-victim-made-unlikeable-“deserved-it” of the based-on-a-true-crime-case story SO YEAH there is so much of a huge fuckyou @ their own fans by these great big babies but also , or primarily , idk which & not sure they know which , @ their perceived rivals

which yeah ok sure theyre makin gobs of money on these studio-supported mega projects & gettin carte blanche to make their ugly little id vanity projects that barely break even if that & get trashed on RT

but i guess its just so much salt in their eyes that upstarts get praised by critics & happy fanbases alike

so they gotta act out EVEN IF IT MEANS AN ENDLESS STRING OF OWN GOALS & PYRRHIC VICTORIES

meanwhile

the shakespeare / stage / series tv community is NOT HAPPY w the annointed princes of hollywood

& they are showing it @ every turn

accordin to imdb almereyda has cast VONDIE CURTIS HALL AS THE ROMAN GENERAL & ENVOY TO BRITAIN in his new movie

which isnt just diverse casting YES WE BITE OUR THUMB @ WHEDONS WHITEWASHING but also a connex to 1 . THE SOPRANOS aka take that besson ! ! & to ER yes that is both a BATMAN and a coen brothers shoutout

they are playin the great game

& i am wondering like hell what stanley tucci is gonna show up in after he finishes HUNGER GAMES series now … .

(im sure it seemed like a good idea @ the time , when bay cast OMFG ROBIN GOODFELLOW AKA PUCK as his heel-face-turn villain as a TAKE THAT to captain america fans - these sort of things always do , which is why yr supposed to keep a five-yr-old child on retainer to look em over first ! ! )

everbright-mourning replied to your post “fyi, “ally” does NOT mean “someone who never calls you on yr crap”

I think it might be a reaction to ‘Allies’ taking over the conversation and otherwise putting themselves forward-in public-to represent the minority. RE: Autism Speaks, which has no Autistic board members and advocates things that amount to torture.

Ah, i take it you havent SEEN that post ( poss bc i never repost it just unfollow whoever reposted it on my dash ) that goes arnd & arnd abt how an ally is someone who just shuts up & nods & smiles & never critiizes & never calls the speaker out on their bullshit when theyre sayin bullshit bc ALLY MEANS NEVER GETTIN TO SAY NOPE THAT ISNT RIGHT bc when yr a member of a wronged group

you automatically get a free pass on anything you pull 4EVA

altho how this works when yr pullin yr bullshit on ppl who are ALSO members of DIFFERENT wronged groups INTERSECTIONALITY WHAT IS THAT WHO GIVES A FUCK

& why it is assumed to be so that ppl who are members of a Wronged Group are automatically granted immunity from ever doin anything wrong to anybody else 4EVA

bc in the 2nd decade of the 21st century “social justice blogging” (sic) has become this orwellian monstrosity that has the collective memory of a guppy - even goldfish have longer memories ! !!

& therefore is also unaware of the notion of the “oppressed oppressor”

& also has turned the word “justice” into this newspeak horror that bears no resemblance to anything LIKE actual fairness or truth or congruence w reality

& it wld be laughable what a parody of itself it has become

if the world werent literally burning down arnd our ears

on so many levels

while THE FYOOCHUR OF 21st CENTURY POLITICS circlejerks its way to idk wtf tellin itself how awesome it is

& how horrible everybody else is

while uttering statements that are indistinguishable from 1950s segregationists in the name of “social justice”

protip WHEN YOU SOUND MORE LIKE GEORGE WALLACE THAN GEORGE WALLACE BY HIS LATER YEARS MAYBE YR NOT AS PROGRESSIVE / LIBERAL / LEFTIER-THAN-THOU THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE , ALTHO THE SO-FAR-LEFT-YR-HARD-RT IS ANOTHER PHENOM THAT THOSE OF US WHOSE POLITICAL MEMORIES GO BACK BEFORE 2001 REMEMBER FAR TOO WELL

but if you really think the answer to oldtyme segregation & isolationism is ALL NEW SEGREGATION & ISOLATIONISM

good luck w that is all i can say

( also i doubt very much that the vast majority of asians wld be grateful at having nearly if not all asian restaurants outside asia shut down in the name of ideological purity the way certain tumbler social justice fangirls seem to think wld be the morally right thing to do … . )

‘So,’ muttered the Prince, ‘the soldier boy isn’t a soldier boy. That is your good luck!’

Polly kept her fixed grin. ‘Do you often menace frightened women?’ she said.

‘Oh, that was nothing! You are only a peasant girl, after all! What do you know of life? And you showed spirit!’

[…]
‘That was for peace and goodwill between nations,’ said Polly, smiling sweetly and letting go of the Prince’s hand. She took a step back. ‘And this, your highness, is for me …’

Actually, she didn’t kick. Life was a process of finding out how far you could go, and you could probably go too far in finding out how far you could go. But a mere twitch of a leg was enough, just to see the idiot collapse in the ridiculous, knock kneed, protective crouch.

She marched away, singing inside. This was not a fairy-tale castle and there was no such thing as a fairy-tale ending, but sometimes you could threaten to kick the handsome prince in the ham-and-eggs.

SO LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE POLLY FUCKING PERKS (via pasiphile)

(via thewordywarlock)

fyi, “ally” does NOT mean “someone who never calls you on yr crap”

in no language in any era before has ally ever meant

someone who silently nods along w whatever you say

& never points out when yr wrong

or doin wrong things

& if you think it does

you are nobody i want for an ally

& no ally of mine

bc what yr thinking of is maybe a puppy

or rly a stuffed animal

bc even the most loyal hound will get in yr face when yr goin a dangerous direction

stories are full of that sort of thing
"loyal animal companion saves day for clueless human owners!!!"

but an ALLY shld be someone you see as yr EQUAL

& cohort in fightin a good fight

the word you are MEANING is not ally

not even “fangirl / fanboy” either

but “lackey”

or maybe

"serf"

'The blood-swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread.'

this is a ceramic art installation in the moat of the tower itself

each blossom commemorating a british tommy OR COLONIAL AUXILIARY killed in the war

& the flowers will be available as commemorative pieces after it is over

ursulavernon:

lisalu22:

I love Neil Gaiman so damn much. Best advice on how to raise a reader—let them read…whatever they want to read.

My mother—who meant well!—was always trying to get me to read “good” books. “Garbage in, garbage out,” she would say grimly, as I loaded up on Star Trek novels and Dragonlance, and try to get me to read improving literature like “Jane Eyre” and “Two Years Before The Mast.”
Today I write children’s books for a living. She has since apologized and I have still never read “Jane Eyre.”

but JANE EYRE is trashy & sexy & full of over the top DRAAAMAAAAA & the great grandma of all the wooooo haunted gothick mansions & grim brooding scarred hawt heroes who have to be tortured & tortured & tortured some more before they are worthy of the snarky self-possessed heroine coming to rescue them ! ! 
& yes it is awful in so many ways
but it is like twinkies dipped in godiva chocolate
OMG THIS IS SO BAD FOR ME THIS IS SO TRASHY & UNBELIEVABLE & ALSO HOW DOES GETTING HURT AS A RESULT OF YR BAD DEEDS MAKE UP FOR YR BAD DEEDS & ALSO WHAT HAPPENED TO XYZ CHARAS???
I CANT STOP REREADING THIS IT IS SO AWFUL
but all the women even the most conventional / traditional are more self determining & badass than ANYONE in EITHER “TWILIGHT” or “50 SHADES “

ursulavernon:

lisalu22:

I love Neil Gaiman so damn much. Best advice on how to raise a reader—let them read…whatever they want to read.

My mother—who meant well!—was always trying to get me to read “good” books. “Garbage in, garbage out,” she would say grimly, as I loaded up on Star Trek novels and Dragonlance, and try to get me to read improving literature like “Jane Eyre” and “Two Years Before The Mast.”

Today I write children’s books for a living. She has since apologized and I have still never read “Jane Eyre.”

but JANE EYRE is trashy & sexy & full of over the top DRAAAMAAAAA & the great grandma of all the wooooo haunted gothick mansions & grim brooding scarred hawt heroes who have to be tortured & tortured & tortured some more before they are worthy of the snarky self-possessed heroine coming to rescue them ! !

& yes it is awful in so many ways

but it is like twinkies dipped in godiva chocolate

OMG THIS IS SO BAD FOR ME THIS IS SO TRASHY & UNBELIEVABLE & ALSO HOW DOES GETTING HURT AS A RESULT OF YR BAD DEEDS MAKE UP FOR YR BAD DEEDS & ALSO WHAT HAPPENED TO XYZ CHARAS???

I CANT STOP REREADING THIS IT IS SO AWFUL

but all the women even the most conventional / traditional are more self determining & badass than ANYONE in EITHER “TWILIGHT” or “50 SHADES “

(via everbright-mourning)

"FIFTH NOTCH"

in the process of decoding all the symbolism in PACIFIC RIM

which i maybe will have done by the time CRIMSON PEAK comes out

or @ least the sequel

i have this bad tendency to overlook numerology just bc numbers arent usually symbolic in modern sf & fantasy

or else theyre super obvious , like DR WHO was doin l33t back in the 70s w “P-7-E” = PERSEPHONE the symbolic name of a spaceship & there was a mystery where “5424” turned out to be a messily written “SARA”

but not the old fashioned add-the-digits-&-get-the-number-of-the-beast type of numbers game , or magical pythagorean figuring

but after MARK V = “Mark 5” as in Gospel of as in BANISHING A LEGION OF DEMONS / RAISING THE DEAD-OR-COMATOSE KID argharghargh i have had to keep my numerological radar tuned just bc ALSO POSSIBLE SOURCE OF MYTHICAL REFERENCES

see also “RAN NEARLY A DOZEN MISSIONS” = before the final, most deadly, & greatest triumph of tokyo = 12 LABORS also bc mirroring ,

both equally apollo & equally his brother , no longer rivals

& it clicked for me ( as always far later than i shld see these things ! ! ) that FIVE MISSIONS HAS A PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE IN AVIATION HISTORY

bc that was what was finally settled on as the minimum number of confirmed kills to qualify as an “ace” in WWI for the us pilots

& that is significant for a couple of reasons

one bein that this week is the exact 100th anniversary of the rubicon crossed , the point when the superpowers of the world decided that THIS fool thing in the balkans was the perfect opportunity to use all the armies & battleships & giant freakin cannons that took trains to pull & big-ass high-tech concrete fortresses theyd all been stocking up on for the past 20-some yrs

THE FALL OF EMPIRES BEING AN UNENDING THEME IN DEL TOROS WORK , BC YOU CANT TALK ABT WWI WO INVOLVING THE SPANISH CONQUEST & THE RAJ & THE PLANTAGENETS FIGHTING IT OUT ACROSS THE LENGTH & BREADTH OF EUROPE & THE MEDITERRANEAN & ALL THEIR HEIRS TAKING THE BATTLE AROUND THE GLOBE , HEIRS TO INCLUDE EVENTUALLY THE CZARS & CZARINAS OF ALL THE RUSSIAS

THEM BEIN QUEEN VICTORIAS KIDS & GRANDKIDS LIKE MOST OF THE ROYAL HOUSES OF EUROPE AFTER ALL

there will be a quiz on this soon

bc CRIMSON PEAK has made a point of the familial blood connection , bc 50 SHADES OF GREY , if my sleuthing compass is still pointing true

the other reason

the other reason is this

“Nah, catch me being respectful to some bloke because he just pulled a sword out of a stone. That don’t make you a king. Mind you,” he said, “someone who could shove a sword into a stone… a man like that, now, he’s a king.”

“A man like that’d be an ace,” said Nobby.

—Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett, 1993

& what is a kaiju but a living mountain ???