Also, big Star Wars news today.

We’re talking about it in the latest Time Travel Murder Mystery episode. In short: We’re excited.

This image is a funny internet joke, but as Benjie Light just pointed out to me, it’s nothing compared to this…

Updated to add: The latest report (as of the day after this big announcement) is that the story will “all original,” whatever the hell that means.

“He does watercolors. Mostly landscapes, but a few nudes.”

I’m excited to talk about Cloud Atlas with Benjie on this week’s episode of the podcast, but I recently (and finally) saw Safety Not Guaranteed and Moonrise Kingdom as well, which Benjie had already seen, so maybe we’ll get to talk about those as well…

And (obviously) I just discovered my new favorite silly mash up tumblr of the moment, Kanye Wes Anderson. I’m a little late to the party on this one, but enjoying it. Both of these guys live in such a precious and stylized little world, so why wouldn’t they mesh together perfectly?

That said, I sincerely hope that after this we can take a break on these mash ups and amalgamations.

Anyway, if you haven’t checked it out in a while, check out the podcast, Time Travel Murder Mystery.

And, until next time: 63 posts to go.

One more week…

…until the election, and I’m excited. I’m mildly curious what, if anything, the hurricane will in the way of an effect on the outcome, and even more curious to what degrees the media will speculate on the hurricane’s outcome on the election and the electorate. Either way, if you’re in the path of the storm, take care of yourself.

Shameless self promotion time: I wrote a thing for Thought Catalog called Why No One Wants To Fuck Mitt Romney,” my homage to J. G. Ballard, and they were nice enough to publish it.

It was written just after the second presidential debate and if I had to write it over again, just a few weeks later, I would change it completely, I think, and probably still say a lot of the same things. Give it a look, if you like.

That said, saw a great video last night, with Joss Whedon weighing in on this election and its outcome:

Yesterday.

There is a clear difference between a fact and a factoid. Sometimes that difference becomes clearest in a live fact check and binders full of women. Good health is merely the slowest possible onset of death. Nostalgia clearly isn’t as good now as it used to be. The word “vodka” comes from the Slavic word for “water,” which makes a kind of sense. Whatever happened to Nancy Drew?

There is a correlation between losing sleep and losing memories. It’s humorous for me to think that Ronald Reagan once said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” An owl is an owl is an owl. “High and tight,” “shuck and jive,” “bread and circuses,” and “smoke and mirrors” are all examples of Siamese Twins.

I would like to stand on a beach at night, yelling obscenities into the coming tides. Pictures from here, here, here, here, and here. Is it possible that we’ll find thriving distant life in Alpha Centauri or the ancient remnants of extinguished life on Mars?

Is/was yesterday real, or did we just dream it up?

Brad Bird and Damond Lindelof are doing a movie together, maybe featuring aliens, but shhhh, it’s all a secret. Johnny Depp wants to publish a book about Bob Dylan, which seems totally unnecessary. If young J. G. Ballard looked like Christian Bale, does that mean that Christian Bale will eventually look like old J. G. Ballard? The Wire as a list with no name. Sometimes I feel like I am losing touch with the things really matter, or should really matter. Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell sequel won the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Oscar Wilde’s last words were, “Either that wallpaper goes – or I do!” There as no September 3 through September 13 in 1752. Dark Matter and Trojan Horses. Doppelgänger is still a really cool word. Everything is fine and…

That said, bananas are berries but strawberries are not.

Eye of the sparrow.

I normally think these are a bit stupid, but I actually find this one not only delightful…

…but inspired.

The sun rises on another slow news day in America.

I’m sure there’s more important things we can be talking about.