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Outro S4 E19 - Sandworms

Hello my survivor friends! 

Did we all survive the eclipse apocalypse this week?  (And, ‘this week’ for you time travelers would be the second week of April in 2024 – hence the solar eclipse reference)

I was not in the path of totality, but I was fairly close to it.  It was a bright sunny day and the sudden dimming of the sun during the eclipse was awesome in the true meaning of the word. 

You can easily see how pre-science cultures would have been terrified by this ‘act of God’. 

Who knows, maybe this will inspire a renewed generational interest in science instead of flat-earth and religious reaction. 

Speaking of religious reactionaries – I got out to see the new Dune movie last week.  I liked it. It’s slick and beautiful and tells a good story.

I can remember reading the original books, probably in the 1980’s, and being sucked into the narrative – not being able to put them down.  That says something about the power and inventiveness and craft of this narrative – that it could grab a scatterbrain like me by the throat and hold me down for hours – that’s unique.  There are only a few books that were able to do that. And this was one of them. 

This second movie was long.  I noticed many people in the theatre, including me, had to get up and visit the rest room – could not make it.  So, you might consider adult diapers if you want to get through without missing anything!  (hah hah)

Having read the books, especially the first book.  I knew where it ended and was surprised that they got there.  With 30 minutes left in the movie, I turned to my daughter and whispered, “They’re not even going to get through the first book.” 

But they did.  Those last 30 minutes were a sprint to the finish. 

I won’t spoil anything, but I will share some random thoughts, because most of my thoughts are random. 

First, why is everyone wearing codpieces?  Is this going to be a new fashion trend? Do you need extra protection for your junk in the desert of Arrakis? 

Second, Even with my scant experience, I know that making love in the sand is tricky at best. 

Third, they were walking a narrow path with the religious overtones.  Back in 1965 when the first book was written no one outside of Damascus had heard about Jihad and it was a safe literary artifice. Today, not so much.  They did the best they could, but the religious stuff seemed a bit of a parody at times. 

That’s what I got for you.  I did like the movie.  See it on the big screen because it’s rich and lush and loves the scenery – chews it up.

Second, I watched a movie, almost entirely by accident called JoJo Rabbit from 2019 by Taika Waititi

This was a brilliant little gem of a movie.  I’m not going to spoil it for you.  Just go watch it. It hits a lot of buttons, is beautifully shot, and Taika Waititi is a genius storyteller with a brilliant sense of humor – but also with a fearless edge.

You probably know Taika Waititi from his breakout film “What we do in the shadows” – his Vampire Mocumentary from 2014 – which was excellent.  It that spawned a series on FX, which I think is entering it’s 6th season? 

Or maybe you will know his big-time-directorial debut – Thor Ragnarök from 2017 – And yes he is not only a genius but a prolific genius. 

So go watch JoJo Rabbit – or any Taika Waititi production for that matter and you won’t be disappointed. 

That’s it for me this week.  Next episode will be the last episode of season 4, if I can pull it off!  It’s a bit like painting a floor where now I’ve painted myself into a corner and have to find an avenue of escape. 

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After this season ends we’ll begin producing other stories for a couple months as I plan out the final season and work on the big, teetering pile of other odds and ends that clutter my life.  There is still time for you to send a story.

Thank you for listening and putting up with me. 

I always love to hear from you so send me a note or send me a story. 

Love you guys to the moon and back – even when it crosses directly in front of the sun.

Keep your special eclipse glasses handy and whatever you do – keep surviving.

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