March 5th, 2011


Situation Normal: All Jesused Up

Billy Graham's Evangelistic Association Rocked the Fort at Fort Bragg last year. Google Cache, since BGEA assures us this page doesn't exist.

The Army shelled out $54,000 to promote and support the event. This caused a few malcontents to complain. As the first comment there notes:

"As to the negative information and concerns about it being held on post, the military is constantly hosting events in support of many different initiatives of all faiths, ethnicities and celebrations of life. This was just another show of support of the diversity of our military."

So one SGT Justin Griffith organized Rock Beyond Belief, lining up speakers from the Friendly Atheist to Richard Dawkins. In his request, he hewed closely to the model provided by Rock the Fort, asking for about $42,000.

In this time of national budgetary crisis, the garrison commander countered with $nada, along with requirements to disclaim any official sponsorship of the event (unlike the BGEA event).

Just another show of support of the diversity of our military!

Y'know, maybe the attendance would have been smaller, so less money might be reasonable. But the disclaimer provision is just plain ugly.

in MythoScope

Woohoo! Saw The Whisperer in Darkness tonight at the cast/crew/background players screening.

As their Call of Cthulhu emulates a silent picture of the 20's, The HPLHS' Whisperer is modelled along the lines of a 30's talkie. Nice look, fabulous sound, solid acting, a few really eyepopping effects. CoC stuck so close to the original story it's a marvel; Whisperer strays, which is sad, but really what's the alternative, since it really fits the Lovecraft mold of 'guy sits at his desk reading and writing letters for several weeks, takes a trip, has a long conversation with a crazy person, and comes home.'

No spoilers from me till it gets officially out into the wild. But you do see more than enough of my map in the debate scene. For good or ill, I'm off the shoulder of one of the principals, so my phiz looms in a slightly out of focus way (probably the best for all concerned). Spotted a few other folks in the theater and on the screen - pretty sure it was vadenalim and missmea who stride across the screen bigger than life as the party scene fades in.