Posts Tagged ‘Thailand’

The Man with the Golden Gun – James Bond

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

So this is how the last energy crisis looked, in spy fiction anyway. The James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974, which unfortunately starred Roger Moore rather than Sean Connery, revolves around the capture of an innovative solar energy device funded by the villain Scaramanga and coveted by MI5, which desires the world-dominating powers it confers for itself.

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Get Ready to Crumble, Obscure!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Bat Knight, bought in Bangkok in 2002 for my nephews who were then 3 and 4 years old. Check out the red text at bottom left of the front of the box. This taunt—Get Ready to Crumble, Obscure!—has entered our family lexicon. Does “Obscure” really means something like “Dark One”?

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Living with boulders

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright built Fallingwater on a boulder-covered site, but the giant rocks beneath and around that well-known house are not nearly so graphic or madly visible as they are in these houses. Some of these structures were deliberately built on or around boulders, whether for aesthetics, site preservation, or protection; others incorporated the rocks simply because the rocks could not be moved from the only available building spot.

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