Friday, July 30, 2010

I actually read Moby Dick

By the way, I finished the novel. 20+ years in the finishing but I did it.

You can read all about my adventures with the book, and my continuing pursuit of understanding its placement in the literature canon, here at


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Found another Hitchcock

Downhill, a silent film from the 1920s. Also known as When Boys Leave Home. Found online at

Still looking for others from 1920s and 1930s. IMDB page on Hitchcock seems to have changed names of some of these early titles.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

String Theory invented by comic book writer

If, according to the Wikipedia page on STRING THEORY:

The theory has its origins in the dual resonance
- first proposed in 1969 by Gabriele Veneziano -
which described the strongly interacting hadrons as strings.

Then will someone please explain comic book author Gardner Fox's Flash story (taken also from Wikipedia):

Fox's script for "Flash of Two
!", from The Flash #123 (Sept.
1961), introduced the concept that the Golden Age heroes existed on a parallel
Earth named Earth-Two.

Remember, there were two Flash superheroes in the comic books. The Flashes figured out that the parallel worlds were only separated by vibrations.

How did Gardner Fox learn of this? I know the man was a genius and a real reader and gatherer of information, especially science information, but where then did HE get the idea?

Also, unrelated, Star Trek had an episode called "Mirror, Mirror" that brought up this parallel universe idea and that was first broadcast October 6, 1967.

Apparently, Jorge Luis Borges may have done some inventing of this idea back in 1941. From Wikipedia:

"The Garden of Forking Paths" (original Spanish title: "El Jardín de
senderos que se bifurcan") is a 1941 short story by Argentine
writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. It
was the title story in the collection El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan
(1941), which was republished in its entirety in Ficciones ("Fictions") (1944).
It was also the first of Borges's works to be translated into English when it
appeared in Ellery
Queen's Mystery Magazine
in August 1948.