Friday, July 14, 2006

So the picture I was going to put to open this post was the poster of the film “Village of the Damned” by John Carpenter. The film was reasonable, based on a short story which is quite good: aliens invade earth in a subtle way and a lot of the women in a small village fall pregnant at the same time, they give birth normally, but all the children, besides being the same age, are all very fair and blonde, with light eyes and identical haircuts, dress the same way, go around in pairs and don’t socialize with anyone different, are much smarter than the few other children around, function as a hive by communicating telepathically with each other and believe that they are much superior than the normal humans and thus attempt to take over the world. However, the poster was a bit gruesome.

So, how is Cambridge treating me? I found a room in a nice house pretty quickly, my housemates are very nice, and everyone in general in Cambridge has been super-friendly. Working in the Zoology Department is still great, added bonus is that now I am working part of the time in the Zoology Museum, helping to create an electronic catalog of the insect collection. Do you recall that part of Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything” where he mentions this zoologist that liked to give dirty names to the species he identified? I am sure I have come across a few of them. Plus, some beetles Darwin collected, etc. I occasionally have to pull out the drawers where the insects are kept and am always terrified that I am going to cause a few centuries of History to go down in dust. Bill Bryson also came to mind in the two talks of the British Antarctic Survey I went to see – this has all the stuff to make a great new Bill Bryson book. Will update more soon.


At 11:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Village of the Damned (1960) - não é grande link mas tem o poster da versão original.


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