As you may have heard, Woolworth's pulled from their stores a bed designed for young girls called Lolita. They said they didn't know the term referred to the literary character of the same name, who was the subject of her stepfather's lust. crooked house suggests some other products they might want to look into selling, including a Medea line of maternity wear and Lady Macbeth gloves.
As you may have noticed, on the sidebar of my site is a badge from Amnesty International's Irrepressible campaign, which fights censorship worldwide. With each refresh, it displays a new quote from a censored piece of writing. Most of them, expectedly, refer to severe crises of censorship and violation of human rights.
However, there's one quote that keeps popping up that has me mystified:
Star Trek fans are being offered a [sic] "once in a lifetime" opportunity to buy models, props and sets from the show
Who censored this? Why does Amnesty International have to take up the cause of oppressed Star Trek fans who possibly were once denied the opportunity to buy costly bits of memorabilia? I'm very confused.
Kottke raised a very important question Friday for geek parents: in which order will you show your child the Star Wars movies? I've actually considered this at great length already. There are a lot of movies, books, and music important to me that I look forward to introducing to my daughter as she grows older, but Star Wars requires a game plan. For example, I intend to show her the episodes in original release order. Not only because the "first" episodes are barely watchable in the first place, but because whatever draw they do have is entirely based on their connections to the originals. However, I'm not going to split hairs about original versions vs. remastered versions. Some of the additions are pretty cool, and, sadly, my own cassettes have been lost to time.
I will, though, take pains to explain that in the real Star Wars, Han shoots first.