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Daily Scan: 08.25.08 – Real Scotsman to Be Next Highlander, Arthur C. Clarke on “Daisy, Daisy”


• “For a series that has peaked creatively in the ’80s, Star Wars sure has made a lot of people rich.” Why Star Wars must die. Ouch.

Design Observer nails on the head the primary issue with the steampunk movement: “How would the Victorian imagination conceive and execute a functioning computer? The answer must be more interesting than adding wood veneers to your laptop or turning a mouse into a contraption of gears that looks more like a medieval torture device.”

• A knives amnesty in Britain has led to the reclamation of a lethal Star Trek blade.

• It looks like Kevin McKidd (Rome, Journeyman) will be the next Highlander, making him the first actual Scotsman to take on the role.

• Eric Freitas does much work in strange, scifi horology.

• Arthur C. Clarke explains why Stanley Kubrick used the song “Daisy, Daisy” in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

• As a kid, I would have rolled my eyes to whiteness and hyperventilated to own such a thing: a radio-controlled Enterprise.

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