Heading to Guyana in 24 hours and I am far from getting everything done that needs doing. But the packing for on-the-plane distraction is fun. I have my new noise-canceling headphones, my laptop, portable DVD player, MP3 player, PDA, PDA keyboard, emergency PDA power supply, book to read, client prep material, papers to review, newly burned DVDs (9 episodes of Blake’s 7, 24 Hour Party People and Patrick Swayze’s version of King Solomon’s Mines), audio CDs (mostly Sherlock Holmes audio books) and a memory stick loaded with the countless projects I need to get done. Of course, we all know that I will probably spend the time sleeping and daydreaming about obscure episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Someone asked me why I will carry all these sundry devices instead of simply taking my hotshot laptop. See, when I travel to insecure places like Guyana, I prefer to take inexpensive small items, things that I don’t mind losing. This is why I’m also taking Adam. šŸ™‚

In the news, Al Gore has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Hmm, with this new moral clout, will my prediction of a President Gore in 2008 come true? Some are saying it’s already too late for Gore to enter the race. But remember back in 1992? A certain longs hot politico from the South threw his hat in as late as December, 1991. That was Bill Clinton.

In other news, many people have been alerting me to the actions of the municipal government of Herouxville, QC, which has set forth official “norms” for its immigrants. Well, what do you expect me to say? This is, literally, small town small mindedness. In some ways, we should be thankful that this sort of thing is at least out in the open, so we know exactly the nature of the ignorance that infects much of our society.

On a happier note, EK Hornbeck and I have been cloistered on several evenings watching episodes of the forgotten, but fantastic, 1970s UK scifi show, Blake’s 7. In honour of this rediscovery, I give you this tribute to the show, to the tune of Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”:

But the theme this week is wacky Bollywood goodies. Thanks to Shaila M. for sending us the following, the Indian version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. As Shaila said, “simply speechless”.