•For those with TV reception, it’s also the first night of the remake TV series V, about Earth’s friendly new extraterrestrial overlords turning out to be sinister reptilians — and the series is more timely than ever, given that nowadays, there are a few deranged conspiracy theorists (possibly including that dad whose son everyone thought had drifted away in a balloon) who think our leaders really are reptilian-human hybrids.
•As we face the prospect of a term-limits-busting Mayor Bloomberg beginning another four years of running New York City, I’d just like to say, in the interests of racial harmony, that I don’t think I could hate politicians any more if they did turn out to be reptilian. (Given that, maybe the likes of Castro and Chavez aren’t really all that extraordinary — but that’s what we’ll debate tomorrow at Lolita Bar, so please join us.)
•The man who started the whole reptilian conspiracy theory, David Icke, has been accused of being inspired by anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, though once a man is claiming that subterranean reptiles rule the planet, I’m not sure it makes sense to criticize him for secretly harboring something as mundane as anti-Semitic sentiment. And in any case, we know there are not sinister Protocols that guide gatherings of elite cabals as they plot the takeover of media and the world — highly ethnically-mixed institutions like the government are problem enough.
•Luckily, there is a way to see government mocked while getting a good dose of geekery at the same time: the site Op-Toons, which has recently joked about Star Wars, Duran Duran, Schoolhouse Rock, and much more.
But Jacob Levy forwards what may be the single most intensely nerdy cartoon of all time, not surprisingly from the strip XKCD.
•On a sadder sadder sci-fi/punk note, I notice Lori Petty was arrested a few months ago for slamming into a fourteen year-old skateboarder while driving with an illegal blood alcohol level. Good thing she doesn’t actually have a tank — but then, I would think for a teen skateboarder, being driven over by Tank Girl would be a relatively cool way to be injured.
On a more positive final note, I always associate Tank Girl with my friend Jenny Foreit (who watched the movie with the guests the night of her first wedding — and knows how to kickbox), and I see that despite some recent rough times, she was not afraid to risk thinning the veil between realities this Halloween by creating a Cthulhu jack-o’-lantern.