The Hunt for Red October: 1990-2015: Captain Marko Ramius: So It Begins…

During my preparations for a costume party / potluck lunch at work, I made a list of the ‘big’ films that came out 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years ago. Among those was The Hunt for Red October. And I thought to myself, hey, here’s a costume I don’t have to shave my beard off for: Captain 1st Class Marko Ramius… All I have to do is turn my hair and beard salt-and-pepper gray, somehow. That seems do-able, and I like Red October, so why not do that for Halloween this year?

I’ve been poking around the internet looking for good costume references, and cheap costume parts on ebay. Bit the bullet and ordered a black Nehru jacket that I hope will fit. It was $30, which is probably about as cheap as they get. Lucky for me the actual costumes from the film are black, though I think the real Soviet uniforms can go either way – black or navy.

I need a couple of pins, and a whole bunch of ribbons (“fruit salad”), and the epaulettes / shoulder boards. The ushanka’s optional, I think. Probably gonna be hot anyway, even without it.

Today, I was lucky enough to identify all the ribbons on the ‘fruit salad’, thanks to a close up photo from an auction, and Wikipedia’s lists of Soviet medals. Trivia: Some are doubles, which may or may not have been possible in real life. One is for saving a drowning man (very appropriate), two are for ‘defense of the arctic’ during WWII (unlikely, I think), and one is the Order of Lenin, which the ship’s doctor seems to imply Ramius doesn’t have.

Ramius at his youngest would be 56, I think, if he served in WWII. Connery was born in 1930, so he would have been too young to serve in WWII, ironically, unless he was a cadet or something.

Anyway, expect a post on Ramius’ ribbons soon.


Arthur Jermyn: A Jermyn Family Tree

I’ve been alternating between annotating Arthur Jermyn, The Nameless City (version 2!) and The Call of Cthulhu.

The Wikipedia pages for Arthur Jermyn has a rudimentary family tree, and I thought that would be a good idea to add to my annotated edition. Here’s most of the information I was able to glean from the story:

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A Word on My H. P. Lovecraft Annotations

Had some spare time today, and rather than revise my Nameless City, I took a look at Arthur Jermyn (link contains spoilers!), and started to add footnotes to that. I’m two pages in and I have 14 footnotes so far. That suggests approximately 160 footnotes for this story!

The real enemy is “editorial fatigue.” That’s a term used in textual analysis to refer to instances where an editor (in this case, me) over time becomes less diligent / observant while revising or editing a document. In the modern era, this is less of a problem, but when scribes were copying and revising a document entirely by hand, it would be nearly impossible to go back to an already written section and revise it a second time to amend a mistake due to ‘editorial fatigue.’

It’s possible this technique might be used in analysis of HPL’s own works, as he would have been writing them out by hand, and then revising them by hand and finally typing them up on a typewriter. If we have something unusual or that doesn’t match (the previous text / chapter / section) showing up later in a story, the principle of editorial fatigue suggests that it is in fact a trace of the original text, accidentally overlooked during the editing process.

Anyways, back on topic: annotating takes an enormous amount of time: not only do I have to typeset the entire story, but I have to re-read it, identify ‘suspect’ words, phrases or names, look them up and occasionally condense the definitions.

I have The Call of Cthulhu annotated, but I’d like to go through it again before I release it to the public. If I recall correctly, it was something like 50 pages with 100+ footnotes, a number that now seems small in comparison to The Nameless City. It’s anyone’s guess as to what will be released next, and when.

Jurassic Park, The Lost World, JPIII and Jurassic World: Box Office Comparison

I have done the heavy lifting, and gathered the box office and budget numbers for these films and adjusted them for inflation so you can compare them in 2015 dollars.

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Jaws 40th Anniversary (1975-2015) Desktop Backgrounds

Got to see Jaws on the big screen Sunday, for the anniversary. It was so good!

In commemoration, I have made these two desktop backgrounds. The “JAWS” title treatment used on the posters is a little different from the version used in the film’s titlecard. I present both:

I’m starting to think something in-between the two would be ideal.