Wednesday, May 14, 2008

msb-0300 Third Time Around The Century Dial

msb-0300 Third Time Around The Century Dial


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Its purpose is to keep us entertained, to explain our symptoms, to remark on our discoveries, and to raise the general consciousness about our disease.

The path to illness is shadowy, murky and rough strewn.

The path to wellness is lit by the lamp of knowledge.


Feedback comes first, so...

Well here we are, watching the Century Dial roll over for a third time.

But I am not doing it alone, Shauna's here to regale us with an apt numeric review of "The 300"

This Friday, I promise that I'll have an announcement to make that we can all join in.

The stuff with Mevio didn't work. Sucks to be them.

---- "In my dreams" by: "Strangers in Wonderland"

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---- "Still standing" by: "Strangers in Wonderland"

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---- "Behind The Mask" by: "Strangers in Wonderland"


We've got something unusual from Shauna this time, a movie review.

In keeping with the number of the show episode, it about the movie "300" [ ]

(Which was a remake of "The 300 Spartans" [ ] which I actually saw at the local "Bijou" theater in "Ville LaSalle" while it was descending into "kitch", "Sci-Fi", "Horror" and eventually a "porno theater" before being being put to a merciful death by a developer who turned it into a strip mall...

"Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" (Which means "So passes away the glory of the world", [ not "You don't wanna get in a car with Gloria".])

---- "As long as I dont cry" by: "Strangers in Wonderland"


I'm not a movie reviewer. I have to admit to having tried my hand at it a couple of times over the years, but Charles asked me to review 300 in celebration of his 300th MSB Podcast, so I consented.

Full disclosure: my family doctor is of Greek descent and I lived in Montreal, where the movie was filmed. OK. so that wasn't really necessary, but I had to make mention of the Canadian connection and that was the only way I could do that.

This is Sparta! So says King Leonidas to Xerxes' messengers. Imagine, those foreigners coming to Sparta and suggesting that King Leonidas submit to Xerxes. Well, Leo wanted nothing to do with that and since Xerxes was threatening to move in, he consulted with the Ephors (supposedly wise councillors), who in turn consult the Oracle. She tells everyone that Leo must stay home.

Of course he doesn't. You don't threaten this man, his people, and his land. With 300 Spartan soldiers he marches to Thermopolye, the hot Gates. And that's where he takes his stand. He holds out for a couple of days, but in the end superior numbers and an angry hunchback defeat Leo and his 300 Spartans.

There's a lot of gore, bloodshed, infidelity (though that was coerced), and a couple of traitors thrown into the mix.

And the movie, though made with real actors, has the look and feel of a comic book, which was the intent. If you like comic books or you enjoyed Sin City, then you'll like 300. I enjoyed both Sin City and 300.

Of course, the movie isn't entirely historically correct. But that's not the point. I believe the point was taking a stand for what you believe in and backing it up. Leo did that for sure. And here's where the parallels wih MS come in.

This is my brain! That should be our rallying cry as MSers. As we begin to endure symptoms like numbness, tingling, paralysis, and vision disturbance, we don't want to submit to Xerxes-like invaders in our central nervous system. We consult our Ephors, our neurologists. They in turn consult the Oracle. Well, actually, they don't. But sometimes it seems like they do. The neuros suggest a course of treatment to keep Xerxes...I mean MS, at bay. And for some of us, we can make a stand for a long time. We may have to acquiesce to the symptoms from time to time, but there's no reason why we can't sand up to Xerxes for the rest of our lives. There's still a lot of fun and frivolity to be had. Rally the fun and frivolity like 300 Spartans to keep Xerxes' Persians from getting through the Hot Gates to your brain.

---- "House Of Dreams" by: "Strangers in Wonderland"


Well, when I told Shauna that she was doing show #300, she certainly took the number to heart.

And we're going to end with one more tune by "Strangers in Wonderland" who are a group from Sweden that I found while scavenging (which it sometimes feels like,) or panning for gold on the PMN (the Podsafe Music Network.)

---- "I like it" by: "Strangers in Wonderland"



Stranger 1 said...

Well, really, we don't know what to say.
More than a lot of thanks!!!
For playing that many songs of us.

There are two Swedes in the world with very big smiles"

/Åsa & Lasse aka Strangers In Wonderland

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Åsa and Lasse, it was my priviledge to do so.

You sound great.