Dazzling Knowledge

Friday, June 19, 2009

Best Golden Child reference EVAR

Apparently one of these kids who was chosen as a reincarnated lama grew up and decided to ditch it:

"As a toddler, he was put on a throne and worshipped by monks who treated him like a god. But the boy chosen by the Dalai Lama as a reincarnation of a spiritual leader has caused consternation -- and some embarrassment -- for Tibetan Buddhists by turning his back on the order that had such high hopes for him.Instead of leading a monastic life, Osel Hita Torres now sports baggy trousers and long hair, and is more likely to quote Jimi Hendrix than Buddha.Yesterday he bemoaned the misery of a youth deprived of television, football and girls. Movies were also forbidden -- except for a sanctioned screening of The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy, about a kidnapped child lama with magical powers. "I never felt like that boy," he said."

Jesse Walker's take is the best part:

"The guy is studying film, so it should occur to him after a while that his story requires him to go home in the third act. The script writes itself: The rock'n'roll lama is welcomed warmly but shocks the square Buddhists with his westernized ways; in the end he learns the value of spiritual practice as he teaches the uptight monks to get down. I'm seeing Justin Timberlake in the lead, with Richard Gere as the expatriate American who helps Torres find himself and Eddie Murphy as the voice of the wisecracking donkey."

More here.

Wolfram Alpha

Have you heard of Wolfram Alpha? It's not a superhero duo, but it's still of high interest to nerd-types. Check it out if you're the kind of person who'd be interested in a computational knowledge engine.

Man with a great-great-great grandchild

For some reason, I've been wondering lately if anybody lived to see children beyond great-great grandchildren. Apparently, you can. A British man is now the world's oldest man, at 113 years old. He's a WWI veteran and a founding member of the Royal Air Force. According to Reuters, "Allingham's life has spanned three centuries and six monarchs, starting with Queen Victoria. He has five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild." I tried to link the photo, but had trouble. Here's the link to the story, but trust me, he's old-looking. He looks a bit like the Emperor.