Saturday, January 29, 2011

Storks, Not Orcs!

So, it seems that the little hobbitses of Flores Island had to deal with very large storks as well as Komodo Dragons. The science blogger Laelaps has a post about the storks of Flores, and riffs on Island effect, and the sensationalist accounts in the popular press (with our need for monsters to tantalize our imaginations).

Oddly enough, classical Greek sources describe wars between Pygmies and cranes... who knew what Homer could have known when he composed the Iliad?





Speaking of hobbitses, and islands inhabited by huge, flightless birds, the slayer of things that suck issued a challenge at Snark Central to write a poem about a certain "fat hobbit-hugging bastard":


There is a guy whose medium's film,
From a strange Antipodean land.
Whining that his profit margins kill'm.
And the labour costs are out of hand.
The Queen, being rich, done made him a knight,
But the working folk think he's a dastard.
Yet beard-boy still says the money is tight,
The fat, hobbit-hugging bastard.

7 comments:

vacuumslayer said...

Now I really want to see a recreation of a world where little people had to fend off big birds and reptiles. Just...wow.

And your poem is, of course, AWESOME. I guess no one can accuse you of being a Peter Jackson fanboy! Hey. I bet you could kick his fat ass. Ha!

Substance McGravitas said...

Peter Jackson should have stuck
To doing things that do not suck

vacuumslayer said...

Oh, and I also gave you a wee shout-out here the other day. What is this, The Mutual Admiration Society? Geee-ross! I'm pretty sure you have cooties!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Peter Jackson should have stuck
To doing things that do not suck


Heavenly Creatures sure was great, then the d00d went second-rate.

Oh, and I also gave you a wee shout-out here the other day.

Thank ye kindly!

What is this, The Mutual Admiration Society? Geee-ross!

I prefer to think of it as an artists' collective, a writers' salon, or a posse.

I'm pretty sure you have cooties!

Not with this haircut.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I prefer to think of it as an artists' collective, a writers' salon, or a posse.

An anarcho-syndicalist commune, perhaps?

Who was elected leader this week, anywho?
~

vacuumslayer said...

With my square-toed boots and slaying abilities, I think I'd make a fine addition to a posse.

Another Kiwi said...

He don't respect the Hobbitses in the morning