Archive for January 14th, 2016

SPT: Kirkstall Abbey

So, here’s a real place.

As far as aesthetics, I’m a sucker for halls. (Yes, I realize the above is from a former church, but roll with me).

Forget what I just said about this being a church. Consider just the image of the structure – the stone, the path in the middle. Sky above – but what if it’s not?

What if this is an underground passage – either fully underground, or at an end? Of what – a secluded/lost settlement? A Necropolis? What’s between the columns? Altars for the dead? Residences?

Use the image as a skeleton – is it truly in that state? What if it were “new” – what would it look like? What sort of people would use such a space – what would it be used for? Continue as a church? A road through a narrow valley?

When/where is this being discovered – something a “native” resident is finding, but what if it’s someone displaced (think – time travel, or new discovery from a space traveler)?

(If you follow that link, scroll down to see a layout if you want to further translate the original location as well.)

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Farewell Rickman…

Source: Wikipedia

I walked into work this morning to be told that Alan Rickman was taken by cancer… In fact, the news had only just been released minutes before I walked into the office.

To say that I was stunned is a bit of an understatement. Besides the fact that he’s one of my wife’s favorites, he was an actor I could appreciate for his breadth of roles – and vocal range. Yes, he was English, but he didn’t always sound English… Remember Die Hard, where he’s trading barbs with Willis and sounds distinctly American. Or, and I always chuckle at this one, in Prince of Theives, when he’s got Costner on the ropes, draws the sword and drops into a Southern/Texas twang to say “Reckonize this?” (Since recognizing that shift, I’ve wondered if that was a degree of sarcasm at how un-English Costner’s Robin Hood sounded.)

To speak of range – and I’ll sell this woefully short, unfortunately – impressive isn’t even the right word. He could play a wonderful villain (Die Hard, Prince of Thieves, Sweeny Todd), a perceived villain (Harry Potter’s Snape), but he could do comedy (Marvin in Hitchhiker’s Guide, Metatron in Dogma, Galaxy Quest) and lead performances – Blow Dry and the BBC production of Song of Lunch come to mind [seriously – go watch either/both of those. They are SO not Snape or Gruber). And I’ve only referenced the roles that I know well.

I’m sad that the world has lost another talented artist, and to cancer, no less.

Time to check Netflix for a marathon.


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