Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lock your desks, the CCD kids are coming

[I know someone who went to Catholic school and this is what the nuns told them every Wednesday.]
[But this is about a different CCD, so just ignore that.]

BoingBoing linked to an independent movie recentlyish: Vanishing of the Bees, about CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder (which the entire population of non-apiarists first learned about in Elizabeth Kolbert's NYer article from August).

Please be aware that we are extremely concerned about this. (RECALL! The word "bee" is in our URL!) So, setting aside for a moment the fact that the phrase "Vanishing of the Bees" was wishful thinking around October, we here at the RecBee would like to also draw everyone's attention to the Van-o-Bees site.
Except, wait, what fucking typeface is the movie logo in? "Papyrus"?
Fuck that, that's the typeface used by Arizona Iced Tea and the Crocodile Hunter (who died of getting stung) (not by bees, though) (still, BAD TASTE).

And the computer animation of bees in the trailer brings to mind that bee from the Nasonex commercial? Which we kind of don't want to be part of life on Earth anymore? Please Antonio Banderas stop doing them?
And also, do we actually need them to finish the movie when the NYTimes has already figured it out: “Israeli acute paralysis virus”. (Done with you, Israel! Time to leave the nest and learn to fly on your own! Seriously.)
So we reluctantly ask that you not send the money you've earmarked for helping people complete documentaries to the CCD people, and instead consider Jason Scott, who (I just read on waxy) has begun editing his Interactive Fiction documentary, "Get Lamp".
I don't even know if he wants your earmarked-for-documentaries money, I just know I've been excited about this for a while now, and while I can probably live without almonds or peaches or cucumbers or soybeans or pears or cherries or apples or raspberries or blackberries or cranberries or watermelons or cantaloupe or strawberries, I kind of want to find out what "Professor" Brian Moriarty's opinions on "stuff" is.
If in the movie he tells everyone to stop playing interactive fiction and instead to save the bees, though, back to plan A.
JASON SCOTT PLEASE TELL EVERYONE IF YOU WANT THEIR MONEY AND ALSO WHAT BRIAN MORIARTY WANTS US TO DO ABOUT THE BEES.

1 comment:

Jason Scott said...

When I start taking pre-orders, I will happily take their money. And Brian Moriarty has very little to say on Bees but he was the first Infocom Implementor who became one by sheer force of will from the outside, so his interview glistens with pride. It's quite wonderful to watch.