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A David Bowie Saturday

Why? Because I feel like it. For example, there are times I’ve felt like this:

Except that maybe I should sing a version called “I’m Afraid of Antivaccinationists.” Nahhh. Instead let’s go back. Way back:

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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9 replies on “A David Bowie Saturday”

It’s rarely a bad time for Bowie. My favourite performance is still Bowie and Annie Lennox in rehearsal for the Freddie Mercury tribute concert ( He’s just so damned cool- I’ve never been able to watch Labyrinth without wondering why the hell Jennifer Connolly thinks that being kidnapped by him would be a bad thing.

Wow, I never noticed that David Bowie’s pupil’s were differently dilated. What’s up with that? Doesn’t he get headaches?

I don’t remember the details but it was some sort of childhood injury (in a fight, if I remember correctly) that left one of his pupils permanently dilated.

Last time we saw Bowie was en famille, at the Verizon Arena in Manchester. I’d bought cheap seats not knowing the Verizon, and not thinking that at some venues, the path to the “nosebleed” seats is a steep one, indeed. After we arrived at our destination, and after a couple of minutes of collective dismay, we ventured down to the ticket booth and upgraded to “whatever you have left, just as long as it’s closer to the ground.” They put us in the handicapped section, which turned out to have the best seats in the house, right next to the sound board, with a great view of the behind-the-tech-scene, and plenty of room to rock. There was one slip where we realized that Bowie was doing a little lip-synching on the high notes, but I can forgive him — I’ve been loving him too long not to.

Back in the nineties, I saw Bowie with NIN at the Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus Ohio. They both put on outstanding performances. Rather that taking an intermission between bands, the two groups swapped players one at a time until NIN had been replaced by Bowie’s touring band. Bowie and Reznor did a couple of songs together. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps is the one I remember best.

in re Charles, yes it was a fight in Bowie’s younger days that caused his pupil to freeze. It is sort of a “creepy” feature, which adds to his presence. Watch “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, it makes much of his “different” appearance.

To Orac: “I’m Afraid of Americans” is good new Bowie, but he still hasn’t topped his days before and including Diamond Dogs…..

Loves me some old Bowie…lots of room for imagination in his older stuff….

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