The Wordsmoker Colony – Planet Heneage
November 16, 2009 in Wordsmoker Colonization
Hello, it’s your Space Captain here – Captain V.W.S. Montalban, of the Fourth Battalion (Rihanna’s Rifles). Less than perhaps seven of your Earth days ago, I kicked off a new recurring column called “The Wordsmoker Colony”, about what favorite things you’d take with you into deep space when you went a-colonizing in the future, and we’ve literally not been inundated with replies. So read the original post here, and get your electric typewriters a-clicking. That’s an order. Oh, and here’s lovely Heneage’s selection.
An Audio Track – Lacrimosa from the Mozart Requiem. Quite possibly the most beautiful piece of music ever written.
A Visual Image – The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. Fascinating.
A Video Track – One of my Dad’s video compilations of our family Christmases. He’s become quite handy with the iMac.
A Book – Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series. It’s really several books (shhhh…don’t tell anyone) but one story arc.
A “Memory Box” – The exact moment I found out I had made it into the All-State orchestra in high school. Probably the single most joyful moment in my life (not married and don’t have kids, FYI). There was only one tuba spot in the orchestra, which meant I beat out every other player in the state.
[Editor - I can actually send you a track if you want!] (I bet you could, you tease – Ed.)
A Treat – Peanut Butter, no questions.
Another Sentient Being – My Boston Terrier, Bandit.
A Partner For Procreation – As far as looks go, either Jude Law, Jake Gyllenhaal, or Matthew Fox. But since it’s the future, I’d want a memory chip implanted to give my partner the wit of Oscar Wilde, the sophistication of Catherine Deneuve, and a dash of Trent Reznor just to make things a bit kinky from time to time.
A SmokieBot™ – Cleaning the kitchen, it’s the only thing I hate about cooking. By the way, I’d like to take this opportunity to volunteer for the position of colony chef.
What Were You Before You Left? – Management consultant, which means I’d be really good at making PowerPoints, leveraging opportunities, and telling other people what to do. Will these skills be valued in the future?