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One of the many things I thought of during the long, wee hours of the morning was a line from the movie Blade Runner.

  "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe!"

  According to the story, a 'replicant,' used by humans to do their dirty work in the far fringes, escapes back to Earth seeking to extend his life. He fails, and in the climactic scene with Harrison Ford, he finally winds down.

  Recently [Sep. 1998], when preparing these pages, I searched for and found the words on the web, and a sound clip, linked here from Chris Menzel's website with his permission.
Roy Batty: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those... moments will be lost, in time, like tears in rain..."

Well, maybe you had to be there, having seen the movie, to get it. He was my brother, not a character in a movie, but he was gone just the same.

2008: Here's a YouTube of the scene:


  Another part of the movie that touched me deeply, when I saw it again recently, was how each 'replicant' got a pack of family photos to go with his or her phony memories. Part of the plot of the movie actually hangs on how important these photos were for them. These web pages, too, hang on our family photos, collected over the years, and some that we've taken since Jeb's death. We still have the photos, but the original moments are lost, in time, like tears in rain...

    Tempus edax rerum. Time, devourer of all things.

Tech notes:

You'll need a plug-in to hear the clip, but it's in .au format and most of the standard plug-ins will work - e.g., LiveAudio (for Mac or PC), Apple QuickTime, Sound Machine, or MacZilla. On a regular modem, it'll probably take at least 2-3 minutes to download the sound file.
pickup truck, heading on


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