I have a squirrelly memory.
I was glancing through pdb's blog, and I saw this quote:
Like a wise man once said to me, "I can sketch you out a diagram of the interactions of the nine basic forces in the universe. But I don't understand economics, and anybody that claims they do is a clottin' liar."
That quote is from the Sten series of books, by Alan Cole and Chris Bunch. More specifically, it's a quote from the Eternal Emperor to his spymaster, Ian Mahoney. I haven't read those books in at least five years, probably more.
I was watching the movie Soldier with Kurt Russell, and I caught a glimpse of a tattoo on his arm that read "Tannhauser Gate", and I immediately mentally linked it with this quote from Rutger Hauer in Bladerunner:
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain."
I haven't seen Bladerunner in ages.
I'm sitting in a dentist's office twenty years ago, and I read a pamphlet left on the table. Two decades later, someone on TFL asks a question about an obscure group, and I can remember the city the group is based out of, and the name of a previous leader from that pamphlet, read twenty years previously.
Yet, I can't remember faces or names worth a damn. I can't pick a critter out of a line-up to save my life.
Bloody frustrating, is what it is.