March 14, 2005

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1. Got carried away with the Spam Killing. May have inadvertently bah-leeted or banned legit comments. Email me if you suddenly can't post--if you suddenly can't post Pr0N links, however, don't bother.

2. Went to Reptile and Amphibian day at Museum of Natural Science. Got to pet lots of reptiles, see the world's largest Alligator Snapping Turtle, and hold a corn snake. I've always wanted a pet corn snake. Hublet is rather opposed to the idea. Big fun. Lots of people. More hand sanitizer than you could shake a stick at--salmonella being the one large drawback to reptile ownership.

3. The Boy has discovered Wonder Woman. He really, really likes looking at Wonder Woman. He is also fascinated with being Batman, which means that everything is now a bat-arang. I see spackle in my future.

4. Watched Saw. A truly irritating movie. Note to Hollywood: pairing Marilyn Manson video-making cinematic technique with a pale script ripoff of Seven and adding more gore? Not enough to plug the plot holes, and not really entertainment. And also, Cary Elwes? Has let himself go. This is sad, because I don't want to see the Dread Pirate Roberts with a middle-aged paunch. I want my 91 minutes back, plus interest.

5. On the academic front, this is not at all surprising. What did we think would happen when we started privileging the provocative over solid scholarship? Whatever we thought, we should have known we'd end up with crap like this. At least I hope the guy is just cynically trading on the provocative. If he really believes what he's spewing...well, that's it for civilization, then.

Note to everyone: basing arguments on moral equivalence is not scholarship. 4-year olds can do moral equivalence. It's also like being 14 and suddenly realizing that OMG people can be hypocrites! Oooh, really? Welcome to reality and thank you for the oh-so-stunning revelation that your fellow man can suck. Here's the important but often overlooked by 4-year olds and adolescents addendum: just because you can suck doesn't mean you should. See also: just because everyone is doing it doesn't make it right. The fact that these things must be pointed out to the intelligentsia? Jesus wept, people.

UPDATE: Fixed dang link. Thanks, Michael!

Posted by Big Arm Woman at March 14, 2005 08:59 AM
Comments

BAW, the link to whatever you wanted to link to in your "academic front" paragaraph goes to a sidebar. What did you want to link to?

Posted by: Michael at March 14, 2005 01:30 PM

BAW,

Thanks for the link.

Here's the important but often overlooked by 4-year olds and adolescents addendum: just because you can suck doesn't mean you should.[/blockquote]

Pithy, brilliant, and tragically true. This should be inscribed in stone above the gates of every American university, right along side its necessary Dantean concomitant: "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

Posted by: Luke Lindley at March 14, 2005 03:31 PM

Really, though, who wouldn't want to look at Wonder Woman? I do, but mostly because in her opening credits transformation where she twirls around and around with her arms held out to the sides, Linda Carter looks to me like she just might tip over under the weight of those things on her chest at any minute.

Under my husband's prodding, my three year old son told me I was prettier than Wonder Woman the other day. He's lying, but I appreciated the gesture and gave him a Girl Scout cookie anyway.

Posted by: Ph.D. Mama at March 14, 2005 03:56 PM

"The fact that these things must be pointed out to the intelligentsia?"

BAW, these are people who enthuse about the quality of their Volvos, a car which is second only to Subaru in its ability to rust.

Ph.D. Mama : "Linda Carter looks to me like she just might tip over under the weight of those things on her chest at any minute."

I used to love "Partners in Crime", purely for the pleasure of watching Linda Carter and Loni Anderson not fall over forward.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at March 14, 2005 05:29 PM

Saw had potential, unfortunately it got caught up in its own cleverness and left behind common sense. Too bad, I liked the concept.

Posted by: . at March 15, 2005 05:31 AM

Corn snakes make wonderful pets as long as you can get over the ick factor of throwing a "feeder" mouse into its terrarium every week or so. But they're great w/kids and easy maintenance.

Posted by: paula at March 15, 2005 12:01 PM