Thursday, December 17, 2009

What In The Dickens?

One of my siblings is currently reading A Tale of Two Cities for her high school class and posted a status update about it on Facebook. Her status prompted me to write the following comment (I'm probably too proud of it, but I'm sharing it anyway):

Here's what you need to know about A Tale of Two Cities: it reads exactly like you'd expect of a book that was written for publication part-by-part in a newspaper. It has none of the tightness and editing that one would hope accompanies good writing. Although it contains a brilliant plot and brims with historical significance it fails to overcome its own length and wordiness. It is the equivalent of today's TV show that runs on for seasons beyond its prime. Just like Scrubs, the brilliance is overshadowed by the decline.

I see London,
I see France

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sephaliepod

You know how you just saw that article about the octopus using tools? You know, this one.

Don't believe it. There's no way it's the first document case of this, because on Monday night I was watching Nature (remember watching Nature when you were a little kid? Before The Discovery Channel satiated your our-world-is-both-amazing-and-insane viewing needs?) and they were doing a show on squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. One of the clips they showed was an octopus grabbing a bottle and running across the ocean floor with it, and then using it for shelter.

Maybe it's just me, but that sounds an awful lot like the tool use described in that article. And clearly, if that show has already made it to air (and Mrs. Fickle swears it was a rerun), it was discovered before these scientists did their little dealy.

Just sayin'.

I'd like to be
Under the sea

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Question:

This one comes courtesy of an old high school friend.

What would be a more Utopian world, one where everyone was self sufficient, or one where everybody cared for one another?

Haste, haste to bring him laud