April 29, 2007

Belated Insights

1) I surely can't be the first person to notice that the Web is the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I mean, lots of individual pages, not in book form because it would require several inconveniently large buildings to carry around, obtained through a Sub-Etha connection, information on every subject that's completely unreliable but more fun than any stodgy old encyclopedia -- as I said, I can't be the first person to notice this.

2) Thinking the other day about E. Nesbit's Man-Size in Marble (whole story in link!), I was like, oh yeah, sexual overtones. Perhaps it's because I've been reading a lot of Robert Aickman who's often quite self-conscious about his sexual anxiety. I mean, "Man-Size in Marble" sounds dirty enough if you think about it for a while, and it's said at the beginning that "There were three who took part in this: Laura and I and another man," and the knights' unspeakable deeds surely weren't restricted to maraudery and violence, and... spoiler after jump.

3) Also, I was recounting the plot of the I, Robot movie, and I realized that Will Smith is Gettiered; or perhaps unjustified but Gettiered. More spoilers after jump, though I doubt anyone cares at this late date.

MAN-SIZE IN MARBLE SPOILER...and at the end Laura is clutching a grey marble finger. Sure. A finger.

I, ROBOT SPOILER Smith thinks that the robot killed Dr. Whosis, and the robot did kill Dr. Whosis, but Smith is predisposed to think this because he thinks robots are bad, whereas this robot killed Dr. Whosis because it was a good robot who is willing to obey Dr. W's orders to kill him in order to foil the other robots' plans. (And this foiling only works because Smith is prejudiced against robots and so will believe that the robot did it.)

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April 19, 2007

The New Breed

Wordpress says of their VIP program:

Blogging has enabled a new breed of publisher: people who create content on par with the Wall Street Journals and New Yorkers of the world, but when the ensuing audience comes to their site, they donít have the technical expertise for their site to perform.

Saw this through a link from I Can Has Cheezburger?

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April 18, 2007

Perhaps I'm Sensitized to These Things

Fug Jessica says, "Because I am a nerd, I secretly enjoy it when someone's last name is also a word in its own right. Like if your name were Fred Microwave. Something about that would please me. Or Charlene Coffeecup."

Um, have you looked across the office?

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April 13, 2007

I've Read Too Many Political Blogs

I read the instrument list on this album as "Drums, Xylophone, Temple Blocks & Macacas."

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April 11, 2007

Big Corporations Spoil Everything

My heart is broken because Fametracker has gone into hiatus. Apparently Bravo bought out Fametracker and Television without Pity -- and good for Tara Ariano and the other one, they deserve lots of money -- and I can only conclude that they wanted the people to concentrate their energy on TWoP. There have been some grumblings that Bravo is ruining TWoP too (there was also a post I can't be bothered to find about closing discussion threads), but I don't read TWoP so I don't care.

Anyway, I promise you, my dear readers, that Opiniatrety will never be bought out and ruined by a large corporation. The complete lack of posting that you've grown to love will always be done with a fiercely independent spirit.

Actually, I've thought of some post ideas recently, and I've heard some complaints about the lack of philosophy posts, so I will list them under the fold to shame myself into writing them up eventually:

Connotation and the "I'm hot 'cause I'm fly" problem
"Guinness has only 125 calories. (Not on purpose.)" [Billboard seen from the window at the APA Pacific]
"I know it but I need to prove it." [Connected to the post before this one.]
Understanding and the epistemology of disagreement -- why it doesn't matter that I'm not as smart as David Lewis. (This may be slightly substantial, so possibly I should put it up at Certain Doubts.)
Cat studies. -- Not actually a philosophical post.

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