December 1 – 13, 2008

Hey, SunshineRain…remember those comments of yours that disappeared?  WordPress thought they were spam and deleted them.  I’ve now restored them (they may or may not appear quite yet); with luck, you won’t have any more problems.

Marking is making my brain hurt.

56 thoughts on “December 1 – 13, 2008

  1. Forget subtlety; Casey is showing signs of needing to be whacked smartly over the head with that accordion. Repeatedly, if necessary.

  2. I am going to think about this. And I am going to come up with a conclusion. Or two. Or three. Or twelve.

  3. What are you going to think about, Erwaro?

    I’m enjoying the muttering against Casey. It is becoming more and more inventive as it progresses.

  4. Thanks Kari, I hope someone from the phorum don’t get wind of this.

    Wonder why Casey is being so unforgiving about this, he seem to be a let bygone be bygone kinda guy.

  5. Marie: “I’m fine. When you’re not playing devilish tricks on me. Or a poor mouse. Or Barbara. Or anyone.”

  6. Good. I was afraid I had been so curious for the comics that I had overlooked a new banner.
    I like it very much, better than any other hitherto. And I’m trying to speculate about future events, based on the fact that Casey and Marie are furtively looking at each other …

  7. Again: Casey, you blockhead.

    Marie: Fine, when you’re not trying to get me committed.

    Wait… maybe this is a cunning plan to make her go see a psychiatrist??

  8. They would. But at least Rahim would probably refuse to join in a devilish thing like that – even if it’s well meant.

  9. “Get thee behind me, Mulligan”? I know I have heard that line before, replacing Mulligan with what Barbara usually call him, but where? Hmmm…

  10. GO MARIE!!!

    Actually, this whole thing is sounding uncomfortably like some fallings out I’ve had with people…

  11. I’d like to see Casey’s side of this. Marie does have a history of being dilusional (seeing evil marie) but no evidence that she is dilusional with reguard to imaging other people into what she sees.

    Seems that Casey would be more vocal of his innocence though. Explain that he has no idea what Marie claims he did and that she won’t tell him.

  12. All RIGHT! *Is enjoying this no end, right down to Wolfgang’s polysyllabic protest*

    You know, it occurs to me that we might want to examine the all-just-a-ruse-for-Marie’s-benefit theory more closely after all. I mean, it seems to be working so well…

    I’d like to see Casey’s side of this.

    *nods* The line forms back there. There are nachos.

    Explain that he has no idea what Marie claims he did and that she won’t tell him.

    The one time she tries to explain directly, he cuts her off before she can get the words out. I’m thinking Casey knows exactly what’s going on here, he just isn’t acknowledging it for some bizarre (that is, Casey-esque) reason.

  13. You…you don’t remember Zuzu’s petals?


    Zuzu’s petals are actually a major plot point. Zuzu gives the petals to her dad to express her love for him; he shoves them in a pocket and forgets their existence, thus symbolically forgetting that his family loves him and setting himself up for his suicide attempt. However, when Clarence works his mojo, practically the first thing George does after searching in vain for his identification is check his pocket. “They’re not there,” says Clarence, and when George asks what he’s talking about, Clarence replies, “Zuzu’s petals.” This is the point at which George starts believing that something odd is going on. The petals become hugely meaningful to him; they represent the family that he can’t quite believe no longer exists. Once he gets back to the “real” world, he check his pocket again and exclaims, “Zuzu’s petals!”

    So, no, I didn’t make the petals up…and, yes, I’ve watched this movie a few too many times. I’m due for my more-or-less-annual viewing soon.

  14. I see… I haven’t actually watched this movie since that one time when I was twelve at my grandma’s house, so I’m pretty fuzzy on the details. I remember the overall plot, and the going deaf, and the lassoing the moon… I will, however, be watching the original miracle on 42nd street tomorrow.

  15. Oh, something, you may be sure of that. Maybe several somethings. In fact, probably several somethings. But, mostly, I know that there is a reason, and that I can, with the proper level of reason, locate something that is almost certainly not that reason, but will still make me feel good about my reasononing skills. Also, I haven’t seen that movie about the good life ever. Is it good?

  16. That movie you were talking about. I haven’t seen it. Also, I saw that you asked a question, and that I had not answered. I believe that I was originally going to figure out why Casey was acting as he was, but it got swept up in my conclusion that it makes evolutionary sense for individual humans to be crazy a decent amount of the time.

  17. Ahhhh. You do realise this conversation took place four months ago, yes?

    It’s a Wonderful Life is a fun movie…if you think soul-crushing despair and attempted suicide are fun, that is. I’ve always found it odd that people think of the film as a jolly holiday favourite. It has a nice cathartic bit at the end, but the rest of it is, in my opinion, rather horrifying.

  18. Pfah. Time is nothing to an undergrad. Whatever our subject happens to be has been influencing human events since there were human events to influence, hasn’t it? And I seem to recall reading that it became so beloved because it wasn’t well recieved initially, for excessive sappiness, and they didn’t renew the copyright. TV stations played it for free, and it became known again. Although it could have been something else. Or that could have just been an unusally vivid dream.

  19. No, you got it right. IAWL only became known as a Christmas classic once television stations started exploiting it. Figures, I guess.

    Actually, whatever your subject happens to be has been influencing human events since before there were human events to influence. Nothing else can explain the sentence, “Since the dawn of time, people have been writing poetry.” News flash, undergrads: there were no people at the dawn of time.

  20. But the space debris that would one day result in humanity did exist, and they kind of count as people. You’re not racist, are you? And surely those “people” wrote poetry?

  21. It isn’t possible to be “racist” against a species…or, in fact, a piece of space debris. I bear such space debris no malice, but I do think perhaps it was incapable of writing poetry, as the writing of poetry generally requires sentience or, at the very least, a pen.

  22. I would argue that they themselves were the pen, writing great poems of discovery across the vastness of space. Back then, it was original.

    The undergrad mind can think of anything other than personal responsibility.

  23. I believe that Max was presiding over the festivities.

    I have now actually read most of the Hitchhiker series. They didn’t have the third book, but I’ve read the rest. Most supremely excellent. I had thought that the restaraunt existed at the edge of the universe, in a purely physical sense, but I must admit that I prefer the actual location. Gives you hope for the future of all lifekind.

  24. I am indulging in pop culture a good amount of time after the movie has come out; I’ve even avoided the crowd of people who were waiting till enough time had passed since the movie came out that they wouldn’t be mainstream. And besides, it’s actually a good series. My objection to the Beatles wasn’t quality so much as a personal difference in taste, although I doubt that I said so at the time. I may have, at that time, been rocketing through the different levels of anti-mainstream, anti-mainstream-anti-mainstream, anti-mainstream-anti-mainstream-antimainstream, and on into infinity. I believe that I eventually decided that summing the infinite series would take effort, and so I elected to become apathetic to the whole business (which was actually the approach of several levels of oposition to mainstream-ness, but I arrived at it through the aplication of actual apathy, so I should be safe). The books fit me very well, in the sense that they are exceptionally random, in the most logical way possible. I was proud when I did a good job of trying to convince my father that they feed NFL players ice cream on the sidelines without having given any prior thought to the subject. I still didn’t convince him, but he was also used to my habit of simply saying the most absurd things I could think of deadpan.

  25. I don’t run screaming from places; I yell at them until they cower in terror. Bring on this awful singing.

  26. I think I’ve heard of that guy. Is he well known? And how does the freeze ray work? Presumably it’s just a localized severance of one of the time directing planes, but it’s a pain in the ass to get one that precisely around one subject using advanced equipment in a lab, let alone in a ray.

  27. But how can he be an evil doctor if he uses magic? It just doesn’t work. He has some explaining to do.

  28. Exactly, he should be able to explain these things. And he did the laugh all wrong. The laugh isn’t something you can learn. It has to rise up inside you. If you’ve earned the right to laugh evilly, you will do a good job. Otherwise it just doesn’t work right.

  29. All right then. Good for him. How did he earn that right? I stabbed my brother in the back for mine.

  30. Yes, but did it actually work? And that just doesn’t sound that impressive. I mean, sure, it’s nice to be able to kill people, but I prefer the old fashioned methods, preferably something that gives them some time to scream. I mean, any random schmuck can shoot someone; give me a sword any day of the week.

  31. It didn’t work quite as he intended it to…but yes, it did work, actually. And there was definitely time for screaming to happen.

  32. Ah, good. It just bugs me when the people that try to do these things go and do them without any style. Break whatever rules you want, of course, that’s the whole point of the line of work, but for heavens sake, rules actually do tend to be there for a reason. Substance is more substantial than style, but it also tends to be dull.

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