Archive for November, 2010

Renewing my membership

Posted in Humor, Odds on November 29, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Years ago, I founded an organization: the Society for the Making of Annoying Remarks and Taking Advantage of Silly Situations. That’s right, I’m a card carrying S.M.A.R.T.A.S.S. Anyway, when I arrived home for Thanksgiving, this is what I saw:

My dad’s in the process of rebuilding part of the barn. I walked in the house and told my mom, “Barn looks like it’ll leak.” I guess my S.M.A.R.T.A.S.S. membership is still in good standing.

Have I just grown cynical with age or was I naïve as a kid?

Posted in Music, Odds on November 19, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

I prefer to listen to music while I drive. Unfortunately, my CD is stuck in my player and I haven’t had a chance to fix it. So, for the past few days I’ve had to listen to the radio. (The horror.) Tonight, while flipping through the stations to find something decent, I came across a song that I probably hadn’t heard for over a decade. I remembered that as a kid I would sit on my bed, with the volume up on my Walkman listening to this song and feeling like I was connecting to some primal meaning. Listening to it today I thought, Man, this is so bland. And I wondered which was bigger, my naive liking of the song or my cynical disliking?

Of course when the next song (which is still good) came on I thought, I remember watching this video on MTV. That just made me feel old.

Bugged by prophecy

Posted in Books, Movies, Rant, Science, TV, Writing on November 6, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

There has been an issue that has been bugging me for some time. Usually, it has just been a slight buzz in the back of my mind, but several incidents in TV shows and books have brought it to the front. The issue is prophecy, premonitions, ESP, all that gobbledygook, mumbo-jumbo being treated as a real thing. As a skeptic, I know that if a person makes 100 predictions (by whatever means they wish) and one – by chance – comes “true,” they will focus on that one and ignore the 99 failures. But what do we see in TV and movies and in books? A character has a premonition or a prophetic dream and not only does the premonition or dream come true, it’s a key plot point. Have you ever seen a character’s premonition or dream not come true? And I’m not talking about the psychic the main characters make fun of because their predictions are wacky only to have one come “true” so that everybody becomes a believer. About a month or so ago there was an episode of Castle about a psychic. I believe at one point Beckett points out all the time that is wasted by the police following psychic “leads” that are just gobbledygook mumbo-jumbo. That’s true. But did they leave it there in the world of reality, or did they leave it on a “it just may be possible” ending? I know, I know, it’s fantasy, it’s escapism, but shouldn’t art try to imitate life?

I’ll end this with a great quote from the Babylon 5 episode “The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari.” This was what Vir’s image in Londo’s prophetic dream told him: “Prophecy is a guess that comes true. When it doesn’t, it’s a metaphor.”

Meet Comet Hartley 2

Posted in Astronomy, Science, Spaceflight on November 4, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Taken by NASA’s EPOXI which flew by this morning.

Voting equality

Posted in Humor, Politics on November 4, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Two More Years!

Posted in Humor, Politics, Rant on November 3, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Pity I didn’t see this until after I voted

Posted in Humor, Politics on November 2, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

This is from here.