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June 23, 2021



Mellow out or you will pay:

Smiles are now mandatory at Canon


theme, mood and allegory



Oh Stewardess!


"Do you like what you doth see . . . ?" said the voluptuous elf-maiden

The audio book of "Bored of the Rings" was/is on hoopladigital, an online source accessible through USA public libraries. I listened to a bit of it. It was quite depressing that *explanations* of some then-culturally relevant jokes were inserted into the reading. I feel old.


Meanwhile in other news, newly discovered violent language.

'Tis new to him. See my tweet in that thread.

Stevie of Sweden

Who coined the term "black hole" to describe "a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing—no particles or even electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from it" (Wikipedia)? Why, none other than astronomer John Archibald Wheeler... a hu-ite man from the AMERICAN SOUTH! Need I say more? Pure racism, case closed.


According to Wikipedia, the term "black hole" was actually coined by Robert H. Dicke. Presumably we all associate it with John Wheeler because he popularized it and he was a far more famous physicist.

Stevie of Sweden


A man named DICK(e) coined the term "black hole". If that's not homophobia, I don't know what is! But he was from Missouri (which is close to the American South, but not quite the South), so at least it's less racist. Still a hu-ite American heterosexual man, though.


Homophobia, or sly subversion of heteronormativity? :-D


Speaking of heteronormativity, how long until "heterodyne" becomes a taboo word?


And then there’s the last episode,

Watched the finale last night. It wasn’t entirely successful and felt somewhat removed in tone from previous episodes. After a promising opening (who’s banging on the door?, etc), it sagged a little, lost some deftness and economy, and relied much too heavily on lengthy, overwrought speeches. At times, the drama was tripping over the florid dialogue, as it were. I didn’t mind the (sort-of) happy ending, but overall, it was a little underwhelming.

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