Archive for August, 2007
So, I’m quite convinced that one or both of the felines that infest my living space are practicing buddhists or perhaps they’re just lazy stoics.
The evidence that points in this direction:
- They haven’t killed me yet despite all of my crazy antics:
- Feline aerobatics.
- Feline caps (a la coonskin caps).
- Neglected litter pans.
- A four day trip in the car followed by a week stay in a hotel.
- Bringing home random cats that want to have the run of the place to themselves while they puke and shit everywhere.
- Leaving one of them out on the roof for New Year’s Eve. (It was his fault, I spent 45 damn minutes trying to find the cat and get him to come in!).
- Attempting to determine why they lick themselves by joining in.
- Figuring out how much static electricity you can make by rubbing two cats together. (Not Much.)
- Forgetting to feed them before I went on a weekend vacation.
- Monthly claw clippings.
- I haven’t figured out which one is George and which one is Shaun yet.
- I watched one of them for a full 5 minutes move litter around the pan, without urinating or defecating. Can we say sand art?
I’ve been working my way through Star Trek: Enterprise.
One of the things that really strikes me is that its really a very liberal piece of entertainment. Some might argue that Star Trek was always liberal, but I’ve read analysises that Star Trek: The Next Generation has a Neo-conservative bent to it. Deep Space Nine did as well, until Steven Ira Behr got ahold of it and made it some of the finest entertainment on television. (The latter seasons would have been at home on HBO.)
Sure some people will pull out the fact that no Star Trek series has had an openly gay character. That is definitely a deficiency that perhaps could be remedied in the future, but I think at this point Star Trek has missed the boat. But they did a one up and tackled consensual non-monogonomy in Enterprise.
One Kudos I will give to Enterprise is that perhaps with the exception of the original series, it was the most timely in addressing the issues of its time in a big consistent way. Sure TNG, DS9, and Voyager stopped for an episode or two and did a nice “issue” episode, but Enterprise spent whole seasons on it.
There is a strong argument against Xenophobia and Colonialism in Jonathan Archer and his fellow explorers.
Time for a detour here.
I’ve thought that the form of “democracy” that we’ve brought to Iraq is an idiotic falsehood. Sure people have elections have happened but when you mass exoduses driven by your need for safety does it really matter if you can vote for your leader? The well identified pitfall is that the collation forces didn’t make allies of the preexisting non-political power structures. (e.g. We disbanded the Baathist functionary government officials and the Iraqi Army.)
Archer ends up being a proponent of cooperation and alliance building even when Earth is faced with decimation. Compare this to the past seven years of the United States’s leadership.
So that was a bit of rambling, but the bottom line of the whole thing is Enterprise is a damn good series..
I went out dancing at a club for the first time in a long long time. I forgot how much fun the raw sexual energy, and just the energy in general was.
Dancing on a crowed floor is kind of like foreplay with a hundred plus other people. Its glorious to lose yourself in.