Actual conversation I had today:

So I was using as an example this Star Trek episode I saw, the guy said, where a young girl said she could see to the subatomic level, and the Vulcan guy says that’s impossible -

What ep was that? Voyager?

Yes, Voyager, it was that girl . . . who was before Seven of Nine.


Right, Kes!

He then explained how he’d use the example to show how knowledge changes, how our definition of what’s possible changes with new paradigms, and so on.

Bonus: this was a parent-teacher conference.

Daughter has a nifty class called “Theory of Knowledge,” which is all about learning how to think, how to know what you know and why. Taking emo teens and making them put away their squishy hearts and be LOGICAL.

Anyway, Daughter’s doing great in the class, so enough about her. You watching “Expanse”?

Here's the source for this week's picture. Afternoon in the break room, which is right around the corner from my desk.


No cake in the break room today, which was slightly unusual. There was cake back in the Food section, though. People send us things; products are bought for tasting and reviews. If something's put out, it's for everyone, but few people from Metro wander over to poach. When I was in Metro that felt like going to the grocery store on samples day and having everything in lieu of dinner - permitted, but not ethical.

The stuff that got put out for general consumption in Metro was always sad. I mean, today in Features we had a seven-inch-tall cake with two layers of fudge.

Now and then in Metro there are Tootsie Pops.


What's cluttering up the screengrab folder? All this. Here's some linkchum nonsense that annoyed me as I went around the wonderful world of the web.

To tell you the truth, I would like to know why they’re laughing. Because you know where this was taken, right?

Right. So they’re all on trial for their lives, and Hermann’s having a larf, and other Nazis are trying not to smile. Google searches don’t help, although there’s a 1946 interview in which he says he’s just a merry sort of fellow sometimes, and he’s not laughing about atrocities, goodness no. Why, he approved a law banning vivisection; how could he then be cruel to people?

It’s a common dodge, as if respect for animals proves you respect human life - when it’s often the case that respect for animals replaces respect for humans.

Anyway, look at what the ad promises: unbelievable Nazi photos that are stunning America. Here’s what you get:

Vitamins. The video says they expect the information they are providing you to be removed from the internet with 24 hours. Guess what? Didn't happen.



Note: no terror actually felt by anyone


  This isn’t one of them. Even if it was, I think it could be explained easily enough: MS Paint

This person went to college, but like the rest of his or her cohort, believes that authenticity is demonstrated by inarticulate vulgarity.

  I mentioned that this would come up this week; I was wrong. It'll be a few weeks. Basically, it's like this: I've been followed around by this ad since I researched a statue. In case I want to make an impulse purchase.

Finally, one of those things that really boosts a news organization’s credibility: pop-up ads in the copy of the story. But you’ll have to admit they’re super-relevant:

Once again: web advertising makes you feel stupid. Web advertising is blatantly misleading.

But you knew that.


We have a new picture of the project. See the black trim on the building on the left?


There it is. Already. As of Thursday:

I understand now why the tower on the left stopped rising on one end.



This year we're examining the custom-made music cues for "The Great Gildersleeve." There were lots. And let me just say I've really taken one for the Listen Team here, because listening to a show daily really makes it wear out its welcome after nine season.

But we're still in the early days.


  Yes, it's wartime.


Typical early 40s radio cue - that trumpet sound to indicate Humor! would be abandoned eventually, turn into a cliche, and mark the era as sounding less than sophisticated.




By long . . . do you mean imperial?




The Normn Luboff Choir pirches in, an everyone makes this as Haunting As Possible.

Chimney sweeps are so romantic.


  New this year: end-of-show aphorisms. And so we end the week.

That'll do! Hope you enjoyed this week's offerings. You can top it off with the misguided analysis of future sociologists, deciphering 20th century religious art in the Permanent Collection. See you Monday!



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