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Archive for February, 2007

Learning About Sexuality is Apparently for Losers

Posted by samgr on February 28, 2007

I really do want to avoid the rant-iness factor, but I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Check out this editorial printed in the Harvard Crimson attacking a class on female sexuality at Harvard.

How was this published? This sort of thing happens unhappily frequently in the Crimson. A weirdly vocal and uninformed minority decides that the world needs it to battle against the evil forces of political correctness. Also, seriously, this girl IS NOT IN THE CLASS. She attended the info session. This is a less serious version of the ridiculousness of this badly-written New York Times article which used as one of its primary sources a prefrosh who had never yet attended a Harvard class.

The author also suggests that instead of attending the class, “class members would do well to find better sexual partners.” But she also has argued that Harvard should not pass out condoms, because to do so would encourage sexual promiscuity.

???

So, the take-away message: don’t learn about sexuality. Instead, use that time to “find better sexual partners.” Once you have found these better sexual partners, kill them, thus de-incentivizing promiscuity and decreasing the surplus population.

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More that I’ve been Up to

Posted by samgr on February 28, 2007

Open Source Shindig

I took these pictures, yo.

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Stuff I Wrote for Another Site

Posted by samgr on February 21, 2007

Check it out:

Jellyfish
Contraption: Part 1
Space Speeches
Contraption: Part 2

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One Sentence Reviews Thus Far

Posted by samgr on February 9, 2007

BOOKS

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy — Yay!

The Road is a beautifully-written and inordinately depressing description of a post-apocalyptic America, but the masterful language would have more power and significance if married to a better plot.
(reviewed 1/15/07)

Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino — Yay!

This book is fantastic, deeply weird, and smarter than me.
(reviewed 1/15/07)

The Final Solution, by Michael Chabon — Nay.

I love both Michael Chabon and the concept for this book (an unnamed elderly detective and beekeeper solves a mystery in 1944), but, despite beautiful language, it doesn’t arrive anywhere or achieve much; what’s more, I have my own more interesting ideas about what Mr. H. would be up to in his dotage.
(reviewed 1/17/07)

Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe — Yay!

Despite the grisly and melodramatic title, this is a pretty good scifi/fantasy story set in the far future, boasting an original and interesting world that is unfortunately populated by listless and boring characters (and weirdly-written sex).
(reviewed 1/17/07)

MOVIES

Pan’s Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo Del Toro — Yay!

Pan’s Labyrinth was among the two or three best movies I’ve seen all year, using fantastic imagery and fairy-tale themes to tell a deeply-moving story and remind the viewer of the fundamental cruelty at the heart of fascism.
(reviewed 1/15/07)

Clueless, directed by Amy Heckerling — Yay!

I guess everyone knows this already, but this movie is awesome; also it has Paul Rudd in it.
(reviewed 1/17/01)

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RIP One Sentence Reviews

Posted by samgr on February 9, 2007

So I don’t like the format my reviews are in right now. I’m going to kill off the separate section and just write reviews in my main blog. To preserve human knowledge, I’ll reproduce the ones I’ve already done in the following post.

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Flatland

Posted by samgr on February 5, 2007

Okay: I’m gradually easing back into this.

I’ve noticed that there are two competing film adaptations of the novel Flatland, by Edwin Abbott, that are currently in the works — this one and this one. I thought that this was a pretty weird coincidence (or nefarious plot), considering that Flatland is well-known but not exactly on everyone’s top ten list.

I can’t divine much difference between the two, except the first has a much more star-studded cast. Martin Sheen’s voice coming from a small animated square is pretty silly.

Apparently, these aren’t the first adaptations either. Check out this excerpt from a 1960s version, produced by the Harvard VES department and narrated by Dudley Moore.

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