The weirdness persists. Today is the day after the labor holy day and so we return to our usual of working – or not – as we do. The gym was uncrowded; only a few weight bouncers and educationalists and they were not too badly behaved. The podcast was an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas” which is normally a Mundane day listen but since this Mundane day was gymless and the lynchpin Two day podcast, an episode of the Guardian’s science podcast, did not emerge in the accumulator this weekend, a bit of shuffling was in order.
And yes, the SCIENCE podcast used to be lynchpin but when it was cut back from 40 minutes to less than twenty it failed to serve as lynchpin and got demoted to standby. It also got demoted from best science podcast for the same reason. Too little time to cover enough material, and what is covered is too often not of interest. This is a problem with science podcasts: overspecialize and greatly please a few but alienate the many, or be an oleo and be successful as an mediocrity.
Anyway, the Ideas podcast was an address by the grand chief of the united tribes of Canadia. And no, that isn’t strictly accurate but that’s the marrow of the matter. The fellow speaking was the chief administrator (leader?) of the national organization of Canadian aboriginal tribes. That latter is probably offensive in some fashion but since no one has bothered to elaborate or enunciate the social niceties I will stick to accuracies.
This fellow made great efforts to distance himself from the Goyim. He spoke several times in what I have to presume is his milk tongue, although it did bear an amazing resemblance to German. And while he said lots of things, the better part of 40+ minutes, one thing caught my abiding attention span.
He said that the young people of the tribes were now technically knowledgeable, and as evidence of this he cited that they used social media.
I was a bit stunned with this. It seemed rather a nonsensical justification. Social media these days is basically designed for bogs. But then many of the people listening to him were bogs. And bogs probably think that using social media is technologically knowledgeable. Which it isn’t. Building a social media instrumentality is technologically knowledgeable, using it is akin to using a toaster or driving a motorcar. And given the nature of the gathering, the geeks and nerds probably want the statement to be made accurate and let it ride.
This latter is the more intriguing. All nerds know that bogs like to pretend to know things they don’t. It goes with their attention spans, discussed previously, and basic human insecurity. But what is worthy of some consideration is nerds and geeks having bog colleagues/acquaintances/friends. Certainly it is modal that the families (and neighbors?) of nerds and geeks are predominantly bogs. After all, we fundamentally don’t get to pick our relatives (or neighbors.) We get stuck with them.
Emphasis on the stuck. Think La Brea tar pit stuck.
But friends do get picked, at least to a greater degree. And thus we find nerd/geek friends who are bogs. I have even known nerds/geeks who cohabitated with bogs. Often with benefit of legal and clerical formalization. And in many aspects the differences between nerds/geeks and bogs is less than the differences between the genders. And yes, that is a genderist statement. After all, boys and girls have different physiological plumbing. And, increasingly supported by experiment, mental plumbing.
I have to admit to having bog friends. Myself. And that communication is difficult, at best. They are acalculate and mostly acomputate. And their syntax and composition skills, written or verbal, are very poor. They don’t know very much about anything but they do know about more things than nerds do. And that is the basis of their utility. Often the friendship rests on a balance of depth and breadth of knowing. And bogs know all about made up stuff like social rules and mores and the like. And they know all the stercus catch phrases.
So while they don’t know much about reality, they do have some utility. Even if they are riddled with inaccuracies and superstitions. But those can be amusing if they are the kind of bogs you can be friends with. Which establishes the tautology.