Week out has arrived, not that it very obvious this week with the holiday and confusion. And next week portends to be almost as bad. But there are still tabs to ‘hawg, so let us be at it.
First, an archaeologist for the Israeli Antiquities Authority sez that the christianists have it all wrong. [Link] (No, Qadgop, I am not making this up.) Seems that they have the wrong Bethlehem. It’s not the one near Jerusalem, it’s the one in Nawth Israel near Nazareth.
So does this mean that all those folks who made pilgrimages – ala Chaucer – to Bethlehem-near-Jerusalem for edification and inspiration and forgiveness of sins or whatever, didn’t? Is the medium really the message? Is the map really the territory. Are Moscow opera company sets real buildings and villages?
I am not sure whether this is a laugh or cry or mixed state situation.
Speaking of mess-ups, I note [Link] Peter Higgs has called Richard Dawkins a “fundamentalist”. I have never met either but since they are celebrities among nerds and scientists, I have some informational knowledge of each. Dawkins is a biologist who is a better known these days for his militant atheism and anti-religionism than his biology. Higgs is the guy whose name got stuck on the mass propagator. His militancy extends to disliking ‘his’ propagator called the “god particle”.
Would Maynard G. Krebs say that “god is heavy!”?
Quite frankly, I don’t find this to be news. Any nerd who has observed Dawkins knows he is a fanatic and fanaticism is a boggish thing normally associated with religion or sports, not that one can often tell the difference among bogs. But for Dawkins to exhibit such behavior immediately makes his qualifications suspect.
But I am also tempted to observe that this does seem to be a bit of the difference between science and stamp collecting.
Lastly, I ran across a list [Link] of “The 10 must-see geek movies of 2013”. This source is one of those who has problems distinguishing accurately between geek and nerd so the list has to be taken a bit liberally. After all, most journalists are bogs and hence understand neither.
The thing about this list is how alien it is. Nothing on it leaps out and grabs my attention. Too many of what are on the list are remakes of not-that-old but bad genre movies. How many times can one make a “first” Superman/Batman/… movie? Apparently infinitely because the geeks who are almost bogs but want to overcompensate will go in great numbers. The same folks who do not appreciate such wonders as John Carter or the Monarch of the Moon.
Also, I am almost fundamentally skeptical of how a movie can be made of Ender’s Game. I am not a fan of Card, he has too many logical inconsistencies that are unresolved. But I did enjoy EG enough to finish it and I fail to see how the subtleties can get translated to the low standards of plot and script extant today.
So is the theme of the blot evident?