Thu May 20 1999 08:18:
Am I so lazy that all future NYCB entries are going to be extracted
and edited parts of emails I sent? I don't know. Probably. But here's more
stuff I sent to Jake re Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace:
enjoyed the movie immensely. The people who didn't enjoy it don't realize
that it was basically a comedy, sort of a Three Stooges/Dennis the Menace
in space sort of thing. In fact, it should have been called "Star Wars:
Episode I: The Phantom Dennis the Menace".
I predict that the Force will become a greater and greater force
for wackiness over the rest of the trilogy, arranging for cross-dressing
disguises and hiding-in-closets bedroom farce and the like, until some
catastrophe in Episode III brings it down to earth as the staid ancient
religion we see in the original Star Wars. This ties in with the end of
ROTJ, when, with the Empire on its last legs, the Force begins to regain
its previous levity, in scenes like the one I don't need to explain, and
the other one I don't need to explain.
Thu May 20 1999 17:11:
There is a brain dissection to be held in Kinsey 169 at 6. I will
probably attend, seeing as how it's twenty feet away. I don't know if
actual brain dissection will take place, or if it will just be a
lecture about the brain. But why not attend a lecture about the
brain that's being held twenty feet away?
The brain (if there will be one) is a human brain, for those of
you concerned about animal rights.
Thu May 20 1999 19:00:
The brain demonstration was great. I have now held a human brain.
Something I think everyone should do at least once.
If something is eating your brain, you don't feel it because
there are no nerves in the brain. Also, all
your senses pass through a single area of the brain, except for
smell, which has its own pathway. Thirdly, humans have two sight
paths, one above the other, but the bottom one is not consciously
avaliable. If the top sight path is severed, people will be
consciously blind, but will still be able to maneuver, point to moving
objects, etc., even though they will not be perceiving anything.
Those are the three cool things about the brain that I learned.
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