rock n’ roll!

I’m so fucking ready for this Folklore mid on Tuesday.

Diffusionism? The theory that world-wide variants of faerie-tales have a common origin.

CG Yung? The theory that world-wide variants of faerie-tales are due to the ‘collective unconcious’.

In which of the 900 versions of Cinderella does she place magic fish bones under her bed? The earliest Cinderella known, the 9th century Chinese.

Who collected folk-tales in 1697, and what country did he live in, and what did he name his collection? Perrault, France, “Mother Goose Tales.”

In the jargon used by prisoners, what is a ‘penis‘ and what is it used for? A penis is a tool used to inject narcotics.

Basic characteristics of folklore? Anonymous; variants; informally (orally) transmitted; traditional.

Maryland has the largest commercial sailboat fleet in the US and the sailboats are known as … ? Skipjacks!

Who wrote Il Panterome (sp?), when, and where? Bastille, Italy, 1630′s.

Compare and contrast the characters Puss in Boots and Coyote. Both are intelligent, talking animals. Puss “exists” in a world shared with humans, and uses his cunning to assist his human ‘master.’ Coyote “exists” in a world shared only with other animals and uses his intelligence to achieve for himself.

Identify the faerytale: daughter marries ugly man for his wealth, then learns he’s a serial killer. Bluebeard!

What characteristic does Aesop’s Fables have, which no other faerytale has? A clearly defined morale.

rock n' roll!

I’m so fucking ready for this Folklore mid on Tuesday.

Diffusionism? The theory that world-wide variants of faerie-tales have a common origin.

CG Yung? The theory that world-wide variants of faerie-tales are due to the ‘collective unconcious’.

In which of the 900 versions of Cinderella does she place magic fish bones under her bed? The earliest Cinderella known, the 9th century Chinese.

Who collected folk-tales in 1697, and what country did he live in, and what did he name his collection? Perrault, France, “Mother Goose Tales.”

In the jargon used by prisoners, what is a ‘penis‘ and what is it used for? A penis is a tool used to inject narcotics.

Basic characteristics of folklore? Anonymous; variants; informally (orally) transmitted; traditional.

Maryland has the largest commercial sailboat fleet in the US and the sailboats are known as … ? Skipjacks!

Who wrote Il Panterome (sp?), when, and where? Bastille, Italy, 1630′s.

Compare and contrast the characters Puss in Boots and Coyote. Both are intelligent, talking animals. Puss “exists” in a world shared with humans, and uses his cunning to assist his human ‘master.’ Coyote “exists” in a world shared only with other animals and uses his intelligence to achieve for himself.

Identify the faerytale: daughter marries ugly man for his wealth, then learns he’s a serial killer. Bluebeard!

What characteristic does Aesop’s Fables have, which no other faerytale has? A clearly defined morale.

No, Really, I Was Expecting This

When the product announcement of the four-door Jeep Wrangler — new for ’07! — hit the airwaves, Gary vowed he wouldn’t touch it.

And if pigs had wings … I’d snark.

His smacked-to-shit ’04 Unlimited was enough for him, he claimed.

Bullshit, I said.

Besides, he’d say, I’m not all that particularly attached to Jeeps anyway.

Hah! And Jesus is a Klingon, I’d say.

Maybe I’ll get another pickup, he’d muse.

Remember how much you hated your old one? I’d remind him.

Until today, when he quite cheerfully announced that even if he had to sell one of his children for a downpayment, he’d be buying a brand-new, four-door, second-model-year ’08 Jeep Wrangler.

Told ya’ so, I grinned.

Computerization & Its Impact (Homework 3)

The question for homework was:

In many cities, some unemployed people wash the windshields of cars stopped at traffic lights and then ask to be paid. In Vancouver, police in plain clothes wash car windshields so that they can look into the cars and see if the people inside are wearing seatbelts. Those who aren’t are fined. Compare this to enforcing seatbelt laws by using surveillance cameras at traffic intersections. Discuss pros and cons of both methods, and indicate whether each benefit or disadvantage applies to both the high- and low-tech methods or only one of them.

My response:

In answering the homework question, I think it is important to identify my political beliefs to establish a groundwork for how I approach the question. I think it’s fair to say that an authoritarian pro-fascist Republican and a tree-hugging vegetarian liberal Democrat would have different viewpoints than the more main stream elements in society, and as at least a nominal sort-of-libertarian, I don’t know that my viewpoint is any more “in step” than theirs would be.

I don’t believe that driving an automobile is a ‘right’, which is to say that, in principle, I don’t have a big problem with people getting pulled over and ticketed for failing to wear their seat-belts. Unless I’m caught by them, I don’t have a problem with red-light traffic cameras or speed-traps, either. I believe that driving is a revokable privilege and as I’ve spent much of the last ten years driving in the greater DC/Baltimore area and suburbs, I think it is a privlige which should be revoked a lot more often. (“No turn signal usage? License revoked!”)

I’m not a fan of the approach taken by the Vancouver, BC Police Department. It isn’t that I think people should drive without their seatbelts – although, to a certain extent, I wish more people would because than they’d die when they wrecked their cars and I wouldn’t have to worry about them cutting me off or failing to lane change, etc. – it’s just that I think by approaching the cars the way they are, the VPD officers are doing far more than simply checking for seat-belts. It also is unnecessary for seat-belt enforcement: during a ride-along with the Baltimore County police department, I observed officers who were able to identify non-seatbelted drivers and passengers while driving. Approaching the vehicle on foot to make that determination was not necessary, which begs the question: ‘What other motives might the VPD have for making a close visual inspection of a vehicle stopped by a supposed window washer?’

Can a remote camera determine if there is a bag of marijuana on the passenger seat? A bong peaking out from under the seat? The whiff of alcohol on the driver’s mouth? I suppose these should be under the ‘pro’ sections – and as much as I’m in favor of dragging drunk drivers into the middle of the intersection and beating the shit out of them – these seem like concerns of privacy to me, so while increased detection of crimes might be a “pro” as far as the police are concerned, the reduction of privacy makes it a “con” to me.

I think it is possible I’ve wandered off the topic of the homework, so let me see if I can get back onto track.

Remote cameras can identify poor drivers and drivers failing to wear seatbelts. They can’t necessarily determine if the driver is operating under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances, or if the driver is transporting drugs illegally the way a police dog might if it was on the scene during the “window washing” crack-downs. Remote cameras protect a person’s privacy more than a police officer looking through your window – a remote camera might, by various programs, be able to determine if your driving is erratic, but it can’t determine if you’re acting “suspicious” the way a cop a foot away looking in your window can.

Long and short here:

The pros of the camera are twofold: police resources can be relocated to better protect the public; and the privacy concerns of the civilian (non-police) population can be protected. The pros of the police doing actual “seatbelt stings” are that they can determine if the driver is transporting anything illegal, engaging in illegal behavior, or acting suspiciously.

The cons of the police conducting these stings is that it is a violation of an individual’s privacy. What does it mean to “look suspicious”? I get nervous when I’ve been pulled over by the police. Does that make me suspicious to them? The cons of the camera is that in instances where it might in fact detect a drunk-driver, there is no way for the camera (or the computer system it is likely hooked into), to call up the police and get an immediate response.

For my money, if I have to choose, I’m pro-camera (providing it isn’t taking survey information and is only engaging in limited actions – non-seatbelt, running red lights) over such stings as the police are engaging in. I mean, c’mon, if the police stingers come up and wash my windshield and I’m wearing a seatbelt, and I pay them a buck, you can’t expect me not to believe I’m not putting that right into their pocket.

(admittedly, I’m more familiar with the US’s laws regarding searches and terms such as “plain sight”, so I’m not entirely certain if some of my pro and con list are applicable).

I tracked down my Prof this afternoon to apologize — again — for falling asleep last week. He told me not to worry about it, then told me he’d found my writing for the 3rd homework very funny — he’d laughed.

Not in a bad way I hope, I replied.

A student standing next to me said, Now you’ll laugh when you get your grade.

Which was an A.

Booyah.

fucking son of a …

I’m on the 2nd floor lounge of the 7800 York Rd. Building. When I say “lounge” I mean “open air area next to the staircase and across from the elevators filled with lounge chairs and a few tables.” I am one of three students here — we’re all on our laptops, and the kid across from me looks to have the same model Dell I do (XPS M140).

So these two girls come walking down the hall from the classrooms, and one of them has one of those dumbass loud as shit walkie-talkie phones, and she’s talking into it. And it’s annoying as fuck and why they’d allow one of those phones in an academic building is beyond my level of uncomprehension.

So the girl sitting to my right tapping away on her Apple looks up, calls to her, and then girl with the squak phone runs over and me and the other dude are like, “Bitch! Turn off your fucking annoying as fuck phone!”, but we don’t actually say it, we just get this homicidal look in our eyes.

Anyway.

So that’s why I need to go home and change my shirt.

If You Want To Do Something Nice for Me, Hire Me A Maid

I’m already planning to take a day off after finals to clean my apartment.

I haven’t cleaned since school started. I mean, y’know, yeah, the cat-box and stuff. But I’ve got clothes scattered all over, my couch is covered in junk mail, and I’ve got dry-goods from the supermarket that I’ve left out on the counter rather than stick in the cupboard. DVDs I’ve watched, instead of finding their way back to the shelves, remain stacked atop the DVD player and the tv unit. The hard-to-reach lightbulb in my bathroom exploded last week and I haven’t bothered to replace it yet.

My friend Lisa bought a place in Butcher’s Hill and e-mailed to ask when I was going to come down to visit. I told her with great confidence I would come down next Monday … then remembered that I have a study-group that night (first Folklore test the following day). I have no free time. Well, I have some free time. Just not very much, and it tends to come in short patches interupted by furious patches of studying.

I’d completely forgotten how much work it is being a full time employee and a full time student. Wait, scratch that: I probably never knew, given that I can’t ever remember being this devoted to my school work.

I’m going to start calling this place “my cave.”

Thankfully, the sink stopped overflowing, although I’m quite certain it had more to do with the plumbing taking mercy on me and less to do with anything my leasing company’s maintenance crew might have pretended to do.

i collect toenail clippers

Why is it when I have no fucking need to clip my toenails, I have a toenail clipper pretty much everywhere I look, yet when I need one, I can’t fucking find any of them?

Yesterday: Medicine cabinet? Check. Linen closet? Check. Night stand? Check. In with the DVDs? Check. On the bookshelf? Check. The other bookshelf? Check. Pantry? Check. Other-other bookshelf? Check.

Today: None to be fucking found.

So, if I don’t find one before I go to the supermarket tomorrow, I’ll be buying yet another. This one I’ll keep atop the DVD player. This one I will be able to find when I frakkin’ need it.

Loose Change

Some yahoo in the store was talking about this supposed “documentary” called Loose Change which apparently claims to be proof that 9/11 was a massive government conspiracy so that George W. Bush could have the biggest penis on the planet.

Or something.

Anyway, I love this rebutal the best.