Category: misc

The poet Mr. Data

Not a big fan of cats, but Mr. Data’s poem from the episode “Schisms” (s06e05) is just great:

Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature;
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
A singular development of cat communications
That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion,
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

Words when you were born

Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler has created a website where you can select your birth year from the drop-down menu, which will give you a list of words that were presumably used for the first time in print that year.

These words were first used in print in the year when I was born:

body piercing
butterfly effect
couch potato
cosmic background radiation
digital camera
dream catcher
Ebola virus
endorphin
exit poll
meme
pooper-scooper
video card
wannabe
white zinfandel

Epic collection, eh?

Fiber test

It’s going to be awhile before I get this speed again.

Addressaten ubekendt

For nogle dage siden var Amra og jeg i teateret for at se Adressaten ubekendt, en forestilling skrevet af Kathrine Kressmann Taylor i 1938.  Den drejer sig om to tyske venner, Martin og Max, der ejer sammen et kunstgalleri i San Francisco.  I 1932 flytter Martin tilbage til Tyskland, og i de næste par år skriver de breve til hinanden. Men langsomt skifter deres indbyrdes forhold fra at være de bedste venner til at have fuldstændig anderledes mennesker. Den ene bliver fascineret af Hitler og hans styre, mens den anden ikke kan helt fatte, hvad hans ven har gang i.

Det drejer sig om en fascinerende forestilling, fremragende spillet af Søren Sætter-Lassen og Lars Mikkelsen, i den grad er højrelevant også i dag.

Efter afslutningen af forestillingen og pausen fortalte historikeren Christoffer Emil Bruun om, hvordan Danmark som land og folk stillede sig til de totalitære trusler i årene op til 2. Verdenskrig, og hvordan danskerne i de år som samfund mødte nazismen. Efter fortællingen åbnedes for publikums kommentarer.

Bajram

Danas je Bajram. Taj praznik mi je zasigurno bio najdraži praznik još od najranijeg djetinjstva. Taj osjećaj i te doživljaje pokušao opisati u priči Miris Bajrama, objavljenoj u mojoj zbirki pripovijetki “Sjene izgubljenog vremena”. Nemali broj čitatelja su mi rekli da im se upravo ta priča najviše svidjela. Možda je to zbog toga što im svidjela sama priča, a možda i zbog toga što ih je podsjetila i njihove Bajrame iz djetinjstva i ondašnje doživljaje. Pa evo, dijelim ovom prilikom tu priču, pa ko želi, neka je ovdje preuzme.