Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Self-Referential South Park; Timeline; Internet Saint

  • South Park was so awesome tonight! I can't wait for next week. They didn't skimp at all on the whole M*h*mm*d cartoon / Bloody Mary / Scientology connections. Props to the South Park crew on their first George Foster Peabody Award. (In good company with Battlestar Galactica and The Staircase.) (Update: WTF is this guy talking about??)
  • Here's a timeline based on the idea that every event ever shown in every movie occured in conjunction with each other. For instance, 1936: Indiana Jones races against the Nazis to find the Ark of the Covenant (Raiders of the Lost Ark). Spain - Rick fights with the Loyalist Spaniards (Casablanca). Greenville, Florida - Ray Robinson (later Charles) starts to lose his sight from glaucoma after seeing his brother drown in the washtub (Ray, 2004). German troops reoccupy the Rhineland (Angela's Ashes). Alvy Singer born (Annie Hall).
  • I had never realized before that there is a patron saint of the Internet. Excerpt: I had heard that St. Isidore of Seville (ca. 560–636) was the unofficial patron saint of the internet but until today (his feast day) I had no idea of his literary accomplishments. Here is a bit from Butler's Lives of the Saints -- He was a compiler of popular knowledge rather than an original thinker, claiming that his works contained all that the clergy of future generations needed to know. He left a storehouse of knowledge that was extensively quarried for a thousand years.


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