February 19th, 2008


Straight from my brain to your computer screen

And now for a few things I've been thinking about recently, in the form of an orderly numbered list (well, maybe not THAT orderly, but at least the numbers are all in the correct order):

1. Has anyone ever considered that the title and lyrics of the They Might Be Giants children's song "Fibber Island" might actually be bad for kids, since they equate using your imagination with fibbing? Isn't it important for kids to know the difference? But then, what do I know from kids?

2. I know I differ from some people (including bethje, who told me that she wished she'd gone to another Spice Girls concert in addition to the one we saw last week) in that I generally don't consider it worthwhile to see the same basic concert twice. Sure, there are usually a few differences between each show, but I tend to figure that once is enough until the setlist has been altered considerably. I'm still kind of bitter about the New Year's 2006 TMBG shows that the band claimed would be totally different, but ended up being almost exactly the same. I guess it wouldn't bother me as much if there were, like, a week or so in between the two basically-the-same shows, but it still seems like I could make better use of my money elsewhere.

3. Beth likes to get the Turbo Ice at Dunkin' Donuts, and the clerk often insists on calling it an "Ice Turbo." I know English isn't the first language of most of the people who work there, but knowing the menu of the place where you work isn't exactly the same as learning an entire language. And it's not like "Turbo Ice," despite being made up of English words, really makes much more sense in English than it does in any other tongue.

4. Some fast food drive-thrus (but not Dunkin' Donuts, at least not around here) use those screens that tell you what you've ordered, which I think is a good idea. What I don't get is why they don't always turn them on. Or do they tend to malfunction a lot?

5. When I was trying to turn around on a road recently, I saw a business parking lot that looked like a good place to make a U-turn, but they had a sign specifically saying you couldn't make one there. Now, I don't want to sound like the Five Man Electrical Band here, but it isn't like I wanted to stay there for any length of time, just drive in and right back out again. Isn't it a little self-important to insist that no one can do that? On the other hand, if it were a private residence, I would probably side with them, because it's kind of creepy to have someone turn around in your driveway.

6. I learned the other day that Ruth Plumly Thompson wrote a story in which Sir Solomon Tremendous Wise invented a lossless umbrella, and wrote some other times that it would be a nice thing to have. Apparently Thompson had the same problem with umbrellas that I do.

And in case you haven't had enough of numbers yet, here's a 60-question survey that I got from petie_s:
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