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Campus Chatter – October 2, 2010

October 2, 2010

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Campus Chatter – October 2, 2010

Jacques Cartier discovered Montreal today (1535). Also John Baird tested the first working television system (1925), Charles Schultz’s Peanuts debuted (1950), and The Twilight Zone premiered (1959). And Aeroperú Flight 603 crashed, killing 70 people (1996). The cause: a strip of tape left on the fuselage after cleaning.

Greetings and social banter here.

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • JanF

    Still gives me the willies (and he got E=MC² right…he must have had proofreaders who went to college)

    • NCrissieB

      The Twilight Zone was an amazing show. Some episodes were oddly prescient in anticipating modern theories of cosmology. Others were social commentary wrapped in mind-bending metaphors. My favorite is from the mid-1980s series revival, an episode titled “A Matter of Minutes” where a couple find themselves caught backstage in the production of time. Here at Casa Crissie we still attribute missing objects to “the Blue People.”

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan

      Rod Serling taught creative writing at a college. Met him once when he came back to give a speech at his former high school in the next town.

      He got a lot of his ideas for the program from the short stories his students wrote. And I think his being a prof argues for at least a decent background in things like E=MC². Heck, I learned it in high school. Makes you wonder more about schools today…

  • winterbanyan

    So Cartier discovered Montreal. Which I guess means it was already there? What if he hadn’t discovered it? Would the inhabitants have continued their merry with without ever learning to speak French and nearly tearing Canada apart over a language difference?

    Or were they already having arguments over their different varieties of Algonquian? If they existed to be discovered of course.

    I guess the only thing we can be certain of is if Cartier hadn’t found it, it wouldn’t be Montreal. ;)

    • NCrissieB

      According to The Official History Of The World That I Just Made Up, Montreal was a bustling metropolis whose population numbered in the millions – using the Beckapalooza Crowd Counter – when Cartier walked in and began selling jewelry in French. Until then the Montrealeans spoke English, just like Jesus did.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • JanF

        Ha. I am not sure I will ever get tired of seeing “The Official History Of The World That I Just Made Up”.

        And thank you for reminding me that Jesus spoke English. Although it makes me scratch my head when I read about politicians creating Spanish language ads like Marco Rubio in FL-SEN. ¿Qué haría Jesús?

  • JanF

    I always thought Cartier discovered watches…must be more than one Cartier.

    And the language difference, not to pick a fight, is that the anglois refuse to learn the one true language. ;-) Viva la France!

  • addisnana

    I wonder if Jacques discovered watches in Montreal or if he brought them with. Hmmm.

  • J Brunner fan

    Love The Twilight Zone. I look forward to the marathon on SciFi channel for the new year.

    Great imagination and execution!
    :smile:

    • NCrissieB

      Ooh, SciFy will run a Twilight Zone marathon for the New Year? Is it New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day? Details details! :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • J Brunner fan

    Crissie,
    Is there a Furthermore! available for next week?

    Also considering doing another Morning Feature later this month. Please let me know. Will continue working on my blog posts.

    thanks again

    :smile:

    • NCrissieB

      Next Wednesday’s Furthermore is available, but you’re also scheduled for Morning Feature that day. Do you want to do both on the same day? Unlike DailyKos we have no rule against it, but it does make for a busy day. Let me know. :smile:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • J Brunner fan

        That’s ok it can wait.

        Usually, The Twilight Zone marathon is a 36 hr event starting New Year’s Eve day and continuing thru New Years day midnight. It is one of the few things that I look forward to on the TV machine. Some of the shows were prescient, like employees being replaced by automation.

        Now of course, they may prove me wrong this year. I hope not.

        thanks
        :smile:

  • HurrikanEagle

    Happy Birthday Charlie Brown and Snoopy!