lauantaina, tammikuuta 13, 2007

Today’s Thought #1: How cool is Zen Wizard?
Coming to the rescue from thousands of miles away, Zen Wizard has provided Lady Bonds with her very own, custom made avatar, as impersonal and having as little to do with Lady Bonds’ actual personality as any avatar possibly could. And is aesthetically pleasing. Zen wins the “Lady Bonds’ Favourite of the Day” Award, and is henceforth her personal hero.
(Gratuitous link to Zen’s site for promotion.)

Today’s Thought #2
and the corresponding Fun Video come from the lovely state of Oklahoma. The first question we are asked to ponder is, “What is the most serious challenge educators in the United States today?”

I’ll give you some hints. It’s not literacy. It’s not “math and science.” It’s not pedagogy. And it’s not reaching the standards set by the All Children Left Behind Act…no, no. Of course not, folks! It’s the threat of another kid coming to school and blowing your kid’s brains out.

So let’s suppose you were a lawmaker. Would you focus your energies on:
A) Banning guns;
B) Giving your seven-year-old an AK-47 and hoping that his/her hand-eye coordination and aim has been sufficiently developed by his/her video games;
C) Developing an elaborate recycling program in which old textbooks are given to elementary school children and used as hand-held shields against potential gunmen.

Ignoring Option A as hopelessly naïve and ineffectual and Option B as being difficult to sell Congress, let’s take a closer look at Option C. In fact, this is precisely what recent candidate for Superintendent of Oklahoma State Schools, Bill Crozier, did. Furthermore, Mr. Crozier videotaped an "experiment" in which he and his buddies blew up old textbooks to see which ones withstand shots from an AK-47 and two pistols.

Why bother with something as silly as “gun control” when we can EMPOWER our children to defend THEMSELVES?


Blogger Zen Wizard said...

I thought I nailed it with the Queen of Pentacles tarot card.

Modernly, the Queen of Pentacles is thought to be holding an apple pie that she made with apples she grew in her garden.

So that is where the "Sunday Picnic" ties in and the "queen" obviously ties in the royalty aspect.

Glad you liked it; it probably took me a whole 5 minutes!

6:37 ip.  
Anonymous Anonyymi said...

I would like to give all the good people in this world a gun, and suggest that they point said weapons in the direction of the streets...

Good people such as "Zen Wizard," "A" and "The Duchess" come to mind...

Such mercenaries would soon rid us of the chaff, and the streets would be free of despicable filth once and for all.

Leaving them (the streets) full of nothing but aesthetically pleasing yet refreshingly noiseless avatars...

12:10 ap.  
Anonymous Anonyymi said...

as i watch the pan-and-zoom of the three textbooks (culminating, notably, in Invitation to Languages—equally notable is the use of the plural), i am reminded of CS Lewis' The Abolition of Man:

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is not infallible protection against a soft head."

1:00 ap.  
Blogger Zen Wizard said...

Well, us noiseless Avatars sure are quieter than the neighbors I have now.

And there is something to be said for cooking with VIRTUAL curry powder...

8:49 ip.  
Blogger Lady Bonds said...

Zen; your logic is, as always, impeccable.

Sir Winters; I have often thought that such a solution to the general Problem of Human Beings would be rather effective...As a wise woman once said, "I used to feel bad about saying that people from such and such a country were idiots. Now I know that people are uniformly idiots, the world over."

a; Lady Bonds thought specifically of a when she saw the Languages of the World text being blown to bits. Especially after the filmer's cheerful comment, "That looks interesting!" and our candidate-hero's generous response, "Well Kenny, we'll set that one aside for ya, I know how much ya like languages" before proceeding to riddle it with bullet-holes.

Zen; Curry powder can do wonderful things to the body. Is it the neighbors who cook with curry? And is that what makes them make so much noise?

12:37 ap.  
Blogger josh williams said...

These guys , did they mention God? I just dont trust people with guns that do not talk about God.

7:06 ap.  
Anonymous Anonyymi said...

So...... You've resorted to blogging.... how surprising

I love it of course, and it shall allow me to get into your mind when I can't see share with you the loving feelings and continuous adoration I have for you, cheese and pudgels



12:14 ap.  

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