Friday, September 07, 2007

Emptying out the brainpan

Headline news!

This courtesy of Wordnerd:

Man Finds Roommate Dead. Second Time This Year.

Really now. No, really.

A Personal Interest Story!

The Things had their first tae kwon do lesson last night. Oh, I can see many glorious days ahead of round-house kicks and double-punches being delivered on one another, all in the name of "practice."

One good thing about it: at least they're learning together, so nobody's got the upper hand on new techniques. Really, it's the only way this was going to work.


The Goss from Under the Sea!

It appears as though Mr. Ray, the teacher from "Finding Nemo," is a total hack. Witness the following shocking expose from Wikipedia!

When Mr. Ray sings his "Let's Name the Species" song, he
does not name species. He recites the names of much higher ranks of biological scientific classification.

  • Porifera, Coelenterata, Ctenophora, Bryozoa, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Chordata are all animal phyla!
  • Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa, and Anthozoa are classes in the phylum Cnidaria!
  • Coelenterata is an obsolete yet common term encompassing two animal phyla: Ctenophora (comb jellies (author's note: the C is silent)) and Cnidaria (coral animals, true jellies, sea anemones, sea pens, and their allies (another author's note: the C is again silent, and also! I did not realize that there were enough warring factions in the sea for allegiances and ally relationships to be formed. In addition, I did not realize that these creatures were capable of forming such allegiances. Shows how much I know, and I've got a degree in biology)!
  • Finally, Gastropoda (snails and slugs) is a class in the phylum Mollusca!

I'd sue the school board if I was Marlin.

On a related note, I wonder if his "zones of the open sea" lyrics are right?

Oooh, let's name the zones, the zones, the zones. Let's name the zones of the
open sea! Mesopolagic, bathyal, abyssalpelagic. All the rest are too deep for you and
me to see

Compare that against this graphic representation of the area on question:

You'll see that he missed "epipelagic" (though that could have been at the beginning of the song, which was not included in the transcript of the movie from which I plucked the lyrics, and so I'll give him a pass on this one), but you can clearly see that "all the rest" as he mentions above include only ONE zone, the "hadalpelagic," and so he's allowing an implication to be made that there is much more ocean to the ocean than there really is, which is a bald-faced lie and could very well damage the children's sense of trust in adults once they find out they've been duped!

I think I've made my case that Mr Ray should be fired. Anybody want to take the opposing side here?

A final note!

F sharp.


Y'all have a great weekend now, y'hyeah?

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