Why do they provide subtitles for some of the aliens, but not others? For instance, they give us subtitles when Jabba the Hutt is speaking, but not Chewbacca. Chewie has quite a few lines throughout the trilogy, and wouldn’t it be useful for us to know what he’s saying?
Also, we have to figure that Han and others can understand the Wookie language since they regularly converse with him. But it seems like they’re always speaking in English (or whatever the main language in Star Wars is.) Is the Wookie language simply too difficult for a human to replicate, and that’s why you never hear the humans speak in it? Since C-3PO’s main function is as a translator, why is he not able to speak Wookie? You’d have to figure that a robot would be able to synthesize the same voice patterns.
The Tortoise and the Hare
I recently learned that rabbits and hares were actually two different types of animal. So in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, when they would reference Bugs as a hare, they were being factually incorrect.
Anyway, we all know the story of the tortoise and the hare, where the two animals have a race, and the hare gets off to such a big lead that he takes a break and allows the tortoise to pass him. The moral of the story has always been presented as “Slow and steady wins the race.” And it is supposed to be inspiring to people, making them think that no matter how imposing their opponent seems, if they keep trying, they’ll eventually win. But the story is actually sending the message that underdogs will only prevail if your opponent is an idiot. The real morals of the story are “Don’t be a dumbass” and “When you’re off to a big lead, keep pressing so that your opponent can’t catch up.”
Why would the hare take a break in the middle of the race? I mean, he could have just coasted to the finish at half speed and then rested there. There is no logical explanation for the hare to do this, except that he was a complete idiot. I liken it to sports teams that take big leads in games. You need to keep playing hard until the game is completely out of reach. A lot of teams get out to big leads and then tone it down and allow the other team to catch up.
Putting the toilet seat down
For some reason, as a society, we’ve decided that when men and women share a bathroom, the toilet seat should be left down before and after use. Who exactly decided this? Yes, ladies, we know that toilet seats are not sanitary and you don’t want to have to put it down before using. But why should men always be the ones who have to touch it? Isn’t is just as unsanitary for us? I mean, unless you’d rather us not lift the seat and just let the pee go where it may. And look at it this way: When putting the toilet seat down, you’ve got gravity on your side!
And please do not counter with the argument that you just assume that the seat is down, and if its not, you might fall in by accident. Falling into the toilet does not merit sympathy; it merits ridicule.
– The band Foreigner really kinda rocks.
– The latest season of Heroes is almost over. This show is almost painful to watch anymore. They should just make the show all about Sylar since he’s the only character worth watching anymore.
– The NFL Draft is this weekend. I’ll be glad when its over, as I really can’t take much more speculation about who each team will draft. How does one become an NFL draft expert anyway? They really only work a couple of days a year, and despite their “expertise,” they’re almost always wrong. I’ve long said that ESPN draft “guru” Mel Kiper is basically the same thing as Santa Claus.
Mrs. Cutter and I are off to Florida tomorrow. Detailed review of the trip to come when we return!