Irradiated by Stingray
I’ve been fortunate. I’ve never, in my entire life, run into a single individual that took a view to astrology any more serious than “Oh, well, horoscope said $prediction, wink wink nudge nudge, better watch out!” I’m told there are people who base major life decisions around these mass-produced vagaries in the local paper, or worse, pay people money to have others come up with specific vagaries on the spot from a cold reading. The only person I know who has paid for such a service was pretty clearly in the spirit of “For entertainment purposes only.” That said, I’m afraid I’m the dumb kid in today’s roundup of major talent, ’cause I really can’t get too worked up about a minor anachronism when I haven’t had to personally sit down and walk someone through the math proving it’s wrong. Personally the part that confuses me the most about the belief in astrology is that our local planets have enough gravitational sway to affect your entire life, while distant galaxies (which tend to compensate for the inverse square in the gravitational force equation with excessive mass despite the insane distances – at least they do well enough for astrology numbers) don’t. I guess you just run out of room on the graph paper at some point and have to draw the line, so to speak. That said, I realized that astrology wasn’t about math or science, but about heavenly bodies. I’m willing to bet that none of my esteemed colleagues picked this up, having written this before the “deadline” (Edit to add: And was foiled by a faulty “publish on schedule” in my wordpress setup), but I for one am going to run with that ball.
First, a quick look at what everyone can expect today:
(If you don’t recognize, the clip is from the hilarious “Kentucky Fried Movie.” The images were found during random internet crawling, and on the off chance that the actual owner sees them and objects to this use, please drop a note in comments.)
Now everybody cross your fingers that when LawDog gets to pick the theme of the week it isn’t something like “Your Personal Experiences in Africa” or Tam doesn’t pick “Breechface Design in Modern Revolvers,” ’cause I don’t have any cute pictures for something like that.