The End…A Farewell

December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hello all,

It has been wonderful being in a class with all of you. I had a great time and it was easily one of my favorite classes, in no small part due to the our awesome class. I doubt many of you will read this – what with the class being over and second semester seniors to boot – but I wanted to thank all of you for such a great semester. Especially Carla, since it’s not often that I get watch The Lion King and call it research =D

 

Have a great 5 days and 2011 everyone!

-Matthew Roy, “sǝɹıɟ & sɹıɟ”

 

 

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Tom & Jerry: The Result

December 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

I watched Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes.

Here is a trailer of it:

It is a new cartoon, made in August of 2010. However, I still really enjoyed it. There is a kinda of slapstick humor that never gets old, and Tom & Jerry have perfected it.

I noticed an interesting thing when watching Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes. Even though most of the other characters talk, Tom and Jerry never say a word. Even Jerry’s mouse friend speaks, but for some reason Jerry must communicate via images and interpretive dance. It actually reminds me of Transformers. The main link between humans and the robots in Bumblebee, the robot that can’t talk. Because he can’t speak (except via radio dialogue) we feel more at ease with him as a character. It humanizes him and gives him a weakness that we can sympathize with.

Alright, back to my main point. The endless chases, the comic gags, the laughably overdone stereotypes: they all combine into a laugh-a-thon. They take the ordinary and inflate it to ludicrous proportions. For instance, at one point Sherlock Holmes works out that the evil mastermind is going to try to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London, using a laser powered by stolen diamonds focuses a solar eclipse. How does it work it out? From a dropped button, a feather, and a newspaper clipping.  It is funny because they take the classic image of the super-sleuth working out an evil plot just in time to save the day and warp it into something just plain silly.

The slapstick humor doesn’t go amiss either. The repetitive gag is a staple of Tom and Jerry, for instance in this movie Tom repeatedly gets pitchforks or other other sharp objects embedded in his rear.

I still enjoyed watching the Tom and Jerry film. Almost none of the old cartoon humor is lost on me, and I think i’ll take that as a good thing, rather than me finding it hilarious that Sherlock Holmes is sent on a literal wild goose chase is a sign of immaturity. Wow, my grammar sucks. Oh well.

No memories surged up form the depths of my mind, but maybe that is because Tom and Jerry wasn’t something lost deep in my past. I’ve always had a soft spot for the silly practical jokes and slightly crude humor of cartoons.

I’ll leave you with this clip. Almost 8 million views. I guess I’m not the only one who still finds Tom & Jerry funny =D

Childhood Memories: Tom & Jerry

December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

I initially wanted to re-read Harry Potter for my childhood memory project. However, since I had already read the first 4 Harry Potter books at least 10 times each I was kinda hesitant to do it again. Harry Potter is the real representation of my childhood; however, Tom & Jerry was another one of my favorite childhood memories.

This post is written before I revisit Tom & Jerry. I’m anticipating enjoying Tom & Jerry almost as much as I did in my childhood. The sort of slapstick humor that is the bread and butter of Tom & Jerry has a timeless humor that is always funny IMO.

I first discovered Tom & Jerry on a trip to Mexico many years ago. On a hot afternoon with nothing to my brother, sister, and I were scanning the TV channels for something we could watch. Everything was in spanish, and we were starting to give up hope. When we came across Tom & Jerry it was perfect, because it had no words!

The wordless humor of Tom and Jerry relies on its universal appeal of the timeless story of a cat chasing a mouse. Not everyone can appreciate Jon Stewart’s jokes or laugh at Garfield, but Tom & Jerry is something that can been shown nearly anywhere and be understood.

Anyway, I’m expecting I will like re-watching Tom & Jerry, especially since every now and then I TiVo an episode and watch some cartoons.

Logic Puzzle of the Week: Einstein’s Riddle

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Anyone remember this puzzle from school? For me, it was from middle school. It is one of those puzzles that you just have to work out step by step, each step often requiring a moment of great insight. The lore behind this puzzle is that Einstein was stumped by this test, and could not solve it. Supposedly only 2% of the world population can get it, or something like that. Seems kinda bogus to me, but it is pretty hard.

 

Einstein’s Riddle
There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.
Somebody owns a fish. The question is: who?
Hints:

The Brit lives in the red house.

The Swede keeps dogs as pets.

The Dane drinks tea.

The green house is on the left and next to the white house.

The green homeowner drinks coffee.

The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.

The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.

The man living in the center house drinks milk.

The Norwegian lives in the first house.

The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.

The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.

The owner who smokes Bluemaster drinks beer.

The German smokes Prince.

The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.

The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

 

 

It helps to make a chart of the possibilities. Actually, it can be thought of kinda similar to sudoku for the solving strategy.

The answer is the German who lives in the green house number 4, drinks coffee and smokes Prince, owns the Fish! We have solved the Einstein riddle.

Exquisitely

December 7, 2010 § 3 Comments

is a delicious word. Probably my favorite right now. Just sound it out slowly, and you will have to agree that it means exactly what it tastes like, if a word can have a taste. A kind of onomonopia of its meaning.

 

Anyone else got some delicious or favorite words? Luxurious is another good one in my opinion.

Oh and to forestall any “how does this relate” comments: this is just for fun.

One cannot simply walk into The Cove

December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Two maybe…

Anyway, so far The Cove is seriously disturbing. The revulsion I feel is a visceral thing, an instinctive reaction to that much death. What boggles my mind is that the fishermen KNOW that they are doing something that would appear horrible to most of the world. And they happily continue beating dolphins to death.

Which is, of course, completely unfair of us to judge them on.

No, I’m not kidding. I am revolted by their actions and horrified by wanton killing taking place.

Yet, I’m sure that killings and dismemberments every bit as gruesome take place in our slaughterhouses.

We are guilty of our own assembly lines of death.

How would India, where the cow is something sacred, look at something like the image below?

 

I think killing dolphins is wrong. It is revolting. But at the same time we have to understand that our hands are not entirely clean either (unless you are a life-long vegan I guess).

So we should fight to save the dolphins. But also keep in mind, what they are doing is only outlawed from the world because the world opinion is against them. If most of the world saw cows as being sacred it might be us that people would look at nauseously.

Random Riddle I just thought up

December 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was just getting up from posting my previous post when I made this up. It is probably not especially good, but then again I made it up on the fly. I was thinking of what my next Logic Puzzle of the Week should be and I remembered the one with 2 guardians, one who always tells the truth and one who always lies…

 

You are trapped in a room with two doors, both of which lead to freedom. But there is a catch. In front of each door is a guardian, one will let you pass and one will stop your only attempt at freedom. You can try to exit only once, and you can ask only one question.  The one guardian only tells truths and the other only lies, and that is unconnected to whether or not they will let your through.

Oh, and there is a third guy in the room who stabs people that ask tricky questions. Not feeling so smug now are you?

(^_^)

Highlight text with mouse to reveal the answer written in white letters.

The answer is ventriloquism.  Lol, random and pointless but I thought it was funny.

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