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23 April 2004 @ 09:46 pm
In twenty-five words or less...  
Explain why the universe produced a planet which evolved a life-form that created ELO, Cheetos, Hitler, anti-depressants, Nissan commercials, and Mystery Science Theater.

It's my annual moment of "Why are we here and what the fuck does it all mean?"

Humans: feverish, selfish little clots of ailments and grievances, to steal a quote, and what's the end point of it all? What is the purpose of a brain that experiences ennui? Do ferns have existential doubts like we do, way down in their ferny bits? Is it as funny as it seems that there a niche in the pocket of the cosmos for worship of the fictional Daniel Jackson in glasses?

These questions and more brought to you by one ounce of Jack Daniels.
 
 
Current Mood: amused, down, uncertain
Current Music: I Want You to Want Me
 
 
 
KJV: General Kalakjv31 on April 23rd, 2004 09:56 pm (UTC)
Because when they made the Matrix 1.0 perfect, we all rejected it and the crop died. Hence, Cheetos, Hitler and Pink Lady & Jeff.
Anna S.: gileseliade on April 23rd, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
Twenty-three words! I knew the matrix had something to do with it. When are you & A. going to invite me over to your vat, by the way? And did you by any chance watch UV when it came on Sci-Fi?
KJV: Pvt. Vasquezkjv31 on April 23rd, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
I thought we did that a couple weeks back...hmm.

I don't even know what Ultraviolet is outside of your postings on it. I've been totally distracted by my shiny new Digital Cable channels. Poor Sci-Fi. Maybe if they had Knight Rider, Manimal and Buck Rogers...
Anna S.eliade on April 23rd, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
No! No one invited me over or I'd have come.

SciFi alternately enrages and entices me. So much stupid shit and then they'll pull some great new miniseries out of their tailpipe. Too bad they're the only genre game in town--I'm not aware of any other channel I have that offers sci-fi shows. Do you have one in your package? (Your, er, cable package.)
KJV: Pvt. Vasquezkjv31 on April 23rd, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC)
Nope. Showtime Beyond shows genre movies uncut, but there's nothing with the variety of the Sci-Fi Channel.

Ah. I see that UV is on DVD. I've added it to my Netflix queue.
Anna S.eliade on April 23rd, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
I think you'll like it--it's super cool, a modest, self-contained six episodes that hang together in a nice arc. Earnest in tone as someone pointed out, but sophisticated in its treatment of vampires. It manages to work in all kinds of other subject matter, too--biological research on blood disease, abortion issues, nuclear arms and Chernobyl, priests and pedophilia, using each one as an entry point into the great vampire conspiracy. You'll have to tell me what you think.
rubywisp: jm black and white by megl42rubywisp on April 23rd, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
*snuggles you fiercely*
Anna S.eliade on April 23rd, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC)
Three words! The universe exists for Ruby to snuggle me. :>) And for me to snuggle back.
rubywisp: angel pretty by dellamorerubywisp on April 23rd, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
And for porn! Don't forget the porn!

/me stashes Word behind my back

No peeking.

*snuggles you more-er. er*
Anna S.eliade on April 23rd, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, very much for the porn. I have Word open as well, though I've done nothing with it since getting home. Monty Python, cheese sandwich, Nirvana, Space Race, non sequitur, non sequitur, rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb...
rubywisp: kelly beautiful by _dellamorerubywisp on April 23rd, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)
Wonder Twin powers, activate!
the upper echelons of mediocritythe_star_fish on April 23rd, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC)
42
Anna S.eliade on April 23rd, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
Which is also an apartment number, marking the doorway to another dimension, not of space or time, but of...Mulder.
Jack Pridejack_pride on April 24th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
::pouts:: That was gonna be my answer.
Poshykittyposhcat on April 23rd, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell, you're all just a figment of my imagination. Sorry about the Hitler thing - what was I thinking??

::waits for the hippo parade to start::
Anna S.eliade on April 23rd, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
We are figments of each other. Though, most days, I'm just a fig. And a hippo. A hippofig. Which is not quite a hippogryff, but close enough for sex.

Re Hitler, I just finished Stephen Fry's "Making History" and will again rec this. Fascinating, clever, and a great ending.
Divya_divya_ on April 23rd, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
I think the universe exists just so you can say "Re Hitler" in conversation. Isn't that enough?
Anna S.eliade on April 23rd, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
And also "apropos of Hitler."

Apropos of Hitler, I was watching episode 12 of Monty Python (which queues up on BBC America On-Demand for anyone reading this) tonight and they were doing the Mr Hitler sketch, where Mr "Hilter" is hiding out in a British bed-and-breakfast and plotting to come out of retirement by running in the North Minehead by-elections.

http://www.ibras.dk/montypython/episode12.htm

"And Now for Something Completely Different" was on the other day, but it's interesting--the original sketches from the show are much funnier than their movie versions even though the sets are flimsier and the deliveries less polished. That's part of their charm.
Divya_divya_ on April 23rd, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen "And Now For Something Completely Different", but I loves me some Hitler Python. Thanks for that link, too.
KJV: Arvin Sloanekjv31 on April 23rd, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
I love when John Cleese/Mr. Hilter ends up speechifying from a first-floor balcony and the Brits on the street couldn't care less. Michael Palin as Nazi #2 makes the sketch for me.
Anna S.eliade on April 23rd, 2004 11:10 pm (UTC)
Michael Palin & John Cleese tie as my favorite Pythons. Palin might just edge Cleese out by a few points--I've always thought Fawlty Towers was overrated.

Also forgot to say in last comment that I love your Vasquez icon. Ass-kicking!
Trepkostrepkos on April 24th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
The burning question
Have you seen the sketch where they go to see the Sartres, but Jean-Paul is busy, so they ask Mrs Sartre "When will he be free?"
Barbrahirah on April 24th, 2004 01:01 am (UTC)
I am here because I haven't gone anywhere else.

I don't think it means anything. But some marigolds came up unexpectedly under the orange tree, and they're very pretty. Also my dog likes it when I pet him. Some days, this is sufficient.
yonmei on April 24th, 2004 01:41 am (UTC)
So that we could write novels, mock ourselves, eat chocolate, and read slash.
the pound sign is silent.lattara on April 24th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC)
Because we need to wonder.
for you I'd bleed myself dry: space pantsboniblithe on April 24th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
I find it delightful that you used Jack Daniels and Daniel Jackson in back to back sentences.
Anna S.eliade on April 24th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
I also have associations from the "Shining." Jack is the dad, Danny is his son, and Jack slowly goes nutso, tempted by the ghostly bartender who offers him...Jack Daniels.