Friday, May 01, 2009

Did You Get a Load of the Nerd?

The news of Supreme Court Justice David Souter's retirement announcement brings to mind, first and foremost, the Simpsons episode where Homer goes back to college (from the height of the Conan O'Brien era, in 1993):
Bart: Listen to yourself, man: you're hangin' with nerds.
Homer: You take that back!
Marge: Homer, please! These boys sound very nice, but they're clearly nerds.
Homer: Really? But nerds are my mortal enemy!
Lisa: Dad, nerds are nothing to fear. In fact, they've done some pretty memorable things. Some nerds of note include popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher, rock star David Byrne, and Supreme Court justice David Souter.
Homer: [gasp] Oh, not Souter! Oh, no!
There's the passage of time for you, Republican presidents appointing moderate Supreme Court justices and the Simpsons still being funny.

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5/02/2009 3:34 AM  
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5/03/2009 2:37 PM  
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5/05/2009 11:20 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

That was a great concert. I'm always amazed at myself for ranking a Philip Glass concert amongst the best I've ever seen. How do you add that extra information to your link like that?

5/06/2009 12:19 PM  
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One of my measures of how good that Koyaanisqatsi performance was is that I missed a few swaths of the film on that first viewing, like [NONNARRATIVE ART FILM SPOILER ALERT] the rocket blowing up near the end, because I was so thoroughly mesmerized by watching the ensemble. That and it's one of Glass' tightest, most existential dread-iest scores and hearing it so immediately made for a pretty emotionally unnerving spectacle. Life out of balance, as you say.

5/06/2009 10:13 PM  

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