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January 31, 2005

Boys and Girls

Writing about web page http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2005/01/29/sweet_buster_is_far_from_radical/

Now I'm not a psychology student either, but as far as I know this is just plain silly. US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings denounced an episode of a popular US kids TV show as the bunny character visited lesbian moms raising children in the state of Vermont.

I know you guys can read for yourselves, so will mainly leave it at that, but still. SpongeBob SquarePants would advocate homosexual behavior as the main character holds hands with his best friend for a suspicially long amount of airtime. Kind of reminds me of a rumour that Bert and Ernie were actually gay lovers.

Let me tell you about my childhood. OK I won't, but as far as I remember, these shows are for say 4–10 year olds. When I was 4–10 year old I held hands with my best friend on the way to school – like everyone else did. Ditto when we had to walk to the gym. It was indeed thought to be weird when as a boy you'd hold hands with a girl! Hence, isn't it easier for kids to relate to a character that shows the same behavior, than to a boy and a girl who hang out together? 10–4 year old boys and girls generally don't share interests, so it would only be confusing if their cartoon heroes would.

As far as Buster the bunny from the article is concerned: the show designed to teach children about different lifestyles that make up our society. Exact figures are hard to get, but say 5% of the world's population is gay (won't go into details of definitions), that's 1 in 20, I'd say it sounds reasonable. In that case they share a significant part in our society, certainly more significant than the 2 million or so mormons living in the US, who were visited by the same cartoon bunny.

I'm not saying morals and values are unimportant, but lately the governments I'm interested in (US, UK, Dutch) seem to be too focussed on enforcing what they deem the general standard on their people (or even abroad) instead of, I don't know, take away the fear and anger that drives people apart? Just and idea.


The longest day

I'm ill. Can't really point out what it is but as I'm writing I'm trying to avoid spilling anything on my housemate's desk. It doesn't include a headache so I am just gonna add a few entries to my blog. Here's what I did last week. Don't go away now - it's almost interesting!

Actually, the first event happened earlier this month, but I need to mention it anyway: I have some sort of foundation for my thesis! And I've only been doing it for 4 months (seriously, that's quite an achievement seeing that it's mostly a trial and error process). But yes, I had some trouble getting excited about earlier articles I read – too technical – so my supervisor googled another name in the field I'm interested in and voila, here I am, fully enjoying and understanding three articles about the influence of turbulence on the population dynamics of phyto- and zooplankton, a system that plays a vital role in the global carbon cycle. Will explain more later.

Second event: Departure of housemate. Now, I'm not sure what the rules are for housemates that are your friends when they leave (as in, no bad word about the dead) but let me just say, he didn't make it easy. I'll just note that I spent my whole Thursday doing the dishes he left for his goodbye dinner (which I didn't particpate in, see below). Still need to clear out the fridge. You get the idea.

Third event: Concert team meeting. Actually, this is not of any interest to anyone, but let me just say we got a great design team, and an awesome (SC accent) publicity crew, so it's bound to be a wonderful night. What night, you say? Saturday 5 March, Coventry Central Hall (near the Litten Tree), Inspired!, brought to you by Warwick Revelation Rock-Gospel Choir. Keep ears and eyes open for more publicity!

The longest day: Wednesday 26 January.

  • Woke up at 8am which only happens once a blue moon
  • Had graduation (MSc in Mathematics) which only happens twice a lifetime or so – blatantly lasted 1,5 hours longer than advertised
  • Mom and sis visited which never happens (as they'd usually spread their visit and mom would come with dad) – blatantly ended up shopping in Coventry
  • Walked home from Coventry Railway Station, which is bound to happen more often this year
  • Said goodbye to leaving housemates and hi to his friends some of which are also my friends – made them improvised dessert (stroopwafels with cream and hagelslag, yumm!)
  • Went over financial details with housemates so that everything was (more or less) sorted
  • Went to bed 1.30am fell asleep before 4am, I think – surely there are longer days, but when are they so packed with events?

In the mean time, I ruined my throat singing a really high bit in Rev, which signalled the arrival of swollen tonsils (Wed-Fri)/ flu (Fri-Sun)/ severe cold (Sun-now). I was planning to go to Edinburgh for the weekend for EdRev's Ball and to see many friends, but yeah, thought that wasn't too clever an idea… Don't think I can write this much about this week as I'll probably stay in for most of the time.


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