The Supernatural vs. the Supersensible: ‘Bones’ and “The Pathos in the Pathogens”

No crime scene this week, no body dump … we begin with biohazard containment.

A blogger has been killed by an unknown pathogen and dumped in a pile of veterinary waste. Her fiance, a source in the pharmaceutical industry, and a drug-developing horse owner, Bryan Fuller, are the links and suspects. After it is determined that the pathogen is not airborne everyone relaxes a bit, but upon moving the body Dr. Arastoo Vaziri is pricked by a hidden needle, infected with the same disease that killed the blogger, and it is a race against time to identify the disease, find the killer, and acquire a cure. All the rest is window-dressing, which is, alas, a problem, even though the episode does successfully tug at our heartstrings to the point of moving us like the empathetic little marionettes we are.

This has me thinking less of Kleist and more of Schiller. My thoughts on ‘Bones’, this episode, and Schiller’s “On the Pathetic” as a lens through which to view such television follow.

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[XF/M] S3E10 & S6E10: “Borrowed Time” and “Tithonus”

Monday we took in the latest episode of ‘Mad Men’ (a men-vs-women episode featuring ketchup, a swinging couple married 18 years, and Harry being his terrible self) as well as our normal rotation of ‘Millennium’ and ‘The X-Files’.

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Exorcise your Prophecies … three bad movies for the price of one!

Ms. S. and I are both completists in a way. Once we start, we can’t stop. If there is a movie series and we begin it, we commit to it … of course, there are exceptions. This is just a preface.

Sunday is for us, as for many people, a ‘day off’. We’re working through Ebert’s year-by-year list of the greatest films of his career and are now around the mid-70s, but we do not limit ourselves only to ‘great’ films. Or even ‘good’. And after the heaviness that was “Cries and Whispers” — and, not wanting to just fall back on our usual television rotation — we opted for some so-so movie magic during our enjoyment of pizza, chips, and wine.

Consumed? “The Prophecy” (1995), which I’d seen previously, “Exorcist II: The Heretic”, and “The Exorcist III”.

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The Ebertvaganza Continues: “Cries and Whispers”

After a couple American films (“Five Easy Pieces”, “The Last Picture Show”, “The Godfather”), we returned Sunday afternoon to Europe and got the first of two back-to-back Bergman movies, “Cries and Whispers” (1972; Ebert’s top movie for 1973).

I’ll keep my comments cursory.

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Q: Who invented integration by parts?

A: Brook Taylor.

Online a friend inquired, “Do you know who invented integration by parts?” Off the top of my head I did not. Did I ever? I was not sure. Did I have suspicions? Sort of.

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“Don’t Cry Over Spelt Milk”

Most of the people who have committed “spelt milk” to the IntarWebs have done so intending to write “spilled milk”. Some have, it seems, meant “spelt” as an alternative to “spelled” and intended a pun, the purpose of which currently escapes me. And a few have meant a non-dairy beverage.

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Independent Mediocrity: When it’s not The Man keeping us down.

I love Mike D’Angelo’s review of “Future Weather“, which he gave a ‘B-‘ over at The A.V. Club.

Love is, of course, an exaggeration, and it’s a shame that it is. Perhaps not in this case, but so frequently. That we are always so moderate and moderated and that we so often lack irrational exuberance these days. But I appreciate D’Angelo’s review; I find it a wonderful counterpoint to even more wonderful January 30 article, “The “gentleman’s F” and the scourge of deliberate mediocrity.

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Genre and Gender: Metal Version

The other day the A.V. Club (in the guise of Jason Heller) posted “Black Sabbath, Dust, and the myth of the ‘metallectual’” in response to an ill-conceived and condescending WSJ article/post. Buried in the comments user ‘username too long’ submitted (4/17/2013, 6:41 AM) the following attempt at a witty taxonomy:

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Dinner: Quick, Dirty, and Delicious

‘Top Chef Canada’ is back and we’re watching it; it was also our dinner time, and I decided to try something new (to me): oysters.

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Good: Escher and Blog … an Infernal Golden Opportunity, or: Welcome to the Wonderful World of High Technology

The blog post is titled “3D Print the Impossible! Turning Escher Drawings into Read 3D Models“. As the first paragraphs states, “The researchers […] have used their own Objet 3D printer to re-create the impossible Escher Drawings as real, tangible 3D models.” The video is fascinating, and I’ve always been fascinated by Escher … it was a preexisting love of Escher and Bach that drove me to “Gödel, Escher, Bach”, on to Gödel, and on to the world of Hofstadter in general. Life is full of strange loops.

Here I’m just interested in the blog post and how it leads me to thoughts of aesthetics, paradox, and metaphysics. This is more rhapsody than argument, with loops back to time spent abroad, museums and art, and plenty of videos from YouTube.

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