Musey Psilon’s Blogalot

Posted on June 7, 2009. Filed under: Culture, Games, Health, HowTo, Music, Musings, Philosophy, Science |

***WARNING***This post is very nearly completely silly. {You have been warned}

Gosh, I love this title! I needn’t write another thing, need I? I shall, though. I feel compelled to explain it.

I like science, and I’m fond of the absurd. This post blends them. I must wonder why? Why are our minds attracted to certain things, and combinations of things—even Things on top of Other Things? Why would I just, splendidly, enjoy theoretical physics AND Monty Python’s Flying Circus? Both these things are acquired tastes. While the former is seen as a “legitimate” interest, with a “place” in society (it’s a Branch of Science, after all!), I’d argue that the field of “comedy” has just as legitimate a place in society as does science. What comedy does is shake us up; it tears a hole in our everyday reality and makes us look at life in a new way. And that’s what science does, too! I used to think that “science” was about “discovering” the “facts”. Then, one manipulates, exploits, and recombines them—to what end? Well, primarily because it’s fun for the scientists. (If you are a scientist and not having fun, get out of the field! Now! I mean it!) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ But, secondarily, I believe, to “benefit” humankind. Comedy does not appear to have as direct a benefit. I propose that, although a more “lowbrow” form of entertainment than, say, the Ballet, it has its place. We would not survive as a species without comedy!

The title of the post came to me when I discovered that the great Tony Awardยฎ winning musical play Monty Python’s Spamalot is coming here to Tucson! I am of course looking forward to seeing it. Did I say this play has won awards? From the legitimate theater award organizations? You know, the mainstream, “serious theater”, well-respected organizations?

I just wanted to be clear on that, because, amazingly, I’m not sure with whom, amongst the many Tucson theater-goers I know, I shall attend. I am a Python-Geek(1), defined as “someone who has memorized all the skits”, and most of my peeps are not. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ When I think of one or two or three people I’d love to share this magnificent, culturally significant event with, I only come up with people who roll their eyes when I mention Monty Python. ๐Ÿ™„ I fully realize that Python is not to everyone’s taste. ๐Ÿ˜• However, even though one or two of my friends might attend this play with me if I ask them, I refuse to go with an eye-roller! I’d rather go alone! Which I may do. (There is no shame in that!)

I’m also a Star Trek geek. (I told you I was going to talk about science, too!) Therefore, with this overly verbose bit of background out of the way, I’ll explain my post title:

(“I feel Musey! Oh, so Musey! I feel Musey, and Newsy and Glib!”)

So, “Musey“. This is an affectionate, diminutive, nickname for my blog name, “Muse”, which had already been contracted early on by some of my incredibly affectionate and diminutive readers.

So, “Psilon“. I thought I had made up this word. I wanted it to rhyme with “Cylon” (see below) but also have it relate to “psi” phenomena because the title sounded cool that way. Behold! a Wikipedia entry on the very term! “A Psilon is a unit of length that is equal to 44 manly strides or, less precisely, 0.025 miles (a quarter of a tenth of a mile).” However: “This article’s factual accuracy is disputed.Nevertheless, I had to practice my “manly strides” in my living room to see how far 40 of them would really take me. Unfortunately, my room is only four “manly strides” long (if I’m doing the “manly” part of the stride, right. Wait a minute; isn’t “Stride Rite” a brand of baby shoes? How did they get into a post about striding Manfully?) So, in order to perform 44 “manly strides” I had to go ’round and ’round my living room four times (the circumference being ten “manly strides”, or would be if I walked right over the sofa as well as the television cabinet). After thus going ’round and ’round, and beginning to feel considerably less “manly” at each turn, I gave up on the “psilon” as a useful measure of anything; agreeing completely with the Wikicritic.

Still, there is the aurally identical “Cylon” to consider.ย  “Cylon stands for Cybernetic Lifeform Node” and is a term to describe cybernetic workers and soldiers in the television series Battlestar Galactica. For months; nay, years, I tormented my friends (both sci-fi fans, and not such) with the query “How do you know I’m NOT a Cylon? (You see, [if you haven’t watched Galactica, and if not, why not?] the latest evolution of Cylons [and yes, I used the term “evolution” deliberately] look identical to humanoids!)

And finally, the last word, “Blogalot“, I believe, is fairly self-explanatory(2)

Thank you for reading this far, if, in fact, you did. You have an incredible amount of fortitude and spamina stamina. ๐Ÿ˜€

1 The thing is, when I recite the sketches for some of these unenlightened friends, they do laugh. I can be a one-person show with this, using different silly voices for each role. I have mastered Silly Walkery (yes, I really did practice it) and I have a pet ant called ‘Eric’. (Alright, I made that last bit up.)
2 Camelot” (musical play) >Spamalot” (very silly musical play) > “Blogalot” (unforgivably silly blogger).

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***Broken news (from 2008) “Michael Palin to replace Sarah Palin on McCain/Palin ticket!” (This seems to have been just a rumor, but DO scroll down and watch the video.)

***In a related story “Michael Palin’s reaction to his ‘niece’ Sarah Palin’s nomination”. (I didn’t know she was his ‘niece’! Did you?)

***In a somewhat related story, John Cleese tells how he’d thought Michael was the funniest Palin; his place has been usurped. With Cleese’s commentary on the American politcal system. Candid; estute; inflammatory—quite Cleese.

***My aplolgies for excessive linkism in this post. I imagine I’ll get back to normal one of these times.

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So from now on your want to be called Musey? (sounds like a Disney character).
You better enter ‘absurd science’ as a tag.
I might do that just for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Nooooo, I don’t want to be called Musey, now, poch! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ That was just for this one post, as it sort of alludes to “Monty”. At least in my somewhat…unusual mind. I’m glad you asked, though, in case people started doing it!
I do like that tag “absurd science”. It’s got me thinking about more posts, already! ๐Ÿ˜›

I just don’t know what to say…but wow! Okay I DO have more to say.
What a delightful post! I was actually shocked, to be honest. Thinking okay, who kidnapped Muse?
I know plenty of Monty Python fans, I am sorry to say I am not one. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
I tried, I really did. But if this is what happens when you watch them, then I’m all for it! I just loved seeing this ‘new’ side of you! Too fun!

I did watch all the video’s when I first read your post from my surfer. I did laugh at the “Michael Palin’s Reaction” and John Cleese was great!

Glad that they are coming to your State and you will be able to see them! I love comedy and laughing! Imagine life without it? I am still smiling even now over your post. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for science, I did like Quantum Leap <—-(even have the book) and Star Wars! Does that count?

Anyway, Thanks for a wonderful post!

Such a fun post! You mention liking Star Trek, have you watched the Big Bang Theory on CBS? It’s a comedy that makes references to things like Star Trek and things in science all the time. It’s absolutely hilarious! Love your take on comedy, it really does shake us up!

Musey it is ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun post! Enjoyed reading it ๐Ÿ˜€

That was fun, Musey! Especially the indirect reference to my favorite musical, West Side Story.

44 manly strides, eh? I guess I’ll have to ask Mr. Knife Skills to take 44 paces…

Love John Cleese. Here’s my favorite ditty from him:

Ode to Sean Hannity
by John Cleese

Aping urbanity
Oozing with vanity
Plump as a manatee
Faking humanity
Journalistic calamity
Intellectual inanity
Fox Noise insanity
Youโ€™re a profanity
Hannity

Hehe, Glad you found your words, BD! Ooooh, shock?!? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Cool. ๐Ÿ˜Ž I do have my odd moments! I knew you weren’t a Pythonite; it is a rather peculiar, um, I mean, particular taste. I like you anyway. But, I’m not inviting you to see Spamalot with me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ That Cleese interview is something isn’t it? Don’t hold back, John, tell us what you really think! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, Quantum Leap definitely counts. I loved that series. I think they’re re-running it on the SciFi channel; I’ve caught a few snippets lately.

Thank you, Shane. I had fun writing it. I don’t know what gets into me, sometimes. I have seen Big Bang Theory. ๐Ÿ™‚ Geek power! And thanks for your comedy comment, too. I think we all can use a nudge in the ribs from time to time.

OK, Apar. I know. I have no one to blame but myself. ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad you enjoyed it!

Thanks, elley! (oops) Yeah, what the heck IS a “manly stride”, anyway? If Mr. KS has the answer, let me know. I saw on the Tonys Sunday, that there is a bi-lingual Westside playing now! I see that Mr. Cleese doesn’t have much respect for some American journalism. (Manatee?!? –snicker) I am a fanity. ๐Ÿ˜‰

That was never any 5 minutes!

David: Yes it was!
That’s it. Thank you. Good Morning. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ve seen the new WSS cast on TV a couple times doing various numbers. They were fabulous. Different, but wonderful.

I think Mr. Cleese has every respect for journalists. As far as I know, he’s never written an ode to one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Now I’m hearing in my mind’s juke box those little mice singing, “You can do it, Cinderelly, you can do it…”)

ellaella: Good one. Watch out for those odes!
โ€œYou can do it, Cinderelly, you can do itโ€ฆโ€
—Ah! My work here is done. ๐Ÿ˜›

I also wanted to add that I loved all the sci fi too. Watched 2001 at least 35 times back in the 70s. Just finished watching Caprica. Seen that yet?

No, I haven’t yet, David, but I plan to {{exudes envy}} 2001 is way awesome. SciFi channel has a few new things coming up; can’t wait. And Eureka is back in July!!!


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