Apr. 22nd, 2011

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We watched The Truman Show in my CS class today, as part of a project on advertising and the media. I told my students that this movie was particularly interesting because, being released in 1998, it really hit before the big "reality TV craze" of the early millennium, and at the time raised some serious philosophical questions about what constitutes privacy and what right we have to safeguard our private lives from public opinion. Which probably would have opened up a very interesting discussion had their response not been "1998? Oh my god, that's so old."

You cut me to the quick, kids. I was a freshman in high school in 1998, but I am not old. Just so you know, the other day, when I bought The King's Speech at Wal-Mart, the cashier carded me because her register told her to check for I.D. before she potentially sold an R-rated movie to a minor. ("Now, honey, I know you ain't seventeen, but I've gotta' make extra sure.") So there.

I don't plan on doing much this evening. We're supposed to be getting an impressive line of thunderstorms later, so I'm going to try to write as much as possible before the lightning arrives and forces me to shut down my computer. No new news on the summer in Vermont, and I am starting to doubt that it will happen this year; the timing's just off and there's still so much for me to do here before I pack up and go somewhere else. (I still haven't started looking at health care plans -- or even gotten a library card.) If it's meant to be, it will find a way to happen. I've just got to do the best I can in the meantime.

And, in a move that was quite unlike me (but not in a bad way), I accepted an invitation of a co-worker to join her for church services this Easter Sunday. And, also unlike me, I think I'm actually looking forward to it. Plans to go home and see my family sort of fell apart this year and, for the first year in -- well, ever -- my extended family isn't getting together for the holiday. Maybe this is the reason.

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