July 10th, 2005

krazy koati

I shall not go alone on my way

A thought leftover from yesterday -- I look really good in academic robes. In fact, it might be the only outfit in which I really look good. I think it's something in the beard and height. As students walked across the stage, the TV camera was posed so that my head happened to fit above the row of everyone else's, and surrounded in cap and gown (no hood, though, more's the pity) I just looked the part of reasonably wise professor.

Meanwhile all week students have been wandering around getting pictures taken in cap and gown. They almost invariably unclasp the robes while walking to different photogenic spots. This creates the effect of a lush green campus on some really beautiful days having flocks of vampires drifting around in the breeze, and I like that.

Separately, Disney Channel is advertising some animated Lion of Oz movie, and I'm torn between watching it of curiosity and fleeing from what certainly looks and sounds like a generic Oz-flavored movie about learning to believe in yourself. It's got the voices of Tim Curry and Dom DeLuise, almost guaranteeing extruded animation product. On another note I found a ``classics of early film'' DVD (which I haven't picked up yet) promising the first filmed version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, though I'm not sure which version they mean by this, since I have a faint recollection that another silent-film version, thought lost, was rediscovered recently.

Trivia: Tiros I transmitted 22,592 pictures during its 1,302 orbits of Earth. Source: Exploring Space with a Camera, Edgar M Cortright, NASA SP-168.

Currently Reading: Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book, Gerard Jones.