November 1st, 2005

krazy koati

Zombies were having fun

Halloween, by the way, came and went with most of the visible activity on TV, where most any show featuring ghosts, zombies, or were-cows (see Dave The Barbarian, where the goal of the one casting the were-cow spell on Dave was less to unleash an unspeakably evil curse as it was to make Dave look ridiculous; it soon spirals into that most dread of creatures, the were-gym-teacher). Trick-or-treating hasn't quite caught on yet, although it's trying, and is making nice little inroads from the psychological beachhead of westerners.

As a holiday it was actually more celebrated Saturday, which is probably more convenient. People in the apartment complex who wanted to be tricked-or-treated were to buy a pumpkin and put it on their door, so kids could easily find them. And on the elevators were posters saying what floors had valid trick-or-treat spots. This seems to take the sport out of it, but does save the sanity of people who don't get into the whole thing.

The only costumers I saw were along Orchard Road, where a few random clumps of women dressed in non-matching costumes wandered about, in a bunch of (say) angel, cat, and flight attendant. I'm not sure if this was actual normal people or if it was a marketing promotion. People in costumes on Orchard Road are not rare events.

Meanwhile today I somehow managed to write up two sets of lecture notes, write two exams, and one homework assignment, despite a recitation section and a lecture. I'm not ever this productive; I don't know what happened this time around.

Trivia: Auguste Comte's reform ``Calendrier Positiviste'' dedicated November to the abstract concept of the priest, and the concrete person of René Descartes. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, E.G. Richards.

Currently Reading: Signor Marconi's Magic Box, Gavin Weightman.