September 5th, 2007

krazy koati

Complications, accusations, a world of cheap sensations

I spent some time watching prepackaged commercial entertainment, since my brother and his wife were feeling too tired to really go out and do anything. She admitted this was weird because they didn't do anything that exerting most of the week, and my brother particularly spent most of the time sleeping a lot. I think that a vacation of any kind is stimulating enough that it becomes exhausting even if it was restful on its own and when you get back home it's enough of a relief you don't want to move for a couple days. That sentence made sense in my head and that's all that it needs to do.

Part of what we watched was the Superfriends episode ``The Incredible Space Circus'', which I highly recommend because it shows the Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, at their most incompetent ever. I realize that may sound like ``the biggest infinity ever'', but it's true. And the rest of the Superfriends don't fare much better. If you've never seen it, it's the episode where Zan accidentally mutates himself into a tree. And not a very smart tree. But while the episode is bad it is at least spectacularly bad, with a plot which derails so hopelessly and so often that it becomes exciting because there's no way to guess what lunatic thing is going to come next. If you were guessing psychic researchers leading Superman to a world of E.T.-like turtle aliens who -- well, there's no sense spoiling it, since it can't be summarized.

My sister-in-law agreed on seeing this that the Superfriends DVDs were indeed suitable gifts for this friend of my brother's who has been into the Superfriends for a long time. In fact, when my brother first met this friend, he was put off by this Superfriends fandom since my brother thought it was too juvenile to hang out with a guy who still had Superfriends dolls and played with them and watched the cartoon eagerly. My brother first met this friend when the both of them were eight years old. My brother has since admitted that perhaps he was too hasty and playing with superhero toys might have been an age-appropriate activity after all.

Trivia: A fire begun in a Lehigh, Pennsylvania anthracite coal mine in 1859 burned for another 82 years. Source: Coal: A Human History, Barbara Freese.

Currently Reading: The Boeing 247: The First Modern Airliner, F Robert van der Linden.