# A simple flaw in so-called feminist theory?

It struck me on the way to work this morning that what a lot of women hate more than being seen as an object is being seen as invisible. Obvious really, pardon the metaphoric joke.

Personally, I much prefer to be invisible (well apart from this blog, but I get very few comments;-) to being an object.

# Camp Robin Hood gets hit by the snow

Just heard that Camp Robin Hood in New Hampshire where I worked in the kitchens back in 1986 has been hit by the snow so bad it demolished the dinnign hall. Of course for those of us who worked in the kitchens the fact it was on a different level, with a nice wlak up stairs with heavey hot food, gave us legs of iron by the end of the summer. Anyhow, enough — on to the video starring Chuck himself. Would be good if they took a pic of all the banners and posted them on YouTube?!

# The film ’21′

Having seen ’21′ I enjoyed the references to basic maths, changing variables, and non-linear solutions in a cultural (as opposed to a maths) way. Also loved the bit at the end where Laurence Fishburne is in his retirement gear, poolside, reading the newspaper upside down.

On a lateral note it struck me this could be viewed as an example of complexity-maths, but as I’m no mathematican I’m not sure:

“Avraham Trakhtman has ended the mystery of the Road Colouring Problem by proving the theory of a “universal map” which allows a journey to end at a certain destination whatever the starting point by following the same instructions.

“In a diagrammatic version of the conjecture – now a theorem thanks to Professor Trakhtman – a 16-line graph forming one square and eight triangles, with the lines coloured red or green, includes two vertices, each representing different destinations. Following the route “blue red red” repeated three times always leads to one, and following “blue, blue red” always leads to the other, whatever the starting point.

“Professor Trakhtman said that it took him a year to solve the problem. But he insisted to AP: “The solution is not that complicated. It’s hard, but it is not that complicated. Some people think they need to be complicated. I think they need to be nice and simple.”

# Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry

OK, I thought punk-inspired ‘Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry’ was an interesting film. Here’s the interview from 2002 with director Paul Tickell.

Not just another day at the office.

# Happy Xmas!

Happy Xmas, we’re off on hols (once we’ve dug the car out — thanks to Ted Wu from Able for the image)…

# The briefest history of slogans

Funny how slogans, the epitome of modernism, have survived so well into the 21st century. Americans are fantastic at slogans, and talk like sloganeers. “Success is a choice”, “your beauty gives me strength” etc.

# Does Gore deserve the Nobel Prize?

Enjoyed the Channel 4 News debate last night between Professor Hume, Jon Snow and Tony Juniper. I could see what Professor Hulme was saying, that the issue was more complex than Gore had portrayed it. Couldn’t help but feel that everyone seemed to have a portion of the truth, but no one had the monopoly on it. Also can’t help but feeling we’re looking at it like a technical problem, with technical solutions, which bearing in mind that’s the mindset is probably as good as it gets. But I guess there’s always the unexpectedly creative solution, but that’s got to be hard to come by. Be interesting to see how the great and the good respond over time to climate change, bearing in mind the complexity and what’s at stake.

# “I said the gophers, not the golfers!”

Certainly enjoyed the Farrell Brothers ‘The Heartbreak Kid’. Trivia alert: loved the film’s reference to the gopher being a bit fake from ‘Caddyshack’. A nice joke against all those guys who totally miss the point in life — it doesn’t matter that the gopher looks fake! It’s great its fake! It’s funny you worry it looks fake!