...are doomed to repeat it.

First, I want to thank everyone for their advice RE Halo 3. I did go ahead and reserve a copy of Crackdown and I took the 360 to the UPS depot today and it is winging its way to Microsoft as we speak.

Earlier today I was listening to a BBC production of The Importance of Being Earnest, a play written by Oscar Wilde. Almost every other line was a clever witticism. Although it was written in 1895, it could easily have been written today.

I got a particular thrill when I heard the following exchange:

ALGERNON: Do you really keep a diary? I'd give anything to look at it. May I?

CECILY: Oh no. You see, it is only a young girl's record of her own thoughts and impressions and consequently meant for publication. When it appears in volume form I hope you will order a copy.

Yay! Sure, the technology of 2007 is better than it was in 1895, but teenagers still want to tell everyone in the entire world their deepest and innermost "secret" feelings and thoughts for some reason. I love humans.

I have to add that after listening to the play, and thinking about the fact that people really haven't changed over the last 150 years, I couldn't get a related Monty Python line out of my head. The one that goes: "Your majesty is like a stream of bat's piss. A stream of gold while all around is dark." Very witty. Very witty indeed.

Yes. Well. So much for me trying to feel scholarly.

Speaking of history repeating itself, I wanted to share the lyrics to the theme song for the Chicago Bears, "Bear Down Chicago Bears". Not nearly as clever as anything written by Oscar Wilde. But now you can sing along with the music should they play it during the game.

Bear down, Chicago Bears, make every play clear the way to victory;
Bear down, Chicago Bears, put up a fight with a might so fearlessly.
We'll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T-formation.
Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you're wearing the crown.
You're the pride and joy of Illinois, Chicago Bears, bear down.

Stirring, isn't it? No? Really? Hm. You're no fun.

Ah well. I hear that everyone says Indianapolis is favored to win, but "everyone" has been wrong before. I've heard that some feel Chicago has a better chance of hosting the Olympics if the Bears win. I actually would prefer Chicago not to win the bid to host the Olympics, as I would just as soon keep Chicago off the world radar.

My impression is that most of the rest of the world thinks of 1920s gangsters when Chicago is mentioned, which is fine with me. Because I figure if a bunch of wacky terrorists bent on jihad against the US are trying to decide which major city to attack, they're going to think of New York, Washington DC, Hollywood or Disneyland. I just can't imagine that Chicago would make the top five list. But if we get the Olympics... yikes.

Besides, we don't really need to build an Olympic village that would be torn immediately down after the Olympics (which is what Mayor Daley has proposed). Not when there are so many public housing projects to tear down and turn into 2 million dollar condos!


But I digress. I'm sure the game will be fun to watch on Sunday, and I'll be happy for whatever team that wins. Because come on, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin are one big blurry area to the rest of the country. We Midwesterners have to stick together.


Tonight Spyton and I bought and watched some episodes of "The Office" from iTunes (Benjamin Franklin is credited with the invention of bifocal glasses!) and then decided to spend some quality family time playing World of Warcraft. We decided to start over on Thunderhorn (our usual server) and just be ourselves. The seething masses have all moved on to higher level areas so we had the place to ourselves. Here we are dancing like idiots with no one around to make fun of us.
It's just like real life, but less aerobic. And to be fair, the frame rate in game is much better.

I'll end with another quote by Oscar Wilde. I like this one because it is leant credence simply by the act of being quoted. There's something satisfying about that:

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
-Oscar Wilde


Today's Vocabulary Words
Oscar Wilde
Benjamin Franklin