Thursday, November 30, 2006

Britney Spears and more on the ancient computer

I'm not sure if I should be allowed to laugh at this, because that just seems mean-spirited. Nevertheless, Britney Spears on Antigone (more at Christie's). To be fair, I've seen worse spelling and grammar (unfortunately!).

Perhaps this is just even funnier to me because Troy the Musical (two more days left!) includes a Britney Spears song.

In more enlightening news, there's more on the Antikythera Mechanism (the ancient computer) at Nature, as well as a podcast that includes a reproduced sound of the machine (about 2/5s of the way in).

13 Comments:

Blogger Alexandra P said...

You've got the Britney link as the Troy link... I haven't seen the Troy stuff yet, and would like to!

Thanks for the Brit link, though... although I do teach 15 year olds who are as bad or worse than that, without having the 'excuse'...

12:14 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Yegads! I'll fix that!

6:31 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

And yeah, I've seen 15 year olds do worse, sadly.

6:31 AM  
Blogger nazanin said...

Hannah! is that you!?!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone laugh at the writings of a child in such a way? I saw the link earlier today and thought the same thing of the comments on the page that led me to it. Does the fact that the child who wrote it is now a seemingly air-headed pop-star make it okay?

7:25 PM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

I know a Hannah, but I am not Hannah. ;-)

8:23 PM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Re: anon

Even so, she was old enough that she could have and should have written something better than that. And I do have to agree with the person who said somewhere that it's quite absurd that of all the things she could have auctioned off, that's one of them--as if she as an adult now still thinks it was a good essay.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Myrtle Hocklemeier said...

"Why would anyone laugh at the writings of a child in such a way?"

Cough...snort

8:27 PM  
Blogger Myrtle Hocklemeier said...

"if she as an adult now still thinks it was a good essay."

It was the teacher thought it was good enough to merit the grade of B (88%)

8:32 PM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Well, yeah, but she's old enough now to look back at that essay and decide that maybe it isn't so good that it should be auctioned off for the world to see.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

And to clarify: half the reason this is even funny to me is the Britney Spears/Classics connection, which--as I stated earlier--is also in Troy the Musical.

Also, I don't so much consider Britney Spears (or anyone else) as a teenager to be a "child." I have friends not much older, and I remember that age pretty well myself. She should have been able to write better than that at that age.

However, I did reserve my laughing, because, yes, it is mean-spirited, and also because I think the real problem is the teacher who gave it an 88% and the stage mother who didn't allow her a better education.

The posting of the link here was not meant so much as a "come and laugh!" as a link between a pop star and the Classics (which, again, amused me because of Troy the Musical).

In conclusion: I'm not really laughing, though I can understand why some people would, and the real problem is less with Britney herself and more with those who were responsible for her education at the time.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Philip said...

WHAT is happening to Britney Spears? I can’t understand this need for this negative attention! ARGH!!! Paris Hilton is looking wonderful next to the new (old) Britney right? I also want to note that there are pictures on the web of Brit-Brit coming out of a car flashing her hoo-haa without panties. I will not post them here. But I’ve seen them and have forever been changed.

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11:53 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

It really does make you wonder.

12:04 PM  

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