Decided to start over on Pottermore since I couldn’t remember my password or username for the account I created over a year ago. Last time it literally made me choose between Slytherin and Hufflepuff. Slytherpuffs, WHA WHAAAA! I chose Slytherin though based on house colors alone. I wasn’t really partial to either house. This time, I was sorted into Ravenclaw. This feels more right.
- First meeting of the summer with boss #1. Looks like this summer work is going to be pretty intense. At least this is the one job i’m getting paid for?
- Got sick after eating lunch. AWESOME. It turns out that the place that makes gluten free sandwiches is going to be closed the entire summer due to construction. This is very unfortunate.
- Met with boss #2 in the afternoon. Discussed guiding a field trip of 4th graders through an anthropology lesson tomorrow. Also, got three pretty cool research tasks to complete for his book. I get to go hunting through old newspapers using microfilm. NEW AND EXCITING EXPERIENCES!
- Emailed a mortuary as part of my research. Never expected to email a mortuary.
- Husband called me from Walmart to tell me that they do not sell the DVD version of the first Star Trek movie. You can however buy the blue ray version. UUUUGGGGGGHHHHH
- Made breakfast for dinner and baked a gluten free lasagna so I’ll have food to take in for lunch! It was the first lasagna I’ve ever made with out my mom, and it turned out pretty awesome!
Now to just hang out for the rest of the evening. It feels good to not have homework!
Star Trek is nearly 50 years old now and it’s been around for so long because I think it offers hope for us as a species. The thing people have always been attracted to (with Star Trek) is the idea that we might live beyond this age of conflict and uncertainty. And it’s not only that, but it’s also the ability to work together and live in a world where everyone is accepted no matter who you are.
The original series with Gene Roddenberry was incredibly progressive. It started barely 20 years after the end of World War II, with a Japanese officer aboard the Enterprise, a black woman in charge of an entire division, and a Russian on board—albeit in subordinate roles, but it was an incredibly progressive move. It offered this utopian idea of cooperation and that’s always going to be something to strive toward until we actually achieve it. In that respect, Star Trek will never go out of fashion.
David Foster Wallace was like, Art must be sincere! We must use every tool in the linguistic toolbox to cut through sentiment and dishonest cliche and build fresh ways to reveal the power and reality of unironized emotion.
And Mister Rogers was like, Basically the same thing, but without any shame or pretense or fear of sincerity.