My god, I have become what I mocked! Junior year, when we read “The Crucible,” the Buffy enthusiasts in the class made it clear the first day of discussion that Giles Corey’s name would be pronounced in the same manner as their favourite Watcher. I silently snickered at them from my seat. “What geeks!” I thought, without a trace of irony. And then yesterday, when we covered the Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co v. Sarony case, when one guy pronounced the name like “guiles,” I found myself almost biting my tongue to stop myself from automatically responding with my chosen pronunciation. I have come full circle in the arc of mockery.

But then, now that I think about it, I was guilty of “insistence upon fandom pronunciation in class” long before junior year. In 8th grade, when we read “My Antonia”, the X-Phile in me (dear gravy, I haven’t written the term “X-Phile” in years) requested to the teacher (also a fan) that Peter Krajiek’s name be pronounced like “Krycek,” which she agreed to.

Clearly, fandom ate my brain years ago and I therefore cannot be held responsible for any of my actions, unconscionably geeky as they may be. And now, back to homework!

P.S. Can one come “full circle” in an arc? I’m not taking Math this semester, and therefore am furthermore exempt from thinking about geometry. Tra-la!

*snorks* I just had this pointed out to me.

From “A Series of Unfortunate Events” book 10, The Slippery Slope:

“Busheney,” Sunny said, which meant something along the lines of, “You’re an evil man with no concern whatsoever for other people.”

Mmm, poisoning the minds of our children against the Administration one popular book series at at time…

Oscar Nominations! I quite approve, and I am quite amused that I’ve only seen one of the 5 films nominated for Best Picture, and none of those nominated for “Best Director”. I’m absolutely delighted (and not at all surprised) that “Ryan” was nominated for “Best Animated Short.” I saw it at Siggraph, and it’s amazing.

Tangentially related, here’s a nifty article from the March 2005 “Total Film” (not a clue why a March issue would be out now, but who am I to question?) on the fabulousness of Serenity and the lameness of recent Sci-Fi.

Also, wasn’t Bootstrap Bill supposed to be Orli’s spitting image? (Though the fact we have a Bootstrap Bill — unless we’re talking flashbacks — proves I was SO RIGHT and that BOOTSTRAP BILL LIVES! Because dude, he was left for dead after the curse was enacted. He couldn’t die!) Okay, I’m done.

Oh. I probably should have mentioned that Jonathan Sanger was our guest lecturer in Thursday’s Copyright class. So very awesome. He talked mostly about issues surrounding The Elephant Man, Vanilla Sky, and the upcoming movie of The Producers. Producing The Producers! How quaint. XD