Monday, March 03, 2008

And the science gets done

Well, we can finally put all the bloggy bluster behind us.

It sure was fun while it lasted, what with the more prudish parochially minded bloggers trumping up specious accusations and calling for boycotts and whatnot. Made for some fun back and fourth.

But thankfully there are more rational, curious science-minded people in the city (probably most of them from the Kansas side) as evidenced by the weekend sellout of the Bodies Revealed exhibit at Union Station.
The exhibit about the human body had 4,700 visitors from Friday through Sunday, bringing the number of tickets already sold to more than 22,000.
The pre-opening discussion about the educational exhibit probably didn't change any minds. Those who think the human body is grotesque probably still think so.

But I'm encouraged to know that at least one local blogger, none other that Tony himself, had a change of heart. Tony has finally come to the conclusion that the dead shouldn't be exploited without their consent.

This is a great evolutionary leap for Tony, who will no longer use posts about murder victims and the victims of fatal accidents (without their consent, of course) to try to increase his page views.

I just think it's super that this exhibit has already had such a positive effect on the community.

In honor of this achievement and to commemorate the exhibit itself, I think it's appropriate to play Jonathan Coulton's Still Alive.

This was a triumph
I'm making a note here: huge success
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction
Aperture Science
We do what we must because we can
For the good of all of us
Except the ones who are dead
But there's no sense crying over every mistake
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake
And the science gets done and you make a neat gun
For the people who are still alive

I'm not even angry
I'm being so sincere right now
Even though you broke my heart and killed me
And tore me to pieces
And threw every piece into a fire
As they burned it hurt because
I was so happy for you
Now these points of data make a beautiful line
And we're out of beta, we're releasing on time
So I'm glad I got burned, think of all the things we learned
For the people who are still alive

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  1. So delicious and moist

  2. I've seen the Body Works exhibit, and I agree that people should be able to see it if they want. But, just because someone doesn't want to see this, it doesn't make them prudish.

    If you keep name-calling, you're going to turn into Tony Jr :)

  3. Ouch, that's a low blow Michelle.

    I'd rather be called a parochial prude than Tony Jr any day. I mean DAY-UM!

    But srsly, I wasn't really trying to offend anyone (although I wasn't really trying NOT to either). I guess I just assume that everyone who posts a blog has a pretty thick skin anyway, so there's no harm in a little friendly ribbing (<-That's a pun... "ribbing"... Bodies Revealed... get it?).

    Anycrap, I was hoping that this post was lighthearted enough not to be taken too seriously. I was really just trying to construct a setup that would allow me to point out Tony's supreme hypocrisy.

    Unfortunately, sometimes I'm too subtle for my own good.

    I'd better stop this comment before I start offending people again.


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