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I pretty much hate these shows. Ancient Aliens is probably the best one in the genre.


this guy


I got sucked in because they interviewed Brian Greene, and I like Brian Greene. I have one of his books.

I mean, he can make relativity feel intuitive. He’s that good. So why did they need a theoretical physicist? So they could handwave away how alien abductees could be abducted without being gone long enough for anyone to notice them missing. It’s relativity, don’t you know.

Sigh. That’s kind of the pattern with these shows, you know? The facts are all fine, and what people see is probably what they saw – except nothing fits together in a way that makes sense.

Here’s another:

Forty-seven percent of Americans believe in UFOs…3.7 million people have experience with an unidentified flying object.

From the show. Here’s the thing. Even in the first episode, Dana Scully believed in UFOs.

Mulder didn’t believe in UFOs. He believed in aliens*.

I’m in that boat. All it takes to make a UFO is ignorance. Don’t know what it is? OK, it’s a UFO.

It will take much more than that to convince me you’ve found an alien.


*okay, I feel like I have to cite this. Fred Clark made this point better than me.


So I was in the car on my way to work this morning (shut up, I’m not a workaholic I’m dedicated). One ad for Chrysler said,

…Everything is [better?] in Los Angeles. Even the weather is held to a higher standard.  So how did a car out of Motor City get its big break? Same way as everyone else – earn it.

Uh, no. I’m not stupid. People in Los Angeles get their break because of good advertising. Which Chrysler obviously knows, because that was an ad.  Situational Irony fail.

Summary here.

I had company over, so we decided to watch something everyone could tolerate.  Mr. Suspicious had been working his way through old Frasier episodes on Netflix, so we settled on that.

And I have to say, it’s not a bad show.

Well, one complaint. I don’t really like “embarrassment comedy”. You know the kind I mean? The kind where we’re all laughing because the hero is just. so. awkward. That’s me too often, so I’m wincing when everyone else is laughing.

I actually mentioned this during the show.

Me: You know, I feel awful for these guys. They’re just so…

Mike: Gay.

Me: *choke* If you say so.

I wanted to go all social justice crusader on them.  I could have pointed them at the facts, that they each have romantic plotlines with women.  I could have been outraged, calling them out on worn-out stereotypes and cheap jabs.

Probably should have.