Friday, April 21, 2006

Pop Culture Roundup

Yesterday I started a new book entitled Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. Roach details some uses of cadavers donated to science. I've only read the first two chapters so far, which detail human heads being used by plastic surgeons for practice and a brief history of cadavers being used for anatomical study. The latter includes a history of grave-robbing for such purposes, which for quite a while was not declared illegal. One thesis that pervades her book is that we can still be of so much use after we die. For someone who is all in all quite squeamish about such things (yet does agree that we can be funny about dead people), I find this book absolutely fascinating so far. Her use of humor is wonderful. There's a chapter coming up on cadavers being used as crash dummies. I'll let you know how that goes.

We've started
Buffy Season 7, which finds the gang dealing with a new high school built on top of where the old one was (which also means it was built on the hellmouth). The big bad guy this season doesn't have a body per se, but can take the form of others. In the very first episode it made a speech while switching between forms of every big bad guy from previous seasons, which I actually found cool. In subsequent episodes, it has appeared as a dead girl from a previous episode, Buffy's mom, and Buffy herself. So basically, every major character from previous seasons seems to be set to make an appearance in the last season. Or at least it's possible through this shape-shifting eeeeevil thing. So far it's better than last season, but they still probably could have lopped it off after season five.

I've been listening to the
Disco Biscuits. They're all right. Not my favorite.

Around the web, I haven't seen this
Honda commercial in a while, but I got an e-mail about it the other day. It's still really cool.