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.


LutheranChik said...

I read Stiff last year ago or so. I thought it was a great, thought-provoking and wry (it would almost have to be, considering the subject material) read. But the librarian sure looked at me funny when I checked it out.;-)

Anonymous said...

Coming from someone who was enrolled in mortuary school, let me just say, that book is awesome. I actually own it and I'll find myself gravitating to it over and over again. Wonderful! Of course, I've been known to read "those types of books."

Jeff Nelson said...

It is definitely one of the most interesting books I've read. Books about death and anatomy are interesting to me, for some reason. Honestly, I've been glued to it today.

And I got to the chapter on test dummies. I'm glad she included a discussion about notifying loved ones about what Uncle Joe is being used for, as I wonder whether they want to know or how much they want to know.

Jeff Nelson said...

Monica! Holy crap, I didn't realize who you were! Glad you found my site!:)

will smama said...

Well your review combined with the ones in the comments - sounds like I've got me a new book to read. That's two I have gotten from this site. Thanks.

Also, love the Honda ad... with computers now-adays is there any chance that bad boy was set up for real?

Jeff Nelson said...

That commercial is the real deal. It took over 600 takes to get right.:)

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