Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Wednesday Odds & Ends: Mobius bagels, old school "Star Trek," Mr. Burns and master's degrees

+ I need to go buy some six or seven thousand test bagels right now. Why? Because apparently it's possible to cut them into Mobius strips which is pretty much the coolest thing ever. Thing of the cream cheese possibilities!

+ Speaking of cheese, SFX Magazine was touting this original "Star Trek the Motion Picture" making-of featurette this morning on Twitter. I'm pretty sure the guy who narrated it is the same guy who narrated every single short film ever created in the 1970s. Also, there's shots of a slim Shatner chewing gum. Le rowr.

+ Rumor has it that John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway might be joining the cast of "Spider Man 4."

+ Did you know that "The Simpsons" Mr. Burns won the write-in vote for New York City mayor in this year's election? He earned 10 percent of the vote, snatching victory from the likes of such fictional and dead luminaries as Mickey Mouse, Alfred E. Newman and Sleeping Beauty. Thanks, Megan, for the link!

+ If you were a fan of Spaulding Gray, this might spark your interest: Steven Soderbergh has made a documentary on Gray and it's set to debut at this year's Slamdance festival. I saw a few of Gray's stage shows in Ann Arbor way back when, and he was an extraordinary performer. I'm looking forward to this film.

+ If I had a million dollars, I'd go to college forever and earn ridiculous degree after ridiculous degree. Should that ever happen, Mental Floss has composed a handy list of "13 Incredibly Focused Graduate Programs." I'd love to see video of what happens when some 22 year old kid announces to his parents that he'd like a few extra bucks to earn that Beatles master's degree. Hilarity and weeping ensues...


Kim Shoaf said...

I graduated from AppState--the Appalachian Studies path has been around for quite some time...just never thought I'd see my university on that list! :D

Liz said...

Isn't it funny when stuff like that crops up? I'd heard of the Appalachian Studies degree, and it sounds pretty cool. And hey, students get to go to Wales - that's an added bonus!

JulieDownUnder said...

Recreation/leisure programs aren't that uncommon, really. Or maybe I'm just touchy because I have an undergrad degree in Rec/Park/Tourism Science and a Masters in Protected Area Management.

Heather said...

I'm a senior at AppState and have met a few people in that program. I'm surprised that we didn't land on the list for the Interdisciplinary Studies program, which is pretty much create-your-own-program.

And yet I chose journalism, haha.