I would so watch that movie.
In fact, I think I'll start a thing on Facebook about how, in the Chinese alphabet, the ideograms for "opportunity" and "curiosity" are identical.
And I'll illustrate it with the ideogram for "dork" so that people who read Chinese can get a laugh from the resulting tattoos.
I don't blame myself too much, because NASA/JPL tinkers with both rovers and it's hard to keep up.
Which mandatory pause in the action put me in mind of this classic Norm from 1998.
And which also convinces me that, if Opportunity does turn on us, that'll probably be why.
Speaking of techy humor
Okay, today's Big Nate isn't on a geek level with knowing what's-what at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but it's a refreshing oasis of currency amid the usual cultural references to things you have to be 40 to remember and gags that mock young people for having smartphones.
Though I doubt many of them see the strips first run in the newspaper, as was referenced here a few weeks ago.
Extra points, though, for the fact that he not only drops a hip, for-real reference but couches it such that even those who don't catch it can still enjoy the gag.
Juxtaposition of the Day
I laft at Benita Epstein's Chix gag today, but then realized that, actually, I do all that obsessive replaying and analyzing and agonizing over dates and random conversations, but not over job interviews.
Then I realized that she didn't specify that it was a job interview, so I was able to consider things like sit-down sessions with the Bobs, which is more of a "keep your job interview."
Even then, though, as Zimmerman wrote, you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
(And, to bring in Truth Facts, he said in the very same song, "Get dressed, get blessed, Try to be a success, Please her, please him, buy gifts, Don’t steal, don’t lift, Twenty years of schoolin’ And they put you on the day shift." Which is no reason not to lie in the interview, no, not as long as it gets you a job you're gonna hate.)
But here are the "tells" in a job interview:
If they start explaining the benefits, you're in.
If they don't say, "let me show you around" or "there's someone I'd like you to meet," you're out.
As for the Bobs, we got a new publisher at one paper and, at the punch-and-cookies session to introduce him, he shook my hand and told me how much he supported educational programs and I said, "I am so f***ed."
Not out loud, no, but I might as well have, because, sure enough, I was gone within six months.
I guess by the time you've got all that figured out, you're probably ready to retire anyway.
Can we talk?
Let's wrap things up with today's Pros & Cons.
I think what works with psychiatrist jokes is that, while the setting is the professional space, the gags are about self-doubt, self-image and the way we reveal ourselves, a potent combination.
Okay, wait, that's pretty much what all jokes are about.
But in this case, perhaps because Lyndon is an established character, the humor tends to focus more on the patients and the challenges of dealing with them, or, to stay in the metaphorical setting, dealing with a particular type of person.
Some relationships are set up in just this way, and often it works. There are people who like to dump and there are people who, if they were smart, would be charging $75 an hour because they get something out of being dumped on.
Howsoever, it's rarely that simple.
I had a close friend once, until I changed jobs and got into something I really liked and then it began to become apparent that our relationship was based on hating our lives. We'd dump on each other and that was pretty much the deal.
Once I became happy, not only did I have nothing to dump, but I realized that listening to a constant litany of misery became a downer that I didn't need.
Misery loves company, but, boy, it's gotta be mutual.
Or it will become mutual: