In this modern life there is no trauma quite like losing your cell phone. Especially when it isn't just a cell phone but your phone book and appointment calendar and digital camera - none of which has been backed up within recent memory.
Southern Man lost his cell phone while at work this evening.
And after some frantic scrambling about and checking of classrooms and offices and bathrooms he went out to the parking lot thinking that he might have left it in the pickup or - worse - dropped it in the parking lot while juggling his various bags and such. It wasn't in the cab. And then on impulse he glanced into the truck bed and there it was, tucked up in a corner by the bundle of rope. Suthern Man had indeed dropped that phone in the parking lot by the truck, and some kind soul picked it up and put it in the bed.
Whoever you are, thank you very much. And Southern Man will pass that kindness on to others as best he can.
Southern Man tries to keep the YouTube posts to a minimum, but this was much too funny to pass up. Bonus points if you recognize all of the episodes, and not Southern Man's fault if you spend the rest of the day following links.
Southern Man's formative years were spent having his fool head filled with Malthusian doomsday predictions such as Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb, which predicted that overpopulation and the inability of agriculture to keep pace with population growth would inevitably lead to famine and death, particularly in the Third World. Fortunately, Borlaug wasn't having any because he was busy inventing high-yield agriculture and teaching it to the rest of the world. His lifelong research in agriculture and high-yield strains of crops such as wheat led to revolutions in agriculture in Mexico, Pakistan, India, and elsewhere in Asia and Africa, transforming impoverished nations from from food importers to agricultural self-sufficiency. He probably saved a billion lives over the last five decades, and he's a big part of the reason that food is more plentiful and less expensive than in any time in history. Not to mention forcing poor Dr. Ehrlich to continually revise his book.
So why does Southern Man mention this American hero?
Southern Man reads a lot of blogs. A lot of blogs, of every stripe, liberal and conservative, popular and unpopular, known and unknown. Yes, it's a rough life but someone has to do it. And he noted that of the blogs he read today, stories mourning Borlaug's passing and honoring his accomplishments appear almost exclusively on conservative / libertarian blogs; his passing has gone virtually unmentioned on liberal blogs.
Seeing this one was a bit of an accident; Southern Man and Wife were 'way up on the north side for appointments, needed to return later that afternoon to pick up Southern Man's Youngest, and decided to take a late-lunch-and-a-matinée instead. And since Southern Man had heard that District 9 was getting great reviews, we took a chance on that one.
District 9 takes an old premise - alien spacecraft appears over a major city on Earth - and runs it in totally unexpected directions. While there are plenty of nods to worthy predecessors in the genre, D9 resembles none of them. South African actor Sharlto Copely is superb as a manager in an alien-resettlement operation who almost comically clutches to the security of the rules and regulations of his orderly bureaucracy even as his superiors betray him and his world (not to mention his very existence) crumbles around him. D9 is energetic, intriguing, inventive, and challenging; go see it now and pick up the DVD when it comes out.
posted by Southern Man @ 8:35 PM
is a thirtysomething*CS/STEM educator in the Midwestern USA. After many years at church-affiliated liberal-arts universities he now teaches at a state school (lower salary, better benefits, and hardly any drama at all) and works in a building named for a dead politician.
He started blogging in the summer of 2006 shortly after his wife of sixteen years divorced him and this blog began as an account of
how he copes with the unsettling process of learning how to live as a single parent and deal with visitation and physical custody and all the other stuff that comes with divorce
and has evolved into an outlet for writing about his adventures and opinions on travel, geocaching, politics, religion, film, music, relationships, preparations for the upcoming zombie apocalypse, and whatever.
*Southern Man will be stating his age in hexadecimal until further notice.