Monday, December 19, 2005

A household of geeks

My husband and I have been all over Asmiov's robot stories of late. We were watching the movie I, Robot last night, and musing as to why noone has made adaptations of the Caves of Steel series, which we thought would adapt well to the big screen.

Somehow, the discussion morphed into positronic brains, and I said something about my positronic brain. My husband replied by saying "you have a negatronic brain". I looked at him in dismay, wondering what in the hell he meant by that. He explained that because I always had such a negative attitude about things, there is no way I could have a positronic brain.

I'm not sure which is worse, the insult itself, or the geeky context of the insult.

4 comments:

St. Caffeine said...

Two comments in one day, can you tell my finals are over and my grades submitted?

I recently watched "I Robot" and one little thing has been bugging me. Now it's been a LONG time since I read it, but in the movie the scientist guy goes to great lengths to get the Will Smith character to show up and find his hologram. The hologram then gives him veiled clues about what's really going on.

What's been bothering me is that if the doc could make this hologram that Will Smith would find, why not have the hologram just tell him what's going on? Was it because "they" would have destroyed the hologram if he'd tried that? If "they" were going to do that, then I can't see why they'd let a "veiled clues" hologram through anyway.

See, this is why I don't watch movies.

Michael said...

Well, in the case of Asimov's books, the books are far better than the movie version of I, Robot. Go and get the books and read them all...and then be thankful that Hollywood hasn't massacred them as films yet.

adfjkaj said...

Mel,

What I've found is that Greek people misunderstand our (AMERICANS) comments for negativity. My wife is constantly getting upset with me because I tease her with my negative comments.

I tried to explain that in our culture, some complaining, and ribbing is not really unhealthy and it's something that friends do. How many times have I had my American friends harass me for doing something stupid, but God forbid I would try to do that to any of my Greek friends because (it's happened), they get insulted with criticism (even in a joking or ribbing way), or at least confused and hurt.

Since it's your husband I'm sure he was just kidding you about being negative and maybe he's just truly learned the American Man Way of ribbing a friend of spouse.

It's a catch 22 for me. Living in Greece has made me very cynical at times so I have to try to remember that cynicism is not taken with a grain of salt here but rather to heart, and thus I have to be extra careful not to offend with my negativism.

melusina said...

I think the hologram couldn't have all the information in it, at least that is the way I saw it.

My husband and I have been reading tons of Asimov, partially because when we first saw the movie we loved it. Of course, we realized that the movie is more of an amalgamation of a lot of Asimov's robot stories, but we still like the movie a lot. It looks good, the philosophical idea of the "free" robot is an interesting one, and he saves the cat! Gotta love a movie where the hero saves a cat.

Yes, Scruffy, my husband was teasing me, and I knew it. I just thought it was funny, and so horribly geekish. Although I am really a terribly negative person. I accept it, I am proud of it, even. =p