innovation

The Marco Rubio Show (Flying Spaghetti Something)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, heads to the Senate floor for a vote on July 9, 2014. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“It’s not nation-building. We are assisting them in building their nation.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

This is a stupid joke: I almost thought Mr. Rubio was an atheist until the flying spaghetti hit the wall.

What? I said it was stupid, but when it comes to rhetorical innovation, randomly sticking clauses together with no regard for their functional compatibility is also pretty damn stupid.

Ladies and gentlemen, Marco Rubio.

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Walker, Hunter. “Marco Rubio just made another confusing comment about his Middle East policy”. Business Insider. 4 June 2015.

Extraneous

Detail of 'Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal' by Zach Weiner, 16 April 2015.

This is the question: Inevitability, or innovation?

That is to say, the whole anime/card-game declaration of a super power really does seem an amusingly inevitable innovation of an inevitable and probably overused joke.

Or perhaps it is not a question of innovation per se, but simple jealousy, rationalized and potentially with formed reaction, because I didn’t think of it first.

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Weiner Zach. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. 16 April 2015.

A Different Kind of Ouch

Detail of 'Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal' by Zach Weiner, 10 April 2015.Once again, the question arises whether or not you really want to know.

Or would it be enough to simply say … actually, you know what? I’ve got nothin’.

But if you need more (ahem!) detail, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to try to wrap your head around the idea of a local maxima in the context of this particular joke.

On second thought ....

You know, just blame Zach Weiner.

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Weiner, Zach. “Lagrange Wax”. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. 10 March 2015.

Wikipedia. “Lagrange multiplier”. 27 March 2015.

Not Quite Relationship Advice

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Remember always that intimate relationships discovered in a search for idyll will be perpetually compared against the idyll. Similarly, Zach Weiner notes, albeit perhaps unintentionally, that such relationships founded in ritual can really, really ruin the fun.

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Weiner, Zach. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. 20 September 2014.