Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Who uses it: Kids (especially in South Park) and others involved in the game most of us call "Rock, Paper, Scissors."
What it means: The game I call "Rock, Paper, Scissors," in which two people settle an argument by making a hand gesture in the shape of one of those three items; rock breaks scissors, paper covers rock, scissors cut paper.
How you can use it: Basic decision-making in almost any situation.

Okay, it's a goofy Term of Art, but I'm throwing it in because I was not familiar with this name for the game, the first time I heard the "South Park" kids use it. Also, on South Park, whenever someone says, "I'll Roshambo you for it," and the other person says, "Okay," that person winds up getting kicked in the groin -- so at first I thought that might be the secret meaning of "Roshambo," until someone enlightened me.

But I invite all of you to do a little basic research about Rock-Paper-Scissors online. Start at the official home page of the World Rock Paper Scissors Society, which hosts tournaments all over the world -- and some of these tournaments award real money! I can't believe I haven't seen this on ESPN2 yet. It just goes to show how far you can take even the most minor of obsessions.

In other news, Maine defeated Question 1 by a handy margin, but Gardiner defeated it by only 49 votes. Forty-nine votes? I don't know how many people actually voted in Gardiner yesterday, but still -- 49 votes?

That's shameful. I want to be open-minded about divergent political views, but it was hard to walk around downtown this morning and not shoot imaginary death rays at neighbors I suspected of voting "Yes." I've never been very good at tolerance of the intolerant.


Anna said...

How intolerant of you not to be tolerant of the intolerant.

Paul Tomme said...

A law professor once advised me never to underestimate the "Ain't no son-of-a-bitch gonna tell me what to do" factor. Most people have no desire to be hurtful, but they hate being lectured.

Yesterday in Texas, in a small town called White Settlement (which obtained its name from its origin as a frontier outpost amidst a population of Comanche), voters were asked to approve a name change to West Settlement, because the city council was ashamed of the name, and felt that it was bad for business. The proposition failed by a ratio of 9 to 1, and most of the city council will probably resign before the voters get a chance to reject them too.

AnswerGirl said...

People say we can't legislate morality, but the purpose of laws is to enforce moral boundaries. Left to themselves, humans behave badly; we form cliques, we steal from each other, we beat each other up and we dodge responsibility. Anti-discrimination laws exist to prevent and correct this behavior, and they should not be optional.

God save us from the tyranny of the majority.

Paul Tomme said...

What a coincidence. When one turns 40, one becomes eligible to file suit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Hey, there's an idea for a list--The Top Ten Things That Are Good About Turning Forty.

AnswerGirl said...

The advantage of self-employment is that I can say with perfect impunity and truth that my boss is an idiot who has no idea what she's doing most of the time. Suing my employer, however, would quickly become a metaphysical exercise...