Daily archives: March 18, 2004

Every great story has a Penguin in it

We were discussing this earlier. Who can possibly forget Mr. Darcy’s penguin, which accompanied him everywhere? Or that heart rending warming moment in Romeo and Juliet where the penguin gives young Romeo a helpful boost on the way up to Julie’s balcony? (It is a measure of the Bard’s genius that he could slip this in so effortlessly but at such a key moment in the story.)

Matrix 1 “What do you need?” “Penguins. Lots of penguins.” Excellent movie.

Matrix 2 & 3, no penguins- major disappointment.

Throw the penguin up the crevasse, bouncing it off the walls. Get as high as possible.

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Wocka! Wocka!

Fozzie jpeg

You are Fozzie Bear.

You are caring and love your friends as if they were family. For only they will put up with your stupid jokes.


“Wocka! Wocka!”


Gags Beasley, comedy writer


Telling jokes, dodging tomatoes


“Why did the chicken cross the road?”


His joybuzzer, his whoopee cushion and Clyde, the rubber chicken.

What Muppet are you?

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Recursion, goggle box

The short lived American TV programme K Street was supposed to be a part documentary, part drama look at politics in Washington. As well as the actors, actual politicians and pundits would appear playing themselves. The series was supposed to stimulate interest in politics which would, theoretically, lead to more voter involvement and the raising of issues to be addressed in future episodes.

The Royle Family, a TV series mostly about a family sitting around and watching the telly, has to count as recursive, surely?

One of our posters is missing

Brian commented last week that Johnnytheo was missing its eponymous leader. I just went to see if he’d returned and got a 403 Forbidden message.

Does anyone know where this erstwhile member of Team Spinneyhead has gone and why his website is no more? I’d hate it if his meandering, and occasionally drunken, posting style were to disappear forever.

Plus, he owes me some money.

Ad infinitum

Have many levels of recursion do you see in real life?

The concept of “toy knights of the round table” (sic) is a bit like having a doll’s house in a doll’s house in a doll’s house (not that I would know, mind you!).

So the challenge for Ian and rest of team Spinneyhead: Find some more examples of recursion in real life, e.g. somebody watching a tv advert within a tv advert.