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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Dilettantes and the News

Ever since Arvin Sloane on Alias called that one guy(you know, the guy he beat to death with a rambaldi artifact) a "dilettante", I have seen the word twice. Is this just an example of that phenomenon where you become aware of something and then all of a sudden see it everywhere -- it was there before, but now you happen to be aware of it? Does this new and interesting word qualify as news? As an educated U.S. human, am I supposed to know what this word means? Well, defines "dilettante" as a synonym for "amateur". A dilettante is a dabbler in something who isn't serious about it. It is another word used by people who are established in a particular interest or field of study to use against people who aren't as established. It's a word that doesn't need to exist.

Thank you for reading my dilettantish efforts at writing. I'm just an amateur, I'm not cool like real writers.


A daily suicide bombing in Iraq, this time as the "new Iraqi government" did something that was supposedly big. Didn't Iraq just get a new government last week? And the week before that? Is this a 30-step process? Could I be more ignorant?

This brain-damaged patient all-of-a-sudden woke up. Hmm. I don't know what this means, but it could be important.

Finally, a computer virus that attacks the dregs of society! Seriously, if you know any soccer fans...wait, nobody knows any soccer fans. Sorry, Pete -- don't you play soccer or something? That story was for you, then.

In sports, Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy was hit with the biggest coach-fine ever, $100,000, for saying that he was recently told by an "unnamed referee friend" that playoff refs are "looking harder at Yao" because of complaints to the league office from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Of course, this is just him trying to use the media to get better calls, which many coaches have done in the past. However, by introducing the concept of "my referee friend told me this" and not telling the NBA who that referee is, Van Gundy may have gotten himself into some sort of lifetime ban situation. The NBA takes things like referee integrity and privacy very seriously, and Van Gundy should have thought of this before saying something so stupid. If he had left his theoretical ref buddy out of it and just said, "The refs have changed the way they call the game, and are calling more fouls on Yao since game 3," nobody would have cared or noticed, especially since it's not true. I'll be following this story closely, but for now the usually unreliable Mark Stein makes some good points about it here, if you're interested.

Dilettante Pape. Sounds like a good name for a first born. It could be either a boy or a girl name, it doesn't matter. The only potential problem I see is the nickname: "Dil."

Linkin Park will soon be writing the word "slave" on each of their foreheads and changing their name to a rune-looking symbol, if this impasse with WB records keeps up.

Look for "FKBK" clothing to appear in stores soon, causing many question marks to form over the heads of shoppers. But seriously (sort of), Former President Bill Clinton has decided to fight a different kind of war: A war against fat kids. And this war won't cost us anything except fat.

I've got a philosophical question: If there were a celebrity that was famous for just being famous, and that had no discernable talent, and she suddenly became very popular for no reason, would he powers that be in the entertainment industry even notice if everyone got tired of her, or would they keep giving her roles in movies and TV? After "House of Wax" fails, we may get our answer.


  • At 12:19 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Dude, Mike. The same thing happened to me hours ago with the word "dulcet."

    Which, if you're keeping score and don't know, means having a soothing, pleasing to-the-ear quality. First time I saw it, though, I was super confused at the guy's use of its suprilative form, "dulcetest." That shit don't even look like a word.

  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger the professional said…

    hey brian, and jill:

    i'm putting off studying for the GRE -- i mean, seriously procrastinating -- and i stumbled on an october post on brian's blog. Top 5 Things You Are Right to be Skeptical Of. #2 on his list was "children's books (really meant for adults)"

    to brian: let me just say you're so wrong. and you so don't care anymore. i mean, it's been over 6 months for criminey's sakes.

    to jill: muthafucka's diggin' on the little prince. jack 'im, pony boy.

    that's all. just couldn't believe it when i saw it. didn't know where else to post it. certainly not on good game.

  • At 6:10 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Dre, I represent Harry Potter and The Little Prince and several other children's books that have value outside of the 'children's book' label. The reason I wrote that, I think, is on account of the fact that I just laugh at people saying "It's a children's book...but it's not ilke other children's's really got some stuff in there for adults. That makes it sound like you should feel sheepish for liking a children's book that's "only for kids," despite the fact that tons of those books are excellent. That's all.

    It reminds me of the time Jill said she was, like a bar full of grizzled hicks (this would work well if it was in texas, but I recall this happening before the Papes moved). was when "Life is Beautiful" had just been kickin' ass at awards shows and it was getting a non-dubbed wide release here in America, and people were actually going to see it. And Jill overhears this grizzled trucker type in a bar saying "Now, I gots a moovie for y'all to see...and, gotta read it when you watch it, but it ain't bad like them other boring foreign movies..."

    That's the pattern. I'm edgy about people needing to qualify why they like stuff. Now, I'm going to go listen to Third Eye Blind.

    I know what you're thinking, but they're not like all of those other slickly produced alternative pop/rock bands from the ninties.

  • At 6:12 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Forget starting renegade blogs apart from goodgame, maybe the new hip blog can be in the comments section of The Epth Nation!

    PS--to impart some Epth relevance, can I just say that the phrase "Fun Station" still follows "Epth Nation" in my head? It does.

  • At 7:44 PM, Blogger jill said…

    all right. i'll ride on this ride. brian, that WAS when i lived in rockford... but i had visited molly in texas and heard the dude say that. so you were wrong and right. way to go.

    and let me say here that i'm totally sucked in to my husband's blog. i think it's genius. and let's just say i'm not really his target audience.

  • At 9:20 PM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    Aw, thanks, honey.

    Looks like we got quite the comments section going here. Now, in order:

    Dulcet sounds like an instrument or soemthing you'd put on the mantle. i don't like that word at all. shouldn't a word that means "pleasing to the ear" be pleasing to the ear?

    Please feel free to use my comments section for your personal use. I'm actually honored.

    Ahh...the Epth Nation Fun Station. So fun, yet so hard to update. Gosh, when I think of all I had to's no wonder I never updated the thing. I do need to dig up the Pure Badness Hall of Fame sometime, just for nostalga purposes. I still have it saved on my computer somewhere.

    And thanks again, honey.

  • At 9:22 PM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    Dude, I just found out the old (super old -- version one from early 1999) EPth Nation Fun Station is on

    look up if you dare.

  • At 2:06 PM, Blogger pete said…

    Mike, how can you slam on soccer just because the fans are idiots?

    That is what you get in third world countires without modern conveniences like malls and American Idol and boring repetitive music that sounds exactly like the song before it. Have pity instead of judgment.

    Come on, can you judge the quality of LOTR just because most of the people that come to the first showing are dressed as elves?

    Can you judge the value of Star Wars just because of Jar-Jar - oh wait, you may have a point there....


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