That video is for the song "Ho Hey," by The Lumineers and it really has nothing to do with this post, but if you've read this blog for even five minutes you know that nothing on this blog really has anything to do with what the stated subject of any given post or blog is, so just roll with it, baby, as Steve Winwood would say.
About my references, and in response to Rusty Webb, whose drawings you should really check out because they're good, so good that I would hire Rusty to illustrate an animated series based on my life only in the animated series I would have the power of telekinesis for real instead of for pretend (to pretend to have telekinesis just throw stuff at people and act like you did it with your mind)(that last parenthetical statement brought to you by the antimatter version of Dale Carnegie's book)(I'm lost in my parentheses here so let's get back to the topic at hand)
Which is why Rusty is wrong and I am right that there's no difference between "Googling things" and "just knowing things." Recently, I asked people to let me know if they got a reference without googling it, and Rusty, who is on the side of people who believe that Googling things to learn about them is evil (I may be exaggerating, but only a little) took that as proof that I've converted to his side.
I have not.
To put it as succinctly as I can: there is no better or worse way to learn something. If you know the answer to a question, it doesn't matter how you got the answer (provided you didn't make a deal with the Devil, which I would disapprove of.)
So when testing one's knowledge, as in the Star Wars Blogathon, I take the stance that it doesn't matter how you get the answer -- whether you "knew it" from watching the movies, or "knew it" because you Googled it and then answered -- because at some point you learned it from some method. People who oppose Googling to get answers place a premium on how you learned something, not that you learned it, but consider this:
Suppose you are out in public and begin choking, and I am the only person around -- me and my smartphone.
You make the universal gesture for "I'm choking because I really thought that this Cadbury Creme Egg would go down in one bite," and I say back:
"I'd like to help you but I missed the Health Class where they showed us the Heimlich Maneuver. I'd be more than happy to put a splint on you and/or treat your rattlesnake bite by sucking out the poison, if you'd like."*
*Note: those are both actual things I remember how to do from my eighth grade health class.
In such a situation, I could google the Heimlich Maneuver, save your life, and probably get rewarded by your generous uncle you never knew you had, but if you are the type of person who thinks having previously known something is preferable to learning it when I need to know it, you'd no doubt like me to let you die rather than be saved by inferior knowledge.
Learning isn't done best one way or another, necessarily, and a true education is one that teaches you how to think and learn as you go on. Our schools place too much of a premium on rote memorization and learning things that don't matter, and too little emphasis on learning how to learn. That's why people think it's unfair to Google an answer to a quiz even though Googling an answer to a quiz is no different than learning it in some "traditional" way: because they have been conditioned to think that memorizing the answers ahead of time is somehow better knowledge.
I think that knowing how to find the answer is better in almost every walk of life.
So the reason I wanted to know if people got the answer without Googling it wasn't because I think that's a better way to know something. I simply wanted to know how dated my references were getting, since that particular reference is from a Steve Martin stand-up concert from about 30 years ago, one in which he says something about how he likes to open the show by doing one thing that's impossible and will therefore snort a Cadillac up his nose.
I couldn't find video of that, so here's this:
Anyway, that's the entry for "N." I was going to say something about the Voynich Manuscript, but that, like the dolphins, will have to wait for another day.
Here's today's question, worth 24 points:
What academy was it that Luke wanted to go to, but Uncle Owen said he'd have to put it off?
Also, yesterday I didn't name a number of commenter to get the points, so on any day when I don't do that, I'm going to give the 10 points to the very last commenter, as judged by when I put up the next post. That will encourage people to keep on commenting. I get an email alert everytime someone comments, so more comments makes me look important in meetings.
Remember: You can get 1,000 points by mentioning the Yellow Hill fundraiser on your blog; here's the post where I explain that, and you can click here to go directly to the Yellow Hill fundraising page. If you don't want the points, you can in the alternative link to/mention it and get a free book of mine.(Find my books here.)
Stephen Hayes, last week's winner in the weekly drawing, chose Eclipse (by me!) and Slipstream (by Michael Offutt!) as his books for the week.
Have you written your blogfest entry? The Triweekly Blogfest Challenge -- prize is $10 -- is to post something on the theme of "Han shot first, but Time-Traveling Elvis shot second" by April 29.
Here are the standings, with the curiously-absent Emperor Blutonatine still in first.