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August 29, 2006

Back to School 2006

Athena's gone back to school today. School officially started yesterday, but we had to write her a note ("Please excuse Athena for missing the first day of school. She was at Disneyland"). And to top things off, as this video shows (for those of you with RSS feeds, he says), she has a few complaints about her classes. It's always something.

Posted by john at August 29, 2006 03:23 PM

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Kelsey | August 29, 2006 04:11 PM

Calculus? Metaphysics? Closet Materialist?

Tell me that this was scripted. I was eating Play-Do and cutting crooked in 2nd grade.

Chad Orzel | August 29, 2006 04:14 PM

See, this is the problem with public schools these days. Everybody knows you have to learn regular physics first before metaphysics...

Paul | August 29, 2006 04:46 PM

Ah, so that's the problem with schools in Louisiana. They're teaching all the wrong subjects!

Kero aka Kevin | August 29, 2006 04:54 PM

So the one week extension will get us more good material until, say, Friday?

John Scalzi | August 29, 2006 05:01 PM

Alas, no. I used yesterday and today to catch up with non-novel business. Back to the grindstone tomorrow. I want to see if I can get this baby done over Labor Day.

Andrew | August 29, 2006 05:35 PM

I'm waiting for her to turn out to have been homeschooled so far...

Matt | August 29, 2006 06:29 PM

John, I have to say that Athena is a much better actor than you. The tone of your voice screams "staged." Athena, on the other hand, is completely and utterly natural.

John Scalzi | August 29, 2006 06:34 PM

Well, you're never going to lose any points with me by telling me that my progeny does something better than me. That's what you hope for.

Anonymous | August 29, 2006 07:40 PM

better than I, you writer.

Jeff Hentosz | August 29, 2006 07:41 PM

Great kid. So ... um ... why isn't she on the school board?

That "duh-oi!" sound would put the bus drivers' local right in their place.

Anonymous | August 29, 2006 09:40 PM

better than I, you writer.

The "than" here should probably get classed as a preposition, making "I" an object, making "better than me" the appropriate construction, you pedant.

Brian | August 30, 2006 12:20 AM

I second Athena's deadpan... for a full twenty seconds I thought I'd been transported (ha ha) into the world of Star Trek:TNG educational curricula.

As per 'than I' vs. 'than me', I've heard it argued by various parties that the reason why it's "than I" is that structurally a predicate is required after the I/me, as in "... does something better than I do." However, I totally agree that if one chooses to treat 'than' as a preposition, then the objective case of 'me' is definitely correct.


I should start doing my Google searches before starting to write comments. Linky here sez that either functional interpretation of 'than' is acceptable, though there can be slight differences in meaning, depending on context. Tricky...

Also, my name and URL seem to be randomly disappearing when I hit 'preview'... 's that a 'feature' of the newest release of MT?

Sue | August 30, 2006 06:53 AM

So. . . Athena goes to Elroy Jetson's school, then?

Steve Buchheit | August 30, 2006 07:25 AM

Reminds me of the first (I think) Dr. Who movie. There's an opening scene of domestic bliss as the grandkids (pre teens) are reading Calculus, Quantum Mechanics, etc; the teens are reading Kant, etc; and then we come to the kindly Doctor who is reading a comic book.

So, Calculus since kindegarden. That means she must be on vectors now and on her way to differential equations by the spring?

Chang | August 30, 2006 11:42 AM

Damn. I thought Athena was older than 7. If only for the fact that my daughter just does not read lines well and could never pull of "closet materialist."

Lucky you. Always good to have a good sidekick.

Gus | August 30, 2006 01:56 PM

As far as the "than" discussion goes:
"Never argue nomenclature with a pedant. It wastes your time and annoys the pedant".

joshua corning | August 31, 2006 03:35 AM

At first I thought I was dumb becouse I didn't study calculus when I was in second grade...

Now I know I'm dumb for thinking anyone studied calculus in the second grade.

Leo | September 5, 2006 12:09 PM

Thanks for mentioning the video as I was indeed reading using a RSS feed and wouldn't have known about it. It was funny too :).

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