September 27th, 2004

The Parent Trap

I watched quite a bit of The Parent Trap last night - the remake, not the original.  It set me to sobbing.  Big long lost family reunion scenes are often quite tear-jerking.  "Not a dry eye in the house," as they used to say.

Damn it.  I was expecting more to be amused.  I forgot what this particular film does to me.  Bear in mind, it's a silly comedy, with good performances and a very silly story line that is mildly amusing.  But there I was, moving well into the wet-eyed state.  I think it's all about having lost a daughter.  I don't know what else it could be.

Rhyme of the Day:

A story of twin daughters
Reunited with their parents
Brings water gushing
To my eyes.

It comes as a surprise
To me.

But isn't it inherent
In the case?

Lost hope
I can see
And almost touch
Her face.


DIM question

Is anyone up on Leonard Peikoff's DIM hypothesis?

I know that the DIM hypothesis is involved in the argument over who you should vote for. It seems that Bush is a Mis-Integrator and Kerry is a Dis-Integrator, and Mis-Integrators are more dangerous because they actually have an operating theory, whereas Dis-Integrators are relatively harmless wafflers, or something like that. (In other words, it's okay to have some syrup with your president, just so long as you don't have to say grace first.)

So the concern is that Bush is leading the way to totalitarian theocracy.

I'm sure Leonard Peikoff would not welcome such a comparison, but the DIM thing reminds me some of David Kelley's three cultures: religious, enlightenment, and postmodern. (He may have described them a little differently.)

One thing that disturbs me... if DIM is just a hypothesis, should it be used to strongly recommend a presidential candidate? Is it that strong a hyphothesis?

Finally, I don't like the name. Wouldn't MID be better? DIM sounds too much like the hypothesis itself is dim.

Another rhyme:

It's his idea,
So the acronym
Whether MID or DIM
Is up to him
Not me.