(As Shepard’s name is added to the memorial plaque.)
A: So… is the sign part organic now?
B: Well, technically writing is a technology, so…
A: It’s people?
B: It’s part meat, at least.
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Discussion in my Islamic History tutorial today:
(Note that we’re now more than two-thirds through the semester now, and this is a second year unit…)
Lecturer: (Briefly mentions a community of Moroccan Jews that were still speaking Spanish as late as the nineteenth century, centuries after being expelled from Spain.)
Student: So, wait – who expelled them from Spain? The Turks?
L: You think the Turks occupied Spain.
L: The Spanish Christians expelled the Jews, after they conquered the Moorish kingdoms.
S: Huh. So did Christians conquer all of Spain? Did the Moors ever get it back?
(Awkward silence)L: (Continues discussion, pretending S. had not spoken)
A: You know, I’ve realised why I don’t like tofu.
B: Because it’s unimaginably vile?
A: That too. Because it’s the dystopic version of food pills.
B: (Blank Stare)
A: See, in the optimistic WORLD OF TOMORROW, we all eat food pills given to us by our robot maids before we head to work in our flying cars.
A: But in the dystopic totalitarian future, like in 1984 or Soylent Green or whatever, you get processed unidentifiable lumps of gruel as food. That’s tofu.
B: That makes a lot of sense.
A: It’s right there in the name. To-Fu – Totalitarian Food.
B: (Brief pause) That’s not how you spell ‘food'.
A: It is in New-Speak.