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Sunday, September 07, 2021

In reaction to the overindulgence that is the Wedding-Industrial Complex (clue yourself in if you don’t get that reference), two District of Columbia-area women reinvent the ceremony:

What if . . . we become Anti-Wedding Planners? What if we find a couple who shares our opinion and lets us plan their unorthodox, fabulously cheap anti-wedding, located — we dream — in a bus depot or a Laundromat? We envision the glorious reversal of typical wedding cliches: the symbolic release of dirty city pigeons in lieu of doves, bouquets of dead leaves, a buffet of peanut butter or grilled-cheese sandwiches. The wedding itself would be a statement, a metaphorical loogie aimed right at the wispy veil of wedding-obsessed America. It must be anti-industry, but pro-romance, because real love means knowing, This is my soul mate, even if (s)he’s wearing a garbage bag.

Um. Wouldn’t “anti-wedding” imply that you just don’t have a wedding, period? I get the point — you flaunt the cheesiness of this concept in the face of the gaudy norm, as promoted by The Knot and others. But hell, you still wind up married, either way. Nothing “anti-” about that…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/07/2021 08:43:05 PM
Category: Creative, Society, Women
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Don’t bother firming up your work/play plans beyond this Wednesday. Because that’s when the Large Hadron Collider will start smashing atoms and even-smaller particles — which sounds cool, except for the potential for black-holing the planet out of existence.

No, seriously:

[German chemistry professor Otto] Rössler apparently thinks it “quite plausible” that the “mini black holes” the Cern atom-smasher creates “will survive and grow exponentially and eat the planet from the inside”. So convinced is he that he has lodged an EU court lawsuit alleging that the project violates the right to life guaranteed under the European Convention of Human Rights.

Glad to see someone’s taking the proper legal route. But let’s face it: Courts worldwide are so clogged up that the chances of this getting before a judge within two days are… Well, it was good knowing you all, anyway.

Not many regrets from me, if the end is truly nigh. Although I am kinda disappointed in those damned Mayans, who had spotted us an extra four years.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/07/2021 08:09:32 PM
Category: Science
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