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The Lord of the Beans

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The next Veggie Tales product The Lord of the Beans is now listed at CBD [HT: Marla] with a release date of October 29.

They've also got a third trailer for it (not the same one in Duke and the Great Pie War or the new one in Minnesota Cuke, both found on the Big Idea site here). It shows more of the final look than either of the first two. Any Lord of the Rings spoof is worth my interest, but if it's also Veggie Tales then it will be great for the coolness factor even if the overall story is completely stupid, which is possible but not likely. Since Jonah, they had some I wasn't all that impressed with, but they weren't inane. They just weren't as good as some of their best stuff. Some of their best stories have come since that time as well (Little Joe, the first half of A Snoodle's Tale, Sumo of the Opera, and Minnesota Cuke).

Interestingly, Phil Vischer, who founded the company, wrote this one. I believe he left Big Idea over a year ago when they moved to Nashville and he didn't want to move, and he's now starting up a new company making children's videos. Big Idea has continued to hire him as voice talent, since he's always done more than half of the main characters' voices (Bob the Tomato, Jerry Gourd, Mr. Nezzar, Pa Grape, Mr. Lunt, Archibald Asparagus, Scallion #1 who's been around since show #1 but never given a name, two of the three French Peas, and at least a few more minor characters). Apparently he's still submitting scripts to them too.

I once saw the following joke posted on the wall in a science building. Bear with me, as it's a short proof of sorts:

Knowledge is power, which we will abbreviate K=P.

Time is money, or T=M.

And, as any scientist or engineer knows, power is work per time (P=W/T).

Substitute into the third expression T=M and P=K to get K=W/M, then solve for M:
M=W/K.
That is, money equals work per knowledge.

Conclusion: For a fixed amount of work, the less you know, the more you make. And as knowledge approaches zero, money approaches infinity.
The rumor is that Bill Gates stumbled across this proof as an undergrad at Harvard and thus dropped out of school. Apparently it's worked pretty well for him.

And while we're talking about equivocation, or at least something like it, I recently heard this joke, which is a pretty good example, too:

Everyone knows that fire engines have 8 wheels and 4 men. 4 and 8 make 12. There are twelve inches in a foot. A foot is a ruler. Queen Elizabeth, a ruler, is the name of one of the largest ships on the seas. Seas have fish and fish have fins. The Finns fought the Russians and Russians are red . . . and fire trucks are always rushin' therefore, fire trucks are red!

The latest Veggie Tales, Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush, opens with a philosophical dialogue between Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber in good Socratic fashion. Here's the crucial part for understanding Bob's epistemological framework:

Larry: Eli says here that there's a bully in his school, and ...
Bob: A bully?
Larry: Yeah, you know, a kid that's real mean to all the other kids?
Bob: I know what a bully is, Larry.
Larry: Then why'd you ask?
Bob: Well, it's just that Caleb wrote about the same thing.
Larry: Wow. That's one busy bully.
Bob: Well, it's not the same bully.
Larry: How do you know?
Bob: Well, I don't but...
Larry: But you seem so certain.
Bob: Well, I am certain.
Larry: How do you know?
Bob: Well, Larry, it's just highly improbable statistically speaking that one bully is bothering two kids 500 miles apart! I mean, sometimes being certain of something just means highly probable! Highly probable!

Rene Descartes is rolling in his grave.

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