Not only is Daniel Brühl’s performance great—he looks bored and baffled, and yet simultaneously slightly entertained, until he seems really to enjoy himself.
But. Baron Zemo. Dancing in a disco! Looped for an hour? Made and uploaded by Marvel itself, not a fan?!?
I think it’s absolutely hilarious, which makes me think either I’m completely out of the cool loop, or Marvel actually did manage to hit the zeitgeist on the nose, or it’s all haphazard. Or all at once, LOL!
I’m the kind of geek you can (within reason) egg on to doing something by saying most people don’t act in a particular way or do whatever it is you’re describing.
Case in point: our high school math teacher told us that most people won’t ever learn the approximation for pi further than 2 or 4 decimals places. So, I had to go and memorise it to 8 decimal places. I can still remember it: 3.14159265.
Don’t ask me why it was so important to me—I can’t remember anymore. I am, however, surprised that I can still produce it without any hesitation whatsoever even though I haven’t used it in decades. (It only works in Finnish, though; clearly there’s some connection with the rhythm and sounds that made it easy for me to memorize.) I wish I was as speedy with my U.S. social security number, for instance. 🙂
P.S. For a full appreciation of my dorkiness, look at the tags for this post. :p
I love geeks and nerds, and being a geek / nerd. Sometimes it occurs to me, though, how terribly odd it must look like seen from the outside. Exhibit 6,430: the exchange below that Erik and I had last weekend:
Me: *mumbling to myself, trying to remember a detail from Star Wars*
Me: Han Solo
Erik: … I don’t know what that’s about, but I’m okay with living in a house where a random “Han Solo” is a thing that happens.
I was amused the other night when, while playing World of Warcraft and re-watching Warcraft: The Beginning (the movie based on WoW), I flew my toon into Stormwind just as Alliance troops were forming up on the bigger screen:
It’s not quite Inception-level nesting, but I felt very geeky. 🙂
Advice books are nothing new. Here’s an example from late Medieval Europe:
“Those who have weak stomachs should sleep face down, for it will aid digestion and will not allow phlegm to accumulate through the increase of natural heat which stiffens the harmful humors. Moreover, it is extremely helpful to sleep at first on the right side, then on the left. No one on their right mind should sleep lying on their back.”
– Bartolomeo Platina, De honesta voluptate et valetudine (c. 1474)
(Translation by Erik Jensen)
This rather strongly worded hint is found in a Latin-language cookbook De honesta voluptate et valetudine by Bartolomeo Sacci (1421-1481; better known as Platina). Platina’s work was published c. 1474, and is often called the world’s oldest printed cookbook. It’s more than a collection of recipes, however; it also included his reflections on health, healthy habits, and physical activity, for instance.
As a side-sleeper, I (very non-seriously!) agree that sleeping on your back can’t be good for you. All of those wicked humors must then be free to wander around your body, you know… 😉
Image: Lancelot-Grail (The Prose Vulgate Cycle), Lancelot sleeping in a pavilion having killed the owner who lies outside, screencap of Add MS 10293, folio 283r via British Library (northern France; early 14th c.; illustration on parchment)