Category: Random

Breaking Bell

I don’t know how many of you have seen the new(er) Tinkerbell movies that Disney has been putting out, but having three daughters, I have. A thousand times. I also have too much time on my hands to think about them. So, in the new movies, there is this mild, fairly even tempered version of Tinkerbell. Sure, she gets red faced occasionally, but by and large she is more curious than anything, bumbling her way through things. Sometimes she is super sweet, and even shows a remarkable amount of self control, as far as I can tell.

Does anyone remember what she was really like in the original Peter Pan? Trying to kill Wendy and all? She definitely tried to get the lost boys to shoot her out of the sky–trying to get rid of the competition. How did Disney go from that evil little vixen to the current dumbed down version?

I laughed as I had a moment of genius, though. I wonder if maybe they plan on having a “descent into madness and badness” type of Breaking Bad thing planned for her. Maybe a story line that traces her from her innocent, fun loving days in the new movies into the jealous and vengeful, children murdering fiend that she is in Peter Pan. That would be awesome.

They could call it “Breaking Bell”.

Those Who Can, Were Taught

Those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach

– George Bernard Shaw

This might be one of the most insanely ignorant quotes of our time. Like humans are just born able to “do” things? Who was born able to “do” engineering or astrophysics? Or ballet? Or software design? Seriously. As a father of four little humans, I assure you that babies aren’t born able to do jack squat. They sleep, eat, and poop. That’s it. They need to be taught literally everything else. Stop the ignorance, all. We all had and still have teachers. Those who “can”, were TAUGHT. Taught to talk. To read. To write. To sing. To get along with others. To use their hands and feet. To bathe and brush. To use a phone and a computer. To spell and add. And yes, to compute complex algorithms, write sophisticated narratives, build masterful structures, and raise little humans up to their potential. “Those who can’t, teach” is dishonoring to all those whose blood, sweat, and tears went into making us who we are. And not just us but millions of other people, too. End the ignorance, friends. Stop perpetuating such nonsense.