Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Making Connections

Professor Sees Parallels Between Things, Other Things:

AUSTIN, TX—University of Texas professor Thom Windham once again furthered the cause of human inquiry in a class lecture Monday, as he continued his longtime practice of finding connections between things and other things, pointing out these parallels, and then elaborating on them in detail, campus sources reported.

'By drawing parallels between things and other, entirely different things, I not only further my own studies, but also encourage young minds to develop this comparative methodology in their own work,' said Windham, holding his left hand up to represent one thing, then holding his right hand up to represent a separate thing, then bringing his hands together in simulation of a hypothetical synthesis of the two things. 'It's not just similarities that are important, though — the differences between things are also worth exploring at length.'

Fifteen years ago, Windham was awarded tenure for doing this.


  1. This is a joke, right? Tell me that the article didn't say that. Oh, and I write for the statesman. Woe is me!

    However, surely you should have followed up that excerpt with this from the prophet part of The Life of Brian:

    "There shall in that time be rumours of things going astray, erm, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things wi-with the sort of raffia-work base, that has an attachment. At that time, a friend shall lose his friends hammer, and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight O'clock."

  2. Relax. It's a joke. From the Onion.

    But I like the Life of Brian quote very much too. Living as we do in the end of days and all, it has a vaguely contemporary ring to it now.