Friday, December 7, 2012

A Friday Thirsty on Nomenclature. Hiram is Baffled. Big Whoop.

I don't know about you, but I get bored with all the basket weaving locutions. Hamster fur, that comes around.

One time someone was using narrow gauge railroading. I liked that. (Of course I did, it was me who used it.) Where did that nut go? Was there a kite flying one?

Q: Do we HAVE to use these disguised disciplines in our posts and comments? Are there some other ones we can sprinkle in to flavor up the CM gumbo? What are they?


  1. How's about Littracha of the Damned?

  2. Your discipline is disguised? I thought this was where all the hamsterologists of the web congregated.

  3. Interesting that you bring it up. I like the underwater basketweaving myself. Hamster fur weaving always makes me think of matted fur, which has a disgusting texture and makes me shiver. I would be very pleased if we were to expand our wings and leave the hamsters out of it.

  4. Alpaca Analysis?
    Sloth Statistics?
    Duck Divining?
    Alpaca Appreciation!?

  5. I like our disciplines and feel marginalized for having been criticized for choosing an esoteric focus in Hamster rhetoric. How about:
    The Department of Duck Rhetoric and Analysis?
    The Department of Compound Cal's Musical Stylings?
    The Unweaving of Alpaca Texts Program
    The Program of Religious Alpaca Prophecies

  6. I really enjoy both basket weaving and hamster studies. BUT Hirram, I think you could offer any other discipline that would make you happy and make it your own! Go for it!

  7. I don't enjoy hamsters (too much squirming), but love basket weaving. I especially love my zoomorphic knotwork research, though.

  8. Hamsters work well for me. In my area we use 'em to make sounds. To that end some are plucked, some fingered, some blown, some beaten. The sound of all those hamsters, suffering all of the above indignities, creates a tea-partying cacophony of sound that can only be though of as "Hamster Art".

    We talk about hamster theory, famous hamster pluckers/fingerers/blowers/beaters from the past and present, and how to properly (and with INSPIRATION) pluck, finger, blow, and beat hamsters in our current day to day lives. To me, it will always be Hamster Studies.

    OK. I'm off to do a few right now. I'm not disguising anything. This is what we're about in my area. Pluckin', fingerin', blowin', and beatin'.

    Hey! It's a living.

    1. Inspired by the Mouse Organ?

    2. Wow, I'd never seen that one. I always thought Marvin Suggs and the Muppephones was an original.

    3. Exactly! I'd never seen that one but it will be shown in class on Monday!

      You guys crack me up! (Or is it just end-of-semester craziness on my part? I've been cracking myself up all day....not a good sign!)

      Happy Holidays to all, BTW!

    4. I thought of the Muppet one too, but found this one on Youtube first...

  9. I've always used Care and Feeding of Wombats as a stand in for those disciplines which could be both academic and clinical in nature.

    Of course that was just a hat tip to our esteemed colleague, Wombat of the Copier.

  10. Preparing For The Coming Alpaca-lypse. (It is a-pun us.)

  11. Disciplines like:

    Visiting Screamer
    Professor of Putting-the-Boot-In
    Master of Hey-You-Stop-Looking-at-That-Motherfucking-Cellphone
    Electronics Flinger
    Department Lenin
    Department Stalin (throned/dethroned)
    His Holiness, Ho Chi Minh
    Trimmer of Zizek's beard
    Master of Chomskyisms, 2nd class
    Wearer of The Great Helmsman's Stinky Bathrobe
    Holder of the Buckley Prize for Effete Drunken Snobbery and Crypto-Nazism
    The Motherfuckest of all Motherfuckers, bar none
    Holder of the Jello Biafra Award for Kampuchean Studies
    Chief Rabbi of Great Britain

    1. I at least thought "His Holiness, Ho Chi Minh" was worth a giggle.

  12. One electrical engineering prof I once knew described an introductory electrical course he taught to students outside of his department: volts for dolts.

  13. English 201 to be renamed "More on English".
    Say it quick enough, and it'll match the students' abilities.