Thursday, April 8, 2010

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

J.B.S Haldane was a British-born geneticist and evolutionary biologist.  He is famous for the (possibly apocryphal) response he gave when some theologians asked him what could be inferred about the mind of the Creator from the works of His Creation.  He said something to the effect of: "The Creator, if He exists, has "an inordinate fondness for beetles".

This is in reference to there being over 350,000 known species of beetles in the world, and that this represents 40% of all known insect species (at the time of the quote, it was over half of all known insect species).

Stumbling across Haldane and that quote was a major inspiration for the character of Philip and certainly explains why I made him a Coleopterist.  It may be one of the most succinct and elegant arguments against Creationism that I have heard. 

An inordinate fondness for beetles.  If there were a subtitle for my film, that's what it would be.

(I lifted Haldane info from Wikipedia.)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Don't judge a short by it's blog

I'm starting to get the feeling that I should create more of the illusion of knowing what the fuck I'm doing.  I've officially got a new casting director and the breakdowns went out yesterday.  I can tell from my pathetic, desperate and obsessive checking of visitor traffic to this blog, that people have actually begun to read what I'm saying.  Having never had to confront the reality of anyone actually visiting this site, I am at a loss.  I wonder how much of my prospective talent pool I have already alienated.  So, starting now I will begin to create the erroneous impression that I am a professional and in complete control.  This may best be achieved by not writing anything further.

Good day to you.