Tuesday, June 14, 2005

anagram(3421, sith) is anagram(1423, sith) my lord(*)

The best thing about Revenge of the Sith, the final nail from George Lucas in the over-hyped skiffy saga showcasing some of the finest achievements in nonsense-to-be-viewed-with-a-serious-face-lest-you-incur-the-wrath-of-fans, is Anthony lane's review (The general opinion of "Revenge of the Sith" seems to be that it marks a distinct improvement on the last two episodes, "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones". True, but only in the same way that dying from natural causes is preferable to crucifixion). Quietly hidden away in the review is a description of a plot point that seems like another portent: What can you say about a civilization where people zip from one solar system to the next as if they were changing their socks but where a woman fails to register for an ultrasound, and thus to realize that she is carrying twins until she is about to give birth? Mind you, how Padmé got pregnant is anybody's guess. Aah! Could this be the second coming? Jesus reborn. As Twins. And in the true spirit of gender PC, one boy and one girl. Satisfies everyone, doesn't it? [well, almost].

(*) [in case you were wondering!] the first argument to anagram(...) represents the new sequence described in terms of the current positions of the characters in the word. In a gross mainstream violation of CS/IT practices, I have chosen to use a 1-based index.

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