God in the Machine

Literally "God in the machine", Deus Ex Machina originally referred to Greek plays, where the "gods" would be lowered onto the stage with ropes in order to provide a quick resolution to the story. Today, Deus Ex Machina refers to any improbably and/or overly convenient character or mechanism that comes out of nowhere and saves the character(s).

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"I don't get it, Big Dan..." -George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Add this to your summer reading list

If you feel like thinking. Bill Bryson's one of my favorite authors, and he takes an excitingly (well, exciting for eggheads like me) scholastic turn in "A Short History of Nearly Everything."

Get a gander here.

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