Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A Scrap of Code

From today's New York Times:


"Cute cues are those that indicate extreme youth, vulnerability, harmlessness and need, scientists say, and attending to them closely makes good Darwinian sense. As a species whose youngest members are so pathetically helpless they can't lift their heads to suckle without adult supervision, human beings must be wired to respond quickly and gamely to any and all signs of infantile desire.

"The human cuteness detector is set at such a low bar, researchers said, that it sweeps in and deems cute practically anything remotely resembling a human baby or a part thereof, and so ends up including the young of virtually every mammalian species, fuzzy-headed birds like Japanese cranes, woolly bear caterpillars, a bobbing balloon, a big round rock stacked on a smaller rock, a colon, a hyphen and a close parenthesis typed in succession."

Boy, that really makes you feel like an outdated scrap of code, doesn't it?

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And if that doesn't, Panda Fix and Cute Overload and Baaaaaby Animals will. That, or make you not care as you descent into a quivering puddle of squee!.

Thought I'd be surprised if any household daughters who may be present haven't already infected you.

---L.

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Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

Oh, Emily checks Cuteoverload.com daily.

Please don't tell her about the others; she's on my computer too much as it is!

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Anonymous L.N. Hammer said...

Clearly, you need to get her her own. With these bookmarked.

---L.

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