Brain Drippings 3

Brain image from Willamette University

I have been really busy this week, and haven’t really had time to think of or prepare a proper blog post. Yep, it’s time for another one of these. Hope you enjoy!

Presidents Day image from Houchin Community Blood Bank

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12. George Washington was born on February 22. Because they are so close together, it makes sense to combine the two as “Presidents’ Day” and celebrate it sometime in between those two dates, such as the third Monday in February. Simple, right?

Of course not.

First of all, the federal government doesn’t celebrate Abraham Lincoln – the official name of the holiday on the third Monday in February as far as Uncle Sam is concerned is “Washington’s Birthday”.

The states, though, do call the holiday “Presidents’ Day” and use it to honor both figures. Or rather, most of them do. Some states still celebrate the two presidential birthdays separately, which is why each year my dad gets both Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday off. In Alabama, the holiday on the third Monday in February is called “Washington and Jefferson Day”, in spite of the fact Thomas Jefferson’s birthday is April 13!

If that wasn’t confusing enough, in Massachusetts, they celebrate “Washington’s Birthday” in February and then, on May 29, they have a completely separate “Presidents Day” that honors the presidents that came from their state: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge, and John F. Kennedy.

And although Canada is a completely separate country with its own government headed by the British Queen, six of their provinces celebrate some form of holiday on the third Monday in February as well. Why? Well, because there is so much economic interdependence between America and Canada that it made sense to have Canadian workers take the same days off as American workers. Of course, that still leaves the rest of Canada working on that day.

I think my brain hurts now. Moving on…

Delivery truck image from Wikipedia

So, remember last week when I talked about the Postal Service being in deep financial trouble? Well, this week they announced that they will be cutting Saturday mail deliveries in August. They would still deliver packages, and post offices would still be open, but no letters, bills, or magazines would be delivered in the mail. The move would save $2 billion a year… still a drop in the ocean for them, but a start to be sure.

Only one problem. By law, the Postal Service has to deliver the mail on Saturdays. Unless Congress retroactively approves the change, the Postal Service might find itself in legal trouble as well as financial. We’ll see what happens next.

Justice League image from Comicvine

In retrospect, it was pretty obvious that once The Avengers made more than $1.5 billion (with a B!), Warner Bros. would try to compete with its own superhero team-up movie. Almost as soon as the box office returns were announced, Warner told the press they were going full-steam ahead to make a Justice League movie by 2015, in time to (hopefully) compete with The Avengers 2. They even said they were going to start with the Justice League and make films about the individual heroes on the team afterward. That’s how confident they were.

Now, it looks like that confidence has fizzled. And the Justice League movie plans may have fizzled along with it.

The problem? Supposedly, the script is the problem. It’s terrible, we’re told. Terrible enough that potential directors who have looked at it said, “No way am I directing that!” Terrible enough that studio bosses have decided to toss it in the garbage can.

According to anonymous sources that spoke to film reporter Devin Faraci of Bad Ass Digest, Warner’s bosses are divided on whether to even make the new film at all. He reports that the studio is going to wait and see how Man of Steel does before committing to anything.

I’m kind of torn on this one. I do really want to see a Justice League movie, but I sure don’t want to see a bad one. So I’m not sure whether to be disappointed that something I was looking forward to might not happen, or to be relieved that fans like me may have dodged a bullet.

Speaking of movies…

Star Wars lens flare image from The Examiner

J.J. Abrams is going to direct the new Star Wars: Episode VII movie that Disney announced shortly after buying Lucasfilm.

Now, there’s a sentence I never would have thought I’d write.

Think about this for a moment, though: both Star Wars and Star Trek have the same director now. That means the two biggest names in sci-fi history will be under one man’s creative control. That is a scary amount of pop culture power, and a huge risk on the part of everybody involved. This should be interesting.