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Why Facebook is Awesome

I also applaud your sturdy good sense in not swilling INCEPTION’s pretty kool-aid. Superbly executed hustle, but pretty paper thin (as, come to think of it, was Leonardo’s performance). - Eddy Von Mueller

I just friended and got a message from a professor of mine from undergrad.  He was probably the snarkiest professor I had throughout my entire education, which was quite a prolonged experience.  I still tell people stories about him, so it’s sort of cool that someone who’d been flattened into some stories is now real again.

The first day of class, he walks in, he’s wearing a jaunty hat, has a cane and a goatee sort of thing.  “Call me Eddy, because Professor Von Mueller sounds like some madman who keeps blondes locked in his basement.”  Half evil/half nervous laugh.  It was brilliant.

My other favorite line of his “If I have to watch Keanu Reeves try to put an emotion on that plastic face of his one more time, I’m going to kill myself.”  It was a very early, gen ed fulfilling class on film he was teaching and he was absolutely brutal in his assessment of people’s taste.  Which I enjoyed because I enjoy people being mocked mercilessly and his taste and mine tended to overlap.  He also, as a Formon™ himself, made fun of Mormons a lot.

He also taught my favorite course that I took in all of undergrad “History of Television”, which is not a subject I even cared about, I literally took it because he was hilarious and teaching it.  I hated TV at the time, but it gave me a very different perspective and of course now I think TV at its best is probably better than film at its best.  (WHAT!)

Also, I googled him and found this hilarious “review” of him.

Even with this in mind, I still think the Social Network trailer was ham-fisted and melodramatic and made me giggle when I shouldn’t have.

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