Earlier this evening, Debbie and I attended a Science Pub in Father Luke’s Room at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend, Oregon. It was presented by a Ph.D. from the HERS Lab at OSU-Cascades in the field of bats, Tom Rodhouse, Courtesy Faculty, and Co-Director, HERS Lab. He is a lead architect of the North American Bat Monitoring Program.

There were about a hundred attendees who participated in the pre-test quiz on the subject of the night. I don’t know much about bats, and I did miss one multiple-choice question of the ten presented. It was one of those number questions of how many of this or that are living in the state where even the scientists who study the subject are estimating. Only one person of the hundred present got all ten right, but I did get the runner-up booty prize which included a useful usb battery backup for cellphones, etc. Debbie and I win the prize so consistently that I have been accused of cheating by one of my friends. I don’t cheat!

Anyway, you can cruise around the internet and discover all you need to know about bats, but you won’t get the enthusiasm for the subject that a person actually doing the fieldwork radiates.

I’m now going to watch some more of Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen, 1923-24. We are into our third viewing and only up to 3 hours 04 minutes and 33 seconds of 4 hours 35 minutes and 8 seconds. I’m so precise because this is a struggle. Not a life and death existential struggle for me, as it is for Siegfried and the other characters, but it is a painful challenge.

Just finished! We got through it. But, I would suggest that if you choose to watch this movie that you read the original poem first, or a summary. There is far too much confusing material to make sense of it. The sets and battle scenes are incredibly dangerous for the astonishing number of background actors.

Die Nibelungen is amazing, boring, hypnotizing, wonderful, dreadful, and excruciating to watch. It could only have been created by a battered nation of beaten people seeking meaning in an absolutely grotesque nightmare fantasy. It’s an emotional foundation of World War II, along with the reality of the situation at that time.