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Athena’s gone back to school today. School officially started yesterday, but we had to write her a note (“Please excuse Athena for missing the first day of school. She was at Disneyland”). And to top things off, as this video shows (for those of you with RSS feeds, he says), she has a few complaints […]

Athena’s gone back to school today. School officially started yesterday, but we had to write her a note (“Please excuse Athena for missing the first day of school. She was at Disneyland”). And to top things off, as this video shows (for those of you with RSS feeds, he says), she has a few complaints about her classes. It’s always something.

By John Scalzi

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18 replies on “Back to School 2006”

Alas, no. I used yesterday and today to catch up with non-novel business. Back to the grindstone tomorrow. I want to see if I can get this baby done over Labor Day.

John, I have to say that Athena is a much better actor than you. The tone of your voice screams “staged.” Athena, on the other hand, is completely and utterly natural.

better than I, you writer.

The “than” here should probably get classed as a preposition, making “I” an object, making “better than me” the appropriate construction, you pedant.

I second Athena’s deadpan… for a full twenty seconds I thought I’d been transported (ha ha) into the world of Star Trek:TNG educational curricula.

As per ‘than I’ vs. ‘than me’, I’ve heard it argued by various parties that the reason why it’s “than I” is that structurally a predicate is required after the I/me, as in “… does something better than I do.” However, I totally agree that if one chooses to treat ‘than’ as a preposition, then the objective case of ‘me’ is definitely correct.

I should start doing my Google searches before starting to write comments. Linky here sez that either functional interpretation of ‘than’ is acceptable, though there can be slight differences in meaning, depending on context. Tricky…

Also, my name and URL seem to be randomly disappearing when I hit ‘preview’… ‘s that a ‘feature’ of the newest release of MT?

Reminds me of the first (I think) Dr. Who movie. There’s an opening scene of domestic bliss as the grandkids (pre teens) are reading Calculus, Quantum Mechanics, etc; the teens are reading Kant, etc; and then we come to the kindly Doctor who is reading a comic book.

So, Calculus since kindegarden. That means she must be on vectors now and on her way to differential equations by the spring?

Damn. I thought Athena was older than 7. If only for the fact that my daughter just does not read lines well and could never pull of “closet materialist.”

Lucky you. Always good to have a good sidekick.

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