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Dear Jen,
I have a Los Angeles culture question:
In the entertainment industry, is it rude to refer to performers who were never quite big enough to become stars as "brown dwarves"?

OK, I have to ask, only because I live in DC. Every time I run into someone around here with the surname Oullette, I have to wonder if they're related. I never ask, but I always wonder. So, are you actually FROM DC, and potential related to these folks, or did you just live here for a while and it's coincidental?

I lived there for 5-6 years, is all. Before that, I was n NYC for a good long while, and I grew up in Seattle. And now I'm in LA. The family name, however, heralds from Quebec.

There's a lot of Ouellettes knocking around the US these days, and at best they are only distantly related to me, very far back in the geneological line. There's even another Jennifer Ouellette who makes hats and headbands for celebrities. Sometimes I get random emails from people wanting to buy a hat from me directly. I feel bad for the other J.O., who must occasionally field queries about physics. :)

Ok brainy science chick who is also possessed of great beauty, you are right in many of the observations about the movie, but hell, it's Indiana Jones! Realism is not the most important quality of the film. I bet that you would have liked the movie a lot more if you were into it and didnt analyze it as it went along or at your level of intellect is that not possible?

(a) My level of intellect is not that high.

(b) If you read a bit more carefully, you'd see that I pointed out several times that one should really just sit back and enjoy such films. Although I suppose it's a bit much to ask of you to read carefully, seeing as how you can't figure out which post you're actually commenting on in the thread.

(c) You can enjoy a film, and then afterwards enjoy looking at the "real thing" that inspired it. The two things are not mutually exclusive, and need not detract from each other.

Speaking of carbon, did you see the recent Japanese work that seems to hint at the possibility of carbon going hypervalent:

Dread to think how that might affect global warming...


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