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haha. that video is awesome :)

Great post, Danna! I tried to image an ANIMAL with combined set of nostrils, sweat glands, and heart. Something like a big beating nose that sweats. That was in Monty Python, wasn’t it?

Thanks for adding the hilarious video! It actually brings up a curious bit of social science. Buffy claims that "being stalked isn't really a big turn-on for girls" but Bella might disagree. Both heroines are, of course, media constructions, and their divergent opinions seem to typify media schizophrenia on this issue.

I found a neat article ( ) in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture called "The Media Construction of Stalking Stereotypes," in which the authors argue that media sensationalism played no small part in elevating stalking to a crime despite a lack of evidence (at the time) for its widespread prevalence or danger. However, "At the same time the media horrify stalking, the media ironically tend to glorify stalking-like actions" by portraying persistent, determined pursuers as the heroes of romantic narratives. Such idealization, they say, makes recognition of real-life stalking behaviors more difficult.

So if Bella romanticizes persistence, and Buffy criminalizes it, do they cancel each other out? In the very best academese, the authors admit that "to characterize any tendency in the media as a whole is a process fraught with ironic potential."

Strictly speaking, Owen and Beru Lars were farming FOR the water. They then sold off what they collected. But they weren't growing anything (except possibly for their own use.)

"But without the help of science-fictitious vaporators..."
Or you could use try an atmospheric water generator which works pretty much like a scaled-up dehumidifier.

Thanks for the extra info, Calvin and Hobbes! C: The Wikipedia entry on Tatooine claims that "moisture farmers harvest water vapour from the atmosphere, and use it to grow crops in underground hydroponic labs" so perhaps there is some controversy on this subject? H: Or an air well! My favorite fun fact from that article is that there exists an "International Organization for Dew Utilization."

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