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Your Friday Distraction: A lesson from a romance in lower mathematics

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A wonderfully distracting piece of animation from the golden age of MGM cartoons (Actually, I only assume it’s the golden age because that’s how we tend to refer to things from this era).

The Dot and The Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics is the sweet story of The Line’s unrequited love for The Dot (who prefers to frolic with the free-spirited Squiggle). The Line works to improve itself and, after realizing its full potential, eventually wins the heart of The Dot.

After seeing all that The Line has to offer, The Dot confronts The Squiggle and challenges it to be as dazzling, clever, mysterious, versatile, erudite, eloquent, profound, enigmatic, complex, and compelling as The Line.The Squiggle cannot perform to these standards and The Dot realizes how untidy and graceless he is. Then the narrator offers this gem:

"And suddenly she realized that what she thought was freedom and joy was nothing but anarchy and sloth" (9:05)

Good food for thought.

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Written by Jonathan Dunn

March 9, 2007 at 1:10 pm

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