Marvel of Modern Science


I don’t know why I can’t watch this without laughing, my also being a marvel of modern science.  This is a 20-second clip from a five-minute video:

Link to the video:

Doctor:  Do you think there’s anything wrong with your mind really?
Randall: Not a thing, Doc.  I’m a goddam marvel of modern science.

From One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) for which Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratched) & Jack Nicholson (R.P. McMurphy) won Oscars.  You knew she had ratcheted up the Academy’s attention by ten clicks with her strangulation face …


I don’t know if I can do that with my eyes.  Never could tell in a mirror.  Hell yes, I’ve tried.  I have good uses for a face like that.  Poachers, for instance.  Or the toilet paper aisle is mobbed.  Or if I want to try a different medication.  I’m tired of the old ones.  I’m still me.

Just now I realized I could practice the face with a camera.  Don’t worry.  I know when to remove the neck tourniquet.

Her Award acceptance speech was graceful, humorous and touching, where she thanks her parents in sign language:

Link to the video:

I don’t care what anybody else says; Nicholson’s “marvel of science” is a classic scene and line, delivered in a Nicholson classic style.  Imagine possessing multiple classic styles known to the whole world who does not know you at all.  One Flew Over.  The Shining truly insane.  Terms of Endearment endearing, with whom Shirley MacLaine’s character screams that sex with him was “fanfuckingtastic,” and she mentions it again in her Award acceptance speech.  She picked up Best Actress for that role.  In her acceptance speech she explained why she won …

Link to the video:


Well, it’s 59 degrees and sunny, and I’ve been torturing myself by not taking enough of my most important medicine: forest immersion.  So I’m going to wander these woods like a beautiful savage until I grow sane again, as I am my best self out there.  [Pre-post Update: spent 2 hours wandering.]

Please practice safety.  Otherwise I might have nobody to blog at, and they’d need more N95 respirator masks because of you.  Ignore the disease control advice of the Buffoon in the Oval.  Don’t take Lysol orally or intravenously, or give yourself endoscopic ultraviolet radiation.

I had no initial purpose for creating this post except as a silly little contribution to the cause of the unCOVIDing of Society (uCoS), in this case, distraction by a splash of theatrical art.

However, I do have a bit of business to attend to.  Just three things:

Somebody tell the White House and Rush Limbaugh that 19 is the year discovered, not the 19th COVID.  I never liked the name.  I think the disease should be called SARS-2, taken directly from the name of the virus, as were the virus-caused diseases named SARS and MERS.

The disease we’re calling COVID-19 is caused by the virus named SARS-CoV-2.  (See CDC quote below.)  The first SARS disease was caused by the virus SARS-CoV.  MERS came from the virus MERS-CoV.  If we’re dealing with the virus SARS-CoV-2, why name the disease COVID-19 instead of SARS-2?  Or name it for the Chinese doctor who discovered it and died from it?  Or name it like Huntington’s Disease is named for George Huntington’s work in 1872.  We cannot call it the China Syndrome.

Just wondering.

I have three N95 respirator masks that I bought at Lowes to spray paint the shed in 2017 (pre-COVID; the post-COVID world will have them in every convenience store next to the toilet paper, the hand sanitizer gallon jugs and 70% isopropyl alcohol quart spray bottles).  This COVID season I’ve been re-using one of my N95 masks for infection protection, helped by a technique I found to make it re-usable.

I feel guilty wearing it to the grocery store, gas station and post office.  Those are the only places I go lately that have humans hanging around.  I’m not much for humans, but it’s not merely because of misanthropy.  (Well, sometimes.  The more time I spend immersed in nature the less I like people, despite the fact that it makes me more human.  Go figure.)  It’s because I live in Trumpneck territory.  Just ask our Congressman Elise Stefanik who is continually kissing Trump’s ass on behalf of her majority constituents in her race for a Cabinet seat.

I’m self-conscious walking around in my N95 face because I feel like I’m taking it from a nurse in a hospital.  “They” keep saying not to use N95s because the medical people have critical need of them.  And they do.

Still, I didn’t take them from anybody, and have not stored them in the original packaging or to OSHA standards, so I can’t donate them.  So I boldly go where N95 masks generally have not gone before.

I take some consolation in the fact that as soon as mask-wearing seemed a good idea to me (2 months before they ordered all of us New Yorkers to wear them all the time), I offered two of my three to a friend who actually has a life worth protecting.  Nuala.

What I find most interesting about all this is that suddenly I feel so connected with people all over the world who need these masks, and not just when I’m wearing one.

By the way, please don’t inject or drink bleach or isopropyl alcohol, either.  It is so scary that so many people need to be told such things.  Hence (and witness), Trump.

Maybe if one courageous volunteer, someone in hospice with inoperable, terminal stage 4 cancer, drank a cup of bleach on camera, the video would go viral (pun accidental) and everybody would see how effective it is at killing viruses.  I would consider doing it, but I have a perfect immune system.  Viruses are killed before they get to my lungs or blood.  I’m not a candidate for the study.


I have this super-human immune system, but I wear the mask as a disguise, now that it’s fashionable.  It prevents being recognized by humans who think they know me just because they remember my face, and want to drag me into chit-chat while my frozen foods thaw in the cart.

Copyright 2020 TheBalsamean.comYou think I’m sardonic?  That’s okay.  You’re only human.  Reminds me of the time I told someone that they were suffering entrenched vexation.  She yelled back, “I AM NOT VEXED!”  She was only human, too.  I make allowances, because I see myself in the fricking bathroom mirror every day.

COVID-19 Background (CDC)

COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus, named SARS-CoV-2.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats.  …  Learn more about the spread of this coronavirus that is causing COVID-19.  [emph. mine … I emph, therefore I am]

2 thoughts on “Marvel of Modern Science

  1. How fortunate for you that you have good masks. I finally have a decent ones. A friend of mine mailed them and sent them to me. I like them both and they fit well but one has cowgirls on it which I just love. Keep staying safe.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I suppose I would not mind cowgirls on my face. Definitely better than cowboys. I have considered just putting a paper bag over my head, with goggles strapped over the eye holes. Vent holes along the top rear with alcohol wipes attached to the inside. Germs get killed on entry. Just think, there was a time when wearing a mask into a store could bring the cops down on you. Stay out in the wild. Always was the safest place.

    Liked by 3 people

Comments are closed.