It’s a terrible pun, but I have to make it: A group of us were discussing the new Battlestar Galactica series (we’re hooked), and the characters on it. Someone said that Sharon “Boomer” Valerii was a sympathetic, brave character. “Yes, she’s a brave little toaster,” I replied — and then ran to Google to see if I was the first person to make that connection. (I can’t find a prior reference.)

A toaster is what the Galactica crew call Cylons. “The Brave Little Toaster” was a children’s movie from 1987. I never understood why the vacuum cleaner calls the little boy “The Master.”

Hey, what do you expect on a Friday afternoon? Proust?

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