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Science as Leisure

Liz Marchio

I am a trained ichthyologist interested in what gets people interested in natural history, biological sciences, and science careers. My passion is to find out what fuels curiosity for the natural world.

Biology-related serious leisure activities can impact people's interest in ecology, biology, and natural history. Do these activities promote biological understanding? If so, how does that progress and to what level does it progress to? 

If you're interested in a starting a dialogue, please feel free to contact me. If you're curious about how I got here, my story can be found on the About Me page.


In Defense of my Love for Adam Sandler Movies

Adam Sandler movies were once a staple in my movie-diet. There was nothing better than sitting with a group of friends, quoting the best lines and joking about the absurdity of it all. 

That absurdity earned Sandler a "goofball" status. And as a teen/20yo, that goofiness is what I identified as my interest in his work. 

Then Punch Drunk Love came out. I was sideswiped by the deep level of absurdity involved, where the goofiness took a completely scary form. I later found out this movie can be thought of as a life history of Superman. His uncontrollable sisters drive him to do uncontrollable things with his, then, uncontrollable super powers. ANYWAY... it became obvious Adam Sandler was not just a goofy, one trick pony. 

Alas, he eventually goes back to do other movies, and those after 2004 I am less familiar with. But after much reflection about the absurd movies, I realize Adam Sandler stereotyped himself. Maybe people call this "typecasting", but with Happy Madison productions, and Sandler producing the movies, it is absurd to think he would typecast himself.... OR WOULD HE? 

While I have no idea about his intentions, I think Adam Sandler movies, pre-2004, allowed Adam Sandler to be typecast as the silly, irresponsible, bad-with-women, bachelor... which concurrently allowed his supporting cast OUT of being stereotyped or typecast in a role. We all focused on the repetative nature of Adam Sandler, we didn't realize he was allowing absurd characters to break sterotypes. 


That's my opinion, anyway. What's yours? 

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