Well that was a nice long refreshing break of a month. I've been in and out a lot this month, and the Site Journal apparently got put by the wayside. But I'm back now, and I slipped another August entry in just in time to post this final answer to the question from last month -- which is better, peaches or a film projector?
And there you have it.
Answers to the previous reader question, "Which is better, peaches or film projectors?" follow. Again, I received many good answers and could not post them all -- thanks to everyone for contributing, quoted or not.
"Let's start with showing films. The peach lacks certain essential systems, such as an internal light source, a place to put the film, and a lens through which to project. The average peach is even far too small to be used as a screen. Of course, if it is a truly bad movie, this may not prove problematic, and the peach juice staining the film may even be an improvement. Rotting peaches may also be thrown at bad movies, but I digress.
"The film projector clearly has the advantage when it comes to showing movies. Unlike the peach, it does usually have an internal light source, a place to put the film, a take-up roll, a lens, and numerous other bits that all contribute to the successful showing of a film.
"So for purposes of showing films, I should say the movie projector is the clear winner.
"And now eating. Many would consider the peach a delightful sort of eating, while finding a film projector lacking a certain something in that regard (like edibility). I, however, am deathly allergic to peaches. To eat a peach would mean for me instant discomfort culminating in a terminal lack of ability to breathe. To eat a film projector, though...well, I may end up with an awful stomach ache and possibly require surgery in the end, but stomach aches and surgery beat death by anaphylaxis every time in my book, so for purposes of eating I'd have to say the film projector wins this round as well.
"There you have it, then. The film projector is clearly the superior item."
"Anyway. Peaches, projectors. Projectors, peaches. Well you can't watch movies with a peach, and you can't eat films. Unless, of course, you're working for the Film Anti-Preservation Society, as seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Man, am I ever going to miss that show. I've also noticed that I give too much thought to these questions.
"Projectors are more wide-spread. You see them in theaters, schools, and, on occasion, homes, whereas you can only find peaches at food markets. But peaches taste so darn good, so I'm going to have to go with the peaches."
"As for peaches, you've got a nice long list. They are edible and tasty. They can be thrown easily and effectively. They have a nice mushy quality to them that means if you put a bunch of them in a sack, they'll make a good pillow. They can be juiced. The pits can be used to grow more peaches. The pits also make good things to throw. And those are just things off the top of my head. Personally, I think the government needs to give me about a million dollars in grant money to find more uses. Think about all the good I could do the world."