Thursday, June 21, 2012

Suppose a Symposium

I came across some different Symposiums that you could choose to attend if you have the right credentials and were so inclined. You can look them up online if you’re interested. They’re easy to find. Here’s what’s happening: While the rest of us are going through the motions of everyday life, a select few are involved in these symposiums, hidden inside large, air conditioned buildings, snacking on bagels and small bottles of juice, while we drive by on our way to the grocery and such.

I like the word “symposium.” It just sounds fun. A symphony of discussion. People sitting around, talking about important subjects. And what do they talk about? You too could plan on attending the following symposiums:

The 4th International Animal By-Products Symposium

This one has such stimulating topics as, “Safety of composting euthanized animals as a means of disposal,” and “Research and public policy on carcass disposal and the direction of future research and resources.” It literally rings with excitement, don’t you think?

And then there’s...

The 26th Annual Symposium of the Protein Society.

And what do you get to talk about there? Um. Protein. According to the blurb, you will discuss a “balance between the high-value protein science topics you’ve come to expect at a Protein Society Symposium . . . as well as focusing on the trending areas of research and current developments in protein science.”

Leaves one literally aglow with anticipation, don’t you think? And you must be sure that you don’t miss out on...

The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley.

Sorry, but that’s the actual name. I suppose they had to differentiate themselves from all of the other wine writer symposiums going on in the vicinity But it’s a little hard to figure out what they’ll be talking about from their website. It is clear that they’ll be drinking a lot of wine, so I’m sure they’ll think it’s genius, whatever they talk about.

I’m thinking the comic book conventions need to wise up and get with the program. Something like...

The Symposium of International Comic and Pop Culture Aficionados for the Prevention of Name Calling and Presuppositional Cruel Clique Categorizing by Uninformed Others.

Peace to you.

© LW Publishing 2011


  1. I have just attended a virtual symposium which discussed a variation of symposiums which one might attend (if so inclined).

    That might be the name:
    "The Virtual Symposium of Social Networkers who Like to Ironically Discuss Various Other Symposiums and Their Content."

    I enjoyed attending this symposium very much, largely due to its sarcastic tone (which I love), and I'm always a fan of irony.

    I'm unsure if I had the correct credentials in order to attend this symposium ... but I snuck in anyway. I sat down in my air conditioned bedroom, with my virtual bagel and cup of coffee. It was great.

    Thank you for your synopsis of symposium - I hope to meet again soon for further discussion. :)

  2. Your creds are good with me. After all, it's important to be properly symposied in life. And I think a symposium to discuss symposii is perfectly legitimate.


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