It’s King Curt to you!

Last weekend, we hiked up Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert. No booming sand, unfortunately, since it rained the day before we went.

Then, I turned 32!  Other than a marked uptick in my level of general annoyance with most other human beings, the passage of my 31st year of life was unremarkable. Nice dinner with the family, new plants in the garden.

And new birthday stuffs, including a set of Pre-Code Hollywood films. I’ve watched one out of the six movies, and was mildly entertained. The actual printed Hays Code, however, was good for some serious guffaws:

Pictures shall not infer that low forms of sex relationship are the accepted or common thing.

Adultery, sometimes necessary plot material, must not be explicitly treated, or justified, or presented attractively.

In general passion should so be treated that these scenes do not stimulate the lower and baser element.

[Seduction or Rape] are never the proper subject for comedy.

Sex hygiene and venereal diseases are not subjects for motion pictures.

Law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed. By natural law is understood the law which is written in the hearts of all mankind, the great underlying principles of right and justice dictated by conscience. By human law is understood the law written by civilized nations.

Revenge in modern times shall not be justified. In lands and ages of less developed civilization and moral principles, revenge may be sometimes presented.

Because of its evil consequences, the drug traffic should not be presented in any form. The existence of the trade should not be brought to the attention of the audiences.

[Dances] with movement of the breasts, excessive body movements while the feet are stationary violate decency and are wrong.

Pretty awesome.  :)