Wednesday, March 31, 2004

I read the news today, Oh Boy -- "Jubilant residents dragged the charred corpses of four American contractors through the streets Wednesday and hanged them from the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. " What sort of f'd up world are we living in that the people would drag corpses though the streets? Jubilantly, no less. Yuck.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I coined this yesterday. (At least I believe it to be original...) "Everybody has issues, you just don't want to date someone who has a subscription". Badump-dump. Thank you ladies and germs!

Friday, March 19, 2004

This was in the headlines today: "Bin Laden reward at $50 million" -- "The House of Representatives, amid an intensifying hunt for leaders of the Al-Qaida terrorist network, voted unanimously Thursday to double the reward for Osama bin Laden's capture to $50 million." Ummm...aren't we spending billions and billions on defense (or war as you might say...) and the most we can come up with for a reward to capture one of the leaders of Al-Qaida is 50 million? I fear our boys like to play with the toys rather than seek resolution to the thorns in their side.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Two Second Movie Review:

  • 50 First Dates -- Overall an enjoyable flick if you can get past the over done penis jokes. The main story is sweet, romantic, funny and pretty well written. Again, if you can overlook the base humor that's a waste of film, a good time will be had! C+
On a side note about this film, I was contacted by the visual researcher working on the film when it was titled "50 First Kisses" for a bit part in the movie. The scene was about the kids playing on the computer. Unfortunately it was cut out of the film during production! It would have been fun to have my first 15 minutes of film fame!

Monday, March 08, 2004

Spalding Gray was found dead in the East river (NYC) the other day. It's just so sad. I loved his work. It was dark, funny, brilliant and passionate. I remember first seeing his show, "Monster in the Box". He had a wonderful way of telling his autobiographical stories that pulled you in and wouldn't let you go. Just very sad. They're guessing that the guy killed himself by jumping off the Staten Island ferry. That even makes it more sad. Ah well. The opportunity to see him perform more of his work will be sorely missed. If you haven't had the opportunity to see one of his performances, check out your local video store.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

A new Two Second Moview Review:
  • Big Fish -- A series of tall, exaggerated tales wrapped around a strong story of honesty in relationships. Beautifully done by Tim Burton. B+

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

I've been pondering boredom. What is it really? Is it a lack of entertainment or really a lack of constructive, productive things to do? Nothing is more boring than being on the job with nothing to do and no way to pretend to work and be entertained at the same time. In fact, what is entertainment, but something to fill the void when we're not doing something productive?

In our current state of society, we have far less that we need to do, yet we feel overburdened by tasks. Very few of us grow our own food *and* cook it. Hell, very few of us cook our own food these days. If we do cook, it's commonly filled with convenience items to make the cooking faster. We don't usually sew our own clothing or mill the threads into fabric. We don't usually raise our own houses or barns or other shelters. We don't tend to the animals that we intend on eating. We don't have to go to the stream every day to cart our drinking water home. We don't even have to go to hunt for fuel sources to keep us warm in the winter. So, most of the very basic things that we need to survive -- food, water, shelter, clothing (optional in some areas, I guess) are provided for us.

We've got 24 hours in a day. For most people, eight of them are spent at a work or school environment of some sort. That leaves 16 hours. Take away another 8 for a full night's rest. That still leaves 8 hours to fill with...ummm...something. All of our necessities are given to us. So, we fill those 8 hours with fluff. Things that really aren't necessary to our survival or that of our families. (If you're parenting some wee ones under the age of three, you've got to allot for time helping them survive too.)

8 hours every day. Think of all the things you can do in 8 hours. Most of us will probably contemplate a leisure activity to fill that time. We could be out on a picnic. We could be fishing. We could be playing board games or poker if you will. We could be etc, etc. There are a million and a half things you could do during those hours. With all of that time available, how can someone claim to be bored??

One theory mulling around in my skull -- those who claim to be bored are actually lazy. Another theory -- they're not very creative. Let's backtrack a minute to the 8 hours of work that we do each day. I'm talking about the work we get paid for...how many of our jobs are really necessary for the survival of our species? Seriously, how many? This is a long standing theory that I've never taken the time to write out thoroughly (lazy? Oops, maybe!) The theory is that most of the jobs held in the industrialized world are unnecessary. They're "fillers" just as much as TV is. The strange thing is that most of the blatently "filler" jobs are often the highest paid -- actors, professional athletes, CEOs, politicians, lawyers, Wall Streeters, real estate agents, etc. No one needs the hours that those people put into their jobs for societal survival. If they were all blown off the Earth today, we'd all be fine.