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Sunday, June 19, 2005

happy dad's day

happy father's day. thanks

Friday, June 10, 2005


Most of these "meme" things get on my nerves, but this one seemed interesting, especially for a group blog where we can compare and contrast answers. Please post your own answers if you feel like it.

List five things that people in your circle of friends or peer group are wild about, but you can't really understand the fuss over. To use the words of Caesar (from History of the World Part I), "Nice. Nice. Not thrilling...but nice."

1) Star Wars - I think this might be part of a broader lack of fascination with sci-fi and fantasy. I mean, I loved the stuff as a kid, and there's no underestimating the power of synergy between movies, toys, and breakfast cereals. But now, seeing the original movies again, they just seem . . . *eh*. The originals are clearly superior to the new ones, but I have difficulty getting worked up about any of them.

2) DIY Television - Watching "Real Life" shows on TLC or "How-to" shows on the Food Network, there's only so much I can take. I mean, it's not like they are bad shows (Alton Brown notwithstanding) but they are just like, is there something better on?

3) Sensationalism as News - Michael Jackson. Scott Peterson. Lindsay Lohan. Robert Blake. Young attractive women being kidnapped. All of these things are not news, or at least not MAJOR news, but are headline stories because of their entertainment value. I just ignore it all. This means I can't watch television news anymore, but who my age does anyway? When someone says "I am so sick of this Katie Holmes / Tom Cruise stuff," I just think, turn it off. Then (maybe) they won't show it anymore.

4) Alias - One too many "but wait, it's not this, it's THIS!" for me. See also ten years ago: X-Files.

5) SUVs - I just don't get it. More expensive, takes more fuel, no additional cargo space than a sedan. Really seems obscene to me. My cost benefit sensors go off the rictor. The people I know who buy these must have gentler egos than I expect.

Five things I can't understand why some people I roll with don't go all gaga over:

1) Comic Books - Obviously. To me, comics are a distinct artform, separate from say music or prose or motion pictures. And to me, it is the artform I can relate to the most. But it flies under the radar of most people, even though most people I know enjoy a number of different art forms through radio, tv, books, and the internet.

2) Discovering New Music - The best part of having satellite radio is listening to the stations that frequently play new stuff. Yeah, I won't like all of it, but I get to hear some great music that I wouldn't otherwise hear, and to me that's like living only half-way. Just seems like people reach a certain age where they either only listen to the music of a decade ago or only listen to music that corporations decide should be distributed.

3) Purchasing Music - For better or for worse, it is no longer seen as rational to pay for music when it is available illegally for free. Guaranteed way to get funny looks: say that you downloaded some music to decide whether to buy the album or not. It's just my way, I guess.

4) NPR News - News about things that really affect my life and the state of the world. How cool is that? Way cool.

5)Twisted Animation - "Wow, that was messed up. There's no way they could ... HOLY FUCK! They did NOT just do that! Oh they did! That is so ... WOW." Because sometimes, it feels good to "go there," when "there" is stuff that no one else expects or is humanly possible.