July 11, 2007
Transformers. Great summer movie–amazing effects, good action sequences, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. And, I used to be in love with the 80’s Transformers movie. So I enjoyed myself tremendously. That said,
1) Did the Air Force underwrite the entire movie or something? It was like the entire movie was product placement for USAF, and it’s probably a good plan since they’re target demographic probably likes action movies about blowing stuff up.
2) I can root for the Air Force with a much cleaner conscience when they’re indiscriminately lobbing missiles and bombs at evil robots (call me a speciesist) than when the targets are people’s houses.
3) Does the “hot girl” in the movie have to wear a gallon of makeup and fry herself in a tanning bed?
4) It’s nice that all the invading alien plots happen to focus on the U.S. Oh wait, this is Hollywood.
5) What’s with the stereotyped Mexican and South Asian characters? And why is the lead always a white male? *Steps off PC soapbox.*
July 5, 2007
Have you ever wondered what country the state you live in has an equivalent GDP to? OK, probably not, but now you can know!
June 21, 2007
The NYT has an article on Freegans–people who reject consumerism and try to live off other’s trash.
Anthropologically speaking, it’s fascinating. Freeganism is certainly unsustainable (ironically) without the rampant consumerism of American society. The best metaphor is that of “scavengers of the developed world,” found on the front page of the NYT article.
While I may be too much of a cynic to find the lifestyle that appealing, all of it comes from a realization I can certainly sympathize with:
“Most people work 40-plus hours a week at jobs they don’t like to buy things they don’t need.”
May I always do work I love, and may I not buy crap I don’t need. Amen.
June 10, 2007
I like this. I don’t think it says anything new, but it’s certainly said in a neat way, and makes some connections you may not have made. Possibly with a pinch of naive optimist as well. And sweet music.