June 25, 2005
UPDATE: Good Rant about the Flag Burning Amendment. I love the "VFW Test". I swear the need to pass a law against something that's not even happening much anyway is a retarded crossover of church and state...making it a holy object suggest a church MADE UP of the state. Yes, I'm very grateful to everyone who has fought for this nation; no I don't think this is a good way of making sure they're treated with proper honor.
- Unfinished Essay of the Moment
So lately I've been thinking about this question: "what's the point of acting like a grownup?" To quote Paul in the bible, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." The thing is, I was kind of a precocious kid, read some fairly advanced books, developed a rationalistic worldview, tried to foster a taste for jazz and classical. And of course now that I'm knocking on the door of early middle age, my tastes veer towards that of a younger person...I like video games, I'm the supplier of office toys for my workroom, I really like "graphic novels", all that stuff.
"As I get older, I don't enjoy the same things I once enjoyed.
But I enjoy new and different things!
I just don't enjoy them as much as I used to enjoy the things I no longer enjoy."
--Arlo, "Arlo + Janis"
- Slashdot on a book talking about How Employees who play Video Games are different. It reminds me of one thing I liked about school relative to work; in school, if the challenge was outside of the whole class's capability, that was more or less the teacher's responsibility. Work doesn't have that kind of safety net.
- Lots of Old Commercials
- The truly terrible film "What the BLEEP do we know" did tell me about Masaru Emoto, who claims water resonates with the good or bad thoughts people have around it, and claims to be able to capture that on film. The pictures are pretty if nothing else, though consensus is it's a far cry from a doubleblind study...
- indienudes, "art & porn links"
- Photos of the feet of famous musicians in performance.
- My dad hated gangsters, just had a visceral dislike of the whole scene, just the brutality and domineering nature of 'em. Couldn't stomache Sinatra, thought "The Godfather"'s glorification of the lifestyle was horrendous. So now I alwayas feel a little guilty when I like some bit of that, like "The Sorpranos". I mean the whole idea of "respect" is pretty compelling, but they do tend to underplay what a threat they can be to innocent people not in the group.