I don’t know.
Either way, it’s an interesting suggestion.
I don’t know.
Either way, it’s an interesting suggestion.
England’s loss today was probably the most disappointing match so far. They played terribly, and deserved to lose, but still totally disappointing. I don’t know who to cheer for now.
So apparently there was an earthquake today (hit the link for a funny video). Strangely, I know this only because CBC ran a ticker-tape with the news during it’s afternoon showing of the Germany vs. Ghana match. Somehow, despite being in Centretown all day, I didn’t feel a thing! I’m not sure if I should feel lucky, or ripped-off!
Let’s get one thing straight – I didn’t want to see this movie. My aversion was not because I thought it would be bad – I try to have an open mind – but because I was simply not interested in a story about middle-aged women coming to grips with the fact that they are middle-aged. Unfortunately, I saw it anyway.
And it was bad.
First, there is no plot. This movie uses a Seinfeld-esque methodology in that a lot goes on, but nothing really happens. This would be fine if we were still living in 1998, and I were talking about a 30 minute sitcom. But this is a movie – a very long movie – and I generally expected that something would happen.
Next, the messages that this movie sends are deplorable:
Even ignoring all this, the movie is one long homage to luxurious American excess. The four women go on vacation for a week and each one gets their own butler and car – while they stay in a suite that is supposedly $22,000 a night. Plus it seems that they each have a new outfit for each hour of the day – none of which are respectful of the culture they are in.
There are definitely some funny moments in this movie, and there is a long scene in a karaoke bar that is clearly meant to be a woman power moment. Unfortunately, they are all completely overshadowed because of the incredibly unlikable women involved.
This movie is about offensiveness for its own sake – a goal that makes even less sense coming from a middle-aged woman comedy than it does from a teen comedy.
But every once in a while a secret is posted that really bothers me. Sometimes I’m bothered because I can relate to the situation; sometimes I just think the situation is fabricated. And still other times I am bothered by a secret simply out of principle. For example, this secret was posted in most recent Sunday batch:
I find the sheer selfishness of this person appalling. They are literally wasting some poor guy’s time, for nothing more than convenience. Some people are really just terrible.
I’ll admit it – I wait with a rather lame sense of anticipation for the Google April Fool’s hoax.
So far, I think that 2007 was my favorite year. That year included Gmail Paper – a free, ad-supported, service that offered Gmail users the ability to have all of their email printed and snail-mailed to them. It also included Google TiSP, which was supposedly Google’s first foray into the Internet Service Provider market. The service was to offer broadband speeds through a connection in your toilet.
But this year, the hoax is simply that Google has changed it’s name to Topeka in honour of the stupid town in Kansas that changed its name to Google in an effort to gain Google’s favour. Somehow the hoax just doesn’t have the same level of creativity that I’ve come to expect.
So I’m disappointed. But I am holding out hope that there is some other more creative and amusing hoax yet to be discovered.
Over at iFixit, they definitely know how to do an April Fool’s prank. They have a tear-down of what you would presume is Apple’s soon to be released iPad, but then come to realize is actually the decades old Newton. Well done.
It seems that my Facebook project is taking off significantly slower than I had anticipated. Dispite all the hype and hoop-law around social networks and privacy issues, people seem to be genuinely hesitant to add a stranger as a “friend”. Now I readily admit that social networking has never really been my thing – online and offline, I’m just not that good at it. In fact, the Facebook profile that I have created specifically for this project really is the only one that I have. There isn’t some other Mitch Leuraner profile with connections to dozens of my friends and family. (At least, not one managed by me!)
But when I came up with the idea of creating a profile specifically for interacting with complete strangers, I figured it would be easy. It feels like the media has been constantly warning people about the dangers of allowing personal aspects of their lives to be displayed.
I figured that, since everyone had already become comfortable with strangers pretending to be “friends”, I would surely be able to gain trust by admitting to my plans upfront.
Surely nobody would object to such a simple project…
Well, I was wrong for sure. (And so was the media!) So far I’ve found that people are genernally not willing to share their lives with me. And I can’t really blame them of course – other than the knowledge that they are contributing to my own understanding of humanity, they have nothing to gain from letting me into their lives.
But, I’ve been thinking about the near wholesale rejection (at time of writing I had only managed to amass three friends) in terms of what it might say about people, our news media, and online social networking in general.
I’m not ready to proclaim that all friends really are friends, but I am learning that few friends are actually strangers.
For now, the project continues. I’ll keep you posted.
ps. Take a look in the links (on the right side of the home page) to find my Facebook profile!