Archive for August 12th, 2006

As I was browsing the Consumerist today, I read a great post about how this Sierra Mist ad takes on new meaning since the attempted terror attack of 8/10. Perhaps the terrorists are at war against commercials. When they act out a terror attack similar to the plot of a commercial, the commercial will never be shown again. If they mimic all commercials in terror attacks, all commercials will be removed. They are simply trying to remove all the decadence of commercials from television. Next up, a terrorist attack involving Victoria’s Secret bras. But if we take the ads down, we will only let the terrorists win. Let us tell them how far they are from winning by playing the ads repeatedly.

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The Pulse is a new definition of the horror movie genre. The director, Jim Sonzero dares to ask the question, “What if I only have 15 minutes of material, but I need to make a feature length movie.”

The Pulse succeeds in its ambitious direction. Not only is the movie ruined at the very beginning, as the object of our fears  boredom is revealed no less than 1 minute into the movie, but we get to see it in a way that removes all suspense and all mystery from the entire film. The only sympathy that can be felt for any of the characters comes in the form of the old stereotype. The Blonde. Yes, we should care about the main character because she is cute. Kristen Bell plays the part of Mattie, a 20 something that is surrounded by technology in the form of cell phones, and instant messaging. I don’t know about you guys, but that technology was so 2004. It’s Web 2.0 now baby. We don’t use our cell phones for calls anymore, we use them for broadband internet access. How else will you post pics to Facebook? We don’t use IM anymore, we tag del.icio.us pages and post to our blog. Ultimately, after every stereotype of every horror movie ever is exploited, we reach a conclusion that *spoiler ahead* results in the end of the world, and humanity being relegated to living in areas without cell phone reception. Yes, I know that sounds ridiculous, but I made it sound even scarier than how it was portrayed.

If only Jim Sonzero had thought to include MySpace, the level of terror would have been increased 100 times.

Good: I don’t have to see this move again
Bad: The beginning, the middle, the end
Be Aware Of: Wes Craven, the “master of horror” wrote the screenplay


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More so than any other album I’ve listened to recently, Ray LaMontagne’s 2004 release, Trouble is a great gem that I have discovered. I can’t stop listening to it.I’d like to write more on the album, but I’m going to go see “The Pulse”. My expectations are really low.


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Every generation has the same complaint. Why does our world have so many problems? Whether it was the Spanish-American War, the Franco-Prussian War, French-Indian War, or any other war that may or may not have involved a dash, we face the same problems as a species. We all disagree, and we are unable to deal with that fact. I propose that the reason we all have so many problems with the world is because we have so many problems with ourselves. And yes, that sounds like psuedo-analysis wrapped up in clever word play but it is reality.

If we really look at many of the conflicts we face on any given day, very many of them arise because we are trying to be something we are not.

An individual.

This concept is so much a part of the modern idealogies we all hold, it is rare that we ever consciously consider it. The individual, as many of us think we want to be, is ultimately alone, ultimately isolated, and ultimately unique. Yet, much of what we do is to avoid being alone or isolated. Could the real solution for being unique lie in the ultimate emulation of everything around us? What is so wrong with copying everything around us. Emulation may be the only method by which we can learn for ourselves. Much like the teacher that is displaying a simple math problem, the students must copy it over and over. Until soon, after multiple copies, it is understood. As soon as the simplest of concepts is emulated repeatedly, it can be understood. Once a concept is understood, it can be built upon.

The idea of the individual has quickly become less of a reality as well. Isn’t the internet, and especially the up and coming web 2.0 technology, just a collective archive of minds? Thanks to blogging, my thoughts can now be your thoughts. That is something to think about.

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