Friday, August 29, 2008

Veep Veep

Initial Impressions.

They might likely change.

Who did better in their Vice Presidential selections?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Key Issues

What are the key issues for you as a voter?

Death Penalty
Health Care
Global Warming/ Environment
Gas Prices
Alternative Energy
Maybe its something not mentioned here. What do you as a voter consider the key one or two issues in this election?


I asked who you were voting for. The more important part of the entry being, WHY.

We have had spirited responses (so far all between people who are most likely voting for the same person) and I thank those for opening the discussion.

Who I would like to hear from now (which doesn't mean I dont want to continue hearing from the others) are the people voting for Obama. I know you are out there. Half the people I originally told about this blog are voting for him. So why?

Let's hear the other side of the coin.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Worst Song Ever?

I think this is wrong on a number of levels. Anybody know of worse songs?

Or am I wrong? Does anyone think this is good? If so I have to rethink everything.

Is it Ridicurus?

The LPGA just reported that all new players to the tour are required to learn English starting in 2009.

Players who have been LPGA members for two years face suspension if they can't pass an oral evaluation of English skills. The rule is effective immediately for new players.

Is this fair? Is this just good business?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Reason For Your Vote

Who will you vote for and why?

You have a reason for voting for one guy
over the other. What is it?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

With Wings As Eagles

Now the Olympics are over. As one jaded sports analyst said, Michael Phelps broke records, he didn’t drop gas prices.

But to me the Olympics are everything that COULD be right about sports. Do they succeed? For moments at a time, absolutely. Other times, no.

Some of my memories of the Olympics growing up contained Mary Lou Retton’s perfect 10. Greg Louganis winning, then next Olympics bashing his head on the board and still winning on the very last dive of his career. Carl Lewis. The Ice Hockey Team in 1980 (If I did not see it when it happened, it was talked about enough I feel I did). Men’s Volleyball. Bad boxing decisions. Bad figure skating decisions. Eddie The Eagle. I could keep going.

My family always loved the Olympics. And I still do, mostly. Phelps going for 8 golds was remarkable. It took 4 times looking at the end of that one race before I thought he actually won. And the greatest relay finish ever as we beat the arrogant French team. What gets American Patriotism flowing more than that?

And yet I watch the much ballyhooed American Men’s Basketball team with a feeling of loss. Loss for what the Olympics no longer are in certain ways.
It all changed when we let pros play in what was once an amateur competition. I know I know. Michael Phelps and many others aren’t really amateurs. Not with his Speedo and other endorsements before these Olympics. But with swimmers and others who we only see every 4 years, they still have that amateur feel.

I can watch Kobe and Lebron and the rest, a great part of the year. No way are they amateurs. No matter how much the rest of the world has caught up, the USA basketball team was an extraordinary collection of talent. No way should we lose. We could not. Which makes the gold medal more a sigh of relief than a feeling of true joy.

There will never be another “Miracle On Ice” because we are the same as the “professional” Soviets were. A bunch of college kids beating a pro team is a story for the ages. We have not won that gold medal since. And if we did, watching pro NHL All-stars play against one another, we would not care even close to as much.

I watched Chariots Of Fire the night before the Beijing Olympics started. The controversy back in 1924 Britain, was the fact that sprinter Harold Abrahams hired a coach. An amateur athlete hiring a coach was not illegal but looked down upon. What a truly long time ago.
Now the problems I have with track and field are I just do not completely believe my eyes. For the clean athletes, this is not fair at all.
But I have a hard time believing certain times and certain gymnasts ages. Years ago, we seemed like the moral and right exception to the amateur’s only rule. Now it sometimes feels like pro that cheats the best versus pro that cheats not as well. I long for the days when having a coach was the biggest no no.

Eddie The Eagle, Britain’s first (and only) Olympic Ski jumper, was not allowed to be in the Olympics anymore. He was just not good enough, no matter if he was the only guy in his country willing to give it a try. He was too amateur. Eddie the Eagle is the kind of Olympic moment I miss. It is the kind of great moment we now have less and less often.

There will be no film made about the American Basketball Team beating the outmanned team from Spain. There is one planned about Eddie The Eagle.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

what da!

Bono and Robin Williams are famous people who are often seen with other famous people. I have never seen them together.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Need To Know Basis

Metropolis is the most interesting of films. It is an undisputed masterpiece. It has influenced countless filmmakers. And it has been seen by virtually nobody. Not in its entirety. Missing scenes have given the film a mystique that can’t be matched. It’s like the Venus De Milo. Once the arms go back on, will it just be a pretty woman?

Will the missing footage (most of it anyway) that has been found keep the film in the high status it has established? Will the missing plot holes be explained by Patrick Duffy walking out of a shower and us realizing it was all a dream? Was it all in the head of an autistic child looking at a snowglobe? Was an annoying CGI created sidekick who spoke ebonics, the reason for the missing scenes?

Probably not. But all these mysteries being solved lately to me are kind of, well, disappointing.
I liked it better when we did not know who was the woman in the Mona Lisa. I preferred a time when we were unsure what the heck Stonehenge was.

We each get something different out of a piece of art. What did Bill Murray really whisper to Scarlett Johansson at the end of Lost In Translation? Why would I want to know? What I feel he said on some level, or the power of a moment shared between the two characters could not possibly become more powerful by finding out.

EX: (Wasn’t it cooler in a way when you didn’t know what giant warehouse the Ark of the Covenant, was stored in at the end of Raiders of The Lost Ark?)

What was the glow in that briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Macguffins are a part of films because our individual imaginations create a better scenario, than if the director revealed it at the end. When they are revealed they are often disappointing. If they are not a disappointment, the film is classic (i.e. Citizen Kane)

Macguffin: A term used by Alfred Hitchcock to refer to an item, event, or piece of knowledge that the characters in a film consider extremely important, but which the audience either doesn't know of or doesn't care about. Examples: the engine plans in The 39 Steps, the statue with the microfilms in North by Northwest, and the contents of the briefcase in Pulp Fiction.

The best Macguffin of all is the one we live through every day. The big questions we all have for God. “Why if _____ then _____ , _____, ______ happens?” It can be frustrating to the point where we say a lot of blankety blanks to ourselves.

Our feeble minds cannot fathom why. God is on a whole other level of intelligence. And when everything is made known we won’t be disappointed. It will be Metropolis plot holes all tied together brilliantly, times a million. But I will enjoy all the mystery in the mean time.
But don’t forget. We are characters in one heck of a story. And even Orson Wells is gonna be impressed with all of the reveals at the end.