Random Cultural Things

  1. Hot Air Cold Feet

    Somewhere in all the chatter, I hear another declare, "If so and so gets elected, I'm moving to Canada." My knee-jerk reaction to this is, "Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out." But then, I pause and regroup and respond more eloquently: "Why Canada? I mean seriously, Why Canada?" Is Canada the promised land; or is it simply the nation of choice due to its close geographical distance to the US? If Canada were located in Europe, would these jaded, expat wannabes still...
  2. Christopher Hitchens' ~ For the Sake of Argument

    I just found a little gem of an essay written by Anthony Lock, the founding editor of the online news-source The Secularist, and a writer for the online magazine Technorati. He argues that the terms left and right are misleading and are often used to obscure relevant truths in important political discussions. I completely agree with his position. Do you? Read essay here: For the Sake of Argument The title of Locks' s essay mirrors the book "For the Sake of Argument" by Christopher Hitchens.
  3. Our Lips Are Sealed

    I think I’m onto something here. Check out these pictures. Anthony Weiner Twitter Exhibitionist Eliot Spitzer Purveyor of Prostitutes Arnold Schwarzenegger Maid-in Voyage Tiger Woods and Many Holes Mark Sanford South of the Border Scandalous Soiree All the photos of these men were taken during their public confessions of adultery/sexual indiscretions. Even though they are finally speaking and apologizing, each is sporting tight lips. What does this shared body language reveal? Are...
  4. If I Get a Lobotomy Will You Love Me?

    *Update 5/16/2011: This post was kind of experimental in nature. It was meant to be raw and cathartic. Not sure how successful I was. It is also a companion piece, meant to be read along with my next post If You Were Brilliant Could I Love You? So often, when we write--especially me, we check for spelling, grammar, and content. And we censor ourselves. It was risky putting my thoughts out there regarding relationships. I feel naked. But I also feel relieved. End of update.* I have...
  5. If You Were Brilliant Could I Love You?

    *Update 5/16/2011: This post was kind of experimental in nature. It was meant to be raw and cathartic. Not sure how successful I was. It is also a companion piece, meant to be read along with my prior post If I Get a Lobotomy Will You Love Me? So often, when we write--especially me, we check for spelling, grammar, and content. And we censor ourselves. It was risky putting my thoughts out there regarding relationships. I feel naked. But I also feel relieved. End of update* When I was...
  6. Ban Francisco

    *Update ~ July 29, 2011 ~ San Francisco judge removes circumcision ban from ballot What’s happening with San Francisco? San Francisco is trying to ban the sale of pets within its city limits. A proposal to ban the circumcision of male children has been cleared to appear on the November ballot. Earlier, this liberal west coast city banned fast food toys and plastic bags. While New York is rejoicing in its granting of civil rights to allow gays and lesbians to legally marry, San...
  7. Cyberspace When You're Dead

    I stumbled upon a wonderful article in the New York Times. It was written this last January but the information is still fresh and valid. The article addresses the issue of cyberspace after death—what happens to our digital lives when we die? A lot of people don’t like to think about death—so much so that they put off getting a will made until the last minute—if at all. So thinking about a will for one’s digital assets isn’t something most folks spend Sunday afternoons pondering. I, however,...
  8. The Filter Bubble

    Those who call for anonymous posting to be disallowed and for more regulation of content posted to the Morrissey-solo main page and general forums are not only demanding censorship of free speech, they are advocating for a filter bubble to protect themselves, Morrissey, and the rest of us from information and opinions that don’t fit their world views. According to author Eli Pariser of The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You, the filter bubble “…places us in an isolated...
  9. Voltaire in Quotes

    ~ An appreciation of the enlightened wit and wisdom of the French philosopher Voltaire ~ Brief bio: François-Marie Arouet ( 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, free trade and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays,...
  10. Podcasts at Last

    I'm not a fan of talk radio or audio books. When driving, I like to listen to loud, energizing music. This helps me to get motivated to run my errands or simply keeps me from zoning out to the monotony of overly familiar, repetitive traffic choreography. And when in the comforts of my home, the recorded spoken words of authors and talk jocks have never been welcome. I prefer the written word above all else. Then I like video format. But, just recently, I've had a slight change of heart...
  11. 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony

    I'm watching a prerecorded taping of the Opening Ceremony in HD. View Complete Set of Companion Photos of Opening Ceremony Part I I'm about twenty-five minutes into the program. The Olympic circles are coming together overhead as workers of the industrial revolution beat their drum sticks along to the epic music. Tears are welling up in my eyes. What? I'm not even British. Why so emotional? I dunno. About thirty minutes in, James Bond picks up the Queen from Buckingham Palace....
  12. Olympics Closing Ceremony ~ A Screenshot Memoir of WTF? Moments

    After my seriously brain-draining last blog post about consciousness and other metaphysical stuff, I aim to keep this post light and ridiculously irrelevant. So, the London 2012 Olympics have come to a close. I can't provide much commentary on the games themselves as I only tuned into the men's and women's artistic gymnastics competitions. But as you may recall, I live-blogged the opening ceremony. For the closing ceremony, I have decided to post screen captures of my favorite visuals as...
  13. Pin the Name on the Yogi

    *Update September 29, 2012 ~ The Overheated, Oversexed Cult of Bikram Choudhury It's been a long time since I've poked fun at a group or subculture. Oh wait, I did just write a snarky piece about pretentious philosophers. Anyhow, it feels like a long time. And it has been a while since I crucified spiritualists and castigated climbers. Sometimes, it just feels good to say what you really think. There's nothing wrong with vocalizing an opinion as long as you focus on an acquired status...
  14. The World is a Little Less Wonderful Without You

    December 15th, 2012 is the one year anniversary of my beloved Christopher Hitchens' death. Christopher was my intellectual hero. He was a brave, highly intelligent, articulate, charming, witty, and gracious fellow atheist. Although he had his detractors, he was greatly admired by many and respected by most. It has been a year since Hitch last spoke, wrote, laughed... held court. I miss reading his latest polemical essays in Vanity Fair and other publications. I have countless books on my...
  15. A Collection of Accumulations

    What is the difference between a collection and an accumulation? A collection is two or more items that were purposefully hunted for and gathered together into a group because they share similar characteristics and qualities. An accumulation is also a grouping of similar objects, however, there was no purposeful intention to access these things... there was no hunting involved. I have lots of accumulations: cards, books, music, movies, Legos, toys, shoes, purses, makeup, quilts, cooking...
Loading...