Random Cultural Things

  1. 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....
  2. 2014 Welcome!

    The past is the past. Today is a fresh start. This is now the time for resolution. Start of my fifth book: realitybites Resolution. Book four is being assembled now... Should have a link to it later today. All books can be downloaded for free from my Box. They are in PDF format. Links to books.
  3. 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...
  4. A Disembodied Mind

    A disembodied mind could be an immortal mind. I want to have my mind uploaded before dementia sets in. Then all that data to be downloaded into a computer. I would be happy to be without a body. Would actually prefer for my mind to be disembodied. I could live inside a computer. People could download an App if they want to access me, interact with me. I could have an online blog/website where I continue to post my thoughts and whatnot. I could have instant access to all the information on...
  5. A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

    If in the future, we have the ability to save minds from disease and decay, should we make them immortal by housing them in new bodies every three decades? Or should we let them die to make room for new minds? What if overpopulation were not an issue? Or if we could house the minds in computers? Should we keep minds alive forever? I say yes, we should. Don't you think it is more tragic for a fully developed personality to die rather than for a new 'potential one' not to be born? Let the...
  6. A Year in Movies: 2015

    Like the years before, this is an ongoing list. This one spans January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015. Here are the other years' lists: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. I will rank each film from one to four stars. 2014 and 2015 released movies seen in 2015: Spy ~ 4 Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story ~ 4 Trainwreck ~ 4 The End of the Tour ~ 4 Man Up ~ 4 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ~ 4 A Day in the Life of a Dictator ~ 4 Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story ~ 4 Far from the Madding Crowd ~ 4...
  7. After the film ended, I wondered...

    TJust saw the film Mr. Turner. At the end of the movie I was left with a question: What became of the housekeeper? Ever have a question(s) pop into your head after the movie is over... or a day later? This will be an ongoing post—to be modified when new movies come to mind. Warning ~ Movie Spoilers Ahead Mr. Turner: What became of the housekeeper? Birdman: Was that movie way overrated, or what? Gone Girl: What the heck did we just watch? Did Chris Nolan direct this? The Riot...
  8. All of the Rumors...

    It has been stated that I... Read Salon by both Pet Troll and Saddo. FALSE. I never read Salon. I read Slate. Am a politically correct liberal. Actually, I am a classic liberal, not a bleeding heart, white apologist. When it comes to foreign policy, I am more inline with the hawks than the doves. Photoshopped my selfie pic to remove wrinkles. I did nothing whatsoever to alter that pic. It went straight from my camera to flickr to Solo. Check the exif data for proof. Slept with...
  9. An Iron Fist Inside a Velvet Glove

    See Part II. Hand In Glove—Leslie—does the world revolve around you, my dear? Are all of my blog posts about you? Are ANY of them about you? Do you think you mean that much to me? You don't. And even though you seem to think I have been talking about you in my blog, I have not. All my posts, in fact, are about other people—people I DO interact with on the forums. You are invisible in the forums. You hardly post. You are a non-entity. You have no positive impact or negative one. That you...
  10. An Iron Fist Inside a Velvet Glove Part II: The Gloves Are Off

    Warning: This is going to get ugly. Was I left with any other choice? How long will this psychodrama continue? I hope it ends here. Why do I fear this is not the case? Because I am dealing with an angry woman—an angry woman who holds onto things: people, objects, and grudges. She is obsessed and angry. A lethal combination. See Part I. I am posting this here because hand in glove has a habit of deleting her blog posts. She has been a blogger for longer than I have. But she...
  11. Anonymous Sometimes

    My can things change in two and a half years. With new information, our paradigms may shift. In August 2011, I wrote a bog entry titled The Filter Bubble. It has been read by posters here and at least one person has used it as ammunition in an argument. In other words, thrown it back in my face, if I was ever critical of anonymous posting. Seemed that my little polemic had locked me into a position. So now, today, I am rectifying my position—reaffirming how I feel about anonymous posting...
  12. 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...
  13. Best Picture Nominees of 2013 w/Commentary

    Nine films are vying for the Oscar for Best Picture. As of tonight, I have now seen all nine. My 2014 Oscar Ballot Which film will win? My guess is 12 Years a Slave. Which do I wish to win? Nebraska. Just saw this film tonight. What a wonderful story with characters that cement themselves into both mind and heart. The black and white cinematography, by Phedon Papamichae, is breathtaking—reminiscent of Gianni Di Venanz's cinematography in Fellini's 8 1/2. Nebraska 8 1/2 Here are...
  14. Blog Comments

    Apologies to anyone who has posted a comment in my blog that has gone unacknowledged, has not been responded to, or has not been approved. I discovered a while ago that I had not been receiving notices when a comment had been posted. I alerted davidt to this problem. But he was unable to fix it. Perhaps I need to uncheck or check something in the settings. I can't figure it out. But, I was unaware until yesterday, that posted comments were invisible to others. Apparently the default...
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