Tuesday, April 25, 2006


You know you are growing old when, you really don't care about the current pop-culture trends that everybody in New York and Hollywood are talking about. When you hear that a rap star has been shot and killed and upon hearing their stage name you say "Who?" Or you hear some teen-agers talking about a hot new music group, and it sounds like noise to you.

I often feel unattached to the current pop-culture. Especially when it comes to TV commercials. What the heck are they trying to advertise? What is the point of a commercial that you don't know what its is supposed to be for? Once you do figure out what they are selling you think "What does a dog peeing on the carpet have to do with Sony Televisions?" or something similarly silly. I saw a commercial that at first I didn't know what it was but then when the end graphic showed I realized the idea they were trying to get across, sort of. The commercial shows a beach with the tide going out, nothing is there, the tide comes in the tide goes back out and then you see what appears to be some footprints in the sand, the tide comes back in and then goes out again and the footprints are gone. Then a graphic comes up for the U.S. Navy Seals, so it was a recruiting ad. Huh?

No wonder people have no idea what is going on. Commercials don't make sense or they don't show what they are trying to advertise. Even during election years political campaign PSAs (Public Service Announcements) spend all their efforts in bashing the opposing candidate without mentioning why you should vote for the candidate the ad is supporting.

Another thing that really bugs me, and this is especially the practices of my local cable system not necessarily the individual television stations, is while watching one Network, you see the upcoming programing schedule ad for another Network. It doesn't make sense to the viewer, but it's all about selling ad time for the networks, and I suspect it is mostly the cable provider doing whatever they feel like doing.

If it weren't for the news and the fact that I am still interested in a few new TV shows, I'd abandon new television viewing for good and stick with my VHS tapes and DVDs.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Sometimes, when the world is going all kind of nutzy and the real news sounds like the "News of The Weird and Stupid", I wish that I knew how to pilot the Space Shuttle so I could jump in it and take off of this third rock from the sun, and just go out there! Perhaps to the second star on the right straight on until morning. Actually I have always been fasinated with the constellation of ORION, particularly the middle star of the "belt". I fantasize or more exactly pretend or imagine that there is a "fourth" star of the belt, directly behind the middle star, that is in such a precise orbit and orientation that it is hidden behind the middle star from our position here on Earth. If we were able to move over enough to another position, or fly out far enough away from the Earth's relative position to those stars we would see the "hidden" star. Crazy I know, but it's something I think would be really neat, and I would love to be able to travel to that distant star and see what it is all about.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Spreading Rumors Via The Internet.

OH boy. As if spreading a rumor wasn't enough. Some people need to use the internet to do it. About a week ago or so I saw a post on a chat board from someone suggesting a way to have fun on the internet, by going to a board on a specific subject and posting an untrue but believable rumor on that topic. Ugh. I'm not sure but I think the person who posted that was a teenager or a younger child, double ugh. OK telling rumors to your friends may be fun, but posting one on the internet where the potiential audience is in the Millions? No wonder people believe some of the strangest things, they are believing everything they read on the internet.

That is why there are sites like: http://snopes.com/ to let people know when a widely spread tale is true or not. Of course there are a few were part of the tale is true, but not the part that people remember. People have a tendancy to remember the first few facts of a topic that they hear. For example some people still believe some of the specualtions and first few attempts at explainations of the events of September 11, 2001. They just remember the first few things they heard, they don't remember the later reports that explained why the first reports were not true. In all the chaos of the events, people were believing whatever they heard. In and around DC there were frantic reports at first that the Capitol had been hit, because people had heard the Pentagon crash or saw the plane flying low and had heard about the events in New York just before. Some people still believe that a quatraine of Nostrodomas predicted the terror attacks of September 11. http://www.snopes.com/rumors/predict.htm

What are we to believe? As they said on The X-Files "The Truth is out there."