Monday, April 08, 2013


:: "32" is a very, very accurate parody of Taylor Swift's "22," even for a guy. Eh, I may not be as young and spry as I once was, but at least I can have cake for dinner whenever I want.

:: Disney and Pixar have officially announced Finding Dory, the Finding Nemo sequel. My first thought: who the hell cares? Pixar's been diminishing returns for some time now, I think, and its increasing reliance on sequels, prequels, and whatevers is getting tiresome. I'm not excited about their work anymore. At least when Disney was making endless unnecessary sequels, it (usually) had the good taste not to ask us to treat it like a real night at the (overpriced) movies. Can't wait to nap through Finding Nemo's Car Keys.

:: HBO is doing a film called Bone Wars. It's a historical "sophisticated comedy" (how they're describing it) about the real-life Great Dinosaur Rush: the 1890s feud between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh to discover and name as many dinosaur species as they could (sometimes through less-than-ethical means). Steve Carell and James Gandolfini are going to star. There is apparently no writer yet, but there needs to be one: Paul T. Riddell. My old mentor (and editor when I reviewed DVDs for the old crappy Sci-Fi Channel website) had, at a couple of points, mentioned wanting to write a film or a novel based on this great story in history, and I would dearly love to see that dream come true, simply because I always wanted to see that damn movie! Paul is exactly who I thought of when I read that announcement, and his writing could make for one of HBO's few, let's say, less forgettable movie-of-the-week-ish original films.

:: I'll try to make this my only political comment this time out, but: President Obama: "The world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty." I'm not a hundred percent sure he knows who Margaret Thatcher actually was, because he's not talking about the Thatcher I'm familiar with... Yeah, yeah, she broke a glass ceiling. That makes up for everything, I guess. Well, at least she and Reagan are both rotting now...

The best description of Thatcher's legacy that I read today came from this Firedoglake retrospective: "Margaret Thatcher’s legacy left to Britain and the world is a burning animosity for the very idea of social responsibility and a promotion of the most predatory unregulated form of finance capitalism."

:: I watch Game of Thrones and I figure King Joffrey is pretty much what Justin Bieber is like on a personal level.

:: I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about the news coverage of someone taking pictures of Miley Cyrus smoking pot. Every time she smokes pot, there's someone in the media giddily trying to "expose" her or wagging their finger at her or something, and I just honestly don't know why I'm supposed to give a damn if she smokes pot or Justin Bieber smokes pot or any fucking kid in America smokes pot. Who cares? What do we win for making them feel bad about it? Hey, not my kid. I'm not trying to come across like I'm too cool and hip to care, I just really, really don't know what the deal is. Are we just supposed to be gleeful about how we have something over them? How does this affect my life in any way? Wow, young people smoke pot. Thank you for the big social revelation, increasingly-irrelevant-media-and-assorted-wannabes. Let's all giggle about it or something!

Same thing goes for making fun of the Kardashians for having it easy and not having the same perspective as the rest of us on daily problems. If you're scoring cheap ego points for yourself by scoffing at Kim Kardashian just now discovering expectant mother parking at Babies 'R' Us, you have deeper self-esteem problems you need to address, because your life isn't defined by having judgments about celebrities.

And Taylor Swift's relationships, too. I'm not defending these people, I'm just asking: how the hell does this stuff really affect, like, anyone? "I have opinions about the imagined romantic life of someone I've never met" is not a thing that's interesting about you. Why the fuck are we supposed to be obsessed with these things? Because someone trying to make money off our attention tells us we are?

:: I guess what I'm really annoyed with is the way our society is so damn loud all the time about being judgmental and negative and being too cool for how ridiculous everything is. It's why I tune it out more and more every year; because ultimately a lot of blogs and websites (including mine, a lot of times, including in this post, so I'm really not being holier-than-thou here) is less talking about stuff because it's interesting or something experienced or something observed and more just screaming these pointless opinions and how much everything sucks. I said nothing original there, I'm just recognizing more and more that the internet is one of my main triggers of impatience.

:: Totally anti-everything I just said, though: Jeremy Irons can go to hell. Legalizing gay marriage will lead to more father-son incest? What planet do you live on? How do people seriously hold beliefs that are so childish and stupid that they'd almost be charming if they weren't so destructive? I just... I just can't with this.

:: Wow, I can't believe how much I'm enjoying Marvel's sort-of-reboot of its cosmic stories. Never my favorite area of Marvel Comics, but Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, and Thanos Rising are all really fun. I love how they're tying this together.

:: No real opinion on the newest attempt to get rid of Jay Leno and replace him with a new host, except that the format is dead and not fun and I'm not sure why it hasn't been phased out entirely at this point. Not for me. Not for decades now. I think that era's long over.

:: Anyone else totally in the tank for Jinkx Monsoon on this season of Drag Race?

:: I think one day history will look back at these days of the internet and be horrified how what it mostly did was reveal the rampant, thoughtless, barely-containable ignorance, hate and stupidity that the human race mainly deals in. When you're a kid, you're told that not everyone seems as awful and fuckdiculous as you think they are, but really, they kind of are. There are a lot of them. And they always seem to run everything. Like the country.

Anyway, this. It's done in a funny way, but those sure are a lot of hateful comments. Every time I read someone talking about why can't we just get our shit together and explore space already, I think of things like this and cynically say to myself in answer, well, probably because we live in a world where there are people who think that calling a three-year-old girl a dumb cunt in response to something that doesn't remotely affect their lives in any way is perfectly rational.

Am I pessimistic about humanity? Very much. But not actively. That way lies too much frustration.

:: This Judge Death cosplay is stunning. So it's not all bad news.

:: Jeez... like so many of my Random Thoughts posts, this one started out fine and got angrier and angrier. I'm really trying to end this one on a positive note, but nothing's coming to me.

Oh, wait, I just saw this guy:

Watching that makes me hella happy. Hella happy, indeed.


Nathan said...

So we're supposed to be bothered that Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber smoke pot, but not about any of the numerous older celebrities who do? Just because they're still kind of young, or what? Is there an age at which it becomes acceptable? I don't get it.

Dr. MVM said...

Jeremy Irons wants to fuck some dude in his family.

Kelly Sedinger said...

Holy crap, you know Paul T. Riddell? I loved his writing years ago, before he basically said "F*** writing!" and stopped writing. Is he still around someplace?

And God, Thatcher was a loathsome whore.

SamuraiFrog said...

Paul's over at his Triffid Ranch and doing lectures now.

He's also got a couple of books out that I have not yet been able to buy, which makes me sad because I love his writing and really, really miss the old HPoO site and the Hell's Half-Acre Herald. I'm so behind on the books I want....

Paul out of nowhere offered me a job reviewing DVDs when he became editor of the all-too-short lived scifinow website, which was my first paid professional writing. And he taught me a lot about how to use obnoxiousness judiciously and when to listen and learn. One of the greatest people I've had the privilege to know.

Drake said...

Oh my GAWD i just fund out that Tommy Chong smokes POT! Where is the public outcry?
Entertainment "News" is so vapid it isn't even gossip anymore.

Roger Owen Green said...

The wonderful thing is that most of those celebrity "issues" I managed to miss (except, unfortunately, Irons' comment).

Yeah, they smoke pot, or don't - I THINK it's supposed to be the "role model" thing, which I suppose applies if they're being a$$holes or something. Interesting fact that the majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana - so Bieber and Swift are just typical Americans.