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Hey, look at this! I was cleaning out my desk, and I found this old… - Death drives a white Honda Civic
Hey, look at this! I was cleaning out my desk, and I found this old livejournal I used to write in...

Psh, just kidding! Livejournals can't be found in desks! They can only be found... right here [you can't see, but I'm clenching my fist and lightly tapping my chest]

There's actually several things I've been trying really hard NOT to write about, mainly because I don't think they'd make very fun entries at all. But every time I open up this window to post something, those very things that I don't want to write about are first on my mind. SO, maybe I'll just write a quick few sentences about each one. I mean, the first post after not having written in awhile always sucks anyway, right? It's like making pancakes... Anyway, I bet you are sure RARIN' to read this by now! Nonetheless, away we gooooo....

iTunes Movie Rentals

A few years ago, there was a commercial for a frozen pizza-bagels. The song went like this: "Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime! When pizza's on a bagel, you can have pizza anytime!"

First of all, having pizza in the evening or at suppertime isn't unusual or notable. Secondly, why does pizza need to be on a bagel for you to have it anytime? I feel like iTunes' movie rental model should just take that song as its commercial: "Movies in the morning, movies in the evening, movies at suppertime! When movies are on a computer, you can have movies anytime!" I guess that's a useful service if you're on a plane and have a laptop with you. But... that's gotta be just about it, right? I've never watched a movie at home and thought to myself, "You know, this is nice and all, but what would REALLY be great is if it were playing on a way smaller screen from a laptop placed awkwardly on the coffee table in front of the couch." I mean, I get that everyone loves computers, moreso than ever before, but I think this is maybe something we can admit that they aren't particularly useful for.

Most Hated Movie Concept Yet

I was reading movie reviews on PopMatters.com, when I noticed a photo of what appeared to be an angry-looking Napoleon Dynamite dressed in a blue blazer and pointing a gun at the camera. Turns out this was a production still for a film that tracks the activities of John Lennon's murderer in the several months leading up to the murder. Based in part on the killer's prison diaries! And... WHAT are we doing here? I mean, I don't think it's in any way wrong to presume that making a movie about him plays squarely, perfectly, motherfucking EXACTLY into the killer's motive. It's in his diary, a few lines of which I'm unfortunately familiar with, thanks to having read the review of the movie. And amazingly, there is even a SECOND movie in production about this exact same subject. Starring, as the murderer, Jared Leto, for fuck's sake! [I mean, of course! George Clooney and Tom Cruise are too old for the part, Jude Law and Matt Damon are already shooting other projects...]

Just... really unbelievable.

Idle Political Talk That You Can Totally Skip

The Republican party lives in a different world than than the one I live in. This is a conclusion I've arrived at steadily but gradually, so when I read an article like this one, and everything's right there in one place for me to look at and think, "I don't relate to ANY part of that," it's pretty staggering. The article's really short, by the way. Just an AP blurb, really. But the concept of a "dirty trick" being something like saying the other candidate supports a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq? Really? That's something to deny? That your plan isn't "stay indefinitely?" Also, the idea that "success in Iraq" is some kind of concrete event. What constitutes success in Iraq? If it can be defined, can't we also identify the steps that need to be taken to achieve this success? And therefore, can't we identify a rough period of time that each of these steps would progress over, and if they don't in fact progress over this period of time, maybe re-evaluate the process? What's so objectionable about this? And then there's the invoking of Ronald Reagan like some iconic, Abraham Lincoln figure of ultimate presidential excellence, which is just comical to me.

But this different world is still a little bit larger, I'm afraid.
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counterfeitfake From: counterfeitfake Date: January 31st, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not that I'm arguing with your overall premise, but some people might have computers they can plug into their TVs, which is presumably what Apple (and Netflix and whatnot) are hoping for. And some people might just not have TVs, and be okay with watching movies on their laptops. My girlfriend somehow functions this way. Definitely real TVs are better.

Anyway, here's the real issue in my eyes:

Hey, you know what's stupid? Cable TV and how much it costs! Jesus.

Regarding that movie: Okay guys, don't go see that movie. Seriously. People should not make money off this concept.

Nice to have you back Mark!
famousmark From: famousmark Date: February 1st, 2008 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Exaaaactly. Man, on a related note, I'm also getting tired of reading "The future of [entertainment] is downloading" quotes from Steve Jobs and Bill Gates that are presented as though they contain self-evident prescience. Uh, these guys are the heads of huge computer/software companies, and as such, are just stating what they want to see happen. That they're such leaders in their field might seem to give them trend-predicting credibility, but all they're doing is marketing.

And, thanks, Eric. Good to be back! Now, when do we get to meet this girlfriend of yours?
laleche From: laleche Date: February 1st, 2008 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember that stupid commercial... or more accurately, (now that you brought it up, I'll never get it out of my mind for the next week).

I think Regan was a god among men; a true hero. What he did for republican propaganda and economic theory is just a real thing a beauty. His son is actually the only good thing that came out of him and Mr. Regan only played a background roll in that.

Welcome back (for the time being...)
famousmark From: famousmark Date: February 1st, 2008 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I truly apologize for the Bagel Bites song. I... accidentally typed that as "Babel Bites" at first. There's a product for you! "Polish in the morning, Farsi in the evening, Russian at suppertime! When languages are on a bagel, you can speak languages anytime!"

Haha, for the time being? No, I am back FOR KEEPS! At least, I hope to maintain journal-writing motivation!
laleche From: laleche Date: February 1st, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Babel Bites sound awesome! Churn out those entries because its precious few on here that amuse me, and you, sir, amuse me. Dance monkey! dance! Okay, I'm kidding...
keepthepenny From: keepthepenny Date: February 1st, 2008 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Here's the formula:

FamousMark + random thought about anything = me giggling hysterically for like 10 minutes

I laughed so hard at the iTunes thing and I literally don't even know why. Like CounterfeitFake's girlfriend, I always watch movies on my laptop (which admittedly sucks) so renting movies through iTunes is a great idea for me!
famousmark From: famousmark Date: February 1st, 2008 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh awesome! I was reading some of my older journal entries last night, and there are some TRULY great comment exchanges between you and I. Like, they go on for so long that eventually, the comments are indented all the way to the right of the screen, and we only get one inch for a margin! And I thought to myself "Awww that is going to be sorely missing from my newly-restarted journal, because I bet Laurie totally doesn't read livejournal anymore. But, no! You're still here! Awesome!

That was like a really long-winded haiku...
keepthepenny From: keepthepenny Date: February 1st, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I disappeared for awhile and actually just started reading again! And, oh my god, I totally remember those ridiculous comment spirals.
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