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WHAT?? Twitter Edition

February 15, 2010 1 comment

As any Twitter user knows, a quick scan of any “Trending Topic” will quickly introduce you to some of the dumbest people alive. Here is just a snapshot of some of the drivel I found within 10 minutes:

@mariaza127 26 sex #makesmesomad so i make my Boyfriend horny by done v-day kiss like this http://cli.gs/sexykiss mmmmmmm #ohjustlikeme #nowplaying

@oBiEvsFRESH #makesmesomad when people text back “lol” wasting my time! gettin my hopes up in shit… LMAO they didnt knw what else 2 say

@EvolutionOfSean: #makesmesomad when I hold the door and yo stuck up ass doesn’t say thank you. Next time Ima let it shut on yo weave.

iCeyy_McFLyy #makesmesomad when niqqasz claim to have swaq whit a collection of new balancesx lol

This is why the internet was invented.

This Day in Time (Travel)

February 4, 2010 2 comments

The Grandfather Paradox

Today’s lesson in time travel theory centers around The Grandfather Paradox. So read on and allow your mind to blow.

Let us pretend for a moment that you are Adolf Hitler. You are knee deep in the Jewish Genocide and are responsible for the death of millions during World War II. Except you are a Hitler with compassion. You have decided that what you have done is incomprehensible. Suicide is not enough. You need to make it like you never existed so that all the wrong in the world that you created can never have originally happened. Whelp, good thing you bought that time machine from that Gypsy a few years ago! You will simply go back in time and kill your Grandfather before he meets your Grandmother. Thus ultimately preventing your death from ever occuring.

Sad times, Hitler. Going back in time to kill your Grandfather to prevent your birth is a paradoxical impossibility.

The reason why is a fairly simple concept but is difficult to ascertain. Going back in time to kill your Grandfather would prevent your birth from ever occurring in the first place, right? Sorta.

You see, this creates a paradox. If you went back and killed your Grandfather you would prevent your birth. However, if your birth never occurs, then you could never be alive in the first place to go back in time to kill your Grandfather. Therefore, there would not be anyone to travel back in time and kill your Grandfather. Your Grandfather would continue on the exact same path as if you never traveled back in the time in the first place, he’d still meet your Grandmother, and eventually you will be born.

Exciting stuff, no?

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Reel Time

February 1, 2010 1 comment

As you may recall, back in October 2009 I challenged myself to watch 365 movies in one year. As I began this challenge in January I realized that 365 is going to be nearly impossible to complete. No matter! The new name of the challenge? “How Many Movies Will I watch in 2010?” It has a better ring to it, I think.

Regardless, below is the list of movies I watched in January. Films in bold will be discussed below. My ratings are the asterisks after the title and are out of 5. What is on your list?

  1. The Lovely Bones *
  2. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ****
  3. The Hammer ***
  4. Away We Go ****
  5. Taking Woodstock **
  6. Thirst ****
  7. Big Fan ****
  8. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs *****
  9. The Girlfriend Experience ***
  10. The Road ***
  11. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell *
  12. Sherlock Holmes **
  13. The Proposal **
  14. Flash of Genius **
  15. 2012 **
  16. Junebug ****
  17. Drag Me to Hell ***
  18. Crazy Heart *****
  19. Crank **
  20. (500) Days of Summer (Commentary track) *****

Thirst (2009)

Hey kids, like vampires? Hey kids, like movies about vampires? Hey kids, think The Twilight Saga is a fucking abomination to film (because it is)? Then Thirst is for you. The Japanese subtitled film is an R-rated movie about a vampire who is not afraid to act on sexual tension (unlike the aforementioned Twilight). The movie follows a doctor  who devotes his living body to science. After a medical experiment goes wrong the protagonist finds himself only able to continue living via the typical vampire means. What makes this film better than most vampire movies is that the main character has to struggle both internally and externally with living with himself and others as a vampire.

Crazy Heart (2009)

Often called The Wrestler for country music, Crazy Heart has been stealing much of the potential Oscar buzz this year. Actor Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski) delivers a stunning performance of a washed up country music performer who finds himself clawing for every dollar while many of the much more successful musicians credit him for their inspiration. A supporting role played by Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) helps round out the relatively small cast and actor (although not in this film) and first time writer/director Scott Cooper proves that a great film can be led through characterization.