30 January 2006

"How are you gonna make a bomb? With chewing gum??"

"Why, you got any?"

While watching MacGyver today, I got to thinking about the values expressed by the show - stylish and fun-loving, MacGyver is a role model of yesteryear - he's a nice guy who always finishes first and preaches peace. The warmongers he goes up against are always sleazy and hateable. But this formula is secondary to the show's importance.

MacGyver is endlessly inventive - the main draw of the show is his command of a variety of engineering knowledge and his ability to think on his feet. However inaccurate the show's science may be, it's always rooted in fact and the ability of the protagonist to solve problems is the source of his glamour.

What other show has done so much to make science and creative thinking cool? And how many budding engineers today owe their initial interest in problem-solving to MacGyver? Paint me nostalgic, but nothing I can think of on television today glamourizes anything except the attainment of celebrity status and embarrassing oneself for vast sums of money. At a time when the Eastern world is exploding with scientific talent for low, low prices, it seems like we could use a few more 'thinking idols' in the living room instead of efforts to drive scientific theory from the classroom.


watching: MacGyver (duh)

29 January 2006

it's all about the mustache, baby

Sooo, yesterday I went to see The Matador with girlfriend Cara, and friends Mike and Scott. It was very funny and witty. Pierce Brosan's character was neato - a lot of fun to watch stumble around. I think we all enjoyed the movie, and I think it goes to show that movie experiences are always enhanced by burned-out pedophiliac boozers bursting into every scene do socially unacceptable things. I guess what I'm saying is, more people should invite me to see movies with them.

Also, spotted a conveyor sushi bar, which I have every intention of checking out for midnight sushi next weekend. Or maybe sooner. Hmm...maybe tonight?

That's the way...

Hmm...Well, as much as I disapprove of the whole thing, 'blogging' seems to be the wave of the present, so get used to it, right? It seems like I can't even talk to my friends anymore, being an outsider, as it were. So, here I present sic biscuitus disintegrat for the gratification of the blogging community.

It seems like quite often I'm reading something on the internet, and then there's always some kind of 'post-a-comment' or 'review' section. And whenever I read these sections, I always get really annoyed with all of the comments that I think are stupid. And obviously, I'm not the only one, because then there will be about ten other people that respond agrily to the first commenter, with things like 'You are stupid and so is your mom.' And then the first commenter will post again saying something like 'YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!'

This gets me thinking. All these people suck. But if I posted this, it would be sinking to their level. I would appear no better than them. And this would be a big problem, since I am better than them. Much better.

I don't know what exactly will happen here, but I imagine it will probably be mostly a depository for my musings on popular culture, at least as long as I don't have a more complex thought in my Pretty Little Head. If I do, I imagine it could get quite preachy, so if anyone actually reads it and has a problem, then they'll just have to leave a comment, like all you little blogging people like to do.