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Posted by Adrian on April 3, 2009
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Posted by Adrian on April 1, 2009
One of my favorite episodes and one of the best Simpson characters created. Hank Scorpio is a successful business man, uses the Semco business model (not intentionally) ala treats his staff equally, runs a modern business of the 21st century. But he also is a villain, kind of a James Bond style of villain; hence the episodes ‘ You Only Move Twice’ play on the bond movie title ‘You Only Live Twice’.
Any click on the link and enjoy, a lot of funny quotes via Hank Scorpio.
Posted by Adrian on March 25, 2009
You don’t have to follow the market’s to know that there is some funny things going on. Despite the extreme volatility (thanks to goverment intervention) in the stock market (not to funny for your portfolio and nerves), there are other strange occurrences. There is a term that’s getting used for some off center and quite frankly out of tune dynamics in our current global recession. It’s called Recessionomics, I guess it’s a clever (in the sense of an internet/pop cultural term) adjective to describe strange consumption in an economic recession.
One that comes to mind is the coffee machine fiasco at the EU headquarters. Those hyperactive market interventionists who have thrown a lot money onto the European collapsing economy (yes to save it), have also thrown money towards their coffee addiction. The EU budget boys bought 21 ultra deluxe coffee machines at $7,500.00 (USD) each. These machines where bought one year into the global economic collapse. So they get these machines and guess what? The coffee taste like shit, The EU get’s all crazy and complains to the Italian company that the coffee taste like liquidized turd. Hence a settlement is worked out where by the Italian company who sold the EU the machines will show the EU officials how to clean the machine and prepare a good espresso.
Also it was discovered that the was a high level of metals in the water that the EU uses, apparently nikkel. Hence the coffee tasting bad.
Posted by Adrian on March 24, 2009
Posted by Adrian on March 13, 2009
I don’t do drugs, but I believe in decriminalization of drugs and a possible goverment legalized (current illegal drugs) drug supervision program.
Still I drink caffeine, I like coffee and occasionally drink energy drinks. No, I am not sucked into the hype of energy drinks offering better performance. But caffeine does have it’s benefits, although coffee making is an artform that many cannot master sans the caffeine benefit, it’s the taste baby.
The other day I bought one of these energy shots (not this one in the picture above but I would say they are all the same). Foolishly I drank this prior to work and would you believe (a few days later) when I was leaving work. This would be as close to a line of speed as you could get (no I have never done speed, cocaine or otherwise). Terrible, for sports it would give you a 10min rush, probably effective in sprint maybe, but rapid heart rate and possible blood pressure effects would be significant.
Verdict: Well if you want a legal rush this will do the trick. But I you are some silly kid who just finished watching a MMA fight and then downed one of these, you could end up throwing yourself into a neck crank…with a street pole.
The morbius glass schlock, horror, 80’s, grindhouse, sex and violence movie marathon – Escape From New York (1981) Director: John Carpenter.
Posted by Adrian on March 10, 2009
I don’t like remakes, in fact most are terrible. There was a rumour that the classic John Carpenter flick Escape from New York was going to be remade, this may or maybe not true. Who knows, who cares. With the movie industry going to be sucked dry of finance not much is going be big budget, nor the luxury to remake stuff we have already seen. Or hope that a ‘cashed up’ population just wants to be entertained by big budget shit. Those days are gone for now.
Except for smart producers film makers like JJ Abrams, as I still feel that Cloverfield was one of the best releases of 2008. Somewhat of a review found here.
Maybe, just maybe Hollywood will break up into small underground type movies industries, where once porno film makers start to enter the non porn movie industry. As they upgrade to better digital cameras and begin to make schlock, horror crazy out there flicks. Is it possibly? (Ok you know I am being sarcastic). Just imagine Hollywood collapses and a 2nd wave of modern Grindhouse is born but goes straight to Bluray. Unless Sony goes belly up and they stop making Bluray movies (too expensive), then cinema, as far as originality, just might make a come back. But I kinda doubt that unless commercial real estate tanks to hell and cheap movie theaters are are reborn. Whatever the scenario, movie making might change forever with our current global recession.
Anyway, for it’s time (1981) Escape From New York was a (and I guess still kinda is) believable concept in a sci-fi kinda way (New York city becomes a maximum security prison, WW3, world gone mad etc etc ), with great characters and story. Some contemporary and modern day fears, especially the very real and tragic irony of a plane being hijacked by terrorists flying into New York. Although the portrayal of the terrorists or terrorist is an ultra militant political group (a suicidal communist terrorist – yes those evil people!), rather than Islamic. With the actual terrorist being a female. The hijacking scene sets the tone of the overall movie; there is just something so 1980’s about the opening scene of the hijacked (Presidents) plane. Great dialogue, you get the feel of the turmoil the world is in at that point in time (would you believe it’s 1997!).
Love this line from the script, Terrorist hijack scene (1st scene):
Tell this to the workers when they ask where your leader went . . .
We, the soldiers of the national
liberation front of America,
in the name of the workers
and all the oppressed of
this imperialist country
have struck a fatal blow to
the racist police stick!
What better revolutionary example
than to let the president perish
in the inhuman dungeon of
his own imperialist prison?
How cool is that line? Especially in light of how the overall scene unfolds (Plane crashes, but President escapes via escape pod and lands in NYC). Thus the movie begins.
Escape from New York kicked arse for it’s time, good action, dilaogue and has that overall 1980’s funky retro feel… yeah ‘retro’ feel. I dig it, so should you.
Check out the trailer:
Posted by Adrian on February 27, 2009
I was thinking about Stanley Kubrick movies last night ( an incredible director), especially his Vietnam war movie Full Metal Jacket. Yes there are a hundred different quotes one could get from Gunnery Sargent Hartman (alright just one for the road, “You will give your rifle a girl’s name because this is the only pussy you people are going to get. Your days of finger-banging ol’ Mary J. Rottencrotch through her pertty pink panties are over! You’re married to this piece. This weapon of iron and wood. And you will be faithful.”) , but this won’t be one of them.
The morbius glass quote of the month is in light what has occurred to our the economy and that misguided habitual belief of sustained stability. Which I don’t believe can ever exist in reality, in fact trying to reach a form of equilibrium and stability causes more harm than good. As a society and humanity are intermixed with calm and turmoil. As discussed Forecasts and Risk assessments. Can we predict the future?, I actually believe that humans are very good at adapting to environments when they change dramatically, or are good at anticipating change, in the sense that intrinsically we can set in plan a course of action before an event occurs. This is also my refers to my belief in the psychology theory of mental time travel or MTT, discussed in and also Future Event forecasts.
What has occurred has been an illusion of control and stability implicated by goverment policy that unfortunately they have now deceived themselves, so when we have a crumbling global economy, climate change and looming energy crisis (the next ‘big’ crisis) – we still get that assurance that our leaders have somehow figured it out and have implicated a plan. They of course haven’t, yet even in their own deception of policy and rhetoric, they believe they have a plan. So it has lead to a false feeling of being safe and a fabricated environment of stability. I guess there are analogies in history of this, maybe Rome at the cusp of it’s collapse is a good one. With the Roman empire collapsing, Roman Holidays’ were also assured, even with the barbarians at the gates. This can also been seen in my term called the ‘al-Sahaf syndrome’ .
So goverments and policy makers have had luck on there side, yes we had this sustained global boom for over 10 years, climate change (although could be now expediting) remained as a long term goal and the US could invade countries like Iraq and Afghanistan with out creating much global insatiability. This is all changing, and changing fast. The luck is gone for the economy (globally) as it is heading towards a depression that could last 3 years or more, with a flat line growth that could last 8yrs or more. Water, oil and energy are will become critical aspects to society existence. It is so serious, one could argue that the next war will be oil and water based. Oil shortage will be a huge crisis for the world, so when demand comes back on line, we could see a major problem with oil production and any conflict could just send an oil crisis to the forefront over any global issue.
Life is uncertain. I don’t believe in governing bodies per se, as they try to smooth out reality to remain in power until it goes ‘south’. Hence dictatorships and totalitarianism possibly returning on a global scale.
The insult to the worker, taxpayer and the everyday person in the street, is the process of Governments complicating issues; especially in finance. This is so that the economists pulling leavers and the central banks of the world can maintain an illusion. In the sense have lost touch with reality, this can be seen with the horrendous amount of money poured into the banks by goverment via the tax payer. This is huge error as it distorts free markets and causes governments to take on huge liabilities. Businesses fail, cycles come to end and are reborn. The governments of the world are not going to save anything especially not the whole financial system. Of course we don’t buy it and as mentioned their luck has come to an end.
Although life is chaotic and unpredictable, it does however have pattens. The flows of history and futures interwind, to try and control natural is perilous. But anticipation and adaptation is what every human being is capable of, we are by far a advanced animal – with a complex cultural existence and the benefit of a mind that calculates and imagines situations; forecasts and assess then survives.
The quote is more of a passage (from the script) form Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket:
The Duality of man:
Pogue Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?
Private Joker: A peace symbol, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Where’d you get it?
Private Joker: I don’t remember, sir.
Pogue Colonel: What is that you’ve got written on your helmet?
Private Joker: “Born to Kill”, sir.
Pogue Colonel: You write “Born to Kill” on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?
Private Joker: No, sir.
Pogue Colonel: You’d better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you.
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Now answer my question or you’ll be standing tall before the man.
Private Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.
Pogue Colonel: The what?
Private Joker: The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Whose side are you on, son?
Private Joker: Our side, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Don’t you love your country?
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Then how about getting with the program? Why don’t you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Son, all I’ve ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It’s a hardball world, son. We’ve gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.
Private Joker: Aye-aye, sir.
Posted by Adrian on February 25, 2009
I remember my last year of high school where we all had to submit a book review, of course Year 12 in the late 1980’s was a mixture of recessionary aimlessness and the beginnings of Generation X disillusion. Still I managed to get a book review in on time, which happned to be Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac. Admittedly I didn’t read the actual book but read the back cover and pieced together a rambling review of guess work and a back cover description.
Still the teacher was impressed and she mentioned that my review had that ‘beat’ feel. I remember her saying ‘a mixture of erratic yet poignant descriptive views on a writer and his work, a individualistic and unique review of a historic and crucial time in American literature’.
Maybe I’ll read the book someday
Posted by Adrian on February 16, 2009
Good Song, good band.
Sorry it’s being disabled by request. which would mean that the record company does not appreciate that it can’t advertise on a random blog – like mine (using wordpress). Meaning that you would be just viewing the clip without the Youtube ads (that’s how they make money). So you got to go to Youtube for this one, it won’t play on here.