Monday, July 30, 2007

lunchables are delicious

I’m watching the smurfs a lot. I like it… kids shows are simple. There’s a simple plot line… the bad guy has a plan against the good guy, he starts to execute it, the good guys are in trouble and it’s looking rough for them, but then! They have a plan. And ta-da they save the day. And Gargamel gets some seeweed or something catapulted onto his head and he’s sitting all messy in a stream and he says “rats!!” and his cat looks all wet and sad, and all the smurfs laugh and hug and go watch smurfette shower. Or whatever, do smurf things. But the point is… the difference is that in adult movies, there’s the same initial plotline, but then there’s always the twist… before the last part, where justice prevails. Adults expect the twist, because everybody knows that nothing is that simple. You never just get what you want and need right away. If I want to appeal a parking ticket (which is sort of, obviously, just trying to get them to like me enough to make it half as much or something), it’s not like I just get to walk in to some courthouse and sit down with a judge. I’m sure there are at least 5 different calls and being on holds and whatever. And it’s frustrating. And obviously that’s not exactly like in all the bourne movies that all have the same plot (and don’t people get bored with that? Bourne wins (SPOILER))… You’re not going out and shooting down half the (European city)’s police force in order to protect yourself (when, really if you think about it is not that heroic… I mean yeah, tough, you got brainwashed but is your memory really worth these 500 or so deaths in these movies? I don’t know)… but it’s just the general knowledge that things don’t always just go in the “right” way… justice doesn’t just prevail out of nowhere. But when you’re little… you don’t know that. To kids it’s like, if you “be good” and love your parents and don’t throw mashed potatoes on the floor, then you have endless possibilities, and if your older brother hits you then your dad will yell at him and give you ice cream, and then you’ll watch the snorks, and the snorks will defeat some big crab and then get ice cream, and justice will prevail, and that’s how it is. And that’s just awesome. Every episode of these shows I watch, I’m watching the early side characters, trying to predict which of them is going to turn on the smurfs/snorks/popples/etc. later in the episode. But they never do. And that’s awesome… so I’m trying to think like a smurf.

I really wish South Park was on.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

I have dreams of orca whales and owls

this was on my myspace a while ago but I liked it.

So I don't think I'm going to do a good job explaining this, and this might be really dumb, but I am wondering about language today. Like... here's the example that triggered this: in developing countries, or whatever, countries that do not have big cities and commerce in the sense that we do (I do not like to judge others - it is probably a better life sometimes when you are living in a smaller community, so why demean that lifestyle by calling it "undeveloped"?) - anyways, in those countries, do they have a word for mimes? Like... I would imagine that there are entire countries where no mime has ever been present... because mimes are kind of lame and weird and why would that occur to someone? And it's not just mimes, there are many things like this, where I'm sure it just is not a part of many societies... and I understand that language forms, as new things come in to a society they will integrate it and whatnot... but so what happens if suddenly a mime wanders in? what do they call it? What if suddenly there is a huge migration of mimes!?!? They can't just continuously describe them... like, call them "people who don't talk and are kind of weird and lame"... so eventually they have to make a word. And I guess in the case of mimes they would have to just make something up completely randomly, because mimes cannot talk and so can't tell people what they are called, so I guess they weren't a very good example, but go with me here. So going off that, what happens when a community gets the internet (because eventually everyone will)? Suddenly, there are thousands of new ideas and things that just didn't exist (to the people in that community), and now they do. How does language accommodate that kind of influx of ideas?

This is why the internet will bring about a global language. Because when there is that much new information coming in, and when it is written and explained at your fingertips, the only way to handle it, really, is to just use the word you initially see it described as. This will probably be English, I guess, which is sort of unfortunate... more people speak Chinese.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

marlboro lights

I just want to talk for a living.

money can't buy you

as an actress cutting your hair is like giving up.