Something a little different

I was going to make a longer post for this week but it isn’t coming as well as I would like but I think I have figured out a way of doing two things at the same time. I watched the film Man of Steel when it came out and I didn’t enjoy it. I have been trying to figure out whether or not I should right a review saying that I don’t feel it is worth going to see in the theatre. I haven’t really wanted to use these posts to say things against art. I wanted to use it to help show the better sides of art. Thankfully I now have a way of doing the two things at the same time. The video below is a review of Man of Steel made very eloquently and it matches in many ways my own feelings on things. If you are a person that likes reviews then you may want to check more of the videos by this gentleman. Here you go:

Thank you for reading and I’ll have more Monday.

A thing to listen to

For the first week of this idea I think I am going to recommend something that I have recently started listening to. Its the podcast version of WNYC’s Radiolab, a show from NPR. I am not sure how many NPR channels actually carry it so some people may have never heard of it and others may not have listened to an episode. The thing is that I have and I really like this show, or podcast.

There are really two episodes that really got me to think that I had made a good decision when I decided to subscribe to the podcast. The first was an episode about color. The thing that got me intrigued was how they answered a question that I had when I heard the subject. I wanted to know how the hell they were going to cover the topic of colors without being able to show things visually. Well they answered that question in two ways. The second half of the episode was used to cover subjects about color where the verbal description of the object gave you enough to go on.

Now the first half of the episode was where they did the most interesting thing. It actually came in on the second story where they covered how we see a rainbow. Well actually it was how many different creatures saw a rainbow. They were looking at how our eyes compare to other eyes. Which when they were talking about any of it you couldn’t see how they could explain it without video. Though there was a point where they get into the area of vision that we can’t perceive, so they were discussing a part of vision that would be difficult to cover even on video.

But their fix was to substitute one sense for the other. Because both sound and light are both waves it was an interesting idea to take a choir and have them sing the differences in vision. Each color that can be seen was assigned a different area of the musical spectrum. For example when they discussed a dogs vision you had only two major voices that could be heard since dogs can only really see blue and green (another thing I learned during the show). So, as the amount of colors that could be seen by a creature the more voices you heard. I will say that the sound that accompanied the creature with the widest range of color vision is just amazing to hear. Sends me into kind of a nice bliss point.

Oddly enough bliss was the topic of the other episode that really enraptured me. (cheesy transition I know but it worked, I hope.) Now this one is different from the other one in that it is more of the usual kind of reporting that you can find on the show usually. I fear that a remark like that sounds more boring than I would like. There is a style to there story telling that can enrapture you and let time slip by as you listen to their stories. This one stood out to me strictly for the subject matter again. The idea of making an hour long program about something as hard to define as bliss is in itself intriguing to me. And the wide range of topics that you can cover under that original heading is amazing once you listen to it. The fact that they could find things like that make me want to see what else they explore.

So I enjoy this podcast and if this sounds interesting I hope that you will check them out. If you aren’t doing anything major this weekend maybe check out one of these episodes. Or just check out their website and find something that suites your taste in topics. And always thank you for reading.

Short & Sweet & More

This one is going to be short and sweet today. In trying to figure out what to write for this week I’ve decided to add to the content on this blog. I am going to start posting every Friday but this time it will have more of a theme. I am going to make recommendations for things to either watch, listen to, or start reading over the weekend. I am still trying to figure out how much I am going to say about each thing but I think that it is going to depend on what the thing is. Some things will need few words while some may need more. I will at least tell you why I like it. I will, hopefully, not tell you that you need to watch, to listen to, or to read but I will, hopefully, tell you enough, and say it well enough, to pique your interest.In a way a new add to my revolution of ideas.

So I am now going to Bookend your weekend. This should be a good new chapter for this blog.  Thank you, as always, for reading.

A New Type of Funding

As I research a way to get my own ideas to come from my head and into reality, I keep running into the idea of funding. Well I can’t say I keep running into it as it is a constant spectre that reminds me of the difficulty of taking on such life changing ideas. I mean that keep running into the areas where it is the biggest issue. From equipment, to travel, to the cost that I will have to brunt in my own life as the ideas I have are so large and difficult to do against a second job. So I have been looking for a way to fund a couple of my ideas.

My search has brought me to that mecca of public funding, Kickstarter. There is something very right with what Kickstarter (and other websites like it) is trying to do. Bringing people wanting to fund projects that they like with the projects needing funding is not really a new idea but just the ease at which everyday people can do is new. I mean when was the last time that you could help fund a major motion picture.

The wide variety of projects that you find that actually made it to their “fully funded” point shows that there are a lot of people willing to help. And many of those have even gone further than the original asking price. The only problem that I have with Kickstarter is that they are an all or nothing operation. I do think that with at least half of the asking price that someone could find other means of funding. That being said, from the perspective of a person who intends to avail myself of their services, it is a good idea to be able to test an idea before you get too far into it.

What I mean is, I can see how many people would be willing to listen to my idea for a podcast by seeing how many are willing to help finance it. I know that there is a step back as there are some that are willing to listen but not donate. Look at the funding for NPR as a good example. But if you have many people willing to put forth a little money they are also willing to help promote by telling people. I still think that word of mouth is still the best way to promote something at first while you build up your audience. People trust friends and family more than they do advertisers.

I can’t think of much more to say about Kickstarter at this moment and I think that it is better to go and see for yourself. So click here and gain your own opinion. And maybe help out some startup that you think will help change the world for the better. Thank you as always for reading. See you next week. And I will keep you apprised of my try.

Things I won’t cover

I’ve been recently thinking more about the types of topics as I search for things to write about. I’ve been seeing things that are being covered in the news that seem to be getting a lot of views. The problem is, while getting views is part of the way to make this a career, I don’t want to just hit topics that are popular. I have a hard time seeing people complaining that something shouldn’t be covered while, in a way, still covering the topic. So I have no plan to put things on here that are about the stupidity of celebrities. There will be celebrities covered on here but they will generally be the ones I respect. I will be critical of them and I will be critical of anyone that I cover on here.

The main thing I find that I want to cover is things that affect everyone. I will never speak for others; I will always try and make it my own opinion. I am not one able to speak for others but I am able to give my perspective. Sadly we have seen tragedy even today. There is something to be said about it and I am sure there will be a lot said about it. I am probably going to write about the aftermath but today I am just sad that we are going through such things. There are lessons to learn from such things but that if for another day. Thank you for reading.

For Everyone or No One

I am about to touch on a subject that is part of what I’ve heard called “the third rail of blogging”. I guess any social issue is a kind of third rail but this one is pretty bad, apparently. So, here goes. I’ve been watching the “debate” over same sex marriage. I know the reasons why people don’t want it but I have never understood those reasons. I’ve never really understood the Christian argument against same sex marriage. Especially given the other ideals that they say is part of their religion. Of course I can never understand anyone that tries to deny someone the basic human right to be happy in their life.

Since I am not a religious scholar I will not go into that. I may one day try and explain my understanding of the argument. It will be based on my conversations with Christians but on this post I am going to explain my own feelings on same sex marriage. Simply put I do not care. Well I don’t care who someone wants to marry. I do care that it is currently illegal in many states for someone to make that decision for themselves. There is no good reason to tell anyone that they cann’t avail themselves of government programs for married people.

There is one religious saying that I can see using as a life rule. It is the Wiccan Rede. “And it harm none, do what thou wilt”. While I don’t believe in any of the aspects of Wicca, I can at least see saying being a good way to think of the whole argument. I have no will to take anybodies ability to make a decision from them unless it enters the public sphere. Only when it enters the public sphere can we begin to discuss what is allowed. And in my opinion there is a very small list of things that I think should be illegal.

Who someone loves or has sex with doesn’t, except in very rare occasions, enter the public sphere. Someone marrying someone also doesn’t enter the public sphere. Since it doesn’t enter that sphere I have no reason to know about it nor do I have any reason why it should affect my life. This was a bit of a disjointed opinion but it is hard to go into greater detail on the opinion of “it doesn’t effect me so I don’t care”.

I’ve heard a quote that sums this up well. It is a quote from Michael Goudeau, from Penn’s Sunday School. And a number of other projects.

There’s nothing more interesting to me than my sex life but there’s really nothing less interesting to me than yours.

I may have gotten that wrong but what I am trying to say is that I will never why people care enough to keep it from happening.

On Language

I think I made a post early on about how I will not edit the language I use on here. I figure as this is the first post of a new era, I should explain why. I think that language and the use of words is a very wonderful thing. I think that it can be used to express very intellectual ideals, but it has also been used to cause some horrible things. Because it can be used to cause problems people want to limit its use. I know that there are also those who like to block words because of what they mean. They do not like curse words because children shouldn’t hear them or the words are offensive to people. I think that limiting language can also limit the positive things we can do with it.

The interesting thing about words is we give them power and meaning. We, as the people who speak them and understand them, give them the meaning they have. The only thing that I have to show that this is true is the ever changing nature of slang words. How many times have you heard parents “complaining” about the fact that they cannot understand what their children are saying. It has become a cultural joke. So words have an ever evolving meaning. What a word means for one generation can change for the next. If you do not like a word don’t change the word change the meaning. Meaning is everything.

Now that I have said that let me get down to my language. I use words for what they mean at this moment. I do not mind taking the time to explain things when I feel that explaining them is key. Some times though I want to “explain” the situation in a sentence or two. Maybe even in a word. I’ve found that there are times where the short, short version is much better. I have been in situations to where I am running around and having to fix so many problems it’s easier to say

We’re fucked

rather than having to go into a long explanation. Most of the people I have to deal with understand that saying something like that means that we are having a bad day and that I can tell you later but right now I need to go to work. Could it have been said more eloquently? Yes. But it wouldn’t have also contained the added emotional context.

The reason I would use that kind of language here is so I can show my emotional state as the writer without you having to see my face. That is the one problem with the written word on sites like this is that you miss the other ways of understanding emotional context. You can get part of it back but it is harder. So to help, I do not censor myself. I say how I fell when I write.