Archive for July, 2008

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A Cool Song

July 31, 2008

So this is probably useless for you but the iTunes ‘free single of the week’ two weeks ago was “Never Again” by a band called The Midway State.  I auditioned for these guys a couple of years ago (before I really know what I was doing on the guitar).*  Anyway it looks like they are doing well and with how awesome “Never Again” is that is no surprise.  Anyway check it out on their myspace, it is a great piano driven pop song with an incredibly hooky chorus.

*If this sounds like name dropping I assure you there is no ego.  I’m sure they have no clue who I am, and if they do it is as a terrible guitar player.

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Something I’m sure you needed to know.

July 31, 2008

Adjective is a noun.

I just thought that was hilarious.

You may now resume normality.

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Response to a Response to the Dark Knight.

July 20, 2008

(When I first wrote this I mistook who a three year old mentioned in Brant’s post belonged to.  For the record the three year old is not Brant’s child.)

I guess its time to waste some pixels.

I don’t really read blogs, at least not like quite a few of the people I know do.  Of the few blogs I read my favorite is Brant Hansen‘s and finally I disagree with him.  I went to see The Dark Knight in the very early morning of the day it opened because I was so excited about it.  I was not disappointed.  It is the best thought out and executed superhero and/or action movie that I’ve seen.  Brant disagrees, so let me start with where I agree with Brant Hansen.

The rating is inapprioriate.  Brant talks about taking his someone taking their three year old son to see the movie which I could have told him probably wasn’t a good idea.  The realism implied by Batman Begins as well as the image of the joker in the trailer was enough for me to know this wasn’t the 80s Batman.  I was shocked that Focus on the Family gave it two and a half stars especiallys seeing as this movie is an especially graphic portrayal of relativism.  Especially when their own subsidiary Plugged In highlights both the violence and the twisted ethics of the movie.  As well as highlighting that it is not a movie for children.  But ratings have always been weird, the PG for Titanic comes readily to mind. and PG-13 for The Dark Knight is a little low.

Brant calls the movie a jolt of excitement for a dying culture.  It is more a reflection of a culture trying to figure out what good and evil are or whether they even exist.  It does unfortunately ring strongest as an ode to utilitarianism more than anything else. If you are going to treat Wall-E as a wonderful tribute to the importance of life*, than you should respond to this movie as a filmmakers questioning of relativism, utilitarianism, and the nature of good and evil.  I’d love to say this movie was just entertainment but in the same way people get their theology from what they sing in church they get their philosophy from what they watch.  We need to engage movies as such.

If your problem with this movie is that it is escapism then it isn’t just this movie you should have a problem with.  It should be movies in general.  The same world that gave us Wall-E gave us The Dark Knight.  Hollywood knows we want to spend a few hours escaping the mundane.  To be honest, I just wanted to see a good movie.  I got to.  The script and direction were great.  I’m pretty sure anyone whose looked at a newspaper has heard about Heath Ledger’s unreal performance.  His death unfortunately overshadowed Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart’s also amazing performances.  For someone who is something of a film buff this was a movie I thought would be great and it did not disappoint.  If you are not opposed to both graphic and implied violence I recommend it.

Just don’t take the kids.

I’m not entirely sure I’ve been as good at explaining the philosophical content of the Dark Knight as I would have liked.  Brian Walton, who I found in the comments does a great job on discussing Christopher Nolan’s (director/cowriter) examinations of nihilismEd Brenegar is a brilliant thinker who also does a good job of breaking down the characters as philosophical representations in this movie.

*For the Record I have not seen Wall-E, although I do really want to.

Bonus Feature:  My dad pointed out this hilarious video to me.

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Boycott the iPhone?

July 1, 2008

After this I’ll try to stop dwelling on the iPhone.

In my last post I pointed to ruinediphone.com where apparently almost 20,000 people have signed.  Do I think this will make a difference?  Not really, but I signed anyway.

Why won’t it make a difference?  Because people are going to buy this device anyway.  It is cool, it is trendy, and people are going to “have to” have it.

The only problem with this though is that unlike other first world countries (and even many third world countries) Canada is behind in terms of wireless development and services.  The fact that only one carrier in Canada could even handle the iPhone meant that if Apple wanted to deliver here they had a weaker bargaining position, either they went with Rogers or they didn’t.  Now the consumers have that option, and I suspect that they will choose the same thing Apple did.  I hope they don’t, but I won’t be surprised if they do.

I don’t have a lot else to offer here except this: Don’t buy the iPhone.  When Rogers has no competition it means instead of voting with our feet we consumers must vote with our dollars.  Deny them the income from this device and the prices will come down.  Boycott the iPhone.