I’ve always liked Keith Olbermann. While I’ve never been a big fan of professional organized sports, and of sports reporting, his appearances on ESPN were something to look forwards to.
I’d frankly forgotten about his show on MSNBC. No more. It now goes into the DVR recording queue.
The clip above (thank you http://www.mediamatters.org) is breathtaking. It reminds me of when Jon Stewart appeared on Crossfire and took them down a peg or two.
It is nice to know, as the war against reason progresses towards whatever end, that folks like him are standing up to be counted.
I am continuing my project of reading screenplays from films I’ve really enjoyed, not just to re-experience the film from a different perspective, but also to examine exactly why I enjoyed them so much in the first place.
I’ve just finished reading Shusett and O’Bannon’s (and Goldman’s and Povill’s) screenplay for “Total Recall”. Like “Blade Runner”, the screenplay is excellent. It is taut, compelling, emently readable, without a spare syllable on the page. Every word moves the twisted plot along. Even after reading it, I’m still not sure where reality cleaves from real memory and implanted memory. I was somewhat afraid that the screenplay would reveal where these faultlines lay. I’m glad they remain obscured.
Just in case you don’t know, the movie is based on the late Phillip K. Dick’s short story, We Can Remember it for You, Wholesale, which I’ve never read. I intent to rectify that situation in the next week or so.
These scripts make for facinating reading. I’ve always been a reader who forms detailed pictures while I read, so reading scripts works perfectly for me.
Why do Dick’s stories lend themselves to good film making? Is it because of Dick’s constant examination of identity? Or his interest in the intersection and interaction between memory, dreams and reality? Or his paranoid fantasies about all powerful government agencies and corporations pushing individuals to commit the extrordinary? Or is it something else? These themes are compelling in their own right, but why do they make for good movies? I’m not the only one who’s noticed, Wired has also. My pet theory: Since Hollywood’s bread and butter is the sale of illusion and the marketing of the unreal, writers, good writers, self-aware writers are drawn to Dick’s work, where nothing is real, where no-one is who they seem, and where surfaces are seductive lies.
It is official (but it is not up on the web site yet (hurry up guys!)). Stanford University’s Stanley has been declared the winner of the 2 million dollar prize. From the Stanford Racing Team’s website:
October 9, 2005
Today Stanley and the Stanford Racing Team were awarded 2 million dollars for being the first team to complete the 132 mile DARPA Grand Challenge course. Stanley finished in just under 6 hours 54 minutes and averaged over 19 miles per hours on the course.
Way to go, Cardinal.
So, after all of the sturm and drang of the last entry, where do I go on from here?
Well, I realize how much of a mistake it was for me to have not immediately pursued a Ph.D. but that is water years under the bridge. Just as true is the fact that it will be years before I get to take up that particular kind of study again. But the time for that will come, mark my words, it will come. In the mean time, I have other things to do.
A long time ago, on a distant coast bathed in a different light, there existed a new media – multimedia wrangling, Mondo 2000 reading, Timothy Leary hanging out with, cyberpunk writing, extropy expousing guy named Marlin May. He was a guy in search of the “new edge”, a guy out to mutate the world.
What happened to that guy? I can’t find him, and I feel I need to. He’s been replaced by a boring bit-wrangler.
This past weekend I went to an excellent party at Scott and Rachel Lefton’s place. The food was great, the conversations sparked and sparkled, and I felt about 5 years out of date. Oh, I felt just as knowledgable as ever, no one was talking over my head, but I felt i was surrounded by folks who were doing something, were making a living at it, and were having a hell of a great time doing so.
Yeah, the introspection is pretty heavy now. I’m surprised I’m writing this, even more surprised you’re reading it. Reading self-revalatory weblog entries always leave me feeling somewhat creeped out. So what does it mean if I’m writing one?
I don’t take many of those online tests, but I ran across one that claims to test english usage. The commonly confused words test.The results…
You scored 86% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 83% Expert!
You did so extremely well, even I can’t find a word to describe your excellence!
You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don’t.
You have an extensive vocabulary, and you’re not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!
My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
||You scored higher than 21% on Beginner
||You scored higher than 76% on Intermediate
||You scored higher than 35% on Advanced
||You scored higher than 85% on Expert
Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid
Wow – I guess Mr. Wetterburg’s AP English course did me some good. 😉
Well, I drank cappuccino martinis & raspberry cosmopolitians. I learned about, and then played a Theremin, courtesy of Tom Farrell, a man who knows a lot about Theremins & fabric arts & a whole lot of other things. I saw a film from an alternative universe where automobiles are fueled with methane from weasels. I saw a really old classic Trek episode – “Shore Leave”. I witnessed a goth beachwear fashion show. I discussed the seemingly growing divide between visual media oriented fans and literature oriented fans. I discussed the trope of the hero’s journey through the underworld as applied to fantasy & science fiction. I reunited with old friends. I made some new friends and met some new people who I’d like to become friends with over time, like Jeff. I hiked for a half a mile or so in waist deep snow. I drove for three hours in a fully fledged blizzard and didn’t spin once.
This is about 1/2 of what I did over a day and a half.
All in all, it was a very good convention.