The Matrix; an Exploration of Meaning.

A friend of mine sent me a link to this. I hate to admit how long it sat languishing in my inbox.

Perhaps the most thought provoking interpretation of modern society and what the systems really mean to the average person, that I've ever seen.



It says 'part 3' in the title; however, it stands alone quite well.

The Abramanation, Dissected

Got this in the mail last summer, when the Abramanation was heading to theaters;
From: forums@trekbbs.com
Date: Sat, May 9, 2009 at 4:44 AM
Subject: Seen the new Trek movie yet?
To: ranthonysteele@gmail.com

As soon as you've seen the new movie, be sure to drop by the Trek BBS and discuss what you thought.

Loved the Enterprise? Hated Spock? What do you want to see in the next movie? Whatever your opinions, discuss them with other fans.

Visit us at http://www.trekbbs.com

Your username is RAnthony.

Check out the dedicated 'Star Trek IX' forum, or find out the latest news at http://www.trektoday.com

See you soon!

Trek BBS
I had my reservations about the film, but I went to see it with an open mind. After seeing it, I wrote Star Trek 1966-2009, RIP. I was attempting to be objective in my criticism of the film, while at the same time expressing my sense of betrayal of everything Trek that the film represents. When I posted my review at TrekBBS, it was promptly roundfiled in a closed thread, because 'There were too many negative threads being created', even though they had specifically invited me to come there and post.

When I dared to object to the treatment my posts were receiving, I was basically driven from the board by attack after attack, demanding that I substantiate my views in greater depth (go figure, this is the reason I don't do BBS' much anymore. The discussions always run this way) something that I had intended to do at the time. I am certain that the film is a betrayal of Roddenberry and of Science Fiction as a genre, and all it would take is time and a few blog posts to cover it.

Life got in the way, though.

Luckily for me, I'm not alone in my convictions. I was alerted to an ongoing work over at Structured Dream that the author is titling Star Trek by the Minute. Where he finds the time to dedicate to this project is beyond me (betting he doesn't play WoW) but I'm enjoying every minute of his review in a way that the Abramanation could never dream of achieving.

Here's a quote:
I don't want to be petty and nitpick, especially a Trek film – rather I want to get swept away by a great story to a place I've never been on a grand adventure. But when there's no sensibility, no consistency, and the plot is advanced without plausible cause and effect events in a narrative believable for the universe in which it is set, one feels somehow insulted by the film. This feeling persists regardless of how pretty the actors, how grand the music, and how good the special effects look. In fact, better production highlights defects, placing them in sharp contrast to the great quality of the presentation.
Point after point, minute after minute, I find myself laughing, agreeing with and liking this guy more and more. Thanks to him, I can go back to playing WoW.

A Lot to Drink About

Picked up Buffett Hotel at Sam's a few weeks back (cheaper than any new album I've ever bought, BTW) and I'm still listening to it. I'm especially fond of the following tracks;
  • Nobody From Nowhere
  • Big Top
  • Beautiful Swimmers
  • Turn Up The Heat and Chill The Rose
  • Rhumba Man
  • We Learned To Be Cool From You
  • Surfing In A Hurricane
  • A Lot To Drink About
Wait, that's more than half the album.

OK, if I had to pick ONE SONG as my favorite song, it's this one:



Ignore the video, it was clearly taken on a cell phone. Kick back with a cool one and listen to the words. Classic Buffett. The pirate may be 50, but he's still got it.

President Sarah Palin

Hard Ball sums it up quite nicely.
I'd be afraid of her (as President Sarah Palin) because I think she's an empty vessel, ready to be filled by ideology she doesn't even understand. And that is really scary. We saw that with Dan Quail, we saw it with W. Nothing is more frightening than an empty vessel in power.
-Chris Matthews. 2/10/2010
...and Keith Olberman had a great comment about Palin's death panels, the same day.

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Every bit as much of me that detests government intervention in healthcare, also detests insurance manipulation of healthcare so as to assure their continued profits. That health insurance is conducted as a for profit business, instead of a charity/savings pool that we all have access to is the number one indictment of our healthcare system.