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3/19/09

6:13 PM Picture of the day (not mine):

Expressing many Americans sentiment to the recent AIG news

Expressing many Americans' sentiment to the recent AIG news

3:25 PM Last night I saw Bill Maher’s Religulous. It was very good, in his signature sarcastic style. Toward the end he said something I really liked, something along the lines of:

What society needs in response to the unanswered questions we have as human beings are not the certitudes these doctrinal religions deliver us, but doubt, because doubt keeps us humble.

3:03 PM I wanted to visit Jim Corbett National Park when I was in India, but unfortunately it was closed during the summer.

2:55 PM It’s almost comical reading reviews of things online. Take digital cameras for example. All the forum sites follow a similar pattern, almost like a sitcom:

  1. Some newbie asks “What’s the best DSLR for so-and-so purpose?”
  2. People start replying with the following:
    • Choose Canon
    • Choose Nikon
    • It doesn’t matter what body you choose, what matters is the lens
    • Try them out and choose whatever functions the best for you
    • Choose whatever fits the best in your hands
    • “I bought my non-Nikon-non-Canon x years ago and I just love it!”
    • “Stop worrying about the equipment! Go take pictures!”

Also, like watching a sitcom, I and others read these threads, even though they’re predictable in every way, because of…boredom, I suppose.

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Defining moment: films

Just a caution: I feel like sharing some irrelevant details in this post.

Last night at the gym, as I was warming up on the elliptical machine for my workout, Mission Impossible III was playing on one of the many silver Sony LCD screens suspended off the ceiling. I plugged my earphones into the machine and began listening.

One scene came up where everyone is in a helicopter heading away from a burning building, and the pilot says something like “They’re coming after us, I’m going to try to lose them.” So strong is the association in my mind that I immediately remembered the incident when, some years ago, I was watching the Samuel L. Jackson- and Colin Farrell-starrer S.W.A.T. Toward the end they’re in a car, on a bridge. I think they’re being chased, and Samuel L. Jackson or another major character says, right before he’s about to do something dangerous:

This is where watching The World’s Worst Car Chases comes in handy!

Maybe the show they referred to was different, but it started with “The World’s…” Anyway, that was a defining moment for me. That moment forever removed me from the action in such high-intensity films and shifted my attention to the then-new revelation of how fake and cheesy most film and television dialog lines are; how scripted the pauses in a conversations are; how incredulous the shifts from one character speaking to another picking up where they leave off are.

Last night, when that scene came up in the movie, it immediately discredited the film for me because, realistically speaking, which helicopter pilot flying in the face of danger states something obvious like “I’m going to try to lose them?”

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3/15/09 / Mooli

7:51 PM Climbing Everest

3:00 PM Watching Angoor. Absolutely hilarious! I wish Gulzar had made many more movies than he has.

Marshall Mesa Trail

Marshall Mesa Trail

2:52 PM Had the season’s first mountain bike ride yesterday. The weather was around 65 degrees at mid-day; it couldn’t have been better. I rode the Marshall Mesa Trail and Community Ditch Trail.

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3/11/09 / Ivena

11:02 PM Song of the day (which is soon about to end):

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Help me I don’t know what I’m doing
Help me before I fall to ruin
And if I’m blind, I will lead you on
Come follow me now, before our time is gone

[Chorus]
And as you’re laughing at this fool tonight
Let me rid myself of any line that I might choose to trip you up
As I’m howling at the moonlight, don’t you kid yourself
I will be your luck and never be your curse
Never be your curse

Help me I don’t know what I’m saying
Sometimes this tongue can be betraying
And if I’m wrong, is that such a crime?
And if you want, you can set my words to right

[Chorus]
So as you’re laughing at this fool tonight
Let me rid myself of any line that I might choose to trip you up
And as I’m howling at the moonlight, don’t you kid yourself
I will be your luck…yeah

And if your eyes forget to well
And if your lies forget to tell
And if our paths forget to cross
It doesn’t mean you’re lost

[Chorus]
So if you’re laughing at this fool tonight
Let me rid myself of any line that I might choose to trip you up
As I’m howling at the moonlight, don’t you kid yourself
Even at my worst…

As you’re laughing at this fool tonight
Let me rid myself of any line that I might choose to trip you up
And as I’m howling at the moonlight, don’t you kid yourself
I will be your luck, even at my worst
I will be your luck, never be your curse

7:21 PM Mind of Mencia says get a job:

10:47 AM Two of the latest “studies” in the news:

  1. People are happier and healthier in the west
    • According to the article:

      A survey of Americans’ well-being, conducted by Gallup in partnership with Healthways and America’s Health Insurance Plans, gives high marks to Utah, which boasts lots of outdoor recreation for its youthful population.

    • Lowest on the list were Mississippi and Kentucky. Wealthier congressional districts were some of the happiest, and some of the poorest scored the lowest. (Who says money can’t buy happiness?)
  2. Children of older men suffer lower IQ
    • The differences are slight
    • The reason may involve aging sperm

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Eldorado Canyon State Park

They were spotted all over the park!

They were spotted all over the park!

Hooks left in the rocks by climbers; not sure if they do it on purpose or just forgot.

Hooks left in the rocks by climbers; not sure if they do it on purpose or just forgot.

Is that turbulence?

Is that turbulence?

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