Illusions

February 28, 2010

Happened to watch a movie on TV a few weeks ago that continues to triggers thoughts about a specific scene. The movie is “Instinct” with Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding is a prison psychologist and Anthony Hopkins is one of the prisoners. The scene takes place when Gooding is having a private session w/Hopkins and Hopkins grabs Gooding in a death choke and requires him to answer this question before he will release him: “What have I taken from you?”

After incorrectly answering “control” and “freedom” Hopkins demands he answer correctly or he will kill Gooding.

“Okay. One last chance. You think l won’t do it? What’s one psychiatrist less to the world? I’m already deep in the pit. So what can they do to me ? Last try. Get it right. What have you lost ? What did l take from you?”

Gooding correctly answers “Illusion”.

It really started me thinking… we seek the comfort of illusion to avoid the harshness of truth. We have illusions of control, freedom, safety, talent, intelligence – a tremendous number of things that are simply untrue yet we gather around them to avoid what is certainly the truth.

What is true? What do we have control over? How much freedom do we have when we labor under so many bad habits or desires – food for women, sex for men. It’s all an illusion we have that our lives are so very much better than they really are.


Web as a TV Source

February 27, 2010

Twitter / Matt Haughey: So live news coverage in A …

I feel this way every time I see a TV anchorperson referencing the web… if content of a newscast draws upon the same info I can get from Google then why the hell should I watch your damn newscast!


Canadian Leader Rejects Canadian Medicine

February 23, 2010

The Canadian Press: ‘My heart, my choice,’ Williams says, defending decision for U.S. heart surgery

Yeah, a Canadian politician traveling to the US for his medical care was bad enough. But this quote regarding medical care in Canada was the clincher:

“I would’ve been criticized if I had stayed in Canada and had been perceived as jumping a line or a wait list. … I accept that. That’s public life,” he said.

“(But) this is not a unique phenomenon to me. This is something that happens with lots of families throughout this country, so I make no apologies for that.”

In other words, if you’re Joe the Plumber in Canada, tough noogies.

Which leads to the question of where wealthy Canadians like Danny Williams will go for health care if America adopts Canada’s medical plan.


Redemption: Climate Change Was A Lie – haystack’s blog – RedState

February 15, 2010

Redemption: Climate Change Was A Lie – haystack’s blog – RedState

“What he said.”


Lawmakers discuss early high school graduation – Salt Lake Tribune

February 15, 2010

Lawmakers discuss early high school graduation – Salt Lake Tribune

Yeah, but what about the teacher unions… face it, decisions like this are ALWAYS relegated to whether a teacher union will allow it. The real crime is a media that then allows teacher unions to hide behind the faux nobility of being concerned about kids. What a load of crap.

Love this quote:

“There are some [students] that really have a great 12th grade, but you talk to 100 kids and their parents, and I believe the majority of them will say, ‘Well, my kid didn’t do much in the 12th grade,'” Buttars said. “Everybody wants to talk about change … But to tell you the truth, they’re scared to death of it.”


JLAB Earbuds Burn-In Period

February 14, 2010

Found this in the owner’s manual for JLAB earbuds:

Your new ear buds require a burn-in period to operate at their full potential. Simply plug them into your favorite sound device and let it play for 24 to 48 hours or more at normal to loud volume. This allows the driver to warm up and gain flexibility in order to reproduce a more accurate frequency range. The longer you listen to them, the better they will sound.

Interesting… NEVER heard of a driver needing to “warm up”.

Not saying it isn’t true, just… yeah. I’ll keep an eye on ’em.

PS: Even w/out the burn-in period these sound VERY nice.


Semi-Productive Things I Do Online

February 13, 2010

29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I’m Trying to Avoid Real Work | Marc and Angel Hack Life

Yeah, sure… kind of try to do this.