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Year: 2003 (page 1 of 7)

Ah yes, with Christmas around…

Ah yes, with Christmas around the corner the jewelry ads are in full swing. A few observations:

1. The Krueger jingle is the awfullest, most annoying thing on the radio. (“My momma done told me…” Who writes this stuff?)

2. I really deplore the ads that say you will get some if you buy her jewelry (e.g. “Every kiss begins with Kay…”)

3. Only slightly less, I deplore the ads that imply you are the scum in the armpit of mankind if you don’t buy her jewelry for Christmas (e.g. ornery wife to husband: “He went to Jared.”).

I guess that about takes care of all of them…

As I’ve been realizing lately,…

As I’ve been realizing lately, nothing is more hilarious than real life.

We all know that we can now keep our cellular numbers if we switch carriers. But I think it’s funny how congress can draft a law, the cellular/PCS carriers fight it like mad, but when the law is passed the carriers all act like it was their idea.

(Aside: I’m think I’m against a law like this because it’s government interference in the market…yet it seems to increase competition between carriers. My instincts and my principles tell me that the market would have been fine without the law and if consumers would have demanded it they would have gotten it. So what we need is more brass for the consumers not more laws to protect them.)

But it’s funny either way.

<Thinking>

Ah yes, it seems that one should stick to his principles and he’ll come out okay in the end. My instincts said that any law congress passes can’t increase overall competition in the market.

Now that congress have passed a law that says a cellular carrier must allow you to take your cellular number with you when you leave, they have not given you more options. They have taken an option away from you. Counter-intuitive? Yes. The fact is that all along you could have negotiated for the right to take your number with you. It just wasn’t economically viable for the carriers to offer that option and not enough people were demanding it, or willing to pay the price. Now, I can’t sign a contract with a carrier that says they own my number. It’s actually one less option for the consumer and congress has taken away a small amount of my freedom.

Explanation: In an ideal world, Cellular companies would offer both types of service so they could charge more for accounts that wanted to take numbers with them and less for the accounts that wanted numbers locked in. If consumers used market channels they could achieve this. But I think we’ve ceased to think that way. Or maybe ceased to think.

(somebody correct me on this if I’m wrong)

Good News! If all…

Good News! If all goes to plan, the record will be available in less than 2 weeks. I’m working on the new web site but the store is ready to go! Get your Half Nelson swag today!

GB…

We watched Finding Nemo…

We watched Finding Nemo this weekend and it was a lot of fun. I found that much of it was so fast paced that I was thankful for the slow parts in the aquarium. The most interesting lines were Marlin saying he promised Nemo he’d never let anything happen to him and Dori saying that was dumb because then nothing would ever happen to him. You could say that summed up the movie.

Also, in case you were wondering, I’m not celebrating the so-called Holiday Season this year. I’m only going to celebrate the Christmas Season.

I’m still working my way…

I’m still working my way through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Presently, what amuses me most is Rowling’s wizard government: The Ministry of Magic are mostly morons who enjoy abusing their power. Very Interesting 🙂

WOW! I just heard…

WOW! I just heard an ad on the radio for a product called Zim’s Crack Creme! Well, I thought maybe it was a parody at first but no. Lots of laughs anyway.

Shot a 3 point buck…

Shot a 3 point buck on Saturday. Our group got three total on Saturday, all from the same stand.

Well, I’m thinking the Matrix:…

Well, I’m thinking the Matrix: Revolutions might not be quite as stupid as I thought. Although I still don’t like the sympathy that the writers develop for the programs (as if they are equal to humans) and I wonder why there was no revolution (in a movie called revolutions). (Unless they meant revolve instead of revolt, in which case it makes perfect sense. Especially since those blasted earings kept showing up.)

Anyway, I saw the flick for the second time tonight and the thing I came away with this time is that the “Neo as messiah” elements are still present. I missed them the first time (maybe because I was distracted by all the Bhuddist Baloney Sausage).

Ultimately Neo died (we don’t know if he’s done living or not) in order to make peace with the machines. It may be that he defeated them in some way but we do know that humans inside the matrix that want to go free will be allowed to leave.

When Jesus Christ died, He gave to those who receive him the right to become the sons of God. He didn’t take complete control of the world right away but gave us the choice to accept or reject him. And just like the people enslaved by the Matrix, we have to believe to be set free. Well, I’m guessing that’s what Andy and Larry had in mind although it’s hard to imagine they did it on purpose (this whole series has been a world-view soup).

Signing Off for the night….Adam

The Matrix Revolutions [spoiler…

okay, The Matrix Revolutions [spoiler alert… … …]: First, if you want my advice, wait for the video. There’s no reason to see this small story on the big screen. After The Matrix in 1999, all of us were ready for a big story. The humans were going to revolt. They were going to break free and rule the world again. Even after Reloaded we expected triumph. Then, the title of the final installment was Revolutions but the revolution never happened. Instead of taking control of the machine army, Neo cut a deal with them. If you’ll leave us alone, I’ll take care of Smith for you. I wonder if the whole reason for making this trilogy was to make the biggest anti-climactic story in history.

I suppose it could be that the point of the story is that the machines never really lost control and Neo and Smith and everything else were all part of the plan and everything else that goes along with that to make it all obscure and mysterious. But I don’t think so. I think we’ve probably all been reading a little more into this story than we should have. In the end, it’s just that the writers didn’t know how to write a story that made sense in real life.

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