Golden Age of Pop Culture

I'm a big movie and video game fan, and I feel like this year (particularly the last half) has been one the best quality-wise in both industries. I didn't watch very many movies in 2003 or the beginning of 2004, but in the past three months I've watched and loved The Terminal, Garden State, I (Heart) Huckabees, and The Incredibles. And there are lots more movies around the bend that are getting rave reviews.

And in the gaming world, I've seen three different covers of three different magazines with the words “Best Game Ever???”, referring to, of course, three different games. Of course, one was Halo 2 and another was GTA: San Andreas, so we must take this with a grain of salt, but still – Far Cry, Half Life 2, World of Warcraft – all fantastic games, again in the past few months. Doom 3, of course, tanked big time, but hey, the graphics were still unreal…

Hopefully the positive elements of this trend will stay strong – yes, there's always mostly crap coming out (I understand Alexander and National Treasure are the latest examples), but crap can mostly be ignored. It's those handful of gems that make the whole business of pop culture worth salvaging.



Well I haven't blogged anything in a while… I'm still trying to figure out what direction I want to take this thing.

Meanwhile, here are two links to some mind-blowing news reports from Slashdot (they blew my mind at least…)

Paralyzed Woman Walks Again
Color Laser Printers Tracking Everything You Print


Death of a friend

I'm very sad to report that a childhood friend of mine from elementary school, Mark Lasowsky, has passed away. He was 26. I last saw him in September. He was a quiet, unassuming, sweet guy with a great sense of humor and perspective. His funeral is tomorrow morning. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Hello, World

My first post! I am now a trendy blogger, with all sorts of crazy opinions to add to the cacophony of blogosphere noise. I plan on writing a whole political spiel on why we can't invade Saudi Arabia, and my argument has very little to do with oil or economics in general. I'm also going to post (belatedly) my analysis of the two candidates that I wrote about two months ago. Not that there's any interest in that whatsoever anymore now that Bush won, but what the heck. Gotta post *something*…

Anyway, this is exciting for me. Who knows – maybe this will turn into something :-)