How’d I fail to mention, the Cohen Bros Burn After Reading is an excellent diversion. It may even be a great film, but it is so breezy that I found myself simply enjoying it as entertainment rather than debating whether it was a masterful piece of cinema. Definitely worth checking.
Ok. I’m gonna do one more tv show, and that’s it. It will tape this December in Boulder, so it is probably destined to be. That’s how I’ll frame it in my mind — a pinnacle.
I’d told myself I wouldn’t do any more interviews about alien stuff, in fact I’d just turned down a BBC Religion program which actually sounded rather intruiging — BBC Religion is doing a program on the subject of “what do people feel the Bible mean by ‘man is created in God’s image’?”. And part of the population that they want to ask are experiencers of alien contact. I think that kind of documentary sounds wonderful because it isn’t really about aliens, it just includes — among a great number of other people — a larger perspective from people who have met beings who may cause a redefinition of one’s theological beliefs. (This is an area of alien encounters not commonly addressed, but is important.)
But I turned the BBC down. I accepted a new show that is being produced locally (though it would be wrong to describe it as a local show, since it is simply filming in Boulder due to the community here having the kind of diversity that can lend itself to heady discussions. Guests fly in from where ever they are. It just happens that I’m up the street from the studio).
What I need to do now is to forget everything from my pre-interview so that when it comes times to do the actual interview it will be fresh. That is tricky, because I have some patter that I’ve done a few times already and if I sense I am being stale I clam up. That is part of why I turned down the BBC. When I watch the BBC I expect vibrancy, and I wasn’t sure I could be vibrant. I believe that I can do the locally produced show and not be stale, because I — because I think the interviewer is actually going to add so much depth to the discussion that any depth I lack will be improved upon by the host! So there’s trust that with judicious editing I might come across ok. Or heck, if I end up getting cut out of the show, no worries, no costs were involved in flying me down the street.
So that’s December. [musing to self starts here] …I should schedule a hair appointment 2 weeks before. Sounds vain but for tv you have to try to look the way that you think you look everyday. I.e. you need to try to look physically the way that you imagine you look — and oddly enough, one’s mental impression of oneself is rarely accurate. Though honestly I think my mental impression of myself has become more accurate in the past couple years, so maybe I don’t have to try. Nonetheless, a haircut won’t hurt. [moments pass] Whew lucky I scheduled that now — Thanksgiving holidays had that week pretty booked up. I got in tho’.
SPOILERS WARNING! Sept 29 episode
After a weak first few episodes, they knocked it out of the park with tonight’s episode. I was getting so-so on the show before but Summer Glau’s performance tonight (as both Alyson and as her robot duplicate Cameron) was fantastic. Next week’s preview again looks like they suddenly found their traction. I’m a fan again and it’s about time.
Granted, the scenes at the doctor’s was just low-budget filler to pay for the rest of the episode, but wow, the rest of the episode? The battleship turned into Terminator prison? Genius on both an art department level and on sheer wow-ness! And so, after seeing how Alyson was studied, maybe Cameron doesn’t love John at all, she’s just parroting what she “studied” — which suddenly makes her creepy as heck! This is good writing. This is almost, dare I say, Whedon-quality writing. So suddenly! I am so glad!
Up until now I was hoping that the machines would develop real feelings and would eventually coexist with humankind. I was hoping John and Cameron would somehow start to date, despite one being a robot. But, after seeing how Alyson was tortured by Cameron, I see it is more likely that when Cameron told John that she loved him, she was only glitching back to when she first emulated Alyson. Cameron herself is now more fearsome because just like the characters around her, I do not know if she experiences real feelings. It is no longer an academic discussion, either. If she experiences feelings, she can be saved (“good” terminators can be allies and coexist). If she does not, then she is a tool that must be used towards the eventual elimination of all machines. John holds both the fate of mankind AND the fate of the “good” terminators in his hands, and he does not yet know (none of us do!) which course to choose.
This is suddenly a fantastic show again.
Today would be the day to buy shares of Google… if only I had any money to do that. I may try to do an electronic check to get some funds in so I can buy 1 more share. Google shares are usually $400 to $500 each, but they’re below $400 now with the stock market crashing. If you think that the stock market crashing will not lead to a depression in the United States and a worldwide recession, then, this is a fire sale! On the other hand, yeah, depression in the United States and a worldwide recession.
I don’t believe the House made a mistake by refusing to bail out the lenders that made bad loans. They were not Federally insured, so there was no expectation nor any obligation to bail them out. As much as I like the concept of people rescuing people from their mistakes, it doesn’t mean we need to save the rich.
But of course today’s news is a moot point. There will be another vote mid-week, and another, until it passes.