30 November 2012

Movies from Mom.

Last Christmas Mom bought me all three Lord of the Rings movies on DVD. Since it’s the thought that counts, I sincerely do appreciate the thought. But I already own the movies. I bought the special editions—you know, the seven-disc boxed set with the extra footage and the documentaries—years ago, as soon as I could find someone willing to sell each of them for less than $15. I may be a fan, but I’m a cheap fan.

And Mom is likewise a fan of cheap movies. (She’s been buying used VHS tapes like crazy. Yes, she still uses her VCR.) Round Christmastime, she’ll regularly check the bargain bins for inexpensive movies. That’s where she found the Rings movies; it’s kinda obvious. One of them is in “fullscreen,” i.e. a movie cropped for idiots who think it’s more important to get rid of the blank black spaces on their 3:4-ratio TV sets than it is to see an entire picture. And since all my screens are widescreen—with the exception of my 13-year-old iBook, which doesn’t play movies anyway—it’s an out-of-date term now.

07 November 2012

06 November 2012

The 2012 election night anticlimax.

Okay, I didn’t get round to posting my views on the other California ballot propositions. That experiment tanked; and really, I didn’t care for how politics-heavy it made this blog. Best to concentrate all the political ranting into a single post. Well, next election.

I voted for Barack Obama. As in ’08, he’s the lesser of two evils. Bluntly, Mitt Romney is a liar. He will say anything to get elected; he’ll be pro-choice to win Massachusetts and pro-life to win the Republican nomination. He lied far more than that, but that was plenty. If a liar tells you everything you want to hear, it makes no difference; he’s still a liar. Can’t trust him; can’t vote for him. While I can’t agree with many things Obama stands for, he explained why he stands for them, I respect his reasons, I respect him as a person, so he got my vote. (Not like it matters, thanks to the Electoral College, but that’s another rant.) I want a president with character. Romney lacks it.

01 November 2012

On the slavery and pimping proposition.

I’m not sure why or when “human trafficking” became the more formal term for “slavery” or “pimping.” Or why we can’t just go with “slavery” and “pimping.” More people will recognize what those things are, and immediately recognize they’re against them. Or recognize they ought to be.

Though when I was a kid, “pimp” was slang for “promiscuous heel”—someone who slept with a lot of women, and treated them dismissively.