Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Random Thoughts...

  • There should be a reality show for geeks. Wasn't there one for people who wanted to be comic book heroes? What happened to that one? Well, if I have to endure reality television then they need to cater to the geek crowd more. Maybe have a show where contestants train in Medieval combat with sword fighting and jousting tournaments at the end of the show. Too much? I can't lie, I think it would be hilarious to watch the Renaissance faire crowd give this a go. Don't get me wrong-- I like Renaissance faires. But like the Comic-Con crowds, there are some people who really get into it. That's who I want to see. 
  • I don't have the patience for politics in my entertainment anymore. I'm also sick of hearing how "polarizing" everything is right now. When aren't we polarized in our beliefs? I've never known a time when it hasn't been that way. It doesn't matter what you believe, there is always someone out there ready to tell you you're an idiot for believing in just about anything. I don't care if an author has a different point of view than I do, but how about some subtlety? I tried to read a book recently and every character just so happened to have a belief system that reflected one viewpoint. Couldn't we have an opposing view just for fun? How about this-- why not just tell a story and let the reader come to their own conclusions? That would be awesome. When I was 20 years old, I could read anything. Now, I'm too darned cranky to deliberately irritate myself. 
  • I'd love to be a zombie extra on 'The Walking Dead" (heck yeah I've entered the contest). But everyone would totally hate me because I'd be trying to do the dance to "Thriller" the whole time. 
  • I'm kind of tired of big, epic movies. I'm also a little weary of having to see a minimum of three movies to get the whole story. "Harry Potter," "Narnia," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Matrix..." It's not that I didn't enjoy some of those movies, but it's rare that I'd say I enjoyed all of them. I think "The Lord of the Rings" is the best of that list, but by the end I was just looking at the screen and saying for the love of God, can you just throw the ring in already! Lately the only thing I look forward to are animated films.  I wish more people would remember that less is more. My wallet would appreciate it too. 
  • There is a lot of blood and sex on television these days. I know, I know, sex sells. It always has. But nowadays it seems like everyone is getting really aggressive with it. "True Blood" is an interesting example because they really ramped up the sex and violence quotient from the books. There was bound to be blood (vampires and all) but I certainly wasn't expecting so much graphic sex. Now it seems the two are inseparable and shows like "Spartacus" are really blatant with the alternating sex and blood motif. What ever happened to showing a little tenderness?
  • Hi, my name is SQT and I'm a bookaholic.  I have more books than I will be able to read before I'm 90, and I keep accumulating more. I'm not just talking about stuff that is sent to me for review, I'm also talking about every random title that looks interesting and becomes something I just gotta have. I have 5 full-sized bookshelves and they are not enough. I need help before I become one of those scary hoarders you see on TV. I hope the eReader I'm getting this Christmas will, at the very least, help me get rid of some of the piles on my floor.
  • People are much nicer to you after you lose weight. I'm really going on a tangent here, but what the heck. They come up to you and chat you up for awhile, and then work their way around to saying...so you've lost a lot of weight recently haven't you? It's not that they're suddenly interested, they're just hoping that what you have is contagious. 
  • So what comes after zombies? We've had the emo vampires, handsome werewolves and now we've got lots of zombies. Would anyone be interested in mummies? Frankenstein monsters? Bigfoot? I haven't figured out what the next big monster is. Have you? (Secretly I'm pulling for the Wookalar).
  • Is sarcasm ever going to go out of style? Everyone's favorite weapon these days seems to be snark. It's kind of funny to hear the vampires from "Twilight" described as douchbags by Dean Winchester (yeah I laughed) but any character in the paranormal spectrum right now doesn't seem to have much range beyond a sneer and a sarcastic one-liner. I blame Buffy. 
  • Maybe I'm too rash in dismissing sarcasm. Maybe I'm just jealous of the kind of mind that can come up with an instant come-back. I blame Joss Whedon. 
  • Speaking of Joss Whedon, I miss the sci-fi/western motif of "Firefly." There was something cool about seeing people dressed in trench-coats and holsters while flying a spaceship. 
  • Random lists are my new favorite thing. It's so much easier than having to keep to a theme. 

19 comments:

ShadowFalcon said...

lol - "It doesn't matter what you believe, there is always someone out there ready to tell you you're an idiot for believing in just about anything" I couldn't agree more!

for thought 1 big bang theory will have to suffice - they tried with Beauty and the geek but all it did was reinforce sterotypes and make everyone on it look ridiculous.

and having a eReader is a massive space saver I think I spared me buying yet another books case, plus I can now take 600 books eveywhere I go - so I can horde but no one will know...

Leslee said...

Oh, GOD! Do I miss Firefly!! Mal and the gang are desperately needed right now. Luckily, Burn Notice and Modern Family are still on so I have something to watch. Maybe I should rewatch the entire season plus the movie and see if that satisfies the craving.

AvDB said...

There was that Superhero reality shoe by Stan Lee. That was a bit geeky.

There is definitely a snark overload in the paranormal/urban fantasy genre. I personally like snark. In normal life, I am a snark machine. I think the failing is when writers use snark to avoid developing characters, or to avoid a potentially difficult, emotionally charged scene. Snark is great as a standalone tool, but it has become quite the character crutch.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm a bookaholic too, and I keep buying more. I'm not even trying to stay on the wagon. I'm not really a fan of sarcasm, though I can appreciate it. It's too often very hurtful. I know you're right about the polarization but it still seems kind of extreme right now.

SQT said...

ShadowFalcon-- I love the idea of being able to so many books with me. It satisfies the inner hoarder.

Leslee-- I know. I can't believe they cancelled "Firefly" so quickly. I'm still mad about that.

Avery-- Like I said, I don't mind snark. I'm just a little jealous of those who use it well.

SQT said...

Charles-- I think the political polarization seems more extreme because of all the politically oriented shows on these days. I don't think we've ever had so many competing networks with really loud pundits either telling you you're brilliant, or stupid, based on your politics. Someone had a good term for it once-- shouting heads maybe.

M. McGriff said...

LOL - I totally love the randomness! Sometimes you just have to let things out!

A reality show for geeks - would be totally awesome. Maybe a competition on who can be the biggest geek. I'll be sure to pitch that one! LOL

Yes, the polarizing thing is insane. It goes back to the same cliche, " You can't please everyone" so we all should just stop trying and just do you!



M. McGriff
www.mcgriffmusings.wordpress.com

Budd said...

Having lots of books is good, until you have to move 1,000 miles away. Then it gets expensive.

SQT said...

M. McGriff-- Anything featuring geek culture is alright by me.

Budd-- I once moved from L.A. to Northern Ca with my car trunk loaded down with books. It looked like the car had been lowered. That was back when my collection was manageable. Fortunately we don't have any big moves in our future, but I'm downsizing know matter what.

wheels209 said...

Hi SQT,
I love my nook e-reader(first gen.) 1500 e-books and I can flip back and forth between books and not loose my place. Please let us know the e-reader that you go with.
Take care,
Steve

SQT said...

Wheels-- I'm looking at the Nook because I can download more formats than the Kindle. Some publishers are starting to offer ARC's for download and I can't use the Kindle for that. I'm mulling over whether to get the Nook color, but they haven't had one at our local Barnes & Noble to play with yet. I'm only on the fence because they say that one doesn't have the e-ink.

wheels209 said...

Hi SQT,
People are saying that the new color nook is back-lit but the text is still black and white not e-ink. I can tell you that the e-ink display of my nook is very nice even reading in bright sunlight no problem. You and I could even lend each other selected books for 14 days..Kindle can lend now also but not when it first hit the market place. I have only downloaded books from B&N. It is possible to download from other websites but the books are stored in a different place on the nook.

SQT said...

Wheels-- Yeah, I wanted to see the display on the Nook color before I decide which one to buy. Readability is at the top of my list of criteria. Though being able to lend books and borrow from the library are a huge plus.

wheels209 said...

Hi SQT,
Borrowing from the library is new info for me. Thanks,
Steve

SQT said...

Wheels-- I read about borrowing from the library on the Barnes & Noble site but don't know much about it. I've heard it's really handy though...

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

What a great list of bullets!

I especially loved the second, and that quip about weight loss made me laugh out loud.

I've got my eyes on you, SQT.

SQT said...

LBB-- Why thank you. ;)

anassaria said...

About borrowing ebooks from the library...only if your library subscribes to Overdrive (and some Netlibrary subscriptions) and only if you have a compatible ereader (Sony or Nook)

If gamers count as geeks, there is a reality show called WCG Ultimate gamer.

Carl V. said...

Bring on Urban Wookalar, the next great horror/fantasy hybrid that will soon be played out and annoy everyone. I can't wait!