“'Leadership' is an Orwellian word and concept. It's this fetishized idea in our society that's harped on constantly to the extent that it's nauseating. It's drilled into our heads and brainwashes us. We don't need it. It's based on orders, not asking. We should have a society based on voluntarism and consent. This concept of “leadership” is how they convince dictators (big and small) that what they're doing is noble and responsible.”—
People who don’t like sports probably don’t realize how meaningful these games are. For example, this game. Kansas and Missouri. Since Missouri is leaving the conference (which is like a group of teams), they won’t play each other anymore after this year. So, why is that significant? Everything is in their names. The Kansas Jayhawks versus the Missouri Tigers.
A Jayhawk is not a real bird. Kansas pretends it is, but it isn’t. It comes from just before the American Civil War. Militant free-staters formed bands of guerilla fighters who often clashed with pro-slavery groups from Missouri.
The name “Missouri Tigers” also comes from the Civil War. It was the name for a band of armed guards who, in 1864, protected Columbia, Missouri — where the University of Missouri is located — from Confederate guerrillas. But despite the fact that Missouri’s name comes from anti-Confederate sources, Missouri “sent men, armies, generals, and supplies to both opposing sides, had its star on both flags, had separate governments representing each side, and endured a neighbor-against-neighbor intrastate war within the larger national war.”
The animosity between these two states and towns has historical significance. The rivalry is actually called “The Border War”. They still practically hate each other. Though it’s obviously much more civil now (no pun intended).
They’ve been playing since not long after the Civil War ended, 1891, after the inventor of basketball coached at Kansas. They’ve been playing each other for 120 years. Now they won’t anymore, and the animosity is fierce again. So knowing that, watch these highlights and see the passion on their faces and then tell me it’s just a stupid basketball game.
Fans of The Lorax have raised concerns that the new big-screen version is neglecting the environmental message of the beloved Dr. Seuss book. The movie doesn’t come out until March 2, but the initial trailer and promotional materials ignited a round of complaints on the web.
Now people are having a (rather justified) heart attack about the fact that The Lorax is now being used to cross-promote a new SUV. Earlier this week, Mazda announced that it has partnered with Universal Pictures to promote the new “‘Seuss-ifed’ 2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV.” The cross-promotion includes commercials with a cartoon version of the car driving through a valley of Truffula trees. The ads claim that the car is “Truffula tree friendly” –whatever that’s supposed to mean, given that the car is a standard fuel-injection-engine SUV. Sure, it’s apparently better than other SUVs on the market. But not that good.
Branding professional Jason Bittel was apparently so inspired by this atrocity that he wrote his own Seuss-tastic poem:
A Lorax-branded combustion engine? I mean, seriously? Not a hydrogen? Not an electric? Not even a Thneed-sponsored cross-breed? … Whoever is in charge of branding For the Lorax’s mula-making machine - Have you read the book you’re hijacking? Did you misinterpret what it means?
Update: Then there’s these “Lorax-approved” disposable diapers. Because, you know, there’s nothing that says “we speak for the trees” like the 3.6 million tons of nappies (2 percent of total municipal waste!) that Americans throw away every year.
Update #2: That’s not all. According to AP, the film has nearly 70 “launch partners.” The list includes Whole Foods, Pottery Barn Kids, Stonyfield Farm, HP (“Print Like the Lorax”), Doubletree Hotels (Costa Rica “eco-travel” giveaway), and the EPA’s EnergyStar program. And don’t forget IHOP, which is featuring Lorax-themed dishes because “Planting trees can make you hungry!” Among the eco-friendly offerings:
"Hi, my name’s Jackie Bob Jones-Mulligan from Town That Looks Like It Survived a Nuclear Apocalypse, Arizona and I was wondering what the candidates’ solution was to the problem of nuclear-armed Iranian-Mexican illegal immigrant abortion doctors who want to impose socialist tyranny in America through a government takeover of government."
The word is “dammit”. Just because ‘damn’ and ‘damnation’ have N’s in them doesn’t mean ‘dammit’ does. Get it right. You look ridiculous. Search “damnit” on Google and let me know what they ask you if you meant.
Figured I'd write this down since it's still fresh
Just had the craziest dream about zombies or demons who self-replicate really fast when they have sex. Like new ones pop out almost instantaneously as babies and then turn into full-grown ones in a matter of minutes or seconds. I thought I had crushed them all in this pit in the basement when I lowered this cinderblock on top of them, but when I got to the floor above, there was one girl in a bed above and she looked like a human but I knew better. She kept saying she should be allowed to leave because she had people to meet. But I knew that was demon-speak for “I have more demons to create”. Then, she said her car was outside in the parking lot. We were in some room that resembled a hospital room on the third or fourth floor. She looked out of the window and said yeah, they should let her leave, her car is out in the parking lot, and then she squinted really hard and said “the license plate number is ______” and she said a license plate number. But I knew that her magical demon eyes allowed her to see far distances and that she was just reading a license plate number of a car in the parking lot below in order to convince us to let her leave.
Thinking about the upcoming college football season. What it’s going to be like. So many unknown factors. Health. Job. Why I’m not comfortable. Because I’m living where I’m living and working where I’m working. Nothing like the peace and quiet of downtown in the middle of the night. I want that. That’s truly sublime. That’s something worth striving for. You know in the daytime it’s going to be bustling. It’s a metaphor. A metaphor for balance. For having balance. Being able to do the work and appreciate the leisure time. Need to get my license stuff straightened out. Can’t drive there. Thinking about taking the Metrorail for the first time. When does a person become enough of your friend to ask favors of them? Never want to be a burden. Feeling my age. Got to get going, if you know what I mean.
After seeing the trailer for "The Secret World of Arrietty" I couldn't help but think that the US has largely abandoned traditional animation in regards to film.
This is a real tragedy. We used to have such awesome, imaginative animated films; cult classics like “The Secret of Nihm" and "Watership Down". Now all that seems to be made is computer animated films like “The Lorax”. Don’t get me wrong, I like computer animation, but I love traditional animation. It’s easier on the eyes. It feels more organic. And you can really appreciate the artwork.
I’ll bet you there are millions of drawers out there who would love the chance to get to work on an animated film. It just seems like Hollywood prefers computer animation because maybe it’s cheaper and less labor intensive. Also, Hollywood strives to make a blockbuster every time they make a film. Why can’t they make a film just because it’s creative and original?
Without traditional animation, we’re losing our aesthetic theory. We’re losing our artistic vision. We’re losing our love of pure creativity. We need to get back to making traditionally animated films. We’re depriving our kids of the true awesomeness we all grew up with.
Japanese animation is cool, but it’s not the same as Western animation.