Posted tagged ‘memes’

Time Travel

January 21, 2014

TSTI have always been fascinated by time travel.  One of the first stories I remember writing in grammar school was about a boy who traveled back in time, only to wake up in bed, thinking it was a dream.  Then, in his pants pocket, he found a rock he’d picked up in the past … and knew, it was no dream. I thought it was very original.  Teacher?  Not so much … C+.  Time travel enables so many interesting plot lines.  You can encounter your elder self in Looper or your parents as children in Back to the Future.   It can bring together interesting personalities that never actually met, like Picasso, Einstein and Elvis Presley in Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  It raises questions of whether the past could be changed by a time traveler and what unforeseen effects such changes might have.  It raises philosophical questions regarding immortality, since, if we can travel back to see those long passed, aren’t they still alive in some sense?  Hmmm. (more…)

Life in the Hills

January 14, 2014

TSTMuri and I moved to California in 1971, at first living in an apartment complex in the San Gabriel Valley.  It was convenient to my work but the valley was prone to periods of awful, eye-burning smog.  Besides, we’d come to California ready to have a house of our own.   Our search gradually gravitated south to Orange County where most of the new construction was going on.  Every weekend was spent navigating our way (without GPS!) to new neighborhoods and walking though model after model.  Some were too expensive (actually, many were too expensive).  Some were too small or didn’t have the features we wanted.  One was actually too smelly.  It was a beautiful house, but on the day we went to make an offer, the weather was wet … and it became obvious that the entire development had been built on a former dairy farm.   Many of the houses that were out of our price range were in Anaheim Hills, a planned, lower density community distributed in the hills near the Cleveland National Forest, but we found a nice house we loved on a smaller hill in Yorba Linda, CA.  It was our happy home for 31 years, but in 2001, business was very good so we moved to a larger house at the top of Anaheim Hills. (more…)

Now and Then

December 17, 2013

TSTLet me tell you how it used to be… used to be meaning perhaps the first forty years of my life.  Generational roles were well defined.   It was the job of the kids to play and have fun.  We were good at it.   We played at being cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, baseball players and spacemen.  We played at being adults when we played but we didn’t want to be adults.   You’ve read Peter Pan haven’t you?   I won’t grow up, I don’t want to go to school and learn to be a parrot and recite a silly rule.   When we got in trouble, it wasn’t rebellion, just that something that seemed like fun ran afoul of our parents rules.  At around twelve, we were reassigned as adolescents.   Suddenly, breaking our parents rules … and of those of society … were part of the plan.  We discovered that many of those things our parents had warned us against felt good and if we were careful, we could avoid getting caught.  Not getting caught became part the fun.  We still didn’t want to be grown-ups, grown-ups were square, uncool, so out-of-it.   We dressed differently and we developed a language of our own.  We used words like %$&* and &%@$ but we didn’t dare do it in front of our parents.  So, today is Top Sites Tuesday #234 and my Two Thoughts on Tuesday concern how things have changed between Now and Then. (more…)

Morning News

December 10, 2013

TSTIt has become my habit since buying a Google Nexus 7 Tablet a year ago to begin the day by making my coffee and breakfast, then settling at the kitchen table to read the news on one of the news apps available to Android.  I usually with start with the Fox News app, which might make you think I’m a staunch conservative.  Politically these days, I’m not a staunch anything but I’m a stauncher libertarian than anything else and the right seems a bit more libertarian than the left.  Worry not … I read a variety of pages in search of a balanced view.  I like to have a sense of what’s going on in popular culture, too, even if I choose not to participate in most of it, so I usually check out the Yahoo Home Page.  All you have to do is scan the Yahoo headlines to realize that their so-called news department has mostly abandoned serious news for Entertainment-Tonight-on-steroids fluff.  Examples from this morning?  How about Mila Kunis and Aston Kutcher Attend Her Brother’s WeddingMeet Ryan Seacrest’s nerdy older brotherPregnant Megan Fox’s Baby Bump Peeks Out From Fitted T-shirt?   Jeez.
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Computer Karma

December 3, 2013

TSTI am sitting right where I usually spend my Monday evenings, stretched out in my recliner posting for Top Sites Tuesday.   There’s the usual movie I’ve seen a dozen times  on TV … tonight, it’s Return of the Jedi.  But there’s a difference … I’m posting on my tablet using a Bluetooth keyboard instead of my (supposedly) trusty ASUS laptop.  My laptop is in the shop … Computer Guys of Orange County, specifically.  If you are a regular around Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog, you know that when it comes to computers, I am my own IT department.  I’ve removed all sorts of little computer buggies, not only on my own computers but remotely on computers across the country.  I’ve rebuilt systems and solved startup problems.  I’ve upgraded memories and replaced crashed discs.  I’m not really a computer expert but I’m really good at finding solutions online and I’m more willing than most to take things apart. (more…)

Based on a True Story

November 26, 2013

TSTI seem to remember reading somewhere that a writer is a person who lies for a living.  When I went searching for such a quote, I found a very entertaining post titled The Art of Telling Lies by Alex Keegan on Writers Write which argues that fiction writers are indeed liars, albeit sometimes in the interest of exposing a higher or more fundamental truth.   It begins with the following quote from science fiction writers, George Scithers & Darrel Schweitzer:

Fiction is lies. There is the Great Lie, the simple fact that the story is a story and not reportage. Fiction writers, therefore are liars — and they have to be good ones.

The thing about fiction, though, is that there is an implied contract with the reader … this is fiction, believe what you want.   If, on the other hand, the book in hand (or these days, in Kindle) is non-fiction, the reader is entitled to expect to read the truth … or at least the author’s perception of it.    Then again, 19th century English historian Thomas Macaulay has said:

The object is not truth but persuasion

In these days of journalistic reporting, that is probably more true than ever.  There is, however, a middle ground where the truth is even fuzzier.  In the world of the film and television, the world of Based on a True Story, there is no contract. (more…)

So Little Time

November 19, 2013

TSTYou’ve probably been out and about somewhere and found yourself behind a vehicle with a bumper sticker that says, So Many Women, So Little Time (in the interest of gender equality and gay rights, it could just as easily say So Many Men but bear with me).  It seems I was programmed for a long term relationship almost from birth and having been fortunate enough to be married to the same woman for 45 years, I always wonder about why someone would have such a bumper sticker.  In my value system, the very fact that a man has that bumper sticker reduces the number of women with whom he’ll have a relationship.  Is that old fashioned?  I usually speed up a little to see who’s driving.   If it’s a twenty-something or thirty-something, I just grin but if it’s a fifty-something or sixty-something, I thank God that I haven’t reached my senior years with a woman count as my rear bumper priority.   Of course, the chances of me having a bumper sticker of any kind are slimski and noneski … and I believe slimski passed away last week.
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Getting Started Again

November 12, 2013

TSTOn the day we were getting ready for our trip Back East, I was trying to get a few things done on my desktop computer … print a few itineraries and such.   I had half a dozen applications open and Mozilla Firefox was momentarily freezing, so I decided to close everything and restart Windows 7.   Windows 7 had other ideas.   It froze at the Welcome Screen … for 2 hours … so I did a hard shutdown.  Windows 7’s next idea was to suggest that I run Startup Repair and like an idiot, I agreed.   Three hours later, it was still ATTEMPTING TO MAKE REPAIRS TO WINDOWS (THIS COULD TAKE UP TO AN HOUR).   I remembered that I had dutifully made a Window 7 Boot Disk when I first purchased my computer.  It wouldn’t boot.  I remembered that I had made a full Recovery Disk Set.  It wouldn’t run either.   At that point, I decided nothing was going   to get fixed before our vacation, so I shut the *&(&#%$@ thing down.  Of course, shutting down the computer is much easier than keeping my techie brain from thinking about how to fix it … or my flying fingers from Googling phrases like Windows 7 stuck in Startup Repair … in my free moments.  So, today on Top Sites Tuesday #229, I am thinking about fixing my computer and my search shows that I am definitely not alone with my startup problems. (more…)

Notes – Mental and Otherwise

November 5, 2013

1349Believe or not, kiddies, when this post publishes, it will be my 1,350th post.  I say when because in spite of the fact that I am sitting down with only the vaguest notion of a topic in mind, I’ll find 400-600 words that I can string together into some semblance of a post.  I find that as I get older, I’m less talkative but more writative.  I wonder why.  Perhaps it’s because it’s easier to imagine someone out there in the blogosphere actually enjoying what I write than watching someone sneak glances at their watch when I say the very same thing in person.  Six hundred words makes a long soliloquy.  Nope.  Having enough words is never a problem.   Ideas for topic?  Well, that’s another story.
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Trick and Treat

October 29, 2013

HALLOWEEN tstAs Muri and I were driving into L.A. this weekend, we noticed how many huge Halloween stores like Spirit Halloween had sprung up in empty stores and warehouses along the freeways.   Parking lots were packed and crowds … mostly adults … wandered in and out of the buildings.  In those stores that had window displays, 90% of the costumes in the windows were for adults.  Of course, for the kids, there were countless so-called pumpkin patches, really low-grade amusement parks with inflatable jumpers and slides and petting zoos surrounded by piles of pumpkins selling for five times what one costs at Target.  Here in Socal, every real amusement parkHAUNT from Disneyland to Knott’s Berry Farm has a frightening Halloween Haunt aimed at teenagers and young adults.  When Halloween arrives on Thursday night, we’ll have only a dozen or so Trick or Treaters, half of them junior high kids who have hardly bothered to put on a costume.  The rest of the kids will be Trunk or Treating at local churches or Trick or Treating at the shopping center.  On my way home from my Thursday night meeting, though, I’ll have to be on the watch for inebriated, costumed adults on their way to and from parties.  Nothing ruins a Halloween like being hit by a French maid and a Zombie in a Beemer.  So, here on the Top Sites Tuesday before Halloween, my Two Thoughts are on Halloween back in the good old days. (more…)