Monday, February 23, 2015

film films

So three out of the last four "Best Picture" Oscar awards have gone to movies about making movies, unless I am very much mistaken.  Birdman (2015), Argo (2013), and The Artist (2012), were all about film makers.  I have not seen any of these, and I am not berating their quality.  It seems reasonable, in point of fact, that perhaps movie people are most passionately invested in the telling of a tale about movie people, and perhaps these films truly are of a superior quality.  Maybe film films simply make up a growing percentage of the movies produced, signaling some sort of trend in which the modern audience, no longer content with a story, wants to pick and peel at the story beneath the story.  Or maybe, just maybe, someone has discovered that the kingmakers of Hollywood are less inspired by other industries and are, as Watson said of Holmes in "The Adventure of the Red Circle", "accessible upon the side of flattery".

Anyway, no film debate to see here, I'm just reacting to a question about potential bias in a measurement.

Like all of those blog posts about blogging. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

useless knowledge

I laughed at myself today.  I was skimming a news article and I saw this headline for a different article at the bottom of the page: 

9 Facts About Lemon Water You Should Know

My indignant reaction was, "There is not room in my life for 9 facts about lemon water."  That actually passed through my mind.  I'm a busy man!  Or in the words of Fezzik, "Don't pester him, he's had a hard day".  I resented being told what I "Should Know", and I'm not even sure there are nine facts about lemon water (I didn't read the article).  I started thinking on some tangent about Sherlock Holmes claiming that the mind was like an attic, and we need to guard against the accumulation of useless knowledge.  I agreed with Holmes as I rejected the useless lemon water link.  Then I looked up at the headline of the intellectual and newsworthy article I had been reading:  Rare Case of Conjoined Lizard Twins Found at Germany Zoo.