So I was on my way home the other day, blasting music and just thinking about life in general. It was then that I came across an idea that may just have some relevance to some people out there, because it certainly rang true with me. This may be something that everyone knows, and I’m just a dumbass who had to wait 34 for it to congeal into the concept it is right now. Truth be told, I’ve been aware of it for a long time, but never actually put any thought into exploring it. So here goes.
I was thinking about how unhappy many people I know are. So many people act all upbeat and funny, but when you get down to it, they’re miserable about some shit, or a many shits. Even I suffer from this at certain times, and when I look at it in perspective, it’s fucking ridiculous. Granted, we base our emotional homeostasis as a reference to our surroundings, so it’s not really that surprising, I guess. Here’s what I’m getting at.
A good friend of mine brought up a very interesting point a few weeks ago during a conversation. He said that people these days live like kings, and have no concept of it. Many years ago, common people didn’t have access to all of the different foods, books, entertainment, and amenities that we all currently enjoy as commonplace.
We eat like kings, having whatever food we so desire at our fingertips. We have access to virtually any books we could possibly want to read, and via the internet, virtually any knowledge we want to acquire. We have access to music, plays, movies, shows, museums, zoos, and all other types of entertainment daily, many from the comfort of our own homes. We have central heating, air conditioning, hot water, soaps, medicines, hospitals, etc….
A few hundred years ago, the only people who had such access to these things were the nobility, and even they had trouble getting some things that we take for granted. People back then also had much less to do in life. There were no amusement parks, no skydiving, no race car driving, no rock stars or movie stars. Most people just aspired to have a profession and make enough to survive on. Those who aspired to be more, traveled and gained access to books and knowledge to become learned or scholarly men.
Nowadays, though, people seem to be in a big rush to do everything they possibly can during their lifetime. Travel the world, try every food, fulfill every dream or desire. People live fuller lives these days than any of their predecessors have, and they seem to feel emptier inside. I think that people have it wrong these days. To me, it’s not about doing everything you’ve ever wanted. Doing things just to do them, or to say you did them, is meaningless. I felt more joy fixing up things in my home or really getting to know somebody than I did by getting the latest and greatest TV, or that new gadget or toy I wanted.
We all seem to be hell bent on buying stuff and surrounding ourselves with these things that we think define us. Why? I used to do this to an extent. I bought things to put in my room or apt or house because I thought they were cool, and wanted people who came over to thing I was cool by the stuff I surrounded myself with. Eventually I realized that I really don’t give a shit. All it does is make it a nightmare for my kids to sort through and dispose of all my pointless shit once I finally die. Granted, this part isn’t exactly new, since people have always established themselves socially but what they owned, but it doesn’t make it any less retarded.
We let stupid shit get to us, petty little things, like the lack of certain features in our phones or televisions. We then watch movies about kings and princes who bitch about petty things, throw tantrums, and want it NOW. We mock them for how ridiculous they’re being, and do EXACTLY the same damn thing about meaningless shit in our own lives. We have no perspective of the world around us, and what is exactly going on in the world. We have the ability, folks. We need the right direction. I can honestly say, since I stopped caring about such things, and stopped letting the petty little nuances get to me, I’ve been much happier and have been living a much fuller life.
We feel pressed for time, like we don’t have enough time to do all we want in life. All I’m saying is that thinking that way may not be the key to living a full and happy life. Just consider it.
Now if you’re still reading this crap, my hat’s off to you. I didn’t even bother proofreading this shit, since it’s waaaaaay too long. If I rambled too much, jumped around too much, or was way off in my statements…..then tough shit. This is MY blog, damnit! muahahahahahhha!!!! Anyways, this is just how I see it, so there! :p
I was trolling Netflix awhile ago, and saw what looked like a campy horror movie. I was intrigued, and wanted to watch it, but could never find the time, since I try not to subject my wife to truly horrendous flicks. A few months later, we were on the couch flipping through Netflix, and we came across it again. This time, she exclaimed “oh my friend said this movie was awesome! We should check it out!” FUCKING SCORE! I fired up the movie, reclined the couch, and sat back to watch ‘Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”.
OK, so if you’re a fan of stupid humor, horror movies, and especially Alan Tudyk, then you MUST watch this movie! I was fucking cracking up. It’s a rare surprise to come across a virtually unknown movie of such awesomeness. Both Alan and his brother-in-hairy-arms Tyler Labine deliver awesome and hilarious performances, and Katrina Bowden rounded them out along with Jesse Moss.
The basic gist of the story is that Tucker and Dale (Tudyk & Labine, respectively) are hillbilly types on their way to a recently acquired cabin for vacation, so that they can fix it up as a summer place. They come across a group of college kids out to go camping, who get creeped out by them and think they’re dangerous backwoods psychos. I’m not gonna spoil anything, other than to say that hilarity ensues, and it basically takes the “crazy killer hillbilly” idea and shows it from their point of view, except that they don’t kill people.
Seriously, watch this trailer. If you enjoy it, then you’ll enjoy the movie.
I can’t say enough good about this movie, and how much fun it was to watch. I’m definitely going to pick this one up, and I’ll have to check out more movies these folks have done. Good times!
Last night I had a decision to make. There were no more TV shows on my DVR to watch, so it was off to my PS3 to see which movies I had on there for my viewing pleasure. I decided that I’d finally watch the movie Devil, by M. Night Shyamalan. This was on my brother’s suggestion, since we have very similar taste in movies, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
M. Night and I haven’t seen eye to eye since the village. I liked the sixth sense, signs, and unbreakable as well. His other movies were lackluster, and the last airbender was pretty bad. Honestly, I wouldn’t even have given this movie a chance if it weren’t for the recommendation. I’m glad I did.
Devil was a surprisingly fun and interesting horror/suspense flick. The movie is about a bunch of people in an elevator that gets stuck. One of the people is possessed by the devil, and people start getting hurt. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the basic premise. There’s no big twist at the end, but there doesn’t have to be. It’s your usual horror flick as far as predictability goes. I guessed the killer the second the elevator got stuck. Regardless of that, it was a very fun and cool flick.
I’m really not sure why people hated it so much. I guess when you have a few really kick ass movies to start out with, people expect that magic every time. It doesn’t work that way. I’ve loved most of James Cameron’s work, but Avatar was a gigantic suckfest, and a complete waste of my time. I have absolutely zero interest in ever seeing it again. Spielberg had E.T., A.I., and the latest Indiana Jones: The kingdom full of shitty writers. Regardless of his lesser flicks, this movie was actually enjoyable, and I’m fully glad I watched it. Some people just take shit way too seriously….
Over the weekend, I downloaded a demo for Marvel Vs Capcom: Origins on my PS3. Having been utterly fucking obsessed with the original MVC, and enjoying MVC2, I was curious what this game was. I had a few minutes to mess around, and decided to fire up the demo and give it a go. That was about the same time that I remembered why I don’t like playing fighting games on a console….
Just so you all know, MVCO is sort of a remake of the original MVC, but it’s as if you’re playing it on a CRT or old tube TV. On the sides of that screen (since it’s done in 4:3 and my TV is 16:9), there are goals listed. Stuff like “hit your enemy after the match ends for 5XP” or “You’ve won 2/10 matches”. This lets you test your skills and level up. Now just a quick note to those who’ve played the original before. You know that the only way to hit your opponent after the match ends is to hit the start button. Well, there’s the rub. It doesn’t appear to be fucking mapped! I hit every goddamn button on that fucking controller, and none did it. Sorry, had to bitch.
So, that aside, I’ll let you all in on some of my background. I grew up an arcade fighting game addict. It started with Street Fighter 2, followed its iterations until Mortal Kombat came out, followed its iterations until I first played Tekken 2, then it was Tekken 3, and then Marvel vs Capcom. On my multicade at home, the most played games are fighting games. I wasn’t very good at them, mind you, but I loved them nonetheless. In fact, my current controller setup on my multicade is a 6 button fighting layout, as opposed to the classic button layouts geared towards older games. I spent countless hours throughout the 90’s playing these games, riding my bike to the mom and pop video store in Deer Park just to play some SF2CE with my friends.
My problem with fighting games on consoles is a simple one. The controller. Fighting games are mostly designed to be button mashing slam fests, which don’t lend themselves to controllers well at all. In MVC, for example, you perform super moves that require all three of either the punch or kick buttons be pushed at the same time, coinciding with a half moon joystick movement. The problem is, console controllers only have 4 face buttons, so you have to somehow hit the two face buttons and one of the triggers at the same time. Also, the strongest punch and kick buttons are triggers, which makes for awkward special moves. And combos? Really? Might as well just put it on easy instead, since combos with a controller is akin to trying to doing the same moves on an arcade with your feet.
“Good sir,” you ask, “why not just use one of those arcade controllers for the consoles?”. Well, I’m glad you asked. 2 reasons. First is that most of them are wired, and my console is about 12 feet away from where I sit when I play games. Also, I have kids, so having a wire connected to a $300 console draped across their play area isn’t the smartest of ideas. Oh sure, they have wireless one, but they either need to be plugged into the wall via AC adapter, or they eat batteries like a fat nerd at a DnD game eats Cheetos. The second reason, is that they’re fucking ridiculously expensive. The cheaper ones suck and don’t respond for shit, and the decent to good ones are $80+!!! Sorry, but if I spent $50 on a game, I shouldn’t need an $80 controller to be able to play it. That’s just shitty.
So as it stands, I won’t be getting any more of these games until I can pick up a decent controller on the cheap. This is, hands down, the shittiest type of game conversion. If someone knows a game cold, they shouldn’t have to spend hours re-learning how to play it again so they can use a controller. That’s just retarded. I’ll stick to my arcade cabinet for now.
A good friend of mine, who is actually the reason I started blogging, wrote a post today about something that really gets my panties in a bunch. Now I normally don’t rip off posts from other people, so I’m just gonna sum up his post quick and get to the point I wanna add to it. Please read his post first for the proper context, and do yourself a favor and subscribe to his blog. It’s well worth the read.
To briefly sum up, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have now been deemed “enemies of the state” by our government, due to them hosting leaked confidential information which was supplied by a member of our military. Incidentally, that gent has been in jail for over 2 years without his due process, but that’s a whole other diatribe and I’m trying to keep this relatively short.
Many people stick their heads in the sand when they hear shit like this, choosing to either write it off or just turn away and forget it happened, rather than take it for what it is and do something about it. The problem, as I see it, is this. People don’t want to believe it because they are afraid. Believing such things means that the world isn’t as great a place as they delude themselves into believing it is, and this country is on the fast track to the shitter lickety split. The vast majority would much rather tend to their illusions, building up walls in their lives made of their personal drama, pop culture, and consumerism. The walls build up higher and higher, until they can barely see the rotting world on the other side, choosing instead to think about their next vacation, or who will win the superbowl, or what they want for Christmas. Don’t kid yourselves folks, we ALL do it, including me.
The real problem comes when those who completely delude themselves, to the point where logical thought is superseded by the conviction of being completely convinced that their illusions are the truth of the world, won’t believe the truth of what lay beyond their walls. Many people, instead, will scoff at those who really know what is happening in the world, writing them off as conspiracy theorists or enemies of the state. Make no mistake about it people, this country is NOT doing well. We’re a country of war mongering politicians and corporations, bent on owning, or at least controlling, the world. We’re a modern day version of ancient Rome, conquering the world through violence and force rather than inspiration and leading by good example, with a population of coddled deluded citizens who actually believe that we’re doing the right thing because they’re either too stupid to do some research and realize the truth, or too scared to believe that their own government would do anything like that to them or to others.
If you believe in a greater power, pray for us. Even if you don’t, though, spread the word and make people aware. You don’t need to fight or take direct action. The more people who are aware, the more power the people have. After all, to conquer a nation, you must first disarm its people, and our greatest weapon is our mind. Use it.