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Arcade Fire

Posted by MonkeyMan on February 15, 2011 in Blog Post

So a lot of people are mad because Montreal indie group Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year, beating out Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum.

They are mad mostly because they have never heard of Arcade Fire.

That they would twitter and post their anger by saying they have never heard of them speaks volumes about the attitude of a lot of people.

To be honest, I had not heard of Arcade Fire either, but I did not twitter “who the f#$% are Arcade Fire?” or some equally asinine comment. I actually went and listened to their music and watched their videos.

Let’s be honest – how can you really have an opinion about something you admit knowing absolutely nothing about?

I’m not saying the other nominees don’t have talent or don’t deserve to be nominated or to even win – this is not a post about critiquing musical talent – it’s a post about ignorant people who make the assumption that because someone is more well known or ‘famous’ that they should win over someone who is less well known. I thought it was about the music. If you have not heard of Arcade Fire (as I had not), then it’s an indictment of our narrow focus on ‘pop’ music and not taking the time to listen to talented hard working musicians.

I am a bit suspicious that even the Grammy’s would not have deliberately picked Arcade Fire, but that a vote split between other nominees might have given them the Grammy, but maybe it’s time we stopped idolizing the few that have become media darlings and start to take off those blinders to discover what lies beyond Hits 1.

I know I will.

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Facebook LIES to your face.

Posted by MonkeyMan on February 12, 2011 in Blog Post

Did you know that Facebook not only has about the worst security around, but that they actually blatantly LIE to you?

If you have not been on Facebook in a while, you will get reminder emails like this:

The only problem is – there ARE NO messages or notifications!

How can you trust a business that lies to your face? I know I can’t.

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Super Bowl vs RWJ

Posted by MonkeyMan on February 4, 2011 in Random Thoughts

If companies pay $3 million for a 30 second spot on the Super Bowl – I guess that makes 30 seconds on Ray William Johnson worth about $180,000. Not bad.

 
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Lunar Eclipse

Posted by MonkeyMan on December 21, 2010 in Random Thoughts

Full lunar eclipse – all the way – on the Winter Solstice… What does it mean?

 
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Atheism vs Faith

Posted by MonkeyMan on December 16, 2010 in Random Thoughts

If Atheists are wrong – they are screwed. If people of Faith are wrong, they are no worse off.

 
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Facebook HAS changed our lives – but not always for the better

Posted by MonkeyMan on December 16, 2010 in Blog Post

Like most people, I use Facebook, and recognize TIME magazine’s Man of the Year – Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg as someone who has undoubtedly made a huge impact on billions of people’s lives – mine included. I thought a lot about it and I’m not so sure that Facebook has not hit its peak. Remember how popular Yahoo was before Google came along? Remember Netscape? CompuServe? AOL?

As I reviewed my Facebook ‘friends’ (all 142 of them) I realized that Facebook can easily become a ‘numbers’ game. Having 142 friends makes people feel good about themselves. But when I sat down and looked at them a little closer, I discovered that a lot of them fell into several categories:

1. Relatives or real friends that I actually see regularly. (Not online – you know actually in the same air space.) So really Facebook is redundant and may lend to laziness. If I can FB them, then we don’t need to get together. I have an idea – if it’s not worth getting together – then why bother with FB? (Note: Removed these ‘friends’ – if I’m actually interested in their life, I’ll talk to them – not stalk their FB.)

2. Relatives that I DON’T see regularly and don’t interact on Facebook. Yea – maybe I get a Christmas card if I’m lucky, but let’s face it – removing them from FB isn’t going to mean they aren’t still related to me.

3. ‘Friends’ that either don’t interact with me on Facebook or fill my news feed with stupid applications, games or things I’m not interested in. Yeah I don’t really interact with them in person either, so why are they there other than to inflate my friend count/ego?

4. People from work that aren’t really friends. If we were friends, we would go out for coffee or lunch or chat on the phone about stuff. So you want to stalk my photos and see what my personal life is all about? Read the damn blog.

5. People I used to know a long time ago – from school, or elsewhere. See #3 above. If we have not talked for years, maybe there is a reason? Yeah I know – it’s probably me.

OK, that feels better – like cleaning out the basement. 142 friends now down to 37. So what is my criteria for having a Facebook friend now?

1. You actually use Facebook for things other than Farmville or Bejeweled or some other stupid games.

2. You actually interact with me on Facebook via comments, wall posts, messages or intelligent links to stuff that interests me. (If you don’t know what interests me, you probably don’t qualify.)

So, if you were on my FB, and now find yourself no longer there – take solace in the fact that you are not alone and it’s not personal. Facebook (and technology in general) is a tool, and I’m going to start using it as a tool, rather than the other way around. If you have something to say – you can say it right here.

Oh – and just so the 37 friends remaining don’t get too cocky about somehow being more important than the 105 – my Facebook cleaning is going to be an ongoing process. I’m taking back my technology so I decide how to use it, not the other way around.

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Forrest Gump would appreciate Canada

Posted by MonkeyMan on December 14, 2010 in Random Thoughts

12 years ago on Dec 12th 1998 it was 70 degrees F (21 C) and I was mowing the lawn. This year I was shoveling the driveway in -10 C weather. Yup – you never know what you’re gonna get.

 
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Mongoloids

Posted by MonkeyMan on December 10, 2010 in Random Thoughts

My wife HATES when I call people with Down’s Syndrome ‘Mongoloid’. She beats me when I do. Literally. When I grew up we didn’t have any Down’s Syndrome people – only Mongoloids. What kind of a label is ‘Down’s Syndrome Person’ anyway? If I was a Mongoloid I wouldn’t want to have that label.

 
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More on gravity:

Posted by MonkeyMan on December 10, 2010 in Random Thoughts

You know we really take gravity for granted. Do you have any idea how screwed we would be without it? I mean all the dirt would come out of your potted plants. When you poured a glass of wine – that shit would go everywhere. And don’t even think about going to the bathroom. Yup – you better thank God for gravity today!

 
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Is snow frozen rain or is rain melted snow?

Posted by MonkeyMan on December 10, 2010 in Random Thoughts

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