Thursday, August 15, 2002

my wife says that I can't use the word nugget (she coined the use -- at least in my knowledge -- of a nugget as a juicy piece of information ). I will defy her!

juicy is one of her favorite words right now.

thought So how conscious are we? There have been only a few moments in my life where I felt like I've grasped the fullness of what I have done in my life, that all those choices are me. Most days it's hard to even guide what the hell I'm thinking about. Most days thinking is just another thing that my body goes ahead and does, like breathing, moving my legs to walk, arms and hands to type etc.
Granted there is some evolutionary advantage to this... if we were always locked into a state of awareness of what we were doing, thinking. Humanity'd have never made it out of the forests of Africa. But we as humans tend to hold ourselves miles away from "animals", and I begin to wonder how true this is. It's curious to look at our society, and see how really far out of control it is, how far out lives tend to be out of our control. From a mile high perspective, how different do we look from an ant colony? Lots of people following the ( visual and linguistic, rather then chemical ) trails of other people, building structures in very similar ways, generally bunched up near centers where those visual and linguistic structures are created ( ie. where the queen lives).
I'll go on about this more in another post I think. But here is one last thought. Someone once asked the Buddha, "are you a god?". He replied, "no." "Are you a Saint?" He replied the same again. "Then what are you?" the puzzled person asked. "I am awake."

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

movie review signs was as good as I was hoping for, and like all his movies, grows on me with thinking it over. A common thread of belief is starting to come out of his movies.
Think of this one as the monster alien genra. The movie does a great job with suspense and terror, and most of the dialog is just great. Really well written, often very funny.
i think I may want to see this one again.
snatch like lock stock and two smoking barrels we get a rough fun ride through the british underworld, with nutty insane gangsters and incompetent crooks.
great camerawork as in the first one and a virtual feast of accents.
brad pitt does a good job of an unintelligible Roma Gypsy man. maybe though it was just that he couldn't do an irish accent!