Thursday, March 8, 2018

Older. Wiser?

"Older. Wiser?"

Better than 56 candles, eh.

Lady Bird

Movie: Lady Bird
Review: 2 bill-stars (out of 5)... um, barely 2 stars

Jeez, what a bad movie. This is a 1-star movie with Saoirse Ronan in it. She's the girl who was so fantastic in the movie Brooklyn. I'll noodge the rating to 2-stars for Sur-Sha.

Lady Bird is so bad... I'm writing this review on my laptop while the movie is flailing away on my Comcast teevee. The hook is OK. Lady Bird has nothing to do with LBJ, oddly enough. Sur-Sha plays a difficult teenager who wants to be randomly called Lady Bird rather than her given name. There are some funny parts in the beginning of the movie as well.

Overall, Lady Bird is a jumble. A lot of the plot focused on how terrible Catholic high school is. Can you believe that? This topic was anachronistic 40 years ago. Oh, and Sur-Sha lives on the poor side of town and wishes she was rich. She doesn't get along with her parents. (yawn) It's strange that a script like this gets made in 2018.

This is really weird and distracting, too. Saoirse Ronan is a 24 year-old wo-man. She absolutely does not look or act like a 16 year-old girl, eh. I felt that way about a lot of the cast.

Not funny. Not smart. Not a good movie.

What's changed, changing?

The funnest of fun games... What's changed in my lifetime? 
Well, 40-50 years ago, Baptists actively oppress those who disagreed with them. Your average Baptist wouldn't have anything to do with a gay guy (or gal).
Well, now, a gay guy oppresses a Baptist pol and gets him tossed from the board of directors of the Country Music something-or-other, wapo post.

Hate wins.
- Mike Huckabee, resigning from the CMA board, blog post
So Jason Owen, random gay guy, here we are in 2018 and you're less tolerant that a Baptist pol. Congrats! Mike Huckabee will work with you, but you won't work with him. That's a change.

I don't get it. Baptist, gay, funny-lookin', whatevs... I'll work with you. Pretty much nobody cares what your private thoughts and belief system is. We only care who you'll work with and tolerate being around.

But spending my entertainment $$$, that's a different story. I was interested in going to see Cabaret at the Paramount Theater. It looked pretty good, and our local theater here is usually outstanding. Then, speeding around in my Sooby, I heard the cast of Cabaret on WGN radio. The actors talked about how extra important their show was because... Trump and his supporters are like the nazis in the plot of Cabaret and must be stopped.

So, I skipped Cabaret. My $$$ did too.

I found this via a Bill Gates tweet. It's some major positivity. For humanity, most things are getting better.

A positive lookout on the efforts of ourselves and our fellow humans is a vital condition to the fruitfulness of our endeavors. Knowing that we have come a long way in improving living conditions and the notion that our work is worthwhile is to us all what self-respect is to individuals. It is a necessary condition for self-improvement. 
Freedom is impossible without faith in free people.  
The short history of global living conditions and why it matters that we know it

You don't really need to look at those charts. They all follow a common theme. The Industrial Revolution hit. and it was like turning on a light switch. Everything started improving: prosperity, education, political freedom, etc. 

IMHO—We're on the cusp of another big uptick called The Singularity.

Imagine a cheap little device that can compute as much data as all human brains taken together.

Perhaps, in a hundred years or so, some nabob will emerge from the din of negativity and nonsense to post some charts about how much improvement humanity has experienced since 2018.
thanks... yow, bill

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