Apr 282016
 
  • We watched The Force Awakens this past weekend. Yeah, that’s a fine film indeed. No regrets giving it a 10/10.
  • I had a can of coconut water with my salad at Earth Fare once. I didn’t like it. Now Lea and the boys have tried coconut water from Aldi. They didn’t like it either. We’re all done with coconut water for the rest of our lives. We feel fine about that.
  • I lost my online relationship with one of my favorite young people last week. Best I can tell, she read a post on BoWilliams.com that she didn’t agree with and blocked me everywhere. That’s what too many of us do now, and it seems to me the younger the person, the worse the tendency. You disagree, you disappear. She’s smart, and a talented writer, too. It’s really too bad. I’ll miss her.
  • Purple Rain is not a very good movie, but it’s (of course) worth seeing for the music. It’s on the big screen in the Huntsville area through the weekend.
  • So I hear hither and yon that the next Alien movie is going to ignore 3 and Resurrection. I think that’s really the only way you can do it. I think Alien³ might have been really amazing with a more mature David Fincher directing it. As it sits, it’s one of the more splendidly illustrative examples of a squandered film. Of course, this is a chance for Newt to live—but as she’s 40 years old now and never acted again, I think she’ll need to be recast.
  • New Nintendo console coming early next year. Sounds like they know they need a big differentiator.
  • Need plans for Saturday? Come out to Straight to Ale for the 1st Sicario Heat Challenge. I’m entered. Activities begin about 3, with the challenge itself at 6.

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  2 Responses to “Thursday miscellanea #375”

  1. This phenomenon of people living in echo chambers and refusing to listen to views that only align with their own is disturbing. Are they so afraid to challenge their beliefs?
    We’re going to end up with a generation that is completely uninformed, and I wonder if this is a consequence of 24 hour unlimited media. You can always find a group that agrees with you online or on TV or on sat radio.

    • Yup. What you’re talking about–that ability to believe something, then go forth and find people validating your belief–is called confirmation bias, and it’s the single-biggest killer of meaningful discourse in the world today. I’m actually preparing a post on it.

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