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I know I still need to update about our trip to Puerto Rico and QC but that's a daunting task to me right now and I've got a lot on my mind. In fact I do have a lot of random things in my head that I've just gotta write down somewhere.
I know I've bitched about this before but published articles that misuse irony and, in fact, use it when describing something that is clearly prophetic, the opposite of ironic, is one of my biggest pet-peeves. It's the "nails on a chalkboard" for my brain. So I was reading this dumb article about a reunion of All That, a Nickleodeon sketch show I watched as a kid. One of the cast memebers who was on that show went on to be in Saturday Night Live it's well known for anyone of my generation. The article said "Ironically, Thompson would go on to become an actual cast member of SNL"   That's not irony. That's a logical progression. Kid stars on kid's sketctch show to grow into adult staring in adult sketch show. NOTHING about that is ironic. This probably shouldn't bother me as much as it does, especially in a world where the Dictionary has literally changed the meaning of "literally" to mean figurativily becasue it's so often missued. The world is an upside down place.

Coffee and Cigarettes was on TV last night. I love that movie and haven't re-visited it in years. It dawned on me that if the film were made in this decade it would be "Coffee and cellphones." No one in any of the vingettes would meet face to face, they'd just sit with their coffee in front of them and tap away or swipe away at their cellphones. If any two characters did meet face to face, they'd keep being drawn back to their phones or ignore eachother. Depressing thought.

I'm not sure if I can articulate this very well. I'm feeling kind of frustraited with nerdom/fandom culture...or maybe it's just pop culture in general. On the surface it's the constant re-booting and inindation of superhero franchises. But it's more than that and far deeper. Simon Pegg has this quote; "Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something." That's fair enough. Actually, I've long liked that quote and there is truth to it but now that geek culture has permiated the culutre and kinda become mainstream I can't help but feel it's being exploited into something ugly. I guess this kinda started with LootCrate ads I keep hearing on the podcasts I listen to. I can't wrap my head around that subscription service. It seems terrible to me. One pays monthly and gets a box of cheap crap of a different franchaise each month. Now I'm a big Dr Who fan but I don't give a shit about Harry Potter, what would I need harry Potter shit for? I love Firefly but what am I gonna do with some Battlestar Galactica shit? It just seems like so much...crap! And you know this has to be cheap stuff made en masse in some terrible Chinese sweatshop. I already have too much Dr Who stuff. Becasue when people want to buy a gift for me they see something with Police Box written on it and reckon it's a safe bet I'll like it...If I don't already have it. That's part of the problem. I"m upset by how the consumer culture has fooled us in to attaching our identities so tightly with the stuff we like, that we think that more shit is an expression. That's what gets to me the most. I don't think the Simon Pegg quote goes that far but it's also something that Nick Hornby adresses in High Fidelity this idea that we as individuals are just the colmenation of the stuff that we like. That's the lie we are being sold that we are what we like. We are a series of likes. Facebook, is a clever ploy to find out what we like so more shit can be sold to us. Now this isn't any like new discovery for me or anything. When I got into college I this rule of no longer wearing band t-shirts becasue I didn't feel I needed to promote the music I liked to the world to "express myself" or prove my coolness. You know what I did wear proudly though, and promoted across my chest, Tablet shirts--Tablet being the DIY Arts, Polictics and Culture rag I was working for at the time. Ever since around that time, I've tried to not buy into the idea that your identity is just the comglomeration of what you like, but who you are is what you do. Character is granted through your actions. How you treat people. What you accomplish. How much you at least tried to accomplish. When I'm on my death bed I'm not gonna look back at my life and think fondly of how much I loved Dr Who or 70s glam rock, or British Comedy. I'm not gonna think back fondly of all the stuff I bindge-watched and enjoyed. I'm really into comedy right now but I'm not going to think of all the comedy I consumed. I'm going to think about the time in my life when I produced my own comedy panel show. You know what I mean? I feel like I've dwelled on this long enough. There's a reason I've been thinking about this a lot that I need not go into but I am reminded of it daily and it starts to wear at me.

The ongoing frustration of Seattle being unaffordable and just generally not being able to get a leg up in the world is also a problem irking me My 3% cost of living raise pretty much undid itself when healthcare costs went up at the same time. It is pretty much a given that our rent is going to increase the summer the only question is by how much. Also my student loan payments go up in May to $1100 a month. The graduated plan under the false logic that as you grow up your wage is supposed to increase. Nope.

In a podcast I was listening to they pointed out this thing that people are more likely to know more about a fictional universe like the Harry Potter Universe or the Marvel Universe than they know about our own history. That also depressed me. But then, at the same time I cna't have it both ways becasue I remember seeing how few readers actually read fiction and it's quite low, so I figure a lot of non-fiction has got to be history, right? I don't know. The only non-fiction I tend to read is Sarah Vowell and that's history but maybe I'm the odd one out.

Anyway I realize that's all depressing stuff. Kinda a weird thing on a Friday but ah well. There it is. Next post Puerto Rico and QC and stuff. More up beat ahead....

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