Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I have been watching a ton of documentaries. Most of them have been about the media, suburbia, or the war in Iraq. Currently I am watching a man who has been partially paralyzed talk about the various options out there for his current erectile dysfunction. His fiance also chimes in on how the option of a pump is tough because he already has to wear a catheter (sp?) which requires adhesive that can aggravate the skin on his penis. Heavy shit. I told Chowning that were I a person prone to crying or depression watching hours after hours of documentaries would really bum me out. One thing that I think about as I watch this documentary about a war-vet is how much did we rate the well being of the Iraqi people above the well being of our own soldiers. It just seems like the justifications I am hearing from a lot of politicians and aides in my documentaries is "that wouldn't serve to help the Iraqi people."

Instead it has given me an idea to have a sort of Documentary Club at Paideia. I love watching documentaries, especially economic or political (there was a great one about the campaign of a local person in Missouri trying to run as a third party candidate) and whether you agree with them or not, they tend to spark good conversation. Especially for the politically charged students at Paideia. I wonder what they will have to say if I show them a documentary that shows the Iraq war from a pro-bush angle.

Angles are always so interesting. I credit the Daily Show for my current view on angled media (which the Daily Show certainly is). Once you accept that there is an angle, it almost becomes a comedy to watch how that angle will affect the facts that may come out of the media. The nice thing about the Daily Show is its completely overt angle.

Other things are going well. I think I already wrote about how the VW is working again. That's great. Chowning has made some great stuff from dinner. I am blessed with a great wife.

On the video game front I have been moving through the Fallout 3 DLC. It has all been pretty good, and has really added to the life of the game. I have also been playing Okami for the Wii. I never played it on the PS2. It is an absolutely beautiful game with a very japanese style. There is a lot of talking, and very hokey talking at that. It is mildly funny, and plays well with the Wii remote. I'm only a few hours into it, but I am absolutely going to finish it. That is more than I can say for my other two projects over the summer; Bully and Gun. Bully is good, but I haven't gone back to it in a while. There are some podcasts about it that I listened to (it was part of a game club), but it is a lot to digest. Gun just seems like an old attempt at a 3rd person shooter. I guess it is o.k. because it has a western feel, but the mechanics didn't grab me. In video games if the mechanics can't grab you it is like a book being written in a voice you don't like.

I'm hoping to find a copy of Tiger Woods 10 with Wii motion plus. It is said that the Wii motion plus works very well with the game, but I can't find it in any stores. Soon I will look towards the black market and sell crack on the corner to fund my purchase. Or I'll look at Amazon.


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