April 12, 2005
Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth. ~ Portuguese Proverb
I'm not sure whether Post Secret is ultimately fascinating or disturbing, but it is often both for me. It reminds me somewhat of MTV's late "Love Line" where you had the impression 80% of the questions weren't legitimate, but were being asked to give the person what they thought of as their five minutes of fame.
But it's the other 20% that gets me. When you see confessions like:
"I liked myself better as a boy."
"I started shooting heroin again."
"Everyone who knew me before 9/11 thinks I'm dead."
"I haven't told my father that I have the same disease that killed my mother."
"For years I hurt myself so that he'd notice me."
And you think: "...if just one of those is true...."
Police say that the urge to confess has helped solve more cases than fingerprint identification.
So, I'm not sure. Is it more cynical to believe the majority of these are true, or to think of them as bogus, even when the potential "fame seekers" have little to gain attention-wise?
April 09, 2005
Odds and Ends of Interest
If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good. ~ Dr. Seuss
There are some nifty sites I've been slowly compiling over time thinking "oh, I've got to blog about those" and, well, it occurs to me that most of them are groovy, but don't necessarily need their own individual entries. They do, however, need their own category. So that is what Groovy will represent. Interesting stuff that is worth a look, but that doesn't necessarily generate a great deal of comment otherwise.
First, the obligatory Google Maps. I'm not sure if this is a Volcano in Nicaragua or what, but if it is a volcano, there appears to be a lake inside it and I think that rocks.
But, if we're going to talk rocks, here is The Balanced Rock Art of Bill Dan. You remember building houses out of cards? Yeah, well this guy pretty much buries balancing uniformly sized objects.
And speaking of balancing -- want to know what happens when you give seniors at Texas Tech University way too many pennies? Visit fincher's Pictures of Pennies and find out.
Now, this next might be hard to swallow at first, but a friend of mine who scouts the network54 message boards dug up a forum topic about the Color Photos of World War I. More of the story of these incredible photos can be read here.
Now, for a bit of wicked inappropriate fun, you should visit Sexual Moments in Video Game History. Surely the programmers didn't intend...or did they?
And, finally, for a twisted way to look at song lyrics, you need to visit quantz's livejournal entry on song lyrics in outline form. The outline of America's "Horse With No Name" kills me.
April 06, 2005
It’s a Small World After All
If you can dream it, then you can do it. ~ Disney Imagineers (via EPCOT’s now defunct Horizons)
When I was just a little girl (I asked my mother, what would I be...) I led a very privileged life, and it was not at all unusual to go to Walt Disney World ten times a year. And that’s a very conservative estimate.
I am not the Disneyphile I was in my teens or in the years that followed. Once, on a dare, friends blindfolded me in the passenger’s seat of a car and challenged me to navigate Disney property. I won.
These days, well, I want to stand outside and throw hissy fits when I see Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride morphed into Pooh’s Great Adventure…or whatever the fuck it is. And what they’ve done to the Enchanted Tiki Room? Well that’s just goddamn blasphemy.
So I don’t go and when I do, I irritate people by calling the Buzz Lightyear ride “If You Had Wings.”
I’m sentimental in a ridiculously insane way about the park I knew as a kid. Before it became its own country. Like Rod Serling’s obsession with the carousel he rode as a boy, I just want to go back for a little while and pet the horse Fred that conveyed me down Main Street a hundred times.
I thought I’d shunned WDW like the childhood playmate that stole my Donny Osmond doll and pretended it was hers (purple socks and all, the little cunt).
But, come on. How cool is this:
Other Cool Google Maps: