stupid movies

For the past few years I have noticed that Hollywood has been making very few good movies - and lots of stupid ones. I blame millennials. Really? Yes. Prior to younger generations taking over the writing, directing and producing films we used to see good movies, with good character development, interesting plots and watchable well-lit scenes. No longer.

From here are the plots of some of the major movie releases in the first few months of 2017.

a lanky Russian kid (Tanner) who ditches his fast-food register job for a one-off thieving gig, with his driver, an aloof strip club waitress looking for the cash to restart her life.

A cat movie. Infiltrating the free-roaming feline population of Istanbul, Kedi squats down to see the world from the eyes of mama cats, young fur balls, and fuzzy loners.

A sheltered vegetarian, Justine, embarking on her first year of French veterinarian school. Justine's frosh year takes a morbid turn when her upperclassman sister forces her to consume meat for the first time, unleashing an insatiable hunger.

The Lost City of Z
Turn-of-the-20th-century military man who embarks to South America to map Bolivia and cleanse his family name of scandal.

Get Out
A black guy harboring the appropriate amount of skepticism over meeting the upper-crust white parents of his girlfriend Rose. As the weekend hours pass, he stumbles into a racially charged conspiracy. Littered with one-liners and laced with tension.

Free Fire
illegal-gun-deal-by-the-docks between a group of IRA fighters, a skeezy arms dealer, and two American representatives for the respective parties, explodes into a firefight when one lower-rung goon accuses another of assaulting his sister at a bar the night prior.

Stupid plots. Stupid movies. Did I make my point? There are very few movies I have seen in the past 5 years that are any good. Or worth watching. I wonder why. No, I don't. Film makers are making stupid movies, way too many stupid movies. I blame millennial film makers. And younger screen writers. Apparently, they don't know what a good movie is. As a result, I have basically stopped watching or renting movies altogether, thereby reducing at least one area of disappointment.

one leg at a time

There is an old saying,"He puts his pants on one leg at a time". It means that a person who may be bigger than life, or more privileged, is still a human being just like the rest of us, just like you and me. He puts his pants on one leg at a time. The saying is wrong. I thought about it and realized that the saying "He's just like us, he puts his pants on one leg at a time" may be completely untrue.

Here's why. If you sit down, you can put your pants on TWO legs at a time. How? If you are limber, you can sit down, put your pants on the floor, open the legs straight up, and put both legs into your pants, then stand up, putting your pants on BOTH legs at the same time. Or do it while lying on your back. Or, if you're not limber but are rich (or are in a nursing home) you can have someone assist you; they can hold open your pants on the floor, let you step into them and THEN pull them up, putting your pants on two legs at a time.

So, the age-old saying, "He puts his pants on one leg at a time", making everyone the same or equal, may be incorrect, and not true. "He's NOT like us, he puts his pants on BOTH legs at a time".

As for me, I will continue to be just like you, just like everyone else, and put my pants on one leg at a time.

Stop the autoplay!

Everywhere we go online, we have to suffer from videos that start playing on their own. It's called autoplay. And it sucks! This especially happens on news media sites. ALL of them! Suddenly, on whatever site you're on, a video starts playing - all by itself - and annoys the sh-t out of you. Or scares the sh-t out of you. Or, if it's early morning or late at night, wakes someone up who is sleeping in the room.

Autoplay videos. We are FORCED to watch a video. It starts by itself? WTF? We don't get to CHOOSE to watch a video, we are FORCED to start watching a video, a video that annoyingly and suddenly starts playing automatically? And many of them start automatically with the playing of an ad!

And they make it inconvenient or difficult to stop the autoplay video before or after it starts.

Here's a message to advertisers and websites everywhere: Whenever a video starts autoplaying I ALWAYS immediately leave the site. Goodbye! And f you!


Bentley SUV

I was driving out of a local upscale supermarket parking area when I saw this car driving in. I knew the car was something unique and special but it was a little too far away for me to see what kind of car it was. As it got closer I saw what it was. Holy Moly, it was a Bentley. A Bentley SUV! A big, beautiful black Bentley SUV. I didn't even know Bentley made an SUV!

As the vehicle approached, I looked to see who was driving. A movie star? A billionaire? It had to be one of those, or both. It was being driven by a 30 or 40-something blond lady. With a young 11 or 12-year-old boy sitting in the passenger seat. She must have picked the kid up from school. Or was taking him to soccer practice. As the vehicle drew nearer, I looked more closely at the driver. I did not recognize her. But she had to be "somebody". Somebody rich. Why do I say that? Because this Bentley SUV has a price starting at $300,000. Yes, I looked it up. $300,000 is the starting price. With all the extras you'd want to have on the vehicle, who knows how much it would cost? It would probably cost more than a big house in many places in America. WOW!

Los Angeles is the car capital of the world. And the TV, movie and music capital of the world. That being the case, it's not uncommon to see Cadillacs, Lincolns, Range Rovers, Rolls Royces, Maseratis and the occasional Ferrari or Lotus. And lots and lots of of SUV's. But I had never before seen a Bentley SUV.

The Bentley SUV. Without a doubt, the most luxurious soccer mom vehicle on the planet!

porn versus real women

"Excessive pornography viewing is likely to contribute to a risk of sexual dysfunction in men, but not women, according to new research. A panel discussion and presentation held on Friday at the 112th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association highlights results from surveys conducted on men and women about pornography viewing habits and the long-term effects on sexual health and intimate behavior.

The researchers, led by Dr. Matthew Christman, a staff urologist and program director for pediatric urology at the Naval Medical Center of San Diego, report that while pornography trivially affects women’s sex lives, an excessive habit can be ruinous to men’s psychosexual health. Essentially, many men who are really into internet porn have the potential to become disinterested in sex with a real-life partner. The researchers suggest that the more time men spend on sites such as PornHub, the less able they’ll be to connect with a partner in the bedroom. This can result in severe damage to sexual and romantic relationships and make intimacy challenging, at best.

Roughly 20 percent of men reported using porn three to five times weekly. Nearly 4 percent of men reported they preferred masturbating to pornography over having sexual intercourse with a partner. The researchers also recognized a correlation between men who used pornography frequently and those who reported lack of sexual desire and intercourse satisfaction, as well as erectile dysfunction."

I think they may have it backwards. Many men have erectile dysfunction. They tend to avoid real life sex - because they don't want to fail at it! They don't want to be unable to achieve an erection in the real life presence of the woman they want to have sex with. Non performance is embarrassing, humiliating and depressing for men. So, a lot of men turn to online porn,and masturbation instead. They avoid real life sex. Because, for whatever reason, they don't want to fail at it.

If the guy viewing porn and masturbating fails to become erect or ejaculate, nobody knows and nobody cares except him. Porn presents less performance risk. Less embarrassment. Less humiliation. In other words, men with sexual dysfunction issues may be avoiding real women, and real sex, and turning to porn instead. Maybe it's not the porn causing the intimacy issue, maybe it's the intimacy issues that causes the porn viewing.

Yes, there is Viagra and other ED drugs. Yes, men with ED ought to use them and use them safely. Yes, and if ED drugs aren't already, they should be cheaper. And covered by insurance.

misleading pizza

So, I was in my local supermarket and was in the mood for pizza for dinner. I went to the frozen food pizza section and finally chose a small DiGiorno. The picture on the package made it look tasty. Plus, the TV ads "it's not delivery, it's DiGiorno" made me decide to try that brand. I put the small frozen pizza in my shopping cart. On the way to the checkout I noticed the nutritional label on the front of the box. I had assumed that this small pizza was not too caloric, not too fatty, not too sugary. I looked at the nutritional info. 9.2 ounces. Small. Not too many calories, not too much fat content. Not too bad. Not bad at all. 340 calories, 7 grams of fat and 6 grams of sugar. I could eat that. Then I noticed, in small letters above the nutrient listing, the serving size. Per 1/2 pizza. WHAT? The serving size was half the pizza. Half a small pizza? Who eats half a small pizza? No one. EVERYONE with an appetite eats the whole 9.2 oz pizza. That meant, if I ate the whole thing (and I planned to) I would be eating DOUBLE the listed nutritional content. That would be 680 calories. 14 grams of fat. 12 grams of sugar. For someone watching their weight and watching their caloric, fat and sugar intake, THAT'S not so healthy!

The lettering for the serving size listed on the box was small. Camouflaged in the pizza picture. Easy to miss. You would also be distracted by the yummy picture of the pizza and, if you looked at the nutrition ingredients you might never notice the 1/2 pizza serving size. As far as I'm concerned, the packaging is misleading! 1/2 pizza indeed! Who eats half a small single serving frozen pizza? Nobody! Is DiGiorno trying to hide the obesity factor in their pizza? Do they want you to think you're eating healthy? What do you think?

Will I EVER buy another one of these small frozen DiGiorno pizzas? What do you think?

UPDATE: I microwaved the pizza. Then I ate it. How was it? The cheese was fairly tasteless. Bland. The crust and dough tasted like the box it came in. Was it edible? Yes. Did I eat the whole thing anyway? Yes. Was it good? No. Was it as good as delivery pizza? Not even close. Do I know good pizza? Yes, I used to live in New York City.

DiGiorno pizza is owned by Nestle.

I won the lottery!

For my birthday I played the California lottery. And won!

I played Mega Millions. The jackpot was $20 million. For my birthday I bought 5 "quick picks", for a total of $5, and one of them was a winner!

I won!

How much did I win? I won $1. I got the Mega number. ONLY the Mega number. I won $1.

So, for my birthday I won the lottery. I won $1. I spent $5 on tickets. Oh, wait a minute, that means I lost $4! Birthdays suck.

gluten-free heart attack

which may be soon

According to National Health Services, UK

"Gluten-free diet can do more harm than good for people without coeliac disease," The Independent reports, as a new study found that the "trendy gluten-free diets loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Crowe may increase the risk of heart disease".

Recently there has been increasing interest in the possible health benefits of avoiding gluten among people who do not have coeliac disease, though the long term evidence about its effects in this group is currently limited. Despite this, the gluten-free food market is reported to have made $3.5bn worth of global sales in 2016.

The current study followed more than 100,000 people from 1986 to 2012, assessing their diets and whether they had heart attacks during that time. These people did not have heart disease at the start of the study, and importantly did not have coeliac disease.

Overall, it found that once other risk factors were taken into account, people's consumption of gluten was not related to their risk of heart attack.

However, further analyses suggested that lower consumption of gluten specifically from whole grains (wheat, barley and rye) was associated with increased heart attack risk compared to higher consumption from these sources.

OMG. So trendy non-celiac gluten-free people can look forward to the illusion of eating "healthy" gluten-free foods, and having a heart attack as a result? Eat gluten-free and die? Be diet-trendy and die? And that makes sense how?

human electronic device

the future?

I am just waiting for human cell phone implants. Yes, science fiction often becomes science fact. Like Dick Tracy's radio wristwatch of the 1940's, we now have the cell phone. Soon, people will have electronic devices implanted in their bodies. And in their brains. You want to be connected? You will be, 24/7. Human electronic devices. I predict that someday all babies/young children will be implanted with electronics. Someday, everything in life will be "electronic". Everything in a person's life will be controlled via their electronic implants. Driving a vehicle is already becoming undesirable and "old school". As a result of the ever present electronic device, thinking will be a thing of the past, TV sets will become obsolete (oh, wait, they already are), schooling will be unnecessary, as all knowledge will be available in the blink of an eye (literally). Verbal communication will disappear and human vocal chords will become extinct. Human face-to-face interaction and socialization will cease to exist. Friends and mates will be replaced by lifelike robots who will cater to our every whim (hmm, now THAT sounds like a good idea!)

Welcome to the future. The future is now. The future will not be for humans, it will be for machines. It will be for electronic devices, implants and robots. It's a good thing I probably won't live to see it.