Leader of the Canadian NDP party, Layton’s death (from cancer) has been all over the net since the official statement made yesterday morning. I wasn’t going to post my regards, because I live in a very Conservative area, however I just want to take this time to say I was a supporter. [ndp.ca]
For those of you who didn’t watch the show; Frank was the retired police officer who gave the big thumbs-up on the Jimmy Kimmel latenight show. Like Conan’s sidekick Andy, Frank was just 100% enjoyable. I’m not a big fan of the show, but I’m a fan of loveable tv characters. [tmz.com]
Grade1 was an important year for me; I started wearing glasses, I made a sweet laminated-poster with 20 different dinosaurs on it, I took a test that determined I understood the English language at a 10th grade level, and I was also diagnosed with ADD (attention deficit disorder). The doctors promptly placed me on a hefty dose of Ritalin to calm me down and make me manageable. By Grade4 I had been up’d to ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) and given more pills. In Grade6 my pill dosage was up’d once again, and by Grade7 I made the decision to toss the pills, hoop the doctors, and take on life using my own abilities…
Since then I have become an “A” average college student, youth ministry leader, and successful concert coordinator. Take that Ritalin.
Where else do we see such constant need to pump people full of attention-control?
Assassin’s Creed: 8 games in 4 years, 2 more in the next 2 years, 4 of which are major console releases (don’t forget the film+animated shorts).
Call of Duty: 14 games, 1 more coming, plus a comic book series. They’ve made it clear they want to release one game every year…
James Bond: 23 games, 22 movies (1 more next year) with 4 offshoots. Daniel Craig has stated he wants to sign a contract in order to release a Bond film every other year, with a new book to coincide every off-year.
Spider Man (movies): They’re rebooting a movie trilogy that isn’t even five years old yet!
Batman (movies): 7 movies spanning 2 different franchises, and DC has stated they’ll still reboot it a third time once Nolan has walked away.
So why is it that entertainment companies feel the need to constantly pump new and “fresh” visions of the same old crap down our throats on such a regular basis? Don’t get me wrong, I love Bond, SpiderMan, and Batman…but ACreed was ruined for me, and CoD has belittled the video game experience (in my opinion).
I guess the better question is, why do we keep falling for this? Why has our society accepted companies constant need for attention. Why are we okay with spending more and more money on products whose quality is going down while quantity goes up? Here’s some homework; go check out Valve and their “Half Life” series…you’ll see what I mean.
What does this have to do with Ritalin? Think of the doctors/teachers as being Hollywood or Ubisoft. They control your attention by constantly up’ing the dosage of their product…
1. UNPRECEDENTED FLOODING
Up here in Manitoba, the city of Brandon has been under siege from flood waters for a few weeks now. However the Mississipi is also devouring towns. Click the link to see a baseball game being played in-stadium surrounded by water…it’s bonkers!
2. R.I.P. AIM
Up in Canada we used MSN (which is just as useless nowadays) but AOL’s messaging system was the pioneer of online interaction, long before the days of social-networking. However this isn’t its death, but rather more like a rebirth…
***EDIT BECAUSE I FORGOT SOMETHING HUGE***
4. THE FINAL SPACE LAUNCH
Today marked the end of space launches for NASA, as they make the leap into new ways of exploring the galaxy. I missed the livestream because of work, but click the link below to watch it over and over and over and over…