Updated website

Well I think that it’s safe to assume that meta data tags work well, my hit counter on my site has gone up noticeably since i added them. My most popular page is still the one on downwards sloping demand curves. I am now getting daily hits on it from all over the world, today I had people from Nigeria and Bangladesh find it via google. Turns out that there was a rather serious error on it involving the elasticity of demand, I wonder why no one pointed it out to me, it was obvious enough…:-) I have also added quite a bit more onto the page since the time I first put it up. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Isaac

Fell off the wagon and panavision

Well, not only have I gone back up to 205, but I polished off most of a big bag of M&Ms. What can I say? I know that this doesn’t help my goal, but they were sooooo good, I’d probably do it again:-) Dean (the guy that built my cameras) sent me a few scans from the 6×12, I’m really excited now. It’ll be a new adventure shooting with it, it’ll be like shooting in Panavision all the time… That’s quite a departure from my usual formats. It’s good to shake things up once in a while, it gets the creative juices flowing.

Isaac

My cameras…

Haven’t gotten them yet, but they are done. If you’d like to see them (and how could you not?), the maker has them up on his website. He calls them the “Dynamic Duo” and they look pretty amazing truth be told. I have to get a meter so that once they come in the testing can begin. Camera excitement!!!

Isaac

F bombs

I’ve been watching quite a bit of the Battlestar Galactica series (the most recent one). One of the things I find intriguing is the character’s exclamations. There are plenty of polytheistic versions of common epithets, “Gods damn it!” “Oh gods!” etc. By far my favorite bit of swearing on the show is “Frack!” Frack is used as a quite obvious substitute for “fuck.” “Frack you!”, “Frack me!”, “Motherfracker”, and my favorite so far, “We are well and truly fracked!” The word has a certain charm to it, I believe that it was introduced in the original show from the 80’s. That show was quite a bit more kid friendly and was almost completely dominated by Mormon symbolism, so the characters didn’t swear much, and when they did, it had to be pretty innocuous language.

The current show is quite a bit more violent and darker. There are plenty of chances for the characters to swear, and they do. The writers have succeeded in having the most swearing in any network program that I can think of and manage to get everything by the censors. By making up words like “Frack” and by using the plural “gods damn it” there isn’t a single bleep in the show despite the fact that the effect is exactly the same. Here’s an interesting experiment, imagine that the writers wrote in the usual swearing and allowed them to be bleeped out, would it be more or less effective in getting across the character’s state of mind than the made up words? I’m not really sure, but I am sure that it would have a much different feel to it, and I’m sure that parents would bemoan the “strong language” if the show were filled with bleeps…

It’s all so silly of course. There is nothing magical about the word “fuck.” Nor is there any point in allowing “___ damn it” when we all know full well what got bleeped. I am always amazed by how people miss the real power of language. The act of swearing is far more powerful than the actual words used. Personally, I find the verbs frig and sod to be far more offensive although I’m sure that just about all the networks would allow them to be said in prime time shows. I wish to God that the FCC and other “concerned citizens” would realize that there are no magic words with special powers. Banning certain words regardless of the context leads to silly things happening, like the invention of frack. This show has scenes of people getting killed all the time (sometimes in rather grisly ways), lots of sex, and even an attempted rape, but the characters are not allowed to say fuck. As a matter of fact, one of the incidental characters was allowed to refer to a guy getting laid as getting his pole greased. You tell me what is more descriptive or offensive, getting fucked, or getting you pole greased… If you are going to censor anything, you should censor things that will disturb people, not individual words. A word has never warped anyone, but I wouldn’t be surprised if exposure to violence, rape, and sex could indeed affect kids’ thoughts and actions. SIGH, I guess I’m just fed up with silliness, you’d think I’d be used to it by now…

Isaac

F bombs

I’ve been watching quite a bit of the Battlestar Galactica series (the most recent one). One of the things I find intriguing is the character’s exclamations. There are plenty of polytheistic versions of common epithets, “Gods damn it!” “Oh gods!” etc. By far my favorite bit of swearing on the show is “Frack!” Frack is used as a quite obvious substitute for “fuck.” “Frack you!”, “Frack me!”, “Motherfracker”, and my favorite so far, “We are well and truly fracked!” The word has a certain charm to it, I believe that it was introduced in the original show from the 80’s. That show was quite a bit more kid friendly and was almost completely dominated by Mormon symbolism, so the characters didn’t swear much, and when they did, it had to be pretty innocuous language.

The current show is quite a bit more violent and darker. There are plenty of chances for the characters to swear, and they do. The writers have succeeded in having the most swearing in any network program that I can think of and manage to get everything by the censors. By making up words like “Frack” and by using the plural “gods damn it” there isn’t a single bleep in the show despite the fact that the effect is exactly the same. Here’s an interesting experiment, imagine that the writers wrote in the usual swearing and allowed them to be bleeped out, would it be more or less effective in getting across the character’s state of mind than the made up words? I’m not really sure, but I am sure that it would have a much different feel to it, and I’m sure that parents would bemoan the “strong language” if the show were filled with bleeps…

It’s all so silly of course. There is nothing magical about the word “fuck.” Nor is there any point in allowing “___ damn it” when we all know full well what got bleeped. I am always amazed by how people miss the real power of language. The act of swearing is far more powerful than the actual words used. Personally, I find the verbs frig and sod to be far more offensive although I’m sure that just about all the networks would allow them to be said in prime time shows. I wish to God that the FCC and other “concerned citizens” would realize that there are no magic words with special powers. Banning certain words regardless of the context leads to silly things happening, like the invention of frack. This show has scenes of people getting killed all the time (sometimes in rather grisly ways), lots of sex, and even an attempted rape, but the characters are not allowed to say fuck. As a matter of fact, one of the incidental characters was allowed to refer to a guy getting laid as getting his pole greased. You tell me what is more descriptive or offensive, getting fucked, or getting you pole greased… If you are going to censor anything, you should censor things that will disturb people, not individual words. A word has never warped anyone, but I wouldn’t be surprised if exposure to violence, rape, and sex could indeed affect kids’ thoughts and actions. SIGH, I guess I’m just fed up with silliness, you’d think I’d be used to it by now…

Isaac

Battlestar Galactica

OK, so the hype is justified. Just finished watching the miniseries, most impressive. Think I’ll see the first season too. Now the single episode that I saw last year makes a little more sense, just a little mind you. Who can resist humankind struggling for survival?

Gah, gotta go to bed, I really will go to work tomorrow, enough recuperation time!

Isaac

Geek out!!

So what did I do for my birthday? I watched 3 (count em 3) Dr. Who tapes and saw “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. The Dr. Who was just what I needed, fearing robots that have to have level surfaces in order to conquer the universe and really cheesy effects. The Hitchhiker’s guide was a real letdown. I have read all of the books (granted it was a long time ago) and I only barely could follow it. Too much randomness and not nearly enough story. What story was there could only be understood if you had read the books. Oh well… Still have the Battlestar Galactica miniseries to go, that’ll have to wait until the weekend though, I’m out of time. Gotta go back to work tomorrow…

Isaac

Wooosh, weight loss in a snap

I weighed myself on sunday night to judge my progress towards my goal of less than 200 by march 1st. I had gone up to 209 from 206. SIGH, I figured that would happen on occasion so I didn’t let it get to me. I then proceeded to lose everything I ate that day and not eat anything the next day. Well I weighed myself this morning and I came in at 202. That’s 7 pounds in two days. I guess that if there’s an upside to being sick, it’s that it is easy to lose weight. I fully expect to put some of that back on as I start eating food again, but I’m hoping I can still stay below 206 this week…

Isaac

Feeling human again

It’s my birthday! WooHoo 35 years old today, who’d of thunk it? I think I’m going to go over to blockbuster and see if they have anything that appeals. Probably spend the day watching movies. Oh, and I woke up hungry this morning, that’s a good sign. Think I’ll attempt lunch and then go check out some videos…

Isaac