MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Root of the Reboot

Why is Hollywood obsessed with reboots? Superman 1: No Underwear! Spiderman 1: Prematurely Launched And Dangerous! Batman 1: Check Out My Ridiculous Voice! Charlie Still Loves Chocolate: Now Go And Stuff It Somewhere Part 1! Surely the buzzword has to be ka-ching! What else could it be? Well, if you think about it, it's easy to blame a few money grabbing Hollyheads chasing their own tails, even if going in circles seems to be The New Original. We think we are so smart. We look down on them, we call them dumb and uncreative — meanwhile munching on overpriced popcorn and keeping our fingers crossed when the lights go out. But what if the joke is on us? What if we're blind to their Californian insightfulness? What do they know about us that we don't want to know? What really lies at the root of the reboot?

Parrrrrrrrrt ONE two three, ONE two three, ONE two three, ONE two three... You'd think they're waltzing. COUNT our cash, COUNT our cash, ONE two three, ONE two three... To cut a long movie short, the executive reboot brigade is tapping into our collective urge for disposable items. That is, reboots reflect our changed mindset and we're the monkeys in the zoo. We are to blame.

It all started when the rich and famous decided to change spouses more often than a diarrhea victim changes underwear — you know, to set an example — and we would read about their shameless whims and soon decided amongst ourselves that people aren't baseball cards. They don't come with receipts either. The rich were funny people... whimsical, not thinking straight, easily bored and clearly unappreciative. Who needs one marriage when you can have another one and another one? "How's it working for you?" "Not too great." "Well, I kinda like husband number five. So far."

And then we discovered the urge to zap: the remote control made it so. We were powerless in its presence. We would watch the first ten minutes of MacGyver, grow a brain and zzzzzzzzap! Good riddance. Unfortunately those ten minutes soon shrunk to a whopping ten seconds and we now have the attention span of a regular ant (or W when he was still going strong on a two drink minimum).

Easy inspires lazy. Let's face it, few of us are Wall Street Tiger Moms, even if our sex is on our side. We're raising generations of little princes and princesses who prefer an iPad to a bedtime story — or lunch for that matter, and parents can relate. An iPad costs a few bucks, sure, but what is a $500 dollar investment when what you get in return is a wonderful easy-to-switch-on-and-off replacement nanny slash digital parent? Play with your iPad so Mommy and Daddy can have some quality time with their smart phones. And you'd better like what our kids are doing or we'll smash your face in and post it on Facebook. We're modern that way.

I hear ya. We're modern and rich. Maybe not as individuals but certainly as a species. You may be out of a job now, but for the rest of us pretty much everything is at the tip of our fingers. All we need to do is press that button. We want it cheap and we want it now. Press it. Music... videos... let's download them free of charge. Who in their right mind would set aside a few bucks to buy an antiquated CD or DVD? Check out my digital library, and what I don't like I simply assign to a bin. Quick and easy, easy and quick. And of course we need a new smart phone every single year. There's nothing wrong with the one we have now, but still. Let's ditch it. We're modern that way.

Who knows, one day we may be able to reboot our kids and then ourselves. I don't like my baby. Can I get a refund? Or another one? This one makes too much noise. And you know what they say: the customer is always right. Go to YourDNA.com and place your order. You don't like your present life? Well, no sweat, we at YourDNA.com can be of assistance. All you need to do is tell us exactly how you'd like to reboot yourself... How do you see your re-imagined you? Do you have a vision? What would you prefer to look like this time around? Would you like to be more winning or a complete and utter bitch? Oh, you're a male role model. Well, just fill out our easy forms and sign here. Remember our motto: 'Life is expendable. You are not.'

Call us efficient. Call us spoiled. But it's never good enough. Let's reboot.


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171 comments:

  1. Yiipppeee
    For meee
    I get a reboot you say
    Do I really have to pay?
    Can't I get it now and for free?
    I want a reboot to a new me
    The cat to a dog
    Then the dog to a frog
    Then the frog to a cat
    How do you like that?
    Crossing the divide
    A new species with pride
    Rebooting our life
    Forgetting the strife
    Boot it on up
    Fill that money cup
    Get what you want
    Let the new phone taunt
    It is oh so new
    It has to be had by you
    New new new
    Have to a have a few
    Can't just have one
    We need a ton
    Pay down the drain
    With lazy ass brain
    A new condition for all
    Give us a call

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    1. That's priceless, Cat.
      Don't reboot your mat.

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    2. I read now they are doing a crowdfunding thing that they are trying to push through law that if you back a movie you get a certain percentage of profits in return, so we may get some original stuff over the reboot crap if that works.

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    3. you never know
      Fund a hit movie and away we can go

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    4. Yeah so you said
      I need to order my Bora bed

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    5. Hope they have layaway
      There at your bay

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    6. I'm hoping with you
      Here at my shoe

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  2. Most of the reboots aren't worth the digital they are filmed on. Are there no original ideas out there? Millions of new books a year with fresh ideas - pick a few. Pick mine and make me really happy...

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    1. since they remade Total Recall,

      there are no original ideas out there.

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    2. There are plenty of ideas out there, I agree, even if one idea is, say, culturally connected to ten other ideas as Pickleope rightly points out.

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  3. One aspect of Birdman is to make fun of all the super hero movies and their many incarnations. I'll remain who I am because I want to keep my experiences. I would never trade my oxymorons for someone else's children.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. "There can only be one." Now, who said that?

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  4. I was rebooted once, didn't like it...

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  5. No. Nononono....... have it your way with the tap of an icon? How boring!

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    1. No? Well, since I never have "it" my way, I'd like to press that button once in a while ;)

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  6. it's because all the market has turned towards teens and them teens have attention span and memory shorter than ten seconds so they forget that they bought a new phone yesterday and don't need a new model tomorrow, that they watched SpiderMan today and don't need a new one tomorrow......
    Blue, one of these days, somebody will reboot you and me too.... I already have a number of fake HOLLYWOOD SPY sites around the web....

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    1. I'd rather be sequelized... although third or fourth sequels are always about everybody getting pregnant because that's the best we can come up with.

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    2. twould be fun seeing you pregnant, Blue, you'd be such a lovely mother :)

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    3. Thanks for yet another indelible image.

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    4. When it comes to the poster, I'm doing the costumes too :) You will wear frills and lace in the reboot :)

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    5. I will? See, now I'm slightly worried.

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    6. yes, as you should be... but that is why we hate the reboots....

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    7. And yet... it might become me in a reboot kinda way.

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    8. and here's your 150th comment! Consider yourself dezzed!

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    9. whatcha doing for Easter, Blue?

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    10. I'm working. Need to wrap up a course that I've been writing for some time. What are your plans?

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  7. I don't think there will be a reboot for most of us. It's nearing #3 as in one, two, three and we're out, as in finito, kaput.
    Here was a switcher-roo. I live a block down from a middle school and the colorful teeny-boppers (girls...the boys are colorless) walk right past me when I'm out working in the yard. If they glance my way, I give a cheery "hi." Silence.
    Soooo, the other day when I was in the yard, a young fella walked by and he glanced my way and said a generous "Hello." I was almost too shocked to return the greeting. But then I looked at him...... he was on the extra plump side, signaling as a bully target. Would that mean most of his friends were adults and he knew how to talk to them? I don't have any answers nor do I have any "reboot" opinions but I am thrilled that you are accomplished in the art of the waltz and recognize over-priced popcorn when you stick your fingers nto that fake butter.

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    1. You might be right about that kid. I know you could teach me a few waltzy moves and I'll try my darnest not to be steppin' on your toes. One two three... one two three... How am I doing so far, Manzanita?

      Over-priced popcorn.... makes me sick.

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    2. You have perfect timing. Right in there, yay. We'll never step on each others toes if we keep a firm hold with the dance frame. I'm partly positive (can you do that???) that I'm getting my dance floor installed in the garage. I know it's rather like "buying green bananas" but It's what keeps us going. I'll probably pass on some of my "bliss knowledge" to seniors.

      I don't eat it any more either. Actually, I rarely go to movies anymore. But there's nothing as good as the old-fashion goat butter on warm popcorn..
      OK, so the name of the game is reboot....Rudy Kajut

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    3. Partly positive... sure, why not! It makes sense to me, but I'm blue so what do I really know about that other part, right? One two three... one two three.... That will be some dance floor you're getting installed in your very own garage, Manzanita. You may want to practice your perfect spin and dazzle us all on YouTube. Yes?

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  8. People act like the reboot/remake is a phenomenon solely of the modern Hollywood machine, but since the inception of the talkie, we've been subjected to remakes or adaptations of existing intellectual properties. Wizard of Oz wasn't a new idea. Gone With the Wind came from a book. The Godfather is held up as a masterpiece of cinema, but it came from a book. The notion that there are these new, original ideas floating around out there, just begging a deaf Hollywood for attention is absurd. If we boil it down, all stories are based on other stories. There are no new ideas if you boil it down far enough. Oh god, I think I just realized I'm a copy of a copy of a copy of a drunk Dutchman.

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    1. I know that, Pickster but that is not the same type of behavior as making a movie and another one and then oh the last one made 20 million less than we'd hoped for so let's fire the actor or director or both and start all over again until we get it right.

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  9. Well, you've managed to include a WHOLE BUNCH of issues revolving around our fast food mentality. The faster tech gets, the less attention/patience we have for anything. The joys of generations before us are no longer joyful. Kids don't play outside like they used to do. Adults don't talk to each other in person. Heck, teens don't talk to each other. They can/do sit in the same room and text one another. It's insane.

    Can we reboot? I think about (from time to time, like now) how an EMP would turn out world upside down. Can you imagine in this age where we rely so so so heavily on computers if someone knocked it all out with an EMP? It would be worse than before we had it. So much information lost, fortunes, lost, and maybe worst of all... an entire generation that doesn't know how to exist without an I-something.

    As for Pickleope's idea on limited stories. I believe that's true. All stories are variations of the same story. There are no original ideas, but there are original ways to reboot an old idea (if that makes sense). Or maybe ways to tell an old story that it impacts a new generation in a personal way.

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful comment, Robin. You're always so insightful. I guess communication has become an app and an EMP would serve us right. As for Pickleope's idea on limited stories, I agree that originality is a myth, but that's not what I'm talking about.

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    2. Gosh, ditto everything Robin said. I don't watch much TV or many movies, although we just enjoyed the heck out of the final Hobbit installment on DVD with our own home-cooked treats. :) I am too dependent on technology, too, but at least I can still write on paper with a pen and get by fairly well when the power goes out.

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    3. Fairly well sounds good to me. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. Blue, you really nailed it. Though I'm poor as a church mouse, I keep clinging to internet access. No television in 5 years now. Funny, I thought I'd miss it more. So maybe it'll be the same when I give up internet. I simply need to make better choices for me to survive. Never could have children and now, I'm finally glad I couldn't, as I watch the injustices served on today's kids. When arts and music left most school systems, I saw the end beginning. Great post - bittersweet.

    Postscript: I liked Superman's red tights.

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    1. The operative word being 'nailed'. Good one. No television for 5 years... Sounds like a plan I could live with. I hate commercials anyway. Whatever you do... survive and survive in style, your own style. No need for you to reboot. And sice you like Superman's red underwear so much, I've added a picture just for you. Superblue The Reboot. You may want to read the fine print.

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    2. Those red ~ ohhh. Oh! SUPERLOVER, I'm honored, and blushing red....

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    3. The director - The Cat - told me to slip into that outfit. I said, "It's way too small"... He said, "So what?" Well, there you go, Superlover. I can tell you read the fine print too. Please don't sue me. Sue Pat.

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    4. haha sue away
      Can't get what I don't have at my bay

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    5. Hahaha so true!
      Now what is she gonna do?

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    6. Superlovers blow kisses
      and fulfill wishes! (wink, wink, fellas)

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    7. Well, did I mention...
      I'm paying attention? ;)

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    8. To get my wishes do I have to rub away
      Would that be considered foreplay?

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    9. Oh geez, out classed and out catted - love it!

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    10. Twice in one day
      But there is no dismay

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    11. Did he say... rub-rub twice a day?
      At his Kitty Cat bay?
      Say it ain't so
      At your show

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    12. Going all gutter
      But doesn't make me stutter

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  11. Reboots need to die. Name brand is all they are basing it off of

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    1. Well, what's keeping you? You're the only one with real superpowers in Blogger World.

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  12. Oh Dear Blue,

    You are a man of words and this is something I adore. Reboot the reboot it is happening in so many areas of life. The movie industry uses it as it is quick money, backers want instant returns for their dollars and truthfully as long as viewers will buy into the remakes it will continue. They need to feel it in their pockets then they will search for new scripts.

    I worry about future generations and all this technology. No one talks anymore, they just send text messages. It's everywhere. Yesterday, I had to go to the store I just wanted to pick up something quick. I've been sick you know and I had to wait in line while people pull up their apps for a coupon.."really" ...they have to scroll around send a text, then wait for a text to retrieve their code..I just wanted to scream..I just want to buy my OJ and Kleenex and go home.

    And don't even get me going with the remakes of human development. We can remake anything, new lips, breasts and even get that kick azz butt...there are sperm/egg banks so people can select the right genes to create a beautiful baby...ok going off on a rant sorry...

    Now, about that movie coming June 14th...how could this not be a hit..a star studded cast and crew and a director who always knows his ..sh..it..well he does talk about poo..and the loo..with him you can't lose. You made me smile and you know I love you blue and that crazy cat, he is where it's at..

    Wishing you a day full new adventures...no reboots for you...

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    1. Oops - Wishing you a day full of new adventures

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    2. Wait a minute... Did you just reboot your comment?

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    3. Words is all I have, Truedessa Dear. Not many care about what I have to say though, but one is enough in my book.

      A quick buck brings them luck. And when it doesn't, they'll just start all over again. Get your popcorn ready. I call premature reboots (hey, that's a new coinage) The Search For More Money.

      I need to send you an email though I'd rather send you a real letter instead. I'm old-fashioned that way. Call me quaint. Technology has well and truly taken over all of our lives. We have no choice but to go with the flow or drown talking about the good ole days when our conversations were focussed rather than scattered PR messages. Quantity is flipping the bird on quality.

      I like your rant. It means you've given the whole thing some thought. And when I say 'some', I mean a whole lot when seen through the eyes of iPhone fetishists. Check out this BBC documentary and be shocked to find how people react when a new Apple store opens: CLICK! (3:44-7:44).

      Did you already the fine print? I couldn't help myself. Can't live without my imagination...

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    4. Dear Blue,

      I would love to read a handwritten letter from my Blue Guy, but I will settle for an email and I will wait patiently for its arrival. I like old-fashioned as I am a romantic at heart.

      I did read the fine print and it made me smile..I am a dreamer so I live in a realm of imagination..may all our dreams take flight for without them what do we have to look forward to in an ever changing kaleidoscope.

      I watched the documentary and I have to wonder about the trending mentality of technology. I guess Apple was able to create a frenzy and you know I had to shake my head as they used all their gadgets in line, yet they needed to go in and buy or upgrade not sure which..oh Blue..where does this road lead???

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    5. This road leads to a place that we don't like. We may have to accept that change is not always good for us.

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    6. Well, I think some things we cannot change like technology it is progressive. We must change if we wish to survive, but I don't have
      buy into everything that is up for sale. I have my own values and I
      am caught between a modern world and the lessons of ancient times.

      Thank you Blue for always being wonderful you...in the land of imagination we love with true hearts..thanks for listening to my thoughts.

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    7. ok, I'll just leave a hug...

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    8. heading to bed..good night my superlover...I'll be waiting for you in dreamland..What do you see when you close your eyes?

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    9. When I close my eyes I see an orgy of colors trembling to their heart's content. And then it's black and I wake up again.

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    10. Ah, Blue sorry to hear you are still having that trembling sensation. I received your email..thanks..I replied I hope you received it. Let's hope better days come our way..((hugs))

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    11. Better days... Where do I sign? ;)

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    12. Ah Blue ...we sign on the dotted line
      and then pack our bags and head to
      better day...swinging in the hammock of life..

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  13. MOL I love it!! I'd give the politicians the reboot ...... right up the backside (that's British for butt, just so's you know ;)

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  14. If someone reboots us, can we stop blogging to focus on writing? Drawing crappy pictures is a lot of hard work...

    Also, not to be "that guy", but I disagree with Pickleope in that I don't think adapting a book into a movie is anything close to a lazy Hollywood reboot. There are ton of fantastic, original books (as original as one can be with the whole 'every story has been told' thing) out there that would make awesome movies, and yet all we get in Hollywood is "Okay, let's make the Ghostbusters again, but this time they're women" or "let's reboot Spiderman for the third time in ten years."

    I don't recall seeing any new books called "Twilight Rebooted, But Instead of Vampires They're Werebears and Edward is a Duck Billed Platypus."

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    1. Thank you fellas for rebooting my post in such a way that I finally understand what I was trying to say in the first place. Yes, drawing crappy pics is hard work. That's why you're getting only one at a time.

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  15. You are spot on! Dang, I just saw that crazy ass Tom Cruise signed on for yet another installment of Mission Impossible. What is that? Like number 15?

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    1. Mission Impossible V: The Search For More Dough... Got your popcorn ready?

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  16. I don't mind reboots as long as its well done ~ Reruns are fun ~ I am smiling at Pat being the director, ha...

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    1. Of course he is the director. He loves putting me in that super tight outfit. Didn't you know? The best reboot that springs to mind just now is The Thing starring Kurt Russel. The worst one is... The Thing starring I don't know who.

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    2. But since you're lying at your den
      I'd better say it again
      Call it a reboot
      You may hoot

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  17. Blueberries, blue balls? I think I'll just leave that alone. I like some reboots..not many of them. What really kills me are the prequels.

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    1. Sorry about that, Mary. Sometimes I just can't help myself. Prequels... I hate them the most... Dumb and Dumber.

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    2. Prequels are the biggest piece of shit things around
      Nothing new in them at all can be found
      You know how it will end
      Because the original is already around the bend

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    3. Do you reckon I should flip them the prequel bird?

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    4. Flip away
      Do it twice on display

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    5. As in... 'Here it comes again: flip mode! Reboot THIS!'? Yes?

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    6. Reboot the flip
      On a one way trip

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  18. I still love the smell of old books. I still sit outside with the Professor and enjoy the moon and the wind. I still love my flowers and garden even if it is teeney tiny. Technology is ok. It is just that we need to maintain nurturing and togetherness. I've been able to do a lot of soul searching. Someone whom I like to shoot the breeze made this comment to me "If one does not get something out of something, then they should let it go." He backed that up with that something can be a good feeling of giving. He did not mean it in a selfish way. Lately, I have had a lot of spiritual feeling people on my journey. And they are making me more aware of feelings. So we do it to ourselves. One friend refuses to text with me. He said u either call or don't do anything. I need to hear a voice. Well, he made me change the way I text people because it brought about awareness.

    U didn't answer my last question. How have u been feeling lately?

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    1. Yes, we need to maintain nurturing and togetherness. Amen to that, Miss Marples. I can understand what your friend said. A voice says more than a hundred words... As for how I'm feeling... Well, I'm always exhausted, and when I say 'exhausted' I don't mean that in the way people say they're starving. But such is life. There's little I can do about it. The world is still trembling 24/7 too and I keep hearing the same annoying sound in my head: "SHHHHHHHHHHHHH"... Oh well, life could be far worse. Far worse. C-minus.

      "If one does not get something out of something, then they should let it go." I need to thing about that one. It sounds familiar.

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    2. Are u making fun of me? Hahaha--

      What can I say I had hopes? Hopes of friendship. But we grow wiser from lessons. Actions speak louder than words. And no words even speak louder. That is an action. No????

      Don't be too hard on me. U can't say that I gave up too easily. For I didn't. I stayed in there quite awhile.

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    3. Never! I can tell I was tired when I wrote I needed to 'thing'... Oh my. I may have to fire myself. Yes, I'd say that's an action. It's called to vote with your feet only different. I know women can be ruthless when it comes to saying absolutely nothing.

      I know you didn't. You're not a quitter.

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    4. I seem to have the opposite problem "I know women can be ruthless when it comes to saying absolutely nothing." Can one be too open? Can one be too trusting? Can one try too hard? The answer is yes. Yes. One can try too hard. One can give and not receive and still give. And what for? Why would one do this? I planned my trip for Savannah, GA last couple of days in October. Although, spring is the time to go. I've told my friend. I'm making changes. I'm going on with life. With or without anyone. I'm going on. One minute u are holding onto someone whom u think will be with u for at least a good ten to twenty years and then then in a blink of eye they are gone. It is worse when it is not meant to be. And so u don't take for granted things anymore. U as well don't put up with bullshit either. If people are broken and can't move on, then u have to go on. Go on and be with people who want to live life. If people are too afraid to get close to others and they've had a good amount of time to make an attempt to get close to people, then u must leave them behind. And u go be with people whom have been hurt but still choose to love and live again. Robert's death has affected me deeply. So much so that I don't want to waste time anymore. My wise male friend up at work said "StormyDawn if a man wants to be with you, he will call you, text u, and make a point to see u. When he does all u need to do is nurture and respect him. That is what a woman does. If he does none of these things, then u must let him go."

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    5. Your male friend up at work sure is wise. The problem unfortunately is that wisdom and feelings don't necessarily make a good couple. The things that I have done in my life... Strike that. Sometimes we need to do things that we don't want to do. We soothe ourselves saying, "It's for the best."

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  19. I think I'll keep my kids. No reboots there:)
    How are you, Blue dear?

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    1. Good idea.

      How am I doing? Well, I'm sort of sleepwalking - thank you for asking. The weekend was great. How about you?

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  20. As I sit here eating my lunch reading your blog post, I'm wondering whether I should be outside, not cooped up in front of my PC......................

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    1. Caught you in the act. What were you having for lunch?

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    2. LOL. Yes.

      Frittata (sweet potato, mushrooms, Spanish onion, snow pea sprouts, parsley, mint, egg & ricotta) with steamed broccolini, roasted baby beets & a couple of slices of chicken breast. Followed by 2 x red LIndt balls & an apple. Yum.

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    3. Dear Lord, I'm impressed. So, no doughnut? ;)

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    4. LOL. No, no doughnut. I dont really like them. Would have to be a hot jam one early morning at a market.......with a hot cup of tea to wash it down.

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  21. Gone my comment gone.
    Kids reboot sounds like lot of fun, I would take two of those, it better not be that universal studios "kids swap" deal which isn't exactly what it sounds like. I can't swap my kids with other parents kids. Cheating if you ask me.
    iPad hmm isn't exactly like Microsoft product you know you can't load a android or webos in your first generation iPad if none of latest apps work. Apple products are use and throw only difference is you need to pay in gold and diamonds for a product which works for only version and one year.

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    1. Happens to me all the time. I blame Blogger. What I try to remember is to copy a long comment before I press SEND. Can't trust 'm you know.

      Hey, you're back! Now, when can I read your next post? A kids reboot... Is that a fact? Apple and Microsoft... turned us into slaves with a smile on our face. It's like that guy hiding in the bushes that said, "Take it. It's for you. Take it."

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    2. True that about turning us to salves. Even in scout camps and all that now they allow iPad/iPhone charging stations. What is point of exploring wilderness if you need to carry your slave owner with you ?
      I am yet to be back to blogger Blue, I may abandon it as well :( thanks for checking, I still have pulse but blogger pulse not exactly I still stalk that should count for something :)

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    3. Why would you give up on blogging? You know I'd miss your sharp tongue. Yes, that sure counts for something.

      Good point: wilderness... iPads.... A definite no-no.

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  22. Reboots remakes and sequels
    The marketing guys are the ones
    They look for the likely spills
    That'll bring in the big bucks fun

    Remember the Italian westerns
    Or for that matter the Bond films
    They strike when the iron's hot
    Dishing them out by the dozens

    It was good when it lasted
    for someone to make money
    Consumers get what they wanted
    Enough to make everyone happy

    Hank

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    1. The one and only Hank! I wonder when Bond will be rebooted again.

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    2. I think Hank has a lot of patient lol!

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    3. So true. He is more patient than your friend Blue.

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  23. Oh Blue, I have read your post over and over. You touch on many interesting points that I frequently wonder about.

    Yes, we live in a time of instant gratification and short attention spans. I sometimes wonder if Technology advances are actually advances or rather "crutches." That is why it is my goal to use technology for more enlightened purposes. I think technology can be a positive step in humanity's evolution if we tap into it's true potential and think outside the box. Really, that is my goal as someone working in the technology field. New thinking, New ideas, New applications, New = Evolution!! New does not equal reboot.

    In addition, I read the article you linked to and I think that this Chinese mom is on to a few things. I certainly agree that western parents are overly concerned about their child's self esteem. I definitely agree that less of the "everyone is a winner" mentality should be promoted in the household but I am not so sure that is what she is promoting with her parenting method.

    After reading the article and then reading the first few comments, one commenter had a really valid point. He mentioned that the Chinese Mom's parenting style does not promote free thinking and teach the child to synthesize information or come up with original ideas or innovative thought. The comment said that instead what the parenting technique did was to prepare kids to do repetitive, mindless tasks perfectly, and memorize diligently. I thought that was a very apt statement that sort of illustrated the two sides of the story.

    ... so in the end, I must agree with you that this obsession with reboots really is taking the easy root. There is no innovation! No new ideas. I hope in the future years we can get some new ideas!

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    1. Now THAT'S what I call a top notch comment, Lauren. Thank you for that. Oh I'm all for technology but not if it makes us lazy and uncreative. In the 1980s (what??) I was one of the first people on this planet to record sounds digitally (samples) and it was hard work too. Now every three year old can do the same thing using a free app. Yes, that hurts and I may be getting old. As for the Tiger Mother's parenting style, do you think there is such a thing as free thinking? The way I see it, a person's culture and upbringing is just another type of brainwashing. We just don't want to call it that way. An invisible straight jacket nevertheless if you get my drift.

      Anyway, I'm all for the promotion of thinking outside of the box. Here's to free thinking and creativity, and thank you for taking the time to read my post and write such a wonderful comment. I appreciate it.

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  24. pffffff! You have many lsuperlovers Grumpy!!! You dont need me:(

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    1. Don't cry, Gloria. There's always room for another superlover. But the Cat will be so jealous. I'm just trying to protect you, you see?

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    2. Ha! You are like all men!
      Not bluberries to you.....

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    3. lol geez she's taken her blueberries away now
      How will you ever meow?

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    4. Well, I still have a picture of that delicious blueberrie pie she made for my birthday. But I'm confused: first Gloria said, "You don't need me :(" and now she says I'm like all other men. It's so confusing. Maybe I should become a cat and meow. :p

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    5. Well, I still have a picture of that delicious blueberrie pie she made for my birthday. But I'm confused: first Gloria said, "You don't need me :(" and now she says I'm like all other men. It's so confusing. Maybe I should become a cat and meow. :p

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    6. Said it double to confuse at your sea
      Or amuse thee

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    7. I pulled a Sherry on her
      Yes, sir!

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    8. Ha plus ten
      Here at your den

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  26. are you ready for his blue balls ??? hahaha crazy!!

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  27. we need a bit of both. chinese (or asian) and western parenting. finding that balance in between is key. i think i had a bit of both.

    i once walked into a chinese restaurant (in malaysia). at the next table were a family of four. mom, dad, and two young kids, were all on ipads and phones. not talking. fixed on their gadgets for the entire time and i felt disturbed by all i saw. technology is probably making us lazy but it's surely makes communication look like its well on its way to extinction. ironic.

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    1. Same here. A little bit of both... well, a whole lot actually. Communication has turned into personal PR.

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  28. oh i can't stand parents who call their kids fat! i know a dad who sent his 19-20 year old daughter to a slimming centre because she had a butt 'too big' and that was unattractive. how so disturbing is that, Blue!!

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    1. Very. I don't like skinny. That includes jeans. I'm a bootcut type a gy and my butt is not invisible if you know what I mean.

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    2. lol. i swore i wouldn't but i have gotten into it! yet skinny jeans are still big for my lower legs so they're not that skinny on me after all! but i still wear high-waited cuts if you know what i mean!

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    3. lol. i swore i wouldn't but i have gotten into it! yet skinny jeans are still big for my lower legs so they're not that skinny on me after all! but i still wear high-waited cuts if you know what i mean!

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    4. Oh I know what you mean. Plus you're rebooting your comments ;) It's a phone thing.

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    1. Why, thank you Sandra! Always good to hear from you.

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  30. Love your poster from Blogging Pictures! Great cast and what a talented crew! The Donald would probably love to play Superman, unless he announces his candidacy first! I'm also fed up with all of these tired reboots. After all of these years, I'm sure many men would be thrilled to have their very own Stepford Wives.

    Julie

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    1. Wel, I complained about the red underwear but Pat Hatt insisted I wear them. I guess he likes to shock people, being a cat and all. Yes, tired reboots should be given the boot.

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  31. I think all of humanity needs to reboot. We're just all messed up!

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    1. But you know that reboots don't mean improved quality, right? So...

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  32. I think all of humanity needs to reboot. We're just all messed up!

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  33. There are plenty of original ideas out there, but no one wants to take a risk on them. The audience is judged as dumb, I'm sure of it. The execs don't think we even want anything new. Makes me a sad panda.

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    1. Plenty. Even if Pickleope has a point - and I think he does - an old idea does not mean it's just a lazy repetition (call it a reboot as I hoot) to make more dough.

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    2. good point. An old idea can be made new.

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  34. You are so on point today. It's irritating how everyone wants the latest and greatest, and they want it now. I have a friend who likes to excitedly tell me every year that she got the latest iPhone. Well, darling. Good for you. I'll keep mine until it no longer functions, then get a new one. Oh, but she passes her old ones on to her daughter so it's not a total loss. *big eye roll here*. However, these are the same people who MUST have the newest junk available, but whine and bitch that they are living in rental homes. Hmmm. That several thousand dollars you spent on gadgets and handbags and jewelry over the years could have totaled up to a hefty down payment on a home. So, yeah. I don't have the latest and greatest, but I do have a nice place to live that I can call my own.

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    1. Hi Theresa. The buzzword is NOW! Big eye roll here too. Yeah, you told me a while ago that you'd put your money in a house. Smart move. Very smart move. Sure beats a brand new SMART phone.

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    2. NOW is just so ridiculous anymore. And we wonder why we are raising entitled little brats who have no respect for anything. It became apparent how spoiled our youth is when I was at the children's dentist today. It seemed that every child was demanding something from their parent. "Put Me Down, Now!" "Give Me the iPad, Now!" "I want to leave, Now!" I seriously debated moving my girls to a dentist that doesn't specialize in children today. Normally, I love kids. Lately, not so much, and said a small thank you for modern science that doesn't allow my husband to produce any more babies.

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    3. Of course the thing to remember is that the kids themselves are not to blame. You know that, of course, because your girls are as sweet as sugar. It's the parents.

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  35. LOL I love this!!! Even better, when did we start calling things "reboots" instead of remakes? It seems Hollywood thinks it's all clever, calling it that.

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  36. “More than a diarrhoea victim changes underwear…” classic line.

    And everything we want does not sate. More. New. Change it. Make it better /faster/ shinier.

    Whoops…BORED.DISPOSED. NEXT…

    People have forgotten how to stop and smell the flowers along the way. And maybe the new generation will never know how.

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    1. But not us, Jules. We love flowers, not pictures of flowers.

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    2. Not us, Grumpy, not us :)

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  37. Can I produce the sequel? LOL. I'd watch if it were Batman without underwear, starring Christian Bale ;)

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  38. BLUE!!! I'm still here! I'm still alive! I'm sorry I haven't been posting or commenting much lately. School got the better of me for the month of March, and part of April...okay so I'm pretty much swamped until May. BUT I did want to come by your site and say "Hi! How the heck are you?"

    Oh, and also, I love this post. It's a perfect description of the way our society has been headed for years. Never satisfied, never happy, just constantly pushing for bigger and better things--even though it's becoming increasingly obvious that this attitude of "never good enough" is not what's best for us at all. Oh sure, you'll see all sorts of people telling you to "Take time to smell the roses" and "Appreciate what you have, because you are so blessed." But does anyone really do anything about such words other than read them, nodding gravely, or maybe just "like" a post here and there on Facebook, and then go back to their lives of "more more more!"? Exactly.

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    1. I love your comment. Not because you agree with me but because you are smart. (My Mom so told me not to judge people by the size of their brain, but I am weak!)

      How the heck am I? Well, you may remember that I'm doomed to be exhausted 24/7 but overall I'm not complaining. I do need to lose a few pounds though, as in six or so. Other than that it's all good and I'm still hopeful that one day I'll win the lottery and invite all of you to Bora Bora.

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