I experience nothing for long periods of time, and then I experience something for an inkling of time.
I'm watching The Day The Earth Stood Still.
Very good sci-fi...
**Anti-Military anti paranoia**
There are many parallels between the way the Mother acts towards her child and the way the government/military decides to act on behalf of the american people.
The mother does not believe that her child can understand what's going on and so asks her son to blindly trust and obey her. As does the representative to the President that assumes command and attempts to control everything, presuming to act on in the best interest of the american people.
**Motivation for change**
There's a scene about 1hr 10min into the movie where a professor tries to explain to an alien (that has been sent here to judge whether or not the Human Race should be exterminated in order to save the planet earth) that "it's only on the brink that people find the will to change... only at the precipice do we evolve".
This eerily echoes a conversation I had with Ulrike and Oliver.
Ulrike is a go getter. Highly motivated, goal oriented. She lives what appears to me anyway a balanced, focused, healthy life.
Frustrated at how her brothers can't seem to take control of their lives as she has, find the balance that she has, she was baffled at why it's so hard for people to change. As a go getter, change comes easy for her. It's easy to decide something for her life and make it so. As opposed to someone like myself.
And yet, she knows personally of two people who were living lives that were really out of whack that had turned their lives around. It was only when their drug addictions brought them to a brush with death that they changed their lives for the better.
There are lots of quad bikes on the island driven recklessly by young people. An accident occured one night involving a teenaged boy, and it made quite a splash in the local media. Soon after, the government put into place a more zero-tolerance attitude against people riding scooters, quad bikes, and motorcycles without helmets.
People have been driving recklessly and without helmets for a long time. It took the death of one of their children to wake the people and government to make a sincere concerted effort to put a stop to this behavior.
I love the internet. I was watching a pirated movie downloaded from the net called The Day The Earth Stood Still. For almost an hour I found myself pleasantly captivated by the movie, and then I hit a snag. There's a key scene that's almost entirely in chinese. In moments I was able to find a website that offered subtitles for download. I found subtitles, but they were in polish. Soon after I was easily able to find the proper english subtitles.
More than the internet I love the culture of free giving. The private, commercial interest of this journey stopped when Someone legally acquired a copy of the film. This is where an entire community stepped in to enable countless other Someones to enjoy the film. The amount of time and effort countless other someones donated is staggering.
It required DivX, which compressed the original film to a size more easily trasferrable online. Divx, though now a commercial venture, was originally a freeware project.
It required aXXo to take the time to convert the original film to DivX format and upload it to the net via Bittorrent (also a non-commercial venture)
It required someone to extract the subtitles of the movie and make them available on "http://www.opensubtitles.org
". The subtitles have been uploaded by different people in more than 5 different languages. Someone had to write a program to extract the subtitles as well.
It required Media Player Classic, which is a media player developed by people in their spare time. Many people had to program Media Player Classic to be able to read the DivX file and the Subtitles properly.
All these someones did it fully knowing that they would not be recompensed materially. What made them put in all those hours?
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