Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami in The States?

I wake up this morning to turn on the weather channel and anticipate my local on the 8s. What I wasn't anticipating was to hear that the tsunami that has damaged and ravaged Japan was on its way to the States.

Apparently, in less than an hour, the tsunami/earthquake will have hit the coasts of Washington State, Oregon and Northern California.
Maybe I'm just not there in the flesh, but it seems like everyone is taking this really calm. Not even the big wig news channels are broadcasting it as much as TWC is. Is it not going to be intense? I don't know. But I do know that it seems awful short notice to start getting ready for mass destruction.
So I hope everyone on the other coast of the States will take care of themselves and take necessary precautions and not risk their life anymore than they have to. I hope the death toll in Japan doesn't keep rising (Its at 300 right now) and I hope Hawaii isn't completely ruined before I get a chance to go there personally.
Whatever happens, I'll keep my eye on and bring about on my blog, so you can expect updates here.
As John Donne deftly wrote:
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fave 10 Funny Flicks 5-1

Now it's getting serious. Counting down to the five most personally coveted, hysterical, tears coming out of my eyes movies.
After a great deal of consideration and back and forth-ism with my brother, here goes MY top 5. But let's start off with three honorable mentions, that you should add to your classic viewing list.

3. Young Frankenstein. Downside, it's black and white. Upside, everything else. Another genius production of Mel Brooks, whom is also responsible for..
2. Blazing Saddles. The movie takes place in Wild West America, and has great quotable lines. Must watch.
1. Almost Heroes. Perhaps the best Chris Farley movie the world was ever blessed with, and combined with the witty sarcasm of Mathew Perry as the misfits that "beat" Lewis and Clark. Funny from Scene 1 to Credits.

Okay, now back to the countdown!!

5.  One Word: Benchwarmers! Three losers in a small town take on all the little leagues in the area to redeem the nerds morale and win a brand new baseball field with all the works. Super Hysterical acting by David Spade, Jon Heder and Rob Schneider.

4.  Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! "Hurry up, you're going to be late." "Late?" "Yes, as in.. what's your name?" "Arthur." "As in the Late Arthur.." Definitely the best witty and random combination I've seen so far. As the end of the world impends, Arthur and his friend leave earth and hitchhike through the galaxy, trying to stay alive. Laughter until aching stomach is something to expect.

3. Land of the Lost - Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride are genius in this film. (And Chaka played by Jorma Taccone) From the opening of the movie, I knew I was in love. It begins with Matt Lauer interviewing Dr. Rick Marshall (Ferrell) in a very serious, realistic setting. The arrogant Dr. Marshall believes the tachyon power he has discovered is the very future of humanity. He just needs several million more tax payers dollars. Its silly, but good enough to keep you intrigued with the plot. You haven't lived until you have watched Land of the Lost.


2. Blades of Glory- This flick showcasts the best of the best in humour, and does it right! Will Ferrell is just beyond comical in this movie also starring Jon Heder. Two former skating rivals have to compete together to get their lives and fame back on track. So many quotable lines, so many moments of tears of laughter! Will Arnett and Amy Poehler play the protagonists. You can't not watch it. "The night is dark for me.. " "The night is dark for everyone!" "Not for Alaskans and people with night vision goggles!"

Here We Go.. Number One.. The FUNNIEST, LAUGH OUT LOUDEST, HYSTERICAL, MOST-QUOTABLE..

1. HOT ROD!!!!- Four absolute losers stuck in the 80s and all unemployed "work" together as "stunt crew team". Their big moment comes when Rod, (Andy Samberg) has to save his step father (Ian McShane) by recruting 50,000 for a heart surgery. Random, stupid funny, slapstick, all around best movie ever to sit back and bust a gut to. So what are you waiting for? Netflix is waiting!


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Fave Top 10 Funny Flicks

I love to lose consciousness from laughter when I watch a movies. I want to have great lines I can use and re-use. So here I am counting down my favorite 10 comedy movies, and recommend you add them to your instant queue. Today I'll count from 10-6 and tomorrow from 5-1. :)

10) The Ringer > "Hey buddy, whatcha doing?" "Walking the Dog!"  Fixing the special olympics to make some money calls for hilarity of the laugh out loudest.
Ninfamous Rating: 2.5 out of 5

9) Spaceballs > A classic that I will be able to watch and always laugh. A spoof of Star Wars done brilliantly with great characters like Pizza Da Hut and the Mog- half man, half dog! I'm my own best friend.
Ninfamous Rating: 3.0 out of 5


8) Nacho Libre > A fat unlikely hero of the town and a skinny loser compete in Mexican lucha libre. Their journey to victory is worth watching, especially because Jack Black was genius in this flick.  3.2 out of 5


7) DrillBit Taylor> I've always been a fan of Owen Wilson, and this movie is no exception. Three nerdy kids hire a bodyguard, whom turns out to be Owen Wilson, a homeless bum seeking to take advantage of their cash and gullibility.
3.6 out of 5

6) Galaxy Quest> A Star Trek-ish spoof of a lame tv show who's actors are career-less and stuck in the past, until suddenly their captain gets contacted by actual aliens seeking help for their planet who have no idea that the show is make-believe. Great lines, great actors. A must-watch!
3.8 out of 5

Watched them? Plan to watch them? Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Language Of Thinking

I came across a theory recently that all thinking has stemmed from Language. Even moreso, that language is the basis of thinking, and thoughts are nothing without language.
But is such a statement true? What does thinking boil down to, really?

think

verb, thought, think·ing, adjective, noun
–verb (used without object)
1.
to have a conscious mind, to some extent of reasoning, remembering experiences, making rational decisions, etc.
2.
to employ one's mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation: Think carefully before you begin.
Those are the first two definitions Dictionary.com has to offer. So my blog post will be based on those two definitions, for sake of organized analysis.
A conscious mind is one in tune with its surroundings, taking in account experiences and the like, one alert, active, functioning. Can one only have a concious mind with language? For example, the first language I learned was Spanish. But by age three I was learning to master English. My thoughts are either a combination of phrases, or abstract ideas.
For example, I look around a classroom and see people whom react differently to learning, to a new concept. Some are eager to understand it, some are repelled and prefer to shut down mentally, and others still are impatient, desperate to be dismissed so they can contend with bigger fish to fry, like smoking their lungs to death.
The way I analyze and categorize these people is almost instant, I can read into their persona and obtain a well rounded idea of whom they are, why they feel a certain way and what environment molded their attitudes. But do I use language when doing so? Not always. Sometimes I just decipher facial expressions and inmediately connect it to an idea. Or sometimes their manner is parallel to something I've seen before, and I make that synapsis. Although a lot of thoughts are explained in words, and some yet haven't been able to be expounded in text, my thoughts, my thought-process, my conscientiousness is not merely language.
So do I agree that without language we can't have thoughts? No. I think without language we can't have fruitful, viable, productive communication between others- therefore the solidity of relationships. But inside my mind, thinking is always taking place in the outfits of imagery, scents, smells, memories, feelings, expressinos.. things that are deep, abstract, and wordless.
I Can Has Thinking Powers?
Think of kids born deaf. What constitutes their language/thinking prior to learning sign language? Would anyone dare state they don't think until they learn sign language? That they aren't capable of solid, positive, or weighty ideas? Of course not.
But then again, this is my perspective. I'm open to hear otherwise.