Openly Eccentric - Open Thread 6/19/2016
One thing about summer vacation is how much more cooking I end up doing. I'm not a "Subtle" cook, as far as my taste goes. I tend towards brute force solutions to hunger problems. So, most of my stuff tastes good, and is incredibly filling, with lots, and lots of leftovers. I tend towards the figurative "Peasant Food", but there's a reason that peasants eat it, after all. Tacos, Stews, goulashes, etc... I reflect on this because it's how I'm feeling this week.
I'm noticing my taste is becoming more and more simple as time goes on. While I love Shakespeare, and other older entertainments, I just can't get into the new trends of "SHOCK" or "TWIST" just because they're new. If anything, gratuitous flip-flopping on the plot becomes dull as anything else after a time. Predictably unpredictable would be the term I'd use. Was actually talking with a friend who writes music as a hobby, and was discussing tone, and how music is better to the ear if it sounds slightly familiar, but has enough variations to attract attention. Perhaps I'm just ranting here, but sometimes I really think that less is often more, which we lose track of in our Baroque obeisance to wealth in our culture.
However, if nothing else summer has given me time to contemplate. Had a hideous nightmare that I was exactly one year ago, and that one was a doozy, let me tell you. There's just something horrible about those dreams where nothing you do makes a damn bit of difference, only this one was an actual experience.
It seems to be a trend in Australia that women care more about climate change in general than men do. I haven't run the numbers myself, but it sounds about right considering the only candidate in our election even bothering to mention it as part of her platform is Jill Stein. (I know Bernie did, but note how quickly the media ignored it...)
Midnight Raids are now becoming common again. I know I may seem to be a bit hypocritical about this, but midnight arrests bug the hell out of me. If you're going to arrest someone, you do it in broad daylight, and you do it in a manner consistent with the law. This midnight shit is hiding your actions, and is dodgy as hell.
Remember when we used to joke about Ireland being backwards because of their abortion laws? Well, now not only do they have abortion, which makes them more progressive than most of the US, but NOW they also have Paternity Leave. It's like watching your country slip further and further behind as the rest of the world accepts reality.
And remember how certain lawmakers made it illegal to sue gun manufacturers? Well, there's a lawsuit challenging that. Essentially the claim is not that it's illegal to make the gun. The claim is that it's negligence to put a weapon that requires military training into the hands of the untrained. Sorta like suing a guy who gives the keys to a car to an unlicensed driver, KNOWING they're unlicensed, and then who claims they aren't at fault when the guy runs over ten people.
So, to finish up with some music, I've been listening to some 80's synth recently, so I hope folks don't mind hearing it. Just old movie themes, but they are pretty good, and set a mood quite well. (The world is feeling a bit Dystopian to me right now, so... dystopian films are on my mind)