Saturday, February 26, 2011

Inception


I'll be blunt. This is one of the most disappointing films I've ever seen in my life. I expected something at least somewhat brilliant, not because of the praise, but because of the premise. I've always enjoyed reading The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of my favorite novels of all time, and I figured this movie would be cool, too, because it deals with the metaphysical aspects involved with dreams.

What I got instead was pseudo-intellectualism. Why do I say that? Because this movie just says stuff like "This is the way it works," without explaining why. I know Soft Science Fiction does that, but even that stays within the boundaries of reality to some degree. This film doesn't. It's not even hard to create a story based around dreams while still being realistic. This shit isn't even hard to study, either. Just takes a bit of basic knowledge about sleep psychology and you're good to go. I'll explain a bit.

First off, simply put, there are four stages of sleep, each getting deeper, then a little higher again before going into a stage called R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which is your dream state. It paralyzes your muscles, so you can't move during sleep. And there is only one state. One. There is no such thing as multiple levels of dreaming. It's just R.E.M. sleep. That's it.

But that's not all. The imagery in your dreams is brought out through this part of the brain in the limbic system near the center of the brain called the hippocampus, which helps control short and long-term memory. Since the images come from your memory, you can only bring up what you've experienced in the past, meaning you can only dream of what you know. And since you are unconscious during the R.E.M. state, you can't think of anything to create within your dreams. This also means dreams have no celestial meaning or anything like that.

And I'm just basing this one on logic here, but considering the fact that you obtain dream imagery from your mind, wouldn't it actually be easier to install a memory than to take one out? After all, I'd imagine all one would have to do is plant a chip on the hippocampus or inject something into it or something like that, and wallah! New dreams. Now extracting them. . . I've no idea how we could do that.

With just that knowledge, you can pick this movie the fuck apart. I usually enjoy it, but it irritates me here because it happens to often, and considering people praise this movie, I hope nobody follows its stupidity.

Besides all of that, this movie didn't even blow my mind, something else I was expecting. Maybe it's because I've read enough of Philip K. Dick's work to not be surprised by this kind of thing anymore, but I found this movie to be incredibly predictable either way. I saw almost every single twist and turn in the story coming from more than a mile away.

Anyway, I don't recommend it unless you want to turn your brain off, don't care about sleep psychology, and haven't read a Philip K. Dick novel or short story or The Lathe of Heaven yet (probably not necessary to follow that, but it's probably better to). In fact, yeah, fuck this movie and go read a more mind-bending and amazing book instead.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Girl becomes first to win state wrestling match

. . . Because the guy she was going to face forfeit.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/blog/prep_rally/post/For-first-time-Iowa-girl-wins-a-state-wrestling?urn=highschool-322846

*Sigh*

Honestly, if I were in her position, I wouldn't accept that. Not the guy forfeiting. I wouldn't force him to wrestle if he didn't want to. I mean, I wouldn't accept that victory. I'd feel like shit for not being able to prove myself, especially for an honor like this, being the first ever to win.

Thanks for the disappointment, dude.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Time My Girlfriend and I Fell In Love

I have explained how my girlfriend and I got together, and even our first kiss and all. However, I have not yet told the story of when we truly fell in love with each other.

After about a week or two together (we were still little girls, of course), my girlfriend's family took us to some place, and my cousin and her family heard about it and wanted to come along, my cousin bringing her then girlfriend along as well. I can't remember the place or anything, but there was music playing and people were dancing. Not long after arriving, my girlfriend's parents and my cousin and her family were encouraging us to dance together.

My girlfriend got excited about it, but I was nervous. My girlfriend grabbed my hand, and we both headed out to the dance floor. Everyone else followed with their respective partners. Soon after we got on the dance floor, "That's All," the version sung by Johnny Mathis (something I figured out later on) started playing. For those who have never heard it, here it is:



Best version of the song (besides when my girlfriend sings it, of course), and I don't just think that because of the reasons stated later. Only thing he screwed up on was when he said, "And a love time can only destroy." It's supposed to say something along the lines of, "And a love time can never destroy." Otherwise, it's an incredible rendition of a brilliant song.

Anyway, this is the song we had our first dance to. During this song, my girlfriend and I looked each other in the eyes, never looking away, except when we kissed a couple of times. This is when we both fell in love with each other. It's not just my sentiment; my girlfriend agrees. That was the definitive moment. From what we heard from everyone else, that's what it even looked like. So I'm not just glad that my girlfriend and I experienced that moment, but that the rest of the group did, too.

Of course, my girlfriend and I later learned that was the reason they brought us there. We also learned that it was my girlfriend's mom that requested that song be played before we all danced to it, because that is one of her favorite songs.

It is for this reason that we have chosen "That's All" as "our song." We don't know how we will have it played at our wedding, but it will be what plays while my girlfriend and I have our first dance. My cousin even raised the idea of singing it for us, which we may actually want, because she has a great voice, and generally knows how we like to hear the song.

Anyway, I thought that would be a cute and romantic story to share with anyone who happens to be reading this, and I felt like typing it up because my girlfriend and I are real excited about getting married this summer, so we started getting nostalgic, talking about stuff like this. We even just held and kissed each other for a while after hearing "That's All" the other day.

So I'll say this for the umpteenth, yet certainly not the last, time: Sweetie, I love you. So very much. For now and evermore.