Saturday, September 25, 2010

Blog Post No. 42

That's right! This is my 42nd blog post. As such, it's only fitting that I devote it to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Trilogy, the series that first made 42 a number people cared about.

By now, most people should know that 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. If you aren't one of those people, try entering "what is the answer to life the universe and everything" (without the quotation marks) into Google Calculator and see what happens.

First things first: that green planet guy depicted up there with his tongue sticking out that all Hitchhiker's Guide fans have come to know and love? Douglas Adams hated that guy. I know, he's so adorable. But it's not like he appears in the book. That's why Douglas Adams created the "42 puzzle" that appears on more recent editions of the books.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Rose-Tinted Look at Outsourced

Hey, everybody! It's that time of the year again when all those TV shows that we'll soon forget about start airing. Of all the TV pilots airing this fall, there's one that you must see: the plot for Outsourced. I know this because it's the only pilot that's part of NBC's "Must See TV" Line-Up and, come on, it's not like NBC would lie about something like that.

I mean, the concept is actually genuinely intriguing. It's about an American who shows up to work to find that all his co-workers have been fired and their jobs outsourced to India. But he gets sent to India to work with the new workers. It's a perfect opportunity for some biting satire of the way corporations exploit countries with weaker labor laws at the expense of workers in both countries while enriching themselves.

And, if we accept the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, it's entirely conceivable that, in one of those worlds, the show actually lived up to its potential!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Across the Desert, for Trombone and Orchestra

A little over nine years ago, I wrote a trombone concerto. I guess it's more of a concertino since it's just one movement. In late spring of 2001 my high school orchestra played it with me on trombone and made a recording (Thanks, dad!). Recently I was informed that the recording ended up on an internet download site (Thanks, mom!). I'm posting it here so you folks out there can listen to it.

Bear in mind, though that (a) this is a high school orchestra and (b) we only had a few weeks of rehearsal.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Art for the Masses?

"I'm making movies for the masses."
2012 director, Roland Emmerich

"Only the best for the working class."
—IWW founder, "Big" Bill Haywood
There’s this crazy idea out there that making lots of money is an indication of quality. It’s known as Worthington’s Law, and most people will readily admit that it’s garbage. There are a few people out there, Ayn Rand, Ron Paul, Michael Bay, etc., who believe it, but who cares about them?

There is also an even more crazy idea out there that lots of people take seriously: namely that making lots of money means you’re in touch with the common man. Similarly, not making lots of money means you’re a stuffy elitist.