THURSDAY STREET CLEANING
September 16, 2010 § 2 Comments
Some interesting things going on in the world. Along with some boring things. Let’s look at a sampling of both:
An interesting article on Mark Zuckerberg in this week’s New Yorker, in anticipation of the film about him titled The Social Network. I’m expecting the movie to be decent, given it was written by Aaron Sorkin of West Wing fame and directed by one of my favourite Hollywood guys, David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). The article paints a conflicting portrait of the man; depending on your perspective, he could seem a heartless, brilliant opportunist or just a brilliant… opportunist, which has no pejorative connotation for this writer- it simply means that Zuckerberg had the creative genius to take advantage of an enormous opportunity, something any creative person aspires to do.
A terrific piece by Michael Moore about the controversy surrounding the construction of the Islamic community center near the former World Trade Center site, also known as ‘Ground Zero’, an idiotic Hollywood name if there ever was one.
If you want a different perspective on the world and the different jobs in it, hop on the back of a transmission tower worker at 1,768 feet. My girlfriend Victoria can’t watch this without breaking out in a sweat. I’m guessing we won’t be going bungy jumping anytime soon.
A fascinating couple of weeks involving issues around religion’s place in an increasingly secular society. First it was the French ban on the public adornment of traditional Islamic veils, better known as ‘Burkas’, which has triggered an outcry of Muslim indignation in that country. Then it was time for that wonderful enabler of child predators, the Pope, to visit England at huge cost, as public services in that country, as in the US, continue to be slashed. Read this wonderful op-ed in Tuesday’s Guardian by the president of the British Humanist Associaton on secularism in today’s UK and the religious backlash against it. An interesting side note: Australia’s recently elected first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, risked losing that election when she came right out and called herself an atheist during the campaign, saying that she respected all religions and was ready to work with religious leaders and her political colleagues who were devoutly religious. I look forward to the day when politicians in the United States are allowed to be non-religious.
In my humble opinion, all of these events fall under the heading of ‘interesting’, yet I promised you some boring stuff as well. How about this… my neighbour is in a ‘fantasy league’. Question: why is it that people who dress up in cloaks and hats and role-play as druids and sorcerers are called nerds, while idiots who dress up in colourful sporting paraphernalia and role-play as owners or coaches of sporting franchises consider themselves cool? College football and the NFL season have arrived, and the ‘fantasy leagues’ have begun… I call on all nerds to arm themselves with real swords and clubs, go down to their local sports bar, crack some heads and earn some well-deserved payback.
Tail-gating, fantasy leagues and American football. Now that’s boring.