Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why Doesn't Optimism Work?

Many people say "you make your own luck" or "you get what you think you will in life". I wish is was this easy.. unfortunately, most of the people in the world think things will work out, but the massive numbers of the insane, suicides, wars, etc, all prove that things really DON'T work out for many people.. I'm willing to bet that 90% of the people are positive, hopeful, optimistic, yet for only a small few reality materializes their dreams. I've never gone into a job without optimism, yet I've been laid off of the last five due to the economy - which I've also always been optimistic about (there's plenty of wealth to feed and employ everyone in the world - so why doesn't it happen?)

Someone just wrote a book about "optimism leading to the downfall of America's economy". This seems to be reality: everyone expects things to work out, then when they don't, we're all surprised.. the night of 9/11, the leading bishop of the U.S. said "nothing fails us as often or as dramatically as prayer", and prayer is an optimistic "talk with God", else it wouldn't be a tool used by most.

It seems that only a miniscule few really have things "work out" as they expect. Estimates are that 90% of us work in jobs we don't like, very few are doing what they really would like to be doing. There's a certain amount "opportunistic luck" involved that lets some people be pro poker players, pro movie watchers, pro game testers, pro musicians, pro actors, pro artists, pros at sports - and make enough at those "fun" careers to survive.. many (a majority) STARVE trying to make careers of those basically fun activities..

Why isn't the world geared more toward allowing people to ENJOY life and work? This has always baffled me, as growing up I constantly heard adults say things like "that's why they call it WORK", or "I wish I didn't have to work here", "I wish I had a million dollars", "I wish I had been born wealthy, not good-looking!"

In a utopia, we'd all be happy in our careers, or when we find a job we like, it should last until retirement but rarely does, thanks to economic upheavals and other unforeseen disasters.. there is NO job security in life, and most people move ONCE per decade for jobs whether they want to or not..

I wish I had the answer myself, my "luck" comes and goes, and my optimism is constantly being slapped in the face. We're start every new venture, every new job, really every new day optimistically, yet tragedies always occur, job layoffs and bankruptcies are common, health problems eventually cripple all of us.

Just my opinion, based on my experiences, that's all each of us has - if anyone had "the truth", we'd all know it, right?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July: The Greek Rocket War

This is terrific stuff, we should do this here on July 4th!


Greek Rocket War - For more funny movies, click here

..also, like the Chinese, the rockets can't be aimed well, so they just light up the whole batch, hoping one hits the target!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

30 Twitter Tools

Found this post at another site, and dang if under #2, ReFollow, there's a screen shot with my photo on the top row, right after the NBA logo! It's the stupid little profile pic..

Now that's just too coincidental, what are the odds I'd see this post?
30 Twitter Tools for Managing Followers

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dudeism


This is a religious group I found at Facebook! funny stuff..

Description: Inspired by the attitude of such famous Dudes as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, Jeff Spicoli, Lao Tzu, Epicurus, Julia Child, Heraclitus, Kurt Vonnegut and Snoopy, Dudeism is a real religion that implores us all to "just take it easy, man." What could be more spiritual and uplifting than takin 'er easy? The Dude Abides, and so should all of us. At the Church of the Latter-Day Dude.

There's lots more info at the official websites listed below!

Contact Info
Website: http://www.dudeism.com/

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Horse Clipping Art



[someone has time to kill! the horse is thinking "yeah, like they ever take me to Hawaii.. this is as close as I'll get to sailing" - jose]

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Post It Animation



Pretty amazing stop-action film, all done with post-it notes!

We're moving all the videos to one site, look for them here at Small Cinema

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Twitter Ruined My Life



We're moving all the videos to Small Cinema, please check them out there, getting them all in one place.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Street Evangelist Saves 300 Souls


now, that's just plain funny! - Jose ;-)

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Church of the Subgenius

[I discovered this wacky group at Facebook, which claims as members Frank Zappa, George Carlin, Pee Wee Herman, David Byrne, many others - and of course they canonized Anna Nicole Smith. EL]

The Church Of The SubGenius is an order of Scoffers and Blasphemers, dedicated to TOTAL SLACK, delving into Mockery Science, Sadofuturistics, Megaphysics, Scatalography, Schizophreniatrics, Morealism, Sarcastrophy, Cynisacreligion, Apocolyptionomy, ESPectorationalism, Hypno-Pediatrics, Subliminalism, Satyriology, Disto-Utopianity, Sardonicology, Fascetiouism, Ridiculophagy, and Miscellatheistic Theology.

ARE YOU ABNORMAL?
Then you are probably BETTER than most people!

Group Link At Facebook

[From the group intro at Facebook]

"We the SUBGENIUSES of the post-human race, in order to preserve life on this planet from immanent destruction, reestablish intelligence, regain SLACK, cast out false prophets, smother forever the fear of fear itself, receive the questionable gifts of the BEFORELIFE and of the SPACE DWELLERS, become as OVERMEN, unmask the CONSPIRACY, grip the reigns of human evolution, control reproduction and mutation, decipher THE CODE, placate the STARK FIST of Removal, achieve TIME CONTROL, see that which must come to pass, become as gods, find the Twins with the Scissors of Sight, avert the RUPTURE of the Equilibrium and secure the financial blessings of JEHOVAH 1 the God of Wrath for ourselves and our descendants, do hereby admit ourselves as such and thus ordain this advertisement of the SUBGENIUS race of Earth."

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Yes, YOU can rape your own mind. YOU can finally relax in the safety of your own delusions.

This epipastic for the brains of Epoptics, Beholders, and Initiates, works an authentic magician's spell that will drive OUT the foreign personalities and id-demons. Protected by its own occult roots in the most extreme forms of para- and mech-psychology, it places the reader within a "shell" of Weird Phenomena which Must be used for good And evil.

Its system of Mystik Correspondences has already given SECRET POWER to the Church of the SubGenius - the world's first Industrial Church, the prophesied End Times cult of screamers and laughers, scoffers, blasphemers mockers, sinners, and the last true holymen in America today.

KEEP THIS CHURCH NEAR YOU - in your pocket, your bathroom, your glove compartment. Study it. Memorize it. Find within it a NEW DIRECTION- a NEW WAY - a HIGHER yet LOWER REALITY - just as thousand before you have done!

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You were led to us, and we to you, by powers much greater than Man, and yet, seemingly, more random than Fate. But the ways of the great Manip-ulator in Space, Jehovah-1, only appear random. YES! Our paths crossed because it was planned - plotted out aeons ago, by alien minds more bizarre than your wildest nightmares, as part of a "WorkNet:" a cosmic scheme woven into such a complex web that not just human history, but the fabric of cause-and-effect themselves was disrupted. FACE IT - the very fact of your eyes moving across this page at this moment is inevitably and subatomically decreed. You are locked into the machinations of a Cosmic Puppeteer who works your strings so skillfully you never knew they were there.

UNTIL NOW! The Church can't cut your strings - you wouldn't want us to, if you knew what they can mean for you - but we can show you where the strings are attached and how to 'sync up' with the Puppeteer...how to stay one jump ahead of the other puppets by assisting the Puppet Master: by following the Path of Least Resistance.


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Below you will find SO many links relating to SubGenii or SubGenius oriented sites that it will MAKE YOUR EYES BLEED if you looked at them all in succession! Remember: You've been warned!

Other Sub-Genius Links:
Mediashack
Hour of Slack
Revstang
KPFA
Google Topics
Bulldada Newsblog
Foundation Factory
Cafepress
Euro SubGenius Group
The Prophet Lilith
Bulldada
Subgenius UK
ArchDIkon Zibethicus
Evil Genius Chronicles
Philo Drummond
Puzzling Evidence TV
Revstand Youtube
Quivering Brain
Pirate Cat Radio
John Hell
Stop Bob
Time Mag Article
Facebook Group
Ask Dr Hal

Note: Angels fly because they take themselves lightly

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Alzheimer's Project on HBO

[Not having seen this yet, I'm trusting the reviews, the subject, and the artistry of these filmmakers, that this is a must-see series - el]


HBO is going to unscramble its premium signal Sunday, at least in some areas, allowing non-subscribers to view "The Alzheimer's Project" part one, at 9-10:30pm Sunday night.

HBO says of the series "It's a new way of looking at the disease". Click here for the HBO Link, and all four episodes can be streamed from here as well.

My lifetime friend, Charlton McMillan, and his wife Shari Cookson were instrumental in creating The Memory Loss Tapes, the first episode of this four-part HBO series. Shari, who is a multiple Emmy nominee for Living Dolls and All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise, shares director-producer credit with Nick Doob. Charlton, an Emmy winner for Living Dolls, shares editing credit with Nick. Charlton also did some editing work on the second part of the series, Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?

Here are two print reviews for the series:
New York Times
L.A. Times
A blog review from critic James Bawden

Be sure to either watch or record this and let people know about it. We never know when we will have to deal with this disease either within our families or within our own minds. Rather than giving money to corporate gamblers, we should be funding cures and care for humanitarian efforts and documentaries such as these.


The Alzheimer's Organization is at http://www.alz.org/

Patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s can visit Icara Study to see if they might be eligible to enroll. [Thanks to Tracy for this]

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