Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Movie Notebook: The Who: Live in Boston

70003854 Even as a long time Who fan this video was better than I had anticipated. I had seen them in the late 80's and thought the show's were over produced and watered down version of their former selves. They indeed proved me wrong in this video. The sound was more raw and closer to what I would anticipate from a Who show. Roger and Pete both played with an attitude and energy that puts many younger rockers to shame. Made me wish I hadn't missed these show's (actually filmed close to me). Nothing will bring John or Keith back but Roger and Pete still carry the flame. Long Live Rock!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What is the best way to stop a child from becoming an Atheist?

This was posted by a friend of mine recently on Facebook which I couldn’t help but respond too.


My initial response is that this is really sad and pompous at the same time. We did get into a respectful debate about the subject but it did leave me with many thoughts left over. My friend (whom shall remain anonymous) was apparently(from my understanding) heavily indoctrinated with religion when he was younger. So he has in a sense rebelled and has taken a harsh stand on religious beliefs. I don’t believe this is a new phenomenom of those brought up in heavily religious households revolting against those belief’s. I’m sure there is some truth to the old cliché that the preacher’s kids were usually the biggest trouble makers. I couldn’t fault my friend much and I respected the way he felt.

The answer above from “David M” still was on my mind very much. I’m not arguing for or against his point (although I do disagree with his main idea). I believe he shoots himself in the foot in trying to make his point and if anything he puts his cause further in the hole. His first sentence he totally insults and degrades anyone by saying they are of lower education or logic(than himself presumably).

 Do not educate them or expose them to critical thinking, logic or science.

-“David M” 

Not exactly the way to win friends or influence those of different beliefs. I’ve come to theory that “David M” wasn’t really wasn’t trying win anyone over but that this was just a forum for him rant and vent his frustration at the world. Why else would one hurl insults like “ groveling to an invisible friend”. Pretty much goes on to further demoralize and picture those not of his beliefs as uneducated and close minded.

The one idea or thought I do agree on is that of intolerance of those of other beliefs. Hardcore believers of many faiths can be intolerant if you don’t believe as they do. The ironic thing is that “David M” doesn’t appear to be very tolerant of those that don’t believe as he does. I actually feel sorry for him but at the same time admire his passion and conviction. I hope he find’s his peace someday.  

I’ll leave with a quote from someone with some experience in critical thinking, logic and science:

“I want to know how God created the world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.”
-Albert Einstein

Movie Notebook: High School USA

High School USA - Made for TV (1983)


As someone who was in high school in the early eighties many of the characters in the film were very familiar. It's a trip down memory lane for those of my age seeing many of the young television stars of that period which include Michael J. Fox(Family Ties), Nancy McKeon("Facts of Life"), Todd Bridges and Dana Plato(both from "Different Strokes") and many more. It also features many young television stars from the 50's and 60's making cameos. The basic plot has our hero played by Michael J. Fox trying to win over Nancy McKeon (Whom I also had a crush on at the time.) from Anthony Edwards(before Top Gun and ER fame) who is a rich preppy kid who rules the school. It comes down to a car race at the end in which the hero gets the girl in the end. The film which was made for TV is full is light comedy and awkward teenage silliness. If your looking for a light teenage comedy without being too serious here it is. You can forget your Oscar or Emmy performances here. If your like me and grew up in the 70's and 80's it'll be a who's who of young television stars of the period. Enjoy it for what it was as a light hearted feel good teen flick.