Friday, January 27

I Told you So!!!!!

I'm going to start a new section of my blog called "I TOLD YOU SO."  Please refer to my Book and Film review of the King's Speech months ago and you will see a long diatribe composed - by me - about Lady Wallis Simpson.  I TOLD EVERYONE then, months ago, that a movie should be made about Lady Wallis Simpson who clearly had many talents.  Lo and behold, who has made a movie about Lady Wallis Simpson?  Madonna!  Yes, Madonna has obviously been following my blog and stole my idea.  Direct quote from my previous entry - and by the way you should go read the rest of that movie review because I still find it very entertaining.

Second, what was up with Lady Wallis Simpson?  She was middle aged, divorced twice, American and still managed to score a King!  What was her trick?  I think a movie about Lady Wallis would be fascinating.  I suspect part of it would be rated pg and filled with Emily Post like details, part of it would be rated r with witty dialog as seen on TV gems such as The West Wing but most of it would be rated x showing scenes of Wallis Simpson's real talents.  What did she know?  What was her area of expertise?  Does she know something that middle aged women everywhere need to know?....

My questions:
1) Should I sue Madonna for idea thievery for every penny she is worth? 
2) Should I call Madonna and let her know that we obvioulsy have a lot in common since we think a lot alike and maybe we should be friends (leaving out the law suit)
3) Should I call Madonna's new girlfriend, the girl who plays Lady Wallace Simpson and tell her that the chances that she has acquired a STD from Madonna is very, very high?
4) Should I call 'EXTRA' TV show and tell them they should stop calling the girl that is playing Lady Wallace Simpson "Madonna's escort" because we all know she is Madonna's lesbian lover?

If anything this serves as yet another example of how good my ideas are.  A movie about a diabolical swinging single American woman ensnaring a self-absorbed prince is a lot easier to make than a movie about a stuttering king!

See image of Idea thief below:
Madonna - 2012 Golden Globes Winner
This is Madonna getting an award with a lot of visible boobage

This is supposed to be Wallis Simpson and the King (who stopped being king because then he gave up the throne for Wallis). Does she look attractive enough to score a King?  Isn't he the guy that was in the English Patient?  Wasn't that movie 2 hours too long?  It took forever for that guy to die.

People in W.E. Madonna's movie that she stole from me

Thursday, January 26

GOP Presidential Debate Game Show

The GOP primary is a week away and Florida is cloaked in politics. It must be a wool cloak because the constant political debate among Floridians has made it feel unseasonably warm.

I've tried hard to be a responsible voter and follow the 2012 election but my patience is wearing thin. We haven't even chosen a GOP candidate yet and I just don't think I can watch another debate. I can't listen to more of the same prepared answers by the candidates.

Mitt Romney: "I have been married for 240 years, I have 17 children and 84 grandchildren. I have more progeny than the Duggar family."

Newt Gingrich: "History? I studied history, I know so much about history I wrote history. I'm an encyclopedia."

To be fair, the questions posed to the candidates allow them the opportunity to repeat their stock answer. Perhaps the problem is not with the answer but with the question? To date, debate questions haven't been particularly surprising and in some instances the questions became the news rather than the candidates' answers.

Something must be done to improve the debates. I appreciate his efforts but I don't know why Gingrich keeps challenging Barack Obama to a Lincoln-style debate. President Lincoln was elected into office in 1860. Lincoln was a thought leader at the time and his debate style was provocative. Surely if Lincoln were here in 2012 he would point out that the candidates need to stop mooching off of his ideas and challenge each other on the issues in a manner appropriate to the current times. Media and politicians can now take advantage of technologies unavailable to Lincoln's campaign team and debate moderator. CNN and NBC must be able to come up with more than a stage, four podiums and a moderator in this day and age.

A lot has happened since Lincoln was in office — drive-thru restaurants, escalators and most importantly the advent of the TV game show. It's the concept of the game show (not the escalators) that could totally revolutionize political debate. I think the candidates should be quizzed in different categories much like the TV show Jeopardy. Candidates could earn points based on the accuracy and originality of their answer. Gingrich would clean up in the history category and Romney would own the sports category.

I have endless category suggestions: "Government, International Relations, Foreign Policy, Geography, Past Presidential Blunders and Bloopers." A sample question from the Government category would be: "What is the Third Amendment?"An International Relations question might be: "Name three countries in the Middle East that begin with the letter 'I' and as a bonus, whether or not there is a U.S. Embassy." A sample question from the Foreign Policy category would be: "What language is spoken in Cuba?" and a Geography question, "Where is Russia in relation to Alaska?"

There is so much potential for stimulating discussion and revealing answers with a presidential quiz show. Perhaps subjective situational questions could be included providing candidates a chance to reveal their own flair and opinion. For example, "If you were stunned like a deer caught in headlights by a question from Katie Couric, what would you do?"

I just want to hear Rick Santorum say, "Alex, I'll take 'Sarah Palin jokes for 1,000'."

Wednesday, January 25

Wednesday, January 18

Anyone's an Author on the Internet

The power of the Internet knows no bounds — ask presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum found himself in a frothy mix of social media and politics a few weeks ago.
A person who didn’t appreciate Santorum’s position on gay rights authored a creative definition of “santorum” on the Internet. The definition is graphically x-rated and unflattering to Rick Santorum. When anyone Googles “Rick Santorum” (and yes, we are now using Google as a noun and verb) the top search result is the creative x-rated definition of santorum. Consequently, the author has effectively communicated his opinion of Rick Santorum to hundreds of millions of Google users.

Once again, the Internet has been demonstrated as one of the most powerful and effective means of communication. Unfortunately for Rick Santorum, the content of the communication wasn’t particularly helpful. The critical difference between TV, radio, printed media and the Internet is that the source of information on the Internet is unaccountable and anonymous. Therefore anyone, however non-authoritative can publish information online and for example, invent words such as “santorum.” For a public figure, especially a politician, the implications of anonymous Internet communications is both good and bad.

It’s in this time of powerful public Internet awakening that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was presented before the House of Representatives by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. The SOPA bill, widely supported by the motion picture and film industry, is intended to uphold copyright laws. Those opposed to the bill argue that it violates the First Amendment, free speech and constitutes Internet censorship.

The SOPA bill is currently flopping like a fish out of water and frankly I don’t think it stands a chance. Surely every Congress member must realize at this point that their reputation both personally and professionally is proliferated around the globe in seconds online. Communication dynasties of the World Wide Web, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and AOL basically own the face of the Internet and all of them oppose the bill.

If I was in public office and I wanted to keep any group happy, it would be those behemoths. All of the dominant Internet players from Google to Twitter have made a public statement regarding the SOPA bill. Even Wikipedia shut down for 24 hours in protest. The last thing I would want is an uncomplimentary definition of my last name to pop up in a Google search result or an entry in Wikipedia that highlighted every low moment of my life history (of which there are very, very few).
Perhaps there are a few members of congress who think that clamping down on the industry might prevent a hashmark (#) stream on their last name from trending on Twitter. However, it’s worth keeping in mind (and fearing) that there are 14-year-old kids out there that completely understand cloud networking, open operating systems like Linux and free programming languages such as Python (it isn’t called Python for nothin’).

If you didn’t understand the last two sentences then you should completely understand why the power of the Internet has superseded all other methods of communications. An intelligent teenager has the power to manipulate search engine results, generate Twitter trends and affect public opinion in a way previously unavailable. If I was a member of Congress I would be more afraid of the powerful combination of puberty and social media than any educated journalist or the motion picture industry.
With that in mind and as a pre-emptive strike, I have authored my own word and creative definition: ‘vrussell’ (VRUS-sell) noun; a person of great wit and intelligence.