The environment? Are people still worrying about that thing? Sad
by Thom Yee
I’m never going to have children. Now you don’t know me and I don’t know you (probably), there are a variety of perfectly natural reasons why any normal person might make a decision like that, and, from the outside, hearing that might even seem like a good thing. With a near quadrupling of the world’s population in the course of the last 80 years, it might actually be okay if more and more of us choose against having children simply from the perspective of our finite natural resources. But trust me when I say that my decision against having children doesn’t come from a good or helpful place. Diseases long thought eradicated are coming back while other, more present-day maladies are surely and steadily becoming untreatable. Mass shootings, especially at schools, happen at such an alarming rate that they’re no longer raising that many alarms. One of the biggest nations in the world made the least informed, most deliberately manipulated, and most destructive decisions it possibly could have in selecting its new leader. Anthony Bourdain is dead. In the same year that Stephen Hawking died. Kids are eating Tide PODS®. It feels like every direction we could turn to, things are getting worse and worse and often almost willfully more stupid. Just about the last thing I would want to do is leave someone I care about and am responsible for trapped on this doomed, morally bankrupt, gangster-haunted planet.
And is it just me, or is it getting way too warm around here lately? Continue reading
Han shot first! Seriously this time!
by Thom Yee
If you asked me when I was a kid which movie hero I liked better — Indiana Jones or Han Solo — I probably would’ve answered “… was Han Solo the guy in the vest?” And if you asked me how smooth or cool a character I thought Lando Calrissian was in Empire, I don’t think there’s any way you would’ve been able to remind me of who Lando is, what he did, or how he acted in that movie (and I probably wouldn’t have been one hundred percent sure which movie you were referring to when you called it “Empire” [_______of the Sun? _______Records?]). Such was the importance of Star Wars in my childhood. Which is why I don’t feel at all precious about a Han Solo origin movie.