Subversive Cultural Influences

The list, beginning in about sixth grade (ongoing, and in no particular order):

I first heard this on the radio late one night during high school. Yes, it’s that old.

 

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X-Men: Apocalypse — full review

Watched it on the HBO. Lots of stuff blowed up, but in the end, the world was saved.

Here’s what happens:
In ancient times, the Pharoah got killed by those who thought he was a false god, but then in the future which was 1983 a guy’s family from Poland got killed which is why he became Magneto because of what happened in Cuba last time which is why the CIA lady and a bad Army dude had captured the wolfman, which was Wolverine, but he ran away into the snow at the secret place because Professor Xavier said embrace your power to the girl who helped wolfman both now and in the future when the ex-Pharoah guy tried to wreck everything, but the good mutants reunited to stop him and also fixed up the mutant mansion that blowed up real good because the bridges came down and everything since the Bronze Age because…metal.

After that, things got a little confusing.

2 Stars

Subwoofers and Whatnot

I can’t take it anymore, so I’m writing about stereo equipment.

Yesterday, I had plenty to do (clean bathroom, clean kitchen, laundry, vacuum), but I didn’t want to do it, so I threw together a Special Ops Reconnaissance Mission (no credit cards) to Best Buy to check out subwoofers, after which I planned to walk over to Patel Brothers Market to pick up a couple of packages of those Turkish black olives like I like, and then visit my favorite Mexican place.

No clue.
No clue.

I’ve owned three subwoofers over the course of my audio fixation (whole life), and each has been unsatisfying in its own special way. The Sequerra Pyramid (remember them?) needed way too much power. The JBL was hard to adjust and wouldn’t turn itself on until things got too loud for polite listening. And the B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) was massive, expensive and slow.

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Things That Are Not Working….

Damn.
Damn.

A partial list:

  • Becoming outraged
  • Sharing one’s outrage on social media
  • Screaming into the wind
  • Being all like, “I KNOW!!!” when someone else expresses outrage
  • Reading about all the ways people have become outraged
  • Sharing articles about all the ways people have become outraged
  • Watching TV until you throw up
  • Surfing the internets (which I think are a series of tubes) until you pass out
  • Refusing to pay attention
  • Going with the flow
  • Waiting for somebody else to fix it

Things That May Not Actually Be Working — at least in the short term — But Have The Potential To Work If We Have Faith

A partial list:

  • Reading enough news to stay informed, but not so much that you freak out
  • Avoiding self-reinforcing social media
  • Refusing to see “the humor” in any of this; it is not funny; it is dead serious
  • Trying to set aside your presumptions about “the other side,” because both sides will have to come together (or at least work together) to fix this
  • Considering the possibility that you could be wrong — or at least not entirely correct — about some things…or about a lot of things
  • Cultivating compassion and practicing good citizenship: remembering that you are a “brand ambassador” for your side, and taking pains to represent the brand as well as you can — especially to the other side; do not condescend; do not be a jerk
  • Engaging people, but mostly listening to people so we can be ready when the time comes for us to work together
  • Practicing what you preach — something many liberals are notoriously bad at; being nice to people who already are your friends doesn’t count
  • Contributing positivity; rightly or wrongly, we have a lot to overcome and it doesn’t matter whose damn fault it is; keep your eyes on the prize
  • Finding joy where you can, even if you have to manufacture it