Thursday, April 28, 2011

Press a "Like" Button on May 2nd

This is now a political blog.

Just kidding. I hate politics. It depresses me that the country is run not by the most intelligent or qualified people, but by whoever can win a popularity contest. Literally. Plus, just being in the running means these people are the types who desire power, which is often antithetical to responsibly wielding power.

Nevertheless, it's important to vote. Seriously. Just fucking vote. It's not hard, and it's the only way to cancel out the votes of all the blowhards who blab about politics all the time.

Social media has made blabbing about politics easier, even for people who normally wouldn't. Despite my cynicism, I think that's a good thing. We've seen an increase in young people paying attention to politics this election, and social media is at least partially responsible. This Saturday, there will be a vote mob in Victoria Park here in London at 1:00, featuring Rick Mercer. Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd, so I encourage everyone to go there, or at least splooge the word all over the internets for all to see.

London's main TV station, /A\ Channel, is catching on to this newfangled internet thing. On election day, they'll be including social media in their election coverage. I'm honoured to be a part of the team that'll be monitoring and reflecting the collective consciousness of the online world during the broadcast, so like, watch it, and maybe you'll see my shiny head in the background. More importantly, continue blabbing online, follow me on Twitter, check out the group Tumblr blog we'll be updating, Carmi's post on this, and Enjoy the Canada votes Facebook page. I'll try to push the coverage to be raw and entertaining instead of the sanitized political bullshit you normally see.

In other news, I made a Facebook page for this blog because I guess people use Facebook sometimes. It's in the sidebar to the right. Like it if you like it. If I get 25 fans, I get a prize can claim the username that is rightfully mine. Thanks.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Hypocrisy is Underrated

With an election coming up here in Canada, talk of politics is everywhere. Let's have a little chat about something that transcends political parties and gets at the nature of belief.

People seem to think politicians should always be consistent in their viewpoints. A candidate who says something one week, then does or says something inconsistent with it the next week, is seen as a hypocrite, and judged harshly for it.

I love The Daily Show, but it thrives on this. An entire bit can consist of a series of clips showing politicians saying one thing, then the same person three years later saying the opposite thing.1 It's funny, yeah, but does it really tell us anything? Should we trust these politicians less?

I don't think so. I'm more concerned that a position is consistent with reality than with a past position.

In fact, I respect a changing viewpoint more than an unwavering one. A reasoned opinion is based on infromation, and information is constantly evolving. That's not a bad thing, it's a rational thing.

The consistent politician who sticks to their guns despite all evidence to the contrary is closer to a zealot than a strong leader fit to run a country in a rapidly changing world. Flexibility should be admired more than steadfastness.

Maybe it has to do with a reluctance to call anyone wrong. You may vehemently disagree with a viewpoint, but concede that it's "just an opinion," and opinions should persist over time. Someone has to be wrong though. It's one thing to respect other viewpoints, but another thing to fail to acknowledge that viewpoints are based on facts that may or may not be true.

As a concrete example, take gay marriage. Opposition to gay marriage is not just a personal value judgement; it is based on facts, such as "gay marriage hurts traditional marriage," "people choose to be gay," and "an omniscient creator does not approve of it." This opposition may filter through generations and manifest as subjective hate, but its original origin is objective facts, and these facts are either true or they are not.

(Spoiler alert: they are not)

Screw consistency over time. Consistency with reality is what matters. Judge politicians and their parties by their current platform's consistency with and effect on reality, not some nebulous gut need for stability.

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." 
-- Oscar Wilde,
 "The Relation of Dress to Art," Pall Mall Gazette (Feb. 28, 1885)

1 Another example is attack ads. It drives me mildly crazy to see an old out of context quote from a rival politician played over and over as if that actually means something. It's such a blatant insult to the viewer's intelligence, it makes me want to avoid voting for any party that runs attack ads, but that could mean not voting at all.

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Horrors of Internet Dating, Volume 10: What the Fuck is This Shit Edition

Seriously, what the fuck is this shit? Like...why?

Hobbies include: crawling around Photoshop Forest with my ghost arm while my awkward drunken doppelganger hovers above me.

(See also: Volume 5's "what the fuck is this shit" moment.)

And this fucking shit. You smear other dudes' names on your body? That's supposed to make me like you? No. Nobody wants to know about the men who have come before. Pun intended.

Jesus Shitting Christ. The best picture you could find for a dating profile was a disastrously cheesy shot of you clinging to your ex boyfriend? Just...wha-...why? Why?

(See also: Volume 5's nauseating couples photo)

This shit; what the fuck is it? Ok maybe I'm being harsh here. I can fully support cheesy nerdy crap, and if/when I have kids, nerdy photo shoots would be pretty awesome. Kids are important.

But hey, whoa, not important enough to overshare your intensely personal life story in your profile. Save it for the third date; when he's starting to get scared off by your obvious repressed issues, entice him back with the promise of rubber-free boning.

This is now a relationship advice blog.

Anyway, sorry if you know any of these people. I'm sure they're very nice.

See also: Volume 9, and more Horrors of Internet Dating.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

What is Your Finger Number?

My finger number is 5.1!

What's yours?!

Here is how to find your finger number:
  1. Go to iTunes (or whatever you use to manage your music)
  2. Search for "finger"
  3. The number of hours of music you have with "finger" in it is your finger number!

Can you beat my finger number?


Note: this is not actually a meme.