Why Books Are Better Than Movies

I've been reading The Da Vinci Code recently. Is it a good book? Not really, but I found myself unable to put it down. But I've heard people who've read the book and seen the movie tell me that the book was much better. This does not surprise me.
I can't think of any movie that was better than the book it was based on. So, why are books better than movies? This is an easy question to answer. When you read a book, your imagination is way more vivid than any movie with CGI special effects and costumes could ever be. In addition, the writer of a novel is not constrained by any budgetary limitations or the pressure to make a movie short enough to watch without having to stop and take a piss as Alfred Hitchcock recommended.
Unlike a movie, a novel is something you live with. It can't be consumed in a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. I tend to take a week or so to read a book. Most of the time, I read a chapter or two at night or while doing my laundry. I begin to look forward to the next installment in the story, and I admit that I have forgotten my laundry because I was so engrossed in the book.
Movies leave me feeling flat and unsatisfied. This is because they are so damn short. Movies like The Godfather or Pulp Fiction are exceptions. But like novels, these flicks are sprawling. They are dense. There's a lot of meat to them. You can lose yourself in them which is a cornerstone of any great aesthetic experience.
Movies have made up for this brevity by breeding endless sequels. But the best are sagas like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. Plus, television is also getting way better as the writers of these shows exploit the serial nature of the medium to do extended stories such as with Lost or 24.
If you want to make a good story no matter what the medium, you have to give it substance. You have to flesh out the characters. You have to develop the plots. You have to give people something to become engrossed in. Basically, it means you have to put a lot of work into it. This is why the greatest novels also tend to weigh the same amount as a cinder block.

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. Without a doubt, Barry Bonds is the most hated player in baseball, and he deserves every bit of it. The man needs to get nut cancer and die.
2. I've given Bush a lot of credit for his immigration stance but sending the National Guard to seal the border is dumb shit. It obviously won't work, but at this point, Bush is desperate to win political points and deflect attention from Iraq, Gitmo, wiretapping, and the fact that he has shit for brains.
3. South Carolina citizens and The State have been outraged at how so much taxpayer money has been squandered on the Hunlet fiasco. I would like to know something. Since when did any of these folks ever give a damn about how their tax dollars are spent? And why does The State advocate greater spending (and a tax increase) for every problem? I'd like to see Brad Warthen or the other shitheads on the staff at that rag explain this stupidity to me.
I am united with The State on this issue concerning the Hunley, but I differ with them in that I am neither shocked nor surprised that this shit happens. It is in the nature of government to be wasteful because they lack the corrections that come from market forces and consumer choice. Yet, shithead pinhead clusterfuckheads continue to believe in higher taxes and less choice and express dismay that millions are spent on puke they wouldn't give a red cent for.
4. I've never understood the balkanization of human rights. I believe in human rights for women, gays, minorities, etc. But I don't believe in "gay rights" or "women's rights." it is plain fucking stupid.
I was reminded of this while listening to NPR and some homo was talking about how unfair the green card regs were because they excluded gay or lesbian couples from being able to secure a green card for their foreign lovers. I was just amazed. Basically, the gay community only cares about an immigrant when that immigrant takes it in the ass and likes it. Otherwise, fuck off.
5. It is sad to see Sir Paul getting a divorce. But then again, married life is for suckers.
6. For the record, I am not dating Paris Hilton. I just wanted to set that straight.

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. Magician David Blaine almost drowned in his fishbowl stunt. Of course, I think calling him a magician is straining that term a bit. He's gotten Houdini's art of self-promotion down, but Houdini could actually do something cool like escape from a milk can. Blaine's singular talent these days is pissing through a tube while sitting in a confined space. As Chris Rock put it, "Where's the magic in that?"
2. Does anyone still think the Republican Party is still the party of smaller government?
3. Certain elements of the Catholic community are concerned that The Da Vinci Code might damage the image of the church and promote heresy. I have to wonder where these people were when all those Catholic priests were molesting and fucking little boys and girls.
4. When I tell people that I'm a libertarian, they invariably invoke the name of Neal Boortz who IMHO is no libertarian at all. I've listened to Boortz's show on a couple of occasions, and the man is simply too beholden to his Republican listeners to be a true libertarian. Most of the time, he is indistinguishable from Rush Limbaugh.
5. Qwest deserves accolades for saying no to the NSA's request for phone records and info. I'm sure they were just covering their asses more than standing on principle, but it's refreshing nonetheless.
6. Dale Jr. is looking good. He just might win the championship this year.
7. The Poseidon Adventure did not need a remake. The original was a great flick that cannot be improved upon. Though it ain't The Godfather, Hackman and Borgnine were the shit. Hollywood is desperate to infuse some spirit into the soulless CGI shit they make these days. They need to return to great storytelling.
8. I recently read that it takes seven gallons of fossil fuels to make eight gallons of ethanol. That does not include shipping the ethanol to where it needs to go. The only way it could ever get off the ground is with heavy subisidizing from the federal government. Much of this will go to farmers and others lining up at the trough. It's all just Washington bullshit meant to waste taxpayer's money to buy the votes of Midwestern voters.
Here's a good article on the topic:

Things I Hate Doing

I'm a pretty busy guy. Most of my time is consumed by work followed by my studies and my writing. I strive to live every day in a blur of activity. This is because I believe in the Aristotelian principle that happiness comes from a life of productive activity. Unfortunately, that life of productive activity is often interrupted by necessary things that have to be done. But I hate having to do them all the same. Here's the list:
1. Taking a shit.
It never fails. When I am right in the middle of a project, I will feel the urge to purge. I will have to give birth to a blind eel. I will have to beach a whale. I will have to drop the kids off at the pool. These are all euphemisms for taking a shit.
Taking a shit is not a pleasure. It is a chore. I do it and try to get it over with. I don't keep reading material in the bathroom. I don't sit there working on enlarging my hemorrhoids while perusing a moldy Sports Illustrated. I gun that shit and get out of there. My life happens outside of the bathroom not in it. I think of all the time I have spent on the can and that is time that could have been spent doing things I really enjoy like downloading porn. But this biological necessity demands my daily attention, and I have no desire to have a colostomy bag hanging off of me as a substitute.
2. Taking a shower.
This also sucks. Bathing is something I do mostly for other people. My funk tolerance is much higher than that of family, friends, and coworkers esp. when the funk is my own. But I keep washing my dirty ass every damn day. Some days I will even do it twice!!
I have managed to take a bit of the drudgery out of this chore by having a radio in the bathroom. It is permatuned to the NPR news station, so I am able to catch up on world events while I shave and shower. I have seriously considered upgrading to Sirius, so I can have some wider programming (Howard Stern.)
3. Eating.
This is another biological imperative except I do it a lot which may explain why I am so damn fat. But this doesn't mean I like doing it. Most of the time I combine eating with some other activity like driving or surfing the net. I can tell you that breakfast is eaten at the computer and dinner is eaten behind the wheel of the car. I don't eat lunch because it makes me want to take a nap. I normally eat a PowerBar or something and keep going.
4. Grocery shopping.
This really blows. I do my grocery shopping at Wal-Mart because it is so damn cheap. This undoubtedly comes from the employment of small children, the enslavement of Indonesian sex slaves, and the destruction of wide swaths of Brazilian rain forest or whatever else the Left alleges. But the downside of all this capitalist atrocity is that there are a lot of people in Wal-Mart, and I can't move for their fat asses. This is undoubtedly the fault of McDonald's which makes hamburgers from human flesh and tortures the potatoes before slicing them into fries and dropping them into the vegetable oil that is purposely loaded with extract of plutonium to give people cancer. This is just good business.
To make a long story short, I want grocery shopping to be fast and easy but because food is so popular (and will probably continue to be this way) I spend my Saturdays in frustration trying to get all my shit done and still have time left over to do other things like taking a shower or maybe dropping the kids off at the pool. Hell is clinching a turtlehead while waiting three spaces back in the checkout line at Wally World.
Yes, folks, my life is sheer agony. It sucks to be me. But I still manage to live with this endless torture usually with a lot whining thrown in. I call this an "agony transfer." If I can't feel good, I can at least take some small pleasure in the fact that I was able to annoy someone else with my pathetic complaints. Right now, that person is probably you.
Have a good weekend.

Bush, the NSA, and the Latest Abuse of Power

USA Today reports that the NSA collected phone records for millions of Americans who have nothing to do with AQ terrorists. This comes as no surprise to me.
My right wing fascist friends will decry my libertarian "phobia" about this, but at what point do you admit that your government has gone too far in the invasion of your privacy? Right now, some NSA bureaucrat knows that you called a phone sex line at 11:37 p.m. on the night of April 3rd. He also has the number of your bookie, your pot dealer, and the guy who gave you that juicy insider stock tip which the SEC would most certainly like to indict you on.
The reason we need to limit this encroachment by government is to protect ourselves and our liberty from some future grievous abuse. Right now, these things may not seem like a big deal. It's not like they are listening to our phone conversations. But you better believe that they would like to.
Government is not to be trusted. George Bush is a lying cocksucker who needs to be impeached for his abuse of power. As it stands, he is every bit as bad as Nixon. The time has come for investigations. The time has come for this fuckhead to go down for his crimes.
I just find it amazing just how much this president has clusterfucked everything since 9/11. He keeps looking for terrorists here in America while the real terrorists (like Osama!!) still go unimpeded through the rest of the world.
Bush is a joke.

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. Critics have been panning Mission:Impossible 3 as if what they think really matters. Sometimes, people just want to go to a movie without having to find some deeper meaning in it all. They just want to have some fun. What is wrong with that?
2. Tom Cruise is a bit of a fruitcake with that Scientology bullshit of his, but I must admit that I admire the man's enthusiasm for life and his tenacious work ethic. Plus, he can fly planes. As it stands, he's no worse than your typical Catholic.
3. I hope Anna Nicole Smith gets every penny that is coming to her. Yeah, she's a gold digger, but I haven't met a woman who wasn't. It is hardwired into all females to want to spend money they didn't earn.
4. I haven't watched a single NBA playoff game, and I don't give a shit either. The same goes for the NHL.
5. I was disappointed with Vicente Fox's capitulation to US pressure and shooting down proposed legislation to decriminalize drugs in Mexico. By doing this, Fox has certainly put Mexico on the same path that is Colombia is on today with drug cartels controlling the country.
6. Evo Morales was true to his word and nationalized Bolivia's petroleum industry. What a looter.

Rush Limbaugh, Drug Addict and Hypocrite

Rush got his slap on the wrist for being an OxyContin fiend. He is a prime example of why I think drugs should be legalized. Here's a few quotes from the man I found with Google:
Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them. And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up.
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What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use, too many whites are getting away with drug sales, too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too.
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It's kind of like sentencing. A lot of people say that we have a heavy sentence for this crime and a light sentence for another crime, and what we ought to do is reduce the heavy sentence so it's more in line with the other. Wrong. In most cases we ought to increase the light sentence and make it compatible with the heavy sentence, and be serious about punishment because we are becoming too tolerant as a society, folks, especially of crime, in too many parts of the country.
If Limbaugh had gone down for drugs in Rushworld, he'd be in a cell taking a large black dick in his ass while biting the pillow right now.

White Trash Finance

A recent letter to The State that will never be published:
Dear editor,

The State recently published an editorial calling for
legislative action against payday lenders. I oppose
such legislative action. Here's why.

Payday lenders are part of an industry I call "white
trash finance"--title loan companies, paycheck advance
places, finance companies, etc. I'm not fond of these
industries, but I recognize that they exist because
consumers want these services.

No one forces anyone to use these services. No crime
is being committed here. There is definitely some
stupidity here, but there is no crime. Why should the
government step into this area? Why do we have a
responsibility to protect idiots from themselves?

By regulating or outlawing this industry, the
government will be limiting consumer choice which will
drive people who want these services to the black
market to get them where people will offer body parts
as collateral. We see and have seen this phenomenon of
the black market with abortion, drugs, alcohol,
tobacco, prostitution, or what have you. Outlawing
these things does not eradicate them but make them
more expensive and more dangerous to consumers.
Whenever a free market is outlawed, a black market
will replace it.

Why would The State demand these regulations? Should
we regulate the newspaper industry to clean up trashy
tabloid journalism? Would The State support such a
measure then? Or would The State stand on the First

We tolerate things we don't like or even disagree with
for the sake of freedom. In this case, it is the
economic freedom of people to lend and receive loans
on terms they voluntarily enter into. By calling for
action against this, The State is being hypocritical.
I have never understood how a free press could ever
advocate tyranny, but that is what The State does.

The best thing for our government to do is stay out of
regulating these finance companies. Unless a crime is
being committed involving fraud or theft, people
should be left to make their own consumer choices and
suffer the consequences of those choices.

Charles Broadway


Issues in the Workplace

A coworker asked me why I don't write about our job on the blog here. My reason for that is simple. I want to keep my job.
I have never suffered from writer's block because I have always had a unique condition known as severus bullshitus that enables me to write or speak for hours on end on just about any subject you care to name including ones I don't know a damn thing about. This means I never have to use specific workplace issues as material. My own colon is sufficient for this task.
OTOH, there are universals within the workplace that I would like to write on. It seems that every place I work the same basic things occur. I can definitely write on these.
As for my infrequent posting on the blog here, this is because of the many long hours I put in on the job. I do not regret this since I like to work. The job comes first.

There Is No End to Work

One of the things I've learned in my private study of economics is that that there is always work. Ultimately, it all boils down to human values, and human beings always desire something for which they will labor or pay someone else to do for them--cutting grass, washing a car, building an addition on to a house, etc.
There really is no excuse for unemployment except for that created by government interference. The bottom line is that people who don't have work are lazy. This is a large part of the reason why we have so many immigrants coming here from Mexico. They are willing to do the work that no one else will. And businesses have wised up and are blatantly ignoring minimum wage and immigration laws in order to hire these people. This is a good thing.
In my own life, I have followed this principle with my employer such that I put in a ton of overtime now. The work is there. I merely made myself available for it.
Back to work.