Weekend movie lessons

Lessons learned this weekend: I am uncomfortable with pathos, and I don't particularly enjoy movies like Wonderland which arouse this feeling in me, even when they are really good. I am even more uncomfortable with improbability, and I definitely don't enjoy movies like Armageddon whose sole intent is to show you flashy action and sappy love with a complete disregard for reality.

That’s Just The Way It Is

"That's just the way it is," is my newest hated expression, and you know why? Because it reeks of complacency, because it says, "This is how it's always been done and I don't have the guts or balls or will or interest to change it." Just because that's how it's always been done doesn't mean that's always how it has to be done. What if Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, "Women don't vote, that's just the way it is." What if Rosa Parks said, "Black people sit at the back of the bus. That's just the way it is." The United States would be a different place.

Everytime a person says "that's just the way it is," it's a resignation. It's an acceptance of the status quo. Who cares if that's the way it is? Does "the way it is" make sense? Should it continue to be that way? Next time someone tells you that's "just the way it is," I encourage you to ask, "why?" Then ask yourself if the answer makes sense. And if it doesn't, work to change it.

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Coding to the Hip

Today feels miscellaneous, ungelled, lots of disparate posts. Is this a warning or a forewarning? I'm not sure, but this I do have to say: Phantom Power by the Tragically Hip is so great and rocking. The Hip is some of my favorite coding music. If you like programming, you should try listening to the Hip while you do it. The code you write will ROCK!

Webby nominations announced

(As if any confirmation were needed.) The Webby nominees were announced today and it looks like those in the "Academy" have overlooked, once again, some of the most vibrant and interesting content online. I speak, of course, of the Personal category.

One thing that was nice about last year's awards is that at least the sites in the category were personal! (even Diaryland is run by one person.) This year only two qualify: douglaspearce.com and boar.com. (I'm not including fray in my list for two reasons: 1. I think it's more-aptly categorized as "community," for which it's also received a nomination, and 2. In my mind, I picture "personal" as a singular effort. I could well be wrong on this point).

Moving on in my complaint, Blogger?! Blogger?!! Ugh. I'm happy that Blogger's been nominated, but it's not a personal site. It enables personal expression, but it's not a personal site. I know why it's there though, because the Webby's still don't have a "Web Applications" category. I'm not sure how one expects to salute "stellar…Web sites as the ultimate bookmark of the Internet for this year" without acknowledging web apps.

Even a portion of some people's sites are more worthy of being nominated. Take for example the beautiful stories written by Jeffrey Zeldman in the My Glamorous Life section of his incredible site. The content contained therein could be its own site, for Crap's sake. Zeldman.com is what I think of when I think of personal sites that deserve recognition, or the hundreds of other sites out there done by people who push themselves everyday to release beautiful things into the world.

Oh well, I don't know why I expected quality sites would receive the recognition they deserve anyway. Congratulations to the nominees!