Thursday, 8 September 2011

15 Movie Questions list

Nafisa showed me this list, and I thought it would be cool to do.

1. Movie you love with a passion.
Fight Club, but my recent love is Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

2. Movie you vow to never watch.
Twilight, any of them for whatever reason.

3. Movie that literally left you speechless.
Memento, also Donnie Darko for WTFness

4. Movie you always recommend.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

5. Actor/actress you always watch, no matter how crappy the movie.
Edward Norton, he is the don.

6. Actor/actress you don’t get the appeal for.
Keira Knightly, she sucks.

7. Actor/actress, living or dead, you’d love to meet.
Steve Carrell, because he seems as funny in person as characters he plays.

8. Sexiest actor/actress you’ve seen. (Picture required!)
Anne Hathaway, don't need a pic, you know what she looks like. Was going to say Katrina Kaif but she isn't much of an actress

9. Dream cast.
Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ryan Gosling and Ed Norton

10. Favorite actor pairing.
Steve Carrell and Tina Fey

11. Favorite movie setting.
New Zealand aka Lotr

12. Favorite decade for movies.
00's, subjective though, more because most of my favorite movies at this point come from this decade

13. Chick flick or action movie?
Prefer comedy personally, but lesser of 2 evils is action

14. Hero, villain or anti-hero?
Anti-hero fo shizzle

I think we've gotten past tagging people but I will tag whoever wants to do this and specifically MJ and Corpsekicker cos I know they will enjoy it.

Till next time in Waseem world.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

5 Ways The Internet Is Making Us Dumber

Google search and Wikipedia readily offer answers at our fingertips these days, and as smart as that makes us feel, I feel the Internet is actually making us dumber. Here are a few reasons why:

1.       Facebook Reminders: In the old days, as we will tell our children, there was no Facebook. ‘How did we know who our friends were’, ‘How did you know what they were doing’, ‘Where did you post your pics of you in the bathroom mirror with your phone camera’, they will ask. Yes, there was a time we couldn’t do those things, a simpler time purists will say. Another thing we didn’t have was Facebook reminders which told us when someone’s birthday was, so we had to remember it manually. By relying on Facebook for remembering something so simple, we have become lazy to remember stuff because we depend on Facebook to do the remembering.

2.       140 characters in Twitter: Twitter only allows you a maximum of 140 characters, which means you have to get point across in as few words as possible. While some people sometimes tweet longer, or break their tweets up, most people don’t and shouldn’t because that is kinda against the point of tweets. Most people sacrifice spelling and grammar in their tweets to reduce the number of characters, which leads to a disregard for spelling and grammar in general usage. And anyone who writes stuff like ‘Ur da best’ sounds like an idiot.

3.       Google/Wikipedia Search: I touched on this earlier, how these give us answers at our fingertips, but just like Facebook, this creates laziness, as it lifts the burden of knowledge. So we don’t feel the need to ever know anything because we can always google/wiki it later.

4.       Procrastination: How did people procrastinate before the internet? Internet presents a huge potential for procrastination and distraction, as an example I’m doing this blogpost instead of doing the documentation I should be doing.

5.       Disinformation: We are supposedly living in the Information Age, but in reality the Internet provides just as much disinformation as information. As Terry Pratchett said, “A lie will run around the world while the truth is still getting its boots on” (I just read that some James Watt guy said this, whatever, I read it in a Terry Pratchett book) With Twitter trending topics, rumors are easily started but not as easily stopped. You can even find two totally contrasting answers to the same question and whatever your bias is you will consider that the ‘truth’.

Till next time in Waseem world.