March 10th, 2017


A thought on tone

Without context, what follows could mean lots of different things:

"I wish."

Said in a frustrated, sarcastic tone, it means one thing. It'd mean something different as a two-word caption in a Neil Gaiman comic; there, it would seem something, somehow, poetic.

It could be wistful, sad at something lost. It could be hopeful, looking towards a chance to get something, to reach a goal. It could be cheerleading, rah-rah-ing to yourself or another "You can do it!" It could be matter-of-fact, a statement: Wishing is a thing I do.

So...when you hear "I wish," what do you really hear?
Oregon Coast 1

Open windows

This morning, for more than a few minutes, in fact for a few hours in one case, I could open windows.

My bedroom window, open for a while. A bathroom window, open briefly (while I showered). Parts of the house, getting outside air that had in it hints of spring. Meaning, I hope, air that's been mainly in the house was able to circulate with air from outside of it.

Portland's having a nice day, finally, is the thing.
Sally Salt Disgusted

Strong talk here, because sometimes a swear word's the right word

"Wait a minute! Wait. I'm having a thought. Oh, yes. Oh, yes. I'm gonna have a thought. It's coming... It's gone." — Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino), 1990's Dick Tracy

I had a thought. I won't share it with you. Not here, not elsewhere on Facebook, not in person or on an e-mail or a phone call. I won't because I had two reactions to thinking it: 1) I felt like an asshole. 2) I felt that if I posted it, the main people who would pop up to agree with me would be assholes. Assholes who I wouldn't agree with in most any other way, but who might think I agreed with them on more things.

More trouble than I wanted to deal with. So I sigh, move on, try to think better thoughts, and act on those better thoughts.

To be even more on-point, here's "Terrible Thought" by Poe:
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Good Omens

I shouldn't work in marketing, Example #5,743

The latest thing to have gone too far: movie trailers using a slow, tragic-sounding cover of a usually upbeat pop song. San Andreas wrecking half of California to the tune of a slower, sadder "California Dreamin'"; Mad Max: Fury Road burning the world to the tune (if you can tell) of Cat Stevens' "Wild World"; an m'f'ing fifth Transformers film, trying (trying, trying) to add dramatic weight with "Do You Realize" by the Flaming Lips...

...and the upcoming Dean Devlin/Jerry Bruckheimer SF disaster film Geostorm — which I actually have some hope for, as I find a lot of Devlin and Bruckheimer's stuff fun, and Devlin co-wrote it with a writer from a show I really like, Leverage — but. This song. THIS SONG.

"What a Wonderful World." OK, it was kind of clever when the original Louis Armstrong version of the song played as the Earth blew up in the teaser trailer for the 2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but this slower version being used here, after a few years of this becoming a trope, seems as on-the-nose as a zit. I know, it's marketing, which is magnetically attracted to What Works, but I can be annoyed by it.

And wonder: y'know one way of doing a slower cover that I honestly liked, that I honestly think work, that time Lorde did a disturbing cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" for the film Catching Fire? Imagine Lorde or someone with a similar delivery giving that treatment... The Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch." I now so want this in a trailer. Someone turn this trope on its head, please. Maybe (different approach!) get "Weird Al" Yankovic to sing all breathy and dirge-y but singing lyrics about...hey, he could slow-sing the lyrics to his original song "Happy Birthday":

...Well, it's time to celebrate your birthday, it happens every year
We'll eat a lot of broccoli and drink a lot of beer
You should be good and happy that there's something you can eat
A million people every day are starving in the street

Your daddy's in the gutter with the wretched and the poor
Your mama's in the kitchen with a can of Cycle Four
There's garbage in the water
There's poison in the sky
I guess it won't be long before we're all gonna die...