Monday, July 30, 2012

The Fix is In - Social media as a lifestyle

A few years ago, I was speaking with a friend of mine about the new guy she was seeing.

“It’s going really well.  He’s awesome.  It’s not quite facebook-official yet, but it’s good.”

“Oh, is that how we know it’s legit?”

“Yeah, basically.”

This was the first time I heard the term facebook-official, and was a few years before I went ahead and joined the website myself.  Since then I have become a connoisseur of commenting, uploading, posting, and basically exploiting any private thought I have.  And I’m not the only one.  Everybody’s newsfeed within facebook is inevitably filled with people updating the entire internet about what they are about to have for dinner, how work was that day, or any other inane qualifier about their life.  That is, unless you don’t know how to hide posts from people that suck and are afraid of hurting their feelings by de-friending them.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

High Speed Chases

High speed chases have always been something I heard about second-hand.  I would only see them in movies or replayed from a different city on the news.  Now that I live in Los Angeles, they have become somewhat of a frequent occurrence.  The first time we came across a live high-speed pursuit, the news feed preempting whatever was supposed to be showing on the channel, we got excited and watched it like a sporting event.  After watching the “suspect” (it really pisses me off how the news will refer to a person as a suspect even though they are watching them commit the crime they are “suspected” of committing) wind their way through residential streets with a parade of police behind them, we headed up to the roof to see the crowded sky full of police and news helicopters.  We watched the group of choppers follow the chase like a group of first graders playing soccer; everyone gathered around the ball.

Since that first chase, we’ve watched live on TV as “suspects” have been PIT maneuvered, shot with bean bag guns, and even on one occasion, killed at a gas station by a barrage of police-sponsored gunfire (but that was after the guy waved a gun at pedestrians, so he deserved it).  And up until today, these chases have remained a television program, a sporting event, a dissociated happening that doesn’t touch me or affect me more than the Brewers losing another game on the other side of the country. 

Until this happened…

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Distended Discontent in Anaheim

People often hear about police officers acting in a questionable manner and immediately assume the cops to be wrong and justified in being chastised, punished, stoned and thrown off of a cliff.  I’m going to blame NWA, Boyz in the Hood, and Rodney King for this mindset.  What is often forgotten, however, is that police are the only reason you aren’t carjacked, raped, and beaten on a daily basis.  We obviously can’t rely on human decency to keep us safe.  We only need to look as far as the Aurora, CO shootings to be reminded how shitty people can be.  “But that’s an isolated incident!”  Okay.  Fair.  The next time you drive down the road, pay attention to how people drive; people cut each other off, people pull out in front of others, people get pissed off because of the Me vs You mentality that is prevalent throughout every commute.  This is all evidence of a lack of human decency and a self-absorption that is widespread throughout our society.  This is the legal evidence of our shittiness.  If we had zero laws and regulations, you can bet this shittiness would extend to much more than running a red light.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dog fights

Here's a video I made last year of my dog fighting my roommate's dog.  One of them is dead now.  I'm not saying which one.