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the way of the gun

dan and i just watched ‘the way of the gun’. it had benecio del toro and some old guy who plays the exact same character in lots of other movies. films do some weird things to me. first of all they consume my mind and my thoughts for at least a few hours after watching. especially if the film is one where there is thinking involved, or some epic conclusion. like, dumb and dumber leaves no impact, whereas movies like gladiator make me want to sit, ponder, and cry for a few hours.

i can’t decide what i think, though, about this particular film i just watched. i know that i didn’t like it, if wanting to see it again is a measurement of liking. it had that sort of tint to it that desperado, traffic, and some other films had. maybe it’s the connection to mexico, who knows. although memento sort of had this too. in any case, i think that style of filmmaking leaves me feeling a little empty inside. there is never triumph, there are always too many bodies on the ground, and usually there is some philosophical subtheme that the writer tries to bring out at the end that i completely disagree with.

all the same, these films rekindle my hatred of evil and killing. i’m usually left wondering if things like this really go on, and if so, how humanity got so screwed up and what can i do to fix it. in that sense, then, the result could be said to be positive. like–holocaust pictures shouldn’t be shown to children, but they should be shown, to strengthen people’s resolve against mass murder. i highly doubt these films are made with that in mind, but eventually my thoughts go down that path. anyways.

in recent news, i have a date for SYR this friday. dan got me one. and since he did, we made a deal and told each other who our dates are. i’m sorry for those of you who voted against this decision–in getting me a date dan acquired some leverage. so, dan and i are going with two wonderful ladies, melanie and shannon (respectively). i guess we’ll see how it turns out! i know it will be fun.

in more recent news, it is 2 am again, so i need some sleep. out.

no sound waves are in the air.

By Jonathan Lipps

Jonathan has been making things out of code as long as he can remember. Jonathan is the architect and project lead for Appium, the popular open source automation framework. He is also the founding Principal of Cloud Grey, a consulting firm devoted to helping clients leverage the power of Appium successfully. He has worked as a programmer in tech startups for over 15 years, but is also passionate about academic discussion. Jonathan has master’s degrees in philosophy and linguistics, from Stanford and Oxford respectively. Living in Vancouver, he’s an avid musician, and also writes on the philosophy of technology.

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