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10th-Dec-2003 11:20 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
How can you argue with people who have to make up new words to describe what they don't like?

I'm not going to argue that parents who buy their children Manhunt are competent, but dumbing down all media so that it is appropriate for the youngest imaginable consumer is a real mistake.

I'm not playing games much these days because I'm trying to devote my time at home to reducing clutter (yes, still.) I'm making some real progress, but throwing things out causes me physical pain. So what if I haven't used Mathematica in over seven years, I could need this introductory manual to the then current version! Videotapes of the Simpsons from eight years ago? Of course they're important and must be kept forever even though I pretty much never watch videotapes these days.
10th-Dec-2003 03:30 pm (UTC)
My friend Michael and I were just discussing, not one hour ago, how the right-winged media dumbs down facts and claims so they can be easily consumed by the masses of "average" Americans.

You just reminded me of that, with your wording. That is all ...
10th-Dec-2003 05:23 pm (UTC) - cleaning
Be brave, it actually does help to move all the useless stuff out of the way of the useful stuff. :)

12th-Dec-2003 02:24 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about throwing things away being a painful act. I moved from a one bedroom apartment to a dinky little room within the house I currently live in. There was room for a few pieces of furniture and some storage boxes. I couldn't bear to give up the rest of the furniture that I had (even though I had either gotten them free or paid no more than $20 for any one piece). I had to ask my boyfriend at the time to bring my furniture downstairs for other people living in my building to take (and they did that quickly and efficiently in less than half an hour). I wept as I waited for him to finish unloading all my furniture. As hard as it is, decreasing what I have left by another half is still my goal, because holding onto items I no longer use or love is a different kind of stressor. It'll be rewarding when I have pared down my possessions to a few useful things and a few things that I choose to keep because I love.
12th-Dec-2003 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's the law of LCD! Whatever else may be said about her, Ayn Rand would be bleeding from the eyes from screaming so hard right about now.
13th-Dec-2003 12:28 am (UTC)
Law of LCD?
13th-Dec-2003 01:43 am (UTC)
Lowest Common Denominator.

In AD&D terms, the party may only move as fast as its slowest member.
15th-Dec-2003 09:22 pm (UTC)
Okay, got it.

I tried looking up stuff on LCD and Ayn Rand but didn't find anything other than Liquid Crystal Displays and some Rand sites that didn't seem to use "LCD" anywhere.
15th-Dec-2003 11:43 pm (UTC)
They probably wouldn't, but Rand was against the process of an idea having to pass through bureaucracy before coming to fruition, and I imagine she would be outraged that society as a whole would have to be advanced to accept certain concepts rather than letting a few exceptional people work at their own pace. Maybe I should've invoked Vonnegut rather than Rand in this case.
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