Sunday, January 25, 2015

Actual Facebook ads I have gotten

I still use Facebook, despite previous rants against its effects on our lives.

My job also entails that I Google a lot of randomness.

And, I think at some point I told Facebook I didn't want to have personalized ads.

These are the amusingly irrelevant results. Prepare to laugh.





Monday, January 12, 2015

Movies with reporters

Yes, I ended up becoming a reporter.

Funny thing is, there are a number of movies and TV shows I enjoyed in my childhood that featured a reporter (or some other figure of journalism) as a main character. And I never realized until sometime last year just how many there were. A partial list for your perusal:
  • Roman Holiday
  • Early Edition (TV show)
  • It Happened One Night (sidenote: the plot is practically identical to Roman Holiday!)
  • Assassination Bureau (Diana Rigg is splendid as the investigative journalist, if completely unethical)
  • Superman (comics/movies)
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Godzilla (the U.S. one with Matthew Broderick)
  • Twister (the lead guy was a weather reporter - and on an irrelevant note, Cary Elwes is a fantastic villain here)
  • Hoodwinked
More recently, a few other movies have featured reporters/editors in a lead role.
  • 27 Dresses
  • Hitch (well, she's a gossip columnist)
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Fascinating (at least to me). Of course, pretty much every journalist featured committed some glaringly horrific ethical no-no, but one comes to expect it of Hollywood.

P.S. Was there a reporter in "Independence Day" too? I haven't seen that in years but I feel like one part was shot in a newsroom... I don't think any main characters were reporters, though.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The mistakes I haven't made

This year, I'm grateful for the mistakes I haven't made.

Life has been pretty hunky-dory for me. I don't say that to brag or solicit commendation. I say that because there's really no reason for it to have gone so well for me as it has.

There've been times when I might have made a misstep. The way was open to me, and I really didn't know any better. There was no reason for me not to have taken an unwise turn, not even a hunch that that way would lead to no good.

And yet I didn't.

Only later do you realize how close you got to making a mistake. It's later that you learn the likely consequences of the action you didn't take (or maybe the passive state you didn't embrace).

I could say something ordinary about believing in guardian angels and in God's hand upon my life. Because I do believe that (at least the last bit). But those are cliched phrases that fail, these days, to convey just how astonishing it is ... not to have made the mistakes that might have been.

So here's to 2015. Another year, hopefully, full of unwitting mistakes that won't be made.