Sunday, July 13, 2008

EXERCISING GREY MATTER

A few things are percolating in my tiny little brain, and my scarce grey matter is working overtime to wrap my mind around some bewildering events that occurred this week;

A headline this week from the CBC indicated that, according to the RCMP "2 out of the 5" severed feet found recently on the shores of British Columbia belong to the same man. Frankly, I would have been really impressed if "3 out of the 5" feet belonged to the same person, confirming my suspicion that there is indeed some evil scientist engaged in cloning and organ harvesting in some off shore secret lair.

On the international stage it looks like our imperious leaders at the G8 Summit this past week have once again embraced staggeringly meaningless language in their approach to tackling climate change. This year we get;

"We seek to share with all parties to the UNFCCC the vision of, and together with them to consider and adopt in the UNFCCC negotiations, the goal of achieving at least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050"

I wonder if my employer would appreciate my willingness to "consider and adopt" the goal of showing up to work on time and on a regular basis. Of course, I dare you to say to your spouse or significant other that you "share a vision" of possible getting around to paying the bills on time or contributing generally to the household.

Finally, it would appear that the emergence of the iPhone this week was a welcome distraction from all the depressing crap that normally passes for news these days. Every "news" show in Vancouver carried the obligatory "man in the street" interviews with those who were camping out over night to buy one first (and yes, "man in the street" is appropriate in this context, as the hardcore iPhone campers were overwhelmingly male).

You'd think it was the second coming by the way it was being talked about. When you really think about it, in addition to being obnoxious and oblivious to others while talking on your cell phone, you can now read and send e-mails, browse online and enhance your capacity to be obnoxious and oblivious to others on your cell pone .

I am far from being a Luddite of course, I just have trouble wrapping my head around someone getting so worked up over a phone. Thankfully I NEVER geek out over anything myself!

OK, my brain is staring to hurt. Time to cut out and let my grey matter replenish.

8 comments:

DCup said...

I think I'll consider paying for things when I "take" them from now on.

A blue ribbon committee will have to be formed to determine if I can ever adopt the idea of paying for said things.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your grey matter must have been sneaking a peak into mine, as those were also my exact thoughts about the 2 of the 5 feet headline. Generally the CBC is pretty good about precise language, but they dropped the ball on this one.

Th iphone. I wonder how long the new toy euphoria will last once the $60/month bills start rolling in to actually use the damned thing. Silly people.

Liberality said...

I really hate it when people talk on the cell phones everywhere in public. It is very annoying and just downright rude. So what if I am a grump.

mellowlee said...

Yes, 3 out of 5 feet belonging to the same person would've caught my attention, that is for sure ;O)
I've heard much talk about this damn iPhone. Pah! I shall be laughing at them when I still have money to go out and enjoy movies, and whatnot, and they are stuck doing overtime shifts so they can pay their iPhone bill.

Dean Wormer said...

I think one of those other two feet that washed up on the beach was mine.

....

Nope. Both still there.

With the artic melting it's nice to know world leaders are considering the possiblity of investigating the chance to actually suggest some sort of action to stop it.

Randal Graves said...

liberality, thank you. I see 'em blabbing at the bus stop a few minutes after 6am. Who could you possibly be talking to at that time of day?

Everyone knows our clones have flippers.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

So are the remaining 3 feet from one two footed person and a slow motion amputation from a third?

The mind boggles.

Westcoast Walker said...

Thank you all for the comments and engaging with my rather random musings on this crazy world.

I was away for the last week camping in the interior of BC, and I now have even less grey matter available to function with after having my brain boiled by the scorching sub alpine sun.

I hope to ruminate on some more weirdness shortly - in the meantime I am off to the sensory deprivation chamber to locate some vital info buried in my cerebral cortex - ttfn