Archive for October, 2012

Thoroughly Modern

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

This past week I experienced an information age rite of passage: my blog was attacked by a virus infected plugin.  Now this was a drag because I couldn’t update you, my diligent readers, and because I was faced with 326 pieces of spam once I was finally able to log in.  The upside though – and there is one – is that it makes me feel like an active participant in the modern age.  This is not the first time this has happened.  Memorable moments include my first email in about 1992.  My first internet search in about 1994.  My first iPod and my first Blackberry (which I lose on Thursday in favour of a touch-screen phone, which does not feel like a ‘step-change’ (bring back buttons, I say)).  But, of course, since technology is always changing, so must my experience of it, which is why I was receptive to the attack.  To mark the moment, I watched Gangnam Style.  Now I just have to end a relationship via text and I’ll have truly arrived (for now).

Strangely Satisfying

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

To continue with last week’s theme, I think Suzanne Collins could have learned a thing or two from the ending of Casablanca or, for that matter, Gone with the Wind.*  Now those are endings that are not ideal in the most satisfying of ways.  In both cases, the men walk off feeling smug – Rhett for finally having shaken off the yoke of desire for his wife, and Rick, not for having done the right thing, but knowing he could have done the wrong thing and Ilsa would have gone with him.  As for the women, Scarlett is beyond frustrated (however deservedly), and you can imagine Ilsa on the plane struggling to retain her composure in front of her all too good husband when all she wants to do is wail in the Ladies.  But the combination of smugness (which should be annoying) and frustration works.  You know Scarlett will turn things around.  After 600+ pages of Margaret Mitchell showing us just how Scarlett is fully capable of just that, we don’t have to hear how.  As for Ilsa, I at any rate believe Rick, however smug, is right.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but one day Ilsa would have regretted going off with the bad boy.

 *Before I get jumped on by all the fans, I note here that I otherwise enjoyed The Hunger Games, including the last book.