Primer Thoughts from the Present

PrimerBrookes lent me the movie Primer. If you’ve never seen it, which I’m sure you haven’t, it’s an 87 minute flick created on a $7,000 budget that uses time travel as its main theme. As always, other people have wrote much more profound thoughts on this subject than I can, most notably Chuck Klosterman in section 3 of the PDF. Even still, without going into details of the movie, the ability to travel in time is by far the most complex thought process to wrap your mind about and this hold true after watching Primer.

As Primer demonstrates, once you have a machine that can go back in time, you can keep going further back in time. This starts to spiral out of control because you keep going back in time and your copies are still…???? I hold no belief that time travel is possible but as I’ve learned from thousands of years of history, nothing is impossible. People think nuclear war would end humanity, I’d put my money on time traveling.

Calvin and Hobbes Time Travel

time travel clockIn the Klosterman PDF (an excerpt from Eating the Dinosaur) he poses the question what would you tell your past self if you only had 15 seconds on the phone with him or her. Read the passage if you want to know more about the context of this question but I’ll answer it after giving it some thought. My unrealistic, idealistic present self would tell my past self never to touch a drop of alcohol. However, if I know me, my past self would start laughing and say “some nerd just told me never to drink alcohol.” With more thought on the actuality of the situation, knowing past self would only hear a voice claiming to be me (which I’d have to waste precious time saying), I’d tell myself to not play so many video games. Learn a language, play outdoors, go on dates, do SOMETHING. I didn’t learn this until 24. If I could combine the two tidbits, I think I would be where I’m at now at 27 instead of 31.

By |2015-04-09T22:44:16-04:00April 9th, 2015|My Brain|1 Comment

Chuck You!

The man Chuck Klosterman with his newest book released July 9th.

The man Chuck Klosterman with his newest book released July 9th.

I’d say I’ve transformed into a huge Chuck Klosterman fan. Ever since I readSex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto, I’ve been hooked. He’s fun to read because it’s obvious he’s smarter than you but it doesn’t come off that way in his writing. His ideas and thoughts are always steps ahead of how the average person views the world. In the newest book, how he describes why things and people are good versus evil, and how they fit into reality is such a refreshing take on the normal drivel that’s on the market. Then you throw in his knowledge of our “pop” culture and you identify with him because he’s just like you, except much smarter. Here is an excerpt from he latest book (which I’m only halfway through, expect a full review after I finish).

When I walk into a convenience store and give the kid behind the counter two dollars for my 1.50 bottle of Gatorade, I say thanks when he gives me my change. But what am I thankful for? He’s just doing his job and the money he returns is mine. The kid behind the counter likewise says thanks to me, but I have done nothing to warrant his gratitude; I wanted something in the store and paid him exactly what it cost. It’s not like he brewed the Gatorade or invented the brand. I didn’t select his particular store for any reason beyond proximity, an he doesn’t own the building or the franchise. From either perspective the relationship is no different from that of a human and a vending machine. We only say “thank you ” to be seen as nice. We secretly know that being seen as nice is the same as being nice in actuality. If you present yourself as a nice person, that becomes the prism for how your other actions are judged. The deeper motives that drive you can only be questioned by those who know you exceptionally well, and (most of the time) not even by them. If you act nice, you’re nice. That’s the whole equation. Nobody cares why you say thank you. Nobody is supposed to care; weirdly, this is something we’re never supposed to question. It’s impractical to incessantly interrogate the veracity of every stranger who seems like a blandly nice citizen. It’s rude. Until proven otherwise, we just accept goodness at face value.

I was brought up to say please and thank you. I didn’t question why. I just did it. I’ve never even thought about questioning why until I read this. That last sentence is why I like reading Klosterman. It’s a thought that never would have entered my mind originally. In that excerpt, I particularly like the “deeper motives that drive you can only be questioned by those who know you exceptionally well, and (most of the time) not even by them.” Everyone who reads this blog might think they know me but maybe I put on this front for the blog. Maybe I’m a completely different person in real life. All these thoughts that are in the blog aren’t my real thoughts, they are just to get readers. You know that’s not true but how do you really know? Have you ever even questioned that everything I write is a lie?

By |2013-07-18T10:51:19-04:00July 18th, 2013|My Brain|5 Comments

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