Sunday, November 23, 2008

Your Childhood for Only $19.95!

I was at Costco yesterday, and noticed a strange pattern. In the book & DVD section, everything there that I was interested was just repackaged & complete/extended/special edition of things from my childhood. Calvin & Hobbes, Dilbert, All the Peanuts , Ruldolph & Frosty Christmas specials. Every MASH episode & the original movie, Get Smart (so not just my childhood, my parent's early adulthood too). If Grandpa was still alive, he could finally understand every possible reason behind the war that he survived.

This stuff is all on my Amazon wishlist, but I think there's something inherently insidious and distracting about all of it. Will my path to greater understanding and potential enlightenment be derailed by the continual consumerization of my past?

Do any of these products enable me to relive my past? And even if it did, doesn't that mean I'm no longer living in the present? No longer connected to my family and my daughter's development? And speaking of her, what will she be nostalgic for when she gets older? Her first iPhone?

Frank Zappa once said that the world will end not from any war, but from nostalgia. People will take two steps, miss the first one and be immobilized until they die.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'm not the only one!!

Today's comic from Doonesbury perfectly describes me:

Get all your Doonsebury comics here:

The exact thing happened to me right after 9/11. I kept checking the internet every 20 minutes to make sure the world was still in one piece. I still have that behavior, and I trace it back to that bleak day. I'm hoping this tendency will eventually subside, but it's very likely I'll be checking CNN at least daily for the next eight years to make sure that no one has assassinated Obama.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Anyone see Obama on the Daily Show?

Jon Stewart joked to Obama that the Bradley effect might make half of him want to vote for the white guy, since after all, Obama is half white. Doonsebury didn't miss a beat with it either:

(strip link here)

At what point does someone cease to be black (or white)? When they're a 1/4 black? an 1/8th? Who decides? (Sure doesn't seem like the person has much of a choice with these labels)

And let's be honest, I've met blacks who immigrated from Africa, and they're skin tone is waaay darker than any African American. Must be the mild weather here.

It looks like we've taken another step in the direction of reason. As any geneticist will tell you, there's more genetic diversity among one tribe of chimps than all 6 billion humans. All humans are genetically different by less than 1%.

We truly are all brothers and sisters.

It's All Just One Big Soap Opera!

I guess I'm not the only one who thought that the last election was some secret ploy to get people interested in voting again:

David Horsey's website (My favorite Pulitzer prize winning politcal cartoonist)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What Happened to Elemental Motion???

Does it look like your favorite outdated Motion Capture & Motion Graphics website has been hijacked by some random note writing fool? Not to worry, the old site still exists.

I've been meaning for some time now to switch this domain over to a personal, non-work related site. Tonight seemed like a good time.

If you came to this blog via, you may have been looking for my old (and now defunct) business website, Elemental Motion. It can still be found at

And, you can find my video work at I might even add a Vimeo page one day soon.


A little late.

Welcome to my new blog, a place to write down random ideas & predictions. Feel free to steal ideas and make millions! (Just kidding. Seriously, if you want to run with an idea, please at least contact first, k?)

A little late as in, the deadline was October 20th. I'm referring to the contest that Google is sponsoring,

Anyway, I had an idea that I sent their way. It's probably already been done, but if not, I would think that the good folks at Google could develop it pretty quickly. The idea is below.

I know the contest is over, but sometimes ideas don't fall within deadlines. Also, since it's over I don't expect to be even entered in the contest, but just wanted to share an idea with you.

I know that websites exist to rate charities (such as, but are there any sites or systems put in place to enable charities to work together more effectively?

I think that if there was an open, free & easy to use way non-profits, charities and other service organizations to work together, that everyone would benefit. There would be less repeated effort. More established groups could help mentor new groups, helping them avoid the pitfalls they faced.

I hope that other people have thought of this and are working on a solution, but if not, just thought I'd share it.

Thank you for your time,
Troy McFarland