Archive for October, 2008

How much do we actually know?

Did you know that some physicists don’t believe in “time”? They only believe in “now”.  “Time” is merely an interval connecting two “now” moments.

The theory continues, but it’s a bit advanced for this garbage guy.  Good thing I chose a business career instead of a physics career.

Essentially as time can’t really be measured, it doesn’t exist.  The saying “time flows like a river” is kind of meaningless because a river flows at a rate you can measure.  Liters per second for instance.  You can’t measure time in this way.  There are hours, minutes, days etc. but these are only intervals; the time that passes between 2 points.  You can’t have seconds per second.

Interesting.

There’s more on the CBC pod cast for Quirks and Quarks.

http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/

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On going to the Movies…

Ok, so I went to the movies on the weekend by myself.  I had a relaxing Sunday in mind.  I spent the morning packing (I’m moving in November), and I wanted to chill out and there’s a bunch of great flicks out these days.  I have a nice TV, surround sound, and all that jazz.  But still, a movie in a theatre is pretty nice. 

I chose Burn After Reading.  It’s been out the longest and while not really necessary to see in the theatre, it’s my Sunday, there’s no one to consult, and that’s what I wanted to see.  I never did, I went in the wrong doors and saw Eagle Eye.  That’s another (far less entertaining) blog post.  My opinion of Eagle Eye?  Save your pennies, the story is an old one.

This posting is more about 2 things related to seeing a movie at the theatre.  First, the advertising that takes place before the show, and Second, the cost of snack.  BOTH are outrageous!

First.  Advertising.  I get it.  I really like the TV show Entourage.  Really like it.  One of my all time fav’s.  But I’m not about to pay people to make it.  That’s what advertising is for.  There’s a fair and equitable exchange.  Other people make the TV show Entourage for my viewing pleasure, and in exchange for that, I permit them to tell me all about Tide with bleach.  That’s great.  I have to pay for cable, which I’m not a super fan off because isn’t that what the advertising is suppose to cover?  I mean how would they advertise to me if I didn’t have cable?  Cable should be a gift.  The point is, I don’t have to pay for Entourage, companies that choose to advertise during that time-slot do.  Its Great.

BUT, when I pay to see a movie in a theatre, that’s the exchange.  I give them my $12, they show me a movie.  That’s it.  We’re through.  The transaction is complete.  They’ve decided that’s what it costs to see a movie, I chose to pay it.  Or that’s how it used to be.  BUT NOW, those weaselly bastards have changed the deal.  Now I’m paying to see advertisements, and I don’t like it.  The movie theatre is making money off me as a patron, and then going to advertisers and saying, “Look at this captive audience we have here that paid to come and see the show.  We’ll charge you X to advertise them.”  They’re double dipping, and it isn’t right.

What am I doing about this?  I’m pretty limited in what I can do.  I’m 1 guy and they’re making pretty good cake from the advertisers.  So when I went on Sunday I wanted to have popcorn and pop.  It’s my Sunday, I’m chilling out, popcorn and pop are just the things and it’s been a while since I’ve been to a movie but (and maybe you’re already aware of this) those snacks are highway robbery!!! 

$10 for a small pop and popcorn?  A bottle of watter was $3.60.  What did you pay the last time you bought a bottle of water at a gas station?  I did today, it was $2.50 for 2.  The whole time in the line-up I’m thinking, “YOU BASTARDS ARE STEALING FROM ME” (very quietly to myself of course).  When I got to the till, I thought, “what should I do, oooo What should I do?” I didn’t rock bad and forth, or hop from side to side wringing my hands or anything but I was not pleased about the price.  And THEN I saw the kids pack was $6 and you got half a small popcorn (still a decent size because at least smalls are big at the theatre), and a smaller pop (again, same deal).  Ah ha! Gotcha.  So that’s what I did.

The $6 was an OK price I could continue to pay that.  But I went to Save-on last night to buy groceries I noticed that because of Halloween they have mini everything for sale. I bought some small (quiet to open) bottles of 7-up and some small packs of Old Dutch and that’s what I’m doing when I go and see, “Burn After Reading” for real.  Just as soon as I learn the difference between a red door and a green door.

Am I out to lunch?  This all makes perfect sense to me.  What do you think?

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Haunted House in Dunbar

Last year I went to the coolest haunted house ever.  Bar none.  It was in Dunbar at 6478 Dunbar St. 

This year I went looking on-line for it because I knew the rough area of Southlands where it was, but not the specific address.  I came across this website…

http://vancitybuzz.blogspot.com/2008/10/dunbar-haunted-halloween-house.html

I don’t think I should rehash everything that’s in the article, but suffice it to say it’s WELL worth the visit.

I had the pants quite literally scared off of me (well, not literally, but someone came a hair’s breadth from getting punched out) when I mistook a guy in a scary costume for a mechanical contraption, and then said mechanical contraption jumped at me, and screamed.  I nearly died.  Then I nearly killed the offending creature.

I’m better now, and I intend to head back this year before Halloween.  In fact, I’m really excited.

Oh, and btw, please buy this years pumpkin from a local farmer.  It’s fun, and the kiddies like the pumpkin rides.  Kids are funny like that.

~thomas.

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