Streamline (Stream of Thought) 2/2/18

Captain Marvel (Shazam)…. (DC)

Let’s talk about Captain Marvel, not the good female Captain Marvel from Marvel Comics, but the Captain Marvel Shazam DC character. Admittedly, Captain Marvel… screw this, let’s just call him Shazam… Shazam was a hit… once… in the 40’s. He was more popular than Superman even. Fast forward to today and I have to wonder, does anyone even care about this character? DC is making a movie about him with Zachary Levi (Chuck) playing him and details keep coming out (like how they don’t want to confuse him with Marvel’s now better known Captain Marvel so he will be Shazam) about casting and I really have to ask… Is anyone excited about this character or this film??? If so, why?

As for me… I never cared for this character. I think I had the Mego toy as a kid because I already had Superman, Batman, and Spider-man so why not? Nothing in this character’s history is remotely interesting to me. I don’t know if he will be part of the DCEU or not but I hope not. He’s just not a very compelling character in 2018.

Sleep 10 Hours a Night?

Before electricity humans slept roughly 9 to 10 hours a night. A new study just released, says that, that is what we should be getting or we incur “sleep debt.” Here’s the thing… Working means roughly 10 hours are used up for work and commute. So 10 hours for sleep gets you to 20 hours. Don’t forget an average of 1 hour for food prep and eating dinner. Now you are at 21 hours. Getting ready for bed and normal household chores are probably another hour, and that gets us to 22 hours. Your free time may then be 2 hours per day. Personally… I think we need to re-evaluate the lame 40 hours per week work schedule that makes no sense in a technological world. With the advent of technology, our work hours were supposed to go down but I know I have over 40 hours per week on most weeks. Companies instead used technology to get more out of the people so instead of humans getting better hours, the companies got more income. Just get us to the point of having the magical Star Trek replicators and no one needs to have a job then. Is your replicator going bad? Just replicate a new one before it does.

Individuality of the 90’s

In the 90’s, everyone fought to be seen as individuals. No one wanted to be typecast and thrown into some group because being in a group meant you were a follower who had given up your identity. 2018… You must segregate and identify yourself by your sex/gender, race, religion, or orientation or you are a threat to a group mind safe space mentality to the sheep who can not handle individuality and free thinking.

I blame the internet. Social media and the internet didn’t create a place for individuality to flourish but instead created an echo chamber vector for like minded people to come together and be intolerant of everything outside their core belief or identification system. It didn’t create a place where people could learn about others and have higher engagement or disagreements where both sides ended by saying, “I respect your opinion but I disagree, lets go get a beer and talk about something else.” Instead, it fostered the mentality of “I am right, you are wrong, and I will get my mob echo chamber to destroy you.”

More and more… I just want to leave social media completely. Just use the internet for a vector to media (books, comics, movies, TV) and general information. I’m just over the countless “groups and followers” who are all complete dumbass intolerants. They can have their safe spaces and safety pins in their hollow and sheltered lives.

I’d rather be an individual and a free thinking person that creates my own identity instead of just another sheep who follows their group mindlessly.

The Path (HULU)

I wish I had better news on The Path but… I really liked where The Path was headed in season 1 and 2 but for Season 3… not so much. Eddie has embraced his status as the new cult leader of Meyerism after 2 full seasons of battling the cult itself. Then (like Knightfall), we get these “magical elements” sprinkled in but the writers don’t seem to be too keen on going all out fantasy with it. So you get this half assed… well is it really magical or is it just in their heads? Episode 5 was released Wednesday and I just realized I haven’t watched it yet. Which leads me to believe that (again… like Knightfall) I’m losing interest in it.

It may be a case of losing touch with the characters. We could identify with Eddie in S1 and S2 because we were cheering on his plight to escape the cult. With him taking over the cult, we have an inside operation taking place and Eddie and Cal fighting for who will lead it, while there is no one actually saying, “Hey this is a bloody cult, we should leave!” Granted, Sarah seems to be being groomed to be the one to leave it next but even then, the way it is being done seems contrived. She grew up devout in Meyerism, ran the moevent all last season, did dirty things that were illegal to keep it funded, and now… after losing power, she loses her faith??? I’m just not buying it. We don’t even have Detective Abe anymore. So the government investigation is just over now? See… I can’t identify with a cult. I get people trying to leave one or bring one down but the show is now putting the viewer in the position of picking who in the cult they should side with for the greater glory of the cult itself. I don’t like that. It’s a cult for crying out loud.

The Memo Release

I’ve read The Memo and Comey and Yates should see prison time but that won’t happen. This entire fantasized Trump/Russian collusion investigation should end but that won’t happen. What will happen is both sides are going to whine, moan, and complain over this because both sides have a narrative and facts mean nothing. If the corrupt government agencies didn’t come down due to the Snowden release (arguably the biggest corruption in our governments history), then this memo will have very little effect. The memo shows clearly that the Clinton campaign (maybe not Clinton herself but who knows???) was colluding with the FBI and other agencies inside the Obama administration to spy on Trump. But what of it??? Maybe if the people had been pissed and demanded change from the Snowden release, then maybe these FISA courts and US citizen spying issues would have been changed earlier. But no… the sheeple just went on with their daily lives and then this memo comes out and they are surprised??? Do humans have any capacity to link things together with common sense or logic anymore or do they prefer to hide in their “strawman comebacks” and actual argument issue deflection? Common sense and using logic will get you called the strawman, meanwhile corruption runs rampant. Our society is so stupid sometimes. SMDH…

Star Trek The Next Generation… Hope they had an iRobot Roomba

I’ve been watching some old episodes of ST:TNG recently and I have to say… I hope they had some iRobot Roomba’s that came out at night to vacuum the massive amount of carpet on the Enterprise. That ship is ALL carpet. Looking back on it now, it’s very “swanky” vs Expeditionary or even “ship-like.” They’d be screwed if someone went down to an M class planet and came back with some super potent dust mite!!!

That’s all I’ve got for today… I’m going to get the Stream out of here!!!

Author: jasonfalter

Aspiring writer that is not starving due to being in the Technology industry. Noir, Crime Fiction, Cyberpunk, Etc...

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