weekend activities (COUNT=1583)

Watching films
i++ The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
i++ The Trouble with Harry
i++ Detour

Watching wildlife
i++ White tailed tropicbird and turtles from our kayak
i++ Chicks and cats from any street in Bermuda

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broadcast news & his girl friday

Our head of HR visited Bermuda and talked about job bands as part of the Q&A. This made me realize that I actually have no idea what my job band is. Which made me realize that I actually don’t care about job bands except when I feel like I’m treated unfairly.

But how does one measure fairness? By comparing inputs and outputs (i.e. what we invest in our careers and what we get out of it)? By comparing what we have to give up to invest in our careers? By comparing what we get out of it relative to our expectations, which influences what we are willing to give up to invest in our careers?

We’ve been watching a lot of old movies since we moved to Bermuda a month ago. Broadcast News and His Girl Friday provide interesting illustrations. Broadcast News ends up with Jane not ending up with anyone. His Girl Friday ends up with Hildy ending up with someone who is clearly not good husband material. But perhaps none of it matters because both Jane and Hildy consistently and authentically bring enthusiasm to The Process. How can one be not happy if one thinks one is happy?

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ishiguro

So Ishiguro won the prize. I do think he captures wonderfully the essence of our times: “I don’t know if they miss it by seconds. In a way they’ve missed it by miles. They might look back and think, There was this moment when it could have all been different. It’s tempting for them to think, Oh, it was just a little twist of fate. But in fact, there are colossal things that make them miss not just love but something essential in life.”

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In STL, I watched Brad’s status with Ann. As expected, Ben Stiller does an amazing job stalking the wives of his friends on instagram. If people who attended non-top schools expend all their energy fighting “the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing”, should people who actually attended Harvard just kill themselves?

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This brings to mind another film: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In the theater scene, Robert asks: Do you want to investigate my courage? But what use do we have for courage (or competence) when our definition of glory ensures destruction?

2049

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Two years ago, when I took this picture, I thought: Is this how birds feel looking into a building? Is this how Nabokov felt when he wrote the first two lines of Pale Fire?

I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
By the false azure in the window pane

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Today, I asked him: What was your favorite scene from Blade Runner 2049?
He said:

A system of cells interlinked within
Cells interlinked within cells interlinked
Within one stem. And dreadfully distinct
Against the dark, a tall white fountain played

Like Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 is about whether or not the protagonist is human. But really, if one who reads Nabokov, with feeling, is not human, what does it even mean to be human?

I don’t want to jump to conclusions after seeing this film once but it’s got that slow burn that allows me to think about what I’m thinking about while I’m seeing it for the first time. It has the awesome style of Arrival (duh same director), the awesome plot of the Matrix, the awesome architecture of Gattaca and the awesome instinct of 2001: A Space Odyssey … When people try too hard to grasp the truth, they find themselves bound by narratives created by others.