"One-tenth of the folks run the world. One-tenth
watch them run it, and the other eighty percent don't
know what the hell's going on." - Jake Simmons
The May 2008 edition of Wired magazine did a story about
memory and how to improve it. One of the techniques involve
memorization, so they printed a chart listing subjects
which run the gamut from hard/easy to embarrassing/impressive.
According to Wired, "state capitals" are dead
center in the chart, being a relative cinch to commit
even though it won't
exactly get you laid. Except, one would think, by another
state capital freak.
theory" is the second most difficult subject to memorize,
right behind "debunking string theory". I'm not arguing.
Shakespearean quotations", "20 German phrases" and/or
"50 Bible verses" are certain to stump your family at
Thanksgiving... unless you happen to be the runt of the
So what's the very easiest thing to remember, the Jeopardy
category that won't even net you $20?
"TV theme song lyrics".
You know what the editors of WIRED are really saying
here, don't you? They're saying:
"Quit watching that bloody TV and do something meaningful
with your lives!".
Hopefully involving reading their
They're right, though. Each week Americans waste almost
a billion man-hours watching TV... and that's just
I am not kidding. Do the math. Oh, that's right... you can't.
You've been pummeling the integers out of your cerebellum watching Scrubs re-runs.
It's dispiriting enough that Americans advance the hands
of their personal clocks towards oblivion with vacuous twaddle
Island or JAG, but now we have active propaganda machines
like Fox News filling in the gaps with disinformation.
to know why you need duct tape? Watch Fox News. Need to know where
to buy duct tape? Watch Fox News. Need to know about all
the fools who bought duct tape? Look in the mirror.
I turned off commercial media over twenty years ago, except
for the Simpsons (Hey, I'm only human). I used to devote
my spare TV time to PBS but even that's been compromised
since the Bush administration
it with their operatives.
Thanks, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson,
you crooked SOB. I hope they fry your nuts off.
Without putting too fine a point on it TV has turned out
to be the biggest time-waster in the history of mankind,
second only to early commercial radio. We probably could
have been dangling our tootsies in a cool stream on Alpha
Centauri by now
at least we'll always have that special place where everyone
knows your name.
Gott in himmel.