Things that I am hating: Atomic Blonde

Things that I am hating: Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde is an absolute garbage film, there I said it, and I am still in disbelief that websites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB have it ranked somewhere the C+ range for movies. I mean this movie really sucked, it sucks so hard that I actually forgot I saw it two weeks ago. I only remember seeing it because I was looking online for a movie to maybe go see this weekend and saw that it was playing. Continue reading “Things that I am hating: Atomic Blonde”

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Things I am liking: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Things I am liking: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Wet Hot American Summer is an absurdist comedy that is funnier in memory then it is to actually watch. It feels like I continue to return to the franchise because of two reasons: A. I used to be a summer camp counselor, and B. it is chalk full of some of my favorite comedic and non-comedic actors pretending to be 20 to 30-years younger than they actually are.

The newest in the series is Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. The brand new series was released on Netflix on Aug. 4, and like most of the other properties in the series it is enjoyable enough to watch, but sort of leaves you feeling hollow. Continue reading “Things I am liking: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later”

Trump threatens “fire and fury” against North Korea

Trump threatens “fire and fury” against North Korea

President Trump is threatening North Korea with “fire and fury” if the country acts aggressively towards the U.S.; and apparently Twitter has a problem.

I’m struggling to understand how liberal Twitter users can sit by idly, and not take the North Korean threat seriously. Kim Jong-un wants to bomb the United States, and wreak havoc, yet somehow Trump is the asshole in this situation. Continue reading “Trump threatens “fire and fury” against North Korea”

Opinion and the workplace: The Google Memo

Opinion and the workplace: The Google Memo

I am going to say upfront that I didn’t read the entire Google memo. For those not in the know, it is a controversial 10- page document that was written by some male Google employee, who apparently was trying to make an argument against the hiring practices implemented at the company.

The basis for his argument is that women are either less biologically capable, or maybe not entirely inclined to pursue work in the tech field. The specifics seem to get muddled based on what source you read online.

The document can be viewed over at Gizmodo, but like I said it is 10-pages, and for me that is simply TL;DR. I’m not particularly interested in reading something that objectively has no role in how I live my life.

Will I stop using Google anytime soon? No probably not.

The guy who wrote the document wasn’t a CEO of any sort. I’m not even entirely sure of his position. I think he might of been a software engineer or something. Whatever the case, his opinions aren’t representative of the Google brand, in fact the guy was fired.

Why I think he should have been fired?

If you read more than just your twitter feed, well, then you might have noticed that opinions are mixed. The left thinking his firing was justifiable, and that this guy was a sickening misogynist pig who deserved what he got. The right, thinking that this guy was justified in his opinion and that the liberal softies on the left are being extreme.

I probably fall somewhere in the middle. I don’t really have any problem with this guy getting fired. Do I think he was a misogynist, well I haven’t read the document, so I am giving him the benefit of the doubt that he isn’t.

Do I actually think women can’t work in tech or that their biological sex plays a role in their performance? No, but I am willing to listen, and have someone attempt to convince me that I’m wrong.

I certainly think this guy has a right to his opinion, and he is free to share it at the bar or all over social media, just not when he is at work.

25d498bd341d8ad21ac44c49a5a2712f-creepy-quotes-funny-movie-quotesThe very fact that he drafted a 10-page memo, shared it with co-workers at work, and somehow thinks he would be without repercussion is insane to me. I’m sure when it comes to computers and shit this guy is a fricking genius and gets a 10 out of 10 on the test. As far as his score on the emotional intelligence test this guy gets a 0.

This guy may have a point that the Google hiring practices are completely fucked and maybe a little unprofitable. But guess what asshole? You aren’t the guy that decides who gets hired and fired, you are the low man on the totem pole. Also, who the fuck cares at this point, you work at fucking Google, you have your job.

Free speech for all

I’m a big free speech advocate, and if this guy wants to argue this point, have at it. I look forward to hearing him defend himself in the interviews that are sure to follow. I think he has every right to do so. But my entire point is that he just shouldn’t be surprised he got fired, in fact no one on the right should be.

This guy got hired to do a job, and I am pretty sure it wasn’t to circulate a 10-page memo that could be perceived as offensive by some or all of the female employees. As far as I know this incident doesn’t really make money for the company, but then again I’m a reporter so what the hell would I know about business.

I’m not saying to be some lifeless robot without opinions, just your opinions are not needed at work. Anywhere else I think this guy can do whatever the fuck he wants. Just be mindful of the goddamn situation and environment.

I tend to harbor liberal political views, but I work with people who are conservative mainly for religious reasons. There is nothing I hate more than the political influence the Christian religion has in this country. But, I know that my opinion and views aren’t why I was hired. People don’t want to hear me pontificate about the separation of church and state, they want me to write about school board meetings and people retiring from the post office.

I know when and where to share my opinion, work simply isn’t the place for it.

622If this guy was exposing some sort of censorship based on Google search results, then I would rightfully be on his side. I’m not anti-Semitic, my best friend is Muslim, and I reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton. But if Google decided to block search results based on perceived hate speech and right wing political causes then I’d be outraged. I think Alex Jones, members of the KKK, and anyone who voted for Donald Trump have a right to scream and yell their opinion, and have it be found on the internet.

I don’t agree with these people, but I respect their right to freedom of speech as a U.S. citizen.

This is why I am largely against some of the censorship that Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and various social media platforms sometimes do against Trump supporters and whomever the perceive to belong to the alt-right.

However, I am beating a dead horse at this point, because that wasn’t what this guy was doing. He wasn’t a goddamn whistle blower, he isn’t Edward Snowden or Reality Winner, he is just some angry guy.

He may or may not be justified in his opinion, but bro you went about it all wrong

Seth Rich, Fox News and Donald Trump

Seth Rich, Fox News and Donald Trump

Making the argument that the Russian government had nothing to do with election meddling, or had any sort of collusion with the Trump administration is becoming harder and harder to make.

Especially, in recent events involving Donald Trump Jr., and now the revelation that at least part of the story surrounding Seth Rich’s death might’ve been fabricated.

I’ve been tracking this Russian thing for a while now, mainly because it was the most interesting and bizarre thing that was happening in politics. Admittedly, it has gotten harder and harder to follow for me. The output of newsworthy tweets, controversies, and firings coming out the White House makes following the news exhausting at times. Continue reading “Seth Rich, Fox News and Donald Trump”

Things I’m liking: Jon Ronson’s ‘The Butterfly Effect’

Things I’m liking: Jon Ronson’s ‘The Butterfly Effect’

973d62a59f08f2aaaef0585cd683317dJon Ronson is one of my favorite nonfiction authors. He is the type of guy that I think I could be friends with. Smart, soft-spoken, and interested in all the same weird and esoteric stuff I love.

His books: The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, and Them are all favorites of mine. So when I heard that he had an original Audible series about porn coming out my interest was immediately piqued.

The Butterfly Effect, came out on Friday, July 27, and focuses on the ripple effects the creation of porn tube sites like Pornhub have had on the porn industry and society as a whole. Continue reading “Things I’m liking: Jon Ronson’s ‘The Butterfly Effect’”

Why Tony Stark is the real bad guy of the MCU

Why Tony Stark is the real bad guy of the MCU

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the recently released “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. Also, most of this is written from my memory of these films, some of which I haven’t seen in a long time. If you are hurt and confused by my conclusions then write your own damn article.

Spider-Man: Homecoming dropped this past Saturday, and it was a charming film, but it only served to strengthen my fan theory that Tony Stark is in fact the true villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Whether, he means to be or not, Tony’s hubris both past and present have served as the catalyst for most of the conflicts facing him and the Avengers.

His tendrils have yet to make it into the ongoing Marvel space musical we’ve all come to love known as The Guardians of the Galaxy. However, somehow and someway I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t Easter Egged in future movies that Tony or his father Howard aren’t somehow responsible for Peter Quill’s screwed up childhood. Continue reading “Why Tony Stark is the real bad guy of the MCU”