Triggers, and the Death of Romance

Like a lot of people, I watched the movie The Princess Bride icon-external-link-12x12 quite a bit while growing up. It’s a very charming production that appeals strongly to both children and adults. The story takes place in medieval times with a young man and woman finding a perfect love, but the woman is kidnapped by the local prince and is ordered to marry him. The man then embarks on an adventure to save the woman he loves and restore her rightful place by his side. The film uses concepts of romance, chivalry, and true love to weave a compelling and satisfying entertainment experience.

Wesley and Buttercup holding hands and staring into one another's eyes in an idyllic countryside. [Formatted]

Last summer, I was visiting one of my close friends and his family in a rural part of Oregon where they still have video stores. We decided to rent a flick for the night and agreed it should be The Princess Bride. All of us had not seen the movie for quite some time, and one person in our party was not familiar with it. I was looking forward to this because the last time I saw it was when I was an older teenager. I was also pleased that I was in the company of someone who would be watching it for the first time.

In one of the early scenes, the woman makes a series of requests of the man to perform menial chores, and it is conveyed to the viewer that she is testing the strength of his love for her. With each request, she becomes more and more emboldened. This eventually culminates with her saying, “Farm boy, fetch me that pail of water,” where the pail is only a short distance away from her and she easily could have gotten it herself. As a child and teenager, I found this romantic, but now as an adult who has had some rather severe life experiences at the hands of the opposite sex, I involuntarily exclaimed “Fetch your own damn water!” in front of everyone there. This was no small outburst on my part and I immediately apologized for the sudden interruption.

Needless to say, this once wondrous movie can no longer cast its spell on me anymore. Perhaps at some point in the future they will release an updated Blu-Ray with the Pail of Water scene removed. They could call it The Princess Bride: As You Wish* Special Edition, with the footnote for the asterisk being “Buttercup is now fetching her own pails of water.”

5/4 > 4/4

Echo icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 10 from the Surfing with the Alien LP by Joe Satriani icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

Joe Satriani's "Surfing with the Alien" album artwork. [Formatted]

Trundrumbalind icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 05 from the Crystal Planet LP)

Fruit Uppercut

Mountain Dew recently released a new line of drinks branded Game Fuel. Clearly and unabashedly aimed at gamers, these new beverages will help rockets fly faster, guns reload more quickly, and frag grenades do more damage to opponents.

12 pack container of Mountain Dew Game Fuel drink. [Formatted]

PepsiCo icon-external-link-12x12 , the drink’s creators, designed the cans to have a re-sealable lid and a no-slip grip to prevent spills on expensive gaming hardware—this is important because nobody likes shorting-out an $800 graphics card with a $3 can of soda.

Game Fuel features a special combination of caffeine and theanine to reduce the unique kind of fatigue that is caused by zero-movement marathon gaming sessions. Intake of large amounts of theanine also increases the frequency of rare item drops.

Current flavors include Charged Cherry Burst, Charged Berry Blast, Charged Tropical Strike, and Charged Original DEW. Additional flavors are currently in development and available for preorder: Napalm Nectarine, Headshot Watermelon, Pomegranate Plasma Grenade, and Nuclear Winter Chill.

The Tattoos On Your Skin Let You Be the One You’ve Never Been

After All icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 04 from the Katorz LP by Voivod icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

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Joey died and nothing has changed
The street corners are still the same
I guess he still lives in my head when it’s time to share the bread
I still got holes on my knees, but I won’t buy the figurine
It’s kind off sad to see you in a box, wrapped and sealed

Who cares after all about the rise and the fall?
It makes the papers for one day, but not for what you had to say

Who cares after all?
Another flyer on the wall
All the names have been washed out: all the ones we care about

Seen it
Been there
Done that

When I am mad—when I see red—I refer to what Iggy says:
“I want to find myself in you. You want to find yourself too.”

Who cares after all?
Win the race or drop the ball
If I make a silly face, is that really what it takes?

Who cares after all about the records on the wall?
The tattoos on your skin let you be the one you’ve never been

Seen it
Been there
Done that