You know that game you're looking forward to, Glarg Quest or whatever? Is it
made in China? Well yes, of course it is. But that's something to look out for.
I have several chips on my shoulder when it comes to China, where the novel coronavis
is low on the list. This might be pie in the sky, but if consumers preferred to buy
games that are not made in China, then publishers would make their games, source their
parts, in places other than China.
China is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, which I think of as a fascist regime.
The country's rulers should be punished for their behaviour, for example the large-scale
re-education camps in Xinjiang, and some questions should be asked far beyond China.
Severe damage was done to coral reefs when artificial islands were constucted
in the Spratlys. Will anyone be held responsible for that?
I want to make gin gin again, tinkering with 2/3 ginseng drink and 1/3 ginger beer
rather than half and half. It's no coincidence I'm thinking of these things at the
same time that I'm going
on long walks in the sun.
I went on a huge - I figure 10 k - walk (from a haircut) to the Chinese supermarket then home.
Alas, they didn't have ginseng drink, the reason I went there.
I would have a solution, Solution A, but that was just by itself, no problem to solve.
I guess .. I should do that solution. Doing Solution A created a problem, Problem B.
Problem B had a solution, which was Solution A.
Should I go and buy drinks? That's something I would ask myself. I guess so. I would
go on big walks, hitting two or three ethnic stores, then dragging plastic bags full of
drinks around town, possibly in summer. That was exhausting, and I would love to get into
some nice drinks. Alas, that's exactly what I had when I got home.
Guarana Antarctica (which Brazilians would pronounce GUArana Antarchica) is not
available, so no Steve Mix (equal GA, aloe juice and water) for now, even though it would
go down nicely. Aloe seems like
it should be mixed with something.
Mo mauby fuh me. Maybe.
Made from the bitter bark of the mauby tree. De bitta de betta.
I look forward to making small popsicles with exotic non-alcoholic drinks again.
I still need proper equipment. Last summer I winged it, just like in the picture
(not mine). I had variety.
When I tried it last time I had various drinks, like pennywort. Nothing was bad, but the
two standouts were coconut juice and, even better, ginger beer.
There were a suprising number of iconic movies made during the 1980s
that have made a mark
on popular culture. Ghostbusters just keeps echoing through popular culture
(I was around when it came out; it wasn't that big a deal).
Ditto for Back to the Future. It's fun to speculate why that made such a mark.
Lucas and Spielberg had projects including
Star Wars sequels, Indiana Jones and E.T. Poltergeist.
Aliens, Blade Runner, more science fiction.
Predator has echoed through pop culture for some reason.
Spaceballs. Top Gun. Princess Bride. Tootsie.
The Karate Kid. Big. The Untouchables. Caddyshack was 1980.
Tim Burton, at his height, made
Beetlejuice and Pee Wee Herman, also Batman (1989).
That was the golden age of teen movies, with films including The Breakfast Club
directed by John Hughes.
There was a golden age of a number of horror movies. The Shining, The Thing and
American Werewolf in London.
Some Henson projects, The Dark Crystal.
One or two dancing films. Splash. When Harry Met Sally.
The Three Amigos.
Scarface. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Robocop.
Das Boot. Full Metal Jacket.
Okay. But what about films of the 1990s? We're going to change our criteria a little bit.
The '80s had iconic films. For the '90s, let's look at specific genres and how good films
were in their genres.