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This explains the whole Avatar thing, then.


...and why "Cries and Whispers" won't be on a list of recommended first-date movies. An unintended consequnce of 'Murphy's Law'?

Bill Hicks

This is a very very good piece of thinking Mr. Mannion. Thank you! One of your implicit points, which is profound, is that we cannot really achieve an olympian perspective--we're all of us in the river. Happy New Year is a resonant salutation.

Lance Mannion

Thanks, Bill. Yep, I never manage the view from Olympus. Some days I think I've climbed a small embankment though. But I always slip and roll right down back into the drink. Happy New Year to you and yours!


It would also help if you're going to write a "they don't make 'em like that anymore" piece not to cite the bloody Beatles which makes me roll my eyes at typical smug Boomerism which automatically assumes that was the pinnacle of pop music and never imagines that some of us would say the same thing about the 1970s, like "Do you remember when Ziggy Stardust came out? And Aladdin Sane? And Low? You'd think Golden Years was the most beautiful song ever, and out he'd come with Heroes. It was incredible to be young in the seventies, and to have your ears stroked like that.

Lance Mannion

Lee, good to see you! And you said it! Tho it was the Dylan worship that got to me.


A friend's dad was once a piano salesman. The number one salesman on the floor was really, really good at guessing roughly when someone had graduated from high school, and could play at least a bit of the #1 hit from pretty much every one of those years. He said that if you play the #1 hit from somebody's senior year of high school, you stand a good chance of playing the song that was on the radio when they lost their virginity, and that just about guaranteed you a sale.


On the other hand, I've been having a lot of fun lately listening to music that was popular before I was born. I mean, Benny Goodman - who knew?

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