Friday, July 26, 2013

My own Magic Eight Ball


One of the advantages of blogging random crap since 2004 is that I've amassed a large amount of data about just about every topic. So if I want to refresh my memory about what I think about any given topic, all I have to do is conduct a search of my archives for key words like "fools" and "friends."

It saves me starting a post about something and discovering I've already written about it (often using the exact same phrases). And it is much more entertaining than a Magic Eight Ball. But the outlook isn't always good.

For example, I read an article called "6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person" that was published in Cracked Magazine. And you know that if it was written for Cracked Magazine, it has to be true. Anyway, the author pretty much says that to be a better person you pretty much have to memorize the Alec Baldwin monologue from Glengarry Glenn Ross.

"Coffee is for closers" is one of my favorite lines and sure enough I wrote a blog post entitled "Coffee is for closers" back in 2005. It was about my experience closing on a new house.

Is that a freaky coincidence or what?

But before you waste time reading about the 6 harsh truths that will make you a better person I will point out once again that the author is writing it for Cracked Magazine and the publication doesn't really have a reputation for journalistic integrity (or proper journalistic style for that matter since you are supposed to spell out numbers up to ten so it should have been the "Six Harsh Truths...but I'm just being picky).

The harsh truth is that the author is just one more self-absorbed hack spouting opinion as if it were gospel. And I say this with the utmost respect for his lack of credibility to be giving advice, harsh or not.

But he did like Glengarry Glenn Ross even if it was all for the wrong reason. So he does have some redeeming factors going for him.

That is just my opinion. But at least I own up to it just being my opinion. And we all know that opinions are like assholes because everyone has them. The author of the 6 (that should have been six) article is just more of an asshole than most.

I'm going to go have a cup of coffee now.

1 comment:

Helen Baggott - Author Services said...

Glengarry Glen Ross is on my list of films to see. I have it on DVD - came free with a magazine.

Better watch it...