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7.30.2014

Wordy Wednesday July 30th

I watched "Katy Perry: The Movie Part of Me" this week.  Um, yeah, the thing about Katie Perry is that I think she's entirely 'movie'.  She looks more like the glamouous movie star on a movie set than a musician.  Her concerts are massive performances with elaborate stage set-ups, hundreds of various costumes and men and women dancing in choreography around her.  She's kind of the Michael Bay of singers.  (Or I think, anyway, since I have yet to see a MB movie).

So much is emphatized about her having four #1 hits on one album, which beats out Madonna and The Beattles; and puts her on par with Michael Jackson.
 However, is she really an iconic star like these other musicians?  Outside of her fans, I'm not sure that many people have even heard of Katy Perry.  Her songs aren't as good as the Beatles, or her dancing as good as Michael Jacksons.  If MJ concerts have been accused of being overly-produced, then Katy Perry's most definitly can be as well.  

Juxtapose, just for a second, Katy Perry with Cat Stevens.  Which is the artist?  You can only pick one!
   
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This week I also listened to Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Collosial Podcast.  He interviewed Butch Patrick, who played the child in the the 60s TV Show 'The Munsters'.  Although he's done more acting since then, The Munsters has been his most notable role.  Rather than become depressed like many child actors, Patrick's attitude has been to milk it, he says something about how this is a rough world and he's lucky to have gotten his break when he did.  (Now I want to listen to an interview with Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie from 'A Christmas Story'.)

Godfriend is such an original character.  I love how much he laughts.  He's an aquired taste, much like the book I'm reading.  I like him more and more.  The podcast has had about 10 episodes so far, and the interviews focus on Old Hollywood.  It's a good niche for him I think.  Wonder how his podcast will fare.  It certainly has potential.

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Listened to a Radio Lab podcast about the Galapalagos.  Very, very intriguing.  Much food for thought here.  The podcast centered primarily around how conservationists are trying to prevent the tortoises from going extinct.  Doing this, among other things, has entailed killing off hundreds of thousands of goats who had been destroying the tortoises' environent.

One of the conservationists kind of hit a nerve when she said something to the effect that, in killing off all of the goats, they are trying to get nature back to its Eden, pre-human state.  If she were a true purist about non-human intervention, she would not kill any goats at all and let nature run its course.  Which, in this case, might entail the extinction of the tortoises.

It's not that I necessarily disagree with killing all of the goats, but that I think she's delusional to think that killing 250K goats is even remotely close to preserving the natural order.

The 'Eden-state' that she speaks of---I would love to hear her definition of this fleshed out.  We all know that dinosaurs roamed the earth well before humans, and due to natural causes they all became extinct.  The natural way, then, it seems, is for destruction and chaos to occur.  Which is why I suspect her idea of Eden to be little more than a fantasy, where all plants and animals flourish and live together harmoniously.

It occurred to me that perhaps, due to the rampant rate of animal extinctions--which no conservationist have been able to stop entirely--we are also going through a paradigm shift much like what the dinosaurs.  It's hard to say.  These kinds of things are much better understood in hindsight.

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Yesterday I listened to this video on a young woman's conversion to Catholicism.  It's very touching; she has a soft, listenable voice, with her cat in her lap part of the time, which made it feel extra cuddly.  She converted primarily for intellectual reasons, and also very much wanted to receive the Eucharist.

I wonder, though, if she's experienced any disillusionment about having found the "One True Church" after coming to see that the Catholic Church is comprised almost entirely of the pettiest, most mediocre people around?

Ha ha ha, on this note I'm signing off.

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