Tuesday, April 29, 2008

See what you can make of this

Over at VFR there was a short discussion about Ben Stein's "Expelled." Well, that's not exactly the case. The focus of the entry is centered more on complaints of "noise polution" than on the movie. To wit:

LA replies to Sam B.:

I went to see it Friday at something called the Regal E-Walk 13 Theater on West 42nd Street, the only venue where it was still playing in Manhattan, but I didn't see the movie. I left the theater after 20 minutes. It is a theater designed like a torture chamber, with surround-sound speakers turned up to a volume louder than the loudest sound you've ever heard in your life. I would recommend against seeing any movie at any Regal Theater. I'll wait to see it on DVD.

Then later in the conversation LA writes:

The theater was set up with several huge speakers along the sides of the theaters, spaced just a few feet from each other. I never saw anything like it. The voices would come from the direction of the screen, and sound effects (I won't call it music) came from the side speakers, overwhelmingly loud. But even when there was only human voice, it was set staggeringly loud.

I'm going to complain to the City about this theater. (emphasis mine)

And that last line is the focus of this post. I wrote a quick email to LA explaining that I didn't understand the basis of his taking his complaint to the authorities. He replied that "there are laws about noise, and a number to call to complain." Now, I'm going on very little here and I'm making a few assumptions, but in my neck of the woods, just going on the raw material I have before me, we call that "liberalism," and the people who engage in such "liberals."

Maybe one of you can help straighten me out.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What about them fuel prices!

Okay, the title is a bit misleading. I have no intention of discussing fuel prices in this post, but to offer a partial explanation for my recent (lengthy) absence from blogging.

It would be true to say that we've been busy, but also somewhat misleading. Busy I have been, but not exactly in the conventional sense. But that's a subject for another post. I've been busy with more enjoyable activities, i.e., learning more about the sport of gymnastics and applying that knowledge -- you can figure it out. As far as politics goes, well, I guess you could say it's analogous to our work situation -- it seems like I'm experiencing a sustained dry spell of sorts. "Burnout" is probably the right descriptive for what I've been going through personally, but at least I'm back to reading some of my favorite political blogs ... and enjoying it.

See y'all soon.

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