Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ZOMG I've got a cell phone!

I find it rather amusing the way some people these days can’t seem to live without their cell phones. Adults at least have the “excuse” of doing “work”, I suppose, but I've seen children fall prey to the digital world too. I find it kinda frightening, in a way, too.

I’m not really one of those people that think that a 10-year-old should have his/her very own cell phone. There’s too much dependence on other people to make you feel happy, constantly, and then BOOM! - you’re trapped for life.

Yesterday, I slipped into a restaurant to eat lunch, alone. I love sitting at cafes and restaurants to collect my thoughts with the pleasant buzz of chatter in the air, and to observe the people around me. There was a group of students that looked like they were in 6th grade, giggling and having a good time. It brought back my own memories, and made me smile. Then, they started pulling out their cell phones and comparing them. Each ONE of them had a phone, and they owned expensive models at that. I found it a little strange and…a little sad.

I know I’m not that old, but really, when I was in 6th grade, someone having a cell phone would be the odd one out, not the other way around. It just seems redundant to let children have cell phones, unless it’s simply a security measure taken by parents when their children go out.

These kiddos were gushing about how awesome text messaging is and how they stay up late at night to send messages - "Oh I TOTALLY love sending messages half asleep!!" - "ZOMG you do that too?? Me TOO!" - and call people once their parents are tucked in. It was almost frightening to see how obsessed with the phones they were. They were 10, at the most 11, years old.

Perhaps I’m biased, because I dislike talking on the phone at all, to the chagrin of my friends and family. But, seriously, I think these gadget obsessions shouldn’t be encouraged at such a young age.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Battlestar Galactica

This is my new obsession. Yes, I know I’m a bit late as the TV series got over in 2009, but hey, this means I don’t need to wait for any of the episodes to come out, right? My poor husband has learned the hard way to not talk to me when he sees headphones in my ears and spacecrafts shooting each other down on my laptop monitor. :p He doesn't watch it because he says he doesn't have time for a new obsession...which, of course, leaves me to watch it whenever I want rather than having to wait for him to watch with me, the way I do for The Big Bang Theory! Mwahaha! ;)
I’ve been watching the Reimagined series - the remake of the Battlestar Galactica that started in 1978. It’s brilliant! I’m halfway through Season 2.
Though its genre is science-fiction, it has elements of mythology as well because of the “religion” that the people in the series follow. The plot is an almost cliché one, what with robotic entities called Cylons that were created by man, turning against their makers. However, there is much more to the series than this simple plot. The plot details play on the weaknesses of humans: jealousy, greed, unhealthy rivalry, and the ability to hate. The evolved Cylons, in human form, are programmed to rise above these human weaknesses.
A little less than 50,000 people have been driven from their homes in the “12 Colonies”, and are searching for a lost 13th colony called Earth. Despite the human race being on the verge of extinction, mutinies, assassination plots, rivalries, and coups develop across the fleet, highlighting just how flawed human beings really are. It really hits home.