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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Road Apples, #68

Pretty Boy Vampires with razor stubble? - I don't think so. What ever happened to vampires that were actually scary? God I despise the fact that Abercrombie & Fitch is now dictating what the world of horror should look like. What's next, Gozilla wearing saggy pants? Perhaps King Kong sporting a Yankees hat that is six sizes too big for his head (and turned ever so sideways)?

In the "Sometimes I Get Riled Up" department - You can check out the discourse about the the menage a trois known as the SEC/FINRA/Financial Services industry in Circumlocution for Dummies. Not to be patting myself on the back, but I've been talking about the problems associated with self-regulation in the financial services industry for a while (example HERE).

Der Untergang - I referenced this movie in a series of comments with JD from Trees for Lunch. If you are a history buff, this is a must watch movie. It's in German, so either you know the language or you are comfortable reading sub-titles, but either way it's one of those things that has to be experienced. Not for the faint of heart, but the movie just works on so many different levels.

Facebook & Depression - I read one of those "if you support _______ post this as your status" on Facebook things related to mental health. The exact text was...

"Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you have been trying to be strong for too long. Put this as your status if you know someone who has or has had depression. Will you do it, and leave it on your status for at least an hour? Most people won't, but it's mental health week and 1 in 3 of us will suffer, at some point in our lives."

For the record, I did not and will not post this as my status. Yes I know a few people that suffer from depression, one who suffers pretty severely from it as a matter of fact. While I agree with the sentiment, posting something for an hour on Facebook will not solve anything. I'd rather see someone actually take the time to read an article or two about depression instead, as learning something is always better than sloganeering anyway. Doing my part, here are two examples:

Mayo Clinic - Coping with depression through exercise

Mayo Clinic - Supporting a family member for friend suffering from depression

Coping with a family member that suffers from depression has been personally very difficult for me, but it has made me a better, stronger person. The cost has not been worth the benefit, but sometimes life isn't a used car lot where you can haggle over price. No, sometimes you take what you get and try to do the best you can with it.

On the Positive Facebook Front - I recently re-connected with someone important to me via Facebook, which is a hell of a good reminder that there is real power in social media. Yeah, I know that the Internet gets a lot of blame for causing various ills, but like most things in life it is what you make of it.

Hip Mom - First my mother ditches her land-line phone and exclusively uses a cell phone. Now she gets a 40" 1080p LCD TV for her bedroom. If I didn't know better, I'd say that she was trendy.

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