Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Opinions, Everybody's Got'em...

Deal with it.  

People are going to like different things.  Just because you do not like something does not mean other people should not.  People are allowed to disagree with each other.  Again, as I have said in the past it is part of something that makes us human.  It would be a boring world if we all liked the same stuff.  If everyone was the same, most of the creativity in the world would be gone.  

If people like to watch romance movies, that's fine.  It's not my thing, but if that is what they enjoy more power to them.  If you hate romance movies, and thing they are the stupidest thing in the world, that's fine to.  

Now the crucial thing to understand is that just because you think romance movies are stupid, does not mean that people that like romance movies are stupid.  They are just different then you.  You still should respect people with differing opinions.

Now a big problem with my whole argument here is that, if you think people who like romance movies are stupid, that's your opinion and you are entitled to it.  However, you should still show respect for that person despite their differing opinion.  You can argue with them, and try to convince them of your point of view.  But you should not get vulgar or insulting about it (calling them stupid or a dork is not likely to convince them to take your side).  

The only place where I can really see having conflict over differing opinions is when someones opinion is harmful to others.  If it is your opinion that beating up old people is cool, there are likely to be issues (although if you really think that, but do not really act on it, you won't face the legal consequences of said opinion).

I guess my main point here is that it is good to have likes and dislikes.  Yours will not always line up with other peoples.  That is fine, that is normal.  Now if you are friends with that person, then that just may be something you don't do together.  If you are not friends with that person, then you really do not have to hang out with them or deal with the fact that they hold whatever opinion it is that you disagree with.  

If you really care for a person that has differing opinions then you, then you really have to learn to deal with the fact that people are going to disagree.  It might be you decide not to discuss that topic because it will only lead to bad arguments.  It may be you have to do things separately from time to time.  If it is something really as trivial as they like movies, or books, or games, or collecting something that you think is dumb, if you really care for that person you should encourage it anyway.  Maybe you do not understand it but it makes them happy.  If you care for them, you should want to see them happy.  

Opinions.  Everybody has them, and that is OK.   

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, from Continental Airlines

I have been a fairly steadfast customer with Continental airlines over the last two years. As I search for an airline ticket for the upcoming holiday season I get to see how "wonderful" a company they are. If I want to travel on the weekends around Thanksgiving, I need to be willing to put up almost $500 more then I normally would for a ticket.

I am glad they really feel the need to screw people for the holidays. Last year at the onset of winter I could typically find tickets for around $250 for a non-stop round trip flight. Now even looking two months in advance the cheapest ticket I can find for the Thanksgiving weekends is $708.

So I hope you all live close to your loved ones, because business could really care less about the holiday spirit.

YAY! Price Gouging

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Is this the year?

The NHL has unveiled its new ad campaign, and I can't say its a real winner.  The campaign focuses on photos that have been taken over the past year and having the players in them step out and talk about the moment and how they feel.  While in an artistic endeavour this is a clever idea, I do not think that is what is going to appeal to people about hockey.  

The sport is all about its explosiveness and speed.  That is what they keep preaching each year.   This is not something that is highlighted well by still photography.  A hit doesn't look as brutal or bone crunching in still frame.  A break away or amazing save is not as exciting with no motion.  It steals the excitement from the game.  The commercials are too quite and lack energy, which is what hockey is all about.

These commercials do not leave me hyped to start watching hockey.  Show the dazzling plays, goals, saves, hits that the players make everyday when they play.  That is what people watch the game for.  Not to hear Sidney Crosby whine about not winning the Stanley Cup.  

I can watch video highlights of hockey all night.  Make commercials with those.  Show the game.  

I will admit this is a cool shot though.  Although not in the ad campaign as it is a little dated.