Here’s your problem.

The other day I received something in my work e-mail from the Vice President’s office about Biden’s meeting with representatives from the video game industry. I read more about it today. I don’t know what they’re hoping to find by going over this again. For that matter, I don’t know what anybody is hoping to do by re-visiting the gun control issue. We’ve been over this a million times. We come to the same conclusion each time. They are a factor, but not necessarily the factor, for why bad things keep happening.

I’m not necessarily against a little more regulation involving guns, or video games. If it is done right (that’s the hard part), I think it could help. However, there are other things out there that need a bit more attention; things that have probably come about because we’ve changed as a society. Things that don’t have such an easy fix. We’ve come a long way from the nuclear family of the 50’s, and we all know that was bunk, but I think maybe we’ve gone a little too far the other way.

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230 Million Years of Cool

I can’t think of very many things that have been cool as long as dinosaurs have. Of course, they got a pretty good head start, and they were around a lot longer than the average band or popular television show. Still, I consider it quite a feat for something to captivate human interest for as long as dinosaurs have. Man first discovered their fossilized remains sometime in the early 1900’s, and we’ve been in love with them ever since.

Next time you go out, look for dinosaurs. If there isn’t a dinosaur or something with a dinosaur on it, I’ll bet there is nearby.

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2011: Dr. Who?

I’ve never actually watched a lot of television. Almost every time I turn the idiot box on, I’m not really watching. Very rarely do I make a “date” with specific programing. However, I think there were actually about 5 shows I made it a point to watch in 2011. This is a record for me.

I’ve previously written about some of these shows here and here. Onward, then, to the last two.

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Merry Christmas! Flying sharks for everybody

I’ve seen a lot of toy commercials lately. After all, I watch a lot of cartoons, and it is the season to turn children into super-greedy brats by running tons of advertisements where children will see them the most.  Aside from the hottest brands, I often see a lot of ads for obscure toys nobody knows, or cares about, for 11 months out of the year. I’m talking to you, Dr Dreadful Zombie Lab.

Then there is the flying shark.

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Why I Watch Cartoons

I turned on the television the other day. Some stoic detectives were watching grieving parents through a pane of glass. Cut to a smiling criminal. Roll credits. Change the channel to Cartoon Network.

I don’t always watch television, but when I do, I watch cartoons 90% of time. It could be Young Justice, Gurra Laggan or Adventure Time.  It could be Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, DBZ or Pokemon. It could be Chowder, Regular Show or My Little Pony: Friendship is Friggin’ Magic.

Hell; I’m not even really watching half of the time.

It isn’t that I think cartoons are great television; it’s that I think they are better television than almost everything else out there. I don’t like television drama. I don’t want to watch something that will “change my life” or make me “never look at Law and Order the same way again”. I don’t want to watch the seedy romances and the breakdowns and the doctor end up addicted to painkillers and losing his license.

I cannot stand reality television. First, I don’t believe they reflect reality. Second, I don’t believe they aren’t at least half scripted. I don’t want to watch A-Type personalities and borderline sociopaths competing with each other. I didn’t like it when the Real World did it first.  I don’t want to watch fat kids, bratty kids, fat adults or bratty adults. If I want a  sideshow I’ll find a real one.

Sitcoms suck too. Here’s the plot of every single one since the mid 90’s; emotionally retarded assholes screw over their friends and family then learn a valuable lesson in the end they should have known already.

Even animal shows are annoying these days. I was watching people wrangle cobras and things eating each other since Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom and Marty Stouffer’s Wild America. It’s the same animals today, except now I get a five-minute buildup of how deadly a cobra can be, with a few commercial cuts building suspense,  preceded by previews of the next segment featuring the snake wrangler swearing and looking worried.

The evening news? If I want a cold cup of depression, I’ll tune it. Sometimes its fun to worry about things completely out of your control.

So I watch cartoons instead of “adult” shows. Maybe it is because I am still a kid. I like things involving friendship, adventure and smiting evil. I think cartoons are more motivational. The morals are usually better too.  I would rather have parents let their children watch violent anime like Bleach or Naruto instead The Kardasians.

Cartoon characters are better people. Not always, but most of the time.

Of course, there is always The Doctor.

Chowder sucks, but it's better than every reality show ever.