Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

gentle and fragrant
they sing
perfuming Japan

delicate and cheerful
they blossom
spring returns

slowly and inexorably
they fall
samurai souls

honored and revered
they float
among clouds

- by Zachary Uram (c) 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

God Bless America (2011) film review

In this film we see another false dichotomy:

Left = good, intelligent, free thinking, uber cool

Right = bad, dumb, closed minded, lame

This distillation is the sum total of the script. The writing is amateurish and so ridiculous and downright trite that I found myself laughing aloud at line after line.

Being a Leftist film, if this is the best of the so-called New Left there is nothing to fear, it couldn't resist taking a dig at Christianity (which has sadly become a popular trend for the unthinking tired comedians of our time) with the "imaginary friends" line.

This film fancies itself some deep indictment of the American psyche while it delivers nothing more than a caricature of an imagined America which is more revealing of the disturbances in the minds of the writers and liberalism in general. It could have been much more, but like much of popular discourse it cannot escape viewing the world in a binary state where either agrees with you and is worthy of blameless rightness, or disagrees and is thus a vulgar enemy to be mocked and ridiculed on every imaginable level.

This film is partisan in the worst possible way and does nothing to address the real problems we face or to posit solutions which would include meaningful dialogue, a return to the best of those traditional values the Left hate so intensely, more focus on education (we've become an unthinking nation in many ways), greater devotion to the spiritual man and less on the carnal.

By glorifying murder and showing it in such a callous and thoughtless way this film is just another nihilistic rant that rings hollow and nullifies any positive message the writers thought they were delivering. Violence without any redeeming aspect (eg. preserving another life, stopping a great evil) is the refuge of the weak minded and morally bankrupt.

New Gmail interface

At midnight (nearly 2 hours ago) I was FORCED by Google to using the crappy new user interface. I hate it! There is TONS of white space, it's very hard to quickly differentiate between the three leveled view panes, they've removed the labeled buttons and replaced them with ambiguous icons, and it is noticeably SLOWER! Also I see they have removed the option in setting which forced replies to be in plain text so when I reply now and the person I'm replying to used HTML now my reply defaults to HTML! THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE GOOGLE! And to make it worse there is no CLASSIC LOOK option available. Ugh if Yahoo makes it possible to easily import my Gmail I may switch! It's sad Gmail used to be the fastest, most intuitively easy to understand and concise web mailer out there. THANKS FOR RUINING A GREAT PRODUCT GOOGLE YOU MORONIC HIPSTERS who listen to clueless web stylists who put subjective style over objective substance.

My new Gmail report card:

Usability: F
Aesthetic: F-
Ease of Use: D-
Customization: E-
Intuitiveness: F-

What really irks me even more than this monstrosity from Google is the fact that they are SO ARROGANT they felt compelled to FORCE it on me and don't even give the option for the classic interface! Also in using other Google products I've noticed how upset and frustrated people are with the fact that Google doesn't provide a toll free number for feedback; they have no official support or complaint department you can email. Your best bet is to post on some random product specific group in Google Groups and pray someone at Google sees your post! This is totally unacceptable for a company that is as large and profitable as Google! They now reek of arrogance.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"My Belly"

my belly is swollen
and that's no lie
i smack my belly
i don't know why

i smack it in the day
i smack it at night
my supersized belly
is always a delight

so give me yummy foods
and delicious drinks
to consume at my leisure
recompensed with great pleasure

- Zachary Uram (c) 2012

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