Archive for March, 2011


How we learn.

March 23, 2011

As children we first learn the rudiments of the physical world and language, followed by the installation of our ethical and moral codes.  This might seem obvious but there appears to be a catch.

One of the things that is not installed in the average human child is the concept of attempting to anticipate the actions of others.

Said actions of others are, for the most part, difficult to accurately plan for if the possible paths and  outcomes are not constrained.  Too many possibilities equal chaos theory.  I suspect that children who grow to be chess players and business magnates have a combination of ruthlessness and anticipatory skill embedded, which in turn channels them along certain academic and recreational paths until they reach maturity.

My point (as much as I ever have one) is:  Whilst setting up moral and ethical precepts for future generations, why do we fail in the “tell them to try planning for the actions of others” department.  There is no real need for the anticipatory facility to come into conflict with the ethical facility.  Planning without guilt while remaining within our moral code.

Maybe that’s not such a bad concept.  Aesop gives us moral codes in bite-sized form as children and his impact on the Greek philosophers is evident, but we must also bear in mind that life’s lessons do not come in single chunks, a solid single point at the end.  The end of the lesson is contingent on the many factors in play.

Don’t limit yourself – anticipate a little.


TV: The Modern Composite.

March 4, 2011

It’s been an odd 12 months televisually.

“The Cape”, which should have done fairly well in the ratings, given the box office attraction of the Superhero genre, tanked and has been killed after 10 episodes.  AMC’s adaptation of “The Walking Dead” was well received by the audience and (deservedly in my opinion) got renewed, despite being a darker subject matter than US audiences are used to getting.

Sitcoms have come and gone, folded and failed and been replaced by a succession of equal ratings failures.

Then, there’s the really odd…  “Hawaii Five-O” being trailered as “the biggest new show of the year”.  Suddenly everybody in it is a photogenic charicature, sometimes dramatically changed to fit modern sensibilities.  Forget 12 seasons (September 20th, 1968 – April 5th, 1980).

My point is, why use the character names in roughly the same locations, but simultaneously changed drastically?

Here’s an idea for those lazy reboot merchants in the Networks:  Ironside.  This time, Ironside could be played by an actor like Forrest Whittaker.  Caucasian male lead is either anachronistic or blandly metrosexual.  The female lead would probably wind up being either a single mother or a bi-sexual (why not go for a double demographic hit there?) and the “Mark Sanger” character would probably turn into an East Asian tech type with a dubious background.

That’s how easy it is to take an old property and retool it.  Just add a generic script, cut and paste in character names and let the PR machine take over.



It’s about time…

March 1, 2011

I got back to blog posting.  I realise that there’s the potential for blogs to be sporadic (given that deadlines are self-imposed), but over a year without a post…

Sorry about that.

Time to get back to it!  Soon!