Pessimistic Optimism

Life as I see it… sort of.

Paris Hilton, the Space Shuttle and Harry Potter

Let’s get the least important stuff out of the way first, Paris Hilton’s in jail.

As for the space shuttle, Atlantis, it’s return has been delayed because of a problem with the Russian part of the international space station or so they say.  I guess if you’re going to blame a space station problem on someone, the Russians are as good a scapegoat as anyone.  I’m actually not sure what the problem is or if it’s delayed because of it or the rumor that NASA rented out Kennedy Space Center for the next month to J.K.Rowling for her Deathly Hollows catch and release program.  I think someone said she’s going to set books free by tossing them out of one of the unused shuttles, like Enterprise or Endeavour, while circumnavigating the globe.  If you happen to be one of the lucky people who catches one of these freebies, maybe she’ll visit you in the hospital and sign it, if she has time and you promise not to sue her for being responsible for a seven hundred page missile raining down on you. 

Before you spend all your waking hours staring into the sky take into account that none of this has neither been confirmed nor denied as of this posting.  For some reason I couldn’t find a listing for JK Rowling in the phone book to check my facts and NASA wasn’t in there either.

The posts have been few and far between as of late because of my kids and the great weather in Western New York.  For some reason they expect me to take them outside all the time and that cuts heavily into my writing.  I’ll try to spread my joy more often soon, but I’m not making any promises.

June 14, 2007 Posted by | fiction, Harry Potter, Humor, life, Paris Hilton, Ranting, rumors, space shuttle, weather, Writing | 3 Comments

Rumor or Fact

The power of the written word never ceases to amaze me.  If I wanted to I could start a vicious rumor right now.  For example, I could say that Britney Spears ate the umbilical cord off of her new baby and at least one of the four of you that read this would believe it.  Then it would be repeated to someone else.  All because it was in print.

Through my job I occasionally am at situations that make the news.  I notice that quite often the “facts” in the paper are inaccurate.  The amount of stories that I have inside information on is minimal, so how many stories are wrong?  The numbers must be staggering.  Even with knowing this I still tend to believe a lot of what I read.  Am I stupid?  Maybe, but I think, like most people, I usually believe what I read.  My brain tends to suspend disbelief as if I’m watching a reality show.

There are so many different outlets for people to get their news from that most of it gets sensationalized.  If a kid gets bit in the hand by a dog the headline might read, Boy Almost Loses Arm In Attack.  The reality might be that the dog didn’t even break the skin, but people don’t want to hear that.  The misinformation train gets rolling because a lot of people only read the headlines.

I guess the moral of this story is that you shouldn’t believe everything you read.  Did I tell you about Britney Spears eating her baby’s umbilical cord?   

September 17, 2006 Posted by | rumors | Leave a comment