Thursday, July 14, 2016

I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler

The other day, I was lazing around in bed watching Netflix and happened across "Back to the Future" (Part II to be exact), and I was remembering the funny quirks in the movie, which is set in the 1980s, plot starting in 1985. Originally the characters Doc Brown and Marty McFly go back to 1955 to go do some damage control to save Marty's parents, and then in Part II we begin on October 26, 1985. 'Dr. Emmett Brown arrives in his flying time machine and persuades Marty McFly and his girlfriend, Jennifer, to come back to the future with him to help their future children. Biff Tannen witnesses their departure. They arrive on October 21, 2015, where Doc electronically knocks out Jennifer and leaves her asleep in an alley, explaining that she should not have too much knowledge of future events. He has Marty pose as his own son to refuse an offer to participate in a robbery with Biff's grandson, Griff.' Then even more trouble ensues. You can read all about it here at the Back to the Future II Wiki page (or just watch it).

So this got me thinking about the fact that they were in 1985, zoomed into "the future" of 2015 (30 years ahead of their time, and now last year for us here in the present). It kind of blew my mind... I went back and looked at the movie's 'vision' of what 2015 was going to be like, the technology, clothes, flying cars and gadgets. It was comical and also a little depressing.

Yes, I believe we could have totally had many of those things come to fruition by now, but I think that "they" realize that we humans would just screw up the coolness of it all. Somehow we would (in true human being fashion) find a way to ruin it for the whole universe. The hoverboards, the ones that we actually DO have do not actually levitate, but if they did I can only imagine the potential for disaster. Oh Man Just Think About This!.

A Flying Memphis? No thanks, I'll pass.
Hey I am from Memphis, so don't even get me started on the unthinkable prospect of giving all of these already brain dead numbskulls, who can't even properly operate a motorized vehicle on the asphalt, access to airspace and flying vehicles. The chaotic clusterfuck this would undoubtedly cause is something I don't think any of us are truly ready for. Let's just leave it to fantasy and the Jetsons or Extraterrestrials with the necessary higher intelligence... at least for now.

Also, all of our best music, memories and good times are in the past. Everything going on in the present is a tragedy, a heartbreak or disappointment. If I were even thinking of having children, I would be hard pressed to convince myself that bringing a child into the world that we live in today is a good idea, much less a humane thing to do. I know life must go on, and maybe someone somewhere will come through this world and make some legendary change that will help improve this ragged rock once again. I know the past isn't perfect either, but it seems to me like all of our world changers, legends and superheroes are back then and not now.

This may all seem like a lot of negative talk that many of you probably don't want to read or think about, but I am just expressing my feelings from the point of time and my own perspective. I don't expect everyone to share my lackluster visions of the present and future. I don't want it to fail, I want things to improve and I would love to see the world be good again (well, better than it ever has been to be honest). With everyone constantly in the throes of such hatred, animosity and divide, thoughtless, unkind, not able to look at the bigger picture and have a lust for the greater good for all humanity, I just don't see it happening any time soon.

"Come With Me!!" (Yes Sir!)
I make jokes a lot about hoping to be abducted by aliens (well in my mind they are sexy-hot aliens that look like Jason Momoa, Brad Pitt, Idris Elba, Anthony Mackie, Joe Manganiello, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson or some similar fine beings). The aliens in my fantasy have way cooler technology than we could ever think of, and they're awesome, so laid-back, they live in peace, harmony and unity. In my ultimate sexy idea of this, all they want to do is make music, make love, ride motorcycles and be happy. In light of all that, and as an interesting side-note, I had a kind of strange dream last night that I was sitting in a weird room awaiting some sort of alien invasion in which we were supposed to be taken somewhere (you know how vague dreams can be) so I don't know what that was all about, and I'm sure it wasn't about to be as cool as what I described above, so I was quite elated when my alarm clock went off this morning.

In conclusion, yes I know we have to just resolve to do our best with what we have right here, right now, learn to make the most of the small moments, and time spent with those we love. We must make those small gestures, tiny glints of happiness, the good things that we DO still have count for more than all the bad stuff. Maybe that is really all we can expect, and if we put enough stock into those little things that bring the occasional smile to our faces, we might then realize that it's like this: The man said to the Buddha, "I want Happiness." Buddha said, "First remove 'I', that's ego, then remove 'want', that's desire. See now you are left with only Happiness."

Nahhh "F" that shit, just bring me my time machine and let me get the hell out of here.

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” 
― Anne Frank

"I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler"

(by Yacht)
Crowdsourced cults, all lit up on LED: next thing you know, you’re sipping on a battery.

Infinitely scroll through a SWAT team on the sidewalk, serving death by remote control and unrestricted sidearms.

I thought the future would be cooler. I thought the brave world would be newer.

Loving comes easy (Nothing new) but liking it ain’t free. (Underneath the sun) We save our face in public (I can't save you) when we erase each other privately. (You’re already gone)

Got my broken heart—I got it sold right back to me—by an algorithmic social entity!

I thought the future would be cooler. I thought the brave world would be newer.

Looking for the edge of our unrendered world. I don’t know what we’ll find; Oh, here comes tomorrow!

I thought the future would be cooler. I thought the brave world would be newer.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Put Another Nickel In

Was feeling weirdly nostalgic on old "Mob Music", and well, music that is somewhat like that, stuff that I kind of always said I would play in my own "Cafe" if I ever had one. I dig this stuff from time-to-time, I get on my weird old 40s music kicks. Must have something to do with a former life lol. Well, it's not just 40s, but if you were sitting in my cafe right now having some coffee, listen, chill and relax... with Jax.