August 30, 2010

Movie Monday...sorta....

Yes, there will be more to this than just a movie. I've got a lot to catch up on :) And we're past the cowboy theme now, which I hope you enjoyed, and if you missed it, feel free to go back and read them over. I had a great time watching all those old favorites again, even though SoldierMan laughed at me ("You've seen this a hundred times! You've already got it memorized! Why do you need to watch it again?")

For today's Movie Monday, though, I'm still in a John Wayne mood, so I'm going to briefly review what I consider to be John Wayne's only chick flick - The Quiet Man.

Yes, John Wayne's other movies nearly all had some element of romance or humor in them, but this isn't a western or a war movie. It's actually a very sweet story about a man going "home" to Ireland after being raised in the States, meeting a girl and winning the girl. All set against the beautiful backdrop of the Irish countryside. What's not to love?

I'm not going to go into great detail about the movie here. You just really need to see it. Maureen O'Hara is in top form in her native Ireland. The townspeople are all amusing and endearing. And you will not find a more visually-appealing film. I don't understand the filming process (I've only ever used digital) but somehow they over-saturated the exposure, so everything is bright and bold in primary colors, from the greener-than-green rolling hills broken up by stone walls, to O'Hara's flaming Crayola-red hair. It's a sweet love story with a good deal of comedy. You can look it up on Netflix, I know. Or really, just buy it. You will want to anyway, once you watch it.
There's so much to catch up on. Primarily, I need to catch up on commenting. I'm working on getting back in the swing of things, y'all. Taking a few days off is always nice, but the catch-up is murder! I'm working on it, I promise! I'll do my best to make it to all of you today!
Yesterday the weirdest thing happened. My back went out. Again. It's only happened a couple of times before, and I don't know why it does it. But suddenly my back starts cramping and spazzing, and I can't make it stop, just wait it out. Last for hours last night. I'm still sore today - no heavy lifting! - but much better. Which is good, because I have people coming over this afternoon, and I need to vacuum. Fingers crossed!
Okay, I just need to get something off of my chest here. Now, granted, I've been in a bad mood for the last couple of weeks. I admit it. But sometimes people just annoy me. In a big way.

For example: the latest facebook privacy "scandal." If you are on facebook, then I'm sure you've seen all the reposts people have done in their statuses about a thing called facebook Places. Basically, it's a Foursquare type thing where you "check in" whenever you arrive at a location and then facebook posts "JG is at Dairy Queen."

Anyway, so there's been the status post going around saying something like, "Facebook is now posting where you are! They launched facebook Places yesterday! People can know where you are at any given time! Tell you children to go change their Places settings so that creepy people won't be able to find them!"

Like all "REPOST THIS TO YOUR PROFILE! WARN YOUR FRIENDS!" things, a teeny amount of elementary logic would quench the hysteria.

1) The time constraint. "Facebook Places launched yesterday!" Okay, when you've seen the SAME status posted for 2 weeks, it didn't launch "yesterday."

2) Therefore, if Places has been running for more than a few days, why isn't your location (and all 400 of your friends' locations) being posted all day, if you've never changed your settings?????

3) The question nobody could answer for me was, "How does facebook know where I am, anyway?" After all, an IP address (if that's what they were tracking) is only so accurate, and how do they know where "home" is, anyway? Did they assign gremlins to follow us all around? So I did a bit of research. (always a good idea) Turns out MSNBC didn't tell anyone that Places is an app you have to download to your smart phone, and then manually enter your location, and then manually submit your location to facebook. Only then will your location be posted for all to see. So, as with every other "safety concern" with facebook - facebook can't tell anyone anything that you don't first tell facebook.

4) Um, sorry to be blunt, but don't you already post where you are on facebook anyway? How many of you don't use half of your statuses to say, "Going to meet my bestie at Cheesecake Factory! Yum!" "Getting ready to head to church." "Finally headed home after a long day at work!" And the idea that facebook would do this for you automatically is bad because......???

Anyway, back to the "people annoy me" part. Try and bring any or all of these points up with someone, and they are like, "No! I saw it on the news! Dangerous people will know where I am! Facebook is invading my privacy!" And hence, my desire to officially resign as a member of the human race. The most underutilized resource on earth is brain power.
SoldierMan made it home fine last week. And he'll be home for a while now. I'm not going to go into it much on here, but it looks like he'll be home for a good long while, for which I'm glad. So now we will work our way back into a normal schedule (whatever that means, we haven't had a normal schedule for almost a year :)). But it will be nice finally having evening back again.
Well, I guess I better start getting things done around here. Sorry, again, for all the typos and whatnot in this post. I just don't have the wherewithal to go back and proof today :)


  1. I love you. The Places hysteria was making me sick. I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't stop rolling their eyes.

  2. I seriously think people are the most general sense of course. Everyone always freaks out about things... there are privacy settings for a reason, you control them, and like you said, most people post exactly where they are going anyway. *rolling eyes*

  3. You are my lanta. Seriously. Ignorance just kills me.

    I don't know how I haven't see that movie! I'm Netflixing it right now :)

  4. I'm totally with you on the Facebook thing. I chose not to broadcast on the internet that I was in Nashville until I was already home from Nashville. I don't even say when Mark isn't home because I don't want to broadcast my alone-ness. I would encourage people to do the same...but they seem to forget how the internet works. They'd rather look "cool" or "busy" to their "friends" than keep themselves safe. Whatever!! Lots of people annoy me on Facebook though lol. Sorry I won't make it today!! I'm trying to get food together for this 80s shindig. Right now working on brownies :-) But I do need to talk to you about Soldierman being home for a good long while...??

  5. Oh, I love that movie too! One of my favorite John Wayne films. =)

    I completely agree with you about the "Places" issue. I've noticed it, but I haven't seen all the insane facebook statuses, thank goodness. It's actually on my iPhone. I didn't download the separate app, but when the app for Facebook updated, it added it. But, you still have to use it. If I don't click on that little icon, it doesn't tell everyone where I am. Not like it matters. Most people do put where they're going on their status. And, what difference does it make anyway? If your profile is set to private, no one can see all of your posts unless they're a friend! *sigh* I don't get people.

  6. Ah, The Quiet Man! I really like this movie; it takes me back to my childhood! I remember watching this at my Grami's house when I was little, & then many times at home. I wonder if I could find it on DVD...

  7. When I read your post earlier I had not heard anything about the FB Places thing...but right after that about 5 of my friends posted about it. I am completely agree with you, brain power is the most underutilized resource on earth!!

  8. As soon as that whole place thing happened, I was like um...yeah I'm not checking in lol.

    You should link up for Theater Thursday! I love this movie!

  9. I've never seen that movie, but it sounds like a great one! I'll have to check it out! :)

    I, too, am totally with you on the facebook thing. Especially given the fact that, as you say, so many people use facebook to give their locations via status update, anyway. *rolls eyes* People can be so ridiculous.


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