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Burning questions

If you're read this blog once or twice, you understand that I see things a little differently than some, so here are some questions, some rhetorical, some unanswerable, that I feel the need to ask at this particular point in time.....

Since the Oscar nominations were just announced, here's a good one (or, actually, a few good related ones): How is it that a movie can win Best Picture but its director NOT win Best Director? Or, if a movie director is responsible for coaxing a performance from a given actor, how can the actor win one of the acting awards and the director not win the corresponding prize for his/her category? And does the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences TRY to find obscure arthouse films to recognize, year after year? Nothing more frustrating to me than to really like a movie, hope for it to be nominated for SOMETHING, only to lose out to a movie that I've barely heard of!

Here's a similar question regarding the Grammy awards for the music industry: how can you have different winners for the categories of Song of the Year and Record of the Year?

Why do people who comment on newspaper and other information websites seem so hopelessly out of touch with reality? Case in point: my Cincinnati Reds made a couple of sensible player moves in the last week or so, and I was glad to see these moves. They unloaded a player who had no specific role on this year's team and got another club to take on his salary, and also added a proven veteran to fill the shortstop position for the coming year. Yet most of the comments on the corresponding Web site indicated that the Reds got taken by both the veteran player and the other team in these deals. Folks, you need to get a life....

Why are congressional Democrats whining that they "only" have a majority of 59-41 in the Senate? Don't they realize that there are advantages to having a majority?

Why did Rush Limbaugh feel the need to dance (badly) at the Miss America pageant Saturday, where he was a judge? Didn't he know that SOMEONE would have a camera?

Why don't people know the difference between barbecue and ribs?

I have a Twitter account, mostly to post the link to this blog as well as to look at the posts of others whom I follow. How do people decide what's "tweet-worthy?"

When advertising televisions, why do some retailers unfailingly list the important specifications (resolution, size, refresh rate, etc.) but others don't? Is it so that the less scrupulous retailer can take advantage of uninformed consumers? How could they?

Why do some bloggers feel that their opinions are so vastly important that they must post on everything they're thinking? Oh, wait......


  1. Is that Andy Rooney I hear? Just kidding. Love the blog, Rick!


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