Contests unknown…

Yesterday I got home and found that I’d won a contest over at Pretty/Scary, and as a result I’d won a copy of the movie The Cry. It even came with a poster:

This is the second contest I’ve won over at that website (the first time, I won a copy of Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane, which is pretty much what you’d expect from the title). This time, though, I don’t even remember entering the contest. I’m all in favor of movies about killer ghosts from evil urban legends, and this one looks pretty cheesy (the 3.5/10 rating on IMDB is a bad sign), so I say, bring it on.

Of course, it is kind of an odd confluence of events. A contest I don’t remember entering. The arrival of a mysteriously awful movie. All at the same time that I’m re-reading Koji Suzuki’s Ring trilogy (you know, the novels on which the Ring movies were very loosely based). Coincidence? Conspiracy? Curse? Well, if I end up haunted by la llorona after watching this film, I’ll let you know, and I’ll try to survive long enough to warn everyone I know.

My new hobby

The other night while wandering through some forum or another I idly clicked on another user’s profile, and saw the following: "I’m a Libertarian. In a nation domination by communist Democrats and theocratic Republicans, the libertarians are the only true Americans left."

I found this particularly charming. I’m not a big fan of Libertarianism myself — I find it the troubled offspring of Ayn Rand’s adolescent philosophy of "objectivism" and about as likely to effect permanent effective change in human behavior as Communism was — but people who proclaim themselves the "only true X" are always funny. In this case, I think that both the Democrats AND the Republicans would take issue with this person’s self characterization. "We’re the only true Americans left!" both would say. What does that even mean, anyway?

At any rate, I think it would make an interesting hobby to collect the names of every group that proclaims itself "the last true Americans left". I’m sure there are dozens of them, most of them polar opposites of each other. Maybe we could harness the animosity that all these groups feel toward each other and, I don’t know, built an anti-gravity machine or something.