Friday, 6 October 2017

A rant and a film review

I haven't posted for almost a week, which is a long time for me. I've been going through a period where I have become anti social media. Such spells normally start when something annoys me, which in turn makes me dislike myself for becoming annoyed at such trivial matters - such as the profusion of pictures of the latest rarity; tweets proclaiming the tweeters latest 'find' as if they are birding deities; moronic congratulations to birders for having travelled to see birds that others have found; words like 'BOOM!' and 'rares'; selfies (especially groups of middle-aged men trying to look like gunslingers when, in fact, they are birdwatchers); Facebook group dissing of posters because they are 'beginners'; tweeting out the presence of a bird even though that news has been broadcast a hundred times already; trying to pass birds off as if you have found them yourself when you haven't; 'scoring', 'connecting' and 'nailing' birds when they have simply been 'observed'; posing for pictures with a moth, or other type of insect, on your nose.... I could go on.

Yes, I'm a miserable git who needs to lighten up, fair do's, but I do wonder at the vapidity of some people out there, pretending to be heroes as they approach natural history merely as a product to be consumed and then used as a prop to try and weave some sort of mythology around themselves. The upshot is that I have stopped looking at Facebook, culled those that I follow on Twitter and haven't posted on this blog for a while.

Normal service will be resumed after I've calmed down.

PS: I took myself off to see Bladerunner 2049 yesterday. As a big fan of the original I was desperate for it to be a worthy follow-up. It exceeded expectations, in the storyline, beautiful imagery, haunting soundtrack and the acting. Conclusion? It was better than the original.

13 comments:

Dylan Wrathall said...

Welcome to old age - it's great once you actually accept the fact that your no longer part of the "Scene" - Anarchy is the driving force behind youth, yet it is so much more pleasurable when conducted by ageing middle England! - Dyl

Derek Faulkner said...

Blimey, you're starting to morph into me, I thought Dylan and I had the copyright on being ranting old gits, welcome aboard. Here in Kent this week we've had all the tripe you describe above because a Wilsons Phalarope has decided to join a L.B. Dowitcher at Oare.

Jonathan Lethbridge said...

Better than the original???? Go and wash your mouth out!!

Jonathan Lethbridge said...

PS I am also finding blogging very hard!

Steve Gale said...

I'm 'enjoying' the experience in a perverse way Dyl

Steve Gale said...

Maybe we three could make a reality TV show and call it 'Last of the Summer WHINE'

Steve Gale said...

Ah, but have you seen the new film Jono?

Steve Gale said...

Stick with it my friend...

Phil Slade said...

Much of it is often a good source of belly laughs at their sheer lack of basic knowledge of moult or migration. Just last week or so someone posted a sighting of a "first winter" Spotted Flycatcher! Other times, referring to a bird sighting," the same one as yesterday/this week/ etc/etc."

All good fun. Keep taking the pills.

Derek Faulkner said...

Nice one Steve, I like that

Steve Gale said...

I'd run out of pills, that was the problem Phil!

Paul James said...

To 'BOOM' and 'Rares' you could add 'yeah boiiii' and 'absolute porn'. Further evidence that I'm also in danger of becoming a miserable git!

Steve Gale said...

Paul, all I can say is "Welcome"....