About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

“The Social Network” is Okay, not Great

The Social Network tells the story of the guy who created Facebook. He’s a computer geek who would never have a girlfriend if he wasn’t a billionaire, and he knows it. Did he steal the idea for Facebook or was it his own creation? Does it really matter? “The Social Network” may be well directed and well acted, but it’s a movie about fratboys and Facebook, and I couldn’t get past my general distaste for both to care about any of it. I know filmmakers all over are praising the director, David Fincher, to the sky, and I’m sure he’ll collect loads of awards for his work, but he can do better than this.

(This is a recycled post.)

God is Dead

I don’t know why this isn’t bigger news: NASA Completes 52-Year Mission To Find, Kill God:

After more than five decades of tireless work, brave exploration, and technological innovation aimed at a single objective, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Wednesday that it had finally completed its mission to find and kill God.

“I am ecstatic to tell you all today that we have beheld the awesome visage of the supreme architect of the cosmos, and we have murdered Him,” jubilant administrator Charles Bolden said after being drenched with champagne by other celebrating NASA employees. “There have been innumerable setbacks, missteps, and hardships over the past 50 years, but we always stayed true to our ultimate goal and we never gave up.”

“We finally got the son of a bitch!” Bolden continued. “He’s dead! God is dead!”

Pollen Music (in B Flat)

I got tired of YouTube telling me I was guilty of copyright infringement by putting even the most obscure recording on my uploaded videos. So I used the B-Flat Collaborative Project to mix something on-the-fly for a 2 and half minute video I’m posting on Mud Songs later today. The video shows me putting a pollen patty on one of my honey bee hives like this:

Anyway, here’s the mix I came up with:

I better not get hit with another copyright infringement notice.

Quick Thoughts on “Inception”

Inception is one of the few science fiction movies from the past 20 years that isn’t ruined by a stupid ending (Moon is another). That alone is an accomplishment. It feels somewhat like a heist movie that takes place in people’s dreams, and then dreams inside other dreams and so on. That aspect of the storyline could have been confusing but it’s not. “Inception” isn’t epic science fiction, but it doesn’t fall into “sci-fi” silliness — so it’s worth checking out.