Haibun Thinking – When Things Go Wrong

Haibun Thinking is a weekly challenge to create something usually of a human nature from one of two prompts. For this week’s prompts, we had a choice of a photo or a quote from a film. The photo is from Sally at My Beautiful Things, and the film prompt is near the end of the film Blade Runner. I chose the quote. This came to me tonight just after my XBOX One broke on me.

“All those moments will be lost in time…
like tears in rain.”
~ Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner)

Sometimes we do things that cheer ourselves up. We are low, so we try to lift our own spirits. These things we do may be to take ourselves on a shopping spree, to take ourselves to the movies, to do things we wouldn’t normally do.

Just the idea of doing this can help. We can go from tears to wiping them away with just the thought of “Tomorrow, I will go see the latest action movie / chick flick / rom-com” or “I will go and buy myself something”. Maybe even going for a walk somewhere you don’t normally go. If you normally walk through an urban area, why not go to the beach. If you normally go to the beach, why not go to a wooded area. If you normally go to a wooded area, go for a walk with nature. That time out can make all the difference.

Sometimes though, that can be taken away from us as well. A sudden deluge; traffic; other problems, these can drop us as well. What can we do then? We can look to other things. We can look to ways of changing the outcome. We can still get back on top. There is always a way.

life can go askew
it does not have to be all bad
we just need a fresh view

Music: November 18 2012

I was out today, and I was listening to my iPhone music and the thought of a song struck me. One I haven’t heard for years. The song was released in 1984 and is the end sequence of a film. This film is another one that is based (like Blade Runner) on Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick albeit very loosely. Virginia Madsen and Lenny Von Dohlen star in the film which is about a young man – Miles (Dohlen) is an architect, and buys a computer to help him build an earthquake proof brick. After adding parts to the computer, it becomes sentient and attempts to start taking over Miles (who the computer – Edgar, played by Bud Cort – calls Moles) life. Miles meanwhile has fallen for Cellist, Madeline (Madsen). Edgar eventually accepts their love and sends a current around the world and back to the start point to destroy himself.

The film has two of my favourite lines in it, one of which I use regularly. When Madsen’s Cello is destroyed by lift doors, and she’s asked where it is, she replies with “An elevator ate it”. The other line is a neighbour going to tell Edgar (who has made the sounds of a party) to keep the music down. As the neighbour goes back, you hear his wife shout “that’s telling them Howard” instantly repeated by Edgar. The last line before this song starts is .. This is dedicated to the ones I love. The film – Electric Dreams

Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams Trailer

Films I’ve Seen

A Dog With Fleas has recently done a post about the AFI top 100 films as they were in 1997 and which ones she had seen. So I thought I would do my list of what films I had seen on it.

99. Toy Story (1995)
97. Blade Runner (1982) Brilliant film, should be much higher
92. Goodfellas (1990)
89. The Sixth Sense (1999) I didn’t actually get the twist until near the end.
86. Platoon (1986)
83. Titanic (1997) Awesome film.
76. Forrest Gump (1994) Another great film. The Truman Show is a lot like this.
74. Silence of the Lambs (1991) Not seen the sequels or prequels though
71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
66. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
56. Jaws (1975) The shark film that all other emulate
50. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
45. Shane (1953) I watched the series afterwards as well
40. The Sound Of Music (1965) Sadly, I liked it
36. Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)1
30. Apocalypse Now (1979) 2 hrs 33 mins I’ll never get back
27. High Noon (1952) Saw it as a kid
24. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
13. Star Wars (1977) Loved it – and all of the others.

Of course, this doesn’t cover the British films.

1I was watching this with a Vietnamese neighbour once, and he started laughing. The Japanese people were actually speaking Chinese, and they weren’t saying anything like the subtitles were saying