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Christopher Wilde
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Ted Kennedy and Maria Shriver

By Christopher Wilde

It was amazing to watch Ted Kennedy speaking at the Democratic National Convention given his very ill health.  Though he was positive, upbeat, and sounded strong with little hint of frailty you would not have known it by watching Maria Shriver's face.

Her expression was so tense and pained I expected Ted Kennedy to fall over at any moment.  She wore the expression of someone holding a deep secret of grave news.  It makes me wonder, will Ted Kennedy make it to see the next President of the United States?

Monday, August 18, 2008

"Skins" on BBC America

By Christopher Wilde

The BBC does it again.  "Skins," dirty, sexy, a seemingly random and crass show it is actually quite tender, sweet, and serious.  You definitely don't want your teenagers watching this show.   It is part British Outsiders and part Risky Business-it has a well deserved mature rating.  This show is going to catch on with a young crowd especially those who might appreciate the Breakfast Club not just as a teenage snapshot of high school cliques but on the level of an in depth character study.

There's lots of sex, drugs, and nudity to titillate but in the end it's a show about nine friends who really care about each other, deal with a diverse set of personal and social problems, and who struggle to fit in on the edge of a society that is more self-absorbed clock work than genuinely human.

Phelps - Time to Call Bullsh*t!

 

By Christopher Wilde

During a televised press conference Olympic swimmer and multiple Gold Medal winner Michael Phelps had this to say:

"First of all, records are always made to be broken, no matter what they are. Anybody can do anything they set their mind to. I've said it all along: I want to be the first Michael Phelps, not the second Mark Spitz."

Anyone can do anything they set their mind to?  Really?  Are you serious?  Has the glory of winning gone to your head already?  

Anybody can do anything they set their mind to?  Like win eight gold medals in swimming?  Anyone can do that?  How about someone with dwarfism?  Can they compete against you and win just by setting their mind to it?  How about anyone without your gigantic arms and other genetic luck can they do what you've done?  Most likely not.

But what about those statistical few who do possess your gifts- can they do it?  Yes, if someone can support them financially, athletically, and emotionally from a young age through the many years of training and failure to get to your level of performance. 

If they can do all of those things and have the will then yes, yes they can do anything they set their mind to.   The rest of you can just forget it!