On Human Nature

posted in Media on July 19th, 2007

I just came across a clip on YouTube that I felt was worth posting about. The clip has been viewed close to 500,000 times already and as always, this kind of attention also attracts those that try to take the high road by claiming that they would never do the things depicted in the video.

Now, before you get any wrong ideas about the clip, rest assured, its mostly safe for work. There’s no nudity or anything, in fact - its nothing more than a visualization of human nature:

Paul Robinett, director and producer of the clip is taping his son, who has been trying to bury himself under the sand, when all of a sudden, Robinett spots a trio of young women:

Now, beautiful women on a beautiful beach aren’t that uncommon these days, so what’s the fuss about you might wonder? Well, instead of stopping the tape or focusing on his son again, Robinett keeps taping the women, in order to point out that his actions (watching them) aren’t all that bad, considering that the trio is doing exactly the same, namely watching a handsome lifeguard and even having the guts of walking in front of the lifeguard in order to take a few pictures with him standing in the background.

So, I am wondering, how is it that it is acceptable for women to watch men and yet, at the same time, it is socially unacceptable for men to watch women?

As expected, this video gathered quite a few responses, with some of them complaining about the content of the video and others congratulating Robinett for being courageous enough to post this kind of clip on YouTube.

My take on this video is simple: Robinett has a point and a very good one at that. It is simply human nature to seek out the more attractive members of a society and there is nothing wrong with that and even more, that is nothing to feel guilty about.

Robinett does not portray these women as sex objects in any way, he only shows the viewer that females do not differ from males as much as socially accepted values would lead us to believe.

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unplanned radio silence

posted in Blog, College on May 31st, 2007

So, it’s been more than two months since I last blogged here. The main reason for my absence has been College. We had some new stuff come up that demanded my attention and I kinda got lost in the fun that is game development with Flash Action Script.

The other reason was my recent server move. I’ve switched the hardware platform (still with the same provider though) and the backups that my control panel generated killed something in the database. No data was lost but some things stopped working and an upgrade to the latest WordPress version didn’t help. This issue has been fixed though and comments and posting should work fine again.

The final “excuse” for not blogging has been the massive amount I spent with customizing Instiki to better suit my needs. More on that later though.

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random acts of kindness

posted in personal stuff on September 5th, 2006

While walking home today, the weather suddenly changed and it started raining like mad. Now, all in all this wouldn’t be anything worth blogging about, since this kind of weather is to be expected in the Netherlands, but something worth mentioning occured.

Before I continue, I’d just like to mention that you should try walking home some time. Be it from your office (if possible) or from a train / bus station … it’s relaxing after sitting all day long, it’s healthy and most important of all, it gives you time to reminisce on the events of the days, big or small. Treat yourself to a good walk home sometime, it’s cheap and you’ll most probably love it.

So, while I was walking in the rain, which is awesome (if you don’t have to walk for more than ten to fifteen minutes), I came to a ped crossing and was just drifting away mentally when all of a sudden a car stops in the middle of the street, in front of a green traffic light, a door opens and the driver asks me if I “still had a long way home” and if I needed a lift. Since I only had a few hundred meters left, I declined and thanked the guy.

My first thoughts, when the car stopped, were that someone I know must have recognized me and wanted to give me a lift - which would be perfectly normal, but no - a total stranger. I think that’s awesome. In today’s world, these random acts of kindness seems to be very rare … heck, if I’d been in his position, I don’t know if I’d have done the same.

I talked about this with a friend of mine and he mentioned the dangers associated with this kind of “help” … like getting into the car of a total stranger and all and I think that’s where it’s all going down the drain. If the first thing you think about, when someone you don’t know helps you, is that the person might try to rip you off / scam you / whatever … then there’s something really wrong.

Being alert is one thing, suspecting everyone of malintention is something else.

Either way, what I wanted to say is “Thank you!” to all those people-who-offer-a-lift-to-someone-who-has-to-walk-in-the-rain out there. You make our society a little bit better.

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