Goodness, there certainly are LASTING EFFECTS from online shopping! Dearest online retailers, may I give you a WEENSY little tip? Sending a new customer emails every single day is unlikely to result in anything except a click right to the unsubscribe button, especially since many of us were new customers because we were shopping for a gift for someone else. I assure you that I personally am not interested in all these emails about exciting tool/hardware specials. If you dialed it back a bit, though, I might be reminded of you the next time I was shopping for that same person. Instead, too late! Unsubscribe! Now I am forgetting all about you, instead of having your company name on my mind like a sweet scent on a gentle breeze!
I watched TiMER (Netflix link), and although I have complaints, I am also feeling obsessive and thinking about it A LOT, and I want everyone else to watch it too. Just for starters, the lead girl is played by Anya from Buffy, and she was one of our top favorite Buffy characters. (I liked her in this movie, too, but "turning 30 next week," my foot.) And then the lead guy (John Patrick Amedori) is played by a guy who reminds me strongly of my high school boyfriend, so.
The plot is that it becomes possible to get a wrist implant (a TiMER) that counts down to the day you'll meet the perfect person for you---but ONLY if that person ALSO has a TiMER. (I apologize in advance for how annoying it is to read "TiMER" written like that. I will try to use it as little as possible.) So you might get the implant (you can legally get one at age 14) and it could be blank---and it might STAY BLANK YOUR WHOLE LIFE, if there's no perfect person for you OR if your perfect person never gets an implant. Or your perfect person might get an implant and then your blank TiMER suddenly pops up some countdown numbers!! You'd have to glance at it a million times a day!!
Are you fascinated? I am fascinated. I didn't even really want the movie so much as I wanted a multi-volume set of short stories telling me every possible way this could go. (I felt the same way about Death Match, a book on a very similar topic.) What about someone whose perfect person dies before they meet? Does the screen suddenly go blank? What if you've already met your perfect person? Does it just countdown to the next time you meet them? What about all the people who were already partnered when this technology was invented? Would they get a TiMER or not? (Would you?) Did anyone do that and find they were already with their perfect person? What if your perfect person was already, say, your sister's/friend's husband? Could anyone have more than one perfect person? Could there ever be a situation where the numbers would change---like if there's a different perfect person for you, or if your perfect person dies and a new perfect person is substituted? The movie touches lightly on some of the issues, but mostly focuses on these:
1) What if your TiMER is blank and you get kind of obsessive about it and keep trying to get every guy you meet to get an implant?
2) What if your TiMER has a date far in the future? Like, you're 21, but your implant says you won't meet the love of your life until you're 45? What do you do about dating in the meantime? (And do you go ahead and have children with someone else?)
3) What if you meet a great guy and your TiMERs don't match? Do you date him while you're both waiting to meet your perfect person? and then, like, break up when the timer is at zero? Or what?
4) What if you get the implant when you're 14, and the countdown is for a
few days later? When you're not even really ready for dating? Won't that be kind of weird for everyone, including both families?
5) If this technology exists, should everyone use it? or not? Does it make things work better, or does it mess things up? (I appreciated the way the movie didn't get heavy-handed here: I wasn't even sure which side it was coming down on in the end.)
My main complaint was this: If we really did have these countdown devices, it would take mere microseconds for everyone to be online comparing numbers and matching them up to try to find their perfect matches earlier ("Okay, everyone with a countdown to June 5th, 2013 go to THIS forum, everyone with a countdown to June 5th, 2014 to THIS forum..."). But then...that would screw up all the numbers, right? Because they'd all meet sooner. So what about THAT? I would be willing to let that go, though, with the smallest attempt at addressing it---just a mention that people tried it and it messed everything up and didn't work and the numbers got all wonked so everyone stopped. (But still. Wouldn't you be like, "Hey, your device says June 5th, 2021? What a coincidence: so does my friend's! I should introduce you!")
Now I would like someone to start writing the stories, please. I want MORE.
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