Last week the year-and-a-half long group read of the Illuminatus! trilogy wrapped up over at RAWIllumination.net, and as a result there is a treasure trove of new interpretive/annotative information about Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea’s cult classic.
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It is most certainly an imperfect mapping of the show, based on an imperfect psychological model, which cherry picks certain characteristics, and ignores others, but I found that it ends up fitting far better than I expected it to, and since the show is known for its impeccable story structure, it’s interesting to find something resembling character structure as well. For the sake of simplicity this is based on the original “Greendale Seven Study Group” incarnation of the cast.
- Shirley Bennett – The Oral Biosurvival Circuit
This circuit is concerned with nourishment, physical safety, comfort and survival. This circuit is imprinted early in infancy. The imprint will normally last for life, unless it is re-imprinted by a powerful experience.… Read the rest
So, the Oscars happened. The biggest buzz generated by the show seems to have less to do with the actual movies and more to do with griping about Neil Patrick Harris’s performance as host and the fact that Joan Rivers was left out of an homage reel. Let’s face it, the whole thing is kind of ridiculous. If someone told me about an annual event where people wear outfits worth thousands of dollars to sit through hours of boring speeches and maybe be awarded little statues of naked men with no faces, I would think it was some kind of twisted initiation process for a frat house or a cult—not the most prestigious award ceremony for the entire motion picture industry.
So who won? Birdman did, and in a big way. It won so many Oscars, they might as well have let the producers walk away with the coke sniffing conceptual art Oscar made by the “Banksy of LA.” I for one am a bit disappointed that Boyhood didn’t get its due (as is a writer at Slate who wrote a viral article arguing in favor of the movie).… Read the rest
Silvio Marcacci via CleanTechnica:
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Media days, star-studded halftime shows, and million-dollar television ads traditionally dominate the news leading up to every Super Bowl, but it’s probably time to add a new tradition to the list: Annual “Greenest Super Bowl Ever” claims.
This trend has picked as Americans become more involved with environmental and climate issues, and this year Super Bowl XLIX is primed to score as perhaps the greenest sporting event yet.
A 100% Wind Powered Super Bowl
As with most CleanTechnica post, this one starts with renewable energy. While Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium doesn’t have any on-site solar or wind power resources, local utility Salt River Project (SRP) has agreed to provide all of the big game’s electricity needs with 100% wind power.
Un-Redacted: Activist comedian Lee Camp and his news show, Redacted Tonight use comedy to uncover the truth by covering all the stories you won’t see in either comedy or on the news.
How do you make School of the Americas, climate change, the military and prison industrial complexes, corporate personhood and income inequality funny? And perhaps more importantly, why should they be made funny?
Lee Camp, activist comedian and ‘intrepid newshound’ host of the news comedy show, Redacted Tonight, explains.
“A lot of these issues I try to tackle are simply too depressing when tackled straight on. People avoid them or look the other way,” he says.
“But with comedy, people will listen longer, they’ll forward it to friends, they’ll not feel completely defeated by everything we’re facing. Even people that disagree with me are willing to watch a comedy show.”
Art killing apathy, as it were; engagement through entertainment.… Read the rest
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Did you vote? If not, is it because you don’t think your vote matters? I can understand why you might believe that, because of how cynical we’ve gotten about democracy in America. Some of that is due to the real world, what we’ve seen or what we’ve been told about political and electoral corruption, not that either is anything remotely new. Some of it, though, is due to the way the movies reinforce that idea that elections are shams.
We’re long past the days of Frank Capra, although his movies weren’t exactly free of the evils of the system; they just treated them as the stuff of villains and seemed hopeful about idealism and democracy in the end. Since then we’ve had Watergate and Bush v. Gore and numerous Election Day controversies a decade, and through it all we’ve had exaggerated depictions of the worst of the democratic process.
What does the ascendance of the sociopath as a pop culture figure mean? The New Inquiry on our ever-growing fascination with “disconnected” characters:
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My greatest regret is that I’m not a sociopath. I suspect I’m not alone. I have written before that we live in the age of awkwardness, a strong case could be made that we live in the age of the sociopath. They are dominant figures on television, for example, and within essentially every television genre. Cartoon shows have been fascinated by sociopathic fathers (with varying degrees of sanity) ever since the writers of The Simpsons realized that Homer was a better central character than Bart. On the other end of the spectrum, the flagships of high-brow cable drama have almost all been sociopaths of varying stripes: the mafioso Tony Soprano of The Sopranos, the gangsters Stringer Bell and Marlo of The Wire, the seductive imposter Don Draper of Mad Men, and even the serial-killer title character of Dexter.