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Tasers in the Outfield
  • Your comment assumes that there is a reasoning mind inside that uniform, instead of mindless knee-jerk brute force.

    And that mindlessness also goes for whoever decides to pull these "I might get tased for this" pranks or dares, just to be a blip on local television for a second or two.

  • Rule
  • Don't forget the capability for mental retention of abstract names and events, to pass the story from mouth to ear across generations for millennia, before the invention of writing.

    To the ancient Greeks, memory was a crucial element of all art forms, as shown by there being Muses for three types of poetry (epic, romantic, nationalistic), two types of theater (drama and comedy), one for music, one for dance, one for history and one for astronomy, which kept track of the movement of objects across the night sky.

    Notice the absence of painting and sculpture.

    To top it off, the Muses were the nine daughters of Mnemosyne - goddess of memory - and Chronos - god of time. And there you have it, according to the Greeks: the inspirations of man are intimately tied to memory, information being passed along. Tweaked a little each time, to be sure, it keeps growing, getting more complex, which also makes for a slightly bigger memory challenge each time.

  • This Island Earth (1955)
  • Rex Reason! Now that sounds like a name for a comic book character, like the normal human with a high-functioning mind, the scientist, poet and statesman that superheroes turn to for help in solving mysteries and facing the odds, each and every installment.
    Like if the Avengers could also count on someone like Sherlock Holmes.

  • What's the dumbest blockbuster movie you have seen that somehow received high praise?
  • a multi-character parallel storytelling style that is only ever celebrated amongst industry snobs

    I'm going to agree with caveats here, because some directors who are actual artists do it for the sake of the film and the challenge of it, as opposed to what I'll refer to as "industry types", who do it for the prizes. And some crazy bastards manage to pull it off. Three names come to mind - Robert Altman, Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Soderbergh.

    I've never seen "Crash" and never wanted to, from what I've read, the bland yet heavy-handed results onscreen, plus the lazy reflexive accolades, made me view the whole thing with a cynical eye, like you.

    In fact, Robert Altman had a thing or two to say about those "industry types", in his triumphant early-90s comeback film "The Player".
    Also, do yourself a favor and watch Altman's "Short Cuts", to see parallel storytelling at its' best.

  • 'We thought it was impossible:' Water frost on Mars discovered near Red Planet's equator
  • Also, the comparatively small and weak gravitational field of Mars has made it a most challenging target in the solar system, behind only Mercury and the Sun itself.
    Of course, through trial and error, with better know-how and tech, they have gotten increasingly competent and even reliable at the task.

  • Leaky bags
  • You want them to use plastic?
    Then later complain about runaway plastic pollution?

    The same kind of circular logic applied to politics leads people to not vote, arguing that bOtH pArTiEs ArE tHe SaMe and never make the connection that their chronic apathy and fickleness is what caused the mess the are apathetic about, only now with more cynicism.

  • My 16 year old with Hyperthyroidism and Asthma.
  • I also have a 16-year old, he's quite frail right now. Just a little while ago I walked up to him lying in his favorite cushion at the moment, put my arms around him and told him just how important he is around here. He is our elder statesman.

  • What's the most bizarre wikipedia article you've read?
  • And speaking of the world of German baroque music:

    Why is it that the world never remembers the name of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mitzweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?

  • What's the most bizarre wikipedia article you've read?
  • As it turns out, there is a lot of art out there that I have loved or at the very least respected throughout the years, that consciously draws on Chaos Magic as a philosophical/aesthetic influence.

    Another example of applied Chaos Magic in the artistic process, not mentioned in the article, is Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies" - whenever stuck creatively, you draw a random card that might say things like:

    "Honor thy error as a hidden intention",
    "Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element",
    "Accept advice".

  • Does anyone else see an alleged old painting or black-and-white photo you've never seen before, are unsure if it's legit or a recent fake created with AI?

    For example, places like HistoryPorn have some bizarre pictures of weird inventions or WWII experimental weapons.

    How come I'm only just now coming across them? Why didn't we see them five or ten years ago, even in specialized forums and subreddits?

    Places like ArtPorn or TraditionalArt are a trickier proposition. Here my lack of knowledge is vast, but I've really loved the history of painting for over two decades now, and have recently kept coming across a lot of 18th-to-20th century paintings and painters I've never heard of before; some of these are excellent, I should have known about them... I think. But like I say, there's more that I don't know than what I do. If they are real and not recent AI creations, where are the original and who is digitizing and/or publishing so many of them all of a sudden in the past year?