Sunday, March 17, 2019

"I Am Puma": a Russian couple adopts a mountain lion cub who grows up to be a typical house cat

I_Am_Puma” is a series of videos from Russia about a couple, apparently on the Arctic coast, who adopt a puma cub, Messi, because he is too small to survive in the wild.

He grows up to be a normal puma, slightly smaller than normal, and has a companion, a white hairless domestic cat.

In the video shown here, both cats have a GI-tract infection and are coming back to health but have to get shots at home.

Messi makes a lot of different sounds and behaves like a house cat.

In another video, he messages (grooms) the husband when the husband has a sore shoulder and back.
By Cm0rris0n - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Thursday, March 14, 2019

"When You Find Out He's a Trump Supporter": Eduardo's (ideological) present to Tim Pool and "Economic Invincibility"

Eduardo Sanchez-Ubanell offers the comedy short film (four minutes) about a hookup, “When You Find Out He’s a Trump Supporter”, co-starring Max Emerson.

OK, this film stays barely within PG-13 territory.  Really just barely. Eduardo may be getting put through a hidden gauntlet.

Eduardo discovers MAGA stuff in the home of his date and gets a political lesson.  There’s nothing inconsistent about being conservative and gay, if you’re a cis male.  Maybe it should be right-leaning libertarian.

Could billionaire Peter Thiel, who spoke at the 2016 convention for Trump, be brought into the conversation?  What about his immortality or longevity project?  I think there is something about sea communities.  Thiel also wants to build a floating city to deal with climate change (or maybe he can build an O-Neill cylinder with artificial gravity and place it at the right LaGrange point).  That sounds like Dubai. He founded PayPal, which has become involved in a potential collusion scandal with the deplatforming of a few “conservatives” following Sargon of Akkad’s fall from Patreon (covered on my main blog).

Eduardo’s films demonstrate a quantum tautology: men are men. Even a John Fish video on quantum entanglement doesn’t change biological fact.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

"Into the Streets": LGBT history in Cinerama at the Newseum

I visited the exhibit at the Newseum today called “Rise Up” on level 6.

On level 5, in the superwidescreen auditorium, the theater played a 30-minute short film giving gay history since the 1950s, “Into the Streets”, directed by G. Wlliamson, essentially filmed in Cinerama, as in the 1950s.

The centerpiece of the film is the course of the Stonewall Rebellion at the Stonewall bar in NYC on 7th Avenue and Christopher, on June 28, 1969, with emphasis on the silly and negative way the press covered them.

The film also went back to the 1950s with the Truman and Eisenhower purges of gays from the government and the history of Frank Kameny.  In the mid 1960s, the atmosphere started to change, although you wouldn’t have realized it from the CBS special with Mike Wallace, “The Homosexuals”. Starting in 1970 in NYC (and 1972 in Dallas) there were big pride marches.

Homosexuality as practiced in private became much more acceptable in the 1970s, despite Anita Bryant.  The film covers the AIDS epidemic in the 80s and Reagan’s indifference, and the surprising fight over gays in the military, up to the time of Obama’s repeal in 2011.

Lou Chibbaro, from the Washington Blade, seems to do most of the narration.

There was also an eight-minute short film “The Hollywood Effect” in one of the booths on Level 6.

The short showed that gay material became acceptable on cable television and then indie film sooner than in large Hollywood films.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"Just One Tree", short film from The Outsidely

A new website from Australia, "The Outsidely",  set up to work on climate change offers a short film, “Just One Tree’, by Ramsay Taplin.

The film presents the tree as nature’s major tool for balancing the right amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

He also discusses the depletion of insects.

The bad news is cutting down of forests, in Australia, and in Brazil in the Amazon under a new right wing leadership.

The one question I would have is, large trees too close to a house can fall on them in storms.

When we played back yard softball in my childhood, there was a large poplar tree that knocked down a lot of home runs.  Then it was struck by lightning in 1986 and barely missed the house.

Monday, March 11, 2019

"Captain Marvel" and Hollywood's blatent but necessary consumerism

OK, Tim Pool gave “Captain Marvel” 4/10 on Twitter.  Indeed it comes from Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures, directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Brie Larson becomes the superhero;  we remember her from “Room” (Nov. 3, 2015).

Marvel Studios give a good synoptic gospel trailer  starting with an image of a defunct Blockbuster video store; later Carol Danvers questions whether her life is “real”.

I’ll skip it, but mention the controversy over the deleted Rotten Tomatoes “pre-reviews”, as Metro-UK and then Cinemablend explain things.   

The film seems to have done rather well at the box office.

But I can’t go along with the idea of seeing another comics movie that seems made just to push casting “diversity” as a new diversity Law.

“Economic Invisibility” has an interesting perspective about this film as becoming an example of “forced consumption”.  He even speculates about a future “Hollywood subsidy tax”. Well, as Nassim Nicholas Taleb pointed out (“Skin in the Game”), more of is need to return to the “real life” transaction economy rather than mull in the lucid dreams of the attention economy.

Picture: Reno, my picture, 2018/9.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

"Leaving Neverland" (HBO) stokes the problem on "unpersoning" people from history for distantly past misdonduct

I don’t think I have time for the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland”, but here is a  first hour from the Documentary Channel , or the HBO-sponsored trailer here for Dan Reed’s four-hour opus.

Now some men speak up about what they allege was going on.  But of course we had heard this at the time of the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray in 2009 for involuntary manslaughter for a cocktail of sleep medicines including propofol.  At the time, there was a lot of talk of inappropriate behavior on Jackson’s part with kids, which led to charges and an acquittal.

But the most interesting commentary comes from Tim Pool “Erasing Michael Jackson, Unpersoning Is Here and Is Getting Worse”.

The video has a cartoonish picture of a Book Burning Mobile (“Fahrenheit 451”, etc).  When a person’s moral reputation has been tarnished by revelations years later, they are to be removed from history. In fact, the radical Left wants to start over with its own pretend history.

Flickr photos of the Neverland ranch in the past are here.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Chemistry set art work: "Recreating One of the Weirdest Reactions": a solution shimmers in patterns and then turns to coca-cola

Recreating One of the Weirdest Reactions” reminds me of an old art project in New York by Stewart Lamle back in the 1980s, mixing odd paints and chemicals to get bizarre recursive patterns to put on fabrics.

Science teacher (?) Tim Kench, on a YouTube channel by NileRed, presents an interesting experiment that creates a solution with recursive patterns (fractal, almost Mandelbrot-like) in reddish colors, like a design – that get overridden by bubbles and turn blue.

This would make chemical art work for a museum.

The chemicals include sulfuric acid, and complicated oxidated salts with iron and bromine, and one organic acid. But the experiment would probably appear in an undergraduate course in advanced inorganic chemistry (or descriptive inorganic).

Like the ingredients for many experiments in a typical academic chemistry laboratory, many of the ingredients are toxic.

When I was a senior in high school, I accidentally got a little bromine on an index finger.  If formed a dark sliver of a burn that took about three months to heal completely.

Jack Andraka’s book “Breakthrough” (Book reviews blog, March 18, 2015) has an appendix with some home experiments (like making a lava lamp) that are simpler and safer than this.  Nevertheless, this film demonstrates the possibility of chemical abstract art.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

"Midnight Cowboy", classic film from 1969 (time of Stonewall) about gay hustlers, provokes controversy over airport name

I remember seeing John Schlessinger’s “Midnight Cowboy” in 1969 at the Post Theater at Fort Eustis VA (when I was in the Army), where an officer in the waiting line said it is about “homosexuality and all that”. It’s based on a novel by James Leo Herlihy.

The United Artists film (now Criterion Collection) became a cult classic quickly, as a country hick Joe Buck (Jon Voight) befriends a city hustler Ratso (Dustin Hoffman). The film, shot at 1.37:1 often in black and white, has a restroom scene that at first earned it an X rating.

The film attracted attention in the media recently when John Wayne’s son fought off attempts to remove John Wayne’s name from the airport in Orange County CA over concern of Wayne’s criticism of this classic movie and his supposed homophobia, which the son denies in context.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

"Goodbye Charley": a gay highschool athlete experiences the afterlife, only visible to his lover

Goodbye, Charley”, a six-minute short film by Nate Trinrud, with Austin McKenzie as Charley, is a supernatural story about the afterlife.

Charley, a star baseball player, is shown transparent walking around the high school, walking through students as they prepare for his memorial assembly.

Only his lover, also on the team, can actually see him, as they say goodbye in a final scene.

The film was shot at the University of Southern California.

The film does not specify the cause of death.

The film is loosely based on the 1964 comedy by  Vincente Minnelli for 20th Century Fox Cinemascope.  Charlie (Debbie Reynolds) is first a male screenwriter who is shot by a jealous husband at sea and comes back to life as a woman, while his best friend, a novelist (Tony Curtis) puts his affairs in order.  The transgender theme is definitely ahead of its time, which was quite homophobic still. 

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

"Oblivious": short film shows how parents in a "good home" fail to notice a daughter lured into trafficking online

Mikey Hardesty presents “Oblivious”.

The film claims to have won Best PSA in a Colorado Film Festival for Youth. Does it really show how an upper-income privileged teen would fall for trafficking?  

A teenage girl in a nice home in Colorado still keeps connecting with johns on the Internet. When she gets to the motel, unbeknownst to her “oblivious” mother, it’s apparent she’s under a pimp’s financial control, but why?  She just needs to keep her life secret.  

With FOSTA on the books, the operator of the website the characters use and possibly their webhost would be liable for civil damages and possibly criminal prosecution. What if the website operator didn’t know?

Wikipedia attribution link, picture of San Juan desert in southern CO, CCSA 3.0.  I drove through the area in 1984.  I didn't recall that the area is a basin with no water outlet.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

"Flower Man": a straight man has to offer himself to get a discount for his wedding bouquet, and he has so little to lose

Rocco Fallon presents a 3-minute short film “Flower Man: Love in Shop when Buying Flowers”.

A straight man about to be married has to talk down the price of the wedding bouquet.  The gay flower shop owner wants something in return for the discount.

The gay owner looks a little more masculine at sight. The straight guy doesn’t really have anything to lose, even if the final seconds.

The film is by “TV Love”.

Friday, March 01, 2019

"A Good Student" but not a good teacher

Kate Saxton’s “A Good Student” popped up quickly as I searched for "short films".

Peram Hasibi plays a young (male) high school teacher taking money (actually cash in envelopes) for grades, and a (female) student decides to “end it”.  He looks like a graduate student, but dressed in coat, shirt and tie.  The film doesn't say what he teaches (maybe math?)  Maybe this is more like a community college environment.

He doesn’t ask for intimacy (which would be more predictable).  And he doesn’t expect power over students.

A relatively straightforward film, which seems to be a film school project.

I was an assistant math instructor at Kansas University in the 1960s and I gave hard tests.  At that time, I could have power over who might get drafted because of the student deferment system of the time. That could make interesting fodder for short film.