Thursday, December 05, 2019

"In Arms": in high school, two friends deal with grief and loss



Lucas Cox directs the 9-minute short “In Arms”.


In a Catholic high school, two students deal with the loss of a sister, sitting on the floor of the bathroom. The setting is about as simple as you can imagine.

With Harry Thornton and Will Harrison.
  
This situation is as protist as it gets.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

"5 Reasons to Like Blue Jays": are they smart?



I don’t know if blue jays, which are corvids, are as smart as crows, but I thought I would share “5 Reasons to Like Blue Jays”.  Corvids have evolved problem solving ability from evolution separately from mammals. 


The caterpillar scene is interesting.

Bluejays are common in northern Virginia and conspicuous.

But so are crows.  I had one befriend me in the house, and in the new condo a crow will sit on the balcony and watch me work at the computer.  On the day of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the crow “Timo” kept chasing me back into the garage when I ventured out to test the weather. He knew a storm was coming and seemed to protect me.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

"People Who Like to Be Alone"


Brainy Dose presents “People Who Like to Be Alone Have These 12 Special Personality Traits”.


In “Smallville”, the teen Clark Kent would say, “I’m different, I’m not special”.

But Clark was an introvert in the best sense.

I have to say that the first of these films has plenty of appealing looking young men in the mold of  the stereotype of "cis gay men", an ideal of the past. 

Beastie has a similar film, actually longer, “The 11 Unique Personality Traits”.

Beastie also adds three traits of extroverts.

If a journalist likes to jump out of planes sometimes, he could still be someone who works alone a lot. 

 If a waiter in a gay bar talks about doing base jumps and can actually do them, he’s likely to be more extroverted.

I matched up well with most of this, but I don’t have emotional sympathy for disadvantaged people, but I do understand their predicament.  But it is a somewhat distanced, measured understanding, about privilege or the lack thereof.  It isn’t quite the same as trading places or true “skin in the game”. Time is very important to me.  I value independence.  I related to cats more than dogs, and cats like me.  Moral compass can be very nuanced indeed.

Economic Invincibility, John Fish, and Tim Pool, as Youtube channel owners, all fit into this category.  Fish has discussed this openly. Jordan Peterson is the senior person of this personality type.  (You can name others, and yes, people think they are on the right, like Sargon of Akaad.  They absolutely do not support supremacy.) They all tend so be somewhat conservative, at least as far as resisting the ideas of tribalism or group rights or reparations. You could call them anti-tribalists.  The alt-right and far Left seem to be populated by conventional tribalists and “extroverts”.  The most infamous is orange man.
  
Todd Grande has videos on schizoid and avoidant personalities, and high functioning autism (Aspergers), all of which mix with introversion for various reasons.

The far Left is trying to force everyone to see themselves through "intersectional groups" and join causes and take on personal challenges dictated by others, as an ideological goal.  There is this idea that "victims" based on group-membership are "not good enough" to be worthy of one's potential attention for friendship.
 
Remember, though, "Carousel" ends with "You'll Never Walk Alone". 

Picture: Extinction Rebellion, Washington DC, Sept 23, 2019 

Monday, December 02, 2019

"Washington Nationals: Team of Destiny, 2018 Mini Movie": the short before the preview



There is a film showing of a 90-minute documentary at the Anthem theater on the Anacostia waterfront in Washington DC tonight, titled “The 2019 World Series Documentary”.  DVD’s are supposed to go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 3. 
I didn’t get around to getting to this, but I did find a 14-minute Tube by MCQ37 Highlights, “Washington Nationals: Team of Destiny, 2019 Mini Movie”.  The film shows the highlights of the disappointments in the playoffs in 2012 (I remember the top of the ninth when the Cardinals scored 4 runs after a borderline call of ball four with 2 outs), 2014, 2016, 2017.

Then it races through the 2019 season, after Bryce Harper went to the Phillies, and the Nats were 19-31 after the first fifty game.  The film shows the highlights of a 12-10 home win against the Marlins, and the Nats would go 74-38 for the rest of the season (finish 93-69), including winning the last 8 games and a 5-game sweep at home against the Phillies. Including the playoffs they would finish 86-43 from that point.

The film rushes through the World Series, where the visiting team won all seven games. The critical win might have been game 2, when the Nats scored 5 gift runs in the top of the seventh after an infield fumble and then a broken-bat hit. Good teams pounce on little mistakes, particularly when on the road.

They do show Kyle Kendrick’s slicing homer off the foul pole to put the Nats ahead in game 7.
   
It will be interesting to see if they can keep both Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon.  High-average hitters like Rendon have the ability to make time slow down (from the brain’s perspective) so they can hit the ball – it seems genetic.  Animals, especially cats, can do this when hunting prey.
  
Here’s another video, about opening day of the 1955 season at Griffith Stadium, when the Senators beat the Orioles 12-5, but would lose the next day in Yankee Stadium 19-1, and would finish the season 53-101.  But they would go 13-9 against the Cleveland Indians that year (and against Boston the next year). In 1959 they would endure their 18 game losing streak. 

Sunday, December 01, 2019

"10 Unsolved Mysteries of Titan": is it alive?


John Michael Godier presents “10 Unsolved Mysteries of Titan” (14 min).


This little film is just a week old.

Drones will fly around Titan in 2034.

Godier talks about the possibility of a subsurface ocean on Titan, resembling Europa’s.

He also mentions that hydrogen and acetylene disappear from the atmosphere as they float down, as if they were being eaten by alien microbes.

The dunes on Titan appear to consist of tholin, and some of the lakes appear to reside inside craters.
   
Titan would become much warmer in 4 billion years when the Sun expands to becoming a red giant.
   
Wikipedia: 
By NASA / JPL-Caltech / USGS - http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/?IDNumber=PIA10008, Public Domain, Link