Thursday, December 31, 2020

"Do You Love Me?" if I'm a robot


model railroad 2018 

Do You Love Me?  Here is the wildly popular video from Boston Dynamics.

It is written by Berry Gordy and performed by The Contours.

Do you feel they really have personalities?

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

"A Date in 2025": AI advances are not that far off


Grandfather Mtn NC bridge

A Date in 2025”, on the DUST channel by Ryan Turner, presents an appealing young man Daniel (Sasha Feldman), who is goaded by his AI assistant, which is a little more persistent than Alexa, into dating the young lady in his mundane online school (like the pandemic never ended).

The assistant tells him he is like a cell in a siphonophore, a colony whose individual animals die if they don’t connect to others.  Without romantic suicide, cold logic will force him into suicide.

The AI even pesters him about his masturbation habits.

The final date seems like a bit of a proof of concept.  

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

"Section 230, Explained": why you need it to be able to post your own content online for the rest of the world to see


Facebook, 2018

Section 230, Explained” by Jennifer Huddleston, of the American Action Forum.

The eight-minute documentary contrasts the reasons why both Trump and Biden want to get rid of Section 230 (of the 1996 Telecommunications Decency Act, with its “26 Words that Created the Internet”. That parallels the differences between conservatives (who see Big Tech censoring their speech, currently about the 2020 election) and liberals (who want do control hate speech and radicalization, which has become a real problem since Charlottesville).

Huddleston make a real point that a platform (or web host, which has a very different paradigm from a social media company) does not “own” your content.  Imagine what would happen if it did.

She does not get into detail as to what would happen if Section 230 were abolished altogether, but for that go to Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Elliot Harmon and his Oct 2020 NYTimes op-ed.  Many people would eventually be stopped from having their own personal presence online at all.

There is a good question as to whether earlier court rulings from the 1990s would provide some downstream immunity protection, or whether a common carrier law for hosts would be a good idea as a partial replacement.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

"Whiteout": film shot in a single take as a couple driving in a blizzard confronts a homeless man in the road


Feb 2010 blizzard in DC area

Whiteout” by Lance Edmands, presents a young couple driving a deserted road at night in a snowstorm, when they come upon an apparent drunk man (Patrick Tihany) in the way.

There is a philosophical conflict between the man and woman  (David Call and Sarah Tihany) as to their duty to help, and they call 911.

They sacrifice the coat that the man and try to help him.

They get back into the car, and the man charges.  They have to drive off. The cops are coming.

The film (from Washington Square Films) was shot in a single take and was released on another channel in late 2019. It was placed on the Alter channel a few days ago.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

"Haunted Holiday: Gay Ghost Haunting", erotic adventure from India; why did YouTube channel "Gay Awesome" get axed on Christmas Day?


St park in Maryland

Haunted Holiday: Gay Ghost Hauntings”, from Rudra Productions, is an extended fantasy-mystery road trip gay film (33 minutes), directed by Amit and Mohit Singh, apparently from India.

Two young men and a young woman go away for a holiday.  At night they have car trouble, and are led to a haunted hotel.

In the hotel there are some odd people (one who walks on all fours), and an enigmatic young man who seems to be gay.   So the two young men (Ashkit and Mohay, I think) are drawn to him, and then discover each other, just as Khushi is trying to get them checked out the next morning.

Then there is a flash of light and seemingly a medical catastrophe.  Maybe that’s a spoiler.

The film (apparently in Hindi) did not provide subtitles.

As another note, a channel of gay soft core videos of men in suits was suddenly taken down Christmas Day by YouTube, called “Gay Awesome”, also calling itself “The Office”.  Indeed bizarre.

Friday, December 25, 2020

"Timelapse of Future Technology 2022-4000", and yes AI will become self-aware


Bronx Botanical Museum, 2014 

Venture City presents “Timelapse of Future Technology 2022-4000”.

Elon Mush will launch a vehicle to Mars in 2022?

Humans will get tattoos and dermal implants to control devices and even communicate telepathically. Bioengineering will reduce or reverse aging.

Late in this century, quantum computers will be able to create conscious beings that live 5000 years and can even have their own funerals.

By about 2300 we will be a Type 1 civilization  and soon after be able to build a Dyson Sphere and become more like a Type 2 (Kardashev scale).  It will take until 4000 to become a type 3 and control the galaxy and manipulate space-time.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

"SOG": Outdoors, in a German forest, a gay and a straight man


trail in Maryland

The short film “SOG” , by Jannik Gensler (Dec. 18, 2020), in German, plays on bisexuality.

Two young men are camping in the woods.  That is Linus (Daniel Dietrich) and Jonas (Vincent Lang).  They sleep in a tent. Next day, Jonas, who is supposed to be straight and is conspicuously male, twists his ankle.  That provides the trigger for intimacy.

Monday, December 21, 2020

"How to Be an Ally" (Patrise Cullors from BLM)

BLM sign in Arlington VA

Patrise Cullors (a founder of Black Lives Matter) talks about “How to Be an Ally”.  This is a recent video, today, Dec. 21, and would go along with a recent YouTubeOriginal series of videos called “Resist”. "Allyship" has become a trendy word, of what is expected now. 

She talks about the concepts of ally, accomplice, and co-conspirator.

Sometimes an “ally” only shows up when it is convenient.

She also says that privilege is a matter of what you have not been forced to deal with as well as what you have been given.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

"Straight Friends vs. Gay Friends", from Eduardo in San Francisco

San Francisco Market St 2018

Eduardo Sanchez-Ubanell treats us with another short, “Straight Friends vs. Gay Friends” (6 min).

The music (an upward scale) is certainly coy, and sets up a lighthearted mood in a troubled time. 

It’s filmed in his pod perch in San Francisco, and is pretty much a display of “manliness”. 

I can remember a time when, in the 1980s, teachers would play "don't tell" by saying "I have gay friends". 

I wish gay YouTubers would tell us what is going on in LA and San Francisco.  Everyone I know is staying healthy.  Yet the media reports a mass death event, especially in Los Angeles.  What is going on? 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

"The First Contact", micro sci-fi and a warning



The First Contact”, from Yangon in Action, June 14, 2020, is a 2-minute microfilm showing the first two minutes of an alien invasion over what may be Lima, Peru.

There is a huge spherical ship looking like a Christmas Tree ornament, and then some other daughter puff balls.  The mother ship spews out lightning, probably zapping electronics was with a microwave flux or EMP attack.

So the film is a bit of a warning. It does remind me of "Independence Day" (1996), but without Bill Pullman as president and without a hive-mind alien. 

Friday, December 18, 2020

George Clooney wants the fibbies to bail out movie theaters with the stimulus bill (what about AMC again? What about Warner Brothers and streaming?)


Minneapolis Nicollet Mall 2019

 George Clooney wants a bailout for movie theaters, as KARE11 reports (Minneapolis-St Paul affiliate). .

Clooney became ill with pancreatitis recently after losing twenty pounds to be in a film “Midnight Sky”, about a scientist (in Iceland) trying to contact a space crew after a global catastrophe, as explained in Eton Online.

Timcast IRL discusses and has fun with Clooney’s “demands” from the Congressional stimulus hearings.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

"Line 21", microshort about a very bifurcated world in 2184


Christmas show, VA

Rafael Dufour presents the micro sort film “Line 21” for Artfx, May 2020.

In 2184, the rich people live above the clouds (in separate high rises, reachable by a super elevator) and the poor people live in barrios on the ground.  It sounds like “Elysium” (Aug 10, 2013).

Actually, middle class people don’t live well either.  When a young woman attempts to get on a tram to take her to the sky, a robot stops her.

Then we learn that the robot, driven by AI, has emotions and is aware of itself.

The last minute of the 4-1/2 minute film is taken up by snazzy credits.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

"Truth of Dare": game with a male couple offers a "tribunal"


Wren building 

Truth or Dare” with male couple R. J. King and Charlie Knepper.

I’ve seen this kind of thing before, on Eduardo’s channel, and on Fear Pong.

King doesn’t get to keep all of his leg hair, as there is a tribunal in the middle.

But later there are some bad table manners with bananas, and we all know what they resemble. 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

"Magico": a gay magician auditioning for a regular job finds an interesting partner, maybe


knick knacks

Juan Sebastian Valencia presents “Magico”, which seems like a compressed gay version of “The Prestige’, perhaps, posted in November 2020.

Luke (Aaron Evans) is going to audition for a troupe in a magic show.  A bisexual swaggler Carl (Sam Street) enters the picture, ambivalent about what their relationship may be.

But the tension stirs Luke to develop his skills, which do become supernatural.

There is a somewhat intimate scene in the middle section.  They take off their own shirts (why not let them do it to each other) and the total count of chest hairs is zero.

The film has won awards in numerous LGBT film festivals.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

"How to Get Your Film on Netflix" with Brett Culp

flying over Utah, 2018

 “The Art of Photography” offers a video  How to Get Your Film on Netflix”, with filmmaker Brett Culp.

He started out working in wedding photography (like a film I remember from 2002, “Married at the Mall” in Minneapolis), and came up on the idea of kids (often with medical issues) overcoming adversity with a “#WeAreBatman” idea.

He went on to make a film “Legends of the Night” (2013), based on the idea of storytelling on hero characters to lift people up.  Later he made “Look to the Sky” (2017).

He talks about the “passion in your heart” with “what the world needs”.    We get selfish, “I will do it for me.”  (Like finish Bruckner’s Ninth?).

 This question could apply to how to sell to Amazon Prime or to YouTube Original.  YouTube seems to want to be a little more like Netflix, with all its censorship. 

Friday, December 11, 2020

"Out": an appealing teenager has to come out to his dad (LGBT), and then there is a need for "radical hospitality"


condos near the 405 in Los Angeles, 2012

Out”, directed by Greg Michael Blanchard.

Christopher Breitinger plays a teen with an appealing boyfriend played by Steven Brogan. He tells (implicitly) his mom (Lauren Henning) that he is gay, and his dad(Doug Mears) insists “you don’t make decisions like this at your age”.

But then the boyfriend is gaybashed near the home and shows up at the front door.

Seems to be filmed around Los Angeles.

This is a well paced short with a basic philosophical conflict – deciding v. being.

The film is an “Aldo I. Gallinar” production.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

"The Truman Show", it tried to "warn" us (in 1995)


Key West FL 2017

A channel called “The Take” has several videos on the 1994 movie “The Truman Show”, directed by Peter Weir, written by Andre Nicol, from Paramount Pictures (mini review here).  This video (July 30, 2020), is called “The Truman Show Tried to Warn Us.”

Truman Burbank is an insurance salesman living in what looks like Florida.  But his whole life is contrived for him to be the center of, for one long reality television show.  The entire southeastern United States is placed under a bubble just for Truman.

Truman is a kind of “protagonist” who gets out-of-proportion attention drawn to him by the whole world, as if it care about nothing else.

Carrey manages to make himself likeable enough.

I wonder if that’s what the protagonist ‘Bill” accomplishes on the spaceship and O’Neill cylinder world, in having three backstories shown just for him, with a dedicated cadre and cast of “actors” ready to become other people to survive a plague on Earth.  Such it is with my script “Epiphany”.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

"Road Rage", and it is not what you think it is

Bishop's Palace, Llandaff 2011 5


James Button acts and directs in “Road Rage”, a new short film from Dust.

A young man, driving a sedan in Wales, asks Alexa to time travel with a common idiom, and the software starts duplicating him at different points in time, and even his car, and putting them on the road at one.

Picture: Bishop's Palace in Cardiff, wikipedia embed, click for attribution 

Sunday, December 06, 2020

"Alone", from Dust channel; a woman in a space pod doomed by a black hole learns she can become holographic help for others stranded in the future


spire, DC Wharf

The Dust channel presents “Alone”, directed by William Hellmuth.

A woman, Kaya Torres, alone in a space pod, finds herself circling a black hole, getting closer to the Schwarzchild radius.

She finds a male companion “online”, and he may be a hologram. But she finds her way to a doomed planet, where she may have a chance to become that “hologram” for a while to guide other lost or doomed travelers.

Saturday, December 05, 2020

"Dominant Chord": a gay country music singer is put on the spot by his record label


Nevada, 2012, my trip

Dominant Chord” is a new gay short film by Jeremy Leroux (website).

Adam Charles (Clayton Chitty) is married to Brian (Sean Proague), and is a country-music star. When gay-bashed in the streets, his record label gets concerned about him and his “brand” (a kind of perversion of the idea of trademark). The company (Jolene, Caitlyn Stryker) wants to send him on a paid trip to Mexico pretending to be straight with women in sexual situations.

Obviously, his husband feels this is an invitation to cowardice.

In these days of woke politics, I doubt any major record label would really find it good business to behave this way.

Friday, December 04, 2020

Andrew Neighbors directs short film "Wetstone"; Warner Brothers lowballs the theaters during pandemic


Andrew Neighbors has directed his first short film, “Wetstone” (11 min), based on a short story by Sean Campbell (Dead I Productions)

Theo (played by Andrew, of “Andrew Goes Places”) finds an unusual rock when hiking with a boyfriend, and maybe others in his pod. (They all seem to be doing well personally during the pandemic, according to various other videos from California. It helps to behave smart.) 

He brings it home, and finds if he squeezes it, all the plumbing in his condo starts to leak.  (And can repair people come during a pandemic?)

Then, yes, somebody wants it back.   Eve (Julia Black) is the intermediary to an ancient curse.

In another matter, Warner Brothers has announced that in 2022 it will stream all its movies the same day of theatrical release (even of the size of “Tenet”), on HBO Max (which you can get on cable if you pay for it explicitly, or which you can join on the site itself). Hollywood Reporter discusses the “criticism” from struggling AMC Theaters. 

Thursday, December 03, 2020

"Life in Germany-Occupied France" from 1940-1944, from the Armchair Historian

Invalides aerial view


The Armchair Historian presents “Life in German-Occupied France”, which seems to have a game manufacturer as a sponsor.

The channels seems to have several animated films showing the effect of war on civilians.

The video explains the split between Vichy France and Occupied France, and then (after a brief introduction showing a family scurrying in Paris backstreets) and then shows the impact on civilians.  There was rationing of food, which caused some starvation.  The French laborers were conscripted as slaves in order to return political prisoners from Germany to France.

The history of the effect of war on civilians is always important, and the moral questions are sometimes parallel to those of the pandemic.

Wikipedia embed of Invalides defense museum, Paris, click for attribution 

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

"Six Minutes of War", a forest infiltration during WWII from the German side


ParaLight Worx presents “Six Minutes of War”, a German film by Adrian Martin, Hans Holt, and Ludwig Bachman, presenting a typical insurgence in a forest during World War II from the German side.

The music score is taken from the game “Day of Infamy”.

It’s not exactly light night infiltration in Basic Combat Training.

One soldier finds an Allied soldier down and gives him water.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

“Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn’t See Blue”, science and anthropology lesson

Blue Jay Ash RWD5

 AaapScience explains “Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn’t See Blue”, posted Nov. 24. 2020. 

Very few objects in nature are blue (bird with blue feathers are so because of reflective subtraction, not pigment).  So ancient minds tended to perceive blue as without color, a kind of gray.

Our brains learn to see color because we give them connation.  Crayon boxes present brown as a separate color, and we don’t perceive it as a dark orange. Likewise, our brains perceive pink as a separate color from red.

Our actual experience of color is socially constructed.

Facebook uses the color blue because its founder is partially color-blind.

Imagine making a movie called “Color” in black and white.  Only a nitwit would do that.

On Oct 15, 2008 here there is discussion of the three colors trilogy by Kiewslowski.

Wikipedia Blue Jay picture, embed, click for attribution. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

"Deep Dive" on DUST Channel, through contact lenses


Mohammad Solei presents “Deep Dive”, a 6-minute partially animated film for the DUST sci-fi channel.

A young woman arrives in Los Angeles and is issued unusual contact lenses, which mediate and screen what she sees.

As she goes into a lounge, she finds many other men won’t allow her to see their faces, with “access denied”.   This would an interesting device if you didn’t want to be stared at.

Then she is surrounded by colorful underwater images created by animation, as if she were in an underwater Deep Dive.

This reminds me of “Blade Runner” a little bit.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

"Cashless Society" where all you have is your social credit score on the blockchain (Denman)


Zachary Denman has a number of other dystopian soliloquies as he walks through an apocalyptic London.

Now he offers us “Cashless Society”.

But what he describes is a social credit system, where your comradeship is stored on the blockchain, after all your accumulated assets were taken away from you and redistributed to the needy.

China isn’t quite there yet.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

“Why Families in Europe Are Sending Elderly Relatives to Care Homes in Thailand” from Journeyman and Aljazeera

2010 09 19 red shirt protest bkk 09

 Journeyman Pictures presents an Aljazeera report, “Why Families in Europe Are Sending Elderly Relatives to Care Homes in Thailand” (26 min), posted Nov. 16, 2020.

The report must have been filmed in late 2019 however as it makes no reference to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film focuses mostly on families in the UK.  The families say that costs are much lower in Thailand and they think the (assisted living) facilities are more luxurious (mostly individual little cottages, one level), in splendid tropical surroundings, and the actual care is better.

However the families are much more separated from their relatives (usually with dementia, sometimes not even that old).  It would sound like they would have to be locked in to their cottages at night to prevent wandering.

The film finishes with an external visit of the old home in rural UK that the relative had “lost”.

The film was punctuated with excessive ads from YouTube.  Two of them were from Tyler Mowery’s Practical Screenwriting (in the same presentation).  I actually take that. Sorry, but for the sake of time, I had to exit out of it!

Thailand has had “free speech” and other political freedom issues with respect to(and for)  the monarchy.

Wikipedia embed: Red Shirts protest in 2010, click for attribution.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

PBS: "All Cats Are Grey in the Dark"; "Kachalka"


PBS POV has assembled a program of two shorts that it calls (together) “Uniquely Euro”.

The main offering is “All Cats Are Grey in the Dark”, by Lasse Linder, 15 min (German, subtitles).

In Austria, an elderly man has a female “Marmalade” impregnated by a Russian cat Katyuska, takes care of the couple, and nurses the mommy cat when she delivers the kittens.

There is a scene early on where he simply allows the cats to be together in a playroom, and the tomcat goes right to it.

The second film is “Kachalka”, directed by Gar O’Rourke (9 min, in Ukraine).  The film depicts an outdoor gym in Kiev, filled with very heavy metal.  There is a shot of sparse chest hair filling the screen made to look like an alien landscape. Later there is some very physical massage.  There are women there, too.

Here is a related video.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

"Belly of the Beast": in California, female prisoners sterilized illegally possibly for eugenics



I hadn’t even heard the stories that forced sterilization of women (often PoC) go on in prisons, especially California’s, but Erika Cohn laid it all out in a documentary, filled with interviews, aired Monday Nov. 23, 2020 on PBS Independent Lens, called “Belly of the Beast”m PBS link.

NPR has a useful historical link on the practice, which continued until at least 2010. 

The women talked unashameably about their prospects for love again.  And they describe not knowing they will be sterilized, for “eugenics”.

You could imagine connecting this to Bryan Stevenson’s work on wrongful convictions (“Just Mercy”).

The film seems to be related to or inspired by the book “In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison” from Vintage Books by Jack Henry Abbott (1991).

The prison is located near Chowchilla, in the Central Valley along I-5.   I’ve been in the area twice, in 2002 and 2018.

The film was followed by a brief QA where the director talks with several former prisoners.

Wikipedia embed shows the prison from the air (click for attribution).   The film shows various shots of downtown Sacramento (visited 2018) and the Capitol (my pic at night).

Monday, November 23, 2020

"The Great Reset" occurs with the pandemic


Zachary Denman offers “The Great Reset”, the fifth in his series of dystopian science fiction films.

As a result of the inequity created of risk by the pandemic, all private property was seized, and money eliminated, replaced by a social credit system on the blockchain. Inherited privilege is stored, too, and the rich in the past have to work it off.   People who could avoid the virus will be assessed now for hiding from risk while working from home. 

Maoism came back   Kain, an attractive young man now (he has a strong cellular immune system and survived without ever getting sick but infected a lot of other people going to circuit parties), walks though empty streets in a city, but he knows he will be grabbed soon and taken to the countryside to take his turn living in the Stone Age, and being resurfaced to look like everyone else, a mere cell in a colony, like a siphonophore.  It will be a new, just kind of "survival of the fittest".  Ironically, you have to reproduce. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

"Housekeeping": thriller short film, what you can expect in an extended stay hotel when on a business trip??


Tracy Kleeman has a short film “Housekeeping”, from Lucy Kat Productions, and a hit at the LA shorts filmfest and in New Hampshire. The film dates to 2019 (pre-pandemic). 

A housekeeper (Kate Boledian) starts developing a relationship with an extended stay guest (Hank Amos), who is quite assertive and full of himself.  The room does leave some interesting clues behind, like a mini chess set, card games, and drugs. The room looks more like a furnished apartment than a hotel room (full fridge, full kitchen, etc)m separate bedroom.  I once had a place just like this in Charlotte on a business trip!   

The film makes it look like the plot will be driven by gear left missing in a room.  What if I left a smart phone in my room?  In Minneapolis, I once left a UBS drive that had my backups and passwords.  I think it wound up in a landfill, but yet I changed all the pw’s when I got home (and discovered I had forgotten it).

The film has the plot device of doing “one week later” several times.

Hotel workers are generally required to be able to clean 12-15 rooms in an hour, I thought.

Friday, November 20, 2020

"What Would It Be Like to Stand on Pluto?" (from V101)

Pluto-01 Stern 03 Pluto Color TXT


V101 Science presents What Would It Be Like to Stand on Pluto?

The dwarf planet is the largest known object in the Kuiper Belt. The surface is relatively new, and is occasionally graced with methane snow when it is retreating from closer approaches to the Sun (which can be closer than Neptune). The surface has areas of white, black and dark red, because of the ultraviolet hitting the methane.

There may be a subsurface ocean in some areas, which could conceivably have life.

The documentary shows how large the similar moon Charon looks in the sky.

Triton, a moon of Neptune, is similar to Pluto. 

Wikipedia embed of NASA image of Pluto, note the crimson color, click for attribution. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

"Soul Goes to Another Universe": The central dogma of biocentrism

WMAP 2010

“3QuestionKnow” looks at “Scientists Discover What Happens after Death: Soul Goes to Another Universe

The video looks at biocentrism. There is a view that souls are instances of consciousness, and when a baby is created, the microtubules in the brain link to one such instance.

After death, the instance travels to another universe and repeats the cycle.

There are records of NDE’s after brain death, where the consciousness seems to have been mirrored in cells of the body, enabling resuscitation.

Think about when you doze off, and start a dream, which you can’t remember but which you know you “experienced”, almost as an alternate reality.

In some animals or organisms, the logical equivalent of “microtubules” is dispersed throughout the body in varied ways.

You consciousness could also be viewed as a box in space-time, of all the information content of your lifetime, which could be reviewed.  Maybe it could be stored on the surface of a microblackhole and transferred to someone else to read.

It could matter how you die.  If your brain is incinerated by a shotgun, maybe the consciousness cannot be preserved.

Cosmic microwave background, NASA. p.d., Wikipedia embed (click for attribution) 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

"A Lost Youth?" from DW News Documentaries; are young adults sacrificing their social development to protect the elderly from COVID? Not so fast


A Lost Youth? Do Teenagers Sacrifice Their Youth for the Health of the Elderly?”, DW News documentary (11 min) from Nov. 6.

The film shows scenes with teens in Greece, Poland, and the UK.  There is mention of a secondary fallout on GLBTQ youth.

Generally, teens and college or university age kids are giving up inclass school and normal social activities and sports, allegedly, in some accounts, to protect the elderly and people in nursing homes (?) because the elderly are much more vulnerable to COVID-19 – but the cavalry may be on the way with at least two vaccines.

But students are kept under almost dorm detention and told not to party because of the bizarre nature of the pandemic.

It’s important to remember that some young adults have died, and some do have severe disabilities, and a few have gotten a post-COVID severe shock (autoimmune) syndrome.  One 18 year old died of cardiac arrest in Ohio after apparently mild COVID.

Monday, November 16, 2020

"Mr. Clinton, the Cat"



“Mr. Clinton the Cat”, computer repairman Louis Rossmann’s companion, has to be one of the most charismatic pets on YouTube.  (He has several videos of Clinton, this one is typical.) 

Rossmann has three cats, one of whom was a stray who simply appeared one morning at his brownstone doorstep.

Clinton will jump in Rossmann’s lap during videos, or try to play with the mike when Rossmann is about to make a video.

He also can open catfood treats when Rossmann is out.  There are many videos of Clinton.

Clinton is very talkative.  Cats typically have a set of sounds that they relate to the owner.  A talkative cat may want to maintain dominance over the other cats in commanding his human.

See mention of Rossmann’s business in NYC on Oct. 28, 2020, IT Jobs blog.

I know of one person who got Covid as a grad student, and when he returned home from the infirmary, his female cat would not let him out of her sight.  She knew something had happened and would not let him leave the house. Females may believe they should be “motherly” and seem to understand that human kids take much longer to grow up than they do.

Picture: Wikipedia embed, cat kneading its owner, click for attribution 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

"Until There Was Nothing": the Earth approaches a rogue black hole from space

BlackHole Lensing


Paul Trillo presents the short film “Until There Was Nothing”, on the DUST channel (Aug 2020), 5 min.

The Earth approaches a black hole, and objects on the ground (buildings and mountains and sand dunes) are spaghettified.  It is as if gravity itself failed.

The narrator says you have to understand nothingness to have something.

From Wikipedia embed: "Black hole lensing", gif, click for attribution. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

"5 Cases of Soul Transfer" through heart transplants

“Curious Droid”, in an 8-minute Feb. 2016 video, presents “5 Cases of Soul Transfer”.

In each case, there was a heart transplant and the recipient took on some of the memories of the donor.  All of the donors were young adults who died of auto accidents or gun fire.

The idea is that every cell has a memory of one's consciousness.  (Such ideas have the imagined for octopuses, whose brains are distributed to arms which can grow back.)    That would imply that your consciousness is itself "quantized". 

In one case, the donor was a (black) violinist and the recipient started to like classical music.

In another case, the donor had been bulimic, and the recipient became so.

In two cases, the recipients could relive the moments before the deaths of the donors.

In my novel, Angel’s Brother, a virus is capable of transferring parts of souls, and giving the donor (who dies) periodic resumption of point-of-view consciousness in one “infected” person.

In the screenplay for “Epiphany” a consciousness-imprint is transferred by a two-step special ritual called a “tribunal”.  it will tie into the William and Mary embedded backstory. 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

"The Rarest Element on Earth" (it is a non-metal, and it offers sci-fi interesting ideas)


Atlas Pro presents, “The Rarest Element on Earth”.

The most common element in the Earth’s crust in Oxygen, locked into oxides and various mineral compounds.  Carbon is one of the most common.  Iron is the most common in the core.

Hydrogen, outside of water, is relatively uncommon since it evaporates into spaces, as does Helium (a noble gas).

The “rare earths” are actually more common than silver, gold, and platinum, and platinum is more plentiful than gold.

One of the rarest is astatine, which is a halogen (in the same family as fluorine and chlorine). It is one of the most unstable, created only by radioactive decay, but would look like a powdery black solid if enough could be accumulated.

The element is mentioned in my novel manuscript (“Angel’s Brother”). I speculated that inside a virus (which turns out to be like the coronavirus with spike proteins), it could be stable and enable the formation of micro black holes to store information from people’s souls for future immortality inside the bodies of “angels”.  The real coronavirus has become so bizarre that I am starting to wonder if my “science fiction” will come true.  I remember the existence of the element came up one time when I was substitute teaching a high school chemistry class. The class had a project to make a short film about a fictitious element, which it named after its regular teacher (out on family leave).  The kids actually dressed in costumes representing subatomic particles. The rarest element on Earth is surely “reltonium”.

Attribution link for picture of astatine-iodide, Wikipedia, p.d.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

"The Clue", gentle short film about treasure hunt(s)


The Clue”, directed by Judie Fenstra, from Chaos2Love, on Miss Robslyn’s channel, Jan. 2019, 10 minutes, with many festivals and awards, presents a kind treasure hunt.

A young woman find a message reflected in her bathroom mirror, leading her on a treasure hunt. It takes her places (there is a cluttered scene in a library), when she finally winds up in the woods, near a waterfall, and finds she isn’t the only recipient of such kindness.

The old Howdy Doody puppet show in the 1950s had a treasure hunt one time. The title of the movie, of course, invokes the board game.

The picture is of a falls near Route 61 near Lake Superior north of Duluth MN, mine, Oct 1, 2019 

Monday, November 09, 2020

"American Psychosis": How preoccupation with "self" makes people susceptible to authoritarianism (= Trumpism)


American Psychosis: Chris Hedges on the US Empire of Narcissism and Psychopathy”, on the UMN channel, directed by Amanda Zackem (15 min).  

Well, he talks about the culture of the self, or of self-aggrandizement, that it is all about you (remember Rick Warren).

The title reminds me of the 2000 series “American Psycho”.

He talks about the “failure to think critically”, yet critical thinking can turn inward too much (in fighting “critical theory”).

When you don’t get what you want, you become vulnerable to a “savior” to seize power.  Remember, as David Pakman often says, "they voted for him" (71 million votes for Trump). 

He says that poor PoC are worth more to the state (and companies) as prison labor.

“A life of attainment comes through service”.  Jimmy Carter said that in an evening service in 1995 at FBCWDC.